Stress, Roads, And Gladiators

RA Guy Adventures of RA Guy

gladiatorSome of you all may have noticed that Rheumatoid Arthritis Guy has not been publishing his posts at his regular time each morning. This just goes to show, even superheroes get beat up every now and then. And like most villains, RA does not always play fair…in fact, it is sometimes downright dirty! It will attack before you have even had a chance to wake up in the morning. What’s up with that?

Just like in the Saturday morning cartoons, this superhero has a computer located in the corner of the room. Mine is small and portable…unlike the huge console sized one with blinking lights and buttons of all types. (Was it Airplane! the movie – or one of it’s sequels – in which someone is shown opening a round panel on one of these huge computers and throwing in a load of dirty laundry to wash?)

This is the first superhero news alerts that my computer delivered to me this morning…

Can Psychosocial Stress At Work Increase Risk Of Developing Rheumatoid Arthritis?

This must be a popular one! I’ve seen it multiple times each day for the past couple of weeks. Do you think all of those people who currently don’t have a job would have ever guessed that being unemployed was good for their health? I’m being sarcastic, of course…let’s see what my next superhero news alert this morning was…

Living Near Major Road May Boost Rheumatoid Arthritis Risk

Even this one came out a few months ago, it’s still making the rounds. “People exposed to high levels of traffic pollution have an increased risk of rheumatoid arthritis, a new study suggests.” If you dig in a little deeper (i.e. first sentence of the second paragraph), you will realize that by “people” they mean “women”. This study is based on the analysis of records of women living with RA. I don’t live by a major road, but if I did I guess I would still be safe…hehe.

My next superhero news alert was an obvious pitch…but is was a good one, so I had to share.

Secret Remedy That Ancient Roman Gladiators Used to Heal Rheumatoid Arthritis

This one is a few years old it seems, but this is the first time that I have come across it! It doesn’t seem like they are actually selling a product per se, but are instead telling you to get more sun. Still, another interesting read to start my day.

(Attention all gladiators!!! Had a bad day at the Coliseum? Are they constructing one of those new Roman Roads next to your villa? Uh-oh. You might be at risk for developing rheumatoid arthritis!)

I threw in the third link for fun…but rarely does a day pass in which I do not receive a superhero news alert similar to the first two above, in which some environmental factor is “related” to the risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis.

Which leads me to wonder, where are all the studies and news reports that really dive into the issue of environmental factors and RA, or auto-immune diseases in general? Pesticides. Genetically modified food. MSG. Preservatives. Chemicals. They are all out there surrounding us, confusing our immune systems. That these items might be related to autoimmune illnesses should be more a matter of fact and less a conspiracy theory…in my opinion.

I guess, at least for the moment, that I will have to settle for the impact of work stress and major roads. At least I decided to be a superhero, and not a gladiator!

Stay tuned…for the next adventure of Rheumatoid Arthritis Guy!