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LE Magazine July 1996
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Natural Pain Relief For Arthritis and Other Inflammatory Diseases

A Personal Medical Breakthrough

If you suffer from arthritis, you must read this story about the development of a unique, new natural treatment for arthritis that could end your suffering forever!

Natural pain relief for arthritis is the best alternative to dangerous FDA-approved drugs ever developed. It has helped almost everyone who has tried it to date. We hope it will help you as well.

This is the fascinating story of an energetic and creative man, who has painstakingly developed what could be the most effective natural pain relief formula for arthritis in the world! Later in this article, you'll read about new placebo-controlled studies from Europe that validate the use of the natural therapies included in this formula for the treatment of arthritis.

The Burden Of Severe, Chronic Pain

Vito Florio is a 68 year old semi-retired South Floridian, whose arthritic hip was caused by an accident. Vito's physician prescribed FDA-approved drugs, but severe gastric irritation quickly developed and Vito had to stop taking them. Vito then visited one of the best orthopedic doctors in the country, who (as he recalls) told him:

"Vito, there is nothing more I can do to ease your pain. The bone scan photos show that your entire right hip has arthritis. I can prescribe anti-inflammatory drugs, but these drugs have side effects. When the pain becomes too great I can do a hip replacement operation."

Searching For An Alternative To Hip Replacement Surgery

Vito's son, a dentist, is a member of The Life Extension Foundation. When The Foundation published an article about natural arthritis therapies, which presented evidence that essential fatty acids, glucosamine, chondroitin sulfates, and high-potency antioxidants might be effective treatments for arthritis. Vito's son sent him a copy of the article and encouraged him to try these natural European therapies before considering surgery.

Vito immediately joined The Life Extension Foundation and purchased Chondrox (a combination of glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate). Chondrox did not work well for Vito, but when he read the Foundation's article again, it led him to theorize that beneficial results might be obtained if Chondrox was combined with one or more essential fatty acids.

Vito then drove to The Foundation and purchased Mega GLA (gamma linolenic acid) and Mega EPA (fish oil concentrate). Within a week of combining Chondrox with either Mega GLA or Mega EPA, Vito began to experience some degree of relief from his chronic hip pain. After experimenting with a wide variety of dosage combinations of these two agents, however, Vito could never obtain complete relief from his arthritis pain with either Mega GLA or Mega EPA and Chondrox

Vito then called The Foundation and asked if it would be safe to combine Mega GLA, Mega EPA and Chondrox. After getting the safety go-ahead, Vito began experimenting with different doses of these three nutrients.

"I'm Free of Arthritis Pain"

One day, Vito woke up and found that he was completely free of arthritis pain. A month later, he was still free of arthritis pain. Vito began to wonder if he had really discovered an effective therapy, or whether his arthritis had simply gone into remission. When he stopped taking all three components of his new formula, most of the pain returned within a few weeks. When he resumed taking the complete formula, the pain was soon completely gone again. Vito then stopped taking one of the three components of the formula and, within a week, some of the pain returned. But when he resumed taking the missing component, his pain again went away in only a few days. Vito had found an effective therapy for himself.

As he put it:

"Thank God...now the pain is completely gone...It's a miracle that I'm pain-free, so that I can live a normal life again."

Now he wondered whether it would work for others.

Testing The Formula On Other Arthritis Sufferers

The retirement communities of South Florida are meccas for studying the diseases of aging. Epidemics of age-related diseases run rampant in communities designed for those people fortunate enough to make it to retirement age in good enough health to begin a new life in Florida.

Vito Florio had no trouble finding arthritis patients willing to try a free supply of Chondrox, Mega EPA and Mega GLA and then follow his exacting protocol. Vito visited The Foundation several times a week, purchasing thousands of dollars of products, which he gave away to those afflicted with arthritis.

The result in almost every arthritis patient who tried Vito's protocol was partial or complete relief from chronic inflammation and pain! As Vito had done for himself, he experimented with different dosages of Chrondox, Mega GLA and Mega EPA to determine the minimum effective dose for his new protocol. People don't like to swallow a lot of capsules, so determining the minimum dose was important for long-term compliance.

As Vito had found for himself, only the proper combination of all three nutrients produced complete pain relief! When any one of the nutrients in Vito's protocol was left out, the results were not completely satisfactory.

The people Vito helped were suffering from a wide range of chronic inflammatory joint diseases. Many of them were semi-invalids. Here is what some of them have to say about their experiences with Vito's natural, anti-arthritis protocol.

An excerpt from a letter to Vito written by Jean Caruana of Hollywood, Florida:

Jean Caruana

"I'd like to express my thanks to you for the remedy you have provided for my arthritis. It is hard to believe that, after so many years (five to be exact) of struggling with different anti-inflammatories and pain medications, I finally found that something natural really works! The level of discomfort that I had learned to live unhappily with has now disappeared and, as a result, I literally have a new life...I've been able to resume all activities...even tennis! Thank you so much for the cure... it really was a lifesaver!"


Edgar Baughman of Hollywood, Florida says he wants to inform fellow arthritis sufferers about this exciting new therapy:

"I'm writing this short letter to let other people know that Vito Florio's vitamins really helped my husband and I with our pain due to arthritis. I've had chronic pain in my shoulder and my wife had arthritic fingers and could barely move them. She also had trouble going down stairs. Now that my wife and I are taking Vito's products every day, we have little or no pain from arthritis."

Not all the sufferers helped by Vito's multi-nutrient protocol had arthritis. Some had other afflictions that caused them a great deal of pain. One is Marlene Diller of Garden City, Long Island in New York, who wrote the following:

"For the past two years, I have been a very sick person. I suffer from the disease Hodgkins Lymphoma. The cancer treatment I received to cure this disease made me very weak and I always had terrible pain. The only way that I could ease my pain was taking eighteen pain pills each day. I had trouble walking, I could not sleep, and once I sat down, I needed help to get up. I was always miserable and I felt very old although I am only 56 years old.

"Then I met Vito Florio when I was in Florida and he introduced me to his arthritis without pain regimen. I was amazed and am very happy to say that, after a short time, the pain gradually began to disappear. Now I can walk and do things a normal person can do. I now no longer need the pain pills, and if I can rid my body of cancer, I will be able to get on with my life and enjoy my family again."

It Also Works For Pets

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After a while, some of the people Vito had been helping with their arthritis began to give the nutrients he recommends to their arthritic pets. They found that the animals did just as well as the human patients, as evidenced by their greatly increased mobility. As one dog owner put it:

"I have a German Shepherd who has been suffering from chronic hip dysplasia since she was 6 years old. After the dog was given the nutrients recommended by Vito, she began to get major relief from her pain. It made a big difference in the health and happiness of our dog. I strongly recommend Vito's nutrients for any pet with arthritis."

The word-of-mouth advertising generated by Vito's remarkable new protocol has resulted in many new members for The Foundation, all of whom want to follow Vito's protocol for the relief of pain and inflammation.

Now that you know some of the real life stories of people who have benefited enormously from following this new arthritis protocol, we will present scientific facts and findings about arthritis and the nutrients in the formula that help relieve pain and inflammation in sufferers from arthritis and other inflammatory diseases.

What is Arthritis?

Arthritis is an inflammatory process that destroys joint tissue. It affects millions of people worldwide. There are many different forms of arthritis, the most common being rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis.

Rheumatoid arthritis is a condition of localized autoimmunity, which causes the destruction of the synovial membrane (which produces synovial fluid) and the cartilage within joints. Without lubrication and the cushioning provided by cartilage, the joint becomes very painful to move. Pain and inflammation, along with stiffness, characterize rheumatoid arthritis. The initial symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis are enlargement of the joints in the fingers, with increasing pain and loss of function as the disease flares up. Eventually, bone erodes away, and conventional doctors usually recommend joint replacement surgery.

Osteoarthritis is a degenerative joint disease in which both cartilage and bone are eroded at the joints. The initial symptoms of osteoarthritis are joint pain, stiffness and decreased joint movement. The condition is non-inflammatory, but in severe cases, it can become extremely painful since the synovial membrane is also affected, leaving the joint to function with little or no lubrication. At this point, conventional doctors usually recommend joint replacement surgery.

Although the exact mechanism of arthritis is not known, it is known that viral and bacterial infections can lead to the condition. Certain hereditary factors have also been linked to arthritis. Destruction of joints is caused by the release of substances from immune cells which usually attack foreign organisms, but turn against joint tissue instead. Immune cells are provoked into the area by pro-inflammatory cytokines and certain prostaglandins. These substances cause the destruction of joint tissue by increasing the production of enzymes and cells which break down the tissue. It is thought that free radicals play a part in the process since pro-inflammatory cytokines cause the release of these destructive molecules.

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