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.

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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.

Healing from Chronic Pain: The Science of Neuroplasticity

I’m Peter Winslow, a health and life coach in private practice. I experienced first-hand the healing power of the human body when I recovered from the pain and symptoms of a chronic autoimmune disorder called Ankylosing Spondylitis, or AS.

It’s important to point out that the word “chronic” when applied to disease means that doctors and drugs cannot cure it. AS is considered to be “incurable” because there isn’t a medical treatment to reverse it. Yet people have recovered from this and other chronic conditions through the healing power of their own bodies. How is it possible? Neuroscientists say it happens through a phenomenon called neuroplasticity.

Webster’s dictionary defines neuroplasticity as “the ability of the brain to form and reorganize synaptic connections, especially in response to learning or experience or following injury.”

Wikipedia says:

“Neuroplasticity is an umbrella term that describes lasting change to the brain throughout an individual’s life course. The term gained prominence in the latter half of the 20th century, when new research showed that many aspects of the brain can be altered even into adulthood. This notion contrasts with the previous scientific understanding that the brain only develops during early childhood and from then on remains mostly unchanged.

Neuroplasticity can be seen at multiple levels, from changes in individual neurons to larger changes such as cortical remapping in response to injury. Behavior, environmental stimuli, thought, and emotions also cause neuroplastic change which has significant implications for healthy development, learning, memory, and recovery from illness and injury.”

So behavior, environmental stimuli, thought, and emotions cause neuroplastic changes. That is where natural recovery from chronic pain begins.

–Peter Winslow

Ankylosing Spondylitis – Symptoms and Treatment Options

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Ankylosing Spondylitis
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Life coach Peter Winslow owns GoldMind in Scottsdale, Arizona. At the wellness center, Peter Winslow focuses on life coaching, goal attainment, and self-improvement. He also helps his clients understand the mind-body connection and the implications it can have for ankylosing spondylitis and similar conditions.

Ankylosing spondylitis, a type of arthritis, causes inflammation of the many joints in the spine. In some cases, it can cause new bone growth. This forces the vertebrae to fuse together, which can lead to a permanent forward curvature of the spine known as kyphosis. For some patients, this results in a perpetually hunched-over stature.

In other cases, the pain and inflammation associated with AS can impact other parts of the body. Complications are usually limited to joints in the hips, ribs, and limbs, though the eyes, lungs, and heart can be impacted in rare cases.

There is no cure for AS, but the condition can be managed with nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, TNF blockers, or IL-17 inhibitors. Physical therapy is also a crucial part of treatment, and surgical options are available in severe cases.