Arthritis

  1. Ease rheumatoid arthritis with weight loss

    The missing piece of the rheumatoid puzzle

    I'm a doctor, not a magician.

    Sure, some conditions will clear up in a flash with just the right blend of natural therapies -- and sometimes, it works so quickly it just might seem like magic.

    But when it comes to beating a major disease, there's not much I or any other doctor can do for you if you're not ready to take some action on your own, too.

    Yes, friend, sometimes getting better means doing a little work -- and the latest research shows how that's especially true when it comes to rheumatoid arthritis.

    Whether you take your chances with risky new rheumatoid meds or stick with proven natural therapies, you won't get very far if you don't take one simple but important step of your own: lose some weight.

    If you're obese, your odds of achieving any kind of remission from rheumatoid arthritis plunge by 40 percent.

    And if you do get to enjoy some remission, it's likely to be short-lived. Remaining obese will cut your odds of long-term success in half, according to the new study published in the journal Arthritis Care & Research.

    Rheumatoid, of course, is an immune system disorder. Your own immune system attacks the joints, damaging cartilage and even bone.

    It's not caused by obesity, so weight loss alone won't cure it.

    But all that extra weight pressing down on your long-suffering joints can take a heavy toll... leading to more pain, more damage, and a quicker progression of the disease.

    Rheumatoid is already bad enough on its own. Why help it out like that?

    Make weight loss part of your attack plan to help ensure that whatever approach you take to fight rheumatoid has the best chance of success.

    And for even better odds of beating the disease and remaining healthy, I recommend avoiding drugs, especially the new generation of biologics, because they work by shutting down part of the immune system.

    That can stop it from attacking your joints, but it can also keep your immune system from doing its job and attacking bacteria and other germs. As a result, those meds will boost your risk of infections, especially pneumonia and food poisoning.

    There's a much better way to tackle this disease, and that's to find out why your immune system is working in overdrive in the first place.

    There's no single cure because there's no single cause, but I've found most people will see big improvements with some combination of dietary changes, proper nutrition, and natural hormones.

    Work closely with a holistic medical doctor who can find the treatment that's best for you.

    If you're in Southern California, I can help. Contact my clinic for more information or to make an appointment to see me here at the Stengler Center for Integrative Medicine.

    Not in the area? I can also offer advice by phone. Call 855-DOC-MARK to schedule a consultation.

  2. Arthritis painkillers pack serious heart risks

    How NOT to beat arthritis pain

    If you’re among the millions of American seniors who rely on NSAID painkillers for arthritis relief, there’s an urgent new warning you need to see ASAP – because your meds aren’t as safe as you’ve been led to believe.

    Some of them can hurt you… and some might even KILL you!

    I’m sure you remember Vioxx and Bextra, the deadly painkillers pulled from the market after they were linked to serious heart risks.

    Vioxx alone has been blamed for between 50,000 and 60,000 deaths, and some scientists believe the true toll could be much higher.

    But don’t breathe a sigh of relief just yet.

    While Vioxx and Bextra are gone, the drugs still on the market could be just as bad.

    The new study looked at years of research on common NSAID painkillers, including COX-2 inhibitors, and found some of these older and supposedly safer drugs can cause the same kinds of heart problems as Vioxx and Bextra, especially if you already have heart disease.

    The worst of the bunch, unfortunately, is one of the drugs used most often: diclofenac.

    The new study has shocked some doctors – but it’s right in line with research published in 2013, which found that prolonged use of common NSAID painkillers such as ibuprofen and diclofenac can double your risk of heart failure and increase overall heart risk by about a third.

    The scary part about that, of course, is that’s exactly how arthritis patients use the meds – over the long run.

    Some folks can’t even get through a day without hitting the pill bottle.

    And if you’re one of them, it’s time to make some changes before you pay the ultimate price.

    Don’t swap your NSAIDs for Tylenol. Acetaminophen might be safer on the heart, but it’s tougher on the liver. Overdoses of this drug are now the nation’s leading cause of acute liver failure.

    Besides, a second new study finds it doesn’t even work!

    Acetaminophen is only barely better than a placebo for both pain and function in osteoarthritis patients, and it does absolutely nothing to slow the progression of the disease itself.

    I know, it sounds like I’m taking away just about all your options for pain relief.

    I’m not – instead, I’m opening a doorway to a whole new world, one where you can get real relief without the risks.

    One study last year found that chondroitin can ease knee pain due to osteoarthritis as effectively as the painkiller Celebrex. Even better, it can also SLOW the progression of the disease itself – something Celebrex has never even claimed to do.

    But why stop there? Chondroitin work wells for many people, but there’s something that’s been proven to work even better: an all-natural form of collagen called UC-II.

    Learn more in this free report from my House Calls archives.

  3. Ease osteoarthritis with collagen supplements

    Osteoarthritis is one of the most common causes of pain in the country – but natural UC-II collagen can help protect your knees, ease the pain and restore function.
  4. Ease knee pain with weight loss

    Knee pain can be unbearable if you have osteoarthritis, but new research shows how losing a little weight can take the burden off your knees and ease the pain.
  5. Knee osteoarthritis isn’t helped by steroid shots

    Knee osteoarthritis patients are often given steroid shots, but new research finds they’re no better than placebo injections.
  6. Chondroitin beats Celebrex for osteoarthritis

    Chondroitin is one of the best natural remedies for knee arthritis, with new research proving that it’s even better than a leading drug.
  7. Hyaluronic acid can reverse arthritis pain

    Powerful "joint grease" can REVERSE your arthritis pain

    Forget about being blinded with science. Most of today's doctors are blind TO science. They won't look at studies that don't match what they already believe.

    And if you have arthritis, that lack of vision is keeping you in pain.

    You see, there is a safe and effective FDA-approved treatment for osteoarthritis pain, and it's backed by solid science. One new study finds it's actually better at easing arthritis pain than some of the most commonly used painkillers on the planet.

    But your own doctor probably won't even talk about it... and if you mention it to him, he'll almost certainly dismiss it out of hand. Continue reading

  8. Osteoarthritis pain could lead to heart problems

    Is arthritis pain masking another killer disease?

    Sometimes, I think auto mechanics know more about medicine than most doctors these days.

    If your engine starts making noise, your mechanic will get to work figuring out what's wrong with it. He certainly won't hand you a pair of earplugs and tell you the problem's been "fixed."

    But that's the approach most doctors use for pain these days.

    If you have osteoarthritis, your doc will give you a painkiller and send you on your way. It's like those earplugs, covering up the problem instead of fixing it. Continue reading

  9. Meniscus surgery boosts the risk of arthritis

    Common knee surgery sends arthritis risk soaring

    If you're hobbling around on creaky knees, eventually you'll be referred to a surgeon who will practically promise you the moon.

    He'll claim he can fix your knees with a simple outpatient procedure -- covered by insurance, no less -- that'll get you back on your feet in no time, feeling so good you might take up basketball.

    Yes, it's practically irresistible, which is why meniscus surgery has quickly become one of the most common procedures in the nation.

    But it's only after the surgery -- after the recovery, which can be longer and more painful than you expected -- that you realize the truth. Continue reading

  10. Walking helps osteoarthritis

    Take a step to protect your knees

    When you're battling creaky knees, the last thing you want to do is walk.

    I understand that. You're in so much pain you don't even want to get out of your chair -- and that's exactly why some 80 percent of arthritis patients limit their movements.

    Buck the trend on this one, because a daily walk is actually one of the best ways to fight the pain, slow the progression and ensure you don't suffer from the disability that often accompanies knee osteoarthritis. Continue reading

  11. Cherries and gout

    More cases of gout are being reported than ever before -- but there's one delicious fruit that can slash your own risk.

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