July 30, 2016
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    Arthritis Quackery
    (Unproven Remedies and Tests)

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    Like many people with chronic ailments, sufferers of chronic arthritis are potentially vulnerable to proponents of heavily marketed "cure-all" treatments. These "quick fix" treatments are promoted as having great benefits, but in reality have no right to such claims.

    Quackery (the business of promoting unproven remedies) is recognized as a billion dollar industry. We feel the buyer should beware!

    Consumers should be especially cautious when products come with marketing claims such as "will cure," "ancient remedy," "has no side effects," "revolutionary new scientific breakthrough."

    The following remedies and tests have no scientific proof of benefits related to arthritis: [Now you've heard it from Alfalfa to Zinc. Beware when you take care!]

    Alfalfa Lapachol
    Aloe vera Macrobiotic diet
    Amino Acids Ma-huang
    Ant venom Mandell arthritis diet
    Arnica Megavitamin therapy
    Ascorbic acid Natural and organic foods
    Bark teas Nightshade vegetables
    Bee pollen Ozone
    Biotin P vitamins
    Bowel cleansing PABA
    Chinese herbs, such as Chuifong toukuwan (potentially dangerous) Panax
    Cinnamon Pau d'arco
    Clay enemas Powdered ant
    Clemantis Propolis, royal jelly
    Cloves Raw milk
    Cod Liver oil Rhus toxicodendron
    Coenzyme Q-10 Rose hips
    Coffee enemas Rutin
    Coicis semen Sassafras
    Colonics Selenium
    Copper bracelets Shark cartilage
    Cytotoxic testing Snake venom
    Devil's Claw Soapweed
    Dismutase (superoxide dismutase) Spanish bayonet
    Dong diet Spanish fly
    Elimination diets Stephania
    Feverfew Tang-kuei
    Fit for Life diet Teas (alfalfa, feverfew, ginseng, sassafras)
    Fo-ti Thiamine
    Garlic Vegetarian diets
    Germanium Volcanic ash fast
    Ginseng Water enema
    Green-lipped mussel Wood spider
    Hair analysis Yucca
    Homeopathy Zen macrobiotics
    Hydrogen peroxide Zinc
    Medically reviewed by Aimee V. HachigianGould, MD; American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery


    Barrett, Stephen. Quackwatch.com. Dec. 5, 2011. <http://www.quackwatch.com/>.

    Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 9/29/2015

      Source: MedicineNet.com


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