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Tips on Supplements and Arthritis

Tip #3

Treatments, supplements, and special diets need scientific testing to prove they work.  It is sometimes hard to separate fact from fiction when determining if a treatment is effective, does nothing, or worse, causes harm.  Not all treatments work for all people. The following might help you to identify if a treatment, supplement, or diet has been scientifically proven to be effective and is right for you.

Watch out for: Claims the treatment will cure many different diseases.  Different diseases have different causes.  No one treatment can effectively treat multiple problems.

Watch out for: Claims the treatment will quickly and completely cure a chronic condition. As of now, we don’t have a way to cure diseases like arthritis, diabetes, or obesity.  People with arthritis and other chronic diseases find this frustrating and turn to what promises to be an easy fix when those fixes just don’t exist.

Watch out for: The only evidence to support the treatment is testimonials from customers.  Statements from customers like “It worked for me” are very poor evidence that a treatment works. Testimonials, by definition, are always positive, so you don’t see the negative comments.

Watch out for: Claims the treatment isn’t being used in the traditional medical community because it is so effective that the medical community (particularly the drug manufacturers) has suppressed it to maintain profits.  People in the medical community genuinely want their patients to get better.  If they knew of an effective treatment, they would prescribe it for their patients.

Watch out for: Claims the treatment has been used for centuries, and this is the reason why it should be considered effective.  If a treatment has been used for centuries without entering mainstream medicine, it must not be effective or could be dangerous. 

Watch out for: Promises of a money-back guarantee.  Most people with failed treatments do not ask for money back. 

MOST IMPORTANT: Ask your healthcare professional specifically about this treatment.         
  • How will this treatment help me?
  • Will it work for me, how does it work, and is it safe?
  • Will I have to stop taking prescription medications?
  • What are the potential side effects?
  • Does the treatment, supplement, or diet, interact with prescribed medicines?
  • How long before I start feeling better?
Questions to ask in order to find out if a treatment, supplement, or diet has been scientifically proven.
Find out if:
  • Research studies have been conducted on the treatment.
  • These studies were randomized and compared this treatment to other treatments.
  • The studies were conducted on people like you (similar in age, gender, and disease type).
  • The studies were conducted by people who were not involved in making or selling the treatment.
  • The studies were published in respected journals.

* These tips are provided for informational purposes only. The tips are intended to offer only a general basis for individuals to discuss their medical condition with their healthcare professional. Always consult your healthcare professional before undertaking a new healthcare regimen.

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