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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

    Acknowledgments
    Foreword
    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?
    Progression
    Diagnosis
    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

    Rheumatologists
    Rheumatology Nurse Practitioners
    Other Medical Doctors
    Holistic Medical Doctors
    Naturopaths
    Chiropractors

    Chapter 8 Conventional Medicines for Rheumatic Disease

    Disease-Modifying Antirheumatic Drugs (DMARDs)
    An Aggressive New Stance on DMARDs
    Cytotoxic Drugs
    Corticosteroids
    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
    Boron
    Copper
    Selenium
    Zinc

    Chapter 12 Traditional Herbs

    Ranking Herbs for Arthritis
    Primary Therapeutic Herbs
    Secondary Herbs

    Chapter 13 Nutraceutical Remedies from Nature

    EPA
    GLA
    CMO
    Emu Oil
    Bovine Tracheal Cartilage
    Capsaicin
    Curcumin Turmeric
    OPCs
    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

    Alfalfa
    Bee Venom
    Copper Bracelets
    Honey and Vinegar

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

    Craig Weatherby is a journalist and writer who has specialized in nutrition, herbs, and complementary therapies since 1987. His research for The Arthritis Bible spanned two years and entailed extensive study of conventional rheumatology, therapeutic nutrition, physical therapy, infectious etiology of rheumatic diseases, and botanical medicines.

    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.

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