Arthritis and Rheumaticism


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Sixty scientific and/or clinical research search studies by doctoral scientists or physicians. Over 50 years of scientific and clinical research into arthritic and rheumatic diseases. And much of it is unknown today—except to students in large research and university medical libraries.  Plus a section at the back with 28 folk remedies.




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WHY THIS BOOK?— This book was primarily written in order to provide scientific and medical research summaries for three groups of people:

1—Medical doctors: There is a wealth of information contained in this book that can provide the hardworking physician with an abundance of scientific research information on arthritis, rheumatism, and related disorders. Doctors are kept so busy with their practice that it is difficult to keep up with the scores of current medical journals, much less find time to explore the past issues of these journals for insights into research studies and medical experimentation in this important field.

2—Research scientists: There are a couple dozen suggestions in this book for new research studies, and most of these ideas are based on successful past studies that deserve additional exploratory and confirmatory research. As frequently as possible, we have tried to include author, publication, and date of past scientific and medical research; so that you could read these reports for yourself in the nearest medical library—and then continue the research on from there.

3—Careful students of medical literature: Here you will find an abundance of information that you can share with your family physician and others who are concerned with learning additional ways to minister to the needs of the arthritic and rheumatic.

And, of course, we should add this: If you, yourself, have arthritis, rheumatism, or related problems, you will want to consult with your physician or a medical specialist in this field.

WHAT IS OSTEOARTHRITIS?— Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid arthritis are the two main types of arthritis. Osteoarthritis most frequently occurs in older people and consists of a continual wearing away of the cartilage in a joint. 

Cartilage is the smooth, soft bone-like substance that covers the ends of bones at the joints. This smooth substance enables the bones to slide against one another without friction or wearing away. But when this cartilage becomes thinner, the rough surfaces of the bones then rub together, which brings pain and stiffness.

Osteoarthritis most frequently affects the weight-bearing joints, such as the hips and knees. The most common symptoms of osteoarthritis include stiffness in the body and pain in the joints. This pain increases in damp weather, in the morning, or after strenuous exercise.

WHAT IS RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS?— The condition is most likely to begin between the ages of thirty and forty. Affecting the entire body and not merely certain joints, rheumatoid arthritis is often associated with physical or emotional problems.

Rheumatoid arthritis destroys not only the cartilage, but also some of the bone itself. This problem especially occurs in and near joint areas. Soon, scar tissue develops, and the spaces between the joint may narrow as a result—and even fuse together. This brings stiffening and crippling. Symptoms include pain and swelling in the joints, fatigue, weight loss, anemia, and fever. At times these symptoms will disappear for awhile and then reoccur later.

U..S. GOVERNMENT REPORT— According to a United States Government report, approximately 13 million Americans suffer from arthritis, thus making it the nation’s number one crippler. Over 10 million people have seen a doctor in the search for relief, and more than 3 million report limitation of their usual activity because of the disease. An estimated 1.3 billion dollars is lost to the American economy because of this disease. For more information, see “Arthritis,” Public Health Service Publication, No. 1444-A, U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare, Washington, D.C.

Chapter One consists of summaries of sixty-two scientific research studies. It is filled with helpful information.

Chapter Two contains over two dozen folk remedies. There is so much information which researchers and common folk are unaware!

Chapter Three summarizes all the data in Chapters Two and Three.

It is the desire of the author of this little volume that these summaries  will provide research and clinical scientists with the research findings needed to help them in their work.

That the pain and damage caused by the arthritic and rheumatic diseases may be forever erased from the lives of the family of God on this planet is the earnest desire of this writer. —vf

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