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Arthritis Overview

submitted by: admin on 06/09/2015
  Arthritis is a painful and disabling condition that is common, especially as we age. Risk factors are reviewed and both mainstream and CAM treatments are offered. The dangers of treatment are pointed out. Integrative strategies are reviewed. Lifestyle medicine is highlighted. Treatment for autoimmune forms of arthritis is also reviewed.              

Chondroitin Plus Glucosamine are Equal to Celebrex

submitted by: admin on 05/26/2016
We all have pain from time to time and we want relief as soon as possible. The problem is that relieving pain with pharmaceutical drugs has side effects that are not minor, especially in the case of NSAIDs such as Advil, Aleve, Motrin, and Celebrex. There are about 30,000 deaths annually in the US from NSAIDs  and more than 300,000 admissions to hospitals...

Common Health Problems that Can Be Solved with Nutrition with Bruce Wapen, MD

submitted by: admin on 09/19/2013
Nutritional medicine can do a lot to help with the common cold that conventional medicine cannot. Early treatment for colds with oral doses of vitamin C of 30-50 grams per day can help. Selenium is also helpful by boosting antioxidant levels. Osteoarthritis is another condition that nutritional medicine helps.    

Do Universities Abuse Their Athletes

submitted by: admin on 03/31/2014
A study done at Indiana University and published in the March 2014 issue of the American Journal of Sports Medicine tracked 232 university elite athletes when they were between 40 and 65 years of age and found that many of them had sustained injuries during their athletic careers that led to having difficulty staying physically active. They also found that...

Does Exercise Help Arthritis?

submitted by: admin on 09/20/2013
Our bodies adapt to exercise, but we can also break it down if we traumatize it. They also adapt to disuse by becoming less capable. Use it or lose it is correct. Osteoarthritis is an example of over-stressing a joint. The body needs time to repair itself and analgesics are not the answer. Infrared light therapy and glucosamine are reviewed.        

Does Teflon Cause Osteoarthritis?

submitted by: admin on 09/20/2013
High blood levels of a chemical (PFOA) found when Teflon is heated to high temperatures was associated with a 40% increased risk for developing osteoarthritis. A second chemical also found in the contaminated water, PFOS, was associated with a 25% lower risk of osteoarthritis! It is hard to know when a chemical contamination will cause a health issue. PFOA has...

How to Manage Cartilage Tears and Osteoarthitis of the Knee

submitted by: admin on 07/13/2017
  A study of 351 patients over age 45 with knee pain, cartilage tear, and knee osteoarthritis were treated with arthroscopy or physical therapy and evaluated after 6 and 12 months. One third of the physical therapy group elected for arthroscopic surgery but the remainder of the group did as well at 12 months as those getting arthroscopy. In osteoarthritis...

Leeches for Osteoarthritis

submitted by: admin on 10/09/2013
Leeches are being used for osteoarthritis! This sound gross but are far safer than NSAIDS. There are many alternatives such as glucosamine.

Level of Exercise Predicts Quality of Life and Longevity

submitted by: admin on 05/19/2014
A study out of University College London published in the April 2014 issue of BMJ.com showed that low levels of physical function that included grip strength, chair rise speed, and standing balance predicted longevity and quality of life in mid-life.  Scientists followed 5000 people aged 53 for 13 years. There were 177 deaths, and those with...

Preview: Arthritis Overview

submitted by: admin on 05/19/2024
Arthritis is a painful and disabling condition that is common, especially as we age. Risk factors are reviewed and both mainstream and CAM treatments are offered. The dangers of treatment are pointed out. Integrative strategies are reviewed. Lifestyle medicine is highlighted. Treatment for autoimmune forms of arthritis is also reviewed.

Should We Use Insects in Medicine?

submitted by: admin on 10/14/2013
Insects have been used as treatment in medicine for centuries. Leeches have been used to manage the pain of osteoarthritis, bee stings for pain, and maggots for skin ulcers. A report in Archives of Dermatology in Dec of 2011 showed that maggots worked to debride large ulcers in diabetic. This treatment was compared to surgical treatment and was superior at one...

US Healthcare is Getting Worse

submitted by: admin on 10/17/2013
  According to the Institute of Medicine's publication in JAMA in July of 2013, the US is falling behind most industrialized countries in nearly every measure of health care even though it is generally improving in most areas including an increase in longevity by three years. This has little to do with how much we spend on health care because...

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