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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Holt Paperbacks; 1st edition (September 5, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805073256
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805073256
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #212,566 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

With nearly 70 million people in the U.S. afflicted with some type of arthritis, the search for effective treatments has intensified over the past few years. Here, McIlwain, a rheumatologist and founder of the Tampa Medical Group, offers a comprehensive and clear overview of the treatments including exercise, diet, drugs and alternative therapies. According to McIlwain, the first step for most patients is to start an exercise program, whether it be walking or more strenuous activities. Many people suffering from arthritis are overweight, making it difficult for them to exercise. However, the combination of weight loss and exercise often provides immense relief. McIlwain's advice regarding diet is equally sensible-there isn't one cure-all or one food that should be avoided. He advises eating, more frequently, meals composed of more fresh vegetables and foods with low-glycemic levels such as soybeans and lentils. His suggestions to avoid certain trigger foods that may worsen certain symptoms are helpful. The author also discusses alternative treatments such as chiropractic, massage and acupuncture, and offers an excellent box on "Choosing a Practitioner and Therapy." This is a very useful book, particularly for people who have not found relief from a variety of treatments. The writing is clear and the author doesn't "oversell" one treatment over another. The weakest part of the book is the recipe section, which seems to be an afterthought.
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.

About the Author

Harris H. McIlwain, M.D., a board-certified rheumatologist, is the founder of the Tampa Medical Group and author of twenty books. Town and Country has twice named him one of the Best Doctors in America. He lives in Temple Terrace, Florida.

Debra Fulghum Bruce, M.S., has written more than 2,500 articles and fifty-eight books on various health topics. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia.

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The book is a solid value as part of the medicinal library of alternative treatments and combination therapies.
Dr. Joseph S. Maresca
This book is a superb program that details specifically what works for diff. types of arthritis such as knee or hip.
"mikerobot"
I highly recommend this book to anyone who has arthritis and who wants to end the pain using a lifestyle approach.
"hgarcia50"

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Joseph S. Maresca HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on November 3, 2003
Format: Paperback
This is an excellent book for people inflicted with some form
of arthritic condition. The author recognizes the value of
anti-inflammatory agents; hence, there is a recommendation to
pursue the natural Boswelia anti-inflammatory agent. The authors
recommend exercises and stretching along with a program of
anti-oxidant support. The anti-oxidants consist of:
o blueberry
o kale
o strawberry
o spinach
o brussels sprouts
o plums
o broccoli
o beets
o oranges
o red grapes
There is a formula for computing body mass in order to arrive
at an ideal body frame and weight. There are specific
treatments for the ankylosing spondylitis condition.
These are embrel, methotrexate, heat treatments and exercise.
The book is a solid value as part of the medicinal library
of alternative treatments and combination therapies.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By "mikerobot" on February 18, 2004
Format: Paperback
I have osteoarthritis and I have been searching for something that can tell me WHAT REALLY WORKS to end this pain. I mean, I'm only forty years old but years of playing basketball has worn out my knees. This book is a superb program that details specifically what works for diff. types of arthritis such as knee or hip. The section on natural therapies was especially helpful and the chapter on cutting edge medications was great. I learned a lot--that I did not know and that my doctor never told me!! Oh--the part on stress and pain was enlightening. I've been doing the exercises daily and also the moist heat applications as described in the first part of the book. I have FOUND RELIEF FROM knee osteoarthritis--finally. BUY THIS BOOK AND LIVE YOUR LIFE AGAIN
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By "jannah33" on February 20, 2004
Format: Paperback
If you wish you could ask your doctor questions about getting relief from arthritis pain and stiffness, you could find the answers in this book. Drs. McIlwain and Bruce offer incredibly reasonable and easy to understand suggestions for alleviating arthritis pain that is based on the latest medical journal studies. Pain-Free Arthritis gave me new insight into exercise as a method for ending pain--and it works! I've also found relief using the PAIN-FREE diet, focusing on fresh fruits and vegetables high in antioxidants and phytochemicals.
This book can help you to understand the various types of arthritis but, more importantly, it motivates you to take action to overcome the pain, stiffness and immmobility and reclaim your active life.
Particularly appealing to me was the information on natural therapies and botanicals, yoga positions for alleviating pain, and the advances in medications to end pain safely and effectively.
This book is extremely reader-friendly--and the program is first in the book, so you turn the page and find relief! It does not overwhelm you with medical verbage yet is well-researched. The program is sound and I highly recommend to arthritis sufferers of all ages.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By "hgarcia50" on February 23, 2004
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I highly recommend this book to anyone who has arthritis and who wants to end the pain using a lifestyle approach. The good doctor has given a multifaceted and holistic program that teaches readers how to change lifestyle habits to decrease pain and become more active. The chapter on the PAIN-FREE ARTHRITIS DIET was extremely beneficial to me, as I have rheumatoid arthritis. I was not aware of the food/inflammation/arthritis connection, so this report is cutting edge compared to other books in print.
If you want to stop pain without relying on medications that can cause harmful side effects, then read this book. I guarantee it will change your life and pain--as it has mine.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on September 26, 2003
Format: Paperback
The writers point out at the very beginning that seventy million Americans suffer from some form of arthritis with the number expected to balloon as the baby boomers become senior citizens. As such this reference book should be of interest to many readers as Dr. Harris H. McIlwain and Debra Fulghum Bruce provide an easy to follow summary of the various treatments available today. The authors furbish information that runs the gamut from exercise, diet, drugs and alternative therapies such as chiropractic and acupuncture. They include a detailed step by step approach to overcome or at least deal with the pain of arthritis so that the sufferer can maximize a positive lifestyle. Those seven steps are immediately provided in the introduction with detail in later chapters. The book enables the reader to understand the options and choose what is best of them. Thus PAIN-FREE ARTHRITUS: A 7-STEP PROGRAM FOR FEELING BETTER AGAIN is solid reading for those inflicted with this crippler and their families, but must reading for those who currently spell relief: none.
Harriet Klausner
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