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Chronic Joint Pain: Is It Interfering With Your Life?


If there’s one thing I know about first-hand, it’s knee and joint pain.


Let me tell you, this is not always an age-related problem, so feel good about that! Mine started at the tender age of 14 with Osgood-Schlatter Disease. I have it to this day in my left knee, and it hurts like crazy.


Since then, I’ve had a fracture of the sesamoid (called Sesamoiditis, or “turf toe”), gout (yes, you read that right!), and plantar fasciitis. While these are foot problems, they often radiate up into the knee. The added stress of limping about has caused my fair share of knee pain, let me tell you.


I also have literally hundreds of emails every week asking about exercise and joint pain — what can be done when you can’t walk (see my other newsletters below for good answer to this) and, more to-the-point, what can you do to help prevent these problems to start with.


I have absolute certainty, both from a writer’s point of view and a victim of joint and knee pain myself, that the nutrition plans and exercise routines covered in Fit Over 40 work wonders at both prevention and relief. Dozens of the people I profiled as “Role Models” deal with severe joint problems such as osteoarthritis and various disorders of the bones. One is paralyzed, and still manages to have a body most would envy! It can be done.


What’s interesting is that more and more research is coming to the surface that contradicts what so-called “experts” have been saying for decades — that exercise “causes” these types of conditions to either begin or worsen. Hogwash.


There’s no doubt that exercise or activity of any kind can cause injury — so can walking across the street or driving a car. Osgood, the childhood disease I mentioned earlier, is brought on by kids like myself who were very active and hard on their knees, but even then you have to have the genes for it. My fellow motocross racers did not have Osgood, for example.


Other conditions like gout, and even (yes) osteroarthritis, can be prevented and even reversed through proper nutrition and exercise, not in spite of it! Below is just one of the many studies that confirms this.


I’d like to thank Lee Wennerberg, my German counterpart, for helping with this issue as I concentrate on the launch of “Scale The World”. Lee is the creator of the German version of Fit Over 40, called Fit Über 40, which comes out in 2006.


About “Scale The World”: I’ll be sending each of you a free invitation to join this 32-day crusade to end global obesity, fear and reliance on anyone but the person in the mirror. It’s inpiring as all, but it’s honest — and honesty demands responsibility, strategy and real answers. That’s why I spent boo-coo hours and bucks to make this totally free of charge, with the only “price” being that you share it with others you care about.


The condition of this world is deteriorating, and together we WILL do something about it. I’ll be damned if I’m passing down obesity, a crushed health care system, a mindset of fear and a “let’s wait on the next miracle drug” mentality to my kids — and I’ll bet you feel exactly the same. You wouldn’t be here if you didn’t.


I applaud you all for your resilience, and thank you for your readership.


Jon Benson
Creator/Co-Author of Fit Over 40: Role Models For Excellence At Any Age


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