About the Author
Though I'm not a doctor, in 2009 I felt the urge to gather as much information about osteoarthritis as I could. First I just wanted to find alternative treatment options other than drugs and surgery. But the more answers I got, the more my list of questions grew. Soon I became pretty obsessed with my research, and I put all my energy into learning the real causes of this degenerative joint disease.
So why all my fuss about osteoarthritis? The reason was my Dad. At the age of 60 his left knee showed the typical signs of OA such as pain, stiffness, and limited range of motion. The doctor's diagnosis was shocking: "Your father has an incurable joint disease due to wear and tear of the cartilage. Cartilage loss is irreversible. But no need to worry because it is a normal part of aging. Anyway, as soon as the pain becomes unbearable, the patient will get an artificial joint." Period. I was deeply disappointed. Prosthesis to my father, who used to be a champion gymnast and who can't imagine his life without physical activity?!
But my disappointment quickly turned into doubt and the following questions started to bug me: If OA is caused only by wear and tear, why does my father have pain only in the left knee and not in both knees? And why can't cartilage repair itself if bones can? During my hunt for answers I realized that I was not the only one who doubted the medical explanation of osteoarthritis. Since then I have found countless sources claiming that OA is indeed curable if you support your body's self-healing ability. My book is based on what I have learned about this chronic disease.