Have you heard of using cartilage or gelatin based on cartilage to give your body the raw materials it needs to repair the joints with arthritis?

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I am a senior in high school and a distributor for a health company. I like the idea of a Healthy Body Calculator, but it is something that is based on an average. I am not average. I weigh 117 and am 5 foot, 4 inches, I work out like a horse and benching 20 pounds more than my body weight have muscle definition and don’t feel tired at all after working out for 3 or 4 hours straight. I feel and look in my perfect condition. I’m not trying to make you feel bad or anything, I just disagree with the calculator.

Have you heard of using cartilage or gelatin based on cartilage, to give your body the raw materials it needs to repair the joints with arthritis? In case you haven’t or just heard about it, Harvard medical school did an experiment on 29 people, giving them a tablespoon full of chicken cartilage a day. After 10 days all of the patients had relief of pain and swelling, after 30 days the patients could use joints with no problems and after 90 days 28 of the 29 patients were clinically cured. But what gets to me on this, Harvard said that the “drug” was beneficial. How is chicken cartilage a drug??

Here is something you should know about our farming soils of America. Senate Document No.264 (74th Congress, 2d Session) states that the farming soils are lacking of the mineral salts needed for proper nutrition. None of the fruits and vegetables supplies the required mineral salts for good health. And what I think is even more disturbing is the fact that this document was written in 1936! Just imagine now, how much the soils must be depleted. I could go on and on, but if you want to know where I’m getting my facts, please e-mail me back.

The Healthy Body Calculator is not based on an average. It utilizes nutrition scientific principles to perform the calculations. If you read the text under the body fat section, the calculator will not estimate an appropriate body weight for people with low body fat. Those people are encouraged to enter their current body fat to get a more accurate calculation. I designed the calculator for athletes and non-athletes alike. Anyway, you are within a healthy body weight for height whether you are a female or male, irrelative of your percent body fat. So what’s your beef?

As to the information regarding use of cartilage or gelatin in the treatment of arthritis, I have not seen published research documenting what you state. A drug is any substance given in excess of what the body needs or normally consumes or produces, including concentrated substances like mega doses nutritional supplements.

I have not seen recently published research documenting that our soils are depleted of minerals. In fact, minerals are quite stable and stationary in soil based on the reading I have done. I have seen such statements though by companies selling supplements. Hopefully agriculture has learned a bit about soil management since 1936 and it would be false to assume that if soils were somewhat depleted in 1936 that they are more depleted now. That would assume that we have not gained knowledge nor used that knowledge. In fact, the organic farming movement has had a tremendous effect on how we grow and process our food. Lastly, I design and manage nutritional databases and review that data which results from the chemical analysis of raw and cooked foods. Based on the nutrient content of foods that I have access to (over 23,000 foods), there definitely are minerals in foods, both raw and processed. If a person eats a varied diet with at least 1600 calories per day, It is very reasonable to meet your Recommended Dietary Allowances without the need for nutritional supplements.