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Mar
28
2011
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MEDICATIONS FOR RA (RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS): TAKING CYCLOPHOSPHAMIDE

MEDICATIONS FOR RA (RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS): TAKING CYCLOPHOSPHAMIDE
Before starting cyclophosphamide therapy discuss the following with your physician:
•   A history of blood problems, kidney or liver conditions, HIV infection, previous x-ray therapy or chemotherapy, or a positive tuberculin skin test or tuberculosis.
•   Any medications you are taking, but in particular sleeping medications (barbiturates), diuretics (water pills), or gout medications (allopurinol).
While taking cyclophosphamide:
•   Contact your physician promptly if you notice fever or chills, sore throat, cough, unusual bleeding or bruising, a change in urine color, burning or pain with urination, a change in skin color, or a marked increase in fatigue.
•   Monitor your urination while you are taking cyclophosphamide. Make certain that the frequency of urination has not decreased. Drink large amounts of water each day to flush out your bladder.
•   Never take this medication at bedtime.
Avoid coming into close contact with persons having a viral or bacterial infection.
Pregnancy and breastfeeding
Both men and women must use contraception while taking cyclophosphamide. Birth defects are a distinct possibility. Decreased fertility and sterility are potential side effects of this medication. Nursing is not recommended.
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Before starting cyclophosphamide therapy discuss the following with your physician:
•   A history of blood problems, kidney or liver conditions, HIV infection, previous x-ray therapy or chemotherapy, or a positive tuberculin skin test or tuberculosis.
•   Any medications you are taking, but in particular sleeping medications (barbiturates), diuretics (water pills), or gout medications (allopurinol).
While taking cyclophosphamide:
•   Contact your physician promptly if you notice fever or chills, sore throat, cough, unusual bleeding or bruising, a change in urine color, burning or pain with urination, a change in skin color, or a marked increase in fatigue.
•   Monitor your urination while you are taking cyclophosphamide. Make certain that the frequency of urination has not decreased. Drink large amounts of water each day to flush out your bladder.
•   Never take this medication at bedtime.
Avoid coming into close contact with persons having a viral or bacterial infection.
Pregnancy and breastfeeding
Both men and women must use contraception while taking cyclophosphamide. Birth defects are a distinct possibility. Decreased fertility and sterility are potential side effects of this medication. Nursing is not recommended.
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Mar
08
2011
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DRUGS TO TREAT RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS: ENBREL

DRUGS TO TREAT RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS: ENBREL
Enbrel is the brand name for etanercept, a modern biological response modifier.
There is a cytokine, or chemical messenger, present in the joints called tumor necrosis factor (TNF). This inflammatory mediator is one of the major problem-causing cytokines in RA. (It gets its name because it was found to cause weight loss and the shrinkage of tumors in young animals. Many years ago, it was actually thought of as a means of controlling cancer.) On cells there is a docking mechanism called a cytokine receptor. In order for cytokine (a chemical messenger) to do its job, it must join with a receptor. Enbrel is a laboratory-made receptor. Instead of docking at the regular receptor, the TNF sticks to the laboratory-made receptor Enbrel and is inactivated.
Enbrel is taken by subcutaneous (under the skin) injection twice a week. Most patients administer the injection themselves. It is relatively easy once becoming accustomed to it.
There can be some local allergic reactions at the site of injection. You can also experience headaches, fever, low blood pressure, and upset stomach. If you develop an infection on the drug, you must call your doctor. You will probably have to stop the drug until the infection is treated and you are well enough to start it again.
Your doctor should write a special prescription for you, and you will have to learn how to inject the drug from the doctor.
The drug it can be used with almost anything, including methotrexate.
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Enbrel is the brand name for etanercept, a modern biological response modifier.
There is a cytokine, or chemical messenger, present in the joints called tumor necrosis factor (TNF). This inflammatory mediator is one of the major problem-causing cytokines in RA. (It gets its name because it was found to cause weight loss and the shrinkage of tumors in young animals. Many years ago, it was actually thought of as a means of controlling cancer.) On cells there is a docking mechanism called a cytokine receptor. In order for cytokine (a chemical messenger) to do its job, it must join with a receptor. Enbrel is a laboratory-made receptor. Instead of docking at the regular receptor, the TNF sticks to the laboratory-made receptor Enbrel and is inactivated.
Enbrel is taken by subcutaneous (under the skin) injection twice a week. Most patients administer the injection themselves. It is relatively easy once becoming accustomed to it.
There can be some local allergic reactions at the site of injection. You can also experience headaches, fever, low blood pressure, and upset stomach. If you develop an infection on the drug, you must call your doctor. You will probably have to stop the drug until the infection is treated and you are well enough to start it again.
Your doctor should write a special prescription for you, and you will have to learn how to inject the drug from the doctor.
The drug it can be used with almost anything, including methotrexate.
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Dec
09
2009
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ARTHRITIS: WHICH FOOD SUPPLEMENTS SHOULD I TAKE?

Nutrition is a relatively new science, barely 30 years old. It has already made impressive gains in knowledge. But we have only scratched the surface. In coming years nutritionists will discover and identify many new vitamins and other nutritional factors which will play an important role in your health.

Therefore, one who does not suffer from any specific disease or deficiency but who is interested in food supplements for prophylactic or preventive reasons—that is for health protection —should not take any vitamins, minerals, or other isolated factors. But he should use natural food supplements, such as brewers yeast, kelp, bone meal, rose hips, cold-pressed vegetable oils, cod liver oil, wheat germ oil, etc. These are all natural, unrefined foods, rather than isolated vitamins or minerals. When you take them you will be benefiting not only from all the known vitamins and other nutritional factors, but also from all the unknown, as yet undiscovered, factors. Moreover, in such natural food supplements all the vital factors are present in their naturally balanced combination. This is important for two reasons. First, this will assure their full biological activity and maximum assimilation. Second, it will prevent overdosage which, as in the cases of vitamins D, A, and certain vitamins of the B-complex, could be quite dangerous.

The above remarks are made in reference to relatively healthy people. In the case of disease, however, the use of isolated vitamins and other nutritional factors could be not only justified but, in many cases, absolutely essential.

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Dec
09
2009
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THE ROLE OF NUTRITION IN ARTHRITIS TREATMENT: CORRECT EATING HABITS

And lastly, not only what you eat, but how you eat is extremely important. After all, we are not what we eat, but what we assimilate. And assimilation of nutrients from the foods you eat is to a large degree dependent on proper eating habits.

Many of us eat too fast, gulp our food down without chewing it properly-not to mention the fact that we often eat when we are not really hungry, merely because it is dinner time. Also, we eat when we are tense and irritated or when our thoughts are far away from food. Or, we eat certain foods because we think they are good for us, without really enjoying them.

No, all foods should be eaten slowly and chewed very thoroughly. Never eat in a hurry. It is far better to skip a meal than to eat it in a hurry. Slow eating and good mastication will increase the assimilation of nutrients in the intestinal tract and make you feel satisfied with a smaller quantity of food. Well-chewed and generously salivated food is practically half-digested in the mouth. Saliva contains enzymes and other digestive agents.

And, finally, food should be eaten in a relaxed atmosphere and enjoyed. My old friend and teacher, Dr. Ragnar Berg, one of the world’s most renowned nutritionists, used to say, “Eating should be a pleasure.” Please, don’t misconstrue his statement to mean that you should eat for pleasure! Eat to live—don’t live to eat! The biological fact is that only foods eaten with a genuine pleasure will do you any good. A peaceful, unhurried, pleasurable, and happy atmosphere around the table will pay good dividends in improved digestion and assimilation of food and in better health.

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Dec
09
2009
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THE ROLE OF NUTRITION IN ARTHRITIS TREATMENT: UNDEREATING

The latest scientific research shows that the single most important health and longevity factor is a scanty diet or underfeeding. Statistics collected from the several thousands of centenarians in Russia show that one common characteristic of all people who lived 100 years or longer is that throughout their lives they were all moderate eaters. Extensive animal studies reveal that moderate underfeeding increases longevity and decreases incidence of degenerative diseases.2 The eminent scientist, Dr. C. M. McCays of Cornell University, has shown by his research that overeating is the major cause of premature aging in civilized countries. To prolong life and assure good health he recommends a scanty diet of nutritionally superior natural foods.

As Benjamin Franklin said, “A full belly is the mother of all evil.” Obesity is, perhaps, the biggest American health problem and a contributing cause in the contraction of many diseases, including arthritis. As Thomas Edison suggested, “People gorge themselves with rich foods, use their time, ruin their digestion, and poison themselves…”

Food eaten in excess of the actual bodily need acts in the system as a poison; interferes with digestion; causes internal sluggishness, gas, incomplete assimilation, and other metabolic disturbances. It causes fermentation and putrefaction and actually poisons your system.

Leave your table when the food tastes its best. Several smaller meals or snacks are better than a few huge meals. Train yourself to systematically undereat and you will give yourself the best—and the cheapest—health insurance possible.

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