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Women Who Drink Beer Less Prone to Develop Rheumatoid Arthritis

(BOSTON) — Ladies, here’s a toast to quaffing an occasional beer. It can save you a lot of pain down the road.

That’s according to Dr. Bing Lu, who teaches at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School.

Lu says that women can reduce their chances of developing rheumatoid arthritis, which begins as early as the 20s, by drinking alcohol in moderation.

Tracking the drinking habits of women from two large studies that began in 1976 and 1989, respectively, Lu found that those who enjoyed a few alcoholic beverages per week cut their risk of rheumatoid arthritis by 21 percent. But the risk went down by 31 percent when they only drank beers.

As for the reasons why, Lu and his team were at a loss to explain beer’s and alcohol’s effects on the body that would lessen the development of rheumatoid arthritis, which is primarily a woman’s disease.

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Meniscus – Strengthen your knees!

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MENISCUS is crescent shape cartilage that connects upper and lower parts of knee cap.

The KNEE is the largest joint in the body. Three bones come together to shape it – the Thighbone, Shinbone and Knee Cap.
In between is the Meniscus, the little but important part that lowers the pressure absorbed by weight in the upper body and act as a shock absorbent.

If you would like to know how the Meniscus tears happen, here is the recipe: bend the knee, like in Virkshasana, then rotate the knee cap pointing down to the floor. It can happen while playing the football, kick the ball really hard while rotating the knee cap on the side.

What are the signs of Meniscus tear?
Pain… Persistent pain that last for more than 24 hours.
Swelling of the knee.
Hardness and difficulty in strengthening the knee after sitting.
Feeling stiffness in the knee

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Practical Help for Basic Knee Pain

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Most of us experience knee pain from time to time.  However, if the pain has been increasing with physical activity or you experience pain with daily motions, like taking stairs or driving, you may be experiencing problems associated with postural mechanics. You have heard of the phrase, “use it or lose it.” Well this may not be far from the truth.

Unfortunately for most, finding the time for the recommended physical activity necessary to maintain function is difficult to accomplish. This combined with occupations that keep us sedentary for the majority of the day inevitably leads to biomechanical changes in the structures of the hips, legs, and torso that predispose us to knee problems.

Use it or lose it!  Your body is very efficient at manipulating energy reserves and resources.  The body’s “decision” about which structures receive the energy and resources to maintain function is the accumulated result of…

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Joint Builder ULTRA: A combination supplement for joint health

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We recently heard from two NYBC members who have found Jarrow’s Joint Builder ULTRA very effective in supporting healthy joint function. Indeed, they were quite pleased with improvement in joint function within a few weeks to a month of starting to take this combination supplement. So we thought we’d review this formula a little more thoroughly.

First, here’s the list of ingredients, together with the supplier’s recommendation on dosage and how to take:

Ultra Joint Builder (Jarrow) Each bottle, 90 tablets. Each tablet, 500 mg glucosamine sulfate, 500 mg MSM, 167 mg Yucca juice extract (Yucca schidigera, 4:1), 34 mg ApresFLEX (Boswellia serrata extract, 20% 3-O-acetyl-11-keto-beta-boswellic acid); 13.3 mg hyaluronic acid, 1 mg boron (citrate). Suggested use is 3 tablets per day. Studies for inflammation suggest 1.5 grams per day. Start slowly and build up the dose over a few days.

Glucosamine is the most familiar part of this formula…

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Joint Pain Supplements | Glucosamine & Chondroitin – The Facts You Must Know!

U.S. consumers spent $753 million in 2012 on supplements of glucosamine and chondroitin in an attempt to relieve pain and stiffness from arthritis, according to the Nutrition Business Journal. But the scientific jury is still out as to whether those products work. And on top of that, our new tests of 16 widely sold joint supplements found that some contained less chondroitin than they said they did, and two didn’t dissolve sufficiently.

All of the tested products contain a combination of glucosamine salt (either hydrochloride or sulfate) and chondroitin sulfate, ingredients that occur naturally in and around the cartilage that cushions the joints. Some research has suggested that the combination might reduce pain in certain people with osteoarthritis, the degenerative joint disease that affects 27 million Americans. But the evidence is far from conclusive.

In a large, multicenter trial published in 2006, researchers found some evidence that glucosamine and chondroitin alleviated pain in patients with moderate to severe knee osteoarthritis, the most common type. But subsequent studies have not confirmed that finding. And treatment guidelines issued in May 2013 by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons don’t recommend glucosamine and chondroitin supplements, citing lack of efficacy.

Inside our tests

We bought the supplements online or from stores in the New York area between August and October 2012. We had outside labs test samples representing three lots of each product. To meet our quality criteria, a product had to contain, on average, at least 90 percent of its labeled amounts of glucosamine and chondroitin; pass our dissolution test, based on the test used by the U.S. Pharmacopeia (USP), a nongovernmental standard-setting organization, where applicable (it applies only to tablets and caplets); and fall within acceptable limits for four heavy-metal contaminants: arsenic, cadmium, lead, and mercury. Those limits are set by the Environmental Protection Agency, the USP, and California’s Proposition 65.

All of the products contained their labeled amount of glucosamine. And none contained worrisome amounts of lead or other heavy metals.

But six products—CVS Triple Strength, Finest Natural Triple Strength (Walgreens), Natural Factors Glucosamine & Chondroitin Sulfates, Spring Valley Triple Strength (Walmart), Trigosamine Max Strength, and 365 Everyday Value Extra Strength (Whole Foods)—fell below their claimed levels of chondroitin, averaging only 79 to 87 percent of the labeled amount. A seventh product, Nature Made Triple Flex Triple Strength, averaged only 65 percent of its claimed chondroitin in our tests. The 365 Everyday Value and Trigosamine pills also didn’t dissolve sufficiently, which suggests that their ingredients might not be fully available for absorption in the body. We think there are better choices than those two.

What to consider

Glucosamine and chondroitin have shown a good safety record in studies of up to three years, but they may interact with some drugs, particularly blood thinners. So check with your doctor first if you take warfarin (Coumadin and generic) or another blood-thinning drug. If you get the green light, pick from among the nine that met our quality criteria, listed in the table. At recommended daily doses, most provide about 1,500 milligrams of glucosamine salt and 1,200 milligrams of chondroitin sulfate. People who are allergic to shellfish should consider avoiding glucosamine derived from crustacean shells, a common source.

Keep a daily pain diary to gauge whether the supplements are helping. If you’ve seen no improvement after three months, it’s unlikely that you will, our experts say.

How they stacked up

All of the products in the table below contained their claimed levels of glucosamine hydrochloride or sulfate (defined as at least 90 percent of the labeled amount), and none had worrisome levels of contaminant metals.The products in the top section also met their label claims for chondroitin and dissolved sufficiently. ⁄ Because they fulfilled all of our quality criteria, we think it makes the most sense to choose from among those nine products. Within groups, products are listed in order of cost per day.

Other options to ease arthritis pain

There’s no known cure for osteoarthritis, short of a knee or hip replacement for people with advanced disease. (See our surgery Ratings for hip and knee replacement.)

And treatments to reduce symptoms—including nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen (Advil and generic) and naproxen (Aleve and generic) as well as injections of steroids—offer limited benefits and can cause side effects. So it makes sense to rely on nondrug measures when you can. Here are some of the most effective.

Weight loss
. Every pound of excess weight you shed can take about 4 pounds of pressure off the knees when walking, research suggests. See our ratings and reviews of diet plans.

Physical activity. Strength training helps build up the muscles that support the affected joint. Aerobic exercise, particularly weight-bearing activities such as walking, can ease stiffness by keeping joints flexible and lubricated. But check with your doctor before starting any new workout regimen. See our ratings and reviews of ellipticals, treadmills, and pedometers.

Mechanical aids. A cane, crutch, or walker can take a load off painful knees, and insurance usually covers them if they’re medically necessary.

Heat and cold. A heating pad can ease ongoing stiffness and soreness in joints. For acute pain and swelling, switch to ice packs.

Acupuncture. Real acupuncture—the insertion of fine needles at specific points on the body—provided modest benefits over a sham procedure for chronic pain due to knee osteoarthritis and other ailments, according to a review published in the Oct. 22, 2012, issue of Archives of Internal Medicine.

Massage. The deep-tissue variety got high marks in a 2010 survey of Consumer Reports online readers who tried it for osteoarthritis. Half said it “helped a lot.”

Editor’s Note: This article appeared in the October 2013 issue of ConsumerReportsMagazine.

2013 Senior PGA Tour Rookie of the Year Winner Rocco Mediate is New Ambassador of Anataflex

MARTINEZ, Ga., Dec. 12, 2013 — /PRNewswire/ — Premium Nutraceuticals is proud to announce the completion of an endorsement agreement with 2013 Senior PGA Tour Rookie of the year Rocco Mediate and Multiple PGA Tour Winner Brian Gay. Anataflex, The World’s #1 Joint Pain Relief Supplement, became available for purchase in the USA on November 1st, 2013. “I have a history of back pain since before my first surgery in 1994,” said Rocco Mediate, the 2013 Senior PGA Tour Rookie of the Year, “so for more than 30 years I’ve been looking for help when problems have popped up. I can tell you that Anataflex really helps bring relief.”

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The ingredients in the Anataflex formula are nearly twice the dosage amount as other joint pain relief supplements available worldwide and contain no “shell fish” as with other joint pain relief products on the market. With Collagen II as the featured ingredient, men can expect a significant decrease in the inflammation that is so often associated with joint pain relief and Arthritis. Collagen II has been studied in clinical trials with results showing a decrease in inflammation. Millions of men and women, in the United States alone, suffer from some form of joint pain relief or arthritis. By taking Anataflex as a daily supplement, men can decrease the inflammation and joint pain that is often associated with arthritis. Finally, there is an over-the-counter solution without the side effects and high cost of Rx pills. You may learn more about Anataflex by visiting

Brian Gay, PGA Tour Winner, said, “It is a pleasure to be partnered with a company that offers a premium solution for Joint Pain Relief. As a champion on the PGA tour, I choose to only align myself with leaders in the market place. I have joined the Anataflex team to help educate and inform men that Anataflex can be a safe and effective solution for their joint pain. The formulators of Anataflex are “true champions” and the supplements that they provide are the best in world–bar none!”

Michael Osbon, President of Premium Nutraceuticals, stated, “We are very excited about the opportunity to partner with Rocco and Brian in bringing awareness to an all natural solution to Joint Pain Relief. This marketing initiative not only helps bring awareness to this issue, it allows us to offer an over-the-counter solution without the high cost and side effects of Rx pills currently on the market. By taking Anataflex as a daily supplement, these men and women can significantly improve the quality of life.

Mary Mraz, Chief Operating Officer, stated, “Being partnered with a professional athletes of the caliber of Rocco Mediate and Brian Gay, we are ensured that the Anataflex brand will continue to develop worldwide. In addition, this partnership will help ensure our customers that they are receiving the premier Joint Pain Relief solution and can expect life changing results.”

In 2014, Rocco and Brian will wear the Anataflex logo on their clothing apparel at PGA Tour and Senior PGA Tour events worldwide and their image and likeness will be displayed on all Anataflex marketing material and point of purchase displays. For more information on Anataflex and distribution opportunities, you may visit our website at or Email us.

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What is Anthro Ionx and How Does It Work?

Arthro Ionx Product Review

Arthritis is a physical disorder that affects millions of people. But have you ever imagined that it happens to animals also. This problem occurs especially in cats and dogs. Animals having arthritis need proper care and attention. Like us, it causes swelling in their joints by which they cannot move freely and stand for a longer time. Animals above 6 years of age probably suffer from it. There are medications available that are safe for animals.

One such product is Arthro Ionx which is designed for dogs to cure arthritis. It is manufactured by Vetinox, a company that features a line of eleven pet health care supplements. Arthro Ionx is a homeopathic combination that temporarily relieves the symptoms of arthritis and other joint problems. It is in a liquid form. It offers 60 days cash back guarantee and the contact details of the company are also available.

How Does Arthro Ionx Work?

Arthro Ionx is a natural product that improves flexibility of the joints in dogs. It also relieves arthritis, joint sprains, hip dysplasia, inflammation stiffness, and swelling. It makes use of a three-fold method in relieving arthritis in pets by healing it naturally with the help of its homeopathic ingredients.

Arthro Ionx Ingredients

Arthro Ionx contains homeopathic ingredients in its formula such as Actea Spicata, Arnica Montana, Aesculus Hippocastanum, Bryonia Alba, Bellis Perennis, Calcarea Fluorica, Calcarea Carbonia, Cimicifuga Racemosa, Causticum, Hypericum Perforatum, Formicum Acidum, Magnesia Phosphorica, Ledum Palustre, Pulsatilla, Phytolacca Decandra, Rhus Toxicodendron, Rhododendron Chrysanthum, Salicylicum Acidum, Ruta Graveolens, Sulphur, Sepia and Symphytum Officinale


  1. It is safe to use with other medications.
  2. It offers 60 days money back guarantee.
  3. The product is endorsed by a veterinarian.
  4. It claims quick relief in joint pain.


  1. It provides temporary relief from joint pain.
  2. Average dosage is 45 drops.
  3. It costs $37 for one bottle plus shipping.

Precautionary Warnings

  • You have to add drops of Anthro Ionx in the water or your pet’s food bowl.
  • You can buy it in different formats and formulas for cats, dogs and also horses.

Bottom Line

Anthro Ionx is a joint pain product but it provides temporary relief from arthritis in pets. No successful clinical trials of the product are shown on the website. The product is considered a drug and not a supplement. It is expensive in addition with the shipping and handling charges. The product is not available in the local stores; you can purchase it only through the internet.