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(a.k.a. Chronic Atrophic Polychondritis, Relapsing Polychondritis, Systemic Chondromalacia, Von Meyenburg's Disease)
by Ron Kennedy, M.D., Santa Rosa, CA

Dr. Kennedy

Polychondritis is a rare disease characterized by recurring inflammation of cartilage with degeneration and loss of proper form. Deterioration of cartilage may affect any site of the body where cartilage is present. Ears, larynx and trachea may become "floppy," and the bridge of the nose can collapse into a "saddlenose" shape. The aortic heart valve may be involved as well resulting in a leaky valve. If this is the case easy fatigueability may be noticed.

It is considered to be an autoimmune disease. Autoimmune disorders are caused when the body's immune system, which is meant to defend the body against bacteria, viruses, and any other foreign product, malfunctions and produces antibodies against healthy tissue, cells and organs.

Polychondritis is also called chronic atrophic polychondritis, relapsing polychondritis, systemic chondromalacia, and von Meyenburg disease.

The disorder affects males and females in equal numbers. Symptoms usually begin between 40 and 60 years of age.

Conventional treatment involves the use of Prednisone and other corticosteroids. Often patients are unable to tolerate the toxic side effects of these drugs.

The alternative, nutritional medicine approach is to identify hidden allergies by blood test and avoid those allergens (primarily foods). Also enzyme potentiated desensitization holds hope for putting the disease in long term remission.

As with all autoimmune disorders, detoxification and dietary changes are usually helpful. For best results this should be done under the supervision of a doctor experienced in nutritional medicine.

The approach used in homeopathy is to attempt to restore the balance of the system using dilute solutions of natural substances specific to the disorder.

The information in this article is not meant to be medical advice.�Treatment for a medical condition should come at the recommendation of your personal physician.

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