Probiotic supplementation was found to reduce rheumatoid arthritis pain and inflammation in a recent randomized controlled study. While probiotics can be taken in pill form, it is generally better, and less expensive, to obtain nutrients from food. Fortunately the probiotics that were effective in this study can be found in Greek Yogurt. We would recommend Fage Greek Yogurt. It is the best brand available in our opinion for many reasons: including high protein content, low calorie count, creamier consistency (which differentiates Greek from plain yogurt due to its being strained three times instead of two), excellent taste plain, and no added sugar. Most of the lactose is removed from Greek yogurt, and most of the little that remains is digested by the probiotics in the Greek yogurt itself so that even most lactose intolerant individuals are usually able to digest it without a problem. The fact that it has therapeutically proven probiotics is one more reason to use it. The tested probiotics were lactobacillus casei – which has been shown effective in other studies, lactobacillus acidophilus, and bifidus.
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I reported in a recent post how new published controlled scientific studies from Europe had validated the beneficial effects of warm mineral baths for arthritis pain. The effects appear to be a result of both the warm water and the minerals in it.
The sometimes development of arthritis at the base of the thumb – the 1st carpometacarpal or 1st CM joint near the wrist – is the price humans pay for having a thumb that can be apposed to other fingers. The base of the first metacarpal bone rotates with respect to the wrist bones to allow this apposition. However this is not a fully developed joint, lacks durability, and overuse of the hand by any repetitive manual tasks (carpentry, golf, guitar, frequent texting etc) can cause painful arthritis of this joint. While we have good success treating arthritis of this joint with PRP (platelet rich plasma) most patients can be treated by a simple activity modification regimen based on the so-called “simian grip.”. This refers to the fact that other primates either have smaller thumbs which they use much less often than humans or in the case of some, like the spider monkey, do not have a functional thumb at all. Instead of wrapping their thumb around objects they grip, they use only their four fingers to encircle objects. This mode of use works well for almost all activities in humans as well. In patients with mild to moderate thumb (1st CM) arthritis, in most cases the discomfort will go away completely or at least substantially such that no other treatment is needed by employing this simian grip method. It is important also though to discontinue use of any pain killers or anti-inflammatory medicines because they mask pain and can also interfere with healing.
Hot mineral baths have been used for millennia to treat arthritis, injury and the skin. The Roman baths were well known in antiquity and healing baths have been used worldwide in Asia, Europe and North and South America as well. Now an elegant scientific study published in a peer-reviewed medical journal has shown that they really work. Here is a link to the study which was done in Budapest Hungary. The picture below is of baths in Budapest. The study showed that after 15 baths 80% patients had substantial relief that listed for 3 months, whereas in the control group only 30% of patients did well. Their outcomes included multiple indices of improvement including pain and stiffness.