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Arthritis has simple, inexpensive new treatment

DEAR DR. GOTT: I am an 88-year-old man and have little disposable income. I have a minor case of arthritis, which I have been told can be relieved by taking a supplement called glucosamine/chondroitin. This can be very expensive. I noticed in my wife's vet magazines that glucosamine is available for horses with arthritis but at a fraction of the cost. If I were to compute the correct dosage, would it be reasonable for me to take the horse supplement?
    DEAR READER: Although glucosamine/chondroitin has been advertised heavily as a cure for painful arthritis, this alternative therapy has yet to be confirmed as a reasonable treatment.
    I recommend that you not purchase this product (or using the horse variety). Instead, let me share with you a new medication called Castiva, which uses deodorized castor oil and other ingredients, including a chemical to accelerate the absorption of the oil into the inflamed joint tissue.
    Castiva can be ordered from the manufacturer online at www.castivabrands.com. It can also be found in drugstores, such as Walgreen's. If your local pharmacy doesn't carry the product, ask them to order it for you.
    To give you related information, I am sending you a copy of my Health Report "Understanding Osteoarthritis." Other readers who would like a copy should send a long, self-addressed, stamped envelope and $2 to Newsletter, PO Box 167, Wickliffe, OH 44092. Be sure mention the title.

    DEAR DR. GOTT: For the last year and a half, I've been walking frequently. When I started, I weighed 185 pounds, and now I weigh (the last time I went to the doctor) 160 pounds. In the last six months or so, I have also started doing sit-ups and push-ups. I think my favorite meal is probably biscuits and gravy. I eat it frequently, yet I have completely lost my potbelly. I don't use sugar very much, but I do like ice cream once in a while.
    Therefore, I disagree with your no-flour, no-sugar diet. By the way, I'm 5 feet 10 inches, and I average about three or four miles a day. Also, I was 59 on Dec. 27.
    DEAR READER: For overweight people, eating less and exercising more often leads to successful weight loss. However, this may not be enough for people who need a specific diet. This is where my no-flour, no-sugar diet comes in. This diet, along with exercise, is a simple and inexpensive option. In fact, I have received hundreds of letters from readers who have lost significant pounds and, most important, have been successful in maintaining weight loss because the diet is flexible. I'm glad to learn that your program has worked for you. Continue it, but keep my diet in mind if you need it in the future.
    To give you related information, I am sending you a copy of my Health Report "A Strategy For Losing Weight: An Introduction to the No Flour, No Sugar Diet." Other readers who would like a copy should send a long, self-addressed, stamped envelope and $2 to Newsletter, PO Box 167, Wickliffe, OH 44092. Be sure to mention the title.

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