PUBH 1517 Rheumatoid Diseases - Rheumatoid Diseases A...

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Rheumatoid Diseases A Foundational Approach Help For Arthritis and Rheumatism Sufferers: The Forgotten Patients Paul A. Goldberg, M.P.H., D.C., D.A.C.B.N.
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2 DEDICATION Dedicated to all persons suffering as I did with rheumatoid disease, enduring endless days trapped in bodies that give them infinite pain...and to all health care professionals who care more for their patients then for their profession. Paul A. Goldberg Note: this paper is provided for informational purposes only. The results of any case studies or research which may be presented in this paper are only preliminary and may not be representative of any results that might be achieved by others using a similar regimen. Further scientific research will be necessary to confirm the results.
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3 ARTHRITIS/RHEUMATISM SUFFERERS THE FORGOTTEN PATIENTS Addressing Rheumatoid Disorders through a Foundational Approach Caues Identified…Causes Addressed…Health Restored Paul A. Goldberg, M.P.H., D.C., D.A.C.B.N. PART ONE Over 40 million persons in the United States suffer from rheumatoid disease including men, women and children 1 . This makes these the most common chronic health problems we have in the U.S. Surveys can estimate the numbers of people afflicted but cannot assess the degree of agony that is experienced by those who suffer. If you are one of those affected you know of what I speak. This booklet was written to help you better understand your problem and start you on the road to effectively addressing it. The most prominent feature found in rheumatic diseases is the presence of arthritis and rheumatism, inflammation of the joints and musculature. Having arthritis alone, however, does not constitute systemic rheumatoid disease. If one bangs their knuckles on the table they will temporarily have arthritis in their hands, but it soon goes away. An individual with an old football injury may develop arthritis in a previously injured joint, but is not plagued with a metabolic, rheumatoid condition as addressed in these pages. Rheumatoid diseases typically have joint inflammation but also represent systemic conditions that affect the entire body on an ongoing basis. The following definitions will assist the reader in beginning to understand the nature of rheumatoid diseases of which arthritis and rheumatism are a part: Rheumatoid Diseases (R.D.): A set of over 100 medical diagnoses each having in common systemic inflammatory disease primarily involving the connective tissues of the body . Arthritis: Literally "joint inflammation.” Anything which causes inflammation in a joint, even if only temporary, can be referred to as “arthritis”. 1 National health Interview Survey 1991
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4 Rheumatism : Derived from the Greek"rheuma” from"rhein,” meaning flowing. The term was based on the supposition that accumulated matters flowed about the system settling in organs and tissues where they caused discomfort.
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