""Following publication of the recent study on Glucosamine and Chondroitin in the New England Journal of Medicine (Feb 23, 2006), news headlines screamed, 'Natural Therapies Ineffective.' But the study," says Teitelbaum, "actually revealed something quite different: Natural remedies were far more effective than Celebrex for moderate to severe arthritis.
For mild arthritis, the difference between placebo, Celebrex and natural remedies was minimal." According to Dr. Teitelbaum, the data showed the following breakdown, with price-tags omitted:
For moderate to severe arthritis
A-Placebo 54% improved at no cost per patient over 1 year
(Natural) 79% improved, $165/patient over 1 year(1)
C-Celebrex 69% improved, $1200/patient over 1 year(2)
For mild arthritis
A-Placebo 62% improved at no cost per patient over 1 year
B-Chondroitin 66.5% improved, $166/patient over 1 year(3)
C-Celebrex/COX2 70% improved, $1200/patient over 1 year
More accurate headlines would read: 'Placebo almost as effective as Celebrex and natural remedies -- Natural remedies best for severe arthritis,' and 'Celebrex nearly 700% more costly than natural remedies,' comments Dr. Teitelbaum."
"Dr. Teitelbaum, Director of the Center for Effective CFIDS/Fibromyalgia Therapies, does not accept money from pharmaceutical or supplement companies."