Joint Support

  1. Knee surgery often fails

    This common knee surgery is a scam!

    It's everything wrong with modern medicine, especially the so-called care given to older patients.

    It's an operation that's supposed to ease knee pain and restore movement.

    It's so popular that it's been done literally millions of times in the past few years alone.

    Yet a new study has come to a startling conclusion: It DOESN'T work!

    Maybe docs should've just listened to their patients years ago, because folks who've had the operation have learned the hard way that it doesn't deliver on those rosy promises.

    It's called an arthroscopic partial meniscectomy, or APM, to clean up the meniscus and clear out torn and tattered cartilage from the knees.

    Many patients who've had it found the operation itself more painful than they expected. Some also discovered firsthand that the recovery period ended up being longer and tougher than their doc may have led them to believe.

    And when it was all over... when the final rehab appointment was in the books and the scars had healed... they didn't feel any better.

    No doubt, plenty of these folks thought that maybe they were unlucky... that the operation just "didn't work" on them.

    But the new study finds that the problem isn't the patient.

    It's the surgery... the one that never should've been done in the first place!

    The new analysis looked at multiple clinical trials that compared APM to plain old physical therapy, and it found that the operation delivers no extra benefit at all.


    The only time it MIGHT work is when the meniscus damage is caused by a sudden trauma, like a sports injury or accident, especially in younger folks.

    For everyone else dealing with common wear and tear on the joint -- by far the most common reason for the 750,000 APMs performed every year -- the surgery doesn't deliver on any level you care about.

    But that doesn't mean that you have to live with the pain.

    The reason meniscus procedures such as this one often fail to deliver pain relief is that the meniscus was never the problem in the first place.

    Sure, it might be a little tattered.

    It happens over the years.

    But the REAL reason for the pain is in the joint itself, especially damaged cartilage and the inflammation around it.

    Try a mix of natural therapies such as curcumin and MSM to ease that inflammation over the short term -- and combine with treatments such as UC-II collagen to help slow the damage and repair cartilage over the long run.

  2. 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!

  3. Knee replacement less successful with opioids

    Read this before you even consider knee surgery! The whole point of a knee replacement is to ease your pain and make you feel better. But a stunning new study shows that one of the most common steps taken before knee surgery can undermine your entire operation. And that could leave you in MORE pain! Crazy, right? Yet that's what...
  4. 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...
  5. 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...
  6. Joint pain drug could lead to infection

    Daffy new approach to joint pain This has GOT to be some kind of a joke! When one med causes side effects so severe that you have to take a SECOND drug just to deal with them, it's time to rethink the whole approach. But if you have arthritis or any other condition where inflammation is causing pain in your...
  7. Tennis elbow surgery is no quick fix

    End nagging elbow pain without drugs or surgery The problem with today's most common surgeries is that the guy who decides if you need it is usually the same guy who gets paid to do the operation. It's like asking a barber if you need a haircut! They have an incentive to push surgery, whether you need it or not...
  8. 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...
  9. Cut osteoporosis fracture risk with olive oil

    Extra virgin olive oil packs extra bone protection It seems like an easy way to save a few bucks. Most folks can't taste the difference between plain old olive oil and the pricey extra virgin stuff. So just skip the fancy and get the ordinary, right? Well, my friend, you may not be able to TASTE the difference. But your...
  10. 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.
  11. Study shows why meniscus surgeries often fail

    Why meniscus surgeries don't work Once upon a time, you could walk or even break out into a run whenever you wanted to, and you'd never waste a moment worrying about your knees. Today, just standing up can cause your hinges to creak so much that all you want to do is sit right back down. What happened? Continue reading →
  12. Allergic reactions to metals in joint replacements

    Why your joint replacement will fail Many common metals are toxic to the body. You want to keep them out, not put them in. Yet if you decide to undergo a joint replacement surgery, you're doing just that -- you're putting metals into your body, including dangerous ones such as cobalt, chromium, nickel and aluminum. Now, new research confirms just what I've warned my own patients about: Metal allergies are a major reason many replacement surgery procedures fail. For example, at least 17 percent of women are allergic to nickel (and that's using a conservative figure; the real number is almost certainly much higher). Yet it's commonly found in many of the artificial joints used in replacement procedures. Continue reading →

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