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Simple Ways to Treat Arthritis

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Simple Ways to Treat Arthritis

Most articles on arthritis try to recommend drug treatments rather than natural ways you can help your body heal. Both Orthodox and Alternative treatments have shown success in treating the symptoms of arthritis. It is crucial to learn how our daily habits affect the inflammatory processes that contribute to arthritis.

The most common treatments for arthritis are those that affect an inflammatory chemical known as Cyclooxygenase or COX. Pharmacological inhibition of COX can provide relief from the symptoms of inflammation and pain. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAIDs) drugs, such as aspirin and ibuprofen, exert their effects through inhibition of COX.

Unfortunately NSAIDs drugs used for these treatments were also found to have side effects. NSAIDs can make the overall disease process of arthritis worse, by depleting the very nutrients necessary for joint repair, including iron, folic acid and zinc. COX-2 inhibitors have been found to have serious cardiovascular effects, increasing the risk of atherothrombosis even with short-term use. A 2006 analysis of 138 randomized trials and almost 150 000 participants showed that selective COX-2 inhibitors are associated with a moderately increased risk of vascular events, mainly due to a twofold increased risk of heart attacks, and also that high-dose regimens of some traditional NSAIDs such as diclofenac and ibuprofen are associated with a similar increase in risk of vascular events.

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Dr. Andrew Lange served as Chair of the Department of Homeopathic Medicine and Supervising Clinical Physician at Bastyr University in Seattle. He is the author of Getting to the Root: Treating the Deepest Source of Disease. He is the Medical Director at www.saveonlabs.com and practices in Boulder, Colorado. For more information go to www.andrewlange.com.

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2:38AM PST on Jan 28, 2014

I am an arthritis sufferer who had a hip replacement a year ago.I take my dog for a walk every day and this keeps me active and pain free.
For more information see http://howtotreatarthritis.net

3:59PM PST on Jan 26, 2014

thank you ... I am seriously going to try to do a Mediterranean diet, though it will be difficult as my husband does not eat fish of any kind. We are living on Medicare and so budget is a big consideration ... maybe tuna for me and small pieces of meat for hubby ... and then lots of fish, grains and veggies.

3:20PM PDT on May 1, 2013

Very interesting. Fortunately I got no arthritis.

2:53PM PDT on May 1, 2013

Very good article. As a practicing occupational therapy practitioner, I've seen many patients get joint pain relief from exercise and adaptive equipment to make daily living activities more manageable. Arthritis Water Therapy is also very helpful to ease joint pain.

2:53PM PDT on May 1, 2013

Very good article. As a practicing occupational therapy practitioner, I've seen many patients get joint pain relief from exercise and adaptive equipment to make daily living activities more manageable. Arthritis Water Therapy is also very helpful to ease joint pain.

12:03AM PDT on Apr 27, 2013

Moving is good

4:36AM PST on Feb 14, 2013

Thank you Dr. Andrew Lange, for Sharing this!

1:25PM PDT on Jun 4, 2012

unfortunate that these care2 articles conflict with each other. don't know which is "right."

10:57AM PST on Dec 2, 2011

Thankyou....

10:51AM PDT on Aug 17, 2011

Thank you

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