Tina’s Desk

Tina’s Desk

I have a stack of arthritis books on my desk. Some I bought, some were given to me to review. Here’s what I think:

FREE MEDS: The Drug Companies Best Kept Secret
by Tracey Brown PhD.

Tina says: WOW! My first thought was “I wish I would have had this when I was working. I could have helped so many patients.” I think this should be a requirement in all doctors’ offices. 

FREE MEDS guides the patient or healthcare provider through the paperwork necessary to enroll in over 300 pharmaceutical company programs covering over 2200 medications.

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Conquering Rheumatoid Arthritis : The Latest Breakthroughs and Treatments
by Thomas F. Lee

Tina says: Should be required reading for every person with rheumatoid arthritis and their physicians! Arthritis Insight member, Professor Lee takes the confusing and complex world of pharmacology and research and turns it into an understandable, educational read.

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Preventing Arthritis : A Holistic Approach to Life Without Pain
by Ronald M. Lawrence M.D. Ph.D., Martin Zucker

Tina says: This one is suggested reading for anyone with OA or at risk for OA. A holistic approach to prevention and pain management, including yoga and exercise, supplements and nutrition and more. All written so everyone can understand it.

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Getting Up is Hard to Do : Life with Rheumatoid Arthritis
by Wanda James
Tina says: Arthritis Insight Member Wanda tells it like it is! If you have RA, you’ll laugh and cry as Wanda tells her story, because you can understand exactly how she feels. Should be required reading for family and friends of people with RA.

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Raising a Child With Arthritis: A Parent’s Guide
An Official Publication of the Arthritis Foundation

Tina says: If you have a kid with Juvenile Arthritis, this book is a must have. From the basic disease information, to medications, to exercise, to playtime, to school, this book covers it all.

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The Unofficial Guide to Overcoming Arthritis
By Lisa Iannucci with Mark Horowitz, MD

Tina says: Even though I don’t like the “overcoming” part of the title, I do like this book. That may be because on page 297 there is an interview with some Tina person who started a popular arthritis support website, she must be one hell of a woman! Putting that aside, it is an easy to understand guide that covers everything from the hard facts to lifestyle aspects of the disease.

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The Arthritis Sourcebook
By Earl J. Brewer, Jr, MD & Kathy Cochran Angel

Tina says: Another easy to understand guide covering many aspects of arthritis. I would recommend that anyone with arthritis have either this book or the Unofficial Guide. It is nice to have a reference on hand when those annoying little arthritis problems pop up!

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The Arthritis Foundation’s Guide to Alternative Therapies
By Judith Horstman

Tina says: You really should invest in this one. It is a pleasant surprise to see non-biased information from the usually traditional Arthritis Foundation. Accurate, honest information on virtually every form of alternative therapy available.

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Beyond Chaos : One Man’s Journey Alongside His Chronically Ill Wife
By Gregg Piburn

Tina says: An interesting story by the husband of a woman living with fibromyalgia, among other chronic diseases. I have had the pleasure of meeting Greg and found him to be quite an incredible man.

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Get a Grip! : A Take-Charge Approach to Living With Arthritis
By Amye Leong and Joe Layden

Tina says: Amye is quite an inspiring lady, as her friend, I know this. After reading this book, you will know it too. Amye writes of her struggle with RA since her teen years. Her journey includes many lows and highs, she shares them all.

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Understanding Arthritis
By The Arthritis Foundation

Tina says: Another “covers it all” book. Easy to understand, basic information about the most common types of arthritis.

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