Management of patients using unproven regimens for arthritis

J Am Diet Assoc. 1987 Sep;87(9):1211-4.


Such treatments as vegetarian diets, fresh or raw diets, allergy diets, no-dairy-products diets, fasting, vitamin and mineral supplementation, apple cider vinegar, and honey drinks are touted in the popular press as effective for the treatment of arthritis. In contrast to conventional therapies, the unproven treatments promise not only relief from symptoms but freedom from the disease as long as the diet regimen is followed. Several of the remedies appear to be harmless, but others are dangerous, especially if followed for prolonged periods. Nutrition professionals should be aware of the nature of these treatments and be prepared to offer sound, scientifically based but nonjudgmental care and information.

MeSH terms

  • Arthritis, Rheumatoid / diet therapy*
  • Counseling
  • Diet Fads*
  • Energy Intake
  • Feeding Behavior
  • Humans
  • Patient Education as Topic