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Holistic Treatment of Arthritis

By Friday, 05 August 2016 02:00 PM Current | Bio | Archive

While arthritis most often occurs in older people, it can also strike children. In fact, some 300,000 youngsters have been diagnosed with juvenile arthritis, which leads to joint pain, inflammation, and stiffness, and may start with limping early in the morning.

Juvenile arthritis can be categorized in two groups: juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA), and systemic JIA that affects the whole body and make cause fever and skin rashes. In the past, the treatment for both adult and juvenile arthritis has been predominantly to use anti-inflammatory drugs such as Aspirin and NSAIDs like ibuprofen.

These drugs treat the symptoms, but do not treat the underlying cause of arthritis, which based on current scientific data, which is predominantly an autoimmune disorder that leads the body’s immune system to attack its own tissues.

Recently, the FDA has approved several drugs for treatment of JIA, including Humera (adalimumbab), Orencia (abatacept), Enbrel (etanercept), Actemra (tocilizumab), and Llaris (cariknumav). The first three drugs are for treating poliparticular JIA and the last two drugs are for treating systemic JIA.

These drugs are called biologics as they treat the cause of the disease and not just the symptoms. The side effect is that they may increase the incidents of serious infections, including tuberculosis.

In my experience, there is also the possibility of using vitamins to ease arthritic type pain. The program that I have utilized is vitamin B6 (400 mg per day), vitamin E (1,600 international units per day), and vitamin D3, (2,000 international units per day).

If there is pain particularly in the knees and hips, it may be related to problems with the cartilage. Such patients frequently also have a symptom of brittle fingernails, which is due to chondroid deficiency.

My experience has been that use of Knox Gelatin, available in the grocery story, has been a good way of correcting this problem. The program that I have used is one packet of Knox Gelatin, taken daily, usually with fruit juice or other liquid for two weeks and then decreasing the dose to half a pack of gelatin daily.

I have seen very positive responses to arthritic type pain with this therapy, and have also corrected the problem of brittle fingernails.

Sometimes, corticosteroids are suggested for treatment of arthritis. But I strongly suggest avoiding corticosteroids because they decrease the blood flow to the epiphyseal joints and to bones. This is the reason that children who are taking corticosteroids for years tend to be short.

Data indicate that most physicians are not aware of it that corticosteroids can produce aseptic necrosis of bones, causing need for hip replacement or core decompression operations to help restore blood flow to the bone periphery.

Core decompression is drilling a large hole into the bony structure to cause it to regenerate blood vessels and should be tried prior to progressing to a join replacement which is much more complicated operations.

In sum, we are applying the concept of holistic medicine to treat arthritic problems in both children and adults and this approach should be utilized based on my experience. Adding the vitamin program and Knox Gelatin program that I have suggested also helps with the control of arthritic processes

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In my experience, there is the possibility of using vitamins to ease arthritic type pain. The program that I have utilized is vitamin B6, vitamin E, and vitamin D3.
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