Overcoming Arthritis


Without Half Measures

Max Stanley Chartrand. Ph.D.
DigiCare® Behavioral Research


Introduction: Many people have been led to believe that chronic conditions in human health are idiopathic (cause unknown), that one is best served by addressing symptoms (pain, primarily) over causes, and that function, once lost, is essentially irretrievable. But in the “greenhouse” environment of applied research, an entirely different picture emerges. With real people sitting in front of clinicians, it is found: 1) causal factors are no mystery when objectively examined through the prism of physical biomarkers and a thorough Case History, and 2) the body has the uncanny ability for self-repair when those causal factors are substantively addressed. Hence, the first rule of medicine when treating chronic conditions should always be to get the patient healthy. That is Job #1. Then, what’s left over can be addressed through more directed care. Alas, this ideal protocol, in practice, turns out to be the rare exception, not the rule.

Arthritis Defined

In Behavioral Medicine, arthritis is defined as “acute or chronic inflammation of one or more joints, usually accompanied by pain and stiffness resulting from infection, heavy metal and environmental toxicity, food and food additives, gout, rheumatic fever, long-term acidosis, unhealed injury, autoimmune disease, and/ or degenerative changes in the body. Pain is the body’s messenger that alerts you and your immune system that something needs attention/repair. Too often, however, we ‘shoot the messenger’, which disengages many of the body’s restorative powers, and the condition progresses to more serious disease and debilitation. This is how chronic conditions cascade into acute events.” (Chartrand, 2015)

By the foregoing we can surmise that it is indeed the rare individual who doesn’t suffer from some degree or form of arthritis during their lifetime. Osteoporosis, or extreme loss of bone mass, is also part of the cascade as is crippling infection/injury-inspired Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA). Hence, arthritis is the #1 cause of disability in the United States, costing more than 220 billion dollars annually.

You’d think those high stakes would garner more than mere half measures from the healthcare community. But half measures are built into the current system, all the way from reimbursement codes to socalled “best practice standards” and, of course, business considerations. The aim here is to help consumers take a decisive step toward taking ownership of their health, not by half measures like masking pain, but by addressing forthrightly the causal factors that robbed them of their good health and function in the first place…

Main Types of Arthritis There are at least 100 different classifications of arthritis. We will cover the most common ones here, with a couple of rare ones in the mix, to show range and sampling of the types that are currently diagnosed. More telling, however, is not the type of malady with which one suffers, but what caused it. Please, keep in mind that rarely is there just one stand alone cause, but often multiple and overlapping causes. Without addressing all causal factors nothing really lasting or good has happened. Here some of the types of arthritis and their causes:

Osteoarthritis- Caused by longterm acidosis, nutrient deficiencies, unhealed injury, medications (for acid reflux, diabetes, hypertension, pain, etc.), weight gain, and/or sedentary lifestyle.

Rheumatoid Arthritis- Immunological and genetic predisposition, triggered by untreated infection/sepsis in another part of the body (<80% arising re hidden subclinical dental sepsis under crown, root canals).

Septic Arthritis- Open wound/surgically-induced destruction at site, dental often complicated by sepsis, as well as fungi, strep/staph, influenza, hepatitis, herpes, HIV infections. Also, causes raised blood sugar and pancreatitis, which too often is mistaken for diabetes type 2.

Gout Arthritis- Associated with loss of protease enzyme production in the stomach (re Acid Reflux Medications). Psoriatic Arthritis- Associated with ongoing/untreated (subclinical) infection.

Lupus Arthritis- Associated with systemic lupus erythematosus (~subject to misdiagnosis).

Sjogren’s Syndrome- Destruction of exocrine glands for saliva/tears; closely associated with rheumatoid arthritis, 4 mil sufferers (>90% female).

Current Practice Standards: Half Measures

Under the paradigm of addressing symptoms and leaving causal factors untouched, research reveals the following outcomes of current treatment approaches. Indeed, if one were to keep their health problem over the long-term, this is what they would do:

  • Take non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDS), which draw blood, oxygen, and essential nutrients away from the site of lesion and literally turn off one’s natural immunological repair system.
  • Take corticosteroids, such as prednisone in high doses and for extended periods of time, letting the “party roll on” while bone mass depletes, affected cartilage fails to regenerate, and underlying causes rage on unabated.
  • Take long-term opioid pain killers, which eventually ruin the liver and immunological functions, cause narcotic addictions, and after all is said and done, is ineffective at removing the pain it was prescribed for.
  • Rely solely upon surgery and medication instead of making changes in one’s lifestyle, diet, and health to overcome the effects of arthritis.

The Body’s Amazing Ability to Self-Repair

From before birth onward, our body generates new cells—new skin, new cartilage, new bone, new muscle, and new neural and vascular tissues. We are not manikins, after all, but biologically dynamic, selfrepairing organisms that continually strive to keep us up to our own unique DNA specifications. But only if we allow it do so. When we pile on too many toxic burdens and oxidative stress, the body’s regenerating abilities become impaired, We age faster and experience disease. In fact, almost all chronic disease stems from that which keeps these self-repair abilities from doing their job.

Enter arthritis—-that stiffening and ossification of joints and tendons— and what has happened is usually a combination of interrupted neurology of the spine and limbs, circulatory constrictions, micronutrient deficiencies, toxic food additives, heavy metal accumulations, post -surgical or injury trauma, and yes, sedentary lifestyle (see chart to the right). In fact, if one’s lifestyle remains sedentary, combined with weight gain, they may become “candidates” for things like knee and hip replacement. The question at this point will be whether or not one is willing to do what it takes to regenerate the needed new tissues, so that such surgeries are not necessary.

“Our Hero”: Mitochondria, ATP & Stem Cells

From Lin et al. (2010): “The potential to heal once incurable degenerative diseases by regenerating cells that have failed or are about to fail is now within our grasp, thanks to the emergence of regenerative medicine using adult stem cells...Their potential to differentiate into cell types found in other tissues [such as cartilage] means they can travel to the site of damage, penetrate the damaged tissue, and then regenerate this tissue by a process called transdifferentiation.”

The SIRCLE® Method begins with discovery of all contributing factors and mapping out a program for addressing each contributing factor via several core and adjunct modalities until the body is returned as closely as possible to optimal health. The principles for the therapeutic approaches are laid down in solid science and innovation. Progress is measured with ongoing Case History and Biomarker improvements.

Central to the program is lengthening of DNA and their “bookends” called telomeres, raising cellular oxygen levels as close to 100% as possible and achieving cellular pH to 7.4 (per the Kreb’s cycle). Then, through stimulation of the mitochondria and its ATP production, all biomarkers begin to improve dramatically, allowing formation of more adult stem cells, which are directed to the site(s) of lesion and virtually throughout the entire body. Lost height is recovered as spinal discs are repaired and expanded to their optimal size, skin becomes thicker and smoother, circulation improves all over the body, as well as reestablishment of neural tissues and bone mass. Of course, each case is different and requires different lengths of time and therapeutic attention to achieve the desired results.

Going back to the earlier stated premise, the initial goal is to achieve optimal health as quickly as possible and then see what is left over to address. Often, just getting healthy again does the trick—and getting healthy again can be a daunting task! But in cases of accumulated injuries, long standing subclinical infections requiring attention from the community healthcare team, and severe degeneration (neuropathy, diabetes, etc.), may require longer time-frames and continued targeting for the desired restorative outcomes. No half measures there.

Note: Other Monographs by Dr. Chartrand cover how one may benefit from adult stem cell healing with cutting edge treatment approaches. For more information, contact: DigiCare Behavioral Research, 820 W. Cottonwood Lane, Suite #6, Casa Grande, AZ 85122, (520)509-6380.

Resources for Further Study

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Chakkalakal, JV, Jones, KM, Basson, MA, Brack, AS (2012). The Aged Niche Disrupts Stem Muscle Cell Quiescence. Nature, 490, 355-360.

Chartrand, MS (2013). Dr. Mitochondria & You (DVD Seminar Lecture). Casa Grande, AZ: DigiCare.

Chartrand, MS (2015). Understanding how your own adult stem cells provide healing from injury and degeneration, (DVD Version) Casa Grande, AZ: DigiCare.

Faloon, W. (2006). Stem Cell Therapy in a Pill? Life Extension, December, http://stemcells.nih.gov/ staticresources/info/basics/StemCellBasics.pdf

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Report: Adult Stem Cell Therapies. Life Extension, October, 2007. Yu, Q., Y.S. Bai, and J. Lin, (2010). Effect of astragalus injection combined with mesenchymal stem cells transplantation for repairing the Spinal cord injury in rats. Zhongguo Zhong Xi Yi Jie He Za Zhi, 30(4): p. 393-7.