This is the response by Seagate to a customer’s inquiry regarding the possible use of shark cartilage for their joint issues. On occasion, the explanations we provide to important customer questions are important enough that they should be available for viewing by all customers.
We shipped a 300-cap bottle of the shark cartilage on Friday. You should receive it early next week. This is a supplement not a medicine, so it is perfectly safe and you cannot overdose. The theory on why it seems to work so well came from our friends at UCSD Medical School’s specialists in Rheumatoid Arthritis. So this is not heresy. It is just the different approach from “conventional” pharmaceutical practice. The conventional approach is just to prescribe pain relievers or give cortisone shots, which treat the symptoms but not the cause of the problem. The Seagate alternative approach is to find the cause of the problem and see if it can be stopped, rather than just treating ongoing symptoms.
What these researchers at UCSD found in the mid 1990’s is that it is the body’s own immune system by way of its own antibodies or”T” cells) that are attacking our joints. In many cases, there is no outside infection doing all of this joint damage. With people who have damaged/deteriorating joints, the cells lining the joints secrete several substances into the nearby tissues area. One of these substances is a simple protein, a peptide, which happens to coincidentally have a similar shape and appearance as the E. Coli bacteria … but it is not a bacteria, nor is it harmful. It is just a protein.
People who are predisposed to having rheumatoid arthritis have a compromised immune system. So, their immune system cannot distinguish that these peptides really are not bacteria and that their body does not therefore have any infection. The immune system mistakenly responds to this perceived infection, and sends the T-cells to the areas of greatest concentration of the suspect peptides — which happens to be the area in and around the irritated joint. The T-cells then attack the peptides and also attack the cells lining the joint that are secreting the peptide … causing them to be further irritated and therefore to continue to secrete more of this peptide. So the cycle repeats and gets worse, eventually completely destroying the joint and leaving the person in severe pain and possibly immobile. (sound familiar?)
Now along comes shark cartilage, which just happens to reduce down after digestion into several components including a very similar peptide to the one given off by the irritated joint. What then happens is a mechanism that is very similar to what goes on with vaccines. The peptide from the shark cartilage is now circulating throughout the body as a food, rather than being concentrated in and around the irritated joint. So the first thing that happens is the mistaken immuno-assault on the specific joints is diverted to chase after this food peptide. The affected joints suddenly get a chance to rest, no longer secreting more peptides from their cells, and therefore no more T-Cells congregating there and attacking the joint. The first result is that the affected joints’ cells slowly become less and less irritated. The second thing going on is that the body is now so exposed to this peptide, that the immune system will eventually lose its sensitivity to it and eventually will not react to the original peptide secreted by the irritated joint cells. This effect can takes months to occur. However, initially within 2-3 weeks, you should start feeling a definite noticeable improvement in the affected joint.
The good news is that the worse joint problems show the most dramatic results and resolution. In minor cases, such as intermittent pain in a finger, for example, only before a rainstorm, the results are less consistent because these folks don’t seem to remember to use the shark cartilage on a regular basis, because they forget. People having constant and severe joint pain, usually keep to the plan.
So keep in mind that this is not a painkiller. It takes a little while for it to kick in. Since 1993 when we first began processing shark cartilage, we have had very few cases of customers reporting back that they did not have good results. So it likely will help you … if you just stick with it. It is very important during the initial 2-3 weeks to use approximately 3-5 capsules three times a day … and don’t forget the middle of the day application. It needs to keep circulating in your body throughout the day. Later on after you are feeling better, you will be able to reduce the use and to drop down to some “maintenance” level. Don’t think about conserving it by cutting back to a capsule or 2 each dose. It won’t work that way and would just waste those few capsules you are taking.
So good luck with it. Let us know how it goes.
Seagate Customer Service