What Causes Ankylosing Spondylitis?


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AS Victors Club
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An experienced life coach, Peter Winslow owns GoldMind, LLC, in Arizona. In this capacity, he helps individuals with everything from health and healing to spiritual awareness and self-mastery. Peter Winslow also helps other individuals manage their ankylosing spondylitis (AS) as the founder of the AS Victors Club.

A form of chronic inflammation, AS affects the sacroiliac joints at the base of the lower spine. It can result in stiffness in the spine, neck, and buttocks, along with pain and loss of spine mobility due to fusion of the vertebrae. The condition is a genetic disease and cannot be prevented. Rather, people who have a high risk of AS, or those who have already been diagnosed, can work at preventing complications of the condition, such as loss of mobility.

Scientists do not know any specific cause of AS, but they have linked the condition to certain risk factors. For instance, men have a higher likelihood of developing the condition than women, and most people diagnosed with the condition are early adults or late adolescents.

Further, the condition has been connected to the HLA-B27 gene. Roughly 90 percent of people with AS have this gene. Still, the presence of this gene does not mean a person will definitely get AS. In fact, only 1 percent of people in the United States have AS, while 7 percent have the HLA-B27 gene.

In addition, scientists have linked the IL23R and ARTS1 genes to AS. These two genes are related to the body’s immune function. It’s hoped that researchers will progress toward an AS cure by studying how these two genes affect the body.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids May Provide Benefits for Ankylosing Spondylitis


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Omega-3 Fatty Acids
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Life coach Peter Winslow spent years struggling with ankylosis spondylitis, a devastating disease that his doctors told him was incurable. However, by exploring the mind-body connection and incorporating elements of Eastern medicine and spirituality, Mr. Winslow was able to overcome the condition. As a life coach in Arizona, Peter Winslow has written numerous books on the subjects of personal development, ankylosis spondylitis, and the role of nutrition in healing.

Ankylosis spondylitis, a form of arthritis, typically attacks the spine by causing inflammation and pain in the vertebrae. Though the disease usually starts in the lower back, it can spread throughout the body and even cause neurological issues.

Though there is no specific diet that is universally recommended by the medical community to help individuals with ankylosis spondylitis, nutritionists and health experts recommend that patients avoid foods that cause inflammation and incorporate anti-inflammatory foods and ingredients into their diets.

Mr. Winslow’s book on the subject, Help for People with Ankylosing Spondylitis, suggests that those with active symptoms may find relief by following an anti-inflammatory diet. For example, omega-3 fatty acids have shown promise in reducing inflammation.

DHA and EPA are two omega-3 fatty acids shown in several studies to have beneficial effects for depression, heart health, and arthritis. Individuals who want to incorporate these fatty acids into their diet should add foods such as fish, nuts, and chia seeds.

Measuring Value in Life and Moving Forward toward Goals


Peter Winslow | Life Coach
Peter Winslow | Life Coach

A respected life coach, Peter Winslow assists clients in Arizona and beyond in improving health, transforming their lives through accessing inner resources. In a recent blog post, Peter Winslow took a close look at the well-worn proposition that “enlistment” is required to manifest a goal.

Enlistment involves establishing a plan or an intention in writing and articulating the means of moving from A to B. The blueprint provides the rudder in efforts toward achieving objectives and, ultimately, self-actualization.

Mr. Winslow suggests that a more “effortless” approach may be appropriate in many situations, with a core insight that we often do not realize what we already know and what we don’t know. Similarly, we tend not to assess or measure true value in life accurately.

Value in life is best envisioned not in terms of those monuments we erect to ourselves, but in the lives we touch in a meaningful way. The value of action is not in being recognized for work and remunerated, but in sharing efforts with others and making a difference in the world.

The remarkable thing is that once these questions begin to be asked, people often move forward on the path toward fulfilling personal goals and aspirations.