Maximizing the Arthritis Cure: A Step-by-Step Program to Faster, Stronger Healing during Any Stage of the Cure

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By now you already know about the amazing benefits of The Arthritis Cure -- the new approach in the battle against arthritis that has swept the nation. Now take this powerful program one step further -- maximize it! Incorporate the revolutionary ideas of The Arthritis Cure into your life -- for the rest of your life -- to stay healthy and pain-free for good.

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Overview

By now you already know about the amazing benefits of The Arthritis Cure -- the new approach in the battle against arthritis that has swept the nation. Now take this powerful program one step further -- maximize it! Incorporate the revolutionary ideas of The Arthritis Cure into your life -- for the rest of your life -- to stay healthy and pain-free for good.

"...includes new information on the benefits of glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate...with cutting edge research, tailored menu plans, specialized strength training, exercises, and other new arthritis remedies that work."

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The Barnes & Noble Review
January 1998

Last year the 35 million Americans who suffer from osteoarthritis discovered a revolutionary alternative to conventional treatments with Jason Theodosakis's The Arthritis Cure. This groundbreaking book introduced Americans to two little-known natural substances called glucosamine and chondroitin sulfates, which, when taken together, rebuild the lost bone cartilage that causes osteoarthritis. The Arthritis Cure became a national phenomenon, hitting national bestseller lists including The New York Times (at No. 1), USA Today, and The Wall Street Journal and prompting Newsweek to declare, "Arthritis treatment will never be the same."

With Maximizing the Arthritis Cure: A Step-by-Step Program to Faster, Stronger Healing During Any Stage of the Cure, Theodosakis provides new research and a comprehensive guide to faster, stronger healing. This companion to Dr. Theo's breakthrough includes:

  • New information about the benefits of glucosamine and chondroitin sulfates
  • Nutritional supplements that help speed up the "cure" in those with osteoarthritis and may also alleviate the suffering of patients with rheumatoid arthritis
  • Tailored menu plans that boost glucosamine and other important bone-building antioxidants in the bloodstream
  • Specialized strength training and aerobic exercise programs for each arthritis "hot spot"
  • Exercises to improve your body's biomechanics to prevent future joint problems
  • Other new arthritis remedies — what's hype, what's not;whatworks, what doesn't
Jane Brady
My knees don't swell anymore and are no longer stiff after prolonged sitting...I no longer have disabling discomfort, a chronic limp, or difficulty going down stairs. -- New York Times
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"My knees don't swell anymore and are no longer stiff after prolonged sitting...I no longer have disabling discomfort, a chronic limp, or difficulty going down stairs."—Jane Brody, The New York Times
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312181345
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/1998
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 264
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.54 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Jason Theodosakis, M.D., M.S., M.P.H., is a well-known board-certified physician and lecturer in preventative medicine who has trained in exercise physiology and sports medicine. He is Assistant Clinical Professor and the director of the Preventative Medicine Residency Training Program at the University of Arizona College of Medicine in Tucson. He lives in Arizona.

Brenda Adderly, M.H.A., is a health-care researcher and strategic management consultant. She holds a master's degree in health services administration from George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Her health-care career includes HMO and managed-care consulting, and she worked at the U.S. Public Health Services as a staff assistant under Dr. C. Everett Koop. She is currently Senior Manager, Business Development and Client Services, at the RAND Corporation, and the editor of Brenda Adderly's Health-Watch newsletter. She lives in Los Angeles, and can be contacted by email at www.BrendaAdderly.com.

Barry Fox, Ph.D., has written or co-written many well-known health books, including the bestselling Beverly Hills Medical Diet and DLPA to End Chronic Pain and Depression. He lives in Los Angeles.

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Table of Contents

Foreword by Amal K. Das, Jr., M.D.

1. An Introduction to the Maximizing Plan
2. The Arthritis Cure Revisited and Improved
3. Working with Your Physician
4. Biomechanics, Stretching, and Balance
5. Aerobics and Strength
6. The Importance of Food and Eating Right
7. The Maximizing Supplement Plan--and New Developments That May Enhance the Effectiveness of Glucosamine and Chondroitin
8. Rheumatoid Arthritis: New Hope for Sufferers
9. Other Treatments: What's Hype, What's Not
10. Curing the "Incurable": New Injectable and Surgical Techniques
11. Questions and Answers

Appendix A: New Evidence About the Effectiveness of Chondroitin and Glucosamine
Appendix B: Resources

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Interviews & Essays

On Sunday, January 25, barnesandnoble.com welcomed Jason Theodosakis, author of MAXIMIZING THE ARTHRITIS CURE.


Moderator: Welcome to the barnesandnoble.com auditorium! Hello to all who have joined us on this Super Bowl Sunday. A special welcome to Jason Theodosakis.

Jason Theodosakis: I'm glad to be here.



Dax from Madera, CA: Greetings. Are glucosamine and chondroitin sulfates available through prescription only? Are doctors generally accepting of this new treatment? How can I find a doctor who has even heard of MAXIMIZING THE ARTHRITIS CURE? Thanks.

Jason Theodosakis: 1) Both supplements are over-the-counter. But I only recommend particular brands now because I've established a particular testing program for quality asssurance. 2) There's been a tremendous rate of acceptance during this past year as more than a dozen new studies have documented the effects of the program. 3) In MAXIMIZING THE ARTHRITIS CURE, my new book released on Tuesday, we have a chapter that allows you to work with your physician and know what he should be asking and what tests he should be ordering. This will alleviate your having to seek out special physicians.



Andy from Boulder, CO: My father survived polio when he was young, and is now in his 70s. He has in recent years developed severe pain in his joints that the doctor describes as "post-polio syndrome." Can this be helped by the supplements advised in MAXIMIZING THE ARTHRITIS CURE?

Jason Theodosakis: No.There's no relationship between post-polio syndrome and osteoarthritis and the program.



Pauline from Deerfield Beach, FL: I have heard that flax seed oil (you can take it in pills sold in health food stores) can help ease the pain of arthritis by lubricating the joints. Is this true, or just another hokey idea put together by people looking for natural health solutions?

Jason Theodosakis: Flax seed oil is recommended for cases of inflammation but does not lubricate the joints. We do discuss anti-inflammatory oils in MAXIMIZING THE ARTHRITIS CURE.



A. R. Marshall from Manassas, VA: 1. Because the quality of nutritional supplements varies greatly, which brands and products can you specifically name for use in your protocol? 2. Can you furnish both an email and regular address for further communications?

Jason Theodosakis: I have a Web site with email at www.drtheo.com. On the site, I recommend three different companies whose products I continue to test on a regular basis. Sundown makes a product called Osteobiflex. Thompson makes a product called Glucopro, and Nutramax makes Chosamine DS.



John Perkins from San Francisco, CA: I think it's interesting that you wrote this book as a companion to your first bestseller. Did you learn anything new about THE ARTHRITIS CURE in the time it took to write MAXIMIXING THE ARTHRITIS CURE? Anything you wish you could have included in the first book?

Jason Theodosakis: At least two of the chapters in MAXIMIZING were tentatively slated for THE ARTHRITIS CURE. We did not want to make the book too large to grasp. So we worked on a sequel. There is more information and more step-by-step programs in MAXIMIZING than exists in the original. MAXIMIZING is 60 pages longer as well. It is not a rehash book.



Ariel from NYC: Looking through your book in the bookstore, I noticed that you recommend a multivitamin without iron. Why without iron? As a female approaching middle age, isn't iron important for me to take?

Jason Theodosakis: Actually, my recommendation is to determine what your iron levels are to decide whether or not you need this supplement. If you don't know your iron levels, you should not take iron unless you have documented iron deficiency anemia. Excess iron can lead to osteoarthritis.



Amelia from Charlotte: Is there really such a thing as a cure for arthritis?

Jason Theodosakis: This is the first new treatment program in over 30 years and actually stimulates the body's own repair mechanism. Since millions of people have had such dramatic relief, some of them complete, the title is appropriate.



MAXINE from Houston, TX: The recipes in your book look delicious, especially the Asparagus Belgique and Onion-Lemon Fish recipes.... Yum! How did you select these recipes? Which ones are your favorites?

Jason Theodosakis: The recipes were selected based mainly on taste, variety, and their low-fat composition. Eating a wide variety of fruits and vegetables is one of the hallmarks of diet intervention.



Emily from Indianopolis, Indiana: Is arthritis hereditary? Any advice to the 22-year-old daughter of two arthritis sufferers? What should I be thinking about now?

Jason Theodosakis: We have confirmed certain genetic defects in the collagen that makes up cartilage. Arthritis, especially in the hands, does seem to pass from mother to daughter especially. The advice in the biomechanics chapter, as well as the supplements chapters, would be the ones to follow regarding arthritis prevention.



Betty Thompson from St. Pete, FL: A generous part of your book is devoted to exercise and stretching, complete with diagrams. Could you tell us more about how these activities help with the arthritis cure?

Jason Theodosakis: These activities help in many ways. The biomechanics instructions allow you to change the way your body absorbs and distributes mechanical forces during everyday activities. The exercises also help nourish the joint cartilage and allow you to maintain muscle tone and ideal body weight. There's no debate about the benefits of these exercises by arthritis clinicians.



Sam from Oregon: What is the most common and frustrating misconception people have about the treatment of arthritis?

Jason Theodosakis: Number oneThat pain is an inevitable aspect of aging. Number twoThat people think that all you need is to takes some pills when in fact the whole treatment program is required.



Bill W. from Tempe, AZ: I am not a doctor, but I would still like to be informed. Can you recommend any good publications that are trustworthy in their medical advice, but accessible to the average Joe?

Jason Theodosakis: I usually recommend newsletters from medical institutions as a decent source of relatively nonbiased information. Medical journals tend to be too technical for laypeople.



Paula from Framingham, MA: I read that you have recipes in your books. Are these recipes part of a diet plan to lose weight, or does the diet you suggest in these recipes enhance the arthritis cure?

Jason Theodosakis: Both. They're important for getting a wide variety of nutrients as well as achieving an ideal weight.



Mark from Westminster, MD: Could you talk a little bit about enzyme supplements and the research supporting that these supplements actually have an effect on rheumatoid arthritis? Thanks.

Jason Theodosakis: The anti-inflammatory enzyme mixtures we discuss in the "Rheumatoid Arthritis" chapter of the new book MAXIMIZING THE ARTHRITIS CURE are very exciting new treatment options for those with rheumatoid arthritis or other inflammatory conditions. There are well-designed placebo-controlled studies as well as studies comparing these enzymes to standard therapies such as anti-inflammatory pills and even gold injections. Some U.S. clinical trials are also underway to document the beneficial effect of these enzymes on reducing the need for methotrexate.



Gene Peters from Ringgold, GA: I have been having pain all up and down my left leg. It comes and goes at different places. Is this arthritis?

Jason Theodosakis: You need to start with Step One of the program -- getting an accurate diagnosis. It makes no sense to treat symptoms without knowing the cause of the pain.



Molly from Sun City, FL: Which type of arthritis does the cure work for? What is the difference between rheumatoid and osteoarthritis, and why does the cure only work on osteoarthritis?

Jason Theodosakis: Well, we have found this year that The Arthritis Cure Treatment Program has been shown to be beneficial for other forms of arthritis besides osteoarthritis. Less research evidence exists, but the number of arthritis sufferers using this program has been increasing exponentially. A good description of the differences between osteo- and rheumatoid arthritis is available in THE ARTHRITIS CURE.



Mike Parker from Phoenix: Do you need to buy THE ARTHRITIS CURE to understand MAXIMIZING THE ARTHRITIS CURE? Is there information about the glucosamine and chondroitin sulfates in this book -- quantity, when to take it, etc.?

Jason Theodosakis: The books overlap in only a couple of areas. THE ARTHRITIS CURE is available in paperback for $6.50 or less. MAXIMIZING THE ARTHRITIS CURE is available only in hardcover at this time. I would recommend your starting with the first book.



R. Jakes from Saginaw, MI: My mother has oseoarthritis and has recently been in more pain. Is there anything that will reverse this, or will it continually worsen?

Jason Theodosakis: One of the reasons we wrote MAXIMIZING is to provide a host of new treatments that can add to what I recommended in THE ARTHRITIS CURE. Don't give up!



Louise from Metuchen, NJ: You have exercises in MAXIMIZING THE ARTHRITIS CURE. I am pretty religious about stretching (yoga) and participate in some strength training (free weights). How important is aerobic activity in your progam?

Jason Theodosakis: Aerobic activity is one of the mainstays in the program due to the variety of benefits it offers, including cardiovascular joint nourishment and even mental benefits. You clearly need to be doing some aerobic activity as well.



Sandy from Brooklyn, NY: The previous book, THE ARTHRITIS CURE, became a number one New York Times bestseller. How was it received by the medical community?

Jason Theodosakis: At first, those physicians who just heard the title and did not read the book or the studies cited in the book were quite skeptical. Now that the medical literature has been better disseminated, many of these former critics are now strong proponents.



Lisa Bellows from Knoxville, TN: Dr. Theodosakis, I've read that you too suffered from osteoarthritis. How has your treatment of yourself changed since writing THE ARTHRITIS CURE? Thanks for taking my question.

Jason Theodosakis: The very reason I invented this program and developed it over the past six years was because of my own crippling arthritis. I continued to develop and refine the program in my sports medicine practice, where the majority of my patients were also suffering from osteoarthritis. The program has dramatically changed my life and the lives of my family members and patients.



Pia from Newark: I suffer from arthritis in my hips, which often makes it painful to walk. I have been seeing a chiropractor, who in addition to physically working with me, has also suggested I stop eating bread because it aids in the swelling of my joints. Is that true?

Jason Theodosakis: I discuss the effect of food allergies on arthritis in MAXIMIZING THE ARTHRITIS CURE. The effect of certain foods on the joints is extraordinarily variable. And no blanket statements or conclusions can be drawn. Certainly some people, less than 10 percent, experience exacerbation of joint symptoms with wheat products, but no generalization should be made. Indeed, since most people have no problems with certain foods, it is probably a disservice to have patients eliminate healthy choices in their diet if they do not need to.



Anabelle from Saratoga Springs, NY: Are their any adverse effects of taking glucosamine and chondroitin sulfates? Any side effects I should be aware of?

Jason Theodosakis: What is surprising is that there have not been any major side effects or drug interactions noted with these supplements. I have established a national reporting center to monitor for problems on my Web site at www.drtheo.com. I'm in the process of gathering anecdotal reports, which you will be able to retrieve once we tabulate the data. When large numbers of people take any substance, I'm sure a few things will pop up, and I'd like to be the first to report them.



Sherman from Seattle: In what form should SAMe and collagen be ingested? Why do these specific supplements aid in "the cure"? Thanks.

Jason Theodosakis: SAMe is not yet available in the U.S., but should be within the next few months. This works in a whole different way than glucosamine and chondroitin for treating osteoarthritis. Hydrolyzed collagen is now available and can be used to augment the effectiveness of the program. Oral collagen II supplements are still in experimental trials for rheumatoid arthritis.



Reese from Atlanta: Your first book recommended taking a combination of glucosamine and chondroitin to help reduce the pain of osteoarthritis. Have formal, long-term studies on U.S. patients been conducted to prove the effectiveness of this treatment? Has this treatment been supported by the Arthritis Foundation?

Jason Theodosakis: Unfortunately, the Arthritis Foundation recommends only prescription drugs, which is absolutely ludicrous in my opinion, especially since they receive millions of dollars from these companies. Two U.S. human clinical trials using the combination have been completed, and the results are positive. The longest study using either supplement is six years. I believe I am the only researcher performing a clinical trial that has a longer duration (10-15 years). The results of these studies and references are or will be available on my Web site.



Carol from Cincinnati: Once I had a reaction to a sulfa antibiotic. Does that mean I cannot tolerate chondroitin? If I take glucosamine alone, will it help my arthritis? If so, what brand name of glucosamine should I buy?

Jason Theodosakis: This is a tricky question since the supplements often do contain sulfates. Once a sulfa allergy is confirmed, I usually recommend avoidance of sulfa products. Glucosamine alone is available without sulfa, and several companies have decent products.This will not work as well as those who can take the combination, but still may offer you significant benefits.



Amy Lynne from NC: Do injuries you get in your youth turn into arthritis when you get older? I injured my knee in junior high, and it occasionally bothers me. Will I probably get arthritis there when I grow old?

Jason Theodosakis: Injuries are the most common source or cause of osteoarthritis in those younger than 45. The degree of injury determines the prognosis. The best predictor of knee osteoarthritis is time since tear or removal of the meniscus cartilage. So, some injuries do lead to osteoarthritis, and some do not. That's all I can say without knowing specifics.



Bob from Denver: I am a 50-year-old man with rheumatoid and have recently been suffering from total body aches...[and my] sleep is very erratic. Might I be suffering from fybromyalgia?

Jason Theodosakis: This diagnosis would require a careful history and examination by a rheumatologist. It's hard for me to diagnose this online.



Kevin C. from Ok. City: What got you interested in arthritis cures in the first place? And what promoted you to take the study of arthritis further than others have?

Jason Theodosakis: The mother of invention -- need. I was using crutches and a wheelchair for five months despite getting all the treatment standard medicine offered. This and my frustration with treating my family and patients led me to develop the program. This is my program, and it has been successful because I was the first to combine everything in an integrative manner. It works.



Moderator: Thank you for taking the time to join us this afternoon, Dr. Theodosakis. Any final comments regarding MAXIMIZING THE ARTHRITIS CURE?

Jason Theodosakis: I appreciate the opportunity to chat and believe that MAXIMIZING THE ARTHRITIS CURE will offer at least as much benefit as the first book. Thank you.


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