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FDA Testing on Arthritis Drugs

Arthritis The FDA recently announced they were beginning further testing and investigating whether the top four arthritis drugs on the market today were causing cancer in patients. Over the past 10 years the FDA received 30 cases of children and adults suffering from cancer who were taking these arthritis medications. Currently, the FDA has stated that the benefits outweigh the dangers for most patients until further research can be completed. The drugs under scrutiny are Enbrel, Wyeth and Remicade.

Each of these drugs tries to reduce the inflammation caused by arthritis through the same methods. The goal is to block the specific protein called tumour necrosis factor. These drugs are used not only for arthritis but for Crohn’s Disease as well. Known as TNF blockers, these drugs have been revolutionary for those suffering from arthritis and have made more then 13 billion dollars in sales last year alone. Since the release of these drugs just a decade ago, half a million patients have been treated through this method.

Because these drugs block part of the immune system, it has been known since their release that there might be a higher risk of infection and cancer in the patients using them. Each of the drug’s labels contains a warning to this effect that the potential for developing lymphomas is much higher. Lymphomas are cancer cells within the immune system and over half of the cancer cases in children reported to the FDA were exactly this. A study was conducted on adults taking Humira or Remicade to treat their arthritis. The results showed these adults had a 2.4 increase rate of developing cancer then those adults in the testing with only placebos.

For children and adults suffering from arthritis, it is important to realize that prescription medications are not the only form of treatment at your disposal. Natural supplementation is a great way to control and manage your symptoms as well as reduce the risk of cancer. Each of the natural supplements listed below are safe and risk free when used as directed so you do not have to worry about developing cancer, only fighting the symptoms of arthritis.

  • Bromelain is an enzyme, which reduces the inflammation and helps with the digestion of proteins when taken with meals.
  • Essential Fatty Acids can help increase the production and activity of anti-inflammatories within the body. Controls arthritis pain when taken as directed.
  • Sea Cucumber is a natural form of lubrication for the joints and tissues. May take up to 6 weeks to see results.
  • Vitamin E is a strong antioxidant, which can protect not only your organs from free radicals but your joints as well.
  • Boron is the number one mineral required for healthy and strong bones.
  • Glucosamine is a natural topical cream used to relieve the pain of arthritis. 

There are dozens more natural remedies and supplements, which can be taken on a daily basis to help reduce your arthritis pain and allow you to live your life the way you want to. Visit a professional naturopathic today for more information to help you create your natural supplement routine with success.

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