Archive for the ‘Rheumatology’ Category

Rheumatoid arthritis, Thunder God vine

August 2, 2009

Thunder God vine (Tripterygium wilfordii) is widely used in China for the treatment of autoimmune diseases. A recent placebo- controlled double-blind trial demonstrated benefit in rheumatoid arthritis. (Seminars in Arthritis and Rheumatism 26(5)713-723, April 1997) This herb also possesses anti-inflammatory principles, stimulates circulation, and reduces swelling. Copyright 1997 Phylis Austin


Caloric intake, osteoarthritis

August 2, 2009

A five-year study of dogs revealed that limiting food intake reduced the incidence of osteoarthritis. (Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association 210(2)222-225, January 15, 1997) Copyright 1997 Phylis Austin

Estrogen replacement therapy, systemic lupus erythematosus

August 2, 2009

Women who are taking postmenopausal hormone replacement therapy are at increased risk of developing systemic lupus erythematosus. The risk increases as the length of time the hormones are taken increases. (Arthritis and Rheumatism 37(Suppl 9)S211, September 1994) Copyright 1994 Phylis Austin

Diuretics, lupus

August 2, 2009

Hydrochlorothiazide diuretics may induce lupus erythematosus in sensitive individuals according to a report from the University of Louisville School of Medicine.
An earlier report in the medical literature reported that PUVA therapy for psoriasis may induce lupus erythematosus. Several other medications, including griseofulvin and sulfasalazine have been associated with lupus, and some wonder if the sulfonylureas, which are often used in diabetes, may not also induce lupus. (Internal Medicine News 24(1)34, January 1-14, 1991) A total vegetarian diet has been reported helpful in lupus, instituted after seven to ten days of total fasting. (Medical Tribune, June 11, 1992, p. 32) Copyright Phylis 1992 Austin

Black cohosh, Cimicifuga racemosa, osteoporosis

July 26, 2009

A recent report from the Department of Endocrinology at the University Medical Center, Georg-August-University Gottingen, Gottingen, Germany showed that BNO 1055, an extract from black cohosh, Cimicifuga racemosa reduced bone loss in rats. Two studies in postmenopausal women showed improvement in bone metabolism.
European Journal of Integrative Medicine 1(Suppl 1) November 2008
Copyright 2009 Phylis A Austin

Osteoporosis, mud therapy

July 16, 2009

Mud therapy is a traditional pain treatment in many European countries, but is rarely used in the United States. A report from Italy suggests that “mature mud” (mud in which bacterial growth has caused a change in the consistency) may increase calciotropic hormones and perhaps even osteoblastic activity. The subjects in this study had an actual increase in bone mass.
(Current Therapeutic Research 54(6)758-762, 1993)
Copyright Phylis Austin 2009

Gout, vitamin C

July 8, 2009

Higher intake of vitamin C reduces the risk of gout in men according to a report from the University of British Columbia. Men who had a vitamin C intake of more than 1500 mg/day had the lowest risk of gout in this 20-year study.

The authors carried out this study after earlier studies showed that vitamin C intake increased serum uric acid excretion.
(Archives of Internal Medicine 169(5)502-507, March 9, 2009)
Copyright 2009 Phylis A Austin

Diet and systemic lupus erythematosus

July 7, 2009

Animal studies have shown that a low calorie, low fat diet is beneficial in systemic lupus erythematosus. A human study revealed that women whose lupus required corticosteroid treatment used a diet higher in fat than those who manifested milder symptoms. The authors of the report suggest that the use of fatty meats such as lamb, pork, and beef be reduced, that fried food be entirely eliminated, and that dairy products be limited. (Seminars in Arthritis and Rheumatism 15(1)61-69, August 1985) Copyright Phylis A Austin 1989

Postmenopausal estrogen use, lupus

July 3, 2009

Women who use estrogen are at increased risk of developing systemic lupus erythematosus. The risk increases as the length of time the estrogen is used increases. Menstrual irregularity was also reported to be more common in women with systemic lupus erythematosus than in control women.
(Tokohu Journal of Experimental Medicine 169:245-252, 1993)
Copyright 1993 Phylis A Austin

Vitamins, arthritis

July 3, 2009

A diet high in vitamins C, D, E, and beta-carotene may slow the progression of osteoarthritis, the most common joint disorder of older Americans.
(Annals of Rheumatic Diseases 56(7)397-400, July 1997)
Copyright 1997 Phylis A Austin