pain relief

  1. Sulforaphane compound can stop osteoarthritis damage

    Broccoli can beat arthritis

    It's the painkiller hidden in the produce aisle -- a safe and natural blend of nutrients such as sulforaphane with the power to fight inflammation and maybe even prevent the misery of arthritis.

    And you can get it for a buck or two a pound.

    Is that a bargain or what?

    It's broccoli, of course, and ounce for ounce you just won't find a more powerful concentration of critical vitamins. But today, I want to focus on just one of them: a sulfur compound called sulforaphane.

    In a series of experiments, mice given a diet rich in sulforaphane had less of the joint and cartilage damage linked to osteoarthritis than mice not given the compound.

    When the experiment was repeated on human and cow tissue, same thing happened -- and it's almost certainly because sulforaphane can block the enzymes that cause inflammation in cartilage.

    Less inflammation means less damage to the cartilage -- and if you can prevent that damage to the cartilage, you can avoid the pain of osteoarthritis, aka the "wear and tear" form of the disease that strikes many of us as we age.

    Next up, researchers plan a clinical trial to see if it works in humans ready to get surgery for their own osteoarthritis.

    But why wait?

    This isn't a drug experiment. It's broccoli, something we already know is healthy and something you should be eating anyway. And while broccoli is the best natural source of sulforaphane, you'll also find it in other cruciferous vegetables such as cabbage, cauliflower and Brussels sprouts.

    Along with possibly slowing or even preventing osteoarthritis, sulforaphane is a proven inflammation-fighter that can help protect against other major diseases, up to and including cancer.

    Broccoli is also packed with essential minerals such as iron and potassium as well as nearly an entire alphabet's worth of vitamins -- and it tastes great steamed, grilled, boiled, broiled, baked and raw.

    Just be sure to get yours organic to make sure you get all of the nutrients without a dose of pesticides and other chemicals.

  2. Shots won’t delay carpal tunnel syndrome

    The wrong way to 'treat' carpal tunnel


    Write a text message... feel the burn.

    Type an email... and the tingling starts.

    Try to cook, clean, write or drive... and the telltale pain and numbness starts in your fingertips and works its way through your wrists and right up your arm.

    And sometimes, you might not be doing anything at all. The pain just kicks in and won't let up -- pain so sudden and so severe that it can wake you in the middle of the night.

    If any of that sounds familiar, you could be among the 10 million or so Americans battling carpal tunnel syndrome. And if you complain to your doctor about it, he'll offer up some quick ideas.

    Almost all of them are flat-out wrong.

    One of the most common mainstream treatments is a steroid shot. And, sure, the shots might seem to work in the short term. That's why many of the 111 carpal tunnel syndrome patients who took part in a new study got some temporary relief thanks to the shot.

    But when you mask the pain without fixing the underlying problem, you can actually make it worse, because the lack of pain allows you to engage in the same activities that caused your carpal tunnel syndrome in the first place.

    And that's a long-term recipe for disaster.

    Just look at those patients who got relief in the new study: Three-quarters of them needed surgery for carpal tunnel syndrome within a year.

    To me, that's a sure sign the shots failed -- because if they worked, they'd not only ease the pain, but they'd also prevent or delay the need for surgery.

    So skip the shot and start by working to correct the underlying cause of your pain. That may include limiting your Internet time, adjusting your posture and changing how you do things. Consult with a person trained in assessing and correcting your posture and making adjustments to your workstation.

    Next, turn to natural pain relief techniques such as cold laser and acupuncture for a little help coping with the symptoms as you make those adjustments.

    And third, seek the help of a skilled holistic medical doctor, because carpal tunnel isn't always caused by repetitive stress. In some cases, it's a warning sign of hypothyroidism, or an underactive thyroid, and you'll need to work with your doctor to get your thyroid back on track before you experience any lasting relief.

    Whatever you do, don't wait -- because left untreated, carpal tunnel syndrome can get so bad that eventually you could have no choice other than surgery.

    I offer natural pain relief -- including cold laser and acupuncture -- as well as comprehensive thyroid testing here at my clinic in Southern California. If you're in the area, contact my office to make an appointment or call 855-DOC-MARK to arrange a telephone consultation.

  3. Cure back pain with natural anti-inflammatories

    You don't need drugs or surgery to beat back pain. Try these safe all-natural treatments instead.
  4. New attacks on chiropractic care

    In the latest attack on chiropractic, researchers claim a neck adjustment can lead to a stroke -- but the risk is incredibly low. Find out what you need to know.
  5. Rheumatoid arthritis pain relieved with gentle movement

    A new study confirms that rheumatoid arthritis patients who practice yoga have an easier time battling the disease.
  6. Chili pepper compound capsaicin can lower cholesterol

    A key compound found inside hot chili peppers can protect your heart and lower your LDL cholesterol levels.
  7. New arthritis rheumatoid med comes with huge risks

    A new drug for rheumatoid arthritis offers minimal relief and the potential for huge risks. Try natural pain relief instead.
  8. Yoga can bring fibro relief

    Researchers say light stretching can do what a pharmacy full of drugs often cannot: Bring real relief to women suffering from fibromyalgia, the mystifying and often debilitating pain condition.
  9. Ending the pain mystery

    British researchers recruited 80 patients with an average age of 50 who had made at least eight trips to the doctor over the past year for conditions that included chronic pain, fatigue, and/or emotional problems. Many of these patients were in so much pain they had trouble completing everyday tasks, had problems at work, or even disability.
  10. Leeches in the emergency room

    You might not think of bloodsuckers as a staple of the modern operating room... but some of the nation's best surgeons now keep them alongside the most common tools in modern medicine.
  11. Taking a poke at acupuncture

    Researchers studying acupuncture claim they've unlocked the secret of the ancient Chinese treatment--and, what's more, they think they can actually improve it by adding drugs to the mix.
  12. Ancient Chinese secret: Tai-chi linked to osteoarthritis relief

    A new study finds that tai chi can help people cope with knee osteoarthritis.

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