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An article from Argentina shows that cow cartilage pills help to relieve arthritis pain in more than 90 percent of patients with rheumatoid arthritis

Two highly popular over-the-counter medications, called glucosamine and chondroitin, help to relieve the pain in arthritis joints. Glucosamine and chondroitin are chemicals that can be extracted from cartilage, the white gristle that lines joints. The authors of this article show that after taking pills made from whole cartilage extracted from bovine tracheae, 90 percent of rheumatoid arthritis patients had less pain and swelling in their joints, and most were able to walk for a longer time and had less morning stiffness. Taking bovine collagen also helped lower blood levels of rheumatoid factor and tumor necrosis factor, markers of joint destruction. This is the first study to show that cartilage pills reduce symptoms AND the blood markers of arthritis, rheumatoid factor and tissue necrosis factor.

In 1939 Dr. David Lawrence showed that you could feed poison ivy extracts to people who would break out with a horrible rash when they touched any part of the poison ivy plant. Since that time several studies have shown that you can desensitize people who get stuffy noses when they breathe in grass pollen by feeding them grass pollen.

Here we have a system where a person has less pain from arthritis when he takes pills containing glucosamine and chondroitin, two chemicals found in cartilage that lines joints. This study in Rheumatology International shows also that feeding whole cartilage from cows also helps to lessen pain in arthritis. Perhaps, we will be able to treat arthritis in the future be feeding cartilage to people with rheumatoid arthritis. Time will tell. Also see reports #J106 and #J159.

Treatment of rheumatoid arthritis by oral administration of bovine tracheal type II collagen. Rheumatology International, 2001, Vol 20, Iss 4, pp 138-144. SF Ausar, DM Beltramo, LF Castagna, S Quintana, E Silvera, G Kalayan, M Revigliono, CA Landa, ID Bianco. Address Bianco ID, CEPROCOR, Alvarez Arenales 230, RA-5000 Cordoba, ARGENTINA

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May 29th, 2013
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Sports medicine doctor, fitness guru and long-time radio host Gabe Mirkin, M.D., brings you news and tips for your healthful lifestyle. A practicing physician for more than 50 years and a radio talk show host for 25 years, Dr. Mirkin is a graduate of Harvard University and Baylor University College of Medicine. He is board-certified in four specialties: Sports Medicine, Allergy and Immunology, Pediatrics and Pediatric Immunology. The Dr. Mirkin Show, his call-in show on fitness and health, was syndicated in more than 120 cities. Read More
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