natural pain relief

  1. Common painkillers linked to atrial fibrillation

    Pain pills linked to heart risk

    Here's another reason to pass on the pain meds: Some of them could throw your heart's rhythm permanently off track.

    Commonly used non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen and naproxen can increase your risk of atrial fibrillation, a serious and potentially deadly heart rhythm disorder.

    I wish I could say it's just a little bump in risk, but it's not. Current or even recent use of NSAID painkillers can boost your odds of atrial fibrillation by 80 percent, according to the Dutch study of 8,423 seniors, none of whom had heart rhythm problems at the start of the 13-year study.

    The study focused on prescription-strength versions of the drugs, including ibuprofen and naproxen, but that doesn't mean the over-the-counter stuff is safe. The researchers didn't focus on those lower doses.

    Besides, millions of people who buy over-the-counter NSAID painkillers end up taking a prescription dose anyway. They pop extra pills -- and the new study isn't the only one to find that habit could be a deadly mistake.

    One study from 2011 found that regular use of NSAIDs could double, triple and even quadruple your risk of heart attack, stroke and cardiovascular death, while a study I told you about just last year found these drugs can double your risk of heart failure and increase your overall heart risk by about a third with long-term use.

    And even if your heart makes it through OK, these drugs can do a number on your stomach -- causing internal bleeding problems such as ulcers.

    Other painkillers pack other problems, so your best approach for pain is with nondrug therapies such as acupuncture, chiropractic and cold laser as well as natural anti-inflammatories such as turmeric, fish oil and MSM.

    Speak with a holistic medical doctor about your options.

    So there are two actions to take here.

    First, buy only organic meats. Because the animals can't be given antibiotics, you're less likely to encounter drug-resistant germs.

    You'll also get safer, healthier and better-tasting foods.

    And second, keep your cutting board clean -- and that means more than just soap and water. Use 3 percent hydrogen peroxide.

    Spill some onto the board, rub it in with a clean dishtowel or a paper towel and then rinse it off.

  2. Massage can help ease stiff neck

    The best way to beat pain yet

    Any excuse for a massage is a good one. The healing hands of a skilled masseuse can stimulate the immune system, spur healing and ease pain.

    And if you're suffering from a stiff neck or back problems, regular massage sessions will often ease pain better than drugs and will do it without side effects (unless you count general relaxation and overall good feeling as a "side effect").

    It's been backed by science before, and now new research shows how massage is especially effective at fighting off chronic neck pain.

    In the age of computers, tablets and cell phones the majority of us spend a good part of our day with our head bent over one electronic device or another. And many of us have the stiff neck pain to prove it.

    In the new study, patients with stiff neck pain who had hour-long sessions three times a week were nearly five times more likely to enjoy noticeable improvements in function and twice as likely to have meaningful drops in pain levels as patients who didn't get massages.

    The key is in that timing and frequency, because shorter massages less often won't give you nearly as much of a benefit. In addition, be sure to get your massages from a professional who has been trained in therapeutic massage.

    In other words, 20 minutes in a booth at the local mall won't cut it. And don't rely on an untrained (but well-meaning) friend, either, because a poorly done massage can actually do more harm than good.

    While massage alone will often ease pain, don't stop there. For neck, back and muscle pain, massage combined with heat and stretching exercises can lead to even more relief.

    In addition, consider other nondrug therapies such as acupuncture, chiropractic care and cold laser. And for short-term pain relief, try natural anti-inflammatories such as turmeric, MSM and bromelain.

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  3. Steroid shot no help for back pain

    Steroid shots work no better than saline injections for back pain, according to new research. Find out what really works here.
  4. Losing body weight helps relieve osteoarthritis

    Losing weight can dramatically ease pain and reduce inflammation in patients with osteoarthritis of the knees.
  5. Prescription drug abuse in women

    The number of women who die of prescription drug overdoses has quadrupled in recent years -- and most of those deaths are from painkillers, according to new numbers.
  6. Cortisone shots hurt symptoms of tennis elbow

    The most common treatment for tennis elbow doesn't work. Steroid shots actually make relapse more likely.
  7. Acupuncture works for chronic pain

    Chronic pain becomes chronic because many treatments don't work -- but acupuncture beats usual care for many forms of pain in a new study.
  8. How anyone can overdose on acetaminophen without realizing it

    The painkiller acetaminophen used in Tylenol is in so many products that millions of people are at risk of overdose. Find out how to cut your risk.
  9. Mint tea for pain

    Mint has been used for centuries to soothe stomachs – but the latest research on one kind of mint finds that it may also help beat pain.

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