A new analysis of 23 clinical trials has found that opioid drugs have no clear lasting benefit in arthritis.
Beginning in the late 1990s there was a rapid increase in the use of prescription opioid drugs. By 2011 such drugs had become the most prescribed class of medications in the United States. Chemically related to heroin, and with similar devastating effects, prescription opioids are highly addictive. Even when they try to stop taking them, many patients find they cannot. Between 1999 and 2017, almost 218,000 Americans died from overdoses related to these drugs.
In a promising illustration that alternative approaches to arthritis treatment exist, the Dr. Rath Research Institute has conducted a Cellular Medicine study to examine the effects of micronutrient supplementation in patients aged between 45 and 84 years old. After taking a specific combination of micronutrients for a period of 6 months, half of the patients showed significant improvement in their condition. In contrast to the dangers of prescription opioid drugs in treating arthritis, the study showed that micronutrients are completely safe and free from side effects.
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