Pain-Free Arthritis: A 7-Step Plan for Feeling Better Again

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A pain-relief expert reveals a proven and unique seven-step program for alleviating arthritis pain

Although sixty-six million American adults suffer from arthritis, Pain-Free Arthritis is the first book by an established rheumatologist to present an effective program to alleviate its often incapacitating pain. Over the last twenty years, Harris H. McIlwain has treated thousands of arthritis-pain sufferers who have found lasting relief by following his program. Scientists have ...

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Overview

A pain-relief expert reveals a proven and unique seven-step program for alleviating arthritis pain

Although sixty-six million American adults suffer from arthritis, Pain-Free Arthritis is the first book by an established rheumatologist to present an effective program to alleviate its often incapacitating pain. Over the last twenty years, Harris H. McIlwain has treated thousands of arthritis-pain sufferers who have found lasting relief by following his program. Scientists have learned a great deal about the mechanisms and types of arthritis in the last few years, and McIlwain has distilled this information to its practical essence: the entirety of this book is geared not toward explanation but toward relief.

The program created by McIlwain shows readers how to eliminate arthritis pain through

- preventative and therapeutic exercise

- a low-fat, anti-inflammatory diet

- alternative therapies that really work

- the latest prescription drugs

Victims of any variety of arthritis will find concrete, feasible suggestions enabling them to resume a normal, active life. Now McIlwain's successful methods are made available to all arthritis sufferers for the first time.

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Editorial Reviews

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As those who suffer with arthritis know, the stiffness, pain, and misery that accompany the condition cannot be alleviated with medication alone. There is no quick fix; but rheumatologist Harris McIlwain has helped thousands find relief through a holistic program of alternative therapies, diet, and exercise. Though most long-term arthritis sufferers use a combination of medications and complementary therapy, you can take control of your symptoms and reduce your dependence on anti-inflammatory medication with the strategies in this book. This is information for busy people; the idea is to make some changes and get on with life!
Publishers Weekly
With nearly 70 million people in the U.S. afflicted with some type of arthritis, the search for effective treatments has intensified over the past few years. Here, McIlwain, a rheumatologist and founder of the Tampa Medical Group, offers a comprehensive and clear overview of the treatments including exercise, diet, drugs and alternative therapies. According to McIlwain, the first step for most patients is to start an exercise program, whether it be walking or more strenuous activities. Many people suffering from arthritis are overweight, making it difficult for them to exercise. However, the combination of weight loss and exercise often provides immense relief. McIlwain's advice regarding diet is equally sensible-there isn't one cure-all or one food that should be avoided. He advises eating, more frequently, meals composed of more fresh vegetables and foods with low-glycemic levels such as soybeans and lentils. His suggestions to avoid certain trigger foods that may worsen certain symptoms are helpful. The author also discusses alternative treatments such as chiropractic, massage and acupuncture, and offers an excellent box on "Choosing a Practitioner and Therapy." This is a very useful book, particularly for people who have not found relief from a variety of treatments. The writing is clear and the author doesn't "oversell" one treatment over another. The weakest part of the book is the recipe section, which seems to be an afterthought. (Sept.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
Practicing rheumatologist McIlwain (Bone Boosters; Stop Osteoarthritis Now) here teams with medical writer Bruce for this solid entry in a nearly saturated field. Like Miriam E. Nelson and others' Strong Men and Women Beat Arthritis and Robert S. Ivker and Todd Nelson's Arthritis Survival, this work offers an integrative program of self-management rather than one based solely upon drug treatment. Each book has a particular strength, Nelson's being exercises, Ivker's being alternative therapies, and McIlwain's being nutrition/recipes (included are over 50 recipes "high in healing nutrients for arthritis patients"). In the important areas of lifestyle changes, McIlwain is more detailed than Nelson, though not as detailed as Ivker. Both Nelson and McIlwain cover vitamins and supplements in similar fashion (though they are not as in-depth as Ivker); Nelson's inclusion of cost information in her assessment of the latest treatments is especially welcome. Nelson's approach to complementary therapies is less enthusiastic than Ivker's; McIlwain strides the middle ground here. McIlwain also usefully addresses special situations, e.g., childhood arthritis. Given its price, content, and readability, McIlwain's book will round out a general consumer-health collection, but it will not replace Nelson's or Ivker's works. (Index not seen.)-Lisa McCormick, Health Sciences Lib., Jewish Hosp., Cincinnati Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780805073256
  • Publisher: Holt, Henry & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/28/2003
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 937,155
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Harris H. McIlwain, M.D., a board-certified rheumatologist, is the founder of the Tampa Medical Group and author of twenty books. Town and Country has twice named him one of the Best Doctors in America. He lives in Temple Terrace, Florida.

Debra Fulghum Bruce, M.S., has written more than 2,500 articles and fifty-eight books on various health topics. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia.

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From Pain-Free Arthritis :

If you are among the 70 million adults diagnosed with arthritis, you know the pain, stiffness, and outright misery it can cause. You can change that right now with this book!

Pain-Free Arthritis gives a proven 7-step program filled with workable solutions-natural and medical-that you can start immediately, as you finally get relief from debilitating and persistent pain caused by osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, carpal tunnel syndrome, and other pain-related problems. Unlike other books you may have read, the pain-free program does not focus on one "cure" or remedy to end arthritis pain-there is no one cure that can do this. Rather, I give you a proven, tried-and-true holistic program that focuses on a wealth of alternative therapies, lifestyle changes, and medications, if needed, to decrease pain and stiffness.

7 Simple Steps to Stop the Pain and Stiffness of Arthritis

Step 1: Start the Exercise Rx

Step 2: Follow the Pain-Free Nutritional Plan

Step 3: Try Alternative Therapies

Step 4: Make Key Lifestyle Changes

Step 5: Consider Bodywork and Massage

Step 6: Tap into Pain-Free Mind Power

Step 7: Choose the Latest Medical Treatment

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 21, 2004

    The 7-Step Plan Works!

    I am using the 7-Step plan and for the first time in years I finally have some relief from pain. The Pain-Free Back, written by McILwain is outstanding as well. I have never found a plan I can stick to, but the pain relief makes it easy!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 24, 2003

    Pain-Free Arthritis: A 7-Step Plan for Feeling Better Again

    If you have arthritis - this book will turn your life around. The 7-step plan is easy to use and starts making a difference in how you feel within days. I gave a copy to my mother and she is now feeling better. GREAT BOOK!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 24, 2003

    Pain-Free Arthritis: A 7-Step Plan for Feeling Better Again

    I started the 7-Step Program about a month ago and must say that most of the pain is gone. It is certainly better and I have renewed hope that I can reclaim my life. This book is an easy read and the program WORKS.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 26, 2003

    STOP Arthritis Pain

    I cannot say enough about this 'user' friendly book! I am feeling 100% better since I started the 7-Step Plan. I have osteoarthritis and this is THE BOOK that will get you out and playing tennis again!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 11, 2003

    Amazing Read

    Once again Dr. McIlwain has done it! An easy to read, comprehensive guide to managing pain!

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