This joint is jumpin'
I couldn't believe what I was reading in the Lancet, the world's best medical journal!
The truly momentous finding of studies done at the University of Liege, Belgium, was that the combination of perfectly safe over-the-counter nutritional products, glucosamine sulfate (a synthetic version of one of the body's natural cartilage-builders) and chondroitin, not only relieved the pain of the condition (unlike the expensive and unsafe prescription products, which do little) but, on X-ray, revealed healing, that is, a reversal of the calcification of the joints.
"This provides reasonably compelling evidence that [glucosamine] improves the disease," said Dr. Jack Klippel, medical director of the American Arthritis Foundation. "This will lead to greater acceptance of glucosamine as a reasonable and safe treatment for osteoarthritis."
By the age of 70, almost everyone has osteoarthritis to some extent. Osteoarthritis is a painful degenerative joint disease that affects the small joints in the fingers, knees, hips, and back. The neck may also be affected, which can be severely debilitating. This form of arthritis is characterized by much less inflammation and swelling of the joints than rheumatoid arthritis but with more calcification. It is often worse than it appears on examination, but rarely as bad as rheumatoid arthritis.
We'll see if the rheumatologists get the message. (I can see the headline now: HEALTH FOOD STORES DRIVING RHEUMATOLOGISTS OUT OF BUSINESS. And the subhead: "Joint specialists urge the FDA to make arthritis herbals prescription-only -- for the safety and welfare of the patients.")
Look for more on arthritis pain relief in the October issue of Real Health.
A shot in the arm for common sense
It's high time vaccinologists were held accountable for their horrendous record of death and maiming. The three greatest vaccination scandals, which should have been enough to have brought about the hanging of a pediatrician or a public health official from every lamp post in America, has caused hardly a ripple.
You may have heard about the near mutiny in the military, primarily (and ironically) in the officer ranks, over the anthrax vaccine. At the risk of court marshal, personnel were refusing to submit to the shots, even after a direct order, which is the ultimate military weapon for compliance. It got so serious that the military and federal vaccine officials suddenly discovered that they had "run out" of vaccine! This is the closest that we have come to an armed revolt over the vaccine issue.
Another vaccine disaster is the brain tumor epidemic now raging here and worldwide. For years, American children were injected with a polio vaccine contaminated by a monkey disease called Simian Virus 40 (SV 40). This virus was known to cause brain tumors in experimental animals. But, for years, the doctors continued to give the vaccine to children even though they knew it was contaminated.
The only way the commissariat in Washington can prevent a national mutiny is by their control of the press. The American press keeps a tight lid on the vaccine scandals because the discovery of these crimes by the people could completely discredit the government as well as American medicine.
Be careful and ask questions. A little bit of research into a doctor-prescribed vaccination can go a long way in protecting your health.