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May 1997 Issue

Latest Arthritis Craze: Does It Offer More Hope or Merely Hype?

About 20 to 40 million Americans suffer from osteoarthritis (OA). So when The Arthritis Cure (St. Martin's Press, 1997) was recently published, claiming two over-the-counter supplements could cure OA, it's no wonder the book became an instant bestseller. In osteoarthritis, the normally spongy cartilage between bones deteriorates, so bones rub together, causing stiffness, debilitating pain, fluid in the joints and inflammation. Standard treatments—painkillers and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories—only alleviate symptoms and can have serious side

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