Yet Another Arthritis Drug Banned by the FDA- Naturopathic Medicine Offers Options to the 66 Million Arthritis Sufferers

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Physician explores natural alternatives to recently banned medications.

With yet another prescription arthritis drug banned by the FDA, consumers are confused as to the available options. Many over-the-counter drugs taken as alternatives to recalled medications have now been required by the FDA to list extra warnings for risk of cardiovascular events, leaving the 1 in 3 Americans with arthritis wondering what their alternatives are for treatment. Naturopathic medicine can offer effective natural alternatives for people desiring options for their pain.

Bextra, the latest drug banned by the FDA, belongs to a class of drugs called cyclooxygenase (COX) inhibitors, along with Vioxx, Celebrex, and NSAIDs. Cyclooxygenase is an enzyme associated with inflammation, and drugs were developed to address the pain and inflammation associated with arthritis conditions. COX also serves an important factor in regulating the clotting mechanism of blood. Inhibition of this enzyme has proven to be associated with cardiovascular event risk such as heart attacks and strokes which prompted the FDA action.

It is estimated that 66 million Americans suffer from chronic joint conditions such as arthritis, up from 43 million in 1998. With 36% of adults using some form of alternative medicine, it is important to note the options that Naturopathic Medicine offers for arthritis sufferers.

According to David A. Tallman DC, ND, a naturopathic physician in Scottsdale, Arizona whose practice is dedicated to arthritis and joint disease, “natural anti-inflammatory medications have been used for a long time to palliate pain,” says Tallman. “Proteolytic enzymes for example are well studied and have proven efficacy as an anti-inflammatory. The amino acid S-adenosylmethionine (SAMe) has been shown to be as effective as Celebrex for palliation of arthritis pain and has proven anti-depressant effects, with no known toxicity.”

Dr. Tallman utilizes regenerative injection therapy (RIT) in addition to these natural medicines to address the causality of pain and degeneration.

Before starting on a regimen, be sure to seek advice from a licensed physician trained in natural medicine. “Although nutritional supplements and herbs can be powerful medications,” states Tallman, “it is important not to self-prescribe any medications, either pharmaceutical or natural.” When used correctly, natural medicine and therapies such as RIT can offer significant relief for those in search of alternatives to COX 1 and 2 inhibitors.

Photos available: before and after X rays of arthritic joints treated with RIT and naturopathic medicine

Patients treated with natural medicine for arthritis available for comment


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