The musculoskeletal system
The skeleton, made up of all the bodys bones, provides strength, stability, and a
frame for muscles to work against in producing movement. Bones are both strong enough to
support our weight and light enough to allow us to move. They protect delicate internal
organs and store important minerals. Bones come together to form joints, most of which are
in constant motion. Muscles make up almost half the weight of the human body. Skeletal
muscles work together with bones to provide the power that enables us to move. Tendons
attach muscles to bones, and ligaments surround joints and connect one bone to another.
The ends of bones are covered with cartilage, a smooth, tough, protective tissue that acts
as a shock absorber and reduces friction. We also include the skin herethe largest
organ of the bodywhich acts as a protective barrier to the outside world. Skin also
helps to regulate body temperature, senses painful and pleasant stimuli, and shields us
from the suns harmful effects.
When things go wrong
The most well-known musculoskeletal problems are osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis,
and osteoporosisproblems which affect thousands around the world. Skin disorders
include the minor problems of dry or thin skin, boils, and blisters, as well as more
troubling conditions such as psoriasis and eczema.
Why things go wrong
Although bones and diet may not seem connected, they are. Our standard diet may be a
major risk factor for arthritis and osteoporosis. It also can result in unhealthy looking
skin. Excess weight on joints, lack of essential fats (skin disorders), and under and
overexercise also contribute to musculoskeletal problems.
To maintain musculoskeletal health
The Healthy Cell Concept, especially cell exercise, can help keep bones, muscles,
and joints strong and flexible. The minerals calcium, potassium, magnesium, and zinc are
important, as are the supplements aloe vera, green tea, and fish oil.