Cartilage Rejuvenation


Dear Dr. Chartrand:
I read somewhere that our bodies can regenerate new cartilage under the right conditions. Can you expound on that?óC.S.

Dear C.S.:
There are three types of cartilage in the human body, hard white for structural joints and lower back, soft white for the tho-racic and cervical area of the spine for cushioning, and clear car-tilage to expand capacity of the lungs. All three types exist in various combinations throughout the body, giving us strength, cushioning, flexibility, and expandability to meet the rigors of life. Through an elaborate immunological/regenerative system our bodies are constantly making and repairing cartilage. When we speak of losing height (av. 4-5" by the 80s), most of the loss is in cartilage, the soft white spinal cartilage particularly.
We now know that under the right conditions & supplementa-tion, however, that stressed, injured, and degenerated cartilage can be regenerated with enterically delivered cartilage cells & certian nutrients. However, the body's pH (acid-alkaline) must be 7.35-7.45, it must be properly hydrated, inflammation elimi-nated, oxygen at 97+%, and essentially be medication-free (which it would be, anyway, with normal pH).

The implications of this are that the knees, back, lungs, hands, feet, ankles, elbows, and the valves of the heart can be regener-ated under ideal conditions, exercise, and specific supplementa-tion. Even one's height may be regained and/or preserved. Add the healing modalities of occupational and cold laser therapy, medical massage, and other gentle therapies, and amazing things begin happen!

Actually, the "best doctor in the house" is the one residing inside each of us. But how often do we give it a chance to do its job? Too often, we want to maintain poor dietary & lifestyle hab-its, and have our good health, also. This is why so few of us ever enjoy the regenerative ability of the body as we get older.

*Note: The above is intended only as consumer education, and is not meant to be construed as medical diagnosis or treatment of individual cases.