Pain & Pain Relief

  1. Painkiller overdoses common even with OTC drugs

    Did you overdose today... without even knowing it?

    It's the OTHER painkiller crisis -- the one that's not getting anything close to the attention given to the opioid epidemic.

    But this one is bigger, more common, and in many ways far worse.

    Because this one is much more likely to affect YOU.

    Even if you've never touched an opioid... even if you've never so much as dreamed of swallowing a prescription pain pill... you could STILL suffer from a problem with painkillers.

    A new study shows how MILLIONS of Americans are overusing and outright abusing common over-the-counter painkillers, especially NSAIDs such as ibuprofen for everyday pain conditions.

    Yet most of them have no idea that they're doing anything wrong!

    The study finds that 15 percent of the people who take NSAIDS actually overdose, even if they don't realize it.

    They take more than the maximum daily limit at least once in any given week.

    Going by individual drugs, more than 1 in 10 who use ibuprofen -- a.k.a. Advil and Motrin, not to mention dozens of popular store brands -- take more than the maximum daily dose.

    And in folks who use naproxen (a.k.a. Aleve) the number is even higher: Nearly 1 in 4 top the maximum daily dose at least once a week.

    Some of them pop a pill before they're even due for the next dose.

    Some end up knocking back two kinds of NSAIDs, like naproxen with an ibuprofen chaser, thinking they'll get double the relief. Since more than 60 percent don't know that both are NSAIDs, they don't realize that combining these meds can be just as bad as an overdose.

    These aren't people who think they have a problem.

    They're people just like you -- people with recurring aches and pains that come and go. Maybe it's back and neck pain. Maybe it's a headache. Maybe it's joint pain. Or maybe it's an injury.

    Whatever the cause, they're in pain, so they hit the bottle of ibuprofen that's supposed to be just the thing for these situations.

    Then they hit it again.

    And again.

    And again.

    After all, these aren't opioid drugs. They're not even prescription drugs. They're supposed to be safe.

    But they're not safe.

    Taking too much can cause side effects in the short term, including painful bleeding in the gut and kidney damage.

    And over the long run, NSAIDs in normal doses can even increase the risk of serious problems up to and including heart attack.

    There are much safer options for dealing with those stubborn aches and pains that keep showing up, including topical painkillers such as MSM.

    For even more relief, make anti-inflammatory supplements such as curcumin and fish oil part of your daily routine.

  2. Bone breaks on the rise in older women

    Here's why your fracture risk is getting worse

    It's like trying to figure out where the rain's coming from... and looking in every direction but UP.

    The mainstream claims that it's absolutely STUMPED by stunning new numbers on bone breaks in older women.

    Despite new and powerful drugs... and despite more docs putting more focus on bone health... the number of breaks and fractures in recent years hasn't dropped.

    Just the opposite has happened.

    While those numbers started to dip downward a decade ago, they're now actually INCREASING!

    The new study finds that from 2002 until 2012, the number of bone breaks and fractures steadily dropped.

    But from 2012, something unusual happened.

    The number of breaks began to CLIMB.

    Between 2014 and 2015 alone, the break rate jumped by 2.5 percent in women in their mid- to late- 60s and by nearly 4 percent in women ages 70 to 74.

    The mainstream claims they can't figure it out.

    Maybe it's the patients' faults (they love blaming patients) for not taking more bone drugs.

    Maybe it's the doctors' faults for not doing enough bone scans to figure out who's at risk... then putting those women on drugs (always back to the drugs).

    They're looking in every direction but up!

    Let me give you my own theory: Those bone drugs simply aren't all they're cracked up to be.

    In 2002, the first year of the study, there weren't too many of those meds out there.

    But starting in 2005, the FDA went through an approval frenzy, signing off on a series of drugs that got wildly popular over the following years.

    By 2008, the first big bone drug from the 90s -- Fosamax -- went generic, so the market went from few (and expensive) choices in 2002 to a whole slew of choices, including cheap generics, by 2008.

    More women were on the drugs than ever before.

    Given that fractures are a long-term risk, it would take a few years to see any widespread benefit in the statistics that we could credit to the drugs.

    But a few years later, look at what happened.

    This isn't just a theory. Even the FDA has been forced to admit that the long-term use of these drugs can actually break the very bones they're supposed to save.

    The mainstream has claimed that this risk is rare.

    The new numbers tell me that it's NOT as rare as mainstream docs want you to believe!

    Bone drugs also hurt in another very real way. Women think they're protected and stop focusing on the basic nutrients needed to maintain strong bone.

    Doctors are calling for more drugs. I say that it's time to call for more of those basics, and not just calcium. Good bone health also requires vitamin D, vitamin K, and magnesium, along with hormone balance and weight-bearing exercises.

  3. Massage eases neck pain

    The delightful secret to beating that crick in the neck It's a REAL pain in the neck! Neck pain is rapidly catching up to back pain as one of the nation's most common forms of day-to-day agony. I think staring down at cellphones and being hunched in front of computers is the reason for it... but if you already have...
  4. Why knee surgery often fails

    Knee surgery? Here's why you might get WORSE It's the BIG operation that's supposed to save your independence, restore your quality of life, and preserve your dignity. But for too many people, just the opposite happens after joint surgery. They don't get better. Over time, too many of them get worse. A new study finds that nearly 1 in 4...
  5. Medication can make you too impaired to drive

    How you could 'drive drunk' without a drink I know you'd never dream of driving drunk. Yet every day, millions of Americans hit the road just as impaired as someone who's had one too many. And most of them don't even realize it! Many common medications can leave you so out-of-whack that you're a risk when you're out on the...
  6. 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...
  7. Tylenol ‘emotional’ pain relief carries big risks

    Don't fall for this 'happy pill' sales pitch Tylenol is already one of the most overused meds on the planet. It's so ridiculously out of control right now that accidental overdose of this drug is the nation's No. 1 cause of acute liver failure. We need LESS of this stuff -- but we're about to get the opposite, as the...
  8. Shoulder surgery often fails, and here’s why

    The truth about shoulder surgery It's supposed to be the quick-fix surgery to ease pain in the shoulder and have you back in action faster than ever. It's a simple operation that takes just an hour or two. Even including the post-op recovery, you'll be home in time for dinner. But if you've got a painful shoulder impingement, don't let...
  9. Osteoporosis linked to pollution levels

    How bad air leads to broken bones You know the risks, and you're taking action. If you're a little older and facing bone loss... if you're at risk for osteoporosis and all the misery that comes with it... I know you're doing what you can to protect yourself. But even the best bone-boosting supplement might not be enough! New research...
  10. Back pain eased with simple exercises

    End back pain with these simple exercises Haul out the holly... put up the tree before my back starts to ache again... I know those aren't the lyrics you were expecting... but it's a tune that millions are singing right now. The decorations sure are nice to look at. But it can be tough work putting them up -- and...
  11. Cancer patients often given opioid drugs

    What happens after cancer surgery You've fought cancer and won. No nasty little tumor is going to get the best of you. Congratulations! But don't let your guard down just yet. New research exposes an ugly risk of cancer, and it's not something the disease leaves behind. It's something left by the treatment itself, and it could lead to your...
  12. Painkillers given too often in the ER

    Beat emergency pain with NO drugs at all! Sometimes, I can't believe the sorry state of mainstream medicine. Mainstream docs are all stunned right now over a new report that could -- finally! -- chase dangerous opioid painkillers out of emergency rooms for good. That would be a major advance, as the ER is too often where people get started...
  13. Rheumatoid arthritis defeated with common foods

    Fight pain... with FOOD! LESS pain... just by eating MORE of the foods you already love? That might sound like a holiday miracle, especially if you're suffering from the relentless agony of rheumatoid arthritis. But a new report finds it's 100 percent true. Certain foods can chase away the pain and help you feel better than you have in years...
  14. Stents don’t lessen pain in stable angina patients

    Chest pain? Here's what you need to know about stents You'd better stand back, because a $15 billion-a-year industry is about to come crashing down! A major new study exposes the ugly truth about one of the most common procedures given to heart patients. It's an operation that's performed about 1,500 times a day -- a DAY! -- in the...
  15. Gout linked to stroke risk

    This 'hidden' risk of gout could have deadly consequences Happy Thanksgiving! It's time to take a moment and offer a prayer of thanks for all that you have. Sure, it's not all perfect. It never is, right? But I'll bet you still have plenty to be thankful for... from the food on the table to the loved ones surrounding you...
  16. Macular degeneration defeated… by avocado?

    An avocado a day will keep the eye doctor away! Here in sunny San Diego, we're just a few miles from the "Avocado Capital of the World." We put avocado on just about everything -- not just salads and sandwiches. There's also grilled avocado with a pinch of salt... cold avocado soup with mint and lime... and even frozen avocado...
  17. Why seniors are right to reject aspirin therapy

    This drug is like a kick in the head I don't know anyone who'd volunteer to get punched in the stomach or kicked in the head. I'm sure you don't either. Yet mainstream experts are absolutely STUNNED by new numbers that show no one's lining up for the medical equivalent of a sock to the belly or a boot to...
  18. Back pain linked to hidden spinal fractures

    The REAL cause of your back pain... revealed! Your doc will claim it's just run-of-the-mill back pain. Even after multiple visits... even after X-rays and/or MRIs... he'll say there's no problem inside the back itself. He'll tell you to pop some pain pills and work on stretching and moving. Then, one day, after MORE visits and MORE complaints, he spots...
  19. Knee replacement surgery failures uncovered

    Don't replace your knee without reading this It's tempting. If you have knee pain, the idea of getting a brand-new joint and starting all over again sure sounds like a winner. But before you sign those insurance forms... before you agree to let some doc rip out the inside of your knee and replace it with a shiny metal part...
  20. Painkillers linked to killer risks

    Urgent new painkiller warning> When you've got pain, you want relief... and when the pain is bad, you almost don't care how you get it. Well, friend, it's time to care -- it's time to care a lot -- because a new study exposes the frightening toll of prescription opioid use. These drugs are so widely overused now that opioids...

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