Category Archives: Diet/Nutrition

Arthritis Supplement Super Arthgold Recalled

image Nano Well-being Health, Inc., has issued a voluntary recall for Super Arthgold (500 mg) . Super Arthgold is  a dietary supplement marketed for joint pain and arthritis. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has found that it contained undeclared drug ingredients, making it an unapproved new drug.

The ingredients that have been found in this supplement, but are not listed on the label are two prescription NSAIDs indomethacin, and diclofenac. The muscle relaxant chlorzoxazone was also found in these supplements.

According to a press release issued by the FDA:

“Use of this product containing undeclared drug ingredients has a reasonable probability of resulting in fatal adverse events in consumers and patients with underlying illnesses, including known allergy to the hidden ingredients, cardiac, gastrointestinal, hepatic [liver], and renal [kidney] conditions as well as patients who recently [have] undergone cardiac bypass graft surgery.”

Before taking any supplement it’s always a good idea to consult your physician. In this case, because the drugs were not listed on the label, there is risk of accidental overdose  or higher risk of adverse side effects for those already taking NSAIDs.

 

 

The Benefits of Cherries for Arthritis

Researchers at John Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland have confirmed in recent studies that tart red cherries can reduce inflammation and serum urate levels.

The benefits from the tart red cherries (prunus cerasus) are important for anyone with inflammatory problems especially arthritis and diabetes and connective tissue diseases. Anthocyanins which are plant phytochemicals in the cherries may offer protection from some forms of cancer. The researchers believe that the anthocyanins reduce oxidative stress which is a major cause of inflammation in many diseases.

In an other study, scientist showed that the anthocyanins in tart cherries may help prevent muscle pain experienced after intense exercise. In this study, young men drank cherry juice daily and experienced decreased symptoms of exercise-induced muscle damage.

Cherries may also help prevent gout, a painful joint condition.

Weather it’s canned, fresh or frozen cherries the benefits are plentiful. The darker the cherry and tart cherries have higher anthocyanin content and therefore the bigger benefit. Both tart and sweet cherries have high levels of anthocynins.The skin of the cherry holds most of the beneficial anti-oxidants.  In two different studies, women who consumed 2 servings of Bing cherries daily, experienced decreased serum urate levels and reduced inflammatory markers.

Dietary supplements are also a good source of tart cherry at 1200mg/serving. Tart cherries are rich in vitamin C and also have folate, potassium, magnesium, iron and fiber. Cherries are also a good source of natural melatonin. Melatonin is an important anti-oxidant that helps to modulate the immune system and can help protect against degeneration of the neurons in the brain.

Cherry season is right around the corner and I plan on stocking up and enjoying the benefits of nature’s bounty.

Rheumatoid Arthritis: Survival Mode

These past several months have been an exercise in survival.  I am feeling better than I have in months, but I still have a way to go before I am at a place where rheumatoid arthritis is not in every other thought.  I have come to a place of survival.

All this down time has made me wonder how many of us are living with this disease and how many of us are in survival mode?

What is survival mode? For me it is getting through another day.  Surviving the day with rheumatoid arthritis.  Not exactly my idea of fun, but I am getting by. I wonder what survival means to everyone else with this disease.  While survival is better than giving up it is not where I want to be.

I am an optimist so I believe that this is just a temporary setback on my journey to living well with RA.  The idea that this survival mode is a permanent situation is not something that I am willing to entertain ever.  I have too much fight left in me to settle for half way.

I am grateful to be out of bed. Two months ago I was flat on my back all day long.  I am grateful that I am able to tackle small tasks on a daily basis so that I feel that I have accomplished something.  But this is not where I want to be.  I know that I have a ways to go and that this will probably take longer that I originally anticipated, but I am in this for the long haul and I am determined to find a new way to live with this disease without adding toxic chemicals to my body.

Here is what I have been doing so far and it seems to be having an impact on my overall wellness.

  • I am monitoring my diet and have eliminated dairy from my diet. I have found out the hard way that if I do ingest something that has dairy in it I will swell. I have been adding and subtracting different foods from my diet to see what is having an impact on inflammation. So far dairy has had the biggest impact.
  • I have been taking Flaxseed Oil (I can’t do fish oil supplements) and Vitamin D daily.
  • I have found that mediation helps me sleep better and makes mornings a little more manageable.
  • I am starting to be able to exercise ( I am using this term loosely because the rate of speed that I walk would hardly be called exercise, but it is movement and more than my body has seen in months.)
  • I am careful about what I eat and have lost over 25 pounds since January 1, 2010.
  • I spend time every day visualizing what it looks like to be free of stiffness and pain.

So far I am improving and I hope to be back to my old self soon.

In all honesty I have felt this bad on methotrexate.  I have had the same levels of pain, inflammation, and stiffness while on mtx so I have been pleasantly surprised at my progress and so far happy with my decision to look for an alternative solution to mtx.  It has made me wonder on more than one occasion how well the mtx was really working for me.

So for me, tomorrow is a new day with new hope for less pain and inflammation and life mode not just survival mode.

My Rheumatoid Arthritis: One Day Up, One Day Down

Lately I have been one day up, one day down.  One day I am experiencing very little stiffness and pain and the next day I am feeling dreadful.

I have been taking a close look at my diet and how it is effecting how I feel.  I know that there are certain foods that without a doubt have a direct relationship to the amount of inflammation that I am experiencing.  Within an hour or so of eating chocolate I start to swell.  The same holds true for dairy products. Sugar seems to be an issue for me as well.  I don’t know if I need to avoid all sugar altogether or if  there is a certain threshold that once I  go over that level there is a problem.  I don’t know if it is just refined sugar or if  natural sugars will give me the same trouble.  I know that things that have a high sugar content cause me trouble. The good news is that since I have stopped taking the methotrexate, it is easier for me to tell which foods are causing the inflammation. It was as if the medication was masking the effects that food had on my inflammation. It has been a game of hit or miss on what my body will tolerate and what it won’t.  I imagine that this will take some time to find every food that is causing me trouble.

It is hard to plan my life right now because I really don’t know from day to day how I am going to feel.  I am keeping a food journal and each day I write down everything that goes into my body and how I am feeling physically.  It is helping to make it easier to pinpoint what food is effecting me so that I can avoid it in the future.  I have done a lot of reading on the subject and I am very hopeful that once I get a handle on the foods that trigger inflammation for me I will be able to manage the disease much better.

Expanded Tylenol Recall Includes Motrin, Benedryl and More

Friday January 15, 2010, Johnson & Johnson issued a massive recall of several of their over the counter drugs because of consumer complaints of a mold like smell that was associated with nausea, vomitting, stomach pain and diarrhea.  The recall includes some batches of Regular and Extra Strength Tylenol, Eight-Hour Tylenol Arthritis, Tylenol PM, Motrin, Motrin IB, Children’s Motrin, Benedryl, Rolaids, Simply Sleep and St. Joseph’s Aspirin. This is the second such recall in less than a month because of the sickening smell. The exact number of bottles recalled is not known, however the products were sold in the Americas, the United Arab Emirates and Fiji.  The products are in both caplet and geltab form.

According to the press release from US Food and Drug Administration and McNeil Consumer Healthcare:

“Based on this investigation, McNeil Consumer Healthcare has determined that the reported uncharacteristic smell is caused by the presence of trace amounts of a chemical called 2,4,6-tribromoanisole (TBA). This can result from the breakdown of a chemical that is sometimes applied to wood that is used to build wood pallets that transport and store product packaging materials. The health effects of this chemical have not been well studied but no serious events have been documented in the medical literature. ”

Consumers who purchased product from the lots included in this recall should stop using the product and contact McNeil Consumer Healthcare for instructions on a refund or replacement. For these instructions or information regarding how to return or dispose of the product, consumers should log on to the internet at www.mcneilproductrecall.com or call 1-888-222-6036 (Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Eastern Time, and Saturday-Sunday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern Time). Consumers who have medical concerns or questions should contact their healthcare provider. Any adverse reactions may also be reported to the FDA’s MedWatch Program by fax at 1-800-FDA-0178, by mail at MedWatch, FDA, 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, MD 20852-9787, or on the MedWatch website at www.fda.gov/medwatch.

For a complete listing of all the TYLENOL lots included in the recall click HERE.

For the complete listing of all the MOTRIN lots included int the recall click HERE.

For the complete listing of all the BENEDRYL lots included in the recall click HERE.

For the complete  listing of all the ROLAIDS lots included in the recall click HERE.

For the  complete  listing of alL the SIMPLY SLEEP lots included in this recall click HERE.

For the complete listing of all the ST. JOSEPH’S ASPIRIN lots included in this recall click HERE.

After researching for this post I checked my own medicine cabinet to find two of the recalled items.  One of which I have given to my children.  I would recommend that everyone check their own homes  for any of these products just to be safe.

Walnuts for Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)

Walnuts are a tasty way to add crunch to your favorite yogurt or salad.

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They also have the added benefit of being loaded with omega-3 fatty acids which are great for fighting inflammation. Only 1/4 cup of walnuts provides you with almost 91% of you daily value of omega-3 fatty acids.  Walnuts also have an antioxidant compound called ellegic acid which supports the immune system. Walnuts are rich in manganese and copper as well. Walnuts are a good source of plant protein. They are rich in fiber, B vitamins and vitamin E. I love to just snack on just a handful. It keeps me feeling full and helps with inflammation; the perfect combination in the afternoon.

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Tylenol Arthritis Pain Caplets Recalled

As of December 18, 2009 all lots of Tylenol Arthritis Pain Caplets 100 count bottles with the red EZ Open Cap have been recalled. This recall has been expanded from an earlier recall of 5 lots of Tylenol Arthritis Pain Caplets in November, 2009. The caplets were recalled after consumer complaints that there was an unusual moldy, musty or mildew-like odor that was associated with nausea, vomiting, stomach pain and diarrhea. As a precautionary measure, all lots of Tylenol Arthritis Pain Caplets 100 with the red EZ OpenCap have been recalled.

Per the press release from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and McNeil Consumer Healthcare:


The recall is being expanded, as a precaution, to include all TYLENOL® Arthritis Pain Caplet 100 count bottles with the distinctive red EZ-OPEN CAP.

The uncharacteristic smell is caused by the presence of trace amounts of a chemical called  2,4,6-tribromoanisole. The source of 2,4,6-tribromoanisole is believed to be the breakdown of a chemical used to treat wooden pallets that transport and store packaging materials.The health effects of this compound have not been well studied, and to date all of the observed events reported to McNeil were temporary and non-serious. Consumers who purchased TYLENOL® Arthritis Pain Caplet 100 count bottles with the distinctive red EZ-OPEN CAP from the lots included in this recall should stop using the product and contact McNeil for instructions on a refund or replacement. For these instructions or information regarding how to return or dispose of the product, consumers should call       1-888-222-6036   1-888-222-6036   1-888-222-6036  (Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Eastern Time, and Saturday-Sunday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern Time) or log on to the internet at www.tylenol.com. Consumers who have medical concerns or questions should contact their healthcare provider.  Any adverse reactions may also be reported to the FDA’s MedWatch Program by fax at 1-800-FDA-0178, by mail at MedWatch, FDA, 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, MD 20852-9787, or on the MedWatch website at www.fda.gov/medwatch.

For a complete list of all lots of Tylenol Arthritis Pain Caplets 100 recalled click HERE

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