(NaturalHealth365) Arthritis is a common problem in the United States, with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reporting more than 52 million adults and nearly 300,000 children living with some form of the disease. In fact, it is the number one cause of disability in the U.S., limiting work ability for approximately one-third of adults who have it. According to the Arthritis Foundation, arthritis costs Americans $156 billion every year in medical expenses and lost wages alone.
Many people who live with the disease take arthritis medications to help alleviate the pain and avoid missing work or other obligations. Big pharma, of course, is happy to oblige, having produced a wide variety of chemical cocktails that are promoted as remedies to arthritic pain and inflammation.
One type of medication in particular – TNF alpha blockers – are revered as wonder drugs for rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients. Not surprisingly, however, these medications also carry serious risks that can lead to negative side effects, hospitalization and even death.
TNF inhibitor pharmaceuticals trade arthritis pain for serious health consequences
TNF inhibitors are an immunosuppressant given to rheumatoid arthritis patients who experience the disease as an autoimmune condition. Since tumor necrosis factor (TNF) plays a role in the immune system’s natural response system, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved these drugs for autoimmune treatment – which are sold in the U.S. under names like Humira and Enbrel. However, any drug that disturbs the body’s immune system puts a person at risk for potentially nasty side effects.
In the case of rheumatoid arthritis TNF inhibitor drugs, the risks are significant and include a long list of infectious diseases. Candida, herpes and tuberculosis are just some of the infections appearing more frequently in RA patients who take arthritis medications. In fact, the FDA has been forced to recognize many of the dangers of TNF inhibitor arthritis drugs, going so far as to require black box labeling in 2009 warning physicians and parents of the increased risk of causing lymphoma and other types of cancers in children and adolescents.
Big pharma stands to lose its profits to natural remedies
Of course, the driving factor behind marketing arthritis pharmaceuticals is money, as big pharma made an astounding $22 billion on TNF inhibitors, in 2009, alone. Since rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune inflammatory condition, it is far safer to seek out natural modes of pain relief than to turn to drug companies for their dangerous solutions.
In truth, diet and nutrition hold many of the keys to both triggering and reversing inflammation within the body. A plant-based diet free of trans-fats, gluten, processed ingredients, chemicals, and dairy can dramatically reduce inflammation in the body.
Many people find additional relief by adding anti-inflammatory foods and herbs to their diet, such as turmeric and ginger. And, finally, natural therapies like massage and chiropractic can relieve stiffness and restore mobility to the joints.
Bottom line, toxic medication that suppress normal bodily functions should only be considered as a last resort – when all else has failed. Find an integrative healthcare provider that understands the value of diet and lifestyle changes to help guide you out of pain and into the good life.
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