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Osteoarthritis Chemicals and the Diet- Glucosamine & Chondroitin
Dr. Norman F. Childers, Ph.D.

Several of our Diet cooperators have been asking about the two "New" chemical treatments to control osteoarthritis:  Glucosamine sulphate and chondroitin sulphate.*  A few of our cooperators on the No-Nightshades Diet have reported that after taking the pills for awhile, they believe they can see a difference.  Some even see a definite difference.  Basically, the theory appears to be sound.  It could be a worthy adjunct to the No-Nightshades Diet program.  No side effects, but caution is advisable.  The minerals are not drugs and thus can be obtained on the open market.  The chemicals are part of the process of producing gelatin,** which is obtained by boiling at length the leftovers in the slaughter house such as hoofs, bones, tendons, etc. (long known to us ole timers).  The product may be in pill, powder, or liquid form.  In the more common pill form, it is being sold in bottles of 40 pills at $15 to $20 a bottle.  One recommendation is 3 pills in the morning and 3 in the evening after meals, until the desired difference is reached, then begin to reduce the pills according to need, possibly stopping them for awhile.

One of our Foundation Trustees, Edwin J. Wendlocher, Sr., has been working for some 10 years on this treatment with two medical doctors at Lehigh University, Easton, PA.  We first knew of this treatment from the health spokesman for WOR-TV Radio, NY City.  People have been using the treatment in that listening area for several years.  It first came from Europe where it has been used for quite some time.  Why not sooner in the USA and Canada is not known.  When our Diet book first came out in 1977, quite a number of copies went to Europe where apparently this could have started a leaning toward nutrition research for arthritis.  The standard treatment had been the use of pain-killing drugs and surgery since the actual cause of arthritis had not been discovered.  Mr. Wendlocher recently published a small book of their results.  He, along with a gentleman from Ohio, wanted to work with people on our mailing list, offering to donate up to $5,000 to our Foundation.  However, without good data to show significant benefits of the treatment, I held back.  Mr. Wendlocher, and others, recently told me that you must be on the No-Nightshades Diet to get the desired benefits of the two "new" chemicals for osteoarthritis.  Depending on your condition at the start, it could take seniors up to three to five years to move around noticeably better.  I believe this situation could be possible.  If you are not on the No-Nightshades Diet, it is probable the new chemicals could have a problem adequately countering the destructive action (excess Vitamin D3, etc.) of the nightshades.  You would need, as we always have said, to be rigidly on the Diet.  We need more time to evaluate people continuing to eat the nightshades as usual along with and taking the pills to get rid of arthritis.  It is interesting to note that there are many cases when dogs have stopped limping after their owners have started giving them the glucosamine-chondroitin pills regularly.  Young people with early arthritis may see benefits soon, but seniors not on our Diet who have progressed with the disease may need more time with only pills to show benefits, if any.  The results likely will be variable.  There will be disappointments.

*Glucosamine is a crystalline amine closely related to sucrose (a sugar) obtained from the decomposition of chitin [hard outer coating of the crustaceans (marine or fresh water), mucin (as stomach lining), etc.] occurring usually as a sulphate.
Chondroitin is a gummy nitrogenous polysaccharide acid from cartilage, usually in sulphate form.

**Gelatin is a tasteless, odorless animal jelly or glutenous material, a collagen (protein) obtained by prolonged boiling of animal skins, tendons, hoofs, ligaments, cartilage, bones, hard shell support tissues of livestock and marine inhabitants etc.  Several new products are coming on the market as Knox Nutra-Joint from Nabisco which is a long-known ungelled gelatin with added calcium and vitamin C, claiming "to help keep joints flexible and healthful."