Volume 2 - Issue 2
The Arthritis Diet: Foods to Avoid
By J.R. Rogers
Below is part of tip 3 The Arthritis Fighting Diet. You can read our full series of 8 tips here.
The most common culprits are:
Some have said that nightshades are a problem. They are not. This is an old myth that has been going on for years. This is the list.
If you do eat any of these foods, pay attention to any reaction you might have in the next 24 hours. If you notice a reaction, you are indeed allergic to that food item.
Let’s talk about soda. It is difficult to believe but every time you drink a (regular) soda, you are consuming 11-13 teaspoons of sugar. (Some of you may remember that old trick of putting a penny in a glass of soda. It corrodes that penny to the point of virtual destruction.) In short, soda is not something that you should be drinking on a regular basis if you are concerned about arthritis.
Celebrex and Vioxx Potentially Fatal
By J.R. Rogers
Celebrex and Vioxx: Dangerous and Potentially Fatal Side Effects
Celebrex and Vioxx were approved for the U.S. market back in 1999 for the treatment of arthritis and other types of pain. Both of the drugs constituted a new class of drugs called Cox-2 inhibitors. Their release seemed to be cause for celebration for individuals who had previously taken aspirin or other NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs), but were bothered by gastrointestinal problems commonly associated with them.
Celebrex and Vioxx were touted as great medical developments in the many ads that promoted their benefits. Principal among these was the claim that Vioxx and Celebrex relieved pain without causing stomach problems. Specifically, these Cox-2 inhibitors are prescribed to relieve symptoms commonly associated with osteoarthritis, menstrual cramps, or other acute pain. Unfortunately, Vioxx and Celebrex pose troubling effects for some users and potentially fatal side effects.
Vioxx Side Effects: The Heightened Risk of Heart Attack Linked to Vioxx
Whether the increased risk of heart attack is attributable to a property of Cox-2 inhibitors (this includes both Vioxx and Celebrex), or whether it is solely specific to Vioxx, is not yet known.
Celebrex Side Effects: Deaths Linked to Celebrex
Furthermore, Vioxx and Celebrex do not do anything whatsoever to assist with osteoarthritis, they simply treat the pain. Glucosamine on the other hand is completely safe and has been shown to actually asist in rehabilitating cartilage through the production of proteoglycans and glycosaminoglycans.
The Pet Arthritis Chronicle
By J.R. Rogers
Beginning February 15th 2002, The Pet Arthritis Resource Center will begin publishing The Pet Arthritis Chronicle
In The Pet Arthritis Chronicle you can expect to find:
For dozens of articles on arthritis and hip dysplasia in pets, visit the Pet Arthritis Resource Center
How to Evaluate a Glucosamine Product
By J.R. Rogers
What is Glucosamine?
Each person produces a certain amount of glucosamine within their bodies. When people grow older, their bodies lose the capacity to make enough glucosamine, so the cartilage in their weight-bearing joints, such as the hips, knees, and hands is destroyed, then hardens and forms bone spurs, causing pain, deformed joints, and limited joint movement.
These findings were first reported in the early 80's in the European medical community. By the end of the 1990's, numerous double-blind, placebo controlled, glucosamine studies had been published, all reporting that glucosamine was indeed very effective in easing osteoarthritis pain, and that it was safe for long term use.
With such great news spreading very quickly, the glucosamine industry exploded. Almost every major nutraceutical or vitamin company put out a glucosamine product, and today it can be purchased in just about every food store, health food store, vitamin store, wellness clinic, and chiropractors office.
Glucosamine products are not created equal.
The Science Backing Liquid Glucosamine
Instead of receiving some relief in 6-10 weeks (many people receive no relief at all) with glucosamine in powder form from capsules, those who use a high quality liquid glucosamine formula can expect to notice results in about 7-14 days. As the pain is being eased, the liquid glucosamine also assists in rehabilitating the cartilage by renewing the supply of synovial fluid by producing the molecule nutrient protogylcans.
Furthermore, for those who do not like to swallow pills, liquid glucosamine is much easier to take. So, what are the leading liquid glucosamine products out there and how do they stack up? Click to view our recommendations for liquid glucosamine products. (This product guide was prepared by the makers of Syn-flex)
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8 Tips to Control Arthritic Pain
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This concludes the October Issue of The Arthritis Chronicle. Look for the next issue in your inbox on March 1st! Please forward to any friends you know who have arthritis and would be interested.
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