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. Steroid shot no help for back pain

    Just say 'no' to epidurals for back pain

    It's one of the most common approaches to back pain -- one that's used by mainstream docs so often that you almost certainly know someone who's had it.

    Maybe you've even gone through it yourself.

    It's an epidural, a powerful steroid shot delivered right into the spine -- and if you're like most people, you might even think it worked.

    After all, new research confirms you can get about two months of relief from that injection -- and next time you visit the doctor and he recommends a steroid shot, he'll probably be quick to point that out.

    But there's another side to this study that he won't be so willing to talk about -- and that's the fact that patients who get saline placebo injections enjoy the same two months of relief.

    Getting a steroid shot, of course, is expensive and dangerous, with studies showing they can weaken bone over time and increase the risk of breaks and fractures.

    Saline is cheap and safe, but since doctors can't earn much money selling it, they're not likely to start recommending it over big-money steroid shots anytime soon.

    But maybe they should, because this might be more than just the placebo response at work. It could be that the saline itself is therapeutic, that as it rushes through the spine it can reduce inflammation, clean up scar tissue and even restore the flow of blood to damaged nerves, according to the review of 43 studies involving more than 3,600 patients combined.

    That certainly makes sense to me.

    After all, we've seen these results before -- in study after study, placebo injections have matched steroid shots and even shots with other drugs in them, including a study I told you about just a few months back. (You can read more about that one right here.)

    I'm not saying you should rush out for saline injections (although in some cases it might not be the worst idea around).

    What I am saying is that there are clearly much better options for relief from back pain -- and that's true whether your pain is in the upper back, lower back, neck, shoulders or right down the middle.

    For starters, try natural anti-inflammatory supplements such as MSM, bromelain, and turmeric. For more chronic pain -- especially the "non-specific" pain your doc can't quite seem to figure out -- consider the natural pain-beating techniques that have helped millions around the world, including acupuncture, cold laser, chiropractic and even a good massage.

    If the problem doesn't go away over time -- as most cases of back pain do -- you may need a little more help. And by that, I don't mean drugs, shots or surgery.

    You need a doctor who can find the source of your pain, whether it's a posture problem, an undiagnosed injury or something else entirely.

    Once you find the cause, you can get to work on the cure -- and you'll be amazed at how often that cure is little more than an adjustment to how you sit or a few months of gentle physical therapy... not drugs, surgery or a steroid shot.

    Ready to get started? Speak to a holistic medical doctor today.

  3. Losing body weight helps relieve osteoarthritis

    Losing weight can dramatically ease pain and reduce inflammation in patients with osteoarthritis of the knees.
  4. 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.
  5. Cortisone shots hurt symptoms of tennis elbow

    The most common treatment for tennis elbow doesn't work. Steroid shots actually make relapse more likely.
  6. 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.
  7. 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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