Posted by Kerry Gibbons on October 03, 2004 at 14:25:18:
As most of you probably now know, Merck has voluntarily taken Vioxx off of the market because a study that they funded showed that it doubled the chance of heart problems after being on it for 18 months. While this may or may not reflect on other arthritis pain medications, many of you are rightly concerned.
One thing that I try to tell people is that you are not experiencing pain because of a lack of Vioxx in your diet (or any other drug for that matter). However, we all do need organic sulfur in our diet and many of us simply do not get enough for our bodies to operate correctly. I can say that many, many people have been able to totally give up their pain medications in favor of natural supplementation with MSM, glucosamine, and/or chondroitin. All of these natural supplements have been in use for many, many years without the problems seen in so many of these other drugs.
Just something for you to think about as you decide what next drug might be coming down the pipe without having the history behind it to know whether or not you are putting your health in jeopardy.
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