Dr. David Brownstein, M.D., is a board-certified family physician and one of the nation’s foremost practitioners of holistic medicine. He is editor of Dr. David Brownstein’s Natural Way to Health newsletter. Dr. Brownstein has lectured internationally to physicians and others about his success with natural hormones and nutritional therapies in his practice. His books include Drugs That Don’t Work and Natural Therapies That Do!; Iodine: Why You Need It, Why You Can’t Live Without It; Salt Your Way To Health; The Miracle of Natural Hormones; Overcoming Arthritis, Overcoming Thyroid Disorders; The Guide to a Gluten-Free Diet; and The Guide to Healthy Eating. He is the medical director of the Center for Holistic Medicine in West Bloomfield, Mich., where he lives with his wife, Allison, and their teenage daughters, Hailey and Jessica.

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The Infection-Arthritis Link

Wednesday, 30 Oct 2013 08:55 AM

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Question: My wife was recently diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis. A rheumatologist is recommending a regimen of biologics. Should I convince my wife to see a holistic doctor instead?
 
Dr. Brownstein’s Answer:
 
Psoriatic arthritis is an autoimmune inflammatory arthritic condition characterized by
joint pains, nail changes, and tendonitis. I have treated many patients with psoriatic arthritis. Like many other autoimmune conditions, an underlying infection is often part of the disease
process. Unless the infection is properly diagnosed and treated, the illness progresses.
 
Mycoplasma, chlamydia, and human herpes virus 6 are common infectious organisms found in psoriatic arthritic patients. Antibiotic or antiviral therapy, along with a holistic approach that emphasizes vitamins, minerals, and bioidentical hormones, have proven their worth in my practice.

More than 80 percent of the psoriatic arthritic patients that I have treated with the approach that I outlined in my book, Overcoming Arthritis, have had very good results.
 
 
 

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