The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #8814   Message #1456606
Posted By: PoppaGator
09-Apr-05 - 07:00 PM
Thread Name: Playing inspite of injury/disability
Subject: RE: Playing inspite of injury/disability
Thanks for the clarification on Django, Dave. I know more about Jerry Garcia's lost finger, also in a childhood accident (fishing with his older brother), only because I read Jerry's biography a year or two ago.

Muttley, I wholeheartedly endorse that shark cartiledge, too. I haven't heard of it being "sold separately" ~ it's most commonly provided as a second ingredient along with something else called glucosamine, making a very effective supplement for treatment of arthritis. Rather than masking the pain, it increases flexibility thus gradually lessening pain. You have to take it daily for a month or so before the effects become apparent, but once it starts working, it works great. I could never have resumed playing the guitar without it.

Here's a list of the ingredients in a 1/4 ounce dose of the Glucosamine Complex I'm taking:

1250 mg Glucosamine HCL and Sulfate
   25 mg Shark Cartiledge (includes Chondroitin)
    8 mg Boswellin
    3 mg Yucca Powder
    5 mg Manganese (Ascorbate)
    1 mg Bromelain
    5 mg Vitamin C (Acorbic Acid)
    5 mg Omega 3 Fatty Acid
    5 mg Omega 6 Fatty Acid
   80 IU Vitamin A
    2 IU Vitamin E

As you can less there is much less Shark Cartiledge than Glucosamine in this stuff, but it still seems to be an essential part of the formula.

I'd guess that, what with the average age of the codgers hanging around this forum, and the preponderance of stringed-instrument players, arthritis in the finger-joints will always be a hot topic.