Illnesses

Osteoarthritis

"Monolithic groups like the Arthritis Foundation long held the position that dietary cures for arthritis were quackery. But they have recently been forced to soften their position in light of scientific evidence that dietary approaches do make a difference."   Ronald Hoffman, M.D.

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

Handout on Health: Osteoarthritis
from the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases
Osteoarthritis Basics, Diagnosis, Treatment, Current Research

Arthritis: Not for Seniors Only
by Ronald Hoffman, M.D.
Causes include trauma or injury, being overweight, genetic and environmental factors, allergic reactions, and even some infectious diseases.

Questions and Answers About Arthritis Pain
from HealingWell.com

Gout
from American Institute of Preventive Medicine

OSTEOARTHRITIS OF THE KNEE

Osteoarthritis of the Knee
from American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons

A Controlled Trial of Arthroscopic Surgery for Osteoarthritis of the Knee
from New England Journal of Medicine

"In this controlled trial involving patients with osteoarthritis of the knee, the outcomes after arthroscopic lavage or arthroscopic débridement were no better than those after a placebo procedure."

Effectiveness of Acupuncture as Adjunctive Therapy in Osteoarthritis of the Knee
from Annals of Internal Medicine

"Acupuncture seems to provide improvement in function and pain relief as an adjunctive therapy for osteoarthritis of the knee..."

The Knee Bone's Connected to... The Intestines!?! - A Holistic Approach to the Treatment Of Osteoarthritis
by Joseph A. Debé, D.C.

Detailed action plan.

Exercise Can Ease Knee Pain from Arthritis
by Jeanie L. Davis

CAUSES/RISK FACTORS/PREVENTION

Rheumatism and Arthritis
by Jan De Vries, Ph.D., D.Ac., D.O., N.D.
Dietary Causes, Alternative Treatment

Osteoarthritis: Causative Factors by Linda Lazarides
Abstracts of Journal Articles Linking Diet to Osteoarthritis

Foods and Arthritis
from Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine

TREATMENTS/THERAPIES

Can Alternative Therapies Help Your Arthritis?
by Sharon L. Kolasinski, M.D.
Vitamins, Calcium, Glucosamine Sulfate, Chondroitin Sulfate, Acupuncture

Arthritis Docs Embrace Alternative Medicine
from HealthScout.com
" ... there's a growing body of evidence that [alternative medicine] can play an important role in the comprehensive treatment of someone with arthritis. Studies have appeared in journals that rheumatologists read."

Natural Treatments for Osteoarthritis
by Alan R. Gaby, M.D.
"This article has reviewed a number of promising alternatives for preventing and treating OA. Although additional research needs to be done, some of the treatments discussed appear to be as effective as, and better tolerated than, conventional drug therapy. In addition, preliminary evidence (such as the persistence of improvement after treatment is discontinued, and positive radiographic and biopsy findings) suggests some of these treatments may help arrest or reverse the disease process."

A Natural Treatment of Osteoarthritis
by Michael Murray, N.D.
"The case of osteoarthritis is a classic example where current medical treatment simply suppresses symptoms, and since it doesn't address the underlying cause, the treatment actually promotes the disease process. The use of glucosamine is a classic example of how a natural substance improves a condition by addressing the underlying cause and supporting the body's ability to heal itself."

Acupuncture for Arthritis
from Arthritis Today

Glucosamine and Chondroitin Sulfate
from Arthritis Foundation
"Past studies show that some people with mild to moderate osteoarthritis (OA) taking either glucosamine or chondroitin sulfate reported pain relief at a level similar to that of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as aspirin and ibuprofen. Some research indicates that the supplements might also slow cartilage damage in people with OA."

SAMe
from Newsweek, July 1999
"In a dozen clinical trials involving more than 22,000 patients, researchers have found SAMe as effective as pharmaceutical treatments for pain and inflammation. But unlike the NSAIDs, SAMe shows no sign of damaging the digestive tract. And instead of speeding the breakdown of cartilage, SAMe may help restore it."
Articles from Life Extension Foundation

Arthritis Treatment Protocols
"The value of nutrients is well known when it comes to arthritis. Even conventional textbooks recommend that people with osteoarthritis consume a diet rich in natural anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and joint-supporting nutrients, and avoid eating pro-inflammatory foods that are high in sugar, saturated fats, and trans fatty acids.

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Although nutritional approaches are the best option, millions of people still rely on prescription medications to manage their arthritis. Unfortunately, there just isn’t a good solution when it comes to the standard prescription drugs. Even the best of them have serious drawbacks."
Detailed and recommended.

SAMe Treatment for Arthritis: Possibly the Safest, Most Effective Treatment Ever Discovered
"The standard treatment for arthritis hasn't changed in decades: aspirin, steroids, NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs), gold treatments, immune-suppressing drugs, exercise and weight loss, walking sticks and surgery.  Anyone who has tried them knows they sometimes work, but none of them is a panacea.  Now, however, better treatment is at hand."

SAMe Aids Arthritis Without Side Effects
“We would agree that based on the findings, patients with osteoarthritis — especially those particularly susceptible to side effects of NSAIDs—might consider using SAMe on a regular basis,” the researchers said.

Next-Generation Nutrients for Rapid Relief of Joint Pain
"The good news is, scientists have made great progress in developing joint-health supplements with a more rapid onset of action.  These remarkable compounds—which naturally nourish joint fluids and tissues, while improving joint pain and functionality in just hours or days—represent impressive new weapons in the pain-relief arsenal."
Detailed and recommended.

Arthritis Articles Abstracts
Dozens of abstracts.

Articles from Health World

Nutritional Program for Arthritis
by Michael Janson M.D.
"Dietary supplements are among the safest and most effective choices in health care. They are almost free of side effects, they are easy to take, they are relatively inexpensive, and they usually enhance many life functions besides the specific condition for which they are being given."

Supplements, Herbs, Homeopathy for Osteoarthritis
by Ruth Bar-Shalom, N.D. and David Soileau, N.D.
"Aspirin is often used to relieve pain and swelling in arthritis. However, the relatively high dosage of aspirin required to be effective is toxic and can lead to ringing in the ears, stomach irritation, and, eventually, an acceleration in cartilage destruction.

Because of the nature of this disease, permanent relief will always require lifestyle changes, including improvement in the quality of the diet, having regular daily bowel movements, and exercising. Daily bowel movements are essential for the elimination of waste products, which aggravate the inflamed joints. Avoiding or treating obesity is extremely important because the added weight means increased stress on weight bearing joints."

Inflammation and Arthritis
by David L. Hoffmann
"Utilizing a broad holistic approach, herbal medicine works with the whole body promoting an amelioration of the condition whilst alleviating pain and discomfort. Simply using anti-inflammatory and anti-rheumatic remedies is not enough, therapy must focus on liver function, circulation, elimination as well as quality of life and experience."

Osteoarthritis
by David L. Hoffmann

Homeopathic Medicines for Arthritis
by Dana Ullman, M.P.H.
"Although most arthritis sufferers would certainly welcome temporary relief, professional homeopathic care of people with arthritis offers the potential of deeper, more longlasting relief, possibly even a cure. Such treatment is provided through highly individualized constitutional treatment, usually a single remedy, though usually with a series of single remedies over time."

Acupuncture May Lower Osteoarthritis Pain

Articles on Exercise

Role of Exercise in Arthritis
by Susan Bartlett, Ph.D.

Exercise Can Ease Knee Pain from Arthritis
by Jeanie L. Davis

Articles on NSAIDs

NSAIDs -- The Unintended Consequences
by Alan Cook, D.C.

Tylenol Found to Cause Liver Damage Even in Small Doses
from NewsTarget.com

Mixing Large Doses Of Common Painkiller And Caffeine May Increase Risk Of Liver Damage
from ScienceDaily.com

OTHER RESOURCES

All About Arthritis.com

Arthritis Center of Boston University

Arthritis Foundation

ArthritisSupport.com

Arthritis from About.com

Arthritis from Holistic-Online.com

Arthritis from MayoClinic.com

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases

Podcasts
Dr. Hoffman and Dr. Theodosakis on Arthritis 7-20-06

RECOMMENDED BOOKS

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Ronald J. Allen et al., Arthritis of the Hip and Knee: The Active Person's Guide to Taking Charge

 

Luke Bucci, Ph.D., Healing Arthritis the Natural Way: The Breakthrough Program for Reversing Arthritis Using Nutrition and Supplements

Leonid Gordin and Craig Weatherby, M.D., The Arthritis Bible: A Comprehensive Guide to Alternative Therapies and Conventional Treatments for Arthritic Diseases Judith Horstman, The Arthritis Foundation's Guide to Alternative Therapies
Stanley W. Jacob, M.D., et al., The Miracle of MSM:The Natural Solution for Pain Raquel Martin, et al., Preventing and Reversing Arthritis Naturally: The Untold Story
Michael T. Murray, N.D., Arthritis: Your Natural Guide to Healing with Diet, Vitamins, Minerals, Herbs, Exercise, and Other Natural Methods Dava Sobel, et al., Arthritis: What Exercises Work
Jason Theodosakis, et al., Maximizing the Arthritis Cure: A Step-By-Step Program to Faster, Stronger Healing During Any Stage of the Cure

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