Of ‘Meese’ and Maple Leaves

Of ‘Meese’ and Maple Leaves


“The US is our trading partner, our neighbour, our ally and our friend… and sometimes we’d like to give them such a smack!”
– Rick Mercer

Because of Canada’s proximity to the United States and its similarities to its neighbor, it ranks number 2 out of the top 10 major destinations for an education abroad.

And just like the good ol’ red-white-and-blue, this red maple leaf has several requirements in order for you to study in its academic institutions – or at the very least, be allowed to risk riding a barrel down the Niagara Falls.

First of all, to be allowed to study in a Canadian institution, one must have a student authorization/permit.

Issued by an immigration officer, the said authorization simply means that you are allowed to remain in Canada to take an academic, professional or vocational training course at an approved university, college or other institution.

(* taken from the international education site)

What are the basic requirements for student authorization?

You must satisfy the visa officer that you meet the requirements of the Canadian Immigration Act and Regulations and that you will be in Canada for a temporary stay.

You must also:

· satisfy a visa officer that you will be able to return to your country or be admitted to another country after your studies;

· have been unconditionally accepted by an approved educational institution;

· proof that you have enough money during your stay in Canada to pay for:

– tuition fees;
– living expenses for yourself and accompanying dependants; and
– return transportation for yourself and accompanying dependants;

· be law abiding and have no record of criminal activity (you may be asked to provide a Police Clearance Certificate);

· not be a risk to the security of Canada;

· produce any additional documents requested by the visa officer to establish your admissibility;
· complete a medical examination, if required; and

· pay the fee.

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When should I apply?

The time required to process an application to study in Canada may vary at different visa offices. You should apply as early as possible, and allow at least six months to plan and prepare for your move.

Note: Canadian universities suggest you apply for admission at least one year in advance of your planned arrival.

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How do I apply for a student authorization?

Complete the application form, and include the fee and the documents listed below.

To complete your application you will need to know the cost of your education including tuition fees and books, medical insurance, return transportation costs and living costs for yourself and any dependants while in Canada. Living costs vary in each province.

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What documents are required?

You are required to provide the following documents for yourself and any accompanying dependants:

1. Proof of acceptance

· for attendance at a university, college or technical institution, a letter from the educational institution to show:

– the name of the institution;
– confirmation of your acceptance and/or registration as a student;
– the course of study;
– the duration of the academic program; and
– the latest date you may register.

· for attendance at a primary or secondary school, a letter from the school board having jurisdiction for the school you are attending (or for private schools, a letter from the school itself), indicating:

– the name of the school;
– the level of study; and
– the duration of the course.

For attendance at an educational institution in Quebec, you will also require a “Certificat d’acceptation du Québec” (Quebec Certificate of Acceptance, or CAQ) issued by the Ministère des Relations avec les citoyens et de l’Immigration (MRCI)

2. Proof of identity

· a valid passport or travel document or identity document that guarantees re-entry to the country that issued it (citizens and permanent residents of the United States, St. Pierre and Miquelon, and Greenland do not require a passport but do require proof of status such as a national identity card or an alien registration card); and

· two recent passport size photos for each family member (the name and date of birth of the person should be written on the back of each photo).

3. Proof of financial support

· evidence that you can support yourself and accompanying dependants while you study in Canada. Such evidence may include:

– proof of a Canadian bank account in your name if money has been transferred to Canada;
– your bank statements for the past four months;
– a bank draft in convertible currency;
– proof of payment of tuition and residence fees;
– for those with a scholarship or those with a Canadian funded educational program:
proof of funding paid from within Canada;

· if foreign exchange control measures exist in your country, you must provide proof that you will be permitted by the exchange control authorities of your country to export funds for all of your expenses; and

· if additional documents are required, a visa officer will inform you.

Note: Children under 16 years of age who are travelling alone must have information (name, address, phone number) about the person or school who will be responsible for them. If the child is the subject of a custody order, proof of custody and the other parent’s consent must also be provided. Minors travelling without their parents require a letter of permission from the non-accompanying parent(s).

But, if you’re a student, wallowing in your tough, pressure-cooker-like studies and long lists of student debts, is there a way you could actually earn your keep and continue on with your scholastic pursuits?

Sit back and relax, while I fry up the next post on how to bring home the ‘Canadian’ bacon while holding a student permit.

For more information regarding Student Visas and Permits, visit :

CIC Canada

Information To Help You Make Health Care Decisions

Information To Help You Make Health Care Decisions


Armed with good information, you can be your own best advocate when it comes to making health care decisions.
That means not only gathering information on specific medical conditions and the latest treatments, but asking questions and seeking advice during your doctor visits.

But where can consumers get reliable and accurate health care information? In many cases, it’s from prescription drug advertisements. Studies show that direct-to-consumer (DTC) advertising starts important conversations about overall health and disease between doctors and patients-conversations that may lead to new diagnosis and better treatment.

According to a Harvard University/Massachusetts General Hospital and Harris Interactive health care survey, for example, one-quarter of adult patients who consulted a doctor after seeing a DTC ad received a new diagnosis. Some of the most common new diagnoses included high cholesterol, hypertension, diabetes and depression. These conditions are often undertreated and underdiagnosed in the general population.

“Direct-to-Consumer advertising plays an invaluable role informing physicians and patients both about disease and new and lifesaving medicines,” says Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) Senior Vice President Ken Johnson. “Educational advertising empowers patients to seek guidance from their doctors, which can lead to earlier detection and treatment of diseases.”

Guiding Principles

PhRMA recently issued new guiding principles to further improve the educational value of prescription drug advertising. Through these principles, pharmaceutical companies pledge to provide even more accurate information to patients and doctors about health and disease they can use. Key elements include:

• Companies should submit all new DTC television advertisements to the Food and Drug Administration before releasing them for broadcast.

• DTC television advertising that identifies a product by name should clearly state the health conditions for which the medicine is approved, as well as the risks associated with the medicine being advertised.

• Companies should spend an appropriate amount of time educating health care professionals about new medicines or new therapeutic indications before beginning the first direct-to-consumer advertising campaign.

PhRMA represents the country’s leading pharmaceutical research and biotechnology companies, which are devoted to inventing medicines that allow patients to live longer, healthier and more productive lives.

You Too Can Have Hospital Zen

You Too Can Have Hospital Zen

Maybe it’s the smell of antiseptics or disinfectant in the air but many people have fears of hospitals or clinics. If not, maybe it is the association of hospitals to surgery, death, and sickness that made our brains resistant to the thought of going there. But what if you really need to? Say, you can hardly get your nose or your chin done in your garage right? Here’s a positive thought for you: health and medical spas.

Think about how you would feel getting Botox injections, not with the sound of droning machines, but of water cascading into stone pools. Or how about getting a cleansing facial with the scent of lavender and chamomile rather than alcohol? So much relaxing right? This is what health and medical spas offers. Researches show that people are more receptive to cosmetic treatments and procedures when relaxed. Health and medical benefits are also fully manifested when the body is in its relaxed state. These results pushed forward the development of health and medical spas. These spas are simply cosmetic surgery clinics whose interiors and services are patterned after the day spas of Europe. Availing of foot spa services are just as easy getting a nose job. In short, medical cosmetic services (think Botox, cellulite reduction, liposuction, etc.) and health spa services (foots spas, hair spas, facials, massages, aromatherapy) can all be availed in one place.

Health and medical spas differ in type. There are spas owned by private individuals or even big beauty companies. Hospitals can also have their own spas. Doctor-owned spas are usually the most recommended because they have surgical facilities affiliation. However, don’t worry if your regular health and medical spa is not doctor-owned. It is ruled that a medical practitioner should be on the spa’s premises all the time. Also, most of these spas have affiliate cosmetic and plastic surgeons, licensed aestheticians, and dermatologists. In addition, some health and medical spas provide their own salon. Now, isn’t it great to get an over-all beauty make-over in a single place?

In conclusion, the advantages of a health and medical spas are great. First, with trained personnel, you can expect the hospital-quality procedures. Secondly, with the relaxing atmosphere you could get all the service and pampering of your regular health spa. Third, you could even get personalized body care systems. The only disadvantage I see is the damage you could do to your credit card. After all, it’s hard to resist pampering and quality service under the same roof.

How Can You Find Newport Beach Liposuction Center?

How Can You Find Newport Beach Liposuction Center?

Finding the clinic that performs liposuctions in Newport Beach is quite easy. All Newport Beach liposuction clinics have their websites, so it’s a good idea to start looking for them on the Net. Then continue the survey by visiting them personally and seeing how the clinics look like. But you must understand a few things before you start searching Newport Beach. Liposuction has its limits and you have to know them before you decide to have it.
What is liposuction?
Technically speaking, it is a process of removing fat from certain parts of your body. Fat is removed by inserting a small tube through tiny incisions close to the area to be suctioned. Incisions are very small, often only a few millimeters long, but it is surely a surgery, not cosmetics. It isn’t an alternative to a diet as liposuction is used only as a tool to shape your body, not to make it thinner. Even at the best plastic surgery clinic in Newport Beach, liposuction will not help you in changing your appearance drastically. It can remove a spare tire, but not ten of them.
What can be achieved by liposuction?
When you find an appropriate clinic in Newport Beach for your liposuction, make sure you’re realistic in your expectations. If you want to look good, you’re fit and healthy, but you just can get rid of the fat that occupies one specific area of your body, the liposuction might be the solution to this problem. It can help you in shaping your body, and in cosmetic changes of your figure. The change is stable, but there is no Newport Beach liposuction center that will insure that the fat will not return if you gain weight again. If you gain more fat, it has to go somewhere – not necessarily to the same area as before, but the fat will show up somewhere anyway.
Is there a Newport Beach liposuction center that is the best?
The answer is simple: no. There are at least dozen professional plastic surgery clinics there and most of them specialize in liposuction, but there is no clear leader there. You have to compare the prices and decide yourself which one is the best.

Hepatitis C: What You Should Know

Hepatitis C: What You Should Know

Hepatitis C virus (HCV) is the most common, chronic blood-borne infection in the United States, with nearly 4 million Americans (or 2% of the population) infected. The hepatitis C virus can result in a swelling of the liver known as hepatitis C. Hepatitis C is slightly more common among men than women, and while it affects people of all ages, it is most commonly found among those aged 20-39.

Hepatitis C infects the liver, which removes waste products and worn-out cells from the blood. If untreated, hepatitis C can lead to scarring of the liver (known as cirrhosis), cancer of the liver and, in some cases, even death.

The hepatitis C virus is spread through contaminated blood. Hepatitis C is most commonly spread through intravenous drug use, as users often share needles that are contaminated with the virus.

People who had blood transfusions before 1990, when screening blood for HCV began, are also at risk. Tattooing and body piercing may also transmit hepatitis C if dye or needles contaminated with HCV are reused.

Hepatitis C is often referred to as a “silent threat” since a majority of people have no symptoms for many years after they become infected. In fact, more than 70 percent of HCV-infected people have no idea that they are infected.

Symptoms of HCV may include:

• Fatigue

• Loss of appetite

• Dark urine

• Nausea/stomach pain

• Jaundice (yellowing of skin and eyes).

Hepatitis C is a serious disease, but there are many treatment options which may help infected people get rid of the virus. PEG-INTRON® (Peginterferon alfa-2b) Powder for Injection combined with riba-virin is one such treatment which has been shown to clear HCV from the blood in about half of the people taking this medication. Medical, educational and emotional support are also available for HCV-infected individuals and their families. People being treated with PEG-INTRON® and ribavirin, as well as those considering treatment, can enroll in a free patient support program called The Be In Charge® Program. This program offers 24/7 telephone access to a live nurse, many educational materials, and counseling (decisions about medical treatment should always be discussed with a health care professional).

In addition to treatment, there are steps that people with hepatitis C can take to live healthier lives. For instance, studies have shown that avoiding heavy alcohol consumption (defined as five or more drinks per day) can reduce liver damage among people with hepatitis C. Obesity can also contribute to more advanced liver disease, and has been shown to lessen the effectiveness of certain medicines that treat HCV. While a diagnosis of hepatitis C should be taken seriously, taking control by seeking treatment, making healthy lifestyle changes, and getting appropriate support can help make HCV a manageable disease.

Rhinoplasty in Los Angeles

Rhinoplasty in Los Angeles

Long before Nicolas Cage and Meg Ryan ruled the cinemas because of their movie entitled the “City of Angels”, Los Angeles was already otherwise known with such moniker. According to the 2005 United States Census, the estimate population of the city was 3.8 million. Aside from being a core cultural and economic center, it is also one of the leading producers of entertainment and the hope of realizing the “American Dream.” It is home to virtually every race on the planet which could somehow explain why surgeons of rhinoplasty in Los Angeles chose to have their clinics there. They can get a wide scope of clients, not just those who want their noses to be trimmed but also those who want to have it lengthened.

Let us get to discover some of these medical practitioners of rhinoplasty in Los Angeles.
* Jason Diamond, M.D.
A graduate of University of Rochester School of Medicine where he took his medical degree, he is now certified as a facial plastic surgeon and fellow of American College of Surgeons. After completing a five- year residency, Dr. Diamond did not stop in seeking for more avenues where he can continually hone his skills. He has been featured by numerous media outfits including Harpers Bazaar, E Entertainment and NBC as one of the top physicians in his field.
For those who want rhinoplasty in Los Angeles, Dr. Diamond can be contacted through 310-859-9816 or visit his website at www.jasonbdiamond.com. You can also personally see him at 9201 Sunset Boulevard, Ground Floor, Los Angeles, California.

* Peter Cheski, M.D.
He is an alumna from the University of Western Ontario where he attained his medical degree, internship and residency. Dr. Cheski further trained in cosmetic surgery under the guidance of the founder of the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery and American Journal of Cosmetic Surgery. He is now a member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery, American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, American Academy of Otolaryngology, Royal College of Surgeons in Canada and American Society of Cosmetic Breast Surgery. Dr. Cheski’s clients are from the entertainment industry who work in Sony Studios and Culver Studios, among others.
For those who want rhinoplasty in Los Angeles, Dr. Cheski can be in touched through 310-575-1500 or log on to his website at www.drcheski.com. You can personally see him at 2034 Corner Avenue, 2nd Floor, Los Angeles, California.

* Alexander Rivkin, M.D.
Trained in Yale University for facial plastic surgery and a UCLA faculty member, Dr. Rivkin has focused his practice on non- evasive, non- ablative cosmetic treatments. He believes that “modern technology can provide today’s patients with superior alternatives to painful surgery that requires long recovery time.” Due to such, Dr. Rivkin has been featured on television programs such as Today, Tyra Banks show, Extra, Univision, PBS, KNBC- TV, KABC- TV and many more.
If you want rhinoplasty in Los Angeles, Dr. Rivkin can be contacted through 888-722-7727 or visit his website at www.westsidemedicalspa.com. You can also personally see him at Westwood Village, 1033 Gayley Avenue, Los Angeles, California.

Chirurgia estetica – the miracle of modern medicine!

Chirurgia estetica – the miracle of modern medicine!

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If you consider that chirurgia plastica is the thing for you, then all you have to do is call the number provided and request for a free estimate. At the same time, you can fill out an online form and wait for someone to contact you. The expert from the cosmetic surgery clinic will offer to you all the information you need to know about the surgery in question, post-operative care and the medical specialists performing the surgical intervention. You will also have to provide photos, detailed information and medical records.

The best thing about online ‘chirurgia estetica’ clinics is that you can reshape your body and discover attractive packages at the same time. How about visiting Buenos Aires? These experts will take care of everything needed, including hotel accommodations and transportation. They provide different methods of payment and you can choose the one you feel most comfortable with. The surgeons will perform the plastic surgery techniques, depending on the package you select and you can enjoy the beauty of Buenos Aires after you recover. There are plenty of tango shows and nightlife attractions to discover, not to mention the multitude of architectural wonders.

Online, some of the best cosmetic surgeons present their services and you can read them for yourself. These procedures are based on the concept of cosmetic enhancement, with precise attention to aesthetic elements. The ability and experience of these surgeons make chirurgia estetica to be a popular choice among many women and men as well. They are all interested in reconstructing their bodies, getting rid of unwanted fat and improving their general appearance.

Chirurgia plastica tackles with many problems, including fat deposits around the abdomen, breast reconstruction and diverse types of liftings. Addominoplastica refers to cosmetic surgical interventions intended to reshape and tone the abdomen. The person is left with a firmer abdomen and the results are simply amazing. Other types of plastic surgery include mastoplastica or mammoplasty, blepharoplasty and enhancement of the buttocks. The first is a commonly encountered procedure performed for different reasons. Some women choose to enhance their breasts with the aid of prosthetics made from special materials (silicone). However, there are an increased number of women who resort to chirurgia plastica in order to reduce their cup size. Breast lifting remains popular, especially in women who just gave birth.

As you can see for yourself, cosmetic surgery is a complex field. It involves the different types of operations and it can only be performed by experienced doctors. You can always use the Internet to find out more about chirurgia estetica, available clinics and services provided. For women, there are many choices, including the ones mentioned above but also reconstructive operations. Men have also become interested in chirurgia plastica, particularly when it comes to penis enlargement. The services offered by these clinics diversify as each day passes and the techniques become more advanced, including electro and laser-based surgery. How about you? Where do you stand when it comes to reshaping your body?

How to Write a Nursing Resume

How to Write a Nursing Resume

Recent labor studies have predicted that nursing positions will continue to grow faster than the national average for at least the next five years. Though this trend is good news for nurses on the job market, it does not diminish the fact that competition will remain tough for the most desirable nursing positions. Nurses need to pay close attention to the presentation of their credentials, as detailed in their resume, in order to ensure that they can compete in the tough medical profession.

To write a solid resume tailored specifically to the nursing profession, consider the following guidelines:

Highlight your Educational and Licensure Qualifications

In addition to including the details of your nursing degree (school name, when you graduated, your degree), you should mention any academic honors, grants, scholarships, or fellowships awarded during the course of your studies.

If you are an experienced nurse, you may wish to make reference to any completed clinical rotations in this section. This tactic is especially beneficial if one or more of these rotations is in line with your current career objective.

If you are a newer nursing graduate or have limited nursing experience, a list of related courses and clinical rotations will provide detail of your medical knowledge to prospective employers. Graduates who completed their degree with an impressive grade point average should highlight this fact by including their GPA in the Educational section of their resume.

All nurses who have completed the process to get licensed will need to provide details of their license(s) in this section. Include the state(s) in which you are licensed and the date that your license went in effect. Since your employer will ask for a copy of your license once you are made an offer, you do not include your licensing number on your resume.

Emphasize your Nursing Expertise and Key Skills

A quick 10-second scan of your resume should reveal important keywords that summarize your nursing experience and give managers an overview of your qualifications. The most effective way to do this is to incorporate a section of your resume dedicated to nursing expertise and key skills. Include a bulleted list of your nursing specializations (such as pediatrics, cardiology, oncology) and any pertinent nursing skills, such as JCAHO standards/compliance or medication administration, that will enhance your resume presentation.

If you have several years of nursing experience, it may beneficial to list your years of experience in each area.

Entry-level nurses and nurses with limited experience should also include this section in their resume, highlighting those areas and schools acquired from schooling, clinical rotations, and nursing mentorships.

Detail Your Nursing Experience

Since most manager hire nurses based on their previous experience in (or knowledge of if you are a new nurse) a particular area of nursing, employers need to know the details of your nursing experience.

If you are an experienced nurse, you should detail your specialization, the type of facility you work in (acute care, outpatient, rehabilitation), and your average caseload for each of your previous employers.

If you are an entry-level nurse just out of school or a nurse with limited work experience, you should detail any clinical rotations, mentorships, or other unpaid work you were involved in during your schooling.

Demonstrate You’re a Top Performer

Employers love to hire top performers. Your resume will be more memorable and better received if you can detail specific contributions you made to each of your previous employers. What have you done that was above and beyond your basic responsibilities? How have you helped make a positive impact on your patients and their families, your co-workers, your employer, or even your community?

Consider your possible involvement in:
oCommittees or review boards
oPatient or family health education
oMentorship programs
oTraining of coworkers on advanced topics of interest to nursing
oThe launch of a new facility or program
oCommunity health screens
oOutside education

The more details you can provide about your involvement in the medical community and your accomplishments, the better job you will do at impressing your value as a team member to potential employers.

What Are The Cost Benefits To Financing Plastic Surgery Loans vs. Using A Credit Card?

What Are The Cost Benefits To Financing Plastic Surgery Loans vs. Using A Credit Card?


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If you are looking into cosmetic surgery, the biggest obstacle is most likely financial. Plastic surgery for procedures such as breast augmentation, tummy tuck, rhinoplasty and facelift are quite costly and not easily afforded by many. There are many fees involved that can include the surgeon’s fee, hospital and facility fees, anesthesia and medications that are all out of pocket expenses not covered by medical insurance. These fees may total between $7000 and $10,000 and in some cases can even add up to much more.

Two of the most popular and easiest ways to finance cosmetic medical procedures are with the use of credit cards and plastic surgery loans. Plastic surgery loans are loans tailored specifically for potential cosmetic patients seeking plastic surgery. Often these companies will work directly with physicians and plastic surgery clinics to help patients in getting approval for plastic surgery financing. There is often a much more personal touch involved in dealing with a company financial representative, and you are also likely to get quick and easy approval. Many times you can even be approved before leaving from your initial cosmetic consultation visit.

It is usually easier to quality for plastic surgery loans than for other forms of credit, including credit cards, and these types of loans will often qualify you for much larger amounts in comparison to credit card limits. Interest rates are often very similar ranging from an average of 14% to 20%, with some cosmetic surgery financial companies offering rates as low as 8 or 9% for those with excellent credit. You should also look to see if any companies are offering a no interest grace period. You can sometimes find plastic surgery loans at 0% interest for up to 12 months with no downpayment and no collateral.

Another advantage to plastic surgery loans are the specific repayment terms. These are often set up for periods of 12, 24, 36, 48 or 60 months. In this way, you have a set schedule of minimum payments due until the loan is paid. Credit cards may let you pay less per month, but this will end up costing you much more money in the long run due to extended period of time that interest will keep adding up and will keep you burdened with your cosmetic surgery debt much longer.

If you are looking to have cosmetic surgery, plastic surgery loans are an option to consider for financing your operation. Be sure you are able to take on the amount of debt you are borrowing without it becoming a large financial burden to you. You will also need to make sure you are well informed with all of the terms and conditions of the loan you take out and any additional loan fees that may be attached to the original loan amount. You need to make a well informed decision with the right loan for you and your particular financial situation. If you do, plastic surgery loans are a great financing option and can make your dream of a better body a reality through the innovation of plastic surgery.

Arthritis Diet – Relieve Your Pain

Arthritis Diet – Relieve Your Pain


People who suffer from arthritis are always looking for ways to relieve their pain.
One way to ease or even prevent it is through an arthritis diet. There are some arthritis diets that some people will swear by, but have never been proven to make a difference. There are some diets that make a definite difference according to health experts.

First we’ll take a look at some arthritis diets where there’s little or no evidence that they actually make a difference. One of the most common arthritis diets is to eliminate potatoes, tomatoes, eggplants, and most peppers. While the diet won’t do any harm, it hasn’t been proven to affect arthritis at all. Another arthritis diet seeks to reduce the acids in one’s body eliminating sugar, coffee, red meat, most grains, nuts, and citrus fruits. It’s intended to be followed for just one month. People may feel better because they lose weight which reduces the stress on their joints, but again there is no evidence to support this. It also excludes many sources of vitamin C which is essential in fighting arthritis. Drinking green tea has been shown to reduce the effects of rheumatoid arthritis in mice, but there are no conclusive results on human studies yet. Shark cartilage is supposed to relieve arthritis. Animal and lab studies show promise, but there are no human studies to support this yet.

Not let’s take a look at some arthritis diets that have been shown to work. Switching fats can reduce inflammation. Eating fats found in red meat and poultry have actually been shown to increase inflammation. Switching to cold water fish can help reduce the inflammation. Using corn, safflower, and sunflower oils also helps. Another arthritis diet is the ASU (avocado-soybean unsaponifiable). It has been shown to relieve osteoarthritis, stimulate cartilage repair, and lessen a patient’s need to NSAIDs to control pain. Ginger has been shown to ease pain and inflammation as well as protect the stomach from gastrointestinal effects from taking NSAIDs. Glucosamine is a supplement that relieves pain in some patients with osteoarthritis. It helps the body rebuild cartilage, but can take up to two months to see the effects. If you are allergic to shellfish, check with your doctor before taking this as it is derived from crab, lobster, or shrimp shells. Before taking any supplements talk with your doctor as some can interfere with or worsen side effects from your medications.

Of course the best arthritis diet is a good old-fashioned well balanced diet. Eat 5 to 9 servings of fruits and vegetables, and go easy on fats and cholesterol. A heart healthy diet is especially important to patients with rheumatoid arthritis as studies have shown a link between this disease and heart failure. Vitamin C is good for repairing body tissue. Vitamin D helps absorb calcium, build bone mass, and prevents bone loss. Calcium helps strengthen your bones. If you are on medication, ask your doctor if he/she recommends taking vitamins. Some medications can create vitamin or mineral deficiencies. When choosing your arthritis diet, be sure to talk with your physician as different types of arthritis have different needs.

DISCLAIMER: This information is not presented by a medical practitioner and is for educational and informational purposes only. The content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health care provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read.
Since natural and/or dietary supplements are not FDA approved they must be accompanied by a two-part disclaimer on the product label: that the statement has not been evaluated by FDA and that the product is not intended to “diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.”