Pain & Pain Relief

  1. 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.

    So, allow me to do what he won't and share with you one of them most promising cancer breakthroughs in years -- because new research proves the dynamic duo of glucosamine and chondroitin can cut your risk of colon cancer by 23 percent.

    The secret appears to be how these two natural compounds work together to fight inflammation throughout the body.

    In your knees, less inflammation means less pain from osteoarthritis (and, of course, this supplement also cuts pain by slowing the loss of cartilage that marks the disease).

    But it doesn't just fight inflammation there in your knees.

    It can knock those levels down elsewhere, too, including in the colon -- where chronic inflammation can allow a polyp to form, which could potentially turn into a cancerous growth.

    Aspirin also reduces inflammation, so it probably works the same way when cutting the risk of colon cancer.

    But regular aspirin use can increase your risk of dangerous, painful, and, in some cases, deadly internal bleeding.

    It can tear a hole in your gut... and even cause "micro-bleeds" inside your brain.

    The only real "risk" of glucosamine and chondroitin, on the other hand, is stronger knees!

    Of course, nothing's perfect, and glucosamine and chondroitin are no exception. The downside here is that while many people get arthritis relief from this combo, it doesn't work for everyone.

    And even in cases where it works, it's been known to suddenly stop.

    So, when it comes to knee pain caused by osteoarthritis, I generally recommend a natural form of collagen called UC-II that is more effective at protecting whatever cartilage you have left... and even restoring some of what you've lost.

    For even more protection against colon cancer, don't forget the basics: A diet low in sugars and refined carbohydrates will stop the tumors from forming and prevent recurrence if you've already had it.

    In addition, the omega-3 fatty acids in fish oil can cut your risk of colon cancer by 41 percent.

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

    And if you or someone you love is battling cancer right now, be sure to check out the December edition of my subscription newsletter, Health Revelations, for a natural therapy that can STARVE tumor cells.

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  2. Back pain scans lead to unnecessary surgery

    How NOT to handle back pain

    One week from today, folks across the country will head down into the basement... or maybe out to the garage... and haul all their Christmas decorations out of storage.

    And one week from tomorrow, folks across the country will head into bed -- with BACK PAIN from hauling all their decorations out of storage.

    There are plenty of things you can do to help ease that pain, but new research shows how there's one thing you SHOULDN'T do: rush out to get zapped with a CT scan, X-ray, or MRI.


    Even mainstream guidelines urge docs to avoid using these screenings for most common cases of back pain

    But guess what? They're doing it anyway!

    Amazingly, the study finds docs KNOW they shouldn't do it. Only 3 percent said they believed there would be a benefit to the images, while three-quarters admitted the scans could lead to more unnecessary tests and treatments.

    So why are they so scan-happy?

    Well, friend, you'd better sit down -- if your back doesn't hurt too much -- because you're not going to believe this one.

    While doctors admit they know the images aren't necessary, nearly two-thirds say the reason they still order them up is because those darn patients just can't accept it.

    Yes, you read that right. They're blaming YOU.

    It has nothing to do with the big money they pocket off needless screenings... and nothing to do with the extra cash they earn off the extra tests and treatments that follow those scans.

    Yeah, sure.

    These docs earn big money off back pain because just about every single senior has at least some damage in the spine, especially in the discs.

    They're like an old-but-reliable set of tires. Sure, if you look up close you'll see the wear and tear.

    But if they're good tires, they could have plenty of miles left -- and the same goes for your discs.

    The bulges or signs of degeneration your doc will point to on a scan are nothing to worry about in most cases. A 2011 study even found that 90 percent of seniors with no back pain at all had evidence of bulging discs or spinal disc degeneration.

    Yet when you get an imaging scan for back pain, many docs will recommend surgery, including procedures to "shave" or "decompress" the disc, which often don't work very well.

    If you have back pain, in most cases you don't need a scan or a surgery.

    You need to find the real cause -- and, in most cases, it's not the discs themselves.

    Poor posture, bad habits, excess weight, chronic inflammation, stress, and old injuries can all lead to back pain.

    A holistic medical doctor can work with you to nail down that cause and correct it naturally so you never have to lose another day to pain.

    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. Acupuncture activates ‘natural opioids’

    Acupuncture is proven to fight pain and cut blood pressure at the same time, and the latest science shows how it works: It causes your brain to pump out natural opioids.
  4. Chronic pain responds to nondrug therapies

    Chronic pain means constant drugs for millions – but the mainstream is finally recognizing that acupuncture, massage, chiropractic, and more are all as effective as meds but without the risks.
  5. Acupuncture relives pain better and faster than morphine

    Acupuncture is so good at beating pain that new research finds it can outperform morphine in emergency room situations.
  6. Back pain responds to better sleep

    Back pain can be worsened by poor sleep habits, as new research finds the cells in the spinal discs have their own internal clocks.
  7. Ease exercise pain with omega-3 fatty acids

    Exercise pain often stops people from getting the activity they need, but the omega-3 fatty acids in fish oil can cut those pain levels almost in half.
  8. Knee replacement surgery can lead to opioid use

    Knee replacement surgery can lead to people taking opioids during recovery – and many are still taking these dangerous and addictive drugs months later.
  9. Opioids during breast surgery can cause more pain

    Opioids commonly given to help with pain during breast cancer surgery can actually lead to more pain after the procedure.
  10. Opioid drugs do little for low back pain

    Opioid drugs won’t help ease low back pain, and they come with so many side effects that people quit taking them.
  11. Platelet-rich plasma can help you heal faster

    Platelet-rich plasma is used by elite athletes to heal faster, and now this cutting-edge therapy can help YOU overcome joint, tendon, ligament, and muscle problems.
  12. Acupuncture now being used by the U.S. military

    Acupuncture has been used effectively for thousands of years – and now, the U.S. military has realized wounded warriors can turn to it for safe and effective pain relief.
  13. Opioids now a last resort painkiller?

    Opioids have led to widespread drug abuse, so the mainstream is finally trying to crack down on the painkillers.
  14. Arthritis painkillers pack serious heart risks

    Arthritis patients often turn to NSAID painkillers to ease their aching joints, but a new study shows how these drugs can be dangerous for folks with heart problems.
  15. Deaths related to opioids a ‘doctor-driven’ epidemic

    Opioid painkillers kill thousands of Americans annually. Now, even the CDC admits the problem isn’t the patients who take the drugs. It’s the doctors who prescribe them!
  16. Ease fibromyalgia pain with acupuncture

    Fibromyalgia is a tough-to-beat pain condition that can hurt all over, but new research shows how acupuncture can slash pain levels and improve your mood.
  17. Meniscus surgery won’t fix ‘locking’ knees

    Meniscus surgery is often given to seniors who complain their knees “lock up” on them, but new research shows it doesn’t work at all.
  18. 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.
  19. Chronic pain patients often overdose

    Chronic pain often leads to painkillers, with nearly half of all patients knowingly overdosing in hopes of getting some relief.
  20. Cut back pain risk with motor control exercise

    We all face back pain at some point, but new research finds that simple motor control exercises can cut your risk of facing it.

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