Recently, a bodyworker who specializes in working with pregnant women pointed me in the direction of a largely unexplored topic: the relationship between pregnancy and autoimmune diseases. How does one affect the other, and how can we and our clients make the best possible choices in this context?
A European research study presented at the American College of Rheumatology confirms what many alternative health consumers already know. Glucosamine sulfate, a supplement made of crustacean shells, scientifically qualifies as a viable treatment for arthritis. In a study of 212 patients with osteoarthritis, those taking glucosamine over a period of three years experienced improved physical function with less pain and stiffness, while members of a placebo group showed deterioration of their condition.