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The Arthritis Handbook
Improve Your Health and Manage the Pain of Osteoarthritis

by Grant Cooper, MD

      Did your doctor tell you that arthritis is just part of getting older? Did he merely advise you to take some ibuprofen, and if that doesnít work, there are always steroid injections or surgery? According to Dr. Cooper, author of The Arthritis Handbook: Improve Your Health and Manage the Pain of Osteoarthritis, this unfortunate scenario is typical - and couldnít be more wrong. "Arthritis is not inevitable," Dr. Cooper says, and, if you already have arthritis, taking proper steps can prevent arthritis from worsening.†

The Arthritis Handbook is divided into five sections: Part I. Getting to Know Your Joints and How Osteoarthritis Develops; Part II. Nutrition; Part III. Exercise; Part IV. Supplements; and, Part V. Medical and Surgical Options. Youíll note that medications, injections, and surgery are options of last resort. Dr. Cooper strongly believes that anyone cultivating good habits in the areas of nutrition, exercise, and proper supplementation wonít have to utilize those last resort options. †

Did you know that there are over 120 different kinds of arthritis? The most common is osteoarthritis, the one Doctor Cooperís book primarily focuses on. In his friendly, down-to-earth manner, Dr. Cooper explains how a joint is designed to work, how osteoarthritis develops, and elaborates on the simple steps we can do to prevent it, or stop it in its tracks. †

The author emphasizes the importance of drinking enough water, the relevance of body biomechanics, and, explains why a diet consisting of sufficient amounts of fruits, vegetables, and cold-water fish is crucial. He champions the value of omega-3 fatty acids, glucosamine, and chondroitin supplementation, and gives good advice for those who may have diabetes and those taking blood thinners. Yet, no matter how good our diet is, Dr. Cooper maintains that "joints degenerate if you donít exercise them."

The author chooses exercises he feels are the most doable and beneficial for nearly everyone. He highlights ones particularly helpful for the hip, back, knee or shoulder, and offers modifications for injuries. Every single exercise is illustrated by photographs of his wife Ana performing it. And for those of us not used to exercising, he provides numerous stretching exercises and simple regimens to start us off. †

The Arthritis Handbook: Improve Your Health and Manage the Pain of Osteoarthritis by Grant Cooper, MD relates the most helpful, practical and uplifting advice for arthritis prevention and management that Iíve ever read. I heartily recommend this book.

The Book

DiaMedica Publishing, New York
January 15, 2008
0979356415 /†978-0979356414
Health-Mind-Body / Exercise & Fitness
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The Reviewer

Deb Kincaid
Reviewed 2008
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