If you suffer from arthritis, there is only one fact you can console yourself with: You are not on your own! It is absolutely staggering the number of people who are effected by arthritis in one form or another. It is one of the most common chronic diseases in the world. In some countries, around 50% of the population over the age of 50 are effected to some degree. There’s also one thing that everybody with arthritis will tell you: It’s not fun – Arthritis sucks! 

There are over 100 different forms of arthritis; the most common being osteoarthritis, which is attributed to wear and tear of the affected joints. Then we have rheumatoid arthritis, which is described as an auto-immune disease. Basically, the bodies immune system turns on itself. Rather than protecting and defending the body, it begins attacking the body; or certain parts of it at least. 

Seems rather ridiculous when you think about it. Clearly there must be a cellular identity issue at the heart of the problem – friendly cells which the auto-immune system is meant to protect, suddenly appear as enemy cells that need to be destroyed. You’ve really got to wonder how the immune system could get such a message; and if there is a way of sending it a whole new message? 

Arthritis is…incurable! Yes, it can be managed with medication to a greater or lesser degree but there is no known cure – Yet. As much of a pain, and as widespread as arthritis is, there does not appear to be any ‘credible’ research into the relationship between stress – be it past, present or anticipated – and arthritis. Is it even vaguely possible that that a chronic illness that results in ongoing and at times very intense pain could have its origin in long forgotten memories? I appreciate that it certainly doesn’t appear to be a plausible explanation, but that is what this research project is all about! 

If the hypothesis is correct, then irrespective of what form it takes, arthritis is caused by stressful experiences from the past, stored in the unconscious mind as memories, sending a message to the ‘immune system’ that basically says something like… Those good cells that you are supposed to be protecting, are really bad cells, pretending to be good cells; Go get ’em! 

Is this true? Or is it the product of an overactive imagination? If you are suffering from the long term, debilitating effects of arthritis, and you would like to know more, simply make contact. If your arthritis is ‘really bad’, we ‘really’ want to hear from you! 

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