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What is arthritis quackery?
Quackery (the business of promoting unproven remedies) is recognized as a billion dollar industry. We feel the buyer should beware!Consumers should be especially cautious when products come with marketing claims such as "will cure," "ancient remedy," "has no side effects," "revolutionary new scientific breakthrough."
What are unproven arthritis remedies?
The following remedies and tests have no scientific proof of benefits related to arthritis:
|Aloe vera||Macrobiotic diet|
|Ant venom||Mandell arthritis diet|
|Ascorbic acid||Natural and organic foods|
|Bark teas||Nightshade vegetables|
|Chinese herbs, such as Chuifong toukuwan (potentially dangerous)||Panax|
|Clay enemas||Powdered ant|
|Clemantis||Propolis, royal jelly|
|Cod Liver oil||Rhus toxicodendron|
|Coenzyme Q-10||Rose hips|
|Copper bracelets||Shark cartilage|
|Cytotoxic testing||Snake venom|
|Dismutase (superoxide dismutase)||Spanish bayonet|
|Dong diet||Spanish fly|
|Fit for Life diet||Teas (alfalfa, feverfew, ginseng, sassafras)|
|Germanium||Volcanic ash fast|
|Green-lipped mussel||Wood spider|
[Now you've heard it from Alfalfa to Zinc. Beware when you take care!]
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ArthritisArthritis is inflammation of one or more joints. When joints are inflamed they can develop stiffness, warmth, swelling, redness and pain. There are over 100 types of arthritis, including osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, psoriatic arthritis, lupus, gout, and pseudogout.
MSM (methylsulfonylmethane) is an herbal supplement made from an organic sulfur found in foods (grains, milk, vegetables, and fruits), and the urine of animals. MSM also is referred to as Doctor's Best MSM, Natures Way MSM, Now Foods MSM, dimethyl sulfone, and DMSO2. It is thought to be helpful in treating a variety of medical diseases, conditions, and other health problems, for example, it may be used to treat:
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Chronic pain
- Joint inflammation
- Eye inflammation
- Hair loss
- Muscle cramps
- Stretch marks
- Gum disease
Side effects of MSM supplements include nausea, diarrhea, abdominal discomfort, swelling, fatigue, insomnia, headache, and difficulty concentrating. MSM supplements are available in ranges of 500 mg to 800 mg. You can take the supplements daily with or after meals. MSM doesn't have any drug interactions listed. If you're pregnant or breastfeeding, check with your OB/GYN or Midwife before taking supplements with MSM. MSM and other herbal supplements are not approved by the FDA for the prevention or treatment medical diseases or conditions. Talk with your doctor or other health care professional, or a pharmacist before using this product.
OsteoarthritisOsteoarthritis is a type of arthritis caused by inflammation, breakdown, and eventual loss of cartilage in the joints. Also known as degenerative arthritis. Osteoarthritis can be caused by aging, heredity, and injury from trauma or disease.
Rheumatoid ArthritisRheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disease that causes chronic inflammation of the joints, the tissue around the joints, as well as other organs in the body. Because it can affect multiple other organs of the body, rheumatoid arthritis is referred to as a systemic illness and is sometimes called rheumatoid disease. The 16 characteristic early RA signs and symptoms include the following.
- Both sides of the body affected (symmetric)
- Joint deformity
- Joint pain
- Joint redness
- Joint stiffness
- Joint swelling
- Joint tenderness
- Joint warmth
- Loss of joint function
- Loss of joint range of motion
- Many joints affected (polyarthritis)
RheumatologyRheumatology is the study of rheumatic diseases and conditions. Rheumatologists are internal medicine physicians who treat these illnesses, in particular arthritis.