In its publication titled "Help Your Arthritis Treatment Work" the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) states that: "There is no cure for arthritis. But correct treatment can ease pain and stiffness." "If you have arthritis, the doctor may prescribe a medicine for you or tell you to use a medicine you buy without a prescription, like aspirin.
Arthritis means inflammation of the joint; it causes redness, warmth, swelling and pain. The general term arthritis refers to more than 100 different rheumatic diseases. As of June 1997, it was reported that one in every seven Americans had some form of arthritis. The incidence of this disease will continue to increase as baby boomers age. The most common types of arthritis are: osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, spinal arthritis, and gout.
Many forms of arthritis are autoimmune diseases that are debilitating, disfiguring, and sometimes lethal. The immune system of some individuals appears to make a mistake and attempts to destroy certain tissues of the body as if they were the invaders (antigens) it is meant to destroy and remove. Doctors should closely monitor patients that are taking drugs that slow the disease process of autoimmune diseases or suppress the immune system. More than one medication may be prescribed by a doctor for treating arthritis. At this time, there is no known cure for arthritis!
The article titled "Arthritis: Alternative Trearments", published in Health Line by Brent Hauver states "160,000 Americans died last year from adverse reactions to prescription drugs. 18 million more suffered toxic side effects from drugs prescribed to them and Arthritis medication tops the chart; in fact there are more people who die from reactions to Arthritis medications than any other drug (legal or illegal!)".
The FDA does not recognize the effectiveness of any diets, health foods or supplements for treating arthritis. However, there is a significant amount of technical information available which state that there are alternative treatments that may provide relief from damages caused by arthritis. The Internet is a good source for such information.
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