• The most up-to-date information on this disease that strikes one in six people.
• Includes case histories, practitioners' perspectives, and a complete resource guide to the organizations, publications, and Internet sites devoted to arthritis.
For those suffering from arthritis and other arthritic diseases such as gout and fibromyalgia, The Arthritis Bible is the most up-to-date and complete resource to available treatments--both alternative and conventional. Forty-three million Americans--one in six of us--are afflicted with arthritis, yet the traditional medical community continues to offer only the limited number of treatments found within the narrowly proscribed boundaries of Western medicine. And while many alternative therapies do provide relief, too many have become victims of the "flavor-of-the-month" mentality, their true merits being lost amidst hype and unwarranted claims before adequate research has been done.
The Arthritis Bible supplies the latest wisdom on conventional drugs, exercise, physical therapy, diet, vitamins and minerals, traditional herbs, nutraceuticals, homeopathy, and folk remedies. It also advises how to choose the right medical approach and practitioner, and includes a complete resource guide to the organizations, publications and internet sites devoted to arthritis. For anyone seeking relief from the painful and often debilitating consequences of arthritic diseases, The Arthritis Bible is a must for the shelf.
Preface Take Charge of Your Health
The Importance of " Bio-individuality"
Introduction What is Arthritis
Connective Tissues Affected by Arthritis
Key Supporting Structures
Part One: Osteoarthrosis and Gout
Chapter 1 Osteoarthrosis (Osteoarthritis): A Case of Dysfunctional Cartilage
Symptoms of Osteoarthrosis
Diagnosis of Osteoarthrosis
What Causes Osteoarthrosis?
Who is Most at Risk?
Chapter 2 Physical and Mental Therapies: Working Mind and Body to Reduce Drug Dependency
Exercise, Physical Therapies, and Acupuncture
Chapters 3 Aspirin and Its Offspring
Mechanical Pain Versus Inflammatory Pain
Aspirin: The First Non-Steroidal Anti Inflammatory Drug (NSAID)
Stinging Nettles for Pain? Giving NSAIDs an Herbal Assist
Side Effect of Aspirin and Other NSAIDs
How NSAIDs Help and Hurt
Safer New NSAIDs: Natural and Synthetic Alternatives
Acetaminophen: Pain Relief with the Leading "Un-NSAID"
Chapter 4 The Cartilage Therapy Revolution: Glucosamine, Chondroitin, Bovine Cartilage, Sulfur, Gelatin, Boswellia Herb
Cartilage: Creation and Destruction
Cartilage Protectors: Treating Root Causes
Chapter 5 Gout
What Causes Gout?
Drug Therapy for Acute and Chronic Gout
Diet and Natural Remedies
Part Two: Rheumatic Diseases
Chapter 6 Rheumatic Diseases: What, How, and Why
Diagnosis of Rheumatic Diseases
Prognosis of Rheumatoid Arthritis
Progression of Rheumatoid Arthritis
Inflammation: Why Arthritic Tissues Catch Fire
What Causes Rheumatic Disease?
Fibromyalgia: A Special Case
An Overview of Rheumatic Diseases Causative Factors and Pain Management: an Analysis from the Functional Perspective By Leonid Gordon, M.D.
Factors in Rheumatoid Arthritis
Leaky Gut Syndrome
Dysbiosis: Bacterial Overgrowth
Free radical Stress and Cartilage Degeneration
Acute and Chronic Pain
Chapter 7 Getting the Right Medical Help
Rheumatology Nurse Practitioners
Other Medical Doctors
Holistic Medical Doctors
Chapter 8 Conventional Medicines for Rheumatic Disease
Disease-Modifying Antirheumatic Drugs (DMARDs)
An Aggressive New Stance on DMARDs
A New Approach: Biologic Response Modifiers
Chapter 9 Consumer's Guide to Rheumatic Remedies
Using the Remedies Table
Ranking Rheumatic Remedies
Chapter 10 Dietary Therapy in Rheumatic Diseases
Leaky Gut Syndrome
Stomach Acid (Hypochlorhydria) and Rheumatic Disease
Oral Tolerance Therapy
Chapter 11 Vitamins and Minerals
Vitamin A/Beta Carotene
Chapter 12 Traditional Herbs
Ranking Herbs for Arthritis
Primary Therapeutic Herbs
Chapter 13 Nutraceutical Remedies from Nature
Bovine Tracheal Cartilage
New Zealand Green-Lipped Mussel
Chapter 14 Antibiotic Therapy
Clues from the Heart and Gut
How Microbes Might Cause Rheumatic Diseases
Early Evidence for Microbe Theory
The Changing Fortunes of Microbe Theory
Germs on Trial
Antibiotics as Anti-Inflammatory Drugs
Are Antibiotics Right for You?
Chapter 15 Homeopathic Remedies
Less is More, Ad Infinitum: The Paradox of Homeopathy
The Return of Homeopathy
Does it Work?
Homeopathy in Arthritis
Chapter 16 Folk Remedies
Honey and Vinegar
Appendix A Resources
Appendix B More Herbal Options
Appendix C Top Herbs: Scientific Summaries
Leonid Gordin, M.D., a board-certified member of the Academy of Pain Management, is an expert in “functional medicine,” the fully scientific approach to holistic medicine that focuses on proven connections between the body’s physical and mental systems. He is also trained in physical medicine, rehabilitation, prolotherapy, water-therapy, homeopathy, reflexology, and acupuncture.