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From the Centers for Disease Control

Are you female, Caucasian, have a lesser education, and overweight? Then you run the greatest risk of either arthritis or chronic joint symptoms. Check out the latest statistics from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC)

These statistics left me stunned. Just for openers:

Arthritis and chronic joint symptoms affect nearly 70 million Americans, or about one of every three adults, making it one of the most prevalent diseases in the United States. As the population ages, this number will increase dramatically.

Arthritis is the leading cause of disability in the United States. Double that of heart trouble. Triple that of respiratory trouble. Five times that of diabetes. Over six times more than that of stroke!

Nationally, medical care for arthritis cost nearly $22 billion in 1995 (latest figures).

Total costs, including medical care and loss of productivity, exceeded $82 billion in 1995.

Who has arthritis?

As the CDC reports: "The prevalence of arthritis is high for all demographic groups, but especially higher among women, older persons, and those with less education."

What's being done?

The CDC reports that in 1998, the "first ever" plan to address arthritis using a public health approach was released. This plan was developed by the CDC, the Arthritis Foundation, and the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, with input from over 90 organizations. The plan recommended actions in "Three major areas for individuals and groups interested in reducing the impact of arthritis."

Surveillance, Epidemiology, and Prevention Research
Communication and Education
Programs, Policies, and Systems

For some reason, this evokes a scene in my mind from the TV show "Star Trek Voyager" where the holographic Doctor is helping one of his patients recover from a leg joint injury. The crewman is in great pain, while the Doctor dispassionately tells the patient to "live with the pain and do the exercises". The crewman, exasperated at this attitude, complains to the Doctor that he was programmed not to hurt his patients. The holographic Doctor quickly replies "I was programmed to do no harm. However, I can inflict as much pain as I wish."

In the daily media, we are bombarded with stories about AIDS, SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome), Heart Disease, and even the latest outbreak of the West Nile Virus. Yet, you hardly ever hear anything about the greatest threat to our quality of life ... Arthritis!

Let me repeat the findings of the CDC (Centers for Disease Control).

"Arthritis and chronic joint symptoms affect nearly 70 million Americans, or about one of every three adults, making it one of the most prevalent diseases in the United States. As the population ages, this number will increase dramatically."

One in Three

God forbid you are a Caucasian woman, with little education, and are 30 lbs or more overweight (obese).

What can be done?

The CDC recommends: "We can do the effective things that are not being done enough. Research shows that physical activity decreases pain, improves function and delays disability. In addition, research studies suggest that maintaining an ideal body weight and avoiding joint injuries reduces the risk of developing arthritis and may decrease disease progression. Obtaining an early diagnosis so that appropriate management, including self-management, can be initiated may improve the quality of life for persons with arthritis. Early diagnosis and appropriate management of arthritis, including ... self-help courses, weight control, and physical activity can help people with arthritis function better, stay productive, and lower health care costs."

Has your Doctor ever told you to just keep doing your exercises, keep dieting and keep your weight down, and keep taking your medications and just try to live with the pain?

What else is your Doctor going to say? Are we crazy? Could it be that if your Doctor said anything else it would mean committing financial suicide?

I know most doctors are hard-working and doing their best and in many cases are achieving astonishing things.

However, the pressure to use drugs and more drugs is overwhelming. It is not their fault! It is ours!! We go to them for a magic bullet and expect them to heal us... and with not having to make any lifestyle changes. Is this fair to the doctors? Of course not!

"I Cured My Arthritis You Can Too"



By Margie Garrison
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Biography: Margie Garrison is an authority on the treatment of arthritis, a self-published author of the book I Cured My Arthritis You Can Too and her free weekly alternative health newsletter, Amazing Secrets To Fantastic Health.

Margie has raised four children, walked on fire with Tony Robbins, traveled the country, and appeared as a guest speaker on over 200 radio shows and six TV talk shows.

Because of her 43 year struggle with arthritis, unable to find answers through traditional medicine, Margie spent several years researching and found an alternative technique that enabled her to be free from her arthritis for over 25 years.

She has dedicated her life to helping people, help themselves enjoy Vibrant Health. Margie is known around the world as “The Arthritis Lady”, spending most of her time answering thousands of emails and phone calls, helping people who suffer with arthritis and other ailments.

“Margie Garrison's "I Cured My Arthritis You Can Too" is a noteworthy milestone in the field of Alternative Treatment Modalities. I agree with Margie that with proper nutrition and a positive mental attitude, not only is it possible to cure arthritis but also prevent it. I have used it in my practice and highly recommend it. The pathway to health is up to each individual. By following Margie's, technique, you can be free of arthritis.”

- Learie N. Yuille, MD - Metro Holistic Medicine

"Margie breaks this cycle. She shows how through proper nutrition, proper positive mental attitude and determination plus exercise she was able to cure her self and her two children and how many of us following her lead will be able to cure ourselves of not only arthritis, but other conditions as well. More importantly, we can, by using these techniques, prevent these maladies from occurring in the first place."

- Leonard J. Portner, M.D., FAAFP - Family Practice--Stress Reduction--Preventive Medicine

Margie tells us the story of her "Painful Odyssey through the Medic-World," and her pleasant adventures into the world of knowledge of nutrition and optimum health. Needless to say, she cured her arthritis..."THE INCURABLE DISEASE." It is a pleasure to present to you Margie Garrison "THE FIRST SELF-CURE SPECIALIST."

- Felor Jourdikian, Ph.D. - Founder and Director of the Ortho-Molecular Nutrition Institute

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