by Nathan Wei, MD, FACP, FACR
Nathan Wei is a nationally known board-certified rheumatologist and author of the Second Opinion Arthritis Treatment Kit. It's available exclusively at this website... not available in stores.
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Information from the National Institutes of Health and the Arthritis Foundation
Promoters of unproven arthritis remedies frequently resort to some of the following tricks...
The remedy or treatment offers a cure for arthritis. There is no known cure yet for chronic rheumatic disease.
The remedy is described as an exclusive, special or secret formula.
Testimonials of people who were supposedly helped by the arthritis remedy are presented as anecdotal proof of its value. While this can be a ploy, if the actual name and location of the person is given, it is probably legitimate.
The arthritis remedy is promoted in tabloid articles, special health-interest publications, through mail-order promotion, and is sensationalized in its advertisement.
Quick or simple relief of arthritis pain is promised or implied by using the arthritis remedy.
The arthritis remedy is said to cleanse the body of toxins to allow the natural curative power of the body to take over.
The various arthritis drugs and medications and/or surgical options are condemned as being dangerous and unnecessary. The arthritis remedy is touted instead.
The proposed arthritis remedy or treatment has not been tested in randomized controlled, double-blind, clinical trials.
A special diet and/or nutrition program is promoted as the answer to arthritis. Food or nutrients have not been found by scientists to significantly cause or affect any rheumatic disease, except for gout.
Various charity organizations or the medical establishment, such as The Arthritis Foundation, American Medical Association, and The Food and Drug Administration, are accused of a "conspiracy" to interrupt progress by not approving or endorsing the arthritis remedy being promoted.
Education and taking responsibility for ones own health care is the first line of defense against promoters of unproven, quack treatments. Knowledge of symptoms, new treatments, and just general all around education is the best approach.
Unproven arthritis remedies are treatments that have NOT been:
• Evaluated by controlled scientific studies, or
• Proven effective or safe when evaluated by controlled scientific studies
According to a recent survey by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (USDHHS), one in 10 people who have tried unproven arthritis remedies report harmful side effects.
Yet even if an unproven remedy is harmless, it can still have a negative effect if it causes a person to delay or stop using proven arthritis treatments that were prescribed by a knowledgeable physician.
• Sometimes an individual may believe that an unproven remedy is effective simply because the remedy was used when symptoms were going into a remission as part of the course of the disease.
• Also, disease improvement due to belief the treatment will work - otherwise known as the "placebo effect" - may temporarily relieve symptoms in some people. Such improvement usually is short-lived, while the underlying arthritis progressively worsens.
That being said, there are some natural remedies that do have supportive data...
The most studied of the anti-inflammatory herbs are ginger and turmeric. Known for centuries to practitioners, these two herbs are currently undergoing clinical trials at the University of Arizona's National Center for Phytomedicine Research in the College of Pharmacy.
Ginger (Zingiber officinale) is probably best known for its ability to ease motion and morning sickness as well as drug-induced and postoperative nausea. In one double-blind clinical trial, ginger extract reduced knee pain caused by osteoarthritis.
Turmeric (Curcuma longa), a plant related to ginger, is the herb that gives curry its golden color. Turmeric is proven to have anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and anticancer properties. In one animal trial, a turmeric compound was almost as potent as cortisone in treating acute inflammation.
Other herbs of interest include…
Stinging Nettle - Stinging nettle is rich in boron, which may be helpful in treating arthritis.
Other herbs have been used to treat joint pains for centuries. Herbs sometimes used for arthritis include:
Anti-pain diets are high in omega-3 fatty acids, found in salmon, sardines, and other oily fish; walnuts, flax, and soy; and in monounsaturated fats, such as olive oil, nuts, and avocados.
Glucosamine may help rebuild cartilage and prevent further damage.
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