is a degenerative disease of the joints causing deformity, bone spurs,
pain and limitation of joint mobility. Conventional treatment includes
aspirin, Tylenol, and most often non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs
(NSAIDs) like Advil and Naprosyn. NSAIDs cause a variety of serious
problems, including liver and kidney damage, gastrointestinal bleeding,
fluid retention, high blood pressure and heart failure. Cortisone
injections are often employed, with temporary benefit. Eventually
joint replacement surgery, generally of the hip or knee, is recommended.
have found osteoarthritis to respond to dietary restrictions,
especially of sugar, wheat and dairy products. An anti-inflammatory
diet comprised of fruits, vegetables, and fish, is helpful. Sometimes
eliminating the nightshade vegetables, potatoes, tomatoes, and
eggplant, is helpful.
Nutritional supplements for arthritis include:
1. Fish oil
- Use a higher EPA to DHA ratio product, such as Mega Omega 22:1
- extracts of sprouted grains, algae, fruits and green vegetables
3. Herbs, Bioflavanoids, and enzymes
, such as quercetin, curcumin and bromelain.
- methyl sulfonyl methane Acupuncture
and prolotherapy may be effective even in advanced disease involving any joints. Prolotherapy
injection into joint tissues of materials that stimulate the growth of
supporting ligaments and tendons. It is performed repetitively, with
treatments 2-4 weeks apart. We offer both prolotherapy and acupuncture
in our clinic. Fibromyalgia and Rheumatoid Arthritis
and rheumatoid arthritis are complicated conditions that are difficult
to treat with conventional therapies. Traditionally, fibromyalgia
patients are treated with painkillers and antidepressants, rheumatoid
patients with steroids and other potent and dangerous immune-modulating
drugs. We test for food allergies, also abnormalities in the
intestines, such as leaky gut (increased permeability allowing
bacterial toxins to be absorbed), and dysbiosis (growth of parasites,
yeast, and abnormal bacteria.) Dysbiosis is treated with probiotics,
the addition of helpful bacteria, and sometimes with specific drug or
herbal antibiotics. The nutritional supplements noted above, especially
fish oil, are important. D-ribose, malic acid and magnesium should be
taken for fibromyalgia.
- Allan Sosin, MD
- This information is provided for informational purposes only. Never add, change, or discontinue medication or treatment without first consulting your doctor. To make an appointment with a doctor at the Institute for Progressive Medicine, please call 949-600-5100.