Volume 3 - Issue 6

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Welcome to the June 2003 issue of The Arthritis Chronicle. Please pass this along to your friends!

Table of Contents:

  1. Featured Articles from The Arthritis & Glucosamine Resource Center
  2. NSAID's (Breaking news)
  3. Eight Day Arthritis Ecourse
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Featured Articles from The Arthritis & Glucosamine Resource Center


  1. Osteoarthritis: Explained Simply
  2. Glucosamine and Osteoarthritis
  3. A Guide to Glucosamine Products
  4. Eight Tips to Control Arthritic Pain
  5. What You Need to Know Before Buying A Glucosamine Product
  6. Arthritis in Dogs and Cats
  7. Arthritis Message Board Community
  8. Liquid Glucosamine Formula Syn-flex®

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NSAID's (Breaking news)


By J.R. Rogers

Please read this carefully

Please note: Portions of this report were recently released by Science Daily (click here for full article) based on findings made at Baylor College of Medicine and reported at the Digestive Disease Week conference in Orlando, Florida. (2003)

Repeatedly, we have warned about the dangers of using NSAID’s in trying to counter the pain from arthritis. (See, past articles of The Arthritis Chronicle). Generally, users hope to reduce pain and inflammation which is of course, a problem for OA sufferers. Now, in light of some new technology that has been developed, the news only gets worse. These findings indicate not only a high risk of dangers but in an even more pronounced way.

New Technology finds major problems previously not viewable
According to two sources, over 100 million prescriptions (not to mention over-the-counter sales) are written for NSAID’s annually in the US alone. (Acetaminophen; Indomethacin; Naproxen; Oxyprozocin, etc.) And, if a (patient) were to experience gastrointestinal problems, the standard method of assessing the digestive tract was through the use of endoscopes. (Pretty nice pictures since this author had some done in December of 2002.) However, science has now brought us an incredible new diagnostic tool.

Now, with the development of a new “swallowable, capsule-size camera” the ability to analyze the extent of damage caused by using NSAID’s, previously unknown, presents an entirely new picture of what can happen even to casual users.

The Risk Factor
Until now, what we knew (clinically) about NSAID’s was that they had the potential for causing stomach ulcers; cramping; nausea; indigestion; diarrhea; constipation; headaches; tension, etc.

The Recent Study using the “micro-camera”
A study of forty (40) patients with a mean age of approximately fifty (50) years (all of whom had either osteoarthritis, gout or rheumatoid arthritis) was conducted for a period of three (3) months. Each took NSAID’s daily. The clinical assessments that followed this controlled study was a new piece of equipment called a “capsule endoscope”, a device developed by Given Imaging. So, what does this new diagnostic tool do?

This new “disposable” camera is swallowed by the patient. It takes a “video” of the entire digestive tract and produces color images with no consequences to the patient. (The device is used to diagnosis “Crohn’s Disease, Celiac disease, benign/malignant tumors and of small intestine; vascular disorders; medication-related small bowel injury and pediatric small bowel disorders.”)

The Results
Twenty of the forty patients took acetaminophen only or nothing at all. The sphincter muscle that controls the lower opening of the stomach (at the point where it empties into the upper portion of the small intestine) was marked on the video. The results were shocking to say the least. Twenty-three percent (23%) of those using acetaminophen as opposed to those who took nothing were reported to have severe damage to the small bowel.

The Recommendations?
These researchers concluded that periodic diagnostic monitoring using this new technology was recommended for those who use NSAID’s on a regular basis.

Conclusion
Has enough been said about the dangers associated with NSAID’s? If you have not read the information on our websites and in “The Arthritis Chronicle,” please do so.

Stay with what we all know is clinically safe. If you suffer from osteoarthritis, high-quality glucosamine formulas will do the job of controlling your pain and rehabilitate damaged cartilage.

See you next time.

Have Questions? Email me
I hope these tips have helped. Do not give up on the fight against your arthritis. I know pain can be extremely difficult, exhausting, and depressing. Please email me if you have any questions. I can be reached at jr@arthritis-glucosamine.net. I will do my best to answer all questions within two weekdays.

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8 Tips to Control Arthritic Pain


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This concludes the June Issue of The Arthritis Chronicle. Look for the next issue in your inbox on July 1st! Please forward to any friends you know who have arthritis and would be interested.

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Please note:
As readers of this Chronicle are aware, prudent exercise benefits those who suffer from arthritis. Most of the exercise recommendations made here are low impact in nature and designed to assist those who suffer from arthritis. Nonetheless, we always recommend that you consult with your physician before engaging in any type of exercise program.

 

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