Pain & Pain Relief

When we're in pain, we want it to stop—quickly and safely! The NorthStar blog on pain and pain relief contains information on options to help relieve pain fast, including product reviews and comparisons.

  1. REPORT: What ‘aspirin therapy’ can REALLY do to seniors [Yikes!]

    Every time I see yet another aspirin commercial, I’ve gotta wonder…

    What in the HECK ever happened to truth in advertising???

    Clearly, it’s a concept that DOESN’T exist anymore…

    Because if they were REALLY forced to give you the truth… they wouldn’t be ALLOWED to market it as some heart-saving wonder drug.

    They’d have to show frantic phone calls… ambulance lights

    And terrified seniors being RUSHED into the ER after suffering from internal bleeding.

    “I FEEL LIKE I’VE BEEN STABBED FROM THE INSIDE!” would be about as honest an endorsement as they could show!

    So, let ME give you what THEY won’t -- and that’s the ugly truth about aspirin.

    How it DOESN’T work

    And more importantly, how you can get the heart protection you need… WITHOUT those risks!

    Get the HEART-SAVING benefits of aspirin… with ZERO risk!

    Years ago, they had everyone over 40 absolutely CONVINCED that an aspirin a day will keep a first heart attack away.

    Now, millions have undoubtedly paid a high price for little to no ACTUAL protection.

    And new research shows how as you get OLDER… the risks get even BIGGER.

    In seniors even so-called “baby” aspirin increases the risk of gastrointestinal bleeding by 60%!

    Bad as that is, this gets a whole lot WORSE…

    Because a second study just out finds that aspirin can not only increase your risk of cancer… but speed the growth of the DEADLIEST tumors!

    If you’re past 70, the old “aspirin a day” plan will DOUBLE your risk of death from a stage 3 tumor… and boost the risk of a stage 4 death by almost a third.

    Short of going in your sleep at the age of 110, there aren’t too many “good” ways to die. But I can assure you… dying of a stage 3 or 4 cancer is one of the absolute WORST.

    Yet THAT’S what aspirin can do to you!

    You’d think with these risks… the benefits would be off the charts.

    But here’s the thing about that…

    The “benefits” for primary prevention are almost nonexistent. 

    One study a few years back found aspirin cuts the chance of a first cardiovascular event like heart attack or stroke by a crummy 11%...

    But it increases the risk of a dangerous bleed by 43%.

    It’s so bad that even the mainstream is starting to sound like… well… they’re sounding more like ME!

    The American College of Cardiology and American Heart Association last year finally updated their guidelines… and recommended AGAINST aspirin for most people.

    Yet the word hasn’t gotten out -- close to 30 million Americans are still taking it daily.

    If you’re one of them, talk to your doc about quitting (just don’t do it on your own) and trying something safer instead…

    Like a mix of heart-friendly basics, such as…

    • CoQ10
    • L-Carnitine
    • magnesium and
    • vitamin E as mixed tocopherols.

    Real protection. Real benefits. And no bleeding!

    In Your Corner,

    Dr. Allan Spreen

    P.S. Earlier this year, I shared how taking too much aspirin could lead to a terrifying stroke-like problem. If you missed that one… or just want to take another gander at it… click here.

  2. Feds approve new back pain therapy – but don’t get ZAPPED just yet

    Tweak it, strain it, poke it, bang it, hit it… or just plain twist it around.

    I’m betting at some point or another… ALL of that’s happened to your poor, overtaxed back.

    And if you’re like me, you’re feeling EVERY SINGLE ONE of those old injuries act up as you get older.

    I’ll share how I get relief from my own injuries in a moment.

    First, let me give you the inside word in the latest option for back pain from mainstream medicine – one you might hear about soon enough from your own doctor.

    He might even try to give you a sales pitch for it.

    But trust me…

    You want NOTHING to do with this one!

    Beat back pain WITHOUT drugs or surgery

    There’s probably nothing more lucrative in medicine than pain relief… and nothing more lucrative within pain relief than BACK PAIN.

    It’s a $100 billion-a-year industry – enough that if it became its own country, its GDP would rank in the TOP THIRD of all the nations on Earth.

    Americans spend $200,000 on back pain relief EVERY MINUTE of EVERY DAY!

    That’s a LOT of scratch… and a LOT of players trying to line their pockets with it…

    Including a company that managed to squeeze an approval out of the FDA for a new implantable device, the “ReActiv8.”

    It’s a “neurostimulation system” they surgically implant into your back that’s supposed to treat chronic low back pain with some electrical pulses.

    In one study, it had a 56% response rate… which sounds just OK…

    Until you see that a sham operation had a 47% response rate.


    But it got approved anyway, and who knows? Maybe it’ll siphon off some of that $100 billion.

    Personally, I get relief from gravity-inversion… which involves defying gravity by pretty much hanging upside down like a bat.

    You can sometimes find an inversion table or chair at the gym or when you go in for PT.

    Some yoga poses and pilates moves (especially on a reformer machine) provide the same kind of traction and compression relief.

    The tradeoff is that it’s not TOTAL relief… and it puts a little strain on my ankles. But I’ll take that over drugs or surgery any day of the week.

    Still, it’s not for everybody.

    Other options people rely on for at least some relief include supplementing with curcuminboswellia… and CBD and/or THC.

    But if you’re in that “tried everything” category… and NOTHING seems to help

    Then there’s another option to consider BEFORE surgery, implants, or whatever else they’re trying to push on you.

    It’s called prolotherapy.

    An injection of a dextrose solution – basically, sugar-water – can stimulate the production of new fibroblasts, which helps SPEED the repair of damaged tissue.

    This is a natural process in your body… but one that gets stunted in places with limited blood flow, like parts of the back or within joints.

    The sugar-water helps GOOSE that process, so the repairs get back on track… and you get relief.

    The only problem is FINDING it. Most mainstream docs will tell you it’s complete hokum… and act as though anyone who offers it is a witch doctor.

    Looks like those witches cast some pretty good spells, though…

    Prolotherapy just went up against saline injections for knee arthritis and CUT 10 points off pain levels… and IMPROVED function too.

    I recommend checking in with a naturopathic doc or a physician who practices integrative medicine, though… rather than an actual witch doctor.


    In Your Corner,

    Dr. Allan Spreen

  3. When NSAIDs could be the WRONG CHOICE for you

    The advice is confusing and frustrating – and right at a time when Americans need it straight. Instead, they’re left bewildered and even frightened. Can you take an NSAID like ibuprofen for a fever? Or is there ever a time when you might avoid it and try something… ANYTHING… else??? Well, friend, you’ve come to the right place today...
  4. Big Pharma pushes scary drug for cognitive problems [YIKES!]

    It’s the kind of bird-brained scheme Wile E. Coyote might come up with. Just disguise some bird poison as an important and life-changing medicine… filled with hope and promise… And wait for Road Runner come along and eat it up. MEEP! MEEP! In the cartoons, you know the Road Runner’s never really fooled… But out in the real world, the...
  5. MIRACLE CURE for chronic pain, RA, fibro, and more? [Shocking]

    MIRACLE CURE for chronic pain, RA, fibro, and more? You’re not going to BELIEVE what I’m about to recommend to you today. There’s NEW HOPE for millions of Americans facing the horrors of some of today’s most agonizing conditions. This cutting-edge treatment can help not only with some of the most complicated and difficult diseases in the world… It can...
  6. [BUSTED!] Pain ‘advocates’ caught hiding an ugly secret

    Well boo-hoo-hoo! Some of today’s “top experts” on pain are practically WEEPING in public… but it’s not because of pain. No, it’s because several “pain groups” – organizations that claim to advocate for patients with chronic pain– are going belly-up. “Oh no!” the experts are weeping. “Who will speak for the pain patients now???” But don’t break out the tissue...
  7. Is this common med turning you into a MONSTER?

    If you’ve ever had the SNEAKING suspicion that you’re surrounded by psychos, zombies, uncaring creeps, and various sociopaths… I’ve got news for you today. You're 100% right! People are worse to each other than ever. You see it on TV -- on what passes for “news” in these crazy times -- and you see it out there in the streets...
  8. New back pain ‘drug’ is really a cheap natural remedy… with a JACKED-UP price!

    The mainstream is pleased as punch. They couldn’t be happier with themselves. It’s for doing what they’ve always claimed to be practically IMPOSSIBLE. They say they’ve discovered a way to help ease back pain in some of the toughest of all cases… without dangerous and addictive pain pills. I’d stand up and pat ’em on the back, except for one little...
  9. [Breakthrough] WIPE OUT pain with this ‘miracle’ oil

    It’s the latest craze in healthcare… a proven natural therapy for everything from pain to cancer. But it’s pretty much doomed already. It’s got FOUR big “problems” working against it … It’s safe. It’s cheap. It’s effective. It’s natural. Now, I know that none of that SOUNDS like a problem. Of course, It’s NOT a problem for you –  but it’s a BIG problem for Big Pharma! If it ain't...
  10. ERASE gout pain without DEADLY drugs… in 4 easy steps

    I just love it when the FDA pretends to talk tough… like they’re doing now as they try to “tackle” a gout drug. The drug was DANGEROUS when they approved it. It REMAINED dangerous after it hit the market. And naturally, it’s STILL dangerous today. Nothing’s changed… The drug febuxostat (Uloric) will increase your risk of death from heart disease by more than...
  11. Wintergreen Oil Uses To Boost Your Heath

    uses wintergreen oilYou’ve heard about menthol as a pain reliever. And capsaicin. But have you heard about the way wintergreen can relieve and soothe your pain, and improve your health? If not, you should know about them – because wintergreen oil uses go so much further than just flavoring your gum! Continue reading →
  12. What Physical Pain Does to Your Body

    pain physical No one wants to live with physical pain, let’s be honest. At the same time, though, people tend to think of pain as something you should just deal with….adults shouldn’t be crybabies…everybody hurts a little as they get older… But those attitudes are as much a problem as your physical pain! You should not “just deal with” physical pain. In fact, doing so can actually be unhealthy for you. Continue reading →
  13. A Cheat Sheet for Treating Sciatica

    sciatica treatingOfficially, sciatica is “pain in the lower extremity resulting from irritation of the sciatic nerve” – but that doesn’t come close to capturing how sciatica feels, what it’s like to live with it, or just how important treating sciatica can be. Because that “pain in the lower extremity” can mean a constant, nagging ache that never seems to completely go away. Or a shooting pain that radiates through your buttock and down your leg. It can mean never being able to roll over in bed because you can’t sleep on the affected side. Or not being able to sit for a long time, because the discomfort becomes too much. And it really means that treating this pain can become a top priority, so that you can have a reprieve from the constant ache and shooting pains. Continue reading →
  14. Joint Pain and Fatigue: Is My Joint Pain Causing Fatigue?

    fatigue and joint painYour joints hurt. And you’re tired. But is your joint pain and fatigue related? Could your joint pain actually be causing fatigue? And what – if anything - can you do about them? You’ve got questions. Luckily, I’ve got some answers… Continue reading →
  15. Do You Have Unexplained Nerve Pain? Nerve Pain Symptoms, Causes, and Treatments

    nerve pain unexplainedYou’re not 100% sure when it started, but you know it’s happening more often. The unexplained nerve pain that have changed your life. Skin burning and tingling. Feeling like you’ve got pins and needles running up and down your arms or legs. Even an electrical sensation under your skin. Some days it may be so bad that even a loving hug or a supportive touch can be too much. But what causes nerve pain? And more importantly, what can you do about them? Continue reading →
  16. Stress and Pain: Is Stress the Cause of Your Pain [take this quiz]

    pain and stressDoes your pain cause your stress? Or does your stress cause your pain? We’ve known for a long time that stress and pain are connected. But how do you know which came first? This quiz may give you an indication of which came first, and if stress is actually causing your pain. Continue reading →
  17. Sciatica Relief Exercises: Pain Free in 1 Minute a Day

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    Sciatica ReliefSciatica Relief Exercises: Pain Free in 1 Minute a Day Sciatica pain is a pain unlike any other. It hurts when you walk, sit, or lie down. If you try to sleep on one side, or roll onto the other, it doesn’t matter. If you have sciatica, it all hurts. Period. But you really can be pain free in 1 minute a day with sciatica relief exercises. What is Sciatica? And What Can Be Done About It? The sciatic nerve is the largest nerve in your entire body. It starts in your lower back, and runs down the backs of your legs. When this nerve gets irritated or compressed for any reason, the pain you feel is sciatica. Only your doctor can diagnose sciatica, but some tell-tale signs are butt, hip, or leg pain that isn’t caused by a known injury and isn’t in the joints. And even though the sciatic nerve starts in your back, back pain isn’t necessarily a symptom of sciatica. Continue reading →
  18. Back Pain: How to Relieve Your Aching Back in 6 Simple Steps

    Pain Free BackIf you have back pain, then you understand this… Getting rid of your back pain is vital to quality of life. After all, if you suffer from pain in your lower or upper back, you know that it can take over your life. Every movement hurts. As soon as you get comfortable, pain flares up again. Even when you lie down, the pain is inescapable. That may sound melodramatic - but only if you’ve never experienced back pain. So you’re probably wondering… How do you get rid of back pain? Or better yet, how do you avoid it? And I have good news – there are a few simple steps you can take today to live with a pain free back. Continue reading →
  19. Topical Pain Relievers: Are They Better Than Pain Pills?

    Topical Pain ReliefThe choice between a topical pain reliever and an oral pain pill is an important one. You have to consider efficacy, safety, ease of use, and availability. The good news is all of that’s not nearly as difficult to figure out as it first seems. Let’s take a closer look at topical pain relief… Continue reading →
  20. What Causes Joint Pain? Simple Tips to Get Relief Today

    When your joints hurt – or ache, or get stiff – it’s easy to assume it’s arthritis. But it may not be. That’s why it’s important to know what causes joint pain. Because each specific type of pain requires a different solution – and you need to address your pain properly in order to get relief. Continue reading →

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