Controversial BMJ Glucosamine/Chondroitin Review
Swiss researchers fail to follow rules for a review article.
NIAMS (NIH) Releases results of GAIT Part 2 - Celebrex users lost 8.5x more cartilage (as measured by joint space width) compared to those who took Glucosamine HCl. Is this study even valid? Read more...
Glucosamine Sulfate study commentary
A glucosamine sulfate study published 2/18/08 reveals little. Read more...
Landmark, Long-Term, X-Ray Study proves Chondroitin improves joint cartilage!
In the largest x-ray study ever performed to date, European researchers have proven that 800 mg of chondrotin, taken once daily nearly halts the loss of cartilage versus placebo - even in patients who don't experience pain relief. Read more...
Top Arthritis Prevention Tips
Arthritis Supplements - Most common mistakes
Chondroitin review article (meta-analysis)
Vitamin D Resource Center
You're supposed to stay out of the sun and use sunscreen because of accelerated aging and skin cancer. Why this might lead to big problems.
Standardized, non-prescription, pharmaceutical grade Vitamin D
Dr. Theo's™ Review of the NIH Glucosamine and Chondroitin Arthritis Intervention Trial (GAIT) Part 1
As an oversight committee member of the NIH Glucosamine/Chondroitin Arthritis Intervention trial (GAIT); someone with extensive training in biostatistics, epidemiology and research design; and someone who is required to speak out on the fair and balanced interpretation of the study, I’m astounded by the poor reporting of the facts associated with this research study...Read more
Summary of Key Points
NIH's GAIT (Glucosamine/Chondroitin Arthritis Intervention Trial) Full Results Chart
What's better - glucosamine/chondroitin or Celebrex?
Many News Briefs Support Dr. Theo's Position on GAIT findings:
The Arthritis Foundation (PDF)
United Press International
Medical News Today
Genetic Engineering News
Pro Health Network.com
Wall Street Journal
Dr. Theo will continue to monitor the press and provide convenient links for you to decide for yourself the value of supplements for joint health based on the NIH study and many, many others.
Dr. Theo™ on Arthritis
Arthritis and related conditions are actually made up of about 100 different diseases.
When the word "arthritis" is used as a general term, it is meant to refer to problems that are specific to or include the joints.
There are over 230 different joints in the human body. A joint is the union of two or more bones, surrounded by various other tissues such as
- Joint capsule (fibrous tissue which encloses the joint in a watertight and airtight environment)
- Muscles (which allow for movement around the joint)
- Tendons (which connect muscles to bones)
- Ligaments (which connect bone to other bones)
- Cartilage (which lines the ends of the bones and acts as both a shock absorbers and a slippery surface that allows the bones to move easily over one another)
Arthritis is a Greek word that translates literally into "joint inflammation." The symptoms of arthritis usually include joint pain, stiffness, and sometimes swelling or warmth.
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