I’m not a doctor, nor do I play one on TV. The following is an anecdote about my experience with Trace Minerals and the arthritis that plagues my hands which may be of some interest or value to you. I suffer from severe arthritis. On each hand at the base of my thumb the bones touch. This is called bone-on-bone arthritis and it is extremely painful for me to turn a key in a lock, open or close buttons or a flip top can along with myriad other simple hand movements. Because the right hand was worse than the left, the doctors created a special acrylic splint for that one. Its function was to partially immobilize my hand. This took away about 50% of my hand’s mobility. But, it also took away much of the pain I lived with daily. In addition, the splint also strengthened my hand and restored some dexterity previously lost to the affliction. I lived with a splint on my hand for over three years. The only time I removed it was to ride the bike because I couldn’t work the gear shift with it on. I substituted a spandex hand-wrap just to support my thumb while shifting gears.
As an internet backgammon player, I have had games with folks from all over the world and in the course of playing sometimes we chat. One player told me that he had suffered from migraine headaches for 20-years, but didn’t have them any longer. I have had friends who were migraine sufferers and I remember them actually staying home from work for several days at a time as a result. No one seems to have a good explanation for them. I think I heard that stress can sometimes bring them on. In any event I was curious to learn what had happened to relieve him of his headaches. He told me he started taking Colloidal Trace Minerals and the migraines were gone within a month. Additionally, he said these trace minerals were also good for arthritis pain. I was extremely skeptical about this. I realize that migraines are rather mysterious and maybe the trace minerals supplied some missing nutrient for the person, but arthritis pain is very straight forward. Two bones in contact with one another without any lubrication or padding hurts like the devil. Nevertheless, I didn’t see any downside to trying them. The trace minerals cost around $35 a bottle and I figured if they didn’t have any effect, it was a small price to pay. I have lost more than that at the Horseshoe Casino in 30 minutes of video poker. I got a bottle and commenced taking the recommended dose of 1/4 teaspoon a day. Amazingly, inside of a month, the pain in my hand had subsided and my hand actually functioned better. You have to realize that before I took the trace minerals, I would have put the daily pain level around 8 on a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being the worst. After I used the trace minerals, the pain level slipped to around 4. Also, I found that since I had so much less pain, I no longer needed to wear the splint on my hand. I have been splint-free for over a year now. Remember, the name of this blog is “One Regular Guy ….” I am not a doctor and not trying to practice medicine. I simply wanted to share my experience with you. Regarding the minerals and their effect on migraines, I have nothing but my former opponent’s word that they worked for him. I don’t know how they might affect you if you are a migraine sufferer. The Reference Guide for Minerals states that “Minerals act as catalysts for many biological reactions within the body, including, muscle response, the transmission of messages through the nervous system, and the utilization of nutrients in food. ” Regarding trace minerals, the Guide states, “Minute portions can powerfully affect health. They are necessary for oxygen transport, energy metabolism, growth, and cell and nerve protection. They are essential in the assimilation and utilization of vitamins and other nutrients. They aid in the digestion process and provide the catalyst for many hormones, enzymes, and essential body functions and reactions. They aid in replacing electrolytes lost through heavy perspiration or diarrhea. They also protect against toxic reaction and heavy metal poisoning.” So, if you suffer from arthritis, you might consider trying trace minerals. I don’t see much risk for you but I can attest to the reward I found.