Another Painful Reason to Avoid RA Drugs

You probably recall a number of articles I've posted on my Web site about the toxic side effects associated with toxic drugs that claim to effectively treat rheumatoid arthritis (RA) by blocking the tumor necrosis factor (TNF), an inflammation-causing protein. A new study has discovered as much as a fourth of the patients taking anti-TNF drugs can be prone to eczema and skin rashes or infections.

Seventy-two out of some 300 patients surveyed in the Dutch study developed a skin problem serious enough to prompt a trip to a dermatologist. And in seven cases, the effects were so severe that patients stopped taking their anti-TNF drug altogether. Not surprisingly, only 13 percent of RA patients in a group who didn't take anti-TNF drugs visited a dermatologist.

Although anti-TNF drugs work by suppressing the immune system -- which can make patients more susceptible to skin infections -- it's hard for me to understand why researchers believed taking these drugs weren't "a bad payoff" for the benefits patients received.

I cannot say often enough you don't need potentially deadly drugs to fight RA, or any disease for that matter. Especially when there are a number of effective methods I have used to help thousands of patients with RA go into remission:

Arthritis Research and Therapy, Vol. 7, Number 3, April 4, 2005: R666-R676 Free Full-Text Article

BBC News April 3, 2005

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