Treating Osteoarthritis symptoms naturally
Came across a paper saved outlining a kind of ‘surround-the-dragon’ approach to finding relief from the symptoms of osteoarthritis. My problems at the time were minor so it wasn’t too important to me. This doctor, Jonathan Wright, I would come to learn, was a man worth listening to, so I am grateful that I had saved this.
- eliminate nightshade vegetables — such as tomatoes, potatoes, peppers, paprika, and eggplants — from the diet. Been a foodie all my life, so this wasn’t really the kind of thing I wanted to hear.
- also suggest 500 milligrams of glucosamine sulfate three times a day — but stay away from chondroitin, since it may increase the risk of prostate cancer. A separate note of caution, in people with diabetes, glucosamine may elevate blood sugar. (So, guess we need to take 1,500 mg daily)
- Along with the glucosamine, I recommend 1,000 milligrams of niacinamide three times daily. Many people report complete relief of their pain and swelling within three or four weeks of taking niacinamide. (3,000 mg daily, divided)
- Also quite effective, yet largely unknown to many, is boron. I advise taking 3 milligrams twice daily. As an added bonus, boron also is a treatment for osteoporosis and aids in cancer prevention.
If adjusting the diet and these supplements don’t bring relief, S-adenosylmethionine (SAMe) may be worth trying. It can be expensive, but some patients — though not all — have been helped by it. I usually recommend 400 milligrams once or twice daily. These supplements are all safe and natural, and I have been recommending them for years to relieve arthritis pain with great success.
I guess I’ve heard for 40 years or so that nightshade vegetables were culprits in this sense. I would like an explanation for it so that I can understand it and get behind it. Would appreciate any feedback on this aspect if anyone has something to share
As to the glucosomine sulfate, I tried it mixed with chondroitin for a number of months and found it useless. When I learned of a formula by Dr David Williams called Joint Advantage Gold, I had pretty good luck with that. 2 of his pills equaled the 1500 mg plus many other herbs and natural plants. Shared it with others who seemed to agree. I have read that glucosomine sulfate was shown to prove that it was capable of reversing calcification in the joints in a study in Belgium as demonstrated in the X-rays.
There is something else I’d like to mention. KANG GU ZENG SHENG PIAN is a traditional Chinese herbal formula. It has been called Osteophyte by one manufacturer. Has been used for various joint and bone syndromes, e.g. osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and general joint pain, tendon pain, bone spurs, vertebral calcification and spondylosis and many kinds of spinal problems and inflammation. They are small tablets and the recommended dosage is 6 tablets three times daily.
I think I would be remiss not to mention the Omega-3 Fish oil, it had a noticeable effect when Dr Kurpita put me on 2 softgels, 2 times a day. Each cap is 1360 mg. This triple strength is not commonly found. It helps with pain, but of course is so good for the body in so many ways.
It is a good thing to seek natural solutions to these peculiarly geriatric maladies. Going the route of BIG PhRMA is asking for more trouble for every pharmaceutical yields side effects which can complicate life. I remain a practitioner of so-called ‘energy medicine’ because it works and I’m accustomed to it. When one looses function – – it happens, its just the way some of these diseases go, loss of use or deformities can interfere, so one does the best one can and we seek solutions. With regard to pain, I use EFT and that works for me. But there is Advil up on the shelf if its needed.
Finally, I have included a brief note (following) from the doctor who started the ball rolling on Vitamin B-3 known as Niacinamide which apparently was granted by his wife for reproduction. I read through a lot of entries searching online for information on these B vitamins. I was especially perplexed by the doctors whom I now see wanting me to take only “Balanced B vitamins.” I was not able to satisfy my concerns, therefore, I can not comply. As for B-12 I use a fairly high dose and it is Methylcobalamin which is not always easy to come by because most vitamin manufacturers will generally use the cheaper base product, in this case, Cyanocobalamin (from the cyanide family). Not what I want. These things are important to me. As to balanced B there were as many for as against, so I’m on my own.
A point Dr Kaufman is making below seems to be dividing the dosage up throughout the day rather than only one shot, once.