Sunday, August 14, 2005

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FDA has approved a sterile form of DMSO called Rimso-50, which
is administered directly into the bladder for treatment of a rare
bladder condition called interstitial cystitis. However, the DMSO sold
to arthritis sufferers may contain bacterial toxins. DMSO is readily
absorbed through the skin into the bloodstream, and these toxins
enter the bloodstream along with it. It can be especially dangerous if
used as an enema, as some of its promoters recommend.
Treatments the foundation considers harmless but ineffective include
copper bracelets, mineral springs, and spas.

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Some commonly touted unproven treatments for arthritis are harmful,
according to the foundation, including snake venom and DMSO (or
dimethyl sulfoxide), an industrial solvent similar to turpentine.

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Arthritis
Although there is no cure for arthritis, the symptoms may come and
go with no explanation. According to the Arthritis Foundation, "You
may think a new remedy worked because you took it when your
symptoms were going away."

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Older Americans may be especially vulnerable to health fraud
because approximately 80 percent of them have at least one chronic
health problem, according to Renner. Many of these problems, such
as arthritis, have no cure and, for some people, no effective treatment.
He says their pain and disability lead to despair, making them
excellent targets for deception.