by Dr. Lawrence Wilson

February 2010, L.D. Wilson Consultants, Inc.


All information in this article is for educational purposes only.  It is not for the diagnosis, treatment, prescription or cure of any disease or health condition.


Both tendonitis and bursitis are inflammatory conditions of the tendons, ligaments and other connective tissue structures of the body. 




Tendons are strong, fibrous connecting tissues that connect muscles to bones. The bursa is a capsule in the shoulder area that cushions and protects the shoulder joint.  They can become inflamed for several reasons: 


           Nutrient deficiencies. This may include minerals such as manganese that are required for these tissues.

           Toxic buildup in and around the area. Toxic substances irritate and weaken them.  Many toxic metals or biounvailable vital minerals such as iron and copper can build up in and around the tendons and bursa.

           Trauma.  This may be due to an accident, a fall or athletic activity of some kind.  However, if the body is healthy, the tendon should heal quickly.

           A generally acidic condition of the body. This can irritate many types of tissues including connective tissues such as tendons and the bursa.

           Infection. Some cases are caused by viral and other infections that can settle into the joints and other tissues.




            Restoring the proper nutrients to the body, eliminating hundreds of toxic chemicals and two dozen toxic metals, and resting the area are the basic methods we use to easily correct most cases, even if they are longstanding and chronic.

            In addition, sauna therapy may be very helpful using a near infrared light sauna to direct infrared energy at the area to improve circulation, which is often poor in some of these areas.

            Important aspects of nutritional correction are to supply omega-3 fatty acids in abundance, calcium, magnesium, zinc and other anti-inflammatory nutrients if needed, and to reduce high levels of copper and toxic metals that can make the situation worse.  Correcting the mineral balance will relieve an overly acid condition of the body.  I do not recommend alkaline water machines, however, as I do not feel they are a safe method and they do not restore the mineral balance.

In a few cases, an infection must be cleared up.  This will often happen automatically on a nutritional balancing program.  If it does not occur by itself, natural anti-infective agents such as colloidal silver, vitamins A and C and others can be used.  Antibiotics should never be needed, and are too toxic, in my view, to use unless all the natural methods are not effective, and this is very rarely the case.

            At times, chiropractic care, osteopathic manipulation or Rolfing or structural integration may be needed if the joints are out of alignment or if there is extreme tension on certain joints.  Rarely, other therapies are also helpful such as physical therapy, movement therapies or postural correction.


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