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  1. 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.

    WHOOPS!

    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

  2. Do you actually need to be taking this common med? [Study says MAYBE NOT!]

    It’s the question EVERY senior asks at some point…

    What happens if I just don’t take this pill????

    Maybe you’ve even been tempted to toss one out… instead of tossing one down… just to see what happens.

    The mainstream wants you to think that if you miss a dose, you’ll drop dead.

    Well, my friend, that’s not NECESSARILY true.

    New research shows what REALLY happens when older Americans skip one of the most common meds of all, blood pressure pills.

    Absolutely NOTHING!

    And it confirms that many seniors can QUIT these drugs… and feel sharper, clearer, stronger, and steadier WITHOUT their ill effects!

    Here’s how.

    How to safely QUIT your BP meds

    Now, don’t run to the medicine chest and empty it all into the trash.

    It’s not QUITE that simple (although it’s close).

    You’ve got to get your doc on board before you make this change…

    But when he sees this new study, he’ll almost certainly want to help you out.

    This one looked at folks over 80.

    Some were allowed to quit one blood pressure med, while the rest were told to keep taking their drugs as usual.

    After 12 weeks, both sets of patients had the same likelihood of keeping their systolic (“top” number) BP below 150.

    In fact, most of the ones who quit the med were below 130!

    Of course, many docs will claim that’s still too high.

    That’s because they’re chasing mainstream targets – targets that have been lowered, and lowered, and LOWERED over time.

    Not to IMPROVE health, mind you. To SELL meds.

    Those target numbers are SO low now that it’s almost IMPOSSIBLE for seniors to meet them WITHOUT drugs -- which is exactly the point.

    Just look at me…

    Not to brag here, but I’ve spent my life not just as a doctor, but an ATHLETE – capable of performing and coaching at the HIGHEST levels.

    And even I can’t meet their darned targets some of the time!

    So if your BP’s a little high, don’t freak out over it… and certainly don’t start gobbling pills to hit some totally artificial target.

    If it IS high enough for concern… and you need to bring those levels down… you STILL can do better than meds.

    Exercise, for example, can shave 3 points off your BP… which is almost as good as some meds.

    But there’s something out there even better – a natural crystal nearly 4X more effective than exercise.

    It can cut BP by 11 points in just 6 hours!

    You can get these very special crystals from your diet. You just might not LIKE the experience.

    One of the best sources, for example, is beet juice.

    Try just SAYING that without gagging!

    Don’t get me wrong here; if you wanna fill your fridge with little overpriced bottles of a “juice” that basically taste like mud, be my guest.

    I’d recommend a simpler – not to mention more pleasant and much cheaper – form of these crystals, known as nitrates.

    They’re available as a supplement, both on their own and as part of a formula for overall cardiovascular health. 

    In Your Corner,

    Dr. Allan Spreen

  3. ‘Everywhere’ toxin can WORSEN dementia damage

    No one will TALK about it. They won’t even ACKNOWLEDGE it. And if you bring it up, they treat ya like a kook in a tinfoil hat. But there’s a hush-hush reason for the SURGE of Alzheimer’s disease… One that has NOTHING to do with ANY of the suspects the mainstream will usually try to blame. It’s NOT bad genes...
  4. Skin cancer risk PLUNGES with this vitamin trick [No chemicals needed!]

    We’ve all been told, repeatedly, that the ONLY way to avoid skin cancer is to avoid the sun. And if you DO have to go outside – ohmygod!!!! – you’d better SLATHER some poorly tested chemicals all over your body’s most sensitive organ. That’s right -- your skin. Well, friend, the mainstream may have gotten it ALL WRONG… Because the...
  5. New probiotics guidelines are a SMEAR campaign – to STOP you from taking them!

    They’re spittin’ mad now… steamed at YOU. The crime? You had the NERVE to take matters into your own hands… PROTECT your own health… and TRY something they don’t like. Americans are turning to probiotics -- including some you can find in things like yogurt and sauerkraut (just don’t eat them together, blech) as well as from supplements. Good reason...
  6. Big Pharma IGNORING shortages of cheap, life-saving meds? [Feds say YES!]

    When the history of the year 2020 is written, it’s NOT going to be the story of a 50-state nation rising as one to defeat a deadly pandemic. It’s going to be a story of millions of ordinary lives… disrupted in ways no one EVER expected! And you don’t have to be in a virus “hot spot” to feel the...
  7. Vitamin trick gets SURPRISING stamp of approval from mainstream expert

    Time to SHUT DOWN the haters… CHASE AWAY the “gloom and doom” narrative… and get a dose of something positive for a change. Scientists now believe they’ve identified a common factor among some of those who have survived the worst of the COVID-19 infections. It’s NOT just a matter of age… preexisting conditions… or even sheer, dumb luck. There’s something...
  8. Is a drug for your DOG hiding a CANCER MIRACLE?!?!

    They want you to TRUST them… LISTEN to them… and BELIEVE them… Especially when you’re locked in a life-or-death battle with cancer. And they really, really, REALLY don’t want you to think for yourself! “Trust us,” the mainstream experts all insist. “If there’s a better way to beat cancer, we’ll let you know.” Well, friend, that trust has been SHATTERED…...
  9. Allergy relief NOT worth killing yourself over [Are they KIDDING?]

    It’s not just you… Allergies ARE getting worse. And they’re not just limited to spring anymore. MORE people are MORE miserable for MORE of the year -- including right now in summer, when allergies USED to at least tail off a little bit. Not anymore. But of course, the drug industry sees that as a chance to push MORE sales...
  10. SCARY news about what’s ‘protecting’ you from sun damage

    THEY want you to live in fear. They want you to be scared of infections… science… and even each other! And they REALLY want you to be afraid of going outside. Well, friend, today I’m here to DIAL BACK the fear factor… and share the TRUTH about the great outdoors. It’s perfect for RECHARGING your soul… AND your body! But...
  11. ‘Mystery’ illness… SOLVED! [But YOUR doc may be no Sherlock]

    You know something’s WRONG… And you feel downright AWFUL. But whaddaya get from your doc? MAYBE a shrug… and DEFINITELY a drug. Fact is, he has NO CLUE how to solve the mystery that’s PLAGUING you. But I do. See, DOZENS of today’s most debilitating symptoms often boil down to 1 simple culprit. To fix all of them… you’ve got...
  12. Coronavirus hope from potential vitamin therapy? [Trials underway!]

    I’m sure you’ve read all the breathless media reports about quick action by the government as Congress has allocated BILLIONS of dollars for the coronavirus pandemic. More than a little bit of it of it is a big, wet kiss to Big Pharma – a massive infusion of cash to pay for the development of drugs and vaccines. Yet there’s...
  13. SHORE UP your defenses by beating back sleeplessness and anxiety

    You’re so anxious that you can’t sleep… And because you haven’t slept, now you’re even more anxious the next day. Sound familiar? Yeah, there’s A LOT of that going around right now! It’s a minor miracle that any of us are getting any sleep at all. And that leads to the ultimate irony. Your immune system DEPENDS on sleep. When...
  14. BEDROOM BLUES may be hiding a DEADLY risk [Yikes!]

    You know the score by now... It’s not just about how LONG you live… Just as important is how WELL you live. Maybe even more so. Because if you’re not livin’ the good life every day, what’s the point??? And when it comes to the pleasures of life, there’s nothing BIGGER and BETTER than the ones that come in the...
  15. SAVE your aging brain with this all-natural super-nutrient

    Time to take my LEAST favorite cliché… and toss it in the trash. You know it… you’ve heard it… and maybe you’ve even used it yourself. “I’m not getting any younger!” Well, friend, guess what? That’s NOT always true! Time isn’t some relentless march down a straight line from the cradle to the grave. Now, the latest research reveals a...
  16. The SECRET infection risk of popular heartburn meds [Scary!]

    Everyone’s worried about one particular virus right now… But don’t forget about ANOTHER tiny threat. Because this one is MANY times worse… kills MORE Americans… and doesn’t give a whit about how well you “socially distance” yourself from others. You could have a dangerous type of bacteria HIDING inside your body RIGHT NOW -- just waiting for a chance to...
  17. [BUSTING MYTHS] The coronavirus scoop you WON’T get anywhere else

    It’s being passed around from person to person… reaching MILLIONS of Americans from coast to coast. And I’m NOT talking about the coronavirus! It’s the claptrap, misinformation, disinformation, and outright LIES floating around about the infection. And much like COVID-19 itself, the misunderstandings and mistruths are spreading rapidly through communities. It’s time to wipe out this “other infection” fast… So...
  18. Is it a stroke… or just your aspirin acting up???

    I don’t know what it’ll take to get people off the aspirin wagon. There have been WARNINGS… but the warnings were pooh-poohed. There have been STUDIES… but the studies were ignored. And there are about a gazillion people who can tell ya first-hand about the toll this drug takes on the gut… ripping up the walls like you swallowed a...
  19. How getting a flu shot could be BAD NEWS for avoiding coronavirus

    It’s the kinda thing where I have to laugh… if only to stop myself from SCREAMING! I’ve seen them yammer on about it on TV… and they’ve slipped into news articles, too. It’s even on The New York Times webpage about protecting yourself from the deadly coronavirus. Get a flu shot!   They know it won’t do a THING for...
  20. Dementia drugs FAIL new study – but there’s HOPE for you!

    They called it the last hope against Alzheimer’s disease. Not just ONE promising drug… But TWO separate medications… in development at the same time… each one set to attack the disease that 5.6 million older Americans are now living with. And now, we have the results. Both of them FLOPPED! Now, the mainstream says, there’s NOTHING in the works that...