Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Scams - When its too good to be true


Osteoarthritis is a chronic condition. That means it is a persistent disease that continues over a long period of time.
Chronic pain will eventually wear anyone down. This is what makes osteoarthritis so enticing to scammers. It is a common condition that has plenty of people desperate for any relief.

Understanding osteoarthritis helps arthritis sufferers avoid becoming a victim of scammers. If you remember the following points you will easily avoid those who prey on people in chronic pain.

  • Osteoarthritis is physical wear and tear of the joints
  • There is no known supplement or medication capable of re-growing the articular cartilage of the joints.
  • Pharmaceutical companies spend millions of dollars researching osteoarthritis as there is a huge market for any effective treatment. If any common plant, mineral, or other concoction was effective, they would be selling it to you and be making a killing.
  • The only non-surgical treatments clinically proven to help are not very glamorous. Weight loss, exercise and pain killing medication are (on average) effective but either require hard work or have side effects.
My recommendations remain the same:

If you are going to spend money spend it on either exercise or information. Apart from surgery, lifestyle modification, exercise and weight loss are the things you can do to decrease your pain. Don't waste money looking for the magic cure. Spend $10 on a book on osteoarthritis and get a gym membership or buy a bike and do something positive to combat your arthritis.
Life wasn't meant to be easy, but you don't have to accept you pain. Empower yourself and get motivated.

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