Articles on remedy for joint pain

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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These nuggets have been culled from the Internet. The Internet is a wonderful source of information. Unfortunately, it is a dangerous flow of half-truths, factual errors and flat-out lies. The Internet has been referred to by Norman Chad as the “Wild Wild West on a mouse pad.”

I cannot vouch for the effectiveness of the remedies mentioned below. However, they have been gathered from relatively reliable sources.

Certo is liquid fruit pectin, a product easily obtained in most grocery stores. (It also is available as a powder.)

Many patients who suffered severe pain from arthritis are at the end of their rope and are willing to try some off-beat therapies. One of these is Certo.

There is no consensus as to the amount to use but most people add a tablespoon two to three times a day to beverages such as gape juice, orange juice, coffee, or tea.

If it's going to work, a person will see an effect within a week or two. Certo dosing can be reduced or discontinued.

"Jogging in a jug" is a mixture of vinegar and grape juice widely touted as a n arthritis remedy. Some of my patients swear by it. I've never tried it.

Glucosamine is a glucose-based chemical available as a supplement from health shops and many pharmacies. Glucosamine has an impressive record in relieving osteoarthritis symptoms... although many are still unconvinced of its efficacy.

Some recent research indicates that it is effective in easing pain and helping mobility and may even slow progression of the disease.

Against this wave of optimism is the result coming from the GAIT trial from the National Institutes of Health which was largely touted as a negative study. On closer inspection though, it appears that some people with moderate to severe disease did improve.

Sales of glucosamine supplements took off with the publication in 1997 of The Arthritis Cure (Century) by an American physician, Dr Jason Theodosakis, a specialist in preventive medicine at the University of Arizona College of Medicine and a long-time sufferer of arthritis. In sampling alternative remedies, he hit upon a combination of dietary supplements - glucosamine and chondroitin, a related joint chemical - that vets were using for racehorses with tendon strain. Some European doctors had been quietly offering patients these supplements since the 1980s.

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 a 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 anti-tumor properties. In one animal trial, a turmeric compound was almost as potent as cortisone in treating acute inflammation.

Diets heavy with processed foods and fast foods and light on fruits and vegetables, are a recipe for disaster as far as arthritis is concerned.

Anti-inflammation 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 good arthritis diet plan.

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