Glucosamine

  1. 2 pronged arthritis relief

    It's bad enough when mainstream doctors are ignorant about natural remedies.

    But what's much worse is when they out-and-out lie about them -- like all the doctors who tell their osteoarthritis patients not to bother with glucosamine and chondroitin.

    This bad advice means millions of patients suffering from the pain and misery of osteoarthritis never try the one thing that might actually help them.

    It's a crime, if you ask me, because there's more science to back glucosamine and chondroitin than there is for most of the drugs commonly given to osteoarthritis patients (and your doctor probably knows it, too).

    And now, we've got even more as a major new study confirms that these two supplements taken together can slow the narrowing of joint space inside the knee.

    That narrowing space is caused by the loss of cartilage, or the cushion that protects your knee. The more cushion you lose, the more pain you feel as the joint starts to grind itself to dust.

    Over the long term, that loss of space is what ultimately sets the stage for debilitating and even crippling knee pain.

    But if you take glucosamine and chondroitin, you could slow that process, protect your knees and stop the pain before it starts, according to the new study in the Annals of Rheumatic Diseases.

    And let's see those mainstream doctors try to dismiss this study, because it meets the so-called gold standard in every possible way: It was long-term, double blind and placebo controlled.

    After two years, the patients given 1,500 mg of glucosamine sulfate and 800 mg of chondroitin sulfate per day saw their joint space narrowing improve by 0.1 mm.

    I know what you might be thinking. An improvement of 0.1 mm doesn't sound like much.

    But God didn't put much extra room inside our bodies when He designed us, and the knee is packed more tightly than a city bus at rush hour. Inside your knees, a difference of 0.1 mm could be the difference between comfort and misery.

    Of course, nothing works for all people, all the time, and that's as true for glucosamine and chondroitin as it is for anything else. Some people have great results, some are disappointed and in some cases it can make almost no difference at all.

    Don't give up, and don't turn to pain meds or even surgery -- because there are other natural options out there, including collagen.

    I recommend a form called UC-II.

    And if you need more help slowing and even reversing the damage of osteoarthritis and ending the pain for good, make an appointment to see me at my clinic outside San Diego.

    If you're not in Southern California, I can still help -- I'm also available for telephone consultations. Call 855-DOC-MARK to schedule yours.

    I'm not done with arthritis yet. Next up: A surprising way to avoid rheumatoid.

    Keep reading!

  2. Glucosamine and chondroitin can lower CRP levels

    Top vitamins for fighting inflammation

    Everyone's looking for ways to beat inflammation and the diseases that come along for the ride. But, it turns out some of the best all-natural inflammation fighters could be the very supplements you're already taking.

    And if you're not, maybe it's time to get started -- because a new study of CRP levels in nearly 10,000 men and women finds that fish oil, ginseng, glucosamine, and chondroitin could all slash levels of a major marker for inflammation.

    It's called C-reactive protein, or CRP for short, and high CRP levels have been linked to heart disease, cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, and even dementia.

    Chondroitin, however, can chase CRP levels down by a third in women, according to the new study. And chondroitin's longtime partner, glucosamine, can help sink those levels by 27 percent.

    The two supplements didn't have the same effect on CRP levels in men. For them, a little ginseng helped do the trick. And in men and women alike, fish oil cut CRP levels by a combined average of 16 percent.

    But that shouldn't surprise anyone, since fish oil is already widely recognized as one of the best all-natural inflammation fighters money can buy -- which is just one of the reasons omega-3 fatty acids can help protect the heart, brain, and more.

    If you're not taking fish oil now, be sure to add a quality supplement from a maker you trust. And don't let your all-out assault on inflammation end there, because the study in the American Journal of Epidemiology confirms two other major risk factors.

    One is age, the other is weight.

    You can't do much about the passage of time except enjoy it. But if you find that you've added pounds along with years, then take action now to get yourself back in shape.

    For complete and personalized help with both weight loss and all-natural inflammation relief, visit a holistic physician. And if you're in the Southern California area, make an appointment to see me at the Stengler Center for Integrative Medicine.

  3. Natural hope for MS patients

    The mainstream "solutions" to multiple sclerosis can be even worse than the disease itself: Of all the dangerous meds MS patients are told to take, not a single one of them can stop or reverse the damage. And they all come with some horrific side effects.
  4. Chondroitin offers arthritis relief

    The new study confirms that chondroitin can beat pain, ease stiffness, and even restore function to patients suffering from osteoarthritis of the hands.
  5. Vioxx on the road to rehab?

    The researchers looked at data on some 11,000 osteoarthritis patients 65 and older who were in a health system database between 2001 and 2009, and found that the number of opioid prescriptions shot up from 8 percent of the patients in 2001 to 20 percent in 2004, the final year of Vioxx.
  6. Nothing fishy about pain relief

    If you're taking glucosamine for your joint pain, you're really only halfway there...

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