Glucosamine and Chondroitin in the News

The New England Journal of Medicine recently published a study claiming that two popular arthritis supplements don't work. Gina Kolata of The New York Times reports that despite the $734 million Americans spent on glucosamine and chondroitin in 2004, trials revealed few results.

In the member section of his website, Dr. Fuhrman has said "I think glucosamine and chondroitin are safe and have some clinical evidence to show they are mildly helpful. So if they are helping you, great."

He is more interested in looking at the bigger picture. He says that poor diets can cause rheumatoid arthritis and similar conditions. Adopting a nutrient rich vegetable based diet offers you the chance to eradicate it. This is from Dr. Fuhrman's book Eat to Live:

Some people, especially other physicians, may be skeptical. There are so many exaggerated and false claims made in health field, especially by those selling so-called natural remedies. Nevertheless, it is wrong to underestimate the results obtainable through appropriate nutritional intervention. Even many of my patients with autoimmune illnesses (such as lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, asthma, and hyperthyrodism) are able to recover and throw away their medications.

When one of my patients who had a severe case of rheumatoid arthritis went back to her previous physician, a rheumatologist, and told him she was now well and did not require any medication, he replied, "It must just be that you are resting more." She said, "I'm not resting more. In fact, I am more active than ever because my pain is gone, and I stopped the drugs." He replied, "It's just a temporary remission; you'll be back soon with another crisis." She never went back.

He also includes this table of diseases that can be caused by poor diet.

Dietary-Caused Illnesses with High Prevalence
atherosclerosisconstipationcolonic polyps
high blood pressurehypoglycemic symptomsindigestion
irritable bowel syndromekidney stoneslumbar spine syndromes
macular degenerationmusculoskeletal painosteoperosis
sexual dysfunctionstrokeuterine fibroids

New Fans from Virginia

Carolee from Fairfax Virginia recently sent us an email exclaiming her and her son's excitement over starting Eat to Live:

I just purchased and quickly finished reading Eat To Live. I am on day three of the six-week program and enjoying it so far. I JUST got an email informing me that my copy of Disease-Proof Your Child is in the mail RIGHT NOW - I can hardly wait. I look forward to learning more about how I can feed the whole family the RIGHT way. In the meantime, my three-year-old son is eagerly joining me in gorging on veggies. This picture shows him eating his lunch: a whole-wheat pita smeared with roasted-red-pepper-hummus and stuffed with baby greens, shredded carrots and sliced red-pepper. He drank a glass of water and had a clementine for "dessert." He's clearly happy with it - I don't anticipate that he will have a difficult time with this transition.

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THANK YOU SO MUCH for the work you have done to get these books out.

Fairfax, VA