1. High failure rate of joint operations

    Joint surgeries don't always work

    Joint operations is a major procedure -- and it can be a major disappointment for many of the people who get it.

    Unfortunately, these joint operations have a shockingly high failure rate -- so high, that nearly half of all patients see little to no improvement in the months and even years that follow, according to one new study.

    Think about that for a minute.

    That means that after all the time and expense of surgery -- after all the pain and misery of the recovery and rehab process -- it's practically a coin toss whether or not you'll actually get any meaningful benefit.

    And even if you do manage to see some improvement, the study of 2,400 older adults with osteoarthritis or inflammatory arthritis finds it's usually not the complete relief you were hoping for.

    In many cases, it's not even close to complete.

    That said, the study does find that joint operations may benefit certain people -- specifically, patients who have pain only in the single joint getting surgery and no other health problems.

    But that's not your typical joint patient.

    Most are battling arthritis, and they have pain in several joints... maybe even all of them, including a few they didn't even realize they had.

    But whether you're battling pain in a single joint or all of them, you don't have to pin all your hopes on a surgery with a failure rate of nearly 50 percent -- because in many cases, you can stop and even reverse joint damage and end the pain naturally.

    I use a nutritional approach that focuses on two things at once: First, natural anti-inflammatory compounds such as turmeric that can help bring the immediate pain relief you're so desperately looking for.

    And second, I recommend natural compounds such as UC-II, a form of collagen that's proven to restore damaged joints to health.

    It's an approach that's helped more than a few of my own patients postpone joint operations for good. And if you're considering surgery yourself, it's an approach you should try first.

    And whatever you do don't fall into the prescription painkiller trap. Last month I told readers the shocking truth about how common drugs can turn deadly. Click here to read this very important warning.

    Up next: Relief from the "everywhere" pain of fibromyalgia. Keep reading!

  2. Prostate treatment can cause sex problems

    Erectile dysfunction can last 15 years or more

    When men hear the words "prostate cancer" they often rush into treatment so fast they never even consider the side effects.

    But there are side effects -- life-altering and even life-ruining side effects, including sex problems that can last for years or even for the rest of your life.

    In one new study, men who were treated for early stage prostate tumors suffered from lingering sex problems for years afterwards. Not just some of them, but nearly all of them.

    And not just for a few years.

    The study tracked 1,655 men between the ages of 55 and 74 at the start of the study, and 87 percent of the ones who had prostate surgery were suffering from sex problems a full 15 years later.

    The numbers for men treated with radiation were even worse: 94 percent of them were battling sexual dysfunction 15 years later.

    Now, it goes without saying that any large group of men in their 70s and 80s will include some guys with sex problems-- but we know from other studies that it should be roughly half of them... not practically everyone.

    And that wasn't the only problem that lingered through the years.

    Eighteen percent of the men who had surgery and 9 percent of the ones who had radiation were battling urinary incontinence 15 years later, while 5 percent of the men who had surgery and 16 percent of those who underwent radiation were experiencing bowel issues.

    Of course, if prostate surgery and radiation saved lives, you can argue that maybe it's worth all those risks and more.

    But we know from other studies that many -- maybe all -- of these men would have survived even without radical treatment options such as surgery and radiation.

    In one study I told you about last summer, men with prostate cancer were assigned to either surgery or no treatment at all. A decade later, there were no significant differences in the death rates.

    That's because in many cases, prostate tumors grow so slowly that they simply do not pose a threat during a normal human lifespan -- especially the early-stage tumors like the ones treated in the new study.

    Instead of rushing into surgery, many senior men with prostate cancer would do well with an approach called watchful waiting. It's exactly what it sounds like: Keep an eye on the tumor, but don't treat it unless it starts to grow.

    One way to help make sure that tumor stays small and worry-free is to not worry about it yourself -- because stress alone can actually help feed many tumors, especially prostate tumors.

    In experiments on mice that had human prostate cancer cells implanted in them, researchers found they were able to wipe out the cancer cells with medication when the mice were left unstressed.

    But when the mice were stressed, the drug didn't work at all -- and the cells kept growing.

    So watch the tumor and watch your stress -- and don't forget to include some prostate-friendly nutrients in your regimen, including vitamin D, turmeric, and selenium.

    If surgery is indicated consult with a surgeon who has a lot of experience using robotic prostate surgery to reduce your risk of complications.

    Work closely with a holistic physician on a nutritional approach that's right for you. And for natural cancer care in the southern California area -- including treatment that can help minimize the sex problems and other side effects of surgery and radiation when you do need it -- make an appointment to see me at the Stengler Center for Integrative Medicine.

  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. Common pain meds increase risk after heart attack

    Some of the most commonly used painkillers can increase the risk of a heart attack or even death in patients who've already had a heart attack.
  5. Spice used in Indian food can prevent diabetes

    A compound found in a spice used in Indian food can protect the beta cells of the pancreas and keep diabetes away -- even in pre-diabetics.
  6. Intravenous immunoglobulin may halt Alzheimer's related decline

    A new treatment is showing incredible promise in the war on dementia, putting the disease on hold for three years. New treatment could put Alzheimer's on hold.
  7. Curry favor with your heart

    It's the help your heart needs when your heart needs help the most: A new study finds that the curry spice turmeric can help you survive bypass surgery and avoid a heart attack during your recovery.
  8. Curry spice beats Parkinson's

    Love curry? You're going to love it even more now: Researchers have found that a compound locked inside a key curry spice has the power to stop Parkinson's disease in its tracks.
  9. Beating back pain without painkillers

    Many people fighting back pain are afraid of exercise, especially folks who have to deal with that persistent lower back pain.

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