According to the Arthritis Foundation there are over 100 different types of arthritic diseases that affect over 54 million adults. The four most common are osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, and fibromyalgia.
Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis. Repetitive motion and overuse injuries contribute to this form of arthritis. The cartilage that cushions the joints wears down and can form bone spurs on the side of the joints. Joints are painful and may be swollen and stiff.
Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease that affects approximately 1.2 million people. It attacks the synovial membranes that line the joints. In RA joints are swollen, painful, "red" and "hot".
Psoriatic arthritis is also an autoimmune disease that causes an inflammatory type of arthritis. We learn that up to 30 percent of people with psoriasis develop psoriatic arthritis.
Free radicals are made in our body from normal processes and from exposure to things such as pollution, smoke, chemicals, an unhealthy diet, and even exercise. Chronic inflammation also plays a role. It slows down our body’s ability to fight free radicals.
All is well as long as our body can balance out free radicals with antioxidant defenses.When we produce too many free radicals we can suffer the effects of oxidative stress. It plays a part in cancers, diabetes, heart disease, autoimmune diseases, and aging.
So you are thinking, what does this have to do with essential oils? Free radical fighting antioxidants are naturally found in many healthy foods, and amazingly also found in some essential oils. The Practical Guide to Essential Oils notes a study where the authors measured the "free radical scavenging activity" in saliva after subjects smelled rosemary and lavender essential oils for 5 minutes. Smelling these two essential oils was found to increase free radical scavenging activity and reduce cortisol levels which protect the body from oxidative stress.
Individually rosemary and lavender essential oils have other properties and benefits.
If we break a bone, we expect it to heal, and normally it does because our bones are living and growing tissues. We are never too old or too young to take care of our bones. It takes a lifetime of weight-bearing exercise and healthy nutrients to build our bones.
The Melaleuca Wellness Guide tells us that women who are slight of build, smoke cigarettes, fail to exercise, and do not ingest enough usable calcium are prone to develop fractures of large weight-bearing bones after menopause. The spine, pelvis and femoral hip joint areas are most often affected.
Getting rid of lice can mean fighting "pesticide-resistant super lice." Some parents become so distraught at discovering lice on their child's head that in desperation they reach for a treatment that can be more dangerous than the lice. A parent may reason that, since lice medications are easy to purchase they must be safe, but that is not the case. Over-the-counter pesticides are toxic! As for prescription lice treatments, they come with more contraindications, and even stronger warnings of possible seizures and death if used repeatedly, or used for too long of a time.
In 2013 the World Health Organization warned that many synthetic chemicals found in household products are endocrine (hormone) disrupters and may be causing cancers, birth defects, and other developmental disorders. They urgently called for more research to better understand what hormone-disrupting chemicals are doing to our health. Entering the search term "endocrine disrupters" in Google Scholar brings up 69,200 results. Scientists are definitely concerned.
Earlier this year a study found that common household chemicals lead to birth defects in mice. This article explains that results in mice "raises a big red flag that these chemicals may be toxic to humans as well." The chemicals in question are quaternary ammonium compounds, otherwise known as "quats" and are commonly used in disinfectants, laundry detergents, fabric softeners, and some hair care products. The researchers discovered that birth defects occurred when either parent was exposed, not just the mother, drawing attention that birth defects can also come from a father's chemical exposure.