Vitamin C is a substance that we are all familiar with and often the first fruit acknowledged is the orange. In the days of pirates and ocean voyages for extended periods of time, the ship crew would often succumb to a disease called Scurvy, which is due to a vitamin C deficiency. In later voyages, in order to prevent the disease, ships were often readily stocked with various fruits in order to maintain adequate intake by the crew. Despite the low recommended levels for daily consumption to prevent Scurvy, this vitamin poses much potential for overall health and possible disease prevention. The concept of ingesting larger doses on a daily basis was explored by many physicians in the past with one notable individual being a chemist by the name of Linus Pauling.
Month: April 2014
Over the years of my clinical research revolving around herbs and phytonutrients, I have become quite fond of the writings of several past researchers including the chemist Linus Pauling. It is interesting to me to read and often re-read their thoughts and opinions regarding certain health conditions and proposals for therapies. Often, despite the research being perceived as outdated, their conclusions still hold true and their predictions or insight startling at times. It is neat to see that some of the observations that I have discovered are in fact similar if not identical to theirs, regardless of the time difference.
Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid arthritis are debilitating conditions impacting millions of people each year, but also negatively affecting many horses and companion pets. Both conditions are strongly connected with ongoing or chronic inflammation, which is a fact of life, but often worsened or exacerbated by many other factors including genetics, lifestyle, stress and excessive wear and tear. Today’s current therapies offer no real hope in terms of reversal of the problem and often leave much to be desired in terms of pain relief or mitigation. Unfortunately, with continued use of many of the medications, the risk of side effects is real and patients are left to decide the lesser of two evils; contend with the side effects or succumb to ongoing discomfort.
Inflammation is an ongoing problem in today’s society, impacting people, pets and horses. When the word is mentioned, we often think of the 5 cardinal signs which include pain, redness, heat, swelling and loss of function, however we need to realize that in the case of chronic diseases, this is not always the scenario. Inflammation is broken up into two main categories; acute and chronic. In most instances, those typical signs are associated with acute inflammation, but for purposes of our discussion, we will be focusing more on the insiduous or chronic inflammation and the impact on joint degeneration and pain.