How to Cheaply Obtain & Use Boron for Arthritis
If you are over 50, consider taking boron (30-90 mg Borax). Neuropath Rex Newnam cured himself and hundreds people of arthritis with this much neglected nutrient.
In a double blind trial comparing 6 mg/d of boron with placebo in the treatment of arthritis, of the 10 patients on boron, five improved while only one of ten in the placebo group improved. The boron had significant benefit in severe osteoarthritis. The 6 mg of boron was in two tablets containing 25 mg of borax (sodium tetraborate decahydrate) . The experiment was carried over an eight week period. There were no side effects noted.
"Boron and Arthritis: The Results of a Double-Blind Pilot Study", Travers, Richard L. , MD, et al, Journal of Nutritional Medicine, 1990:1:127-132. (Address: Rex E. Newnham, Ph.D., Cracoe House Cottage, Cracoc Near Skipton, North Yorkshire 5023 6LB, United Kingdom)
Osteoarthritis and Boron
Six mgs/d of Boron (2 tablets of 25 mg Borax Sodium Tetraborate Decahydrate) was evaluated in 10 patients with radiographically proven osteoarthritis while 10 patients received placebos. Out of the 10 patients taking boron 5 improved while only 1 improved in the placebo group. There were no apparent side effects and the author suggests this limited trial should encourage further investigation.
"Clinical Trial — Boron on Arthritis", Travers, Richard L. , Townsend Letter For Doctors, June 1990360-362. (Address: Dr. Richard L. Travers, Department of Medicine, Royal Melbourne Hospital, Parkville 3050, Australia)
Current research points to boron's being the equivalent of a biochemical helper in bone health, rather than a front-line soldier. But scientists also cite evidence that boron somehow prevents calcium from being excreted, plays a part in the correct balance of other minerals, and helps the body to avoid osteoporosis in the first place. It certainly seems to be central to the biochemical equation.
Boron may also have a role in another debilitating bone condition - arthritis. Arthritis is almost unknown in Israel, where levels of boron in the soil - and therefore in foods - are high. In Jamaica, however, it's the reverse situation: boron levels are low and arthritis rates are correspondingly high. That boron may have a role in the prevention or modification of arthritis is supported by research done with arthritis-susceptible rats by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. From this research, USDA scientists hypothesize that boron may modulate the immune system and protect against inflammatory disease. However, much work must be done before scientists can say that boron can help reduce the human suffering caused by arthritis.
posted by Chris Gupta on Thursday July 24 2003
updated on Saturday September 24 2005
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