Question of the month
This months question comes
from Esther Drussi of Buffalo, New York in
the United States...
recently been diagnosed with osteoarthritis in my
and knees and I'm eager to try and
improve my situation. I'm
not interested in using
pharmacutical drugs to combat the pain
as I've had very bad
experiences with aspirin and codeine in the
In doing my
research into my natural options, I've come across
conflicting information about Glucosamine and other
Can you please
help to shed some light on what works and what
your great question Esther. The answer can be complicated
but there are some key
considerations to keep in mind that should make
it easier for you to
way through the information and
misinformation out there.
I'll narrow it down to the
following 3 Simple Points to keep in mind:
consider the source of the information and if they have alterior
motives. For example, you'll get potentially biased and
slanted information from people that are compensated as a result of
sales of a particular product. The unfortunate part is that
self interest is rampant in the industry and includes not only
those selling products on the internet, but also health food stores and
even medical doctors (who are compensated by pharmaceutical companies)
- Many if not all pharmaceuticals
have serious side effects, so you need to weigh the benefits
against the health costs prior to starting a regimen of prescription or
- There is a significant
amount of research out there on pharmaceutical and natural remedies and
the research findings can be conflicting from one study to another
... all that to say that you can probably find studies that
studies methodology (controls, length of study, size, etc.)
is funding the study,
- the goal of the study.
disprove whatever result it
is that your looking to find these days.
My two key peices of advice on this point are:
to the larger more statistically valid studies carried out by 3rd
parties - such as the Gait
Study and the GUIDE Trial - for more trustworthy information to base your decisions on.
- Search out real world references from
people that are actually using products and that can share their good
and bad experiences with you. This is my #1 recommendation
but keep in mind that because something work for one person, doesn't
guarantee it will work for another - but it's a great place to
Ultimately Esther, you need to strive
to be an informed consumer that
keeps your guard up while
conducting your research.
advice from users, not purveyors of goods and don't be afraid to
try different things (as long as they're safe) until you find the one/s that
works for you.
of your research you may want to consider the following:
- Our recently completed and updated 2007
Joint Supplement Product Review.
- Our #1 recommended natural Joint Pain Supplement
for 2007 - Syn-Flex
- The role that exercise can play in reducing
your Arthritis symptoms.
that this information proves to be of value to you Esther.
be sure to let me know if you have any
other questions and how you
great health & good fortune,
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