On October 12th, it's World "Arthritis" Day. IAAM puts the word "arthritis" in quotations to highlight the fact that over the years the word has become a generic term for all strands of arthritis.
This has led to a gross misunderstanding that ALL arthritis can be treated by over-the-counter medications or simple diet adjustments (see example below)
, that ALL arthritis is merely joint pain and that ALL arthritis is caused by old age, wear and tear, or injury. In fact, 7 out of over 100 types of arthritis are classified as Autoimmune Arthritis diseases, which are serious, systemic diseases that involve the whole body, including organ involvement. Although Autoimmune Arthritis can occur at any age, because it is brought on by problems within the immune system, it typically occurs between the ages of 0-40.