1. Prescription painkillers increase heart risk

    Painkillers linked to heart risk

    Remember Vioxx, the prescription painkiller so dangerous it got pulled from the market?

    Well, don't breathe a sigh of relief if you're not among the drug's many victims, because you could be taking a prescription painkiller with some Vioxx-like risks right now and not even realize it -- until it's too late.

    Common NSAID painkillers such as ibuprofen, diclofenac, and coxibs can double your risk of heart failure and increase your overall heart risk by about a third with long-term use, according to a new analysis of some 650 studies involving more than 350,000 patients combined.

    All told, that adds up to eight extra coronary or vascular events out of every 1,000 high-dose patients, three of which will be major ones such as heart attacks and two of which will actually kill the patient, according to the study in Lancet.

    And of course, the study also confirms that these prescription painkillers can increase the risk of serious upper GI problems such as bleeding ulcers, in some cases by as much as 400 percent.

    If there's a silver lining here, it's that the study finds the risk kicks in with high doses taken for longer periods. In other words, an ibuprofen for an occasional headache probably won't kill you -- although I'd still recommend other options for pain relief first.

    But millions of people don't take these drugs for occasional pain.

    Like the patients in the new study, they take high doses of NSAIDs nearly every day -- and many of them are seniors battling chronic pain conditions such as arthritis.

    If you're battling chronic pain yourself, I know you could feel like you're caught between a rock and a hard place, especially if your own doctor has already told you there's nothing you can do but swallow more painkillers and hope for the best.

    But you don't have to take those prescription painkillers -- and you don't have to deal with the pain, either.

    Instead of NSAIDs, try safe and natural anti-inflammatory supplements such as curcumin and fish oil, which can ease pain and protect the heart at the same time.

    In addition, MSM, homeopathic remedies and nondrug therapies such as acupuncture and cold laser can also beat pain as well as or better than drugs -- but without the risks.

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  2. 20 million seniors fighting pain, find natural pain relievers now

    How to avoid a life of chronic pain

    If mainstream medicine had a real solution and natural pain relievers for chronic pain, then why are so many people -- especially seniors -- crippled by it?

    Answer: Because mainstream medicine often doesn't have a solution and natural pain relievers for chronic pain, and new numbers show just how extensive that failure is: More than half of all seniors are locked in a battle with chronic pain right now.

    That adds up to 20 million older Americans fighting constant pain.

    That's a staggering number, and it almost certainly includes someone you love. It may even include you -- and if it does, don't worry. I'm going to point you in the right direction for natural pain relievers in just a moment.

    First, the real reason so many seniors are crippled with pain -- literally crippled, because many have trouble just walking -- isn't because pain is an inevitable part of aging.

    It's because most mainstream doctors don't know where to look when it comes to easing chronic pain. They don't even know which direction to look in, since they've been taught to follow a two-step process that's doomed from the beginning.

    Step one is a painkiller to mask the symptoms while doing nothing for the cause. But even "mild" over-the-counter painkillers come with a risk of side effects such as bleeding problems, while prescription drugs pack even bigger risks -- up to and including addiction.

    Step two comes when -- not if -- the painkillers ultimately fail (usually after switching meds and increasing doses multiple times). That's when docs send the patient off to a specialist to perform surgery, often in the back or joints.

    But those procedures don't always solve the problem, either. And in some cases, they can actually make it worse.

    That's why my own two-step approach to natural pain relievers involves two steps in a completely different direction.

    Step one is to manage the pain, but without dangerous and addictive drugs. I find acupuncture, cold laser, and natural anti-inflammatory compounds can often do the trick.

    Step two is to find and correct the real cause of the pain. And in many cases, even chronic joint and back pain can be healed without drugs or surgery.

    A holistic doctor can help you on your own two-step path to a pain-free life. And if you're in the Southern California area, I can be there every step of the way. For more information or to make an appointment call 1-855-DOC-MARK.

  3. Spice used in Indian food can prevent diabetes

    A compound found in a spice used in Indian food can protect the beta cells of the pancreas and keep diabetes away -- even in pre-diabetics.
  4. Extra virgin olive oil is often mixed with cheaper oils

    People pay big money for extra virgin olive oil, but new tests find many of the priciest brands are actually diluted with cheap low-quality oils.
  5. Curry favor with your heart

    It's the help your heart needs when your heart needs help the most: A new study finds that the curry spice turmeric can help you survive bypass surgery and avoid a heart attack during your recovery.
  6. The right way to beat gout

    I don't know what's worse: Gout, or the drugs prescribed to treat this painful condition.
  7. The natural way to beat inflammation

    Inflammation has gone from a condition you should worry about to a marketing buzzword used to sell everything from drugs to juice to cereal. Well, at least they got it half right: You should worry about inflammation, and do what you can to bring your own levels down.
  8. Seaweed for heart health

    But in Asia, this nuisance is on the menu -- and with good reason, too: Seaweed is one of the healthiest foods you can eat, and a new review of the research finds it can boost your heart health like nothing else.

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