1. The pain 1 in 3 cancer survivors face… and how to STOP it!

    You’ve survived your cancer… but it’s not the victory you were hoping for.

    Sure, it felt great to hear the news.

    The cancer is gone and you’re officially disease-free.

    But you don’t FEEL it.

    In some ways, you could feel worse than ever as the toll of the disease and the side effects of treatment combine to leave you absolutely WRECKED.

    And here’s the thing…

    It doesn’t always get better.

    Not unless you take my advice to ensure your body has what it needs to FIGHT BACK against the toxic tollof both the cancer and mainstream treatments including chemo, radiation and surgery.

    The LONG-TERM damage of cancer treatment

    New research finds that one out of three cancer survivors end up with something that in many ways is every bit as bad as the disease.

    They battle lifelong chronic pain.

    And in one in six of all cancer survivors, the pain is so bad that it limits activity and interferes with daily life.

    In both of those cases, the numbers are DOUBLE what we see in folks who’ve never had cancer, which means this isn’t just coincidence…

    It’s a lifelong “leftover” from cancer and cancer treatment, and it can do so much more than make you miserable.

    The study finds it’s also expensive as you need more care for your pain (and that includes more out-of-pocket costs).

    And, more importantly, that pain will also lead to a lower quality of life

    The kind that can stop you from working and keep you from the things you love… and suck the joy out of everything even if you are able to do them.

    The best ways to cut your own risks will depend on both your cancer and your treatment, but many patients will benefit from two steps:

    • Intravenous vitamin C: This natural therapy can work on its own to fight off cancer and limit the toxic side effects of treatment. It can also enhance common mainstream therapies such as chemo, so you could need lower doses for shorter periods, which will help limit the risk of long-term damage and lingering pain.
    • Detox: This basic step can help fight off the short-term fatigue and pain as well as cutting long-term risks, but the best form of detoxification will depend on both your cancer and the treatments you’re facing.

    Green tea, astragalus andginsengcan all help in many cases, but speak to a doctor first – ideally a holistic medical doctor experienced in integrative cancer care who can tailor a detox planto your specific needs.

    If you’re in the San Diego area, make an appointment to see one of the doctors here at the Stengler Center for Integrative Medicine.

    Not in the area? We’re also available for advice by phone. Call 855-DOC-MARK to schedule a consultation.

    And don’t forget to connect with me on Facebook!

  2. [Alert] Popular meds boost stroke risk 59%

    [Alert] Popular meds boost stroke risk 59%

    It’s the SECRET stroke risk factor — hiding in plain sight!

    We all know the risk factors for a stroke. At least, we THINK we know them. There’s high blood pressure, poor diet, obesity, and old age.

    But the new study exposes what may be the biggest risk factor of all, potentially more dangerous than all of those factors put together.

    And it’s something you could get from your own doctor!

    That’s right. A medication you THINK you need to improve your health — something you might even take daily — could actually destroy your life and possibly end it.

    New research finds that an entire class of medication — so common that you’ve almost certainly used one of them yourself — can not only boost your odds of a stroke, but also your risk of dying from one.

    They’re called anticholinergic drugs, but don’t think you’re in the clear if that name isn’t familiar.

    It’s not a word you’ll see too often on drug packages (not without a magnifying glass, anyway).

    These drugs are given across the board for nearly every condition imaginable: colds, allergies, sleep, pain, mood problems, and more.

    They include both prescription meds and over-the-counter drugs.

    You almost certainly know some of the names: Benadryl, Seroquel, Valium, Imodium, Xanax, codeine, beta-blockers, and more all have some degree of anticholinergic activity.

    The new study finds that taking these types of drugs can increase your risk of stroke by 59 percent.

    That’s already frightening, especially when you consider how common these drugs are.

    But they can also do something else that’s much worse.

    They can not only increase the risk of having a stroke… but they can nearly DOUBLE your odds of DYING from one, boosting that risk by 86 percent, according to the study in the International Journal of Epidemiology.

    The biggest risk is in people with a “high intake” of these drugs, which is generally folks who take two or three anticholinergic drugs or more. Given how common the drugs are, that no doubt includes hundreds of thousands — maybe even millions — of people.

    And that’s hardly the only risk.

    Other studies have linked a high intake of anticholinergic drugs to everything from dementia to death.

    It’s a risk you don’t have to face. Nearly every single condition treated with these drugs has a better, safer solution.

    If you have any of these common complaints treated with anticholinergic drugs — whether it’s allergies, bowel problems, high blood pressure, pain, or mood disorders — seek the wisdom of an experienced holistic medical doctor.

    If you’re in the San Diego area, I can help. Make an appointment to see me here at the Stengler Center for Integrative Medicine.

    Not in the area? I’m also available for advice by phone. Call 855-DOC-MARK to schedule a consultation.

    And don’t forget to connect with me on Facebook!

  3. Pain eased with a little weight loss

    Ease ANY pain with this ONE little change Here's one from the Department of No Kidding: Lose a little weight, and you can expect to have less pain. Not just certain types of aches, mind you. Name that pain, and it'll disappear down the drain! From common joint and back problems... to aches in your arms and chest... shedding a...
  4. Pain problems carry deadly risks

    When pain conditions turn deadly "Killer pain" is supposed to be just a figure of speech. Sure, chronic pain can do a number on your quality of life... and, in some cases, pain can be so bad you might actually think you're dying. But can it really kill you? Turns out, maybe it can. New research reveals the ugly truth...
  5. Pain from obesity eased with inflammation-fighting foods

    The diet that can fight pain You know the risks. If you've let yourself go and gotten a little too big, you know you're facing diabetes and heart disease. But there's another risk -- one that doesn't get nearly as much attention, because you may not even realize it's being caused by your waistline. It's PAIN, and lots of it...
  6. Opioid drugs can make pain worse

    Opioid painkillers might stop pain briefly. But over the long term, they can actually make pain worse.
  7. Lack of sleep can worsen chronic pain

    Pain patients who can't sleep get less activity, which worsens the pain so they sleep even less. Here's how you can break out of this cycle.
  8. Lack of sleep can cause pain

    Lack of sleep or low-quality sleep can increase your risk of widespread pain, new research finds.
  9. Codeine side effects make you more sensitive to pain

    Codeine can make your pain worse and in some cases even cause completely different forms of pain, according to new research.
  10. Opioid painkillers linked to low testosterone levels

    A new study has uncovered a link between opioid painkillers, low testosterone, and erection problems.
  11. Sugary drinks could be one of the causes of kidney stones

    A new study links sugar sweetened drinks like soda and fruit punch to a rise in kidney stone risks.
  12. 20 million seniors fighting pain, find natural pain relievers now

    New numbers show that close to 20 million American seniors are battling chronic pain. You don't have to be one of them.
  13. Cortisone shots hurt symptoms of tennis elbow

    The most common treatment for tennis elbow doesn't work. Steroid shots actually make relapse more likely.
  14. Sleep can ease your pain tolerance

    People who sleep less feel more pain -- so the ultimate pain-fighting "drug" may simply be an extra hour or two in bed each night.
  15. 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.
  16. How seniors get hooked on painkillers

    One minute, you're a healthy and active senior who wouldn't dream of popping an Advil, much less a powerful prescription painkiller. The next, you're a certified addict who can't get through the day without an opioid drug.
  17. How to know when you're having a heart attack

    You might think heart attacks don't discriminate, but that's not actually true. They do discriminate -- and it's a form of discrimination that's killing women.
  18. Another bad use for painkillers

    Hearts have been broken for about as long as there have been hearts to break -- but it's only in recent years that people began to rely on drugs to get over the emotional toll of rejection. And if a new study is any indication, self-medication for this "condition" is about to get dangerously easy.
  19. Don't try to poison your migraines away

    Common sense doesn't always prevail, especially when it comes to drug approvals. So it was a breath of fresh air the other day to see health officials use a little of it when they rejected Botox as a potential treatment for migraines.
  20. Your iPad is a pain in the neck

    It's the very definition of a "First World Problem" -- how to hold your iPad without getting a crick in your neck. But it's enough of a problem these days to catch the attention of researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health, who say most people hold their iPads -- and other tablets -- in ways that are almost guaranteed to cause neck pain.

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