Volume 5 - Issue 3

Welcome to the March 2005 issue of The Arthritis Chronicle. Please pass this along to your friends!

Table of Contents:

  1. Featured Articles from The Arthritis & Glucosamine Resource Center
  3. Arthritis-Fighting Drugs: The Ulcer Connection
  4. Healthy Food in Fighting Arthritis
  5. Eight Day Arthritis Ecourse
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Featured Content from The Arthritis & Glucosamine Resource Center

  1. Do Magnetic Bracelets Ease Arthritis Pain?: Five Things You Must Know Before Trying Magnetic Therapy
    Although the idea of magnetic therapy has been around for centuries, the use of magnetic bracelets to ease pain is a hot topic in medical news today.
    Are you a Vioxx victim? Here’s something you have to know. Many people from all over the world were victimized by this drug. The Vioxx was produced by Merck and Pharmacia. It comes in liquid and pill form.
  3. Silent Heart Attacks, Sudden Cardiac Deaths Common For RA Patients
    Those suffering from rheumatoid arthritis (RA) have a higher risk of coronary heart disease; however, research has indicated silent, unrecognized heart attacks and sudden cardiac deaths are also vastly common in RA patients.

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Arthritis-Fighting Drugs: The Ulcer Connection

By J.R. Rogers

If you read these chronicles, you know that I have constantly warned about the dangers of using NSAID's to tackle arthritis pain. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs can cause serious problems and ulcers are one of them.

When we talk about NSAID's, we can include products like aspirin, Advil, Aleve, Motrin and many more. The newer group of NSAID's is also implicated. I am talking about Vioxx, Celebrex and Bextra.

The risk factor for ulcer complications is lower with the last group of prescription drugs but as most of you know, Vioxx was recently pulled from the market because of possible cardiac implications. Of course, the drug companies and the government are taking a closer look at the other two drugs in that category.

Ulcers: No Fun and They can be Yours
Our stomachs have natural bicarbonate that protects us from ulcers. However, the amount of bicarbonate is controlled by prostaglandins and in some parts of your body, they can cause inflammatory responses. When you listen to television commercials, they talk about Cox-I and Cox-II inhibitors. I am referring to ads for products like Celebrex and Bextra. Now, these two enzymes are in charge of manufacturing prostaglandins. The one that protect your stomach is of the Cox-I type. They control the amount of bicarbonate released into your stomach. The Cox-II type deals with inflammation through prostaglandin production.

The Bextra and Celebrex Connection
This is what I call "high-end" NSAID's. They are prescription drugs and very expensive. Supposedly, these drugs control inflammation with less stomach irritation or complications. Of course if they follow the course of Vioxx, they will not be on the market much longer either. The point is, these drugs were touted for their ability to control inflammation from arthritis with less stomach complications.

The Use of NSAID's and the Stomach
When you are using an NSAID of any kind, it holds back the ability of your body to produce prostaglandins that protect both your stomach and inflammation. In short, it inhibits your body's ability to offer this protection. So, do you have to suffer with arthritis pain or risk the ulcer?

You have Two Options Available
If you feel you must use an NSAID, and I caution against them, then you should use a product like Prilosec (an over-the-counter antacid); or, Prevacid or Nexium (prescription). These drugs reduce the production of acids and if taken at the same time as an NSAID, reduce the ulcer risk.

Frankly, I am a strong advocate of using a pharmaceutical quality liquid glucosamine. Most osteoarthritis sufferers get great results and there is absolutely no ulcer risk involved. Certainly, there is no risk of cardiac problems associated with using liquid glucosamine.

The choice seems easy to me.

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Healthy Foods in Fighting Arthritis

Green Beans with Garlic
Garlic, the ancient bulb that is becoming a staple of contemporary cooking, adds tremendous flavor to fresh, green vegetables.

  • 3 pounds young tender green beans
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 cup dry bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup margarine

Steam green beans for 6 to 8 minutes or until tender-crisp; drain. Refresh in ice water; drain.

Heat olive oil in nonstick skillet over low heat. Add garlic, bread crumbs, parsley and seasonings. Cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly.

Add margarine. Cook until margarine melts. Add green beans. Cook until heated through, stirring constantly. Arrange in serving dish.

Find this and other recipes at The Arthritis Foundation

Green Beans with Garlic

Serves 12.

Per Serving:
Calories 100; Fat 6 g; Cholesterol 0 mg; Fiber 4 g; Sodium 70 mg

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This concludes the March Issue of The Arthritis Chronicle. Look for the next issue in your inbox on April 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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