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"Enzyme therapy has been used to treat arthritis for many years, particularly because of the ability of certain enzymes to reduce inflammation. Enzymes also improve circulation, support tissue repair, and improve nutrient absorption and pH balance to improve overall health of the body's tissues."
- Tom Bohager, Everything You Need to Know About Enzymes to Treat Everything from Digestive Problems and Allergies to Migraines and Arthritis (Get the book.)

"The cats fed cooked and pasteurized milk developed common degenerative diseases such a diabetes and arthritis, while the group of cats fed only raw food prospered, living much longer than the cats from the other groups. Dr. Pottenger reported the underlying nutritional factor had to be a substance that was destroyed by the heat used in the cooking and pasteurization processes; the raw foods not exposed to this processing maintained this substance (enzymes), while the cooked and processed food did not."

- Tom Bohager, Everything You Need to Know About Enzymes to Treat Everything from Digestive Problems and Allergies to Migraines and Arthritis (Get the book.)

"RHEUMATISM See arthritis. RINGWORM Ringworm {tinea) is a fungal skin infection that can affect various parts of the body. The different types of ringworm are classified by the areas of the body they infect. Ringworm on general areas of the body (arms, legs, trunk) is called tinea corporis; ringworm on the scalp is called tinea capitis; ringworm in the grain area is called tinea cruris (also called jock itch); and ringworm on the feet is called tinea pedis (or athlete's foot). Ringworm typically appears as itchy, red, raised, scaly patches of skin that may blister and ooze."

- Tom Bohager, Everything You Need to Know About Enzymes to Treat Everything from Digestive Problems and Allergies to Migraines and Arthritis (Get the book.)

"Left undetected, Lyme disease can cause spleen and lymph node enlargement, arthritis, brain damage, and an irregular heart rhythm. Symptoms usually subside slowly over a period of two to three years. Although antibiotic therapies are generally implemented, no cure has yet been found. If Lyme disease is suspected, consult with a physician as soon as possible. The sooner antibiotics are used, the more successful they are."

- Tom Bohager, Everything You Need to Know About Enzymes to Treat Everything from Digestive Problems and Allergies to Migraines and Arthritis (Get the book.)

"The trigeminal nerve can be irritated by a viral infection and cause a type of neuralgia, which mimics a sinus headache. • arthritis headaches: arthritis in the neck can be a cause of headache. The most common type of arthritis in this case would be osteoarthritis (the "wear and tear" type of arthritis). However, rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, and ankylosing spondylitis may also cause headaches. You may feel pain and tenderness in the muscles of the neck, which can add to your headache pain."
- Debra Fulghum Bruce, The Sinus Cure: 7 Simple Steps to Relieve Sinusitis and Other Ear, Nose, and Throat Conditions (Get the book.)

"The most common form of arthritis, osteoarthritis afflicts 12% of the United States population age twenty-five and older (approximately 21 million people)).176 Relief through the supplement could be achieved for a fraction of a cent a day. The FDA's recommended (and commonly prescribed) treatments for osteoarthritis, the non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), reduce inflammation and mask pain but they do nothing to repair cartilage."
- Jonathan W. Emord, The Rise of Tyranny (Get the book.)

"Arthritis headaches: arthritis in the neck can be a cause of headache. The most common type of arthritis in this case would be osteoarthritis (the "wear and tear" type of arthritis). However, rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, and ankylosing spondylitis may also cause headaches. You may feel pain and tenderness in the muscles of the neck, which can add to your headache pain. • Premenstrual headaches: These headaches start just before the onset of the menstrual period and are usually caused by weight gain as well as water retention."
- Debra Fulghum Bruce, The Sinus Cure: 7 Simple Steps to Relieve Sinusitis and Other Ear, Nose, and Throat Conditions (Get the book.)

"I truly believe that my mind is a more powerful force for managing my arthritis than the medication." In Gabriella's battle with rheumatoid arthritis, a combination of possible triggers—genetics, stress, infections, chemical exposures—causes her immune system to designate her own joints as foreign and attack them. Under stress, her body can release hormones and chemicals that could worsen the problem, a "We're under attack, release the troops!" response. By engaging in the mental exercises associated with her joys, she calms her already aggravated immune system."
- Rick Foster, Greg Hicks, M.D., Jen Seda, Choosing Brilliant Health: 9 Choices That Redefine What It Takes to Create Lifelong Vitality and Well-Being (Get the book.)

"In 2002, the CEO of Pfizer rhapsodized over Celebrex: "Millions of people who were once crippled with arthritis can now work, walk, garden, and do all the little things that make life worthwhile."37 Amidst the explosion of sales and use, especially for the relief of pain from arthritis and other chronic conditions, there were rumblings of problems. In 2001, a team of researchers led by Eric Topol38 published a meta-analysis in JAMA showing that Vioxx use increased the risk of heart attacks fivefold.39 In response, Merck conducted its own study which found a much smaller risk."
- Gerald E. Markle and Frances B. McCrea, What If Medicine Disappeared? (Get the book.)

"After multiple trips to specialists in New York City, Jack got the diagnosis: psoriatic arthritis, a serious autoimmune illness that destroys bones and joints. "Psoriatic arthritis (PA) was a perfect match with the company. I didn't feel my life was my own, and with PA in full swing, neither was my body. Work was miserable, my body was miserable. I finally got so disabled that I couldn't type or play tennis or piano. Even though I avoided dealing with my issues about work, my body forced me to deal with the PA. As I did, the disease also made me confront why I wasn't happy."
- Rick Foster, Greg Hicks, M.D., Jen Seda, Choosing Brilliant Health: 9 Choices That Redefine What It Takes to Create Lifelong Vitality and Well-Being (Get the book.)

"Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease that is related to but distinct from osteoarthritis. In rheumatoid arthritis antibodies are formed against components of bone, cartilage and synovia of joints, and the immune cells of the body attack the joints of most parts of the body, causing inflammation, fibrosis and joint destruction. Although this disease can affect children in the juvenile form of rheumatoid arthritis, most sufferers from arthritis are middle-aged or elderly."
- Kilmer S. McCully, The Homocysteine Revolution (Get the book.)

"In the analytical diagnostic approach to rheumatism and arthritis, responding with some standard form of tieatment should be avoided. A correct analysis can only be reached after having taken account of blood tests, allergy checks and the condition of the auto-immune system. Most patients clearly benefit from a cleansing course, after which a programme can be started which includes some herbal remedies."
- Jan De Vries, Life Without Arthritis: The Maori Way (Get the book.)

"The same goes for the sinuses, which also play an important role in protecting the body against rheumatism and arthritis. We must never forget that each system of the body has its own function and tasks to perform, and this fact should be borne in mind should we be tempted to have the adenoids or tonsils removed, or to indulge in sinus washes. The sinus system of the human head acts as a ventilation system. One of its duties is to restore oxygen to the different tissues of the brain, and then to collect refuse from the head and expel it from the frontal sinuses into the nostrils."

- Jan De Vries, Life Without Arthritis: The Maori Way (Get the book.)

"In addition, ursolic acid, an active constituent of holy basil, was found to help ameliorate arthritis related to inflammation in an animal study. Mice were given a joint irritant that caused arthritis, and various doses of ursolic acid were tested for their ability to decrease that inflammation. The treatment was successful, due to effects on the balance of pro- and anti-inflammatory cytokines. Studies of berberine have found that this plant chemical reduces proliferation and increases cell death in test tube studies with human cancer cell strains."
- Freedom Press, Natural Cancer Cures: The Definitive Guide to Using Dietary Supplements to Fight and Prevent Cancer (Get the book.)

"We are also told that worry and stress are natural and that trauma is part of our natural make-up, and these factors are claimed to have no bearing on rheumatism and arthritis. Yet, we know that these factors not only deplete the immune system, but also result in a lack of strength. I have even seen the effects of excessive jealousy and possessiveness influence a person's condition adversely. It shows a lack of understanding to say that such emotions cannot physically influence a person. Even the smallest negative vibration influences the vital force in a person."
- Jan De Vries, Life Without Arthritis: The Maori Way (Get the book.)

"The arthritis of coeliac disease: Prevalence and pattern in 200 adult patients. Br. J. Rheumatol. 35, 1314-1318. 114. Paimela, L., Kurki, P., Leirisalo-Repo, M., and Piirainen, H. (1995). Gliadin immune reactivity in patients with rheumatoid arthritis. Clin. Exp. Rheumatol. 13, 603-607. 115. Curione, M., Barbato, M., De Biase, L., Viola, F., LoRusso, L., and Cardi, E. (1999). Prevalence of coeliac disease in idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy. Lancet 354, 222-223. 116. Martelossi, S., Zanatta, E., Del Santo, E., Clarich, P., Radovich, P., and Ventura, A. (1996)."
- Ann M. Coulston and Carol J. Boushey, Nutrition in the Prevention and Treatment of Disease (Get the book.)

"Chapter 3_ Monster II: Perverse Incentives Lead to Bizarre Outcomes Mimi, a 70-year-old patient of mine who has high blood pressure, diabetes, and arthritis, came to me for a routine follow-up visit. She had seen her dermatologist, who, upon learning she had arthritis, suggested she ask her family doctor (me) for Enbrel, a new medication for arthritis. Enbrel costs over $13,000 a year, and isn't appropriate for osteoarthritis, the type she has. However, because of high demand, there is a wait list for the medication, which is used for rheumatoid arthritis."
- Bob LeBow, M.D., M.P.H., Health Care Meltdown: Confronting The Myths and Fixing Our Failing System (Get the book.)

"Dietary fish oil and olive oil supplementation in patients with rheumatoid arthritis. arthritis and Rheumatism, 1990; 33(6):810-820. 7. Kremer, J.M.L., and A. David. Effects of high-dose fish oil on rheumatoid arthritis after stopping nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drugs. arthritis ir Rheumatism, 1995; 36(8):1107-1114. 8. Cleary, E. G. and M. W. Whitehouse. Linseed (flax) oil: anti-inflammatory activity when applied transcutaneously to treat experimental and clinical arthritis. In Third International Congress on Essential Fatty Acids and Eicosanoids. 1992. Adelaide, Austrailia. 9. Hodge, L."
- Artemis P. Simopoulos, M.D., and Jo Robinson, The Omega Diet: The Lifesaving Nutritional Program Based on the Diet of the Island of Crete (Get the book.)

"A little stiffness in the neck, or soreness if the middle bone of the neck is displaced out of alignment, can interfere with the teeth by restricting the circulation and nerve energy, causing the teeth to decay and develop infections which may eventually result in rheumatism or arthritis. Seemingly trivial or minor problems should always be investigated. This advice may sound over-cautious but nevertheless it should be heeded. This is the time to stop minor problems from developing into major ones."
- Jan De Vries, Life Without Arthritis: The Maori Way (Get the book.)

"She had seen her dermatologist, who, upon learning she had arthritis, suggested she ask her family doctor (me) for Enbrel, a new medication for arthritis. Enbrel costs over $13,000 a year, and isn't appropriate for osteoarthritis, the type she has. However, because of high demand, there is a wait list for the medication, which is used for rheumatoid arthritis. Part of our problem with overutilization comes from the demand created by physicians themselves. We have a system of perverse incentives and illogical pricing. Procedures are reimbursed generously, much more so than in other countries."
- Bob LeBow, M.D., M.P.H., Health Care Meltdown: Confronting The Myths and Fixing Our Failing System (Get the book.)

"He kept in touch with me for five years after he returned to South America, and despite the inordinate stress, his arthritis did not return. This was a particularly long-term and severe case, but it underscores a point: stick with your plan until it delivers. Everyone wants the "big hit," and as I've demonstrated through the case histories in this book, many people get it. However, if that is not you, keep going. You will certainly enjoy noticeable incremental improvements in your health. Just work with your tools until they deliver everything you need from them."
- Rick Levy and Lou Aronica, Miraculous Health: How to Heal Your Body by Unleashing the Hidden Power of Your Mind (Get the book.)

"Pain: Many diabetics fall victim to chronic pain due to conditions such as arthritis, neuropathy, circulatory insufficiency, or fibromyalgia. þDepression is a common accompaniment of diabetes. Clinical depression can often begin to occur even years before diabetes is fully evident. As well, depression is difficult to treat in poorly controlled diabetics. þAutoimmune disorders: Thyroid disease, inflammatory arthritis, and other diseases of the immune system commonly add to the suffering of diabetes."
- Michael T. Murray and Michael R. Lyon, Hunger Free Forever: The New Science of Appetite Control (Get the book.)

"She had seen her dermatologist, who, upon learning she had arthritis, suggested she ask her family doctor (me) for Enbrel, a new medication for arthritis. Enbrel costs over $13,000 a year, and isn't appropriate for osteoarthritis, the type she has. However, because of high demand, there is a wait list for the medication, which is used for rheumatoid arthritis. Part of our problem with overutilization comes from the demand created by physicians themselves. We have a system of perverse incentives and illogical pricing. Procedures are reimbursed generously, much more so than in other countries."
- Bob LeBow, M.D., M.P.H., Health Care Meltdown: Confronting The Myths and Fixing Our Failing System (Get the book.)

"After a few months of a new diet, she suddenly realized that her arthritis symptoms were completely gone. (There is actually a fascinating body of scientific literature on diet and arthritis, which I summarized in an earlier book, Foods That Fight Pain.) The best part of the story: Nancy's experience is not unusual for people who make the diet changes you will read about shortly. Vance Vance was just 31 years old when he was diagnosed with diabetes. He had just changed to a new doctor, and the diagnosis came after a routine blood test."
- Neal D. Barnard and Bryanna Clark Grogan, Dr. Neal Barnard's Program for Reversing Diabetes: The Scientifically Proven System for Reversing Diabetes Without Drugs (Get the book.)

"Until I discovered how to communicate with my genes, I couldn't seem to deal with the extra weight, high cholesterol, arthritis, and tendency to diabetes-the very same health issues many of you are facing. One more claim to fame: I was the medical consultant and also had a bit part in the movie The Doctor, starring William Hurt, about a heart surgeon who changes his ways when he develops a potentially life-threatening disease. As it turns out, the premise of the film couldn't have been more prophetic. Surgeons are trained to fix problems, usually with an operation."
- Dr. Steven R. Gundry, Dr. Gundry's Diet Evolution: Turn Off the Genes That Are Killing You - And Your Waistline - And Drop the Weight for Good (Get the book.)

"The lead author of this paper went on to a stint as a senior administrator in charge of extramural research programs for arthritis at the National Institutes of Health. It is not unusual for members of all kinds of "guideline" panels to have financial links to the drug companies that purvey products relevant to the particular guideline. The journal Nature undertook to survey panels for such entanglements (Taylor and Giles 2005). About half the panels did not require disclosures. Of the other half, some 685 disclosures, about 50 percent of the panelists, reflected industry ties."
- Nortin M. Hadler MD, Worried Sick: A Prescription for Health in an Overtreated America (Get the book.)

"In arthritis, free radicals tear up all these mechanisms for smooth and painless functioning of the joints. All arthritis is characterized by constant inflammation. Inflammation creates a constant flood of free radicals and ROS. The result is serious damage in the joints.47 For example, superoxide degrades hyaluronic acid, a major component of the synovial fluid,48 and it may do so by giving rise to the hydroxy radical.49 The free radical attack also breaks down collagen in cartilage and connective tissue,50 and damages endothelial cells lining the blood vessels of the joints."
- Hari Sharma, Freedom from Disease: How to Control Free Radicals, a Major Cause of Aging and Disease (Get the book.)

"This is great news for those who suffer from arthritis or give their bones and joints a beating by running on hard surfaces or playing contact sports. Prolonged pressure on the joints can suppress the function of helpful phase two enzymes, but sulforaphane may regenerate and reenergize these wonderful enzymes. Your knees and elbows will thank you for eating broccoli! ENJOY BROCCOLI AT ITS BEST When buying fresh broccoli, look for firm florets with a purple, dark green, or bluish hue on the top; they are likely to contain more beta-carotene and vitamin C than florets with lighter green tops."
- Elaine Magee, Food Synergy: Unleash Hundreds of Powerful Healing Food Combinations to Fight Disease and Live Well (Get the book.)

"James Duke, and the general awareness of the critical importance of COX-2 inhibition will no doubt stimulate even more herbal products designed to safely reduce inappropriate COX-2 inflammation and its disease expressions: arthritis, cancer and Alzheimer's disease. To find the proper products for you, we always suggest obtaining guidance from a knowledgeable herbal expert. Who those people are will vary from community to community and nation to nation, so there is no one "seal of approval" we can offer."
- Thomas M. Newmark and Paul Schulick, BEYOND ASPIRIN Nature's Answer To arthritis, Cancer & Alzheimer's Disease (Get the book.)

"Once we understand the relationship between COX-2 inflammatory processes, the creation of toxic free radicals and other neurotoxins, and the disease itself, we could then see how that brain inflammation was so closely related to inflammatory processes involved in cancer and arthritis. It is reassuring to intellectually understand that taking an herbal COX-2 inhibitor because you have inflamed joints has the supremely wonderful side effect of also protecting tissues from cancer metastasis and protecting the brain from neuronal death."

- Thomas M. Newmark and Paul Schulick, BEYOND ASPIRIN Nature's Answer To arthritis, Cancer & Alzheimer's Disease (Get the book.)

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