Cures for arthritis

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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With the exception of a few types of arthritis, most forms of arthritis are not curable...yet. Examples of arthritis that may be cured include septic arthritis, Lyme disease, rheumatic fever, and possibly a few others.

Unfortunately, the threat of a chronic painful condition along with promises by unscrupulous people or the advice of those who don't know what they're talking about cause confusion and false expectations.

Arthritis, in many instances, can be put into remission; however, a cure cannot be promised. For instance, a disease like rheumatoid arthritis can be controlled and often put into remission. Gouty arthritis is another disease that also can be put into remission.

Let’s talk about the possible quack remedies a person may encounter.

HOW TO RECOGNIZE QUACKERY... advice from the Arthritis Foundation and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration

The following tips will help you avoid paying for useless and possibly dangerous remedies for arthritis and other health problems for which no recognized cure presently exists:

Be wary of "cures," "guaranteed cures," or promises of immediate or complete relief of undiagnosed pain. Also beware of claims that a product offered as an arthritis cure is also a cure for other serious health problems.

Look for key words: "Breakthrough," "secret," "exclusive," or "special" are not scientific words and often appear in promotions of quack products.

Be cautious of vaguely-worded testimonials that cannot be verified. Testimonials should not serve as a substitute for scientific proof of a product. Keep in mind that an ethical health practitioner is not likely to advertise his or her accomplishments on behalf of famous personalities.

Remember that cures for serious medical problems are not usually available by mail order.

Be leery of any special diet or nutrition treatment program promoted as a cure for arthritis. Except in the case of gout, scientists have not found any foods or nutrients that cause arthritis or that make it better or worse.

Because causes and symptoms vary with the form of arthritis and from person to person, treatment varies as well. Be suspicious of any one remedy that claims to relieve the symptoms of all types of arthritis.

Don't heed the advice of any person or group promoting distrust, e.g., "Your physician doesn't know about this," "Don't listen to the Food and Drug Administration," etc.

Watch out for advertisements that claim FDA approval. Federal law does not permit the mention of "FDA" or the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in any way that suggests marketing approval for any drug or medical device.

If you have questions about an advertised product, check with your nearest FDA office or Better Business Bureau before buying the product.

Be wary of health remedies sold door-to-door or at public lectures by self-proclaimed health advisers.

Look at high-pressure sales tactics and one-time-only deals as clues that something is wrong.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' National Health Information Center can help you get in touch with public and private groups that have information about traditional and alternative therapies for arthritis and other conditions. Your public library also may have a computer link to provide you with direct access to the National Health Information Center.

To check on whether a product is "government approved," to learn more about an over-the-counter drug, prescription drug, cosmetic, or medical device, or to report an adverse reaction to any of these products, call the Food and Drug Administration's Consumer Affairs Information Line.

For the latest information on vitamins and nutritional supplements, call the FDA's Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition.

The Food and Drug Administration, or FDA, is part of the United States government. It is FDA's job to make sure medicines for arthritis and other illnesses work and are safe.

Protect Yourself With the Facts

Pain and stiffness often come and go by themselves, for no known reason. You may use an untested product and then feel better. But you may have felt better even without the product.

There is no cure for arthritis. But correct treatment can ease pain and stiffness.

If you use worthless products, you delay real help. So the damage gets worse.

Remember: If it sounds too good to be true, it probably isn't true

Ask your doctor or other health-care worker.

And ask FDA. There may be an FDA office near you. Look for their number in the blue pages of the phone book.

You can also contact FDA through its toll-free number, 1-888-INFO-FDA (1-888-463-6332). Or, on the World Wide Web at

Or call the Arthritis Foundation's toll-free number, 1-800-283-7800.

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