Arthritis Foundation and Pseudo-Medicine

Arthritis Foundation and Pseudo-Medicine

The Arthritis Foundation is

is the leading nonprofit organization dedicated to the prevention, control and cure of arthritis in the United States.

Part of their mission is to

to lead and fund cutting-edge scientific investigation to discover more about arthritis – what causes it, what affects it, what can stop it – and what can keep it from developing in the first place.

Except when they don't. It is always a bit sad when  pateint advocacy organizations recommend pseudo-science. Patients with chronic, painful illnesses are particularly vulnerable to wasting their time, money and hope on worthless therapies and advocacy groups should be protecting patients, not misleading them.

As is always the case when pseudo-medicines are discussed, there is a failure to differentiate therapies that are rebranded medicine, like diet and exercise from the true pseudo-science. And never forget to use may and might. Weasel words to mislead patients.

On the Mind Body Spirit page in my opinion they do their patients a disservice.

Alternative Therapies That May Ease Arthritis Pain

May? So encouraging. Just want I want to spend my limited resources on.

They suggest that acupuncture is a 5 help for osteoarthritis.

The evidence for its effectiveness is so clear, in fact, that Jones says it raises the question of whether acupuncture should continue to be viewed as a CAM therapy.

Sorry, as mentioned many times acupuncture is no more than a theatrical placebo

And placebos like acupuncture are

effective in the treatment of OA, especially for pain, stiffness and self-reported function. The size of this effect is influenced by the strength of the active treatment, the baseline disease severity, the route of delivery and the sample size of the study.

and why

Sham-controlled trials show clinically irrelevant short-term benefits of acupuncture for treating knee osteoarthritis.

Sorry. Clinically irrelevant short-term benefits make acupuncture  a 1. At best.

They mention a variety of massages and include reflexology, which

is an alternative Asian healing practice based on a belief that pressure on particular areas of the hands and feet will spur healing in other parts of the body. For example, pressing on the person's big toe is believed to heal pain or injuries in the brain.

And reflexology is 100% pure bunkum with zero basis in anatomy or physiology.

They look at Healing With Chiropractic Medicine and ask

Can someone with arthritis benefit from a visit to a chiropractor?

Well no. They weirdly call chiropractic the

third-largest primary health care profession

despite the fact that

four years of specialized training at an accredited chiropractic college

has little training in primary care since their education concerns the fiction that is chiropractic: adjusting mythical subluxations to restore mythical energy flow. Chiropractic is not based in reality and it is not a system that

..deals with treating and preventing musculoskeletal system disorders and the effects of those disorders on the nervous system and general health

They also suggest

A reputable chiropractor will always take an X-ray before an adjustment

aka useless radiation for no good purpose if looking for subluxations.  And they suggest  chiropractors may offer the pure pseudo-science of low-level laser therapy for pain and inflammation.

Chiropractic has no benefits for any process, especially joints, and for low back pain,  spinal manipulation 

There is no evidence that spinal manipulative therapy is superior to other standard treatments for patients with acute or chronic low back pain.

Pseudo-medicines offered up as real medicine with a lack of critical evaluations, suggesting efficacy that isn't supported by a thoughtful analysis of the literature.

National organizations should do better by their patients.

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