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A specialist in functional medicine provides the most up-to-date information on a variety of treatments, including drugs, exercise, diet, vitamins, herbs, nutraceuticals, and homeopathy.

  • 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.

The Arthritis Bible: A Comprehensive Guide to Alternative Therapies and Conventional Treatments for Arthritic Diseases including Osteoarthrosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Gout, Fibromyalgia, and More

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 on 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.

Softcover, 272 pages

Preface Take Charge of Your Health
Medical Biases
The Importance of ” Bio-individuality”
Experimental Therapies
Introduction What is Arthritis
Connective Tissues Affected by Arthritis
Joint Structure
Key Supporting Structures 

Part One: Osteoarthrosis and Gout

Chapter 1 Osteoarthrosis (Osteoarthritis): A Case of Dysfunctional Cartilage 

Defining Disease
Symptoms of Osteoarthrosis
Diagnosis of Osteoarthrosis
Surgical Options
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
Psychological Therapies

Chapters 3 Aspirin and Its Offspring 

Mechanical Pain Versus Inflammatory Pain
Analgesic Options
Aspirin: The First Non-Steroidal Anti Inflammatory Drug (NSAID)
Synthetic NSAIDs
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
Pain Management

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
Cytotoxic Drugs
A New Approach: Biologic Response Modifiers
Alternative Options

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
Therapeutic Disease
Oral Tolerance Therapy

Chapter 11 Vitamins and Minerals 

Vitamin A/Beta Carotene
B Vitamins
Vitamin C
Vitamin D
Vitamin E

Chapter 12 Traditional Herbs 

Ranking Herbs for Arthritis
Primary Therapeutic Herbs
Secondary Herbs

Chapter 13 Nutraceutical Remedies from Nature 

Emu Oil
Bovine Tracheal Cartilage
Curcumin Turmeric
Dietary Enzymes
Sea Cucumber
New Zealand Green-Lipped Mussel

Chapter 14 Antibiotic Therapy 

Bacterial Arthritis
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 

Bee Venom
Copper Bracelets
Honey and Vinegar 

Appendix A Resources
Appendix B More Herbal Options
Appendix C Top Herbs: Scientific Summaries


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Weight 13.3 oz