Is Arthritis Really Just An Old Folk’s Disease?

The next read is an excerpt from “The Doctor’s Book of Survival Home Remedies”, Chapter: Arthritis, pages 43-45:

Picture this…it’s Saturday morning and you’re setting things up on your property for target- shooting practice.

You’re expecting your buddy to drive his truck up the driveway in the next 10 minutes. You both have .22 semi-automatics, and you can’t wait to show off the rapid-fire action of your new Rutger 10/22. Even 35 yards away from the target, that Rutger packs a punch!

You set up a good range of targets. You’ve got bags of water hanging from a Willow tree, pumice rocks floating on the marsh behind your tool shed, standing cardboard targets, cans lined up on the fence. Still no sign of your buddy, you decide to test your ammo while you wait.

You pull out the box of Winchester subsonic and pop 5 in the Rutger. You take aim at a can, slide your finger past the trigger guard, and start to pull your trigger finger back. You feel a stiffness you’ve never felt. You take your hand off the Rutger, moving the finger up and down. A sharp pain shoots down from your finger joint.


In reality, I hope your doctor hasn’t diagnosed you with arthritis yet. In fact, you may be one of the rare few who never suffers from arthritis. Conversely, you may have a severe case that decides how much physical activity you’ll do on any given day. Or you may have a mild case of it and not even know until one day when you’re shooting targets or hoeing the garden.

If you have arthritis, your lifestyle will be impacted. It’s not the end of the world though. You can at least try to learn strategies that bring about positive changes. Like giving your body what it needs – nutritionally and otherwise – to stave off the inflammation. That way you’ll minimize pain, enabling yourself to continue on your path to self-reliant survival for you and your family.

Isn’t Arthritis An Old Folk’s Disease?

While it’s true that the majority of sufferers are over 60, arthritis doesn’t discriminate against age, gender, race, or even income bracket. It can and does afflict all kinds of people at any time in their lives.

You might wonder about some of the defining characteristics of this insidious disease, like…

  • Why some people get it earlier than others.
  • Why some cases are worse than others.
  • Why pain disables you one day and vanishes the next.

Unfortunately, there are no definitive answers. But I suspect I know the major culprit. Based on the countless medical studies I’ve poured over, observations I’ve made in my medical profession, and experience with my own arthritis—I have one or two opinions about this topic. But first, let’s get the basics out of the way.


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Dr. John Herzog has been a third-generation osteopathic orthopedic surgeon for nearly 35 years, having evaluated over 200,000 people during office visits and performing over 15,000 surgeries. He focuses on educating his patients on the importance of a healthy lifestyle, being an advocate of a plant-based diet, and admitting “It is the best fuel for the human body and mind”. One of the pioneers in Platelet Rich Plasma, a concentration of thrombocytes and stem cells, and Stem Cell Regeneration, Dr. Herzog is set apart as the most experienced orthopedic surgeon in New England. He performed over 3,000 regenerative orthopedic procedures and he is also an expert on the use of the ultrasound. Dr. Herzog has been a Board-Certified Orthopedic Surgeon for 30 years and is a fellow in the American Osteopathic Academy of Orthopedics where only 1% of surgeons are listed with this honor. In the beginning of his career, Dr. Herzog went to medical school 4 years earlier than the average, at 20 instead of at 24, going through all the branches of medicine. He partnered with T. Colin Campbell, the author of ‘The China Study’ – to examine the link between the consumption of animal products, including dairy, and chronic illnesses. Dr. Herzog is also specialized in working with people suffering from arthritis. His main focus is to keep people out of the Emergency Room by being prepared like his dad was.

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