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Osteoarthritis in the knees can cause depression

Don’t ignore achy knees – you could face something worse!

It’s knee pain, but you know it’s also so much more than knee pain.

The crippling agony of arthritis can RUIN everything you love. It can keep you from lifting your grandkids… playing a little golf… and on days when it’s REALLY bad, it can even force you to stay in.

When you reach that point, it’s not just a problem with your knees.

It’s a problem in your LIFE, one that attempts to steal all your joy and rob you of the quality you deserve.

As a result, new research confirms a direct link between osteoarthritis and mood disorders, including depression.

It’s as if the pain can travel up to your brain!

One in 5 patients with knee arthritis also suffer from at least some degree of depression. That’s about double the rate of everyone else.

It’s not the pain alone that leads to depression. The pain isn’t helping, to be sure, but the study finds that high levels of pain will boost the risk of depression by about 60 percent.

That’s high… but you ain’t seen nothing yet.

The OTHER ways this disease can ruin your mood are even worse!

The same study finds that as arthritis slows your walking speed – a sign of lost function and limits on your lifestyle – your risk of depression more than DOUBLES.

And when researchers looked deep inside the knee… at the damage itself… they found something even more startling.

As the joint space narrows – a key marker of damage in the knee – the risk of depression jumps by 125 percent!

What you can SEE and FEEL are bad… but what you CAN’T see can be even worse when it comes to joint pain and depression.

Then again, that makes perfect sense. You can handle some pain. You’re no crybaby.

But those other markers — from slower walking to deeper damage in the joint — are what keep you from doing the things you love.

And that’s when the depression can really sink in.

Tell your doctor about it, and you won’t get much help. Most mainstream physicians have been worse than useless when it comes to knee osteoarthritis.

They’ll tell you there’s not much you can do except manage the pain with drugs… and wait for it to get so bad that you need a knee replacement.

That’s no way to live!

Fortunately, you’ve got much better options.

You can not only ease the pain… but also restore function and get back to ENJOYING your life again with the help of groundbreaking natural therapies.

One of them, as I shared with you last week, may sound a little odd: natural egg membrane.

But it works like a charm… and more quickly than you’d ever imagine.

Early warning of RA could be gum disease

How gum disease could turn into the ultimate agony

If the eyes are windows to the soul, your gums might offer a glimpse of your joints.

If they’re clean, well-flossed, and never bleed, you might not have much to worry about when it comes to the rheumatoid arthritis that leaves more than 1.3 million older women in so much agony.

If they’re not… if they start to bleed if you even THINK about flossing (or if you never floss at all)… you might need to take some action… and FAST.

New research shows how YOU are officially AT RISK for rheumatoid!

It’s already known that women with rheumatoid tend to have a higher risk of gum disease.

Since it’s an autoimmune disorder, they have a higher risk of so many other conditions that the gum disease seems minor by comparison and often goes ignored.

Now, the new study shows how that gum disease shouldn’t be ignored, especially if you don’t have rheumatoid (yet).

It could be your first warning sign that you’re at risk.

The new study finds that women who are at risk of rheumatoid – but don’t actually have the disease yet – are twice as likely to have gum disease when compared to women who aren’t at risk.

How do they know who’s at risk?

The researchers tested for certain antibodies found in women with rheumatoid but without the actual synovitis, or inflammation, that also marks the disease.

The worse the gum disease – including problems with bleeding and deeper “pockets” along the teeth – the worse those early-warning signs of rheumatoid.

Don’t worry, there’s an upside here.

Early warnings mean an early chance to take action. That makes gum disease a golden opportunity to take a few steps to prevent rheumatoid.

One of the best of all: the inflammation-fighting omega-3 fatty acids in fish oil.

A 2013 study found that just a single serving of delicious fatty fish once a week will cut the risk of rheumatoid by 29 percent, while eating it even more often can cut the risk in half.

You can eat fish, take an omega-3 supplement, or do both.

The benefit works the other way, too. Omega-3s – especially DHA – can help fight and prevent gum disease (although if you already have the condition, you’ll also need to see a dentist or periodontist to get it taken care of ASAP).

Gum disease is also a key risk factor for heart attack, stroke, and cancer, so even if you’re not worried about rheumatoid, you should be worried about your gums.

You should have a yearly dental exam by a holistic dentist, also known as a biological dentist.

Arthritis pain fades with weight loss

Ease your achy knees with this one little trick

This could be the secret to FINALLY getting some relief from the agony of arthritis in your knees – and you won’t find it in the pharmacy.

It’s not a drug with side effects.

It’s something you can do — entirely on your own and in the comfort of your home — that takes no extra time and costs no extra money.

You might even save a few bucks at the end of the day!

Ready for this knee-saving secret?

It’s simple… it’s easy… and it’s something you know you should be doing anyway.

Lose the extra weight.

New research confirms again that carrying around even a few too many pounds is just murder on the joints, pounding them into submission with every labored step.

But some of that damage might not be permanent.

Drop a few pounds, and you can turn it around by nearly every measure you care about, including the most important one of all: pain.

If you’re overweight or obese and lose just 10 percent of your body weight, you can expect your levels of pain from knee osteoarthritis to be cut in half.

That’s already good.

But this gets even better.

Lose more weight… drop 20 percent… and your pain levels will plunge by another 25 percent.

The benefits don’t end there, either.

You’ll also enjoy better mobility and improved function.

It’s like getting the benefits of knee surgery without the ACTUAL surgery (not to mention the time, expense, pain, recovery and physical therapy involved in the procedure).

Not bad for something you can do without the help of a doctor or a pharmacy. Along with easing the agonizing pain that is the most common symptom of arthritis, those same levels of weight loss will also improve your overall quality of life.

How could it not? You just eased the worst of your pain AND cut the other risks of obesity at the same time, including diabetes, heart disease, and stroke.

And let’s not forget that dropping some weight will also help you get around easier, feel better, boost your energy levels and more.

There is one little note of caution here. You should, of course, lose weight. And as the study shows, you WILL feel better in so many ways.

But as good as it is, it’s NOT a cure.

The damage of arthritis might slow down, but it’s still happening – and eventually, you could feel that pain all over again.

That’s why you should also include natural therapies that are proven to help the joint rebuild and recover, such as UC-II collagen and natural MSM.

Rheumatoid arthritis linked to weight gain

Is THIS making your rheumatoid flare up?

It’s like having a temperamental roommate with an absolutely explosive anger problem – except it’s not in your home.

It’s in your body!

Living with rheumatoid arthritis means never quite knowing when that next flare-up will strike.

Sure, sometimes it’s obvious. You might know to avoid tomatoes or Chinese food or a roomful of smokers because these things can all trigger a painful bout of agony.

But your pain could have ANOTHER cause: your weight.

There’s no doubt that letting yourself get a little too big can worsen osteoarthritis by increasing the wear and tear that damages the knees.

Rheumatoid has another cause altogether. It’s driven by a hyperactive immune system eating away at those joints.

Most scientists have claimed that it’s not too closely linked to weight.

The new study proves them wrong.

While extra belly fat might not be the main cause of the disease, it’s certainly playing a role in the destruction of the joints – and the bigger you are, the more damage you can expect to suffer.

Even worse, if you cross over into obesity, you can face a higher risk of disability from your rheumatoid.

Here’s the most important part of the new study: You can face those risks of more pain, more damage, and more disability from weight gain even if the overall inflammation levels that mark the disease remain low.

It’s as if weight is an even BIGGER factor than inflammation.

Now, if you’ve seen the headlines about this study, you might’ve noticed something else that’s even more unusual.

LOSING weight can also make the rheumatoid worse!

Don’t let that stop you from dieting.

Despite those headlines, the study doesn’t find that losing a few pounds the right way will hurt your joints — it’s only sudden or unintentional weight loss, which is usually an indication of something else going wrong inside your body.

The clear message, then, is to drop the extra weight.

If you have rheumatoid, however, don’t just go on any old diet, and certainly don’t fall for any weight-loss fads. Mainstream docs still have a hard time admitting this, but a key driver of the immune system damage of rheumatoid is often hidden food sensitivities.

Some might be obvious, like the tomatoes I mentioned earlier, the MSG hidden in that Chinese food, or the toxins in a cloud of tobacco smoke.

Others aren’t obvious at all… and can only be found with careful testing in the care of an experienced holistic medical doctor.

If you’re in the San Diego area, I run one of the most complete testing and treatment programs in the nation right here at the Stengler Center for Integrative Medicine.

Not in Southern California? I’m also available for advice by phone. Call 855-DOC-MARK to schedule a consultation.

And don’t forget to connect with me on Facebook!

Arthritis eased with golf

How your favorite game could SAVE your knees

Love golf? You’re hardly alone!

It’s one of the nation’s most popular forms of recreation, especially among members of the older set who aren’t limited to fighting off the weekend crowds for a tee time.

Some 40 percent of the nation’s recreational golfers are over the age of 60. I know some who hit the links four or five times a week.

Must be nice to have that kind of time!

If you’re among America’s 30 million golfers, I’ve got some great news for you today.

It’s not just a fun way to pass the day. And it’s not just a great way to get outside, engage both body and mind, and pass a little time with your friends.

It may also help with something else millions of older Americans have in common.

It can SAVE you KNEES from the damage and pain of arthritis!

I know that it sounds a little too good to be true.

How could all of that wear and tear on the course actually HELP the joint that’s getting used every time you swing the club?

Easy: The joint actually needs a little activity. Like a door hinge that’ll rust and lock in place if it never gets used, your knees can suffer from worsening arthritis if you baby them.

But that also means that there’s a catch here.

You actually have to put your knees to work to get the benefit, and that means not just swinging the club and hopping back into the golf cart.

It’s just the opposite: You need to leave the cart behind.

Some two-thirds of golfers use a cart, but the new study finds that the knee-protecting benefits of this exercise ONLY come if you walk instead.

Keep on your toes, and you won’t just get some vague and hard-to-measure long-term benefit.

You can get IMMEDIATE relief from knee pain!

In the new study, golfers with arthritis who played using carts saw their knee pain levels swell after every round compared to those who walked.

The increase in pain among the walkers was so minimal that the study finds it wasn’t clinically significant.

And while you might think all of that walking would put more strain on the knees in other ways, that’s not true either. In fact, inflammation levels didn’t increase during and right after the game among walkers.

That’s already a good excuse to skip the cart.

Here’s one more: The same study finds that golfers who walk the course get DOUBLE the amount of heart-boosting exercise compared to folks who use a cart.

If that’s still not a good enough reason to keep on your feet, here’s one more: You can save on the rental fees, too. If you golf four or five times a week, that adds up fast.

It might even be enough to pay for one more round.

Pain relievers taken for arthritis linked to heart risk

New warning for arthritis patients

I’ve got a new warning about the common drugs taken every day by Americans who are battling arthritis, especially in the knees.

Docs will tell you that these meds are better than opioid drugs.

They’ll say that they can bring quick relief without the risk of addiction.

But while prescription NSAIDs may not be quite as risky as powerful opioid drugs, they pack plenty of risks of their own — especially when you have to turn to them regularly for knee pain.

Today, I’ve got two new studies that everyone who takes these drugs needs to see.

The first shows a dangerous new risk linked to common prescription-strength NSAIDs.

And the second shows a way off the drugs so that you can avoid those risks — a way to ease your knees, drain the pain, and feel better again.

Let me start with that warning, because it really hits home for so many Americans with arthritis.

The new study finds that prescription-strength NSAIDs may damage the top chamber of the heart, which can cause it to start beating wildly at times.

It’s a frightening condition, called atrial fibrillation, that can increase your risk of a deadly stroke — and taking NSAIDs regularly can increase your risk by 18 percent.

While the study finds that the risk is linked to prescription doses, it’s easy to reach those levels without a prescription.

If you’ve ever taken the “normal” dose listed on the label of an over-the-counter NSAID… and then popped one or two more when it didn’t work or didn’t work fast enough… you’ve given yourself a “prescription” dose.

And if you’ve done that regularly, you’re facing big risks — including risk of bleeds in the brain and gut, as well as the heartbeat problems found in the new study.

Clearly, you don’t want the meds.

But just as clearly, you NEED pain relief — and that’s where the second new study comes into the picture.

It finds that a compound locked away inside a humble spice can be just as effective as those NSAIDs!

After focusing on folks who play rugby, the new study finds that curcumin can ease the pain of sports injuries.

You might not be playing rugby… but if you have arthritis, this study applies to you, too.

It’s not just that fact that it worked that matters here.

It’s HOW it worked: by fighting inflammation, one of the key reasons for the pain of arthritis.

As a result, the researchers behind the study say that this compound should work for other pain conditions related to inflammation, including arthritis.

That’s not your only option. Combine it with other proven therapies, including UC-II collagen, and you could feel like you have a brand-new set of knees… with no drugs or surgeries needed.

Arthritis patients getting too many pills

What your doc won’t tell you about arthritis relief

When drugs fail, try… more drugs???

If that sounds downright batty, that’s because IT IS.

But a new report shows that patients battling the sheer misery of knee arthritis aren’t getting the best and safest treatments — because they’re getting pain pills, and lots of them.

You’d think when the pain pills didn’t work, docs would at least move their patients onto something better.

But they’re not.

The new study finds that painkillers are the ONLY consistent treatment that’s routinely given to folks battling knee arthritis.

Other options are getting the short end of the stick.

Take physical therapy. Not the most fun you’ll have over 45 minutes, but studies show that a little PT can restore motion, improve function, and ease pain — without the side effects of drugs.

Yet the new study finds that only between 39 percent and 52 percent of knee arthritis patients get it.

The numbers for topical creams, many of which are drug-free and can often work wonders for immediate pain, are even worse. Up to 3 out of 4 patients don’t use them at all.

The only “treatment” pulling in the big numbers? Painkillers, which are used regularly by up to 80 percent of arthritis patients.

Most use over-the-counter NSAID drugs, which is bad enough — especially given that regular use of those pills can rip away at your gut, causing painful bleeds and ulcers.

But that’s not the worst of it.

As many as 30 percent are using powerful prescription opioid painkillers that are highly addictive. Not only that, but you can build tolerance to them so quickly that you need higher doses to get shrinking levels of relief.

The result? Overdose, which can lead to hospitalization and even death.

There’s just no reason for it… not when there are better and safer options… and you’re not limited to physical therapy and topical creams.

They’re a good place to start — and certainly far better than pain pills.

But the REAL key to lasting relief… the answer to feeling better than you have in years… so you can get back up and on your feet again without pain… is in giving your knees what they need to rebuild damaged cartilage.

Many people rely on glucosamine and chondroitin, a time-tested duo that millions of arthritis patients swear by… and for good reason: They work.

But believe it or not, there’s something even better.

A powerful form of collagen called UC-II is easily absorbed by your body and put to work in the knee to help replace the crumbling “cushion” inside the joint. It’s so effective that studies show it can beat glucosamine and chondroitin by just about every measure you care about.

No risks… just relief!

Hip arthritis shots could lead to crumbling bone

Hip pain? Read this before you get a steroid shot!

If there’s anything worse than screeching knees, it’s a hip that hollers.

Bum knees can keep you off your feet, giving you pain with every step. But aching hips can give you pain when you stand… when you walk… when you sit… and when you sleep.

And don’t even THINK about twisting around to look behind you.


It’s no wonder that so many folks with hip arthritis turn to steroid shots for relief.

But don’t sign up for those injections just yet, my friend.

New research shows how that relief has a dark side — because those shots can trigger something so much worse than hip pain.
They can cause your bone to weaken and actually DIE right inside your body, leading to devastating damage that you might never recover from.

The risk isn’t small, either.

The new study finds that your risk of suffering new occurrences of bone death will jump by up to nearly 500 percent if you get a steroid shot in the hip!

It was so common that nearly 1 in 4 patients who got the shots in the new study suffered new bone death in the months following their injections.

And that’s not all.

After bone loses blood and dies, it can collapse, which is just what it sounds like. It falls apart right inside your body.

Think your hip hurts now? Wait ’til you suffer this bone collapse!

And the shots will increase your risk of this condition by more than four times!

Now, some experts say it might not be the shots so much as what happens after. You feel so good that you’re not careful, and when you’re not careful, you can do more damage.

That’s always a risk with pain relief. But that’s not what’s going on here.

First, steroids are already known to weaken and damage bone, so blaming it on the drugs in this case isn’t exactly a stretch.

And second, we’re not talking wear-and-tear damage. Bone death and bone collapse aren’t caused by folks getting too eager to jump around on their pain-free hips.

It’s serious, lasting, and potentially permanent damage — and in the new study, it happened in as little as three months after those steroid shots.

The researchers behind the study say they’re not trying to scare anyone away from the shots. But given the large number of patients who suffered that damage, I would say any arthritis patient should think twice before getting steroids.

Work closely with a holistic medical doctor on non-drug treatments instead, including natural inflammation-fighters and proven nondrug treatments such as acupuncture.

Knee arthritis slowed with vitamins

These 2 easy-to-find nutrients can protect your knees

It’s amazing what passes for a “discovery” in mainstream science these days.

Right now, at this very moment, researchers are touting a supposed breakthrough that can help older folks suffering from the pain and misery of knee arthritis.

They’ve found not only that low vitamin D and vitamin K can worsen the disease… but also that higher levels can slow it down.

Specifically, having BOTH of these nutrients in the right levels means better function in your knees, a faster walking speed, and even an easier time standing up.

I don’t want to knock this too much. At least it’s not a drug — and certainly, too many people are falling short in these essential nutrients.

But I also have to wonder what they’ll “discover” next. Maybe they’ll win a grant to study the wetness of water or the blueness of skies… because this isn’t new.

It’s EXACTLY how your body was designed to work!

One of D’s main roles is helping you to absorb calcium from your food and ensuring that there’s enough in circulation in your blood at any given time. Vitamin K, on the other hand, acts as the traffic cop, kicking off the process that directs calcium from your blood and into your bone.

Without D, you can’t get calcium. And without K, you can’t use calcium very well.

The result? Calcium accumulates in the arteries — where it can lead to blockages — and builds up in the joints, where too much calcium can speed the destruction of cartilage.

Again, this isn’t new. This is Biology 101.

Maybe these guys slept through that class, because they’re touting this “discovery” as a way to help arthritis patients. They’re planning to test supplements to see if they can slow the damage and ease the pain in the joints.

I’m all for that.

In fact, I’m way ahead of them: I already encourage all my patients to get adequate levels of both nutrients, along with the magnesium needed to activate vitamin D for bone protection, artery health, good circulation, and more.

But don’t stop there. If you have arthritis, you need a little more help than this.

Getting the right levels of these nutrients can slow the destruction of cartilage, but it won’t stop it completely — and it certainly won’t reverse it.

For that, you need something else.

A natural form of collagen called UC-II can help give your joints what they need to repair the damage and rebuild the cartilage.

The result? Less pain and BETTER function!

Studies show that UC-II collagen is so effective that it works even better than the old standards, glucosamine and chondroitin, by just about every measure you care about.

So, along with good nutrition from diet and — if necessary — supplements, be sure to look for a joint support formula built around UC-II collagen.

Arthritis drugs cost a lot and do little

Beat arthritis and save money at the same time

I don’t know too many people with piles of extra cash sitting around these days.

We’re all looking for ways to save a little scratch and not waste money on things that don’t even work.

Yet that’s exactly what’s happening right now.

A new CDC analysis finds arthritis costs us more than $300 BILLION — with “B” — per year, including $140 billion in direct medical expenses, most of which goes to drugs.

Just that last number alone — $140 billion — is more than the GDP of 20 states, and is roughly the same as the GDP of Kansas.

Yes, Kansas — one of the nation’s top 10 agricultural states AND one of the nation’s top 10 petroleum producers, as well as home to some of the country’s leading aerospace manufacturing facilities.

We spent more on arthritis meds than the value of this entire state, and it’s only getting worse: The latest arthritis med, just hitting the market this month, costs $500 a pop.

So much money… yet so little in the way of results.

You might know that firsthand. Odds are, you’ve sunk a ton of cash into meds and other mainstream treatments — and instead of getting better, you find that the pain is actually getting WORSE.

It’s time for a new approach, one that costs a whole lot LESS and — more importantly — works a whole lot BETTER.

Natural treatments can often do what drugs can’t — and that’s not only ease the pain but also attack the cause. These therapies can stop the damage inside the joint and even help regrow lost cartilage.

Obviously, natural therapies still cost money.

But I did the math: Giving safe and science-backed natural therapies, such as glucosamine and chondroitin supplements, to all 55 million Americans with arthritis would cost $3 billion a year.

That’s just 2 percent of what we waste on mainstream medical treatments.

If you want to go with something a little more cutting-edge, UC-II collagen is proven to be more effective than glucosamine and chondroitin and is STILL far cheaper than meds.

Giving everyone a quality UC-II supplement would cost about $18 billion a year — just 15 percent of what we flush away on useless mainstream treatments.

In real terms, on a person-to-person basis, natural therapies would cost between $1 and $3 a week, depending on which one you choose.

While these are often out-of-pocket expenses, even the most expensive high-end supplements are still often cheaper than a year’s worth of drug copays.

You’ll have less pain in your knees… and more money in your pocket!

Arthritis caused by food sensitivities

The hidden cause of arthritis pain… and how to stop it

Researchers have just come closer than ever to discovering what I’ve known for years.

They almost figured out one of the true causes of arthritis of the knees… but even with the evidence right in front of them, they STILL couldn’t put the pieces together!

The new study confirms what doctors see every day: This painful condition is on the rise like never before.

The rate of osteoarthritis of the knee is now double what it was at the start of the industrial revolution. Women in particular are hit hardest, facing the disease at a rate 2.6 times higher than they did long ago.

So… what’s the reason for it?

The answer is literally right in front of them, in some of the biggest changes around us since the 19th century.

But they’re so focused on trying to force some wacky theory of evolution into the study that they’ve completely missed it!

They claim the rise in osteoarthritis of the knees is due to what’s known as a “mismatch disease.” That’s a weird theory that says we haven’t evolved enough to match our environment.

Other supposed “mismatch diseases” include hypertension, heart disease, and diabetes.

That sounds nutty to me. If anything, this just disproves the whole notion of evolution. If it were correct, shouldn’t we be evolving AWAY from diseases… not INTO them?

The researchers did find that longer lives and bigger bodies aren’t really the driving factor behind the rise in the disease rate. T hat means something else in our environment — something we haven’t evolved to “match” yet — is the main cause.

They’re right about the first part. Age and weight are certainly factors, but they’re not the main reasons.

And they’re half right about the second part. It IS something in the environment.

But no amount of “evolution” is going to protect you from it, unless they think we’re going to evolve into Cheetos.

That’s the real reason. Cheetos… and all the other processed foods and junk foods at the heart of the modern diet.

Even so-called “healthy” processed foods and convenience meals are loaded with ingredients that can trigger undiagnosed food sensitivities, which in turn can lead to several dangerous reactions inside the body, including joint damage.

Food, water, cosmetics, and more are also hidden sources of toxins, which can penetrate the body and trigger destruction inside your joints.

Combine those factors with the fact that knees tend to crumble just from wear and tear over the years, and you’ve got a recipe for agonizing pain as arthritis takes over.

It’s time to end the pain. Seek the advice of a skilled holistic medical doctor who can test you for food sensitivities and other common “hidden” causes of joint damage.

If you’re in the San Diego area, I can run those tests here at the Stengler Center for Integrative Medicine. Not in the area? I’m also available for advice by phone. Call 855-DOC-MARK to schedule a consultation.

And don’t forget to connect with me on Facebook!

Rheumatoid pain eased with fish

One key nutrient can slash rheumatoid pain

It’s one of the most devastating pain conditions you could face — one that leaves you writhing in agony as the disease literally EATS at your joints.

But new research reveals one quick way you can STOP the damage and EASE the pain as effectively as meds, but without the risks and side effects.

And it starts with what you eat!

If you or someone you love are struggling with rheumatoid arthritis, it’s time to put fish on the menu — because the new study finds that delicious, fresh seafood could help deliver real and lasting pain relief.

The more you eat, the more you can expect this condition to ease.

And if you can boost your intake of fresh fish — not counting fried fish and shellfish — you can expect to seize control over your pain and get your life back.

In fact, the new study finds that eating fish at least twice a week will lead to LESS pain and LESS swelling from this often-debilitating condition. Those are the two biggest symptoms of RA, and eating more fish knocked them both down a couple of pegs.

It wasn’t some small and barely noticeable improvement, either.

It was IDENTICAL to the boost typically seen in folks who take methotrexate, the main drug given to patients with rheumatoid arthritis.

There are likely two big reasons that fish are so helpful to rheumatoid patients. One is very obvious and direct, while the other is much subtler.

First, the obvious one: Omega-3s are natural inflammation fighters, so boosting your intake can reduce the swelling that marks rheumatoid. That leads to less damage and less pain.

If you don’t like fish, you can get that benefit easily enough by popping some omega-3 supplements daily.

The other, less obvious way fish helps won’t come from a supplement. It’s a matter of what it means for your overall lifestyle, and not just the fact that people who eat more fish tend to eat healthier in general (although that certainly helps, too).

It’s that when you eat more fish, you’re eating something natural and healthy… which means you’re NOT eating something unhealthy and processed that can cause more and worse inflammation.

That’s especially important if you have a food sensitivity, where certain ingredients can cause your immune system to overreact and attack your joints.

Other common conditions that cause or worsen RA include undiagnosed infections and overgrowth of certain bacteria in the gut.

Most mainstream doctors don’t routinely test for these and other rheumatoid triggers. If yours is one of them, contact a holistic medical doctor experienced in treating this condition.

And if you’re in the San Diego area, I can help. Make an appointment to see me here at the Stengler Center for Integrative Medicine.

Not in the area? I’m also available for advice by phone. Call 855-DOC-MARK to schedule a consultation.

And don’t forget to connect with me on Facebook!

Fiber reduces knee arthritis risk

Could a bowl of chili save your knees?

It just might be the key to rescuing your knees from the pain and damage of arthritis… and you’ll find it in a bowl of chili!

All those beans in your chili — especially if you like the three-bean variety — are nature’s best source of healthy fiber.

You know how important it is for digestion.

Now, the latest research shows how that essential fiber can help in another way, too — by cutting your risk of arthritis in the knees by more than half.

If you don’t have arthritis yet, count yourself lucky. In many ways, some degree of arthritis is almost inevitable with age.

But you can limit the damage or prevent it completely by simply boosting your fiber intake.

The new study finds that older folks who get plenty of fiber are 30 percent less likely to develop osteoarthritis if they don’t already have the condition, and they’re much less likely to suffer worsening knee pain if they do.

As good as that is, it gets even better.

The same study finds that folks with the highest levels of fiber of all are 61 percent less likely to suffer from arthritis symptoms over nearly 10 years, compared to people with the lowest intake.

Osteoarthritis is one of the nation’s top causes of pain and mobility problems — including outright disability — in older folks. Even worse, the condition often leads to painkillers and all the risks that come with taking those meds.

But you can avoid the condition — or slow it down enough so you don’t battle serious pain or mobility issues — just by getting the fiber you need.

The big problem of course is that most folks don’t come close.

On average, Americans get about 15 grams per day, well below the levels recommended by guidelines. And in most cases, the fiber they DO get is often from lousy sources.

Grains — even whole grains — have some fiber, but can still cause blood sugar to spike (especially processed whole grains such as bread and cereal).

The best sources of fiber instead are beans, like the ones in a bowl of chili. Make it vegetarian… or use turkey or chicken instead of beef to cut back on the saturated fat… and that delicious stew will be healthy, too.

You’ll also get fiber from apples, avocados, pears, and more.

Guidelines call for about 23 grams per day for women and 28 for men, but I recommend aiming higher. Between 40 and 50 grams per day can help with your digestion and heart health, speed weight loss, and even improve your sleep.

Not bad for a bowl of three-bean chili!

Osteoarthritis not eased by steroid shots

Steroids won’t help knee pain

If you’ve been seeing a specialist about your aching knees, don’t be surprised if there’s a “FOR RENT” sign on his clinic next time you swing by.

Times are tough for these guys, as studies show that just about ALL of the treatments they’ve been pushing DON’T WORK!

Last week, major new guidelines said the most common surgery given to arthritis patients wouldn’t do a thing to ease agony, restore motion, and boost quality of life in folks with osteoarthritis.

This week, the hits keep on coming — because a new study now exposes the ugly truth about one of the most common nonsurgical treatments.

If you’ve had steroid shots, you know the drill. You’re supposed to visit his office again and again and again to get your injections, while he gets to bill your insurer AND collect copays for each visit.

But if you’ve done all that and had nothing to show for it, you’re not alone.

The new study shows these shots DON’T work!

After two full years, folks who got their steroid shots every three months were no better off than patients given a placebo shot.

So far, so bad. But believe it or not, that’s not the worst of it.

The study also finds that these shots can come with a side effect… and if you’re struggling with the pain and disability of osteoarthritis, it’s exactly what you don’t want.

Steroids can DOUBLE the loss of cartilage in the knee!

Don’t worry; I’m not about to leave you in pain. While studies show mainstream knee treatments aren’t working out, there ARE science-backed natural therapies that CAN help you turn this condition around.

Here are three of the best:

1) Lose some weight: The extra pounds aren’t helping your knees, but you can change that in a hurry. Losing as little as 7 percent of your body weight can cut pain levels, and dropping 10 percent or more can give you even more relief AND slow the damage inside your knees.

2) Get some sleep: Better sleep won’t stop the damage in your knees. But it WILL change how your brain processes pain — so much so that a study earlier this year found that seniors with arthritis who get more sleep notice their pain less and handle it better overall.

3) Boost your collagen: This is the basic building block of the cartilage in your knees, but unfortunately many forms of collagen aren’t readily absorbed by your body so they can’t be put to use very easily.

But there’s one that’s different from the rest.

UC-II collagen is so effectively absorbed that studies routinely show it’s better than glucosamine and chondroitin at easing arthritis pain in the knees.

It’s not too common — yet — but I predict this stuff will be everywhere soon enough.

Look for it in a quality joint support blend from a maker you trust.

Arthroscopic surgery doesn’t work for arthritis

What every arthritis patient needs to know about surgery

If you’ve got knee pain — and, let’s face it, you probably do — there’s a good chance someone’s about to scam you.

Every year, Americans and their insurers cough up $3 billion on a quickie in-and-out job known as arthroscopic surgery, done 15,000 times every week.

Docs claim this operation will take just minutes… cause little to no pain… and leave you feeling so good you just might take up tap dancing afterward.

But a stunning new recommendation from some of the leading voices in mainstream medicine exposes the ugly truth about this common operation.

It doesn’t work!

A team of experts wrote in BMJ that they carefully reviewed years of evidence on this, examining the details from 13 studies.

Just 15 percent of patients in those trials felt better three months after the surgery — and even for those folks, it didn’t last. One year later, they were feeling no better than folks who tried literally anything else.

Physical therapy, knee-strengthening exercises, even a sham surgery in which patients THOUGHT they had the operation were all just as effective as the arthroscopic surgery.

If the surgery didn’t work, it would be bad enough.

But this gets worse.

Every operation comes with risks, and this one’s no exception. The new guidelines note that some patients end up battling surgical complications including dangerous infections and deadly blood clots.

Now, the experts are urging an almost complete shutdown of this entire $3 billion industry. But given the amount of money on the line, I’d say there’s a fat chance of that happening anytime soon.

Slick-talking surgeons will turn up the pressure with a new sales pitch.

They’ll claim the guidelines don’t tell the full story. They’ll promise that you’ll be the exception. They’ll swear up and down that most of the patients they’ve treated have been helped by the operation.

When you’re in pain, you WANT to believe all that.

Don’t let yourself — or anyone you love — fall for those empty promises!

As the new study shows all too well, just about anything else you’d care to try will work at least as well as the surgery. But since, as the study shows, the surgery itself doesn’t do much, you don’t want “just as well.”

You want better… and I’ve got it.

There’s a form of collagen called UC-II that can help support the cartilage in your knees to stop or even reverse the damage. This stuff is so effective that it’s proven to work BETTER than the wildly popular glucosamine and chondroitin supplements so many knee patients depend on.

You’ll find UC-II available on its own and as part of a quality knee formula.

Step-by-step plan defeats rheumatoid arthritis fatigue

Ease RA fatigue and boost your energy

It’s one of the worst parts of rheumatoid arthritis, after the pain itself.

The constant agony… the chronic inflammation… the drugs used to treat the condition and more can all work together to sap every last drop of energy out of your body.

As a result, rheumatoid patients are often faced with constant, chronic, life-ruining fatigue.

And, unlike many other forms of fatigue, no amount of sleep will chase it away.

Now, the latest research shows one simple step you can take to boost your energy and limit the fatigue, and it’ll cost you about $5 and take just a few minutes a day.

Use that money to buy a pedometer. Sure, you can spend big bucks and get something fancy like a FitBit … but a $5 step-counter will do.

If you have a smartphone, you may not even need to spend the $5. There could be a free app available, or a step-counter might be built right into your phone.

Whichever one you choose, use it — because the new study finds tracking your steps with a pedometer can help cut fatigue if you have rheumatoid.

In the study, some patients were given a pedometer and told to boost their activity, while others were given a pedometer along with specific activity targets, like increasing the number of steps by 10 percent every two weeks.

A control group was just told to get more activity, but the patients weren’t given a pedometer or targets.

Turns out the gadgets helped: Folks who got pedometers walked more, and they weren’t worn out by all that extra activity.

They were LESS fatigued overall!

The folks given the pedometer were up to five times more likely to increase overall activity levels, and up to three times more likely to increase their daily step count by 2,800 or more.

Many who started out as sedentary were no longer so by the end of the study, which ran nearly six months.

The biggest boost in energy levels went to the folks given the specific targets. They had TRIPLE the improvement in fatigue levels compared to the control, while the ones given a pedometer with no targets had double the improvement.

And while the study focused on fatigue, the benefits don’t end there.

Other studies have found that walking can improve physical function, cut pain levels, and give you a boost in your overall quality of life if you have RA.

And whether you have rheumatoid or not, being less sedentary can protect your heart, brain, and more — so get your hands on a pedometer, start tracking, and keep walking.

Arthritis damage slows with daily walking

This easy step can stop arthritis from getting worse

“Is this it? I can handle this!”

When arthritis first comes on, it might not seem too bad. Sure, there’s some pain… and, of course, it’s not exactly comfortable.

But early on, it’s often so mild that most folks are tempted to think it’s no big deal.

They have no idea what they’re in for!

Ladies, if you’re in that boat… if your arthritis has kicked in but isn’t too bad yet… you need to do two things.

First, be sure to say a prayer of thanks tonight because you’ve been given a tremendous gift. You’ve been given time to stop it from getting worse.

And second, get to work — because the latest research reveals something you can do to stop that pain cold and even turn it around.

It’s not a drug, and it won’t cost you a dime, but it will take just 25 minutes per day.

This one simple trick can do something incredible: According to the new study, it can actually REVERSE the damage inside your knees!

A daily walk or engaging in some other activity that gets you on your feet can stimulate the flow of something in your knees called glycosaminoglycan.

That’s essentially “oil” for you joint, because it acts as a lubricant inside the knee to help keep the cartilage healthy.

In the earliest stages of osteoarthritis, it’s as if there’s an oil leak… and glycosaminoglycan levels plummet as a result.

But the new study shows how three hours per week — 25 minutes a day — of brisk walking or “Nordic walking” (essentially, brisk walking with ski poles) can keep your levels of glycosaminoglycan higher.

When those levels remain high, you have more lubrication… and more lubrication means less damage and better overall health in the cartilage.

If you can stop your arthritis at this stage, you might never face the higher levels of pain and notorious loss of function that often mark the more advanced forms of the disease.

“I can handle this!” won’t just be optimism. It’ll be your reality.

The new study was on older women, but there’s no doubt this approach can help many men as well.

And if you want an even better shot at success, give your knees the one thing they need to restore that decaying cartilage.

Collagen supplements can help keep the cushion inside your knee from crumbling. One potent form called UC-II has gone up against glucosamine and chondroitin in studies and come ahead by nearly every important measure including both pain and physical function.

For best results, look for a formula that combines UC-II with proven natural pain-fighting anti-inflammatory compounds such as MSM and curcumin.

Rheumatoid drug linked to diabetes

Watch out for this arthritis treatment

It’s trading a disease that could RUIN your life… for one that could END it!

Those don’t sound like good options to me, but that’s the choice you could be forced to make if you rely on mainstream meds for relief of rheumatoid arthritis.

You just don’t realize it yet.

Patients who have this agonizing pain condition develop diabetes at a higher rate than everyone else.

Most docs assumed it’s just a risk of RA, but new research shows how it’s not the condition alone causing that risk.

It’s the very DRUGS you turn to for relief!

The glucocorticoids commonly taken by rheumatoid patients will increase your risk of diabetes by 30 percent, according to the new study in the Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases.

Think that’s bad? You’re right, that IS bad — but this gets even worse.

Cholesterol-lowering statin drugs can also cause diabetes, so much so that the FDA has issued a warning over the risk. These drugs are taken by tens of millions of Americans, including many rheumatoid patients.

And if you mix the two together… if you add a statin to a glucocorticoid prescription… the diabetes risk absolutely skyrockets.

The new study finds taking the two drugs together will increase your risk of the disease by 60 percent.

The new study finds no increased diabetes risk with some other types of rheumatoid drugs, and some might even cut those odds.

But let’s not kid ourselves.

Those drugs might be a little safer in one sense, if they don’t boost the risk of diabetes, but they can come with plenty of other risks that are just as bad and maybe worse.

Some of those drugs turn down the immune system, to stop it from attacking the joints.

The approach can slow the damage and ease pain, but it also makes your immune system less able to deal with everyday threats, increasing your risk of infection.

We’re not talking about the sniffles, either.

Some drugs have been linked to deadly infections such as tuberculosis, and they’ve even been linked to lymphoma.

There’s no good tradeoff here, but the good news is you don’t have to choose between one set of risks and another, and you certainly don’t have to resign yourself to a life of rheumatoid pain.

The mainstream won’t admit it — yet — but many cases of RA are caused or worsened by toxins and allergens in your food or even in your environment.

It can also be triggered by undiagnosed bacterial, viral or even fungal infections.

Most doctors won’t test for any of these causes, so seek the advice of a holistic medical doctor.

Chondroitin slows arthritis damage

Beat arthritis pain WITHOUT drugs!

I don’t think I’ve ever seen the mainstream get so bent out of shape… so quickly!

They absolutely hate being proven wrong — and when it comes to arthritis, they’ve just been proven wrong in a BIG way.

Mainstream docs openly push painkillers for arthritis and belittle anyone who takes safe, natural, and PROVEN therapies, But new research shows how one particular supplement works BETTER than the mainstream’s drug of choice!
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Glucosamine and chondroitin cut colon risk

The natural cancer fighting duo hiding in plain sight

If you want to see mainstream hypocrisy at its absolute ugliest, here’s the perfect case study.

Last year, after a single report claimed aspirin could cut the risk of colon cancer, doctors were talking up this dangerously overused drug as the next big miracle in modern medicine.

Today, an all-natural supplement that millions of seniors already depend on for arthritis relief was proven to do the same thin, WITHOUT the side effects — yet I’ll bet your doc hasn’t said a word about it.
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