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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The term “arthritis remedy” conjures up some negative images... of snake oil salesmen and the like. Information from the National Institutes of Health and the Arthritis Foundation
For most forms of arthritis, there is no cure, with the exception of conditions like septic arthritis or early Lyme disease. However, for most forms of arthritis, there are excellent treatments.
For a more complete discussion of conventional treatments, please refer to other areas of this website.
Effective treatments can come from conventional medicines ... or, in some instances, from alternative therapies.
Promoters of unproven arthritis remedy products and treatments frequently resort to some of the following gimmicks.
The remedy or treatment offers a cure for arthritis. There is no known cure yet for chronic rheumatic disease. When a genuine cure is found, it will be worldwide headline news.
The remedy is described as an exclusive, special or secret formula. Scientists who are legitimate do not keep their findings secret or exclusive.
Testimonials of people who were supposedly helped by the arthritis remedy are presented as anecdotal proof of its value.
The arthritis remedy is promoted in tabloid articles, special health-interest publications, through mail-order promotion, and will be 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 somehow 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 clinical trials. Claims of the arthritis remedy are not backed up with scientific proof or reliable evidence.
A special diet and/or nutrition program is promoted as the answer to arthritis. Food or nutrients have not been found by scientists to cause or affect any rheumatic disease, except for gout (and, of course, osteoarthritis and weight) .
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 reasons behind health advice lead to intelligent questions and disallow a person to be easily conned.
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
In order to be accepted by the medical community, all medicines and medicinal aids must undergo testing. Such tests must demonstrate that the products are effective in repeated controlled studies against a dummy drug known as a placebo. Arthritis remedies, in particular, must show that they are able to accomplish goals such as pain relief, reduction of inflammation, or improvement in joint function.
Tests also must verify that the product is safe, since high frequencies of unwanted side effects limit the usefulness of any treatment. 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 because the remedy was used when symptoms were going into a temporary remission.
• In addition, disease improvement due to the "placebo effect" may temporarily relieve symptoms in some people. Improvement usually is short-lived, while the underlying arthritis progressively worsens. The placebo effect is not all bad. In fact if we could harness the placebo effect and couple it with our medicines, we would have a powerful combination.
A number of federal agencies have the power to take action against promoters of ineffective treatments. The Food and Drug Administration can go to court to stop anyone from selling a drug for arthritis that has not been properly tested or approved for sale by them. The Federal Trade Commission can prohibit any individual or company from making false advertising claims for a product developed to treat any medical condition. The United States Post Office has the authority to seize all mail addressed to any promoter selling such a product through the mail. These agencies lack the staff to be fully effective however.
All that being said…the purpose of this page is not to advocate nor denigrate any of the remedies listed. This is merely a listing of things that have been used.
Some herbal arthritis remedies have been helping ease arthritis pain and inflammation. Unlike harsh modern drugs that can shock and weaken our system, medicinal herbs and herbal remedies soothe and strengthen our entire body and are good for arthritis relief.
Diets heavy on processed foods and fast foods and light on fruits and vegetables, are not good for arthritis pain. Diets that promote inflammation are high in omega-6 fatty acids (found in many vegetable oils) and in partially hydrogenated fats in stick margarines and solid-at-room-temperature shortenings, fried foods, most chips, and store-bought baked goods.
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. The antioxidants in fruits and vegetables are also an absolutely essential part of a pain-free program.
If you have osteoarthritis, be sure to take 1,500 mg of glucosamine daily. It may help rebuild cartilage and prevent further damage.
Conventional treatments are discussed elsewhere on this site. Suffice it to say, the remedy for a given form of arthritis is dependent on making the correct diagnosis and then using a common sense approach incorporating medication, physical therapy and occupational therapy, and other complementary forms of treatment.
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