Physical pain from any source on the body is a spoiler. It doesn’t matter how tiny the painful part of the body is, the whole human organism feels the discomfort and distress occasioned by pain and is thus unable to carry out functions optimally or even enjoy usual sources of pleasure. A body in pain is unable to maximize opportunities and fully appreciate all life has to offer. Pain makes it difficult to be a happy, integral part of family, community and work force. By far the most common sites of pain are the joints, a fact that becomes more glaring as most people age. Healthy, supple joints are necessary for good body  flexibility  and comfort.

Healthy joints make it easy to play with one’s children, grandchildren. They are important for healthy intimacy between husband and wife. Supple joints are important for recreational games such as soccer with friends and colleagues, for taking  strolls with your loved ones and for generally engaging in simple day to day activities that many young people take for granted. .

Millions of adult Nigerians need additional help to promote joint flexibility in order to live a pain free life.

Joints are areas of articulation between bones. They are usually composed of  bones, cartilags, muscles, tendons and ligaments, as well as a lubricating fluid that reduces friction between bones. Pains usually result when there is a  problem with one or more of these components. Sometimes it is a combination of factors that result in a joint disease or impairment.

  • Injuries: From falls, accidents, and sports.
  • Osteoarthritis: Otherwise known as ’’wear and tear’’ of the joints is most commonly found at the weight bearing joints such as knee and hips,  back (lumbago) and neck.. It is usually worse with age.
  • Excessive weight gain: The normal BMI range is 18.5-24.9Kg/m2. Excessive weight gain increases the BMI and leads to more weight and compressive forces on the joints. This itself can cause osteoarthritis, and certainly makes it worse.
  • Rheumatoid arthritis: This is more common in young people affecting smaller joints and characterized by painful flares and then pain-free periods.
  • Gout: A metabolic imbalance leading to uric acid deposits in the joints. Gout affects the big toes mostly and can be extremely painful.
  • Infections: Local and systemic infections are well-known causes of pain; as are autoimmune diseases.
  • Malaria: Chronic and acute infestation.
  • Allergies: Drugs and food that individuals are unable to metabolize. Few people take time to note that their joint problems flare up when they eat a particular type of food.

It is a well known fact that weight gain is associated with elaboration of  biochemicals such as leukotrienes and prostaglandins in the joints,  leading to inflammation which manifests as pains and swellings. This also leads to an increase in the body’s demand for  vitamin D and omega 3 fatty acid. .

Reduction in weight and identifying substances, food, environmental toxins like heavy metals, harmful gases and allergies that may result in inflammation which precedes the process of pain and swelling especially in the joints can be achieved by the process of cleansing known as detoxification.

The process of detoxification opens up the body’s channels of excretion and  elimination, allowing toxins to be safely removed from the body and restoring the right chemical balance in the system.

A Mayr detoxification retreat is an ideal programme created to allow the process of healing to proceed, using the combined strength of physical detox with complimentary therapies which seek out the root of cause of allergies, inflammation, pain, excessive weight gain, environmental toxins /pollutants, and others.

For example, arthritis  happens in an acidic environment. The joints become filled with acidic waste products in leading to pains and swellings. Detoxification neutralizes this acid state and alkalinizes the body, thus reducing the inflammation and subsequently reducing pain and swelling.

In order to lose weight, and reduce probable incidence of arthritis, dietary and life style modification is essential. Change in diet is important in restoring balance to body chemistry, as eating the right food at the right time in the right way and right portion helps prevent excessive weight gain.

Food intake is very individualistic; a food item that is normal for one person may not be such a great idea for another person, and could result in allergy for such an individual. This is where a Bioenergetic Food Sensitivity Test is needed because it reveals food items that one may be allergic or extra-sensitive to; and which may be causing intolerances, stress and weakness to the body whenever consumed. The metabolism of such foods cause the release of toxic metabolites and biochemicas, leading to inflammation and pains.  The test guides your meal intake compatibility, and you learn to stay away from food items that trigger the inflammatory process. It becomes much easier to lose the excess weight.

Exercise is also necessary in reducing joint diseases as  low and moderate impact exercises help keep the joints supple. It also confers great benefits on the  cardiovascular and pulmonary systems. There is a common myth that exercise wears down your knee; the reality is that inactivity causes muscles to become weaker and work against optimal joint flexibility and comfort.

Further, the use of orthomolecular supplements is not only  therapeutic but is preventive in joint diseases. It helps ensure balance and provides the trace elements and minerals needed by the joints to function properly. It corrects acidity as well as reduces the inflammatory processes in the affected regions.

Mr L. O. was a 57 year old business man who  presented to our facility on account of left knee pain of 7 years duration. At the time of first consult, his weight was 95kg and his height 1.65m; which put his BMI at 34.9 kg/my. This is the obese category. His blood pressure was 140/90mmHg.

Apart from these physical findings, bioenergetic and other laboratory tests carried out on him revealed the presence of several heavy metals in the system. He had a list of food intolerances, many of which had featured prominently in his regular diet for years .

A 7-day stay was recommended for him at the detox clinic based on our clinical findings after the test and he had several relevant detoxification therapies. His diet during the programme was individualized and structured with bias for his identified intolerances. Daily and supervised physical  exercises became part of everyday routine. Lifestyle and nutritional seminars were also held to teach him the right way of preparing and eating food. He was coached on how to maintain  his modified lifestyle after the detox program ended. .

By the time Mr L. O. was ready to leave, the knee pain had resolved significantly following a weight loss of 9kg. This had reduced his BMI to 31kg/m2 from initial 34.9kg/m2. His blood pressure was 125/80mmHg.

He was very happy with his detox outcome and was bursting with renewed energy. Six months after detoxification, he came for routine check up and the joint pain and stiffness had fully resolved. He had lost an additional 10kg at home by simply following the lessons learnt at detox clinic and adhering to the food sensitivity list.

There’s an established evidenced-based link between our weight, our intestines’ digestive and absorptive abilities, and our state of health. It is therefore important for us to detoxify the body with regular colon cleanse, proper diet, exercise and orthomolecular food supplements to restore our body to optimum state of health. There is perhaps no more structured and effective way of achieving this feat than through a Mayr-type detoxification programme.