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Arthritis and constant knee pain

Medical Diagnosis: Degenerative arthritis in the knees.

I have been a user of RECOVERY® for a long time. I have arthritis in my knees. I had orthoscopic surgery, then my knees got so bad the doctor said I needed a knee replacement.

I took RECOVERY® while away one winter, and was to have surgery in the spring. Come July, I hadn’t heard from them yet so I phoned and cancelled my surgery because my knees were so good. “NO PAIN”.

Diana Rennie, Parksville, BC

Arthritis – back, hands, wrists, ankles and knees

Medical Diagnosis confirmed by bone scan: Degenerative arthritis in the mid and lower dorsal spine, in the hands and wrists, knees and ankles.

I have taken RECOVERY® for nearly a year and have experienced no adverse effects. On the contrary, since taking RECOVERY® I am no longer aware of my arthritis – no pain, no stiffness – I feel sound in body again and feel freer mentally because I no longer worry about losing mobility as I age.

Oli Cosgrove, Ottawa, ON

Arthritis – pain

Let me tell you a bit about myself. I am 49 years old (and holding at least until December), who has had problems with my left shoulder and arm, lower back and hips. I also had muscle spasms from a hacking cough. I had an accident in 1983 where I was diagnosed with the beginning of Osteo-arthritis or rheumatoid…

Low back pain (degenerative disc)

I am 33 years old, and was diagnosed with a degenerative disc in my lower back (L5-S1) twelve months ago, after dealing with years of chronic back pain, and many days laid up in bed.

As you can imagine, this condition was drastically limiting my ability to windsurf, kiteboard, and mountain bike….three of my life long passions. Not only was I unable to continue with these sports at the level that I was used to, but there were many days where it was a challenge just to get out of bed. According to my back specialist, my only options were to just “deal” with the chronic and constant back pain or chose between disc replacement, or disc fusion procedures. Neither of which were desirable options for me.

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Acne rosacea

In 2000, while conducting my duties as a Correctional Officer, I became embroiled in a violent altercation with an inmate high on drugs. As a result, I received two bulging discs in the L4-L5 location of my spine, which resulted in a 10 month absence from work; 7 of those months were spent in rehabilitation. During this time the pain I experienced was excruciating, controlled only by highly potent and addictive prescribed narcotic medication from my doctor. During this period, I saw on the local news (CHEK 6) a story about RECOVERY® and decided to give it a try. Within the first week of using your product I was able to reduce the dosage of my medication as the deep rooted pain in the core of my spine and in both of my sciatic nerves became much less.

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Severe arthritis – knees

I have been waiting for knee cap replacement for over a year and it could be another 8 to 9 months before I even see my knee surgeon. I have had more sleepless nights in count of pain. I have had approximately 7 shots of cortisone but they only last 3 to 4 months,

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Arthritis, ACL tear – pro athlete

I am a 35 year old sponsored Pro MTB rider and have been on my bicycle in a pro capacity for over 8 years. I have sustained a multitude of injuries over the years including a broken ankle, wrist, ribs, fingers and both arches in my feet, as well as having torn lower abs and groin muscles. Most debilitating has been a blown ACL in each knee and now recently a bucket handle tear in my meniscus in my left knee.

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Eczema (3-year-old boy)

Thank you, thank you, thank you! I just wanted to tell you how much your product has changed the life of our 3-year-old son. He has had eczema since 3 months of age and recently as bad as 95% of his body. The skin specialists told us that there was “nothing more they could do”. Our pharmacist recommended your product to us.

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Avoiding hip replacement

After the pinning of a fractured hip, fifteen months ago I was doing well until six months later when I ruptured a thigh muscle and tore a ligament using a rowing machine at the gym. Six months of severe pain and disability, on crutches and the quality of my life decreased. C.T. scan and M.R.I. finally provided the answer. Avascular necrosis and I was told the only solution was a hip replacement. That I could not accept.

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Avoiding shoulder replacement

Seeing the result happening with our horse and being a biochemist myself, therefore knowledgeable about your ingredients, I started to use the RECOVERY® for my own busted shoulder that had turned severely arthritic. After a couple of months, I was able to taper off my pain medication but have continued the RECOVERY®. It is now four months later and I have not had to take a single pain pill.

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Vitamins and Minerals

What You Should Know about
Vitamins and Minerals

INTRODUCTION:

  • forty percent of Americans take vitamin and mineral supplements
  • optimal bodily function, especially in athletes, cannot occur without daily ingestion of a precise mix of 59 substances, in the correct amounts
  • oxygen, hydrogen, carbon, nitrogen, and sulphur are needed in large amounts, while the remaining 54 are needed in medium or small amounts
  • the 54 substances previously mentioned are less plentiful in the environment and thus in our food, so you are more likely to develop a deficiency in those ones
  • as of May 1992, 13 vitamins, 22 minerals, 6 cofactors, 8 amino acids, and two essential fatty acids (EFAs) were recognized as essential to the human system
  • all nutrients act in synergy to produce, maintain, and renew the body, and if even one is missing, or in short supply, the functions of the others are impaired
  • the word ”essential” means: 1) nutrients have to be present in adequate amounts or function is impaired, 2) the body cannot make nutrients or cannot make enough of them for normal tissue function, and 3) you have to get them from your diet
  • supplements can make up for shortcomings in your diet.
  • supplements can make good health easier for you to achieve.
  • on 9 April, 1991, the Physicians Committee for Responsible Nutrition, a Washington lobby representing 3000 physicians, asked the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) to abandon the four food groups and to reclassify meats and dairy as ”optional foods” – 2004 Harvard has instituted a food pyramid that tips the USDA and Health Canada food pyramids upside down.
  • a professor of nutritional biochemistry at Cornell University, presented evidence that the excess intakes of meat and dairy products in America is strongly linked with their high rates of cancer, heart disease, diabetes, obesity, and osteoporosis
  • on 27 April 1992, the USDA issued a food pyramid emphasizing whole grains, then vegetables, then fruits, as the basis of nutrition, with meats and dairy as minor foods
  • just a ”balanced” “mainstream” diet alone is not enough to ensure good nutrition.
  • pregnant women, dieters, and senior citizens, simply cannot obtain the recommended allowances for certain nutrients through “mainstream” food alone.
  • sometimes supplements are a safer source of certain nutrients than certain foods.

Principles Of Nutrition

  1. Synergy.
    Nutrients are co-dependant on other nutrients to exert function within the body. They function only by interdependent interactions with each other.
  2. Completeness.
    The corollary of synergy is that even if one essential nutrient is in short supply, none of the others can function properly.
  3. Biochemical Individuality.
    Nutritional needs of individuals differ as much as their faces and fingerprints. Each person requires an individual nutrition program
  4. Lifestyle Dynamics.
    Lifestyle choices such as the choice of training level, or the choice of living in a polluted urban area, dramatically affect nutritional needs.
  5. Precision.
    There is only a narrow range of intake of each nutrient that will produce the optimum function.
  6. Physiological Dynamics.
    Improved nutrition must wait on nature to renew whole bodily systems before its effects can show.

Manganese

Actions:

  • nutritionists believe that Mn is important for certain enzymes involved in protein and calorie metabolism
  • needed for the proper formation of bone and cartilage
  • necessary for normal glucose metabolism
  • is part of an endogenous antioxidant superoxide dismutase (SOD)

Deficiency:

  • average daily intake in America is 2.7 mg in males and 2.2 mg in females
  • RDA 2-5 mg/day

Interactions and Toxicity:

  • in many steel and chemical industry workers have been shown to develop a condition called locura manganica, or permanent insanity

Sources:

  • whole grains, black tea, nuts and seeds are among the best sources
  • fruits and vegetables are moderate sources

Phosphorus

General Description:

  • there is approximately 800 grams of P in the body, 700 of which resides in the bones

Actions:

  • P is essential for many processes including making ATP, creatine phosphate and many other steps in the energy cycle, and for the metabolism of RBCs
  • can be used to reduce urinary Ca in those prone to kidney stones
  • contributes to healthy bones, normal muscle contraction, and activation of the B vitamins

Deficiency.

  • long-term overuse of antacids can lead to deficiency
  • deficiency signs: muscle weakness, bone pain, and a loss of appetite
  • many phosphorus supplements also contain Na and K
  • average Ameriacan diet contains twice the RDA (around 1500 mg for males and 1000 mg for females)
  • it is important to maintain a healthy balance between Ca and P
  • Ca:P ratio should be 1.5:1 at infancy decreasing to 1:1 at childhood

Interactions and Toxicity:

  • phosphorus supplements should not be used when high blood pressure or Addison’s disease is present
  • phosphorus is used as an additive in many foods (colas, breads), which upsets the balance of Ca and P
  • a high P intake may contribute to osteoporosis as it leaches Ca from the bones
  • supplements of P sometimes produce a laxative effect
  • antacids containing aluminum hydroxide inhibit P absorption
  • hemolysis, caused by exercise, releases P and falsely elevates serum levels

Sources:

  • meat, milk, fish, and whole grains

Iodine

Actions:

  • used in the thyroid to convert an inert chemical called thyronine to powerful thyroid hormones
  • thyroid hormones control all energy production in the body

Deficiency:

  • 50 mcg./day is sufficient for most people
  • average American intake is 250 mcg for men and 170 mcg for females
  • inadequate iodine causes the thyroid gland to grow, producing a goiter, as it is trying to provide more cells that produce the thyroid hormone
  • the mental retardation of cretinism is also caused by iodine deficiency
  • even breathing sea air each day will supply you with the infinitesimal amount of iodine that you require each day
  • iodine is lost in sweat

Boron

Actions:

  • boron provides biochemicals called hydroxyl groups, essential for the manufacture of the active forms of some steroid hormones; especially the hormones involved in Ca, P, and Mg metabolism in bone, and in muscle growth
  • adequate boron status is necessary for normal testosterone production
  • post-menopausal women who supplemented 3 mg./day of sodium borate showed increased blood levels of testosterone and 17-beta-estradiol, the most active form of estrogen

Interactions and Toxicity:

  • intakes above 50mg/day may interfere with phosphorus and/or riboflavin metabolism

Sources:

  • soybeans, almonds, peanuts, prunes, raisins, dates and unprocessed honey

Molybdenum

Actions:

  • part of the essential enzymes, xanthine oxidase, aldehyde oxidase, and sulphite oxidase

Deficiency:

  • average daily American intake is 109 mcg for males and 76 mcg for females
  • RDA 50-250 mcg/day

Interactions and Toxicity:

  • toxicity starts at 10 mg daily, causing a gout-like condition

Sources:

  • whole grains and legumes

Other Trace Elements

  • silicon is essential for normal bone growth
  • silicon from horsetail (Equisetum arvense) is far superior to silicon dioxide
  • cobalt forms an essential part of vitamin B12
  • flouride is essential for healthy teeth and bones
  • nickel and arsenic are essential for normal growth
  • tin, germanium, and vanadium are also be essential to the body

Vitamin U

Actions:

  • promotes healing activity in ulcers, particularly duodenal ulcers

Sources:

  • fresh cabbage and its juice, and homemade sauerkraut

Magnesium

General Description:

  • Mg is a component of every body cell
  • the body contains 20-30 g. of magnesium (60% in the skeleton and 40% in the soft tissues)

Actions:

  • allows for smooth functioning of the nervous system, helping in the task of transmitting nerve impulses
  • more than 300 enzyme systems depend on magnesium
  • half of the body’s Mg is stored in the bones
  • the kidneys monitor the amount of Mg in the blood
  • required for synthesis & output of adrenal hormones required to regulate the stress response

Deficiency:

  • drugs that cause the body to excrete more Mg or lose it from the blood include some antibiotics, anticonvulsants, diuretics, the antigout drug probenecid and the heart drug digitalis
  • alcohol can also interfere with Mg nutrition
  • 80% of the Mg in a whole grain is lost with removal of the germ
  • Mg is one of the 8 nutrients required for the proper metabolism of carbohydrates
  • RDA for men is 350 mg. and for women it is 280 mg.
  • Mg is lost in sweat
  • hemolysis, destruction of RBCs, falsely increases serum levels of Mg
  • symptoms of deficiency: cramps, muscle ticks and tremors, and muscle weakness
  • magnesium oxide, a common source of Mg in multi vitamin/mineral supplements, is only 1/10 as bioavailable as magnesium aspartate

Interactions and Toxicity:

  • with sound kidneys there is no evidence of toxicity up to 6000 mg.
  • healthy kidneys will go to great lengths to keep too much Mg from accumulating in the body, specifically in the blood
  • Mg overload is called hypermagnesmia and generally refers to a blood Mg level greater than 2.5 milliequivalents/millileter
  • may get too much Mg from Mg-rich antacids, laxatives, or supplements
  • dolomite is a source of Mg but a poor one because it almost always contains high levels of toxic metals, such as lead
  • infants, children, pregnant women, mothers-to-be, nursing mothers and the elderly (as well as the rest of the health conscious population) should therefore avoid dolomite
  • milk and other dairy products are usually also a source of these toxic substances and should thus be avoided
  • high doses of Mg and impaired kidneys do not go well together
  • Mg decreases body’s ability to absorb tetracycline
  • lithium can increase blood Mg level
  • an intake of 1000 mg. (diet and supplement combined) has a high degree of safety in the absence of kidney impairment

Sources:

  • legumes, green vegetables, and whole grains

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