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EZORB MONTHLY NEWSLETTER NOV 12, 2003

 

In this issue:

 

1. Interesting Research News: Leeches Help Relieve Osteoarthritis Knee Pain?
2. Research Findings: Taking Calcium Supplements in Pregnancy Could Benefit Babies
3. EZorb Product Update
4. Useful Links
5. Calcium Absorption Test
6. What Are Others Saying About EZorb?

 

 

1. Interesting Research News: Leeches Help Relieve Osteoarthritis Knee Pain?

 

In another return to ancient medical practices, German clinicians reveal the success of leech therapy for the treatment of osteoarthritis (OA) of the knee.

 

In addition to the well-known anticoagulation properties, leeching was traditionally used for localized inflammation and pain, and various anti-inflammatory substances have been identified in leech saliva.

 

Gustav Dobos, from the University of Duisburg-Essen in Essen, and colleagues randomly assigned 51 patients with knee OA to receive leech therapy (n=24, mean age 62.5 years), or topical diclofenac, twice daily for 28 days (n=27, mean age 65.5 years).

 

The leeching group received a single treatment with 4-6 locally applied Hirudo medicinalis to the peri-articular soft tissue of the knee. The leeches were left until they detached themselves, after an average of 70 minutes.

 

Using the Western Ontario and McMaster Universities Osteoarthritis Index, the team demonstrated that pain fell from an average of 53.5 points to 19.3 points 7 days after leech treatment. In comparison, after 7 days of topical diclofenac treatment, the pain score decreased from 51.5 to 42.4 points.

 

Furthermore, although the pain relief did not remain significantly better with leech therapy than with diclofenac treatment after 7 days, the leech group did experience significantly greater gains in function, stiffness, and total symptoms than the diclofenac group for up to 91 days. Quality of life differences between the groups favored leech therapy for up to 28 days.

 

Conceding that patients were not blinded to the interventions, Dobos et al recommend: "The effectiveness and safety of this treatment, especially when applied repeatedly, should be further evaluated in larger randomized studies.

 

"In addition, the active compounds in leech saliva and their local release (that is, in the synovial fluid) deserve further study."

 

Noting no pharmacological agent has shown such long lasting effects, the team concludes: "Further research into the anti-inflammatory compounds of leech saliva could lead to the development of new effective substances for treating OA."

 

Original Study published in Ann Intern Med 2003; 139: 724-730

 

 

2. Research Findings: Taking Calcium Supplements in Pregnancy Could Benefit Babies

 

Calcium supplement taken during pregnancy could help avoid children developing high blood pressure in later life, research suggests.

The findings indicate that calcium supplements can "program" lower blood pressure in children while still in the womb.

 

The study involved 500 pregnant women who were given either 2 g calcium or a dummy "placebo" pill daily from early pregnancy until their children were born.

 

Dr. Daniel Hatton, from Oregon Health Science University in Portland and his team found that babies whose mothers received the supplement already had lower blood pressure than the other babies when they were 6 months old, and that this was even more noticeable by the time they reached 2 years of age.

 

The researchers say that their results confirm those of other studies in the field, and that the findings warrant more research on how calcium supplements during pregnancy affect the blood pressure of children.

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Nov 2003 Source: EZorb Newsletter Editor

 

 

3. EZorb Product Update

 

Holiday Shipping Reduced - EZorb Online has reduced shipping charge to $1.95 during the Holiday Season, effective immediately, through 12/26/03. As usual it takes only 2-3 business days to receive your order in the States. International shipment arrives in 7-10 business days.

 

EZorb Powder (100g/btl) Status Update - The wait is close to the end. bottles of EZorb Powder will be available for purchase at EZorb Online by 11/21/03. We want to apologize again for all the trouble this has caused many of you.

 

 

4. Useful Links

 

EZorb Online

 

Frequently Asked Questions & Answers

 

Document for Health Care Professionals

 

Order EZorb

 

 

5. Calcium Absorption Test

 

EZorb Calcium has set a new world record of absorption rate. You can compare EZorb with other calcium supplements by using the simple step-by-step instructions we provide. E-mail your request to test @ ezorbonline.com for a copy of the instructions.

 

 

6. What Are Others Saying About EZorb?

 

EZorb Calcium has restored confidence in thousands of men and women. It has brought happiness and healthy life to families around the world. Click here to read what people say about EZorb.

 

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