Stelara – Part 2: Three Drugs That Drain the Bank, and the Foods that Do Similar Tasks

Stelara – Part 2: Three Drugs That Drain the Bank, and the Foods that Do Similar Tasks

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mainstream medicalWe’re doing a three part article series covering the three drugs recently mentioned in a CTV article due to the US feeling shafted by their prices against what other countries pay. We are discussing and their wholefood as medicine alternatives.

These three drugs cost more than “an arm and a leg”, and there ARE healthier, less problematic alternatives!

Let’s carry on now with Stelara.

“Johnson & Johnson’s arthritis drug Stelara carries an annual list price of $79,000 in the U.S. In Germany, it’s US$30,000; in Canada, it’s US$20,000; in the U.K., it’s US$16,000; in Japan, it’s US$14,000; and in France, it’s US$12,000.”

For starters, according to the Stelara website, the drug is not just used for arthritis, but also for Crohns, ulcerative colitis, and Plaque Psoriasis. In addition, we’re not just talking arthritis in general, but specifically psoriatic arthritis. Psoriatic arthritis is joint pain that accompanies psoriasis, so it’s both a skin and a joint auto-immune condition. The website unhelpfully states that diagnosing this combined condition could take many doctors and many years before the correct diagnosis is given, potentially leading to a permanent condition. They say their drug can help manage it.

While it is appreciated that their website is VERY up front with their warnings of potentially serious side effects, the nature of those side effects should scare off anyone who actually cares about their overall health, not merely about their joint condition, and look for other answers to their joint situation.

The website boldly states:

Apparently, common side effects contain the following:

“nasal congestion, sore throat, and runny nose, upper respiratory infections, fever, headache, tiredness, itching, nausea and vomiting, redness at the injection site, vaginal yeast infections, urinary tract infections, sinus infection, bronchitis, diarrhea, stomach pain, and joint pain. “

Soooooo, a drug to treat joint pain, causing joint pain!!! Got it!

Stelara’s generic name is ustekinumab, and is only available as an injection or intravenous infusion (IV). Ustekinumab is a monoclonial antibody, and classified as a biologic, meaning it was created from living cells. This also means there is technically no generic version of the drug for this reason.

According to Medicine Today News: 

“Biologics can take several forms, including:

~ vaccines
~ cell therapies
~ gene therapies
~ therapeutic proteins
~ monoclonal antibodies

Biologics may be made of cells from microorganisms, animals, or humans. They may also be made up of nucleic acids, proteins, sugars, or a combination of these compounds.”

Another article on Stelara by Medicine Today News, says that if it is deemed a safe choice for the patient, they will likely be on it long term!

Drugs.com describes Stelara this way:

“Stelara is a brand (trade) name for ustekinumab, an immunosuppressant that helps to reduce inflammation and may be used for the treatment of plaque psoriasis, psoriatic arthritis, or inflammatory bowel disease.”

“Stelara binds to the p40 protein subunit that is used by two cytokines, IL-12, and IL-23.
Stelara belongs to the class of medicines known as interleukin inhibitors. Monoclonal antibodies are man-made proteins that act like human antibodies in the immune system. They are a type of “targeted” treatment. Targeted treatments attach only to specific proteins in the body.”

Drug.com also says that ustekinumab is sold under the brand name Wezlana.

What may not be widely known, is that:

“Ustekinumab was generated via recombinant human IL-12 immunization of human Ig (hu-Ig) transgenic mice.”

It is a chimeric development.

Are there safer treatments for psoriasis, Crohns’, Ulcerative Colitis, etc? Yes there are! In the world of wholefood as medicine, let’s take a look.

gingerIn the world of arthritis, many foods are available that assist this condition. Such foods include Aloe Vera, arrowleaf balsamroot, black pepper, burdock, catnip, celery, cherry, chia seeds, cilantro, your pumpkin spices again, eggs, eucalyptus, fish, flax, garlic, hawthorn, beef and pork, mint, nettle, onions, peppermint, pineapple, pumpkin seeds, rosemary, sage, turmeric, walnuts, wild mustard as a poultice, and yams. This is not a complete list by any means, but contains the more common foods, herbs and spices that might be found in the store, the garden or the wild. Just as wild mustard is listed as being used in poultice form, many of the herbs and spices in this list can not merely be ingested to help out from the inside, but also used in infused oils, rubs, creams and salves, on the outside for more direct application, often resulting in more immediate relief.

Mercola has written a number of articles on various herbs and nutrients that aid in overcoming arthritis of various kinds.

aloe veraAloe Vera, celery, fish, eggs, chia seeds, flax, beef, pork, milk thistle, onions, pumpkin seeds and walnuts are among foods listed that aid in dealing with psoriasis. Notice how similar the list is between the two conditions.

Leaky Gut has been implicated in the development of psoriasis via a compromised immune barrier in the skin according to: Top 17 Nutrients for Gut Repair. Copyright 2021 by Goodness Lover Pty Ltd. This means that if psoriasis runs in your family for any reason, you should consider ensuring your gut is whole and healthy, as one of your preventive measures. Preventing psoriasis may also prevent arthritis caused by the same or similar instigators.

Nutritional Medicinal Wholefood DatabaseCrohn’s and colitis are two diseases that fall under the Irritable Bowel Syndrome family of diseases. Interestingly, some of the above foods are listed under IBS in my nutritional/medicinal wholefood database. Foods such as Aloe Vera, burdock, flax and peppermint are joined by coconut, dandelion, elecampane, papaya, plantain and psyllium. Colitis in various materials I’ve gathered over the years, has been treated or prevented by eating eggs, fish oil, flax seed, ginger, beef, pork, cheese, and turmeric, to name some of the foods on this list.

It would appear that a pattern of common foods is developing here, meaning it is possible by eating and in various cases, also using topically, targeted foods, herbs and spices, the conditions such an expensive medication is designed for, can be dealt with by far cheaper and far healthier means. Speak to a herbalist, naturopathic doctor, or natural health practitioner to get more personalised insight into which foods and their uses would most benefit you if you suffer a condition for which such a high-priced man-made drug has been created.

Stay safe, and lower the costs to your health and to your pocketbook by using food as your medicine.

Stay tuned for the third instalment in our three part article series covering three drugs and their wholefood as medicine alternatives.

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