The Myths, Lies & True Causes of Arthritis

There are three big myths surrounding arthritis.

Myth #1: Chronic joint pain is a part of aging and only affects the elderly – If you look around it is easy to see how this myth formed and took hold. There are plenty of elderly afflicted with arthritic conditions. But by keeping the immune system strong and stable, eating right, exercising right and taking care of bone and joint health, the onset and debilitating effects of arthritis need not be part of your aging process.

Myth #2: If you have chronic joint pain, you should not exercise – Decades ago, patients were told not to exercise because it would rub the joints and make things worse. This is incorrect. A certain amount of exercise can in fact greatly help reduce the symptoms of chronic joint pain.

Myth #3: Different climates have no effect on chronic joint pain – Cold weather constricts muscles, tendons and blood vessels, causing constriction around the joints, and thus pain and limited range of motion.

Heat allows muscles to expand andbloodtoflow, andsorelievescompressionaround joints and helps move fresh blood into the arthritis area. This reduces pain and stiffness and increases range of motion.

Damp environments (whether warm or cold) cause inflammation around joints ,and thus restrict movement and cause pain. Depending on your condition, temperature and climate should not be ignored when putting into place a chronic joint pain relief action plan.

True Causes of Arthritis

Arthritis pain can almost always be traced back to some combination of these four primary causes: cartilage breakdown, bone degeneration, excess scar tissue, and muscle imbalances.

Even in cases of direct trauma or a damaging autoimmune disorder like rheumatoid arthritis, corrective action for one or more of these root causes can help your joint pain.

Cartilage breakdown – Over time, your joint cartilage breaks down through sheer stress of use. That’s normal. What’s not normal is your body failing to repair and replace worn cartilage and leaving remnants of broken cartilage inside your joint—leaving you in pain.

Bone degeneration – The second primary cause of chronic joint pain is nearby bone degeneration. This is primarily caused by not getting the proper building blocks – essential minerals – to rebuild bone…and…lack of stimulation. You must consistently stress the bones – in the form of exercise – to keep them strong.

Joint restriction – When your joint is restricted from moving smoothly, friction creates pain.

Muscle imbalances – A muscle imbalance is formed when one muscle or set of muscles is overused compared to an opposing muscle or set of muscles. The stronger muscles then pull the opposing muscles, along with nearby bones and joints, out of their normal positions. Once out of position, the joints are worn unevenly, leading to the breakdown and pain of arthritis.

The mind component – The mental component of pain cannot be overemphasized. Stress, emotions and expectations all play a critical role in your pain and recovery. For example, persistent stress causes stress hormones like cortisol to soar, contributing to painful joint inflammation (not to mention other health issues throughout your body such as heart disease, increased fat build-up around your midsection and widespread inflammation throughout your body).

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Jesse Cannone, CFT, CPRS, MFT

Jesse is the co-founder and visionary CEO of The Healthy Back Institute®, the world-leading source of natural back pain solutions. His mission as a former back pain sufferer is to help others live pain free without surgery and pharmaceuticals.

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30 thoughts on “The Myths, Lies & True Causes of Arthritis”

  1. Pranab says:

    Thanks for sharing your noble ideas for arthritis.

  2. MARY ANGEL says:

    In your article The Myths, Lies and True Causes of Arthritis, you list 4 causes but do not outline or mention the 3rd cause: excess scar tissue. What causes scar tissue in the knee? (very specific I know, but my arthritis is very painful in my knees. How can I deal with this? I am using the Rub on and also taking 8-10 aspirin a day. I’ve tried Advil, Aleve, and all the rest but only aspirin gives me true 6-8 hr. relief.
    Also, I saw my orthopedist a couple of weeks ago and both he and my physical therapist pushed the shot in the knee. I resisted as both my grandmother and mother said the shhots were a waste of money/time. However, the doctor in particular acted petulant. I caved. He told me the shot would last 2-4 hrs up to a year, relieve pain that is. I hardly made it to the car and I was in excruciating pain. I couldn’t sleep that night because of the pain. I will not return to him.
    I know this last paragraph is too specific. I hope you can tell me more about the scar tissue.
    Thank you.

  3. Steve says:


    Heal n Soothe, is a Proteolytic Systemic Enzymes formula, designed for two primary purposes,
    To breakdown and remove excess metabolic waste including excess scar tissue, that can build up inside the Joints, Blood Vessels, Soft Tissues and in our Organs. Once the enzymes attach to that metabolic waste, it is then processed by the body and removed from the body.

    The second specific function of the enzymes is to regulate the biological processes that control the bodies inflammatory response, so if you can remove the metabolic waste from the body and then control the bodies inflammation, your body will then be better to be able to repair is self…


    Super Joint Support, is a specific blend of Type II Collagen, Glucosamine, Chondroitin and MSM, designed to help the body stimulate Chondrocytes, the very cells that can regenerate joint cartilage.

    Further 72, Water soluble Ionic trace minerals were added, for bone, joint and ligament support as well as support the body with a balanced approach to having the body be and function in a balanced state again allowing the body to heal its self.

    We added Vitamin K2, D3, and B12 , as co-factors to the Minerals and the Collagen to help them work even better, and finally we added a natural analgesic in the form of White Willow Bark to help the body deal with pain as well as ALA for nerve based pain.

    That said, they both are great products for helping to control Inflammation and to help heal soft tissue so for optimal results, we would suggest one of several options:
    1. Each product can be taken separately and at different times, meaning only taking one product for several months at a time, and not using the other product during those months, this way you can gauge the effect of each product separately .
    2. Heal n Soothe can be taken first for several months, to clean out and prepare the joint for recovery, before starting Super Joint Support, and after several months, both Heal n Soothe and Supper Joint Support can be taken daily till results are achieved.
    3. For optimal results, we suggest taking both Heal n Soothe and Super Joint Support, daily till results are achieved

    Note: Results do very and there is no way to gauge a time line for use of these product, however, we have seen Heal n Soothe produce results in a matter of days and from clinical results it takes about 12 to 16 weeks for metabolic optimization to start to take place in the joint.

    Thanks for asking…


  4. Carol Tombe says:

    I have had Rheumatoid Arthritis for more than 24 years, it is still positive in blood tests
    Have had surgery to both feet and have lots of pain walking in spite of padding.
    It is still ‘active’ in my wrists but not a lot of deformity. Have had surgery ie. Fusion to
    Cervical 4 and 5 and now on MIR now 5 and 6 but Neurologist refused me surgery
    So used neck traction for years, now a pinched nerve so have lots of neck and upper back pain down into my shoulders. Lying on my back with two pillows often relies
    Pain. I have been on Prednisone 5 mg since RA commenced as was in a wheelchair
    And in agony. The Prednisone was amazing and was back at work within 2 weeks.
    I am a registered Nurse became a matron.
    Oh sorry the same time the RA arrived I had total Hysterectomy for Cancer of Right
    Ovary, Gynea felt caught CA. In time but had oral chemo small amount and Radiation.
    I have kept on nursing here in the UK in hoitals but later as a Nurse carer up until now.
    I’m 76 and after my husband died in 2005 I came from South Africa to work and live
    Here in UK. And stopped working 3 months ago.
    Have used your RUB on relief and it helps . I eat very healthily even organic when
    Available. I only have a small pension so don’t buy too much . My 3 children all live in
    Different countries NZ,Aus, New York so save up for travel.

    A long long story Do take lots of good vitamins and exercise. Am also a reborn
    Christian and have and still do have lots of healing.
    You wanted a history now you have one.

    Carol Tombe

  5. Adeline Cairo says:

    I have taken advantage of your free bottle of Heal and Soothe by phone and should be receiving it soon.

  6. Rose hardin says:

    I have the arthritis swollen & disfigured fingers. & it’s also in my knees. Am classified disable. Fixing to go back into work force tho with help trying to find a job I can do. No longer can I make a fish. Numerous Meds for this has not helped. Sick of being at a doctors call to get pain killers & anti inflammatory drugs that don’t work. I have the determination to keep moving. Pain or not. Afternoons are worse for me. I sent for your pain Meds to try & let go of prescription Meds. I been dealing with this since 1995. Of course bent fingers are difficult toto do some things but I adapt as much as I can. Thx. My Meds from u have shipped. So will be letting u know. Thx. For. All u try & do. Sincerely. Rose

    1. Steve says:


      1. For your own sake, start by not classifying your self as disabled, you never need to say those words again…

      2. I ware these gloves to bed every night, to help my hands heal after hard workouts:

      3. you can start to do some self massage

      4. you can get a stress ball and start to do some strengthening exercises

      5. you can do some stretching exercises too

      I have what I call my 1% rule, that says, just think if everything you did to help your self helped you 1%, knowing that “Everything Matters” then in time over time, you can find and do enough things to help you, in a very big way…


  7. Jesus Vila says:

    I had hyp surgery on my left hyp last year and im having alot pain on my right budoc and I think is osteoarthritis that is why im trying your product

  8. Lynda Bagwell says:

    I have a very repetitious and strenuous job working as a custodian in a school. About three months ago I noticed having very sharp pains in my left ankle and of course I just kind of ignored it but then three weeks ago I started having very sharp pains in my buttocks area that moved down the front of my leg. Sometimes my right knee locks up and I also have numbness and tingling in my foot. So I found out recently from my doctor that I have osteoarthritis. I feel like it’s way too early for me since I am only 46 but since I went through menopause at 40 and I’m a smoker plus I have a family history of that I guess now it’s my turn. I am currently seeing a chiropractor set turned me on to fish oil and turmeric instead of Naproxen which makes me sick to my stomach. Hoping that I get some relief because I’ve been at my job for way too long that I’m not ready to quit and find a new one. Looking forward to when I get my shipment and hoping I can go off the pain meds & muscle relaxers.

  9. Juanita Walker says:

    I have been taking heal and soothe for about four days and believe my hand is a little better. I can move my fingers without so much pain. Hopefully it will continue to get better.

  10. Bobbie Benjegerdes says:

    Hi Steve. I just received Heal-n-soothe. I am starting out with 2 a day and working up to more. I have neuropathy in my feet not caused by diabetes, just stress and surgeries in the past. I have had stiffness when I get out of bed. I am hoping this product will help get rid of inflammation in my body. I do have several night time bathroom calls which disrupts my sleep. hoping this product will help. Does Heal-n-soothe have herbs that are diuretic, cause incontenance? Please let me know, I hope it doesn’t. Thank you,

  11. Bobbie Benjegerdes says:

    Thank you for this information.

  12. Steve HBI Staf says:


    1. No herbs in Heal n Soothe are diuretic in nature

    2. No nothing in Heal n Soothe causes incontenance

  13. Irene R says:

    I have been taking Heal n Soothe for about 3 weeks now and am beginning to feel better. I have osteoarthritis of the hips and the right being worse. I am feeling better now and don’t know whether it is the Heal n Soothe. How long do you think I should take this and would you recommend another product instead? I do have joint pain, but wondered whether HnS would work for that at the same time.

  14. Admin says:

    Hi Irene, Thanks for your questions, but to give you the best answer, I have
    responded to you privately, please check your in box for my email.

  15. Barbara Chernick says:

    Dear Steve , I am looking forward to receiving my first bottle of heal n soothe. I am a custodian , so my job always has me busy, lifting , cleaning ect.. I have osteo and RA. More then just the pain , at least twice a month I get very ill. Fever , chills , sweats, this bothers me the most. Will these pills help with these kind of attacks ? Have had neck surgery , have crooked fingers, pain in feet , hips, knees and back.

  16. Teresa Rush says:

    Hi got my heal and soothe today started it before supper because it said to take 30 minutes before or couple hours after before was a better fit for me where I work nights and don’t want to carry medicine to work with me. I will let you know if I see any difference in a week or so. I exercise about an hour a day sometimes more. It’s my feet that hurt and had X-ray taken and I have thinning of my bones from what he nurse told me. I am being scheduled for a bone density test but haven’t heard when that will happen but want to strengthen my bones and stop the pain.

  17. Steve says:

    Barbara, I do not know why you are getting ill twice a month but the one additional powerful aspect of the enzymes is that they do help support a healthy immune system with consistent daily use… All the Best.

    Steve HBI Staff

  18. Wanda says:

    Dear Steve ,
    I had hip replacement surgery ,in sept 2016′ since then I have had
    Severe had I have tried everything. The doctors say they can’t
    Give me any more pain meds,even though I have gone to the same
    Doctor for over 30 years, and they know I don’t abuse them.
    I mean same doctor & pharmacy for 30 years, give me a
    Break. That has been the only thing to help so far, but I
    Can’t sleep at night for the aching. I really hope your
    Product works. I can’t wait to try it.

    Thank you

  19. Elmer Wieler says:

    Hi Steve, I have had rheumatoid arthritis now for 7 years, have been on a very low dose of Advil (400mg a day)I’m 47 years old, used to be very active in sports, worked hard but for the last couple of years the pain in my hands and shoulders has gotten to the point where I can hardly do anything physical. I’m waiting to see how your product will work for me. Your thoughts?

  20. Andrea says:

    Aloha Steve and HnS Team!
    I am also waiting for my order to arrive. Can’t wait to start this miracle!!
    I am 68, started out a Vegetarian in 1993, then about 5 yrs later went on to Vegan since 1998. Have been healthy and very active in work, and volunteering to prepare Vegan meals for hundreds/thousands Natural disasters relief and organizations.
    I am totally shock to find my joints started this disability PAIN. I feel totally helpless, as I am an active Independent person all my life. Excruciating pain are in 1. Left shoulder, 2. Left hand knuckles, 3. Left Knee, 4. Entire Right foot. Steve, I don’t even have one normal limb besides my right arm. All this started in this Mid May. Think I need not go further, as I am in PAIN just moving about. Current Lab texted I had developed Rhumatoid Arthritis immflamations, as well as Osteoarthritis on my Right Foot. I do NOT want to take the Drug my doctor suggested, which will kill me one way or another. Fyi – I have only my Right Kidney. Donated one 10 yrs ago. I am praying your HnS will give me my life back, so I can continue to be of service to help disaster Relief. Please reply, as to how many capsules I should take in my case. Thank God for ALL you HnS Team do!
    A. Lee

  21. Steve says:


    I have responded to your questions privately, in an email, 6-15-2017, I look forward to hearing of your success…

    Steve, HBI-Staff

  22. Elizabeth Pena says:

    I have osteoarthritis of my l. Knee the pain is unbelievable, it’s difficult to walk and use stairs, they are trying Jell shots, still hurts, I also wear a knee brace and use a cane. I have developed on top of that a pain in my R. butt area that is also unbearable it even bothers my thigh. and hip. I also have bone on bone in my L shoulder. Due to all these problems I can’t do anything, nothing seems to work. I feel weak and as if my body was all swollen. They want to operate my lshoulder. I feel helpless, I am waiting for your first order to arrive.
    One of my problems is I suffer from many allergies to most all medications, I also suffer from recurrent nose bleeds, have to be careful taking medication that could make me bleed. What can I do.

  23. Nonhlanhla Nxumalo says:

    Hi Steve
    Thanks for your informative enail no I will come back to you in a couple of days I am travelling from Saudi Arabia to South Africa I really want these tablets.
    My question is my right kidney is slightly compromised I was wondering whether I can take these tablets I have Rheumatoid Arthritis.
    Looking forward to your reply

  24. Nonhlanhla, Only your physician can tell you if you can take any product with your kidney condition, as only they know your complete medical condition and only they can give you guidance in this regard…

    Steve HBI Staff

  25. Amala Chew says:

    Hi Jesse,

    Thank you for your follow-up emails after I requested for the free bottle of Heal n Soothe

    I am having Arthritis for the past 10 years. Starting when I have pains, I came across the article on Apple Cider Vinegar and when I started drinking it with honey nightly; my pains went off. To date I do not have pains except when at time due to cold weathers and walking too much than I feel the strains.

    I have taken my x-ray before and doctor said is due Cartilage breakdown – Over time, my joint cartilage breaks down through sheer stress of use.

    When the weathers are hot and when I perspire, at time I have some rashes but not so serious as what that are describe in the link.

    This is the main reasons why I did not order extra promo bottle as I want to try and see whether it works for my conditions of not. I have tried other products before and they don’t seem to work. I just want some natural product to maintain or improve my conditions.

    With regards,
    Amala Chew

  26. Amala, Thanks for the feed back, I can tell you that the only way Supplements “work” is to take them early and continuously…

    The way we suggest trying any supplement is to give it at least 3 months and look for any changes and not a “cure”.



  27. Cheryl Sinclair says:

    Hello Steve,
    Thanks for being persistent as I am just a little unsure about what to do. Firstly I have polymialgia rheumatica. I have suffered with it for 12 years now. I take prednisone daily plus pain killers plus a lot of other meds. My hands are terrible my fingers are all deformed and I have had 2 injections of cortisone in each with very little improvements. My main concern is that I am allergic to penecillon and sulphate. Hence unable to take the glucosamine. I exercise daily and swim in summer and go to hydrotherapy weekly. I used to be a very good lady athlete but now can’t walk too far or carry my groceries or lift a dinner plate. I am 63 eat well not overweight even on the prednisone. I am over it. Do you think hns is for me?

    1. Steve HBI-Staff says:

      Cheryl, I have to suggest that you work with your physician on developing a plan of care that includes supplement, (systemic enzymes) in this case. I suggest that you ask them “Is there any reason why I cannot take systemic enzymes (Heal n Soothe) as part of the total plan of care?”

      Depending on what they say, you will have options, please let us know what they say about Heal n Soothe and we can help with dosing and usage…


  28. victoria smith downing says:

    Dear Steve,

    You are amazingly generous in your responses to patients who write in about the product.

    I can attest to the efficacy of this product. Heal N Soothe. Used it after surgery on arm.
    Never used any of the OPIODS they insisted that I purchase.

    I Have now RECOMMENDED to my Surgeon and General Physician at UTSOUTHWESTERN (Dallas) that they bring in your products!

    When will there be a path to get INSURANCE that will pay for long term use of your products???
    Insurance companies are all too eager to pay to poison people’s lives with Opiods and other destructive pharmaceuticals. No exaggeration is necessary. The simple facts are appalling.
    Are Clinicals really still necessary for product approval from Insurance companies?

    That is a useless barrier as we know that the FDA is no longer a viable agency.
    Perhaps there is a route to make this happen. Let me know if I can help.

    I hope Jesse Cannone, the Healthy Back Institute, and your team continue to produce great products and the company thrives.


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