Raynaud's Article on DrAxe.com

Dr. Josh Axe is a wellness physician and clinical nutritionist who claims to help people get well using food as medicine. So when we found a Raynaud’s article on DrAxe.com, we were hoping to find some nutritional tips for those with Raynaud’s – a subject much in demand from our members.

The article overall does a good job of explaining Raynaud’s, the two types (primary vs. secondary) and the experience associated with having a Raynaud’s attack (key triggers, pain, color changes, etc.). The author, Christine Ruggeri, a member of the Dr. Axe content team, also covers variations on the duration of attacks (a few minutes to several hours), frequency of attacks (occasional, daily, several times a day), and extreme complications that people with the most severe forms of Raynaud’s may experience (digital ulcers, gangrene, amputations).

They also list a number of primary ailments that are associated with the secondary form of Raynaud’s, including a few often missed (atherosclerosis, Buerger’s disease, hypothyroidism and blood disorders like cryoglobulinemia), plus the role played by occupational factors (Vibration White Finger), trauma or accidental injuries to extremities, exposure to toxins and drugs that restrict blood flow (chemo, beta blockers), and the role played by smoking (alcohol’s impact is mixed). Common medications used to treat Raynaud’s symptoms are also covered (calcium channel blockers, topical nitrates, and one group of drugs not often discussed – prostaglandins). For those not responsive to these drugs, surgical procedures (sympathectomies where nerves are cut or blocked) are used in more severe cases.

We appreciate the fact that the author did a lot of homework for this article, indicated by various footnotes linking to research studies published on the subject. But considering the fact that they quote the incidence of Raynaud’s in several places as 5% of the population, we’re puzzled by their reference to Raynaud’s as a “r