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A general term applied to various diseases that cause pain in the muscles, joints and fibrous tissues.
Persons most commonly affected: All age groups and both sexes but specially women and more common in those aged 30 to 50 years.
Organ or part of body involved: Muscles, joints and fibrous tissues.
Symptoms and indications: Pain and stiffness in various parts of the body.
Causes and risk factors: Chief cause is the presence of toxic waste products in the blood. The liberal consumption of meat, white bread, sugar, and refined cereals leaves a large residue of toxic wastes in the system. When the vitality is low, the toxic wastes are concentrated around the joints and bony structures, where they form the basis of rheumatism. The disease is aggravated by exposure to cold.
Prevention: Fresh air, deep breathing and outdoor exercises. Dampness and extreme cold should be avoided.