Folks, this month marks an important milestone for me. It’s the 20th anniversary of my newsletter, Health & Healing. When I started writing Health & Healing, I wanted to get the word out about revolutions in alternative medicine that the medical community didn’t know about, or was just plain ignoring.
One of the stories I originally published in 1993 was how the arthritis medications taken by millions in this country are frightfully dangerous. The most common therapy for osteoarthritis, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), can cause particular harm. When used on a chronic basis—not just occasionally for pain relief—they trigger bleeding in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. Nonetheless, they are regularly prescribed for virtually every pain syndrome, particularly arthritis.
While the GI dangers of these drugs are well known, many people don’t recognize that NSAIDs block the body's ability to produce cartilage and actually cause cartilage destruction. Thus, they accelerate the destructive nature of the arthritic condition.
I was one of the first to write about a completely safe, natural remedy that stimulates new cartilage growth. It’s glucosamine sulfate, and it actually stimulates connective tissue production and helps repair damaged joints.
Numerous double-blind, placebo-controlled trials conducted in Europe have shown that glucosamine is not only better than a placebo but, in some studies, also superior to the commonly prescribed arthritis drugs.
What does this mean to you? For my patients on NSAIDs, I start a program of glucosamine sulfate (1,500 mg/daily) and natural anti-inflammatories for pain relief, which enables them to reduce and, in most cases, eliminate their drugs. Over the years, I have changed some of my recommendations for arthritis as new research has been published and new nutritional products have been introduced.
For example, I now use curcumin, Univestin, and concentrated fish oil for pain and inflammation—none of which were available as nutritional supplements in 1993. However, after 18 years of clinical experience, my confidence in the benefits of glucosamine is stronger than ever.
You can also click here to read the original article which I printed in Health & Healing.
Now it’s your turn: Have you tried glucosamine for your joints?
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