Is Arthritis Really Just An Old Folk’s Disease?

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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