What is arthritis?
Arthritis is defined as the degeneration of one or more joints, resulting in pain, swelling, stiffness and reduced range of motion. The three most common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and ankylosing spondylitis (ALS).
What is rheumatoid arthritis?
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic, systemic inflammatory disorder that primarily affects the joints. It is an autoimmune disease, which means that the body’s immune system is attacking the joints, just as it would normally attach a virus.
What are the symptoms?
- Joint pain and tenderness
- Swelling of the joint
- Redness around the joint
- Joint warmth
- An injury of the joint that does not seem to heal
- Numbness or tingling in the hands
- Pain or inflammation of the foot
- Stiffness of the joints, especially when getting up in the morning
What is ankylosing spondylitis?
Ankylosing spondylitis, or AS, is a long-term autoimmune disease that causes inflammation of the joints between the spinal bones, and the joints between the spine and pelvis.
What are the symptoms?
- Near constant pain and stiffness in the lower back and/or buttocks and hips (for more than three months)
- Painful ligaments and tendons
- Bony fusion (an overgrowth of the bone, leading to abnormal joining of bones)
- Loss of appetite
- Eye inflammation
- In rare cases, lung and heart problems may occur
Traditional western medicine has no permanent cure for RA and treats it with a combination of ongoing medication, physical and occupational therapy and possibly surgery. The medications commonly prescribed are NSAIDS (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs), steroids or immunosuppressant drugs. NSAIDs have powerful side effects and can cause secondary issues, such as stomach problems, including bleeding and ulcer, abdominal pain, fluid retention, kidney problems, heart problems, rashes and more. In fact, NSAIDs have recently been found to be more dangerous than previously thought. The FDA is now strengthening their warning that even the over-the-counter strengths can cause heart attacks or strokes. This course of treatment puts patients on a fast track to ever increasing doses of an ever increasing potency anti-inflammatories and pain-killers. These treatments have been shown in countless studies to accelerate arthritis and increase the need for total joint replacements.
Immunosuppressant drugs cause a weakened immune system, which puts patients at risk for a host of other illnesses and issues that the immune system would normally take care of.
At the Magaziner Center, we have several treatment options for inflammatory and autoimmune diseases such as RA and AS. We understand that every patient is unique and there is no ‘one-size-fits-all’ treatment. And while the RA or AS may appear similar across the board, we are not treating the AS/RA- we are treating the individual person. Because we strive to heal the body, rather than simply suppressing the symptoms, we must learn what is contributing to the condition in each individual. Our comprehensive blood and urine analysis gives a full picture of exactly what is going on in the body. This is a unique set of test that traditional doctors will generally not administer. We look at all possible factors: environmental, lifestyle and nutritional causes, and treat each patient for their specific needs.
Our program consists of specialized diets, allergy
elimination, supplements, detoxification, and the use of low dose naltrexone (LDN) to help control patient’s symptoms and decrease swelling. We have successfully treated patients for whom traditional therapies did not work, as well as those who did not want the risk or side effects associated with long-term steroid or immunosuppressant therapy.
At the Magaziner Center for Wellness, we take a holistic approach to illness. Our goal is not to simply treat the RA or the AS. Our goal is get our patients to optimal health, allowing the body to heal itself.
Why settle for a lifetime regimen of medication, some with side effects worse than the original condition? There are options. There is help- and you’ve just found it.