Learn about the causes and symptoms of Arthritis. Hosted by Dr. George Best.
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George Best: Hello! This is Dr. George Best at Best Health and Wellness from San Antonio Texas, and I recently put out a video about arthritis and saying that arthritis is not due to aging contrary to popular belief and contrary to what a lot of other doctors have probably told you. I had somebody preview that video and they said, well what do you mean arthritis isn't due to aging, everybody knows arthritis due to aging, are you crazy, you can't put this out, there are people who are going to think you are a crack. And people probably already think I am crack, but that's alright. So I am going to prove to you that arthritis is not due to aging, and there is a very simple way of doing it. Let me ask you this question, if you have arthritis yourself or if you know somebody that has arthritis in, let's say, a hip or a knee or something like that, most of time -- and there are a few exceptions, but in the vast majority of cases when people get severe arthritis in the hip or knee, they usually get it primarily on one side or if they do have it on both sides, they have it a lot worse on one side or the other. Now think about this, if arthritis is caused by aging and you have basically the same age joint on the left side and the right side, let's say, hip joint, if you are looking at two different hip joints you got to look at the left hip and the right hip, aren't those hips basically the same age on a given individual. I mean what we call this, right. But, it's a lot worse on one hip than the other. Why is that, if it is due to aging? The answer is it's not due to aging. So that's a pretty simple straight forward explanation of it. People said, well I know somebody who had to have both hips replaced at the same time. Yeah, I have heard few cases like that and that does happen. But let me think about this once more. Okay, let's say that you need to have both of the same joint replaced at the same time, so arthritis is pretty similar on both sides of that joint. Why don't they need say their hips, their shoulders and their knees all those done at the same time? I mean aren't all of those joints basically the same age? So it's not about age, it's about wear and tear, and wear and tear does come with age in a lot of cases simply because you have had more opportunity for more injuries to occur, more opportunity to get yourself in bad postures to sit on that cushion couch where you have slumped into it and that kind of thing, to sit at your desk where you have the computer often one side, so your head is turned all the time to one side so that puts that normal stress and strain on the tissues. So there is a lot of different things that do come with aging but arthritis per se is not caused by aging, it is caused by wear and tear and difficulty in rebuilding the joint due to lack of appropriate nutrients intake. So that is my followup to what causes arthritis, and now hopefully you have a better idea of why I say arthritis is not due to aging despite what everybody else is telling you. So thank you for watching and I will look forward to seeing you on another video.