Annual worldwide sales from copper bracelets/ magnetic devices used for the healing power in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) exceed 1 billion pounds. However, authors of a recent study published in the journal PLOS ONE looked at 70 RA patients and found no real effect on pain and swelling in RA. Each person wore four different devices: standard magnetic wrist strap, a demagnetized wrist strap, a weakened wrist strap, and a copper bracelet over 5 months then blood samples were collected to measure inflammation. Researchers did not find any statistically significant differences between the four devices in terms of effects on pain, inflammation, physical function, disease activity, or medication use. Have you found any other complementary interventions to be effective for RA? What do you recommend to reduce pain and inflammation in your RA patients?
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A prospective cohort published in the BMJ found that Swedish women who drank three glasses per week of wine, spirits, or beer three times a week for 10 years lowered their risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis by 52%. Women who drank more than four glasses of alcohol per week lowered the risk by 37%. A standard glass of alcohol was approximately a pint of beer, 5 ounces of wine or 1.7ounces of liquor. If your patients do not consume alcohol, what other foods contain similar ingredients that may offer health benefits?
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