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.

Dr. David Brownstein, M.D.

Natural Treatments for Arthritis

Monday, 28 Jan 2013 11:42 AM

By David Brownstein, M.D.

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Question: I am 75 years old and have painful arthritis in my right knee. My doctor said I need a knee replacement. Are there supplements I can take to heal my arthritis without surgery?

Dr. Browstein's Answer:

Unfortunately, arthritis of the joints is very common these days, particularly in the elderly. One of the major causes is eating a poor diet full of refined sugar, flour, and salt, and not drinking enough water.

It is important to eat a diet with whole foods, and avoid refined food products. Furthermore, it is vitally important to drink adequate amounts of water to prevent dehydration. Take your weight in pounds, divide by two and drink that amount of water in ounces per day.

One supplement that can help with arthritis is called methylsulfonylmethane, or MSM, which supplies a readily available form of sulfur. The cartilage in the joints needs adequate amounts of sulfur to maintain proper function.
Other supplements that help with arthritis include glucosamine and turmeric, as well as bromelain and EGCG from green tea. Limbex is a supplement that I have formulated to help combat arthritis.

Keep in mind that if the arthritis is severe, especially when there is “bone on bone” in the X-rays with severely decreased range of motion, surgery may be indicated. At this point, joint replacement may be the best option.

I have written extensively about arthritis in my book, Overcoming Arthritis.


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