What are the Best Arthritis Treatments By Dr. James Meschino, DC, MS, ND Let’s talk about what are the best arthritis
treatments. There are two types of treatments – medical treatments and lifestyle, natural
medicine treatments. Let’s talk first about medical treatments.
In terms of controlling the inflammation in arthritis, there are non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory
drugs – like aspirin, ibuprofen, Voltaren, diclofenac and indomethacin. There are also
pain killers – acetaminophen and stronger narcotic drugs. In auto-immune diseases – such
as rheumatoid arthritis – there are also drugs used called tumor necrosis factor alpha
(or TNF) blockers, and drugs that are antimebolites that interfere with the white blood cells’
ability to reproduce as easily; drugs like methotrexate. When you have an auto-immune
disease, certain white blood cells produce inflammatory chemicals and antibodies that
destroy your tissues. That’s when prednisone and other corticosteroid drugs are introduced
in order to act as anti-inflammatories. The drugs work (and thank God we have them),
but the problem is when you’ve taken them over a long enough period of time – and
it doesn’t matter which drug you’re talking about – you can run into adverse side-effects.
They all have adverse side-effects, some of which can be life-threatening if you stay
on them long enough. I like to teach patients lifestyle and natural
medicine practices they can do at the same time in order to reduce their reliance on
prescription and over-the-counter drugs and decrease their total lifetime exposure to
some of the synthetic agents. What are the best treatments for arthritis
from a lifestyle standpoint? Osteoarthritis (the degenerative arthritis)
– The best thing you could do is to use glucosamine with natural anti-inflammatories.
Rheumatoid arthritis – Tone down your body’s immune system hyperactivity that’s producing
anti-bodies and inflammation, destroying your tissues. The same is true for Lupus, psoriatic
arthritis and other auto-immune diseases that affect the joints, and even Righter’s syndrome.
We used to think osteoarthritis was the result of wear and tear on the body’s joints, but
what we’re seeing now as a hallmark feature is after the age of 40, we all stop making
optimal amounts of glucosamine. But our bodies all need glucosamine to produce joint cartilage.
If your body doesn’t have enough glucosamine, the cartilage will breakdown at a faster rate
than you can rebuild it. You can see it on an x-ray; a thinning of the joint base as
the bones get closer together and there is less cartilage. For a long time, no one knew
why this was happening, but in the 1980s someone figured it out and since then, people have
been taking glucosamine supplements, successfully stabilizing joint cartilage. This is very
important. Also in osteoarthritis, it’s important to
understand that there is a kind of saran wrap around our joints. On the inner of this saran
wrap type substance – or what is actually called synovial fluid – there are immune
cells called monocytes. As we age, those monocytes secrete more and more inflammatory chemicals,
causing pain and inflammation. It’s not all about cartilage destruction.
If you can suppress that inflammatory response, it’s very helpful, too. This is why I like
to see patients after the age of 40 – even when preventing the onset of osteoarthritis
– using a low-dose glucosamine supplementation in conjunction with anti-inflammatory herbs
– MSM, quercetin and bromeliad. (Taking chondroitin sulfate is totally useless, by
the way; it isn’t even absorbed.) When you use a low-dose glucosamine supplementation
in conjunction with these anti-inflammatory herbs, along with an anti-inflammatory diet,
it will decrease your likelihood of osteoarthritis occurring. And if you already have osteoarthritis,
it will help you manage it much more effectively. When treating rheumatoid arthritis you are
attempting to tone down an immune system that’s sort of hyperactive in secreting a lot of
inflammatory chemicals. But there are nutrients that can create what’s called a bio-regulation
of the immune system, helping to balance out the immune system so it cooperates with the
body in a more justifiable way. How is that accomplished?
Once again, you need to be on an anti-inflammatory diet and supplementing with natural anti-inflammatory
herbs – curcumin, boswellia, white willow bark extract, ginger, quercetin, higher doses
of Vitamin D, medicinal mushrooms and astragalus, helping to modulate and bio-regulate your
immune system. Probiotics can do this to a certain degree, as well.
It’s frustrating is when I see family doctors, rheumatologists and orthopedic surgeons fail
to explain to arthritic patients that these lifestyle and natural remedies can be used
along with the medications they’ve prescribed. This is where I come in. The best thing you
can do to understand all of this is to download the eBook I’ve created called, Proven Natural
Remedies for Joint Pain, Arthritis and Inflammation. The booklet explains the exact lifestyle program
that you should follow it if you’re an arthritic patient of any kind. It will help you better
manage your condition in conjunction with whatever drugs or medical treatments you’re
undergoing. Every single arthritis patient should have a copy of this eBook, Proven Natural
Remedies for Joint Pain, Arthritis and Inflammation. At http://www.MeschinoHealth.com, you’ll
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