There are patients battling Ankylosing Spondylitis all around the world. Doctors in all of these different countries are using various protocols, medications and therapies for treating this disease with different levels of success. Brilliant scientists from many lands are in the lab right now as you read this, conducting studies and discovering exciting new insights regarding the disease, all with the goal of learning new ways to battle it and even, perhaps, conquer it completely.
Many different countries have their own associations and most charge in order to become a member and gain access to the support their association offers.
HOW IS ASCNA DIFFERENT?
The creation of ASCNA was built upon the premise that patients battling AS are not residents of separate islands, but rather they are neighbors that all share the same globe with the same mission. We are one. Therefore, wouldn’t it be nice if there was ONE place where we could all go and learn what is being accomplished and researched in other lands on the battlefront against Ankylosing Spondylitis that could improve our quality of life? By pooling resources and information we stand the best chance in defeating AS.
This website is the culmination of a 3 year project to collect together all the latest research and data from around the world and gather the best resources and information for someone battling Ankylosing Spondylitis. The mission of ASCNA is to empower those affected by Ankylosing Spondylitis to live their life to the fullest by means of providing global support, education, helpful resources and tools.
Although, as the name implies, the origin of the Center is in North America, we welcome members from anywhere in the world to take advantage of the support this website offers, and to share their own inspiration, support and knowledge.
Self education is paramount in managing a chronic condition. ASCNA aims to arm patients with all the latest scientific breakthroughs and treatment modes found successful in combating Ankylosing Spondylitis. This includes both conventional medications and therapies as well as natural, alternative ones that are backed by science and are successfully being used worldwide against AS.
This is another way in which ASCNA is different from other associations: Besides its desire to learn from all corners of the globe, welcome members from all corners of the globe, and provide free membership, it also is different in its objective presentation of both conventional and non-conventional therapies of AS.
Since ASCNA receives no donations or sponsorship from pharmaceutical companies or doctors (natural, holistic or conventional), there is no reason to fear bias in favoring one mode of treatment over another. The facts are plainly presented and will speak for themselves. Each patient must make their own INFORMED decisions.
HOW IS ASCNA FUNDED?
ASCNA receives no revenue or funding. As mentioned, membership is free and provides you with access to the latest updated information from around the world relevant to your health. The costs of running the website and providing the ongoing research and resources are covered by small commissions that are earned when (and if) a viewer decides to make a purchase in our Shop.
You are invited to take your time and carefully examine all the pages of this website. Be your own detective and learn new approaches to conquering your AS that perhaps you have never heard of or tried before. Share your own experiences as well. Remember our motto: "We Are One!"