The People's Perspective on Medicine
Fish oil nutritional supplements
Arthritis

Flip Flops on Fish Oil: Omega 3 Fats Now Have Heart Benefits

First we were told fish oil was good for the heart. Then we were told no, it doesn't work. Now, omega 3 fats work after all. What about for arthritis?

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Alternative Health

Will DMSO Ease Your Aching Knees?

Some people like to apply DMSO topically for joint pain. Most of the research has focused on its use for interstitial cystitis rather than arthritis.

golden raisins and gin
Arthritis

Golden Raisins in Gin: Placebo or Powerful Arthritis Remedy?

People with arthritis are caught in a terrible bind. OTC and prescription drugs have some serious side effects. What about golden raisins in gin?

Voltaren gel
Arthritis

How Can Topical Diclofenac (Voltaren Gel) Hurt Your Stomach?

Some people love topical diclofenac for sprains, strains or inflamed joints. Others find that it causes the same nasty stomach symptoms as oral NSAIDs.

drugstore shelves with over the counter (OTC) pain relief products.
Arthritis

Do You Read OTC Medication Labels? You Should!

Most people believe that nonprescription drugs are safe. That's why they may not read OTC medication labels. What if we told you OTC drugs can harm or kill?

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Arthritis

Can Turmeric Relieve Your Aches and Pains?

Some supplements, including turmeric, can help alleviate aches and pains associated with arthritis, bursitis or tendinitis.

drugstore shelves with over the counter (OTC) pain relief products.
Arthritis

Do Arthritis Pain Relievers Trigger Heart Problems?

Do you take celecoxib, diclofenac, ibuprofen, meloxicam or naproxen for aching joints? People with OA rely on arthritis pain relievers. What are the risks?

African american man holding his arthritic knee in pain
Alternative Health

Will Soap in Bed Keep Your Knees from Aching?

Some readers find that keeping a bar of soap under the bottom sheet helps keep hips and knees from aching during the night.

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Arthritis

Will Gluten-Free Diet Ease Arthritis Pain?

Joint pain is common, but one possible cause is less common. Will following a gluten-free diet ease arthritis? One reader reports benefit.

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Arthritis

Turmeric Lowered Cholesterol Raised by Glucosamine?

Have you ever taken glucosamine and chondroitin for sore joints? Did this combo raise cholesterol? Turmeric lowered cholesterol AND eased inflammation.

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Arthritis

Generic Drugs Hammered | Are AUTHORIZED Generics the Answer?

The FDA has been criticized for its oversight of generic drugs. Major news stories this week dealt a blow to this industry. What about authorized generics?

grape juice with pectin, certo and grape juice
Arthritis

How to Substitute Powdered Pectin in Arthritis Remedy

Some readers who have tried Certo in grape juice to ease their joint pain would like to use powdered pectin instead. It may be harder, but it is do-able.

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Alternative Health

Bee Sting Therapy (Apitherapy) for Arthritis Pain

Have you ever heard of bee sting therapy (aka apitherapy)? We didn't think so. Modern medicine has pretty much ignored this approach. Readers say it works.

grape juice with pectin, certo and grape juice
Arthritis

Can Grape Juice with Pectin Ease Your Joint Pain?

Many people find that drinking several ounces of Concord grape juice with pectin every day helps ward off or ease arthritis pain.

A low-carb mixed leaf salad with smoked salmon, spinach, cucumber and onions
Arthritis

Could a Low-Carbohydrate Diet Ease Your Knee Pain?

A small study suggests that people following a low-carbohydrate diet suffer less from arthritis in their knees. They also have better joint function.

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Alternative Health

Are Gin-Drenched Raisins a Big Joke?

A skeptic attacked gin-drenched raisins as offering arthritis sufferers false hope. But many readers have found this remedy helps relieve pain.

surgeons performing shoulder replacement surgery
Arthritis

How Risky Is Shoulder Replacement Surgery?

Shoulder replacement surgery is becoming far more common, but it carries more risk than most patients appreciate.

fresh turmeric root
Arthritis

Will Rosemary and Turmeric Help Your Arthritis Pain?

Using rosemary and turmeric on food with hemp oil and black pepper to boost absorption helped one reader control joint pain.

Voltaren gel
Arthritis

Opioids for Osteoarthritis Seem Scary! How About Topical NSAIDS Instead?

People with osteoarthritis are stuck. Opioids are heavy guns and can be addicting. Oral NSAIDs can cause ulcers or heart attacks. What about topical NSAIDs?

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Acid Reflux

Will Apple Cider Vinegar Lower Your Blood Pressure?

One reader reports that taking two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar lowers occasional high blood pressure. Research in rats suggests vinegar inhibits ACE.