osteoarthritis

  1. Osteoarthritis not eased by steroid shots

    Steroids won’t help knee pain

    If you've been seeing a specialist about your aching knees, don't be surprised if there's a "FOR RENT" sign on his clinic next time you swing by.

    Times are tough for these guys, as studies show that just about ALL of the treatments they've been pushing DON'T WORK!

    Last week, major new guidelines said the most common surgery given to arthritis patients wouldn't do a thing to ease agony, restore motion, and boost quality of life in folks with osteoarthritis.

    This week, the hits keep on coming -- because a new study now exposes the ugly truth about one of the most common nonsurgical treatments.

    If you've had steroid shots, you know the drill. You're supposed to visit his office again and again and again to get your injections, while he gets to bill your insurer AND collect copays for each visit.

    But if you've done all that and had nothing to show for it, you're not alone.

    The new study shows these shots DON'T work!

    After two full years, folks who got their steroid shots every three months were no better off than patients given a placebo shot.

    So far, so bad. But believe it or not, that's not the worst of it.

    The study also finds that these shots can come with a side effect... and if you're struggling with the pain and disability of osteoarthritis, it's exactly what you don't want.

    Steroids can DOUBLE the loss of cartilage in the knee!

    Don't worry; I'm not about to leave you in pain. While studies show mainstream knee treatments aren't working out, there ARE science-backed natural therapies that CAN help you turn this condition around.

    Here are three of the best:

    1) Lose some weight: The extra pounds aren't helping your knees, but you can change that in a hurry. Losing as little as 7 percent of your body weight can cut pain levels, and dropping 10 percent or more can give you even more relief AND slow the damage inside your knees.

    2) Get some sleep: Better sleep won't stop the damage in your knees. But it WILL change how your brain processes pain -- so much so that a study earlier this year found that seniors with arthritis who get more sleep notice their pain less and handle it better overall.

    3) Boost your collagen: This is the basic building block of the cartilage in your knees, but unfortunately many forms of collagen aren't readily absorbed by your body so they can't be put to use very easily.

    But there's one that's different from the rest.

    UC-II collagen is so effectively absorbed that studies routinely show it's better than glucosamine and chondroitin at easing arthritis pain in the knees.

    It's not too common -- yet -- but I predict this stuff will be everywhere soon enough.

    Look for it in a quality joint support blend from a maker you trust.

  2. Ease osteoarthritis with collagen supplements

    Rebuild your joints naturally and send arthritis pain packing

    When your engine makes a grinding noise, you can do one of two things. You can take it into the shop, where a mechanic will figure out what’s making the noise and fix it, or you can crank up the stereo until you don’t hear that grinding noise anymore.

    The second option might work for a little while…until you find yourself on the side of a highway waiting for a tow.

    The same thing could happen to your knees.

    As you get older, the wear and tear on your knees eats away at the cartilage, the natural cushion inside the joint, and it starts to grind. And just as you had two options for your ailing engine, you’ve got a pair of choices for your aching knees.

    You can fix the cause – the decay of your cartilage – or you can ignore it and mask the pain with meds. And sure, painkillers might work for a little while, but they won’t do a thing to slow the damage to your cartilage.

    But the latest science backs a safe and natural therapy in a big way, showing that it’s even more effective than the glucosamine and chondroitin millions of seniors rely on for knee pain.

    It’s a form of collagen called UC-II. Just 40 mg per day of UC-II went head to head against both placebo pills as well as standard doses of glucosamine and chondroitin.

    Six months later, the folks given UC-II were better by nearly every measure that matters as based on the standard WOMAC test for arthritis pain. They enjoyed reduced pain, less stiffness, and more physical function.

    That’s in line with other studies – including one that found the UC-II is THREE times more effective than glucosamine and chondroitin.

    And if you want even better results, combine UC-II with natural anti-inflammatory supplements such as MSM and curcumin.

    But if you don’t treat the cause of your arthritis, it’ll only get worse, and eventually you’ll be in so much pain that not a drug in the world can help.

    I’ve been recommending UC-II to my own patients for years. Look for a quality supplement from a maker you trust… and finally end the grind.

  3. 2 pronged arthritis relief

    It's bad enough when mainstream doctors are ignorant about natural remedies.

    But what's much worse is when they out-and-out lie about them -- like all the doctors who tell their osteoarthritis patients not to bother with glucosamine and chondroitin.

    This bad advice means millions of patients suffering from the pain and misery of osteoarthritis never try the one thing that might actually help them. Continue reading

  4. Benefits of exercise help hip problems

    A little bit of movement can postpone or even cancel hip replacement surgery in seniors with osteoarthritis, according to a study.
  5. How to get on the path to healthy aging

    More than 20 million Americans are disabled because of osteoarthritis -- and in many cases, the condition is caused or worsened by obesity.
  6. Losing body weight helps relieve osteoarthritis

    Losing weight can dramatically ease pain and reduce inflammation in patients with osteoarthritis of the knees.
  7. High failure rate of joint operations

    Nearly half the patients who get joint surgery see little to no improvement -- but natural cures can often do what those operations can't.
  8. New attack on chelation is a threat to your mental health

    Exposure to toxic metals is often behind some of today's most common chronic conditions -- and there's one safe, proven, and effective way to rid the body of those metals. So naturally, it's coming under attack.
  9. Tai chi can help prevent falls

    It's just about the slowest and easiest form of exercise on the planet -- but what tai chi lacks in flash, it more than makes up for in benefits. These simple Chinese stretching exercises have been shown to help seniors beat everything from pain to depression -- and now, new research shows that they can also help improve balance and prevent falls.
  10. Chondroitin offers arthritis relief

    The new study confirms that chondroitin can beat pain, ease stiffness, and even restore function to patients suffering from osteoarthritis of the hands.
  11. Turning gold into lead

    Now, researchers have found a new way to show what's a stake when bellies get big and knees buckle under the weight: lost years, even if you happen to be using them while you're losing them.
  12. Some "D" for your knee

    I'd like to take a look at some remarkable new research that shows a link between osteoarthritis and a vitamin D deficiency.

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