Friday, March 25, 2011
Volunteer subjects, with a mean age of 53, worked in their organic vegetable gardens for 5 hours on a Saturday, and 5 hours on the next day, Sunday. The majority subsequently reported awaking Monday morning to find themselves stiff and sore in the muscles and joints of the back and neck; classic signs of arthritis.
Lead investigator, Dr. Kristofer Young, founder of the little-known spinal research center, Ventura Chiropractic & Massage, stated that he had been certain that his study would prove, once and for all, that gardening is an inexpensive and accurate tool for diagnosing arthritis.
Dr. Young stated that what baffles him is that most modern medical practitioners advise patients that there is little that can be done about arthritis other than to mask the pain with drugs. He went on to say that given that medical science has proven that other chronic degenerative diseases including cardiovascular disease and diabetes can be reversed, it is remarkable that most MDs still leave patients with the unfounded belief that arthritis is untreatable.
Having suffered from severe degenerative spinal arthritis himself, the symptoms beginning at age ten, Dr. Young reports that at age 59, following lifestyle changes, including diet and exercise, he is now able to do more work in his own organic vegetable garden in Ojai, California, than he could at age 40. He states that while the MRIs of his low back, taken in 1991 and 1998, clearly show the destruction of bone and disc, he currently has less pain and greater function.
Dr. Young’s team is looking into funding for further research to ask the question; what will it take for America to wake up to the idea that the Standard American Diet (SAD) is the greatest single cause of arthritis?