the Aberdeen study that they were reporting is now published in an 😯 page report on line .
In fact the condemnation the media heap on complementary products is nonsense, rank hypocrisy on the principle that only bad news pays.
No single modern chronic drug addresses the cause ie the cure of the chronic major degenerative diseases. Hyperglycemia is not the cause of diabetes to justify sulphonylureas or insulin; , cholesterol the cause of atheroma to justify statins; hypertension the cause of Essential Hypertension to justify the plethora of antihypertensives, or pain/swelling the cause of arthritis to justify the toxic NSAIDs.
The Aberdeen ARC Arthritis Research Campaign report showed
5/5 ie major benefit of fish oil in rheumatoid arthritis RA (let alone it’s all-system benefits) ;
5/5 ie major benefit of topical capsicain gel for osteoarthritis OA ;
4/5 for SAMe in OA;
3/5 benefit in osteoarthritis of many individual herbs separately;
3/5 benefit each of chondroitin and glucosamine for osteoarthritis- but they neglected to note the combination taken for at least 3 months actually slowly restores lost cartilage loss and thus reverses pain and disability, restoring good function in mild to moderate disease = 5/5. In fact the recently published USA 9-site GAIT trial (Sawitzke ea) showed that the combination actually reversed cartilage loss in mild to moderate OA.
The ARC report also, strangely, omits the overriding principle of all major diseases- that since these eg hypertension, OA, RA, vascular disease, type 2 diabetes, depression- are multifactorial in origin, in more than the mildest cases(as in cancer, and serious infections eg AIDS, tuberculosis, septicemia, helicobacter) therapy is always better with combination synergistic agents in lower dose rather than one agent in high dose; and that treatment must include hitting the causative factors to try to achieve cure, not just palliation.
Hence they fail to mention the obvious, that
Arthritis is always best treated with anti-inflammatories – including fish oil and other NSAIDs, apart from
*for RA- at least three remittive allopathics eg prednisone and methotrexate, plus gold, chloroquine or salazopyrin;
*for mild to moderate OA- the curative ie remittive combination of chondroglucosamine CG in addition to temporary pain-relievers; since OA is inevitably a future complication of all chronic arthritis, their treatment should also include CG;
and that there is no evidence that combination of allopathic ie patented designer NSAIDs and analgesics are any better let alone as safe for pain and stiffness relief of the two common major arthritic conditions as combination of safe complementaries eg chondroglucosamine, fish oil, boswellia, bromelain, cat’s claw, curcumin, nettle , SAMe, phytodolor and vitamins eg pantothenic acid, nicotinamide, ascorbic acid, pyridoxine,D, E and vit K ; without including eg white willow and devil’s claw which can evoke aspirin-like allergy.