arthritis

  1. Steroid shots for knee pain? Not after you read this!

    If I ever offered a patient a natural, non-FDA-approved treatment proven to hurt instead of help

    The authorities would have me tarred, feathered, and chased right outta town.

    And rightfully so!

    Of course, I’d never do that.

    But mainstream docs get away with something just like that ALL THE STINKIN’ TIME!

    If you have arthritis, there’s a good chance it’s happened to you – and odds are, you didn’t even realize it.

    You didn’t… because when it’s an “approved drug,” this kind of reckless and unethical behavior isn’t just ALLOWED.

    It’s practically ENCOURAGED!

    The authorities are totally cool with it when mainstream docs reap huge profits off drugs

    Even when EVERYONE KNOWS they not only WON’T help… but quite possibly could HURT.

    And you don’t have to take my word for it on that.

    Just take a look at the latest research on arthritis, which once again – for the umpteenth time – proves that a common first-line treatment is a sick joke.

    How NOT to treat your knee pain

    Docs have used steroid shots as a go-to treatment for knee pain since… well, FOREVER.

    And for about that long, we’ve known they don’t work very well.

    But docs offer them anyway, because they take about 10 seconds…. and they can bill up to $300 a pop for them.

    What a scam!

    Now, a new study shows the REAL price of those injections

    Among patients given intra-articular corticosteroid injections for knee or hip pain, 8% suffer from serious complications that lead to:

    • MORE pain
    • LESS function
    • WORSE deterioration, and
    • FASTER arthritis progression.

    How’s that for a kick in the knees???

    That last problem was the most common… and maybe the worst.

    About 6% of patients suffer from accelerated progression of their arthritis.

    But the other risks are no picnic either.

    Fracturesloss of blood flow to the joint… and joint DESTRUCTION, including bone loss.

    Ouch, ouch, ouch and OUCH!

    And what do people get for those risks? Pretty much nothing!

    One analysis a couple of years back found the shots do NOTHING for pain in 56% of patients… and NOTHING for physical function in 64% of patients.

    Among the rest, the response rate is only slightly higher than what you get from a placebo – and even then, the benefits don’t last.

    They’re gone within six months!

    Yet docs keep offering it anyway… and keep getting rewarded for it.

    It’s time to reward yourself instead by giving your knees something that works for a change.

    UC-II collagen can help your joints to rebuild and repair themselves so well… it’s been proven to be 240% more effective than the tried-and-true combo of glucosamine and chondroitin.

    By itself, it’s just about the most powerful natural option for arthritis pain in the knees out there.

    But don’t just take it by itself.

    For complete relief and maximum protection, combine it with other proven natural therapies such as curcumin, hops, and Boswellia extract.

    In Your Corner,

    Dr. Allan Spreen

  2. Natural arthritis relief options

    If you‘ve got arthritis and take 1200 mg of ibuprofen every day, I have some safe and natural arthritis relief options for you to consider. You see, NSAIDs are rife with problems. Take one for too long and you‘re setting yourself up for gastrointestinal problems, high blood pressure, liver problems, kidney disorders, or even heart attack and stroke. In fact, widespread use of NSAIDs results in 107,000 hospitalizations (mostly due to bleeding in the GI tract) and 16,500 deaths in arthritis patients each year.

    But there are natural arthritis relief options you can try so you don‘t wind up taking an NSAID for the rest of your life. First off, a new small study found that a natural plant extract might help relieve your pain as well as ibuprofen.

    Passion fruit peel extract is not exactly well-known in nutritional circles to treat arthritis, but previous studies show that it does reduce overall inflammation in the body. And that‘s probably why it appears to work against joint pain as well.

    For the recent study, scientists recruited 33 men and women with osteoarthritis in the knee and gave them a test to assess the severity of their arthritis symptoms. Then, the researchers randomly divided the volunteers into two groups. One group received 150 mg of passion fruit peel extract each day for two months. The other group received a placebo.

    At the end of two months, researchers checked back in the volunteers and again assessed the severity of their symptoms. The researchers found that the passion fruit group improved their overall arthritis scores by 20 percent. Plus, their pain, stiffness, and physical function scores also rose by about 20 percent. On the other hand, the group taking the placebo reported no improvements.

    According to the researchers, "The passion fruit peel extract supplementation should help patients to reduce their reliance upon NSAIDs that may have undesirable side effects in the treatment of osteoarthritis symptoms."

    Now, based on this small study, I‘m not convinced that passion fruit peel extract will magically make your joint pain completely disappear. But it may help...and you may be able to back off your other meds.

    Plus, over the years, I treated arthritis pain a number of different ways...

    Ease joint pain and stiffness without drugs

    Firstly, another natural arthritis relief option is B3 or B6.  If you are lucky, you may respond to a short trial of either B3 or B6. I say you‘re "lucky" because there are types of arthritis that will respond to this kind of vitamin treatment within a mere week or two. First I‘d try 250 mg of B3 (or niacin) two to three times a day. Taking B3 at this dose can cause flushing of the skin, so look for inositol hexanicotinate. It is considered a ‘no-flush‘ type of niacin.

    If that doesn‘t work after two weeks of steady supplementation, try 100-200 mg of B6. Don‘t go higher than 400 mg per day. Some nutritionists worry about neuropathy at B6 levels higher than 400 mg, but I personally think it‘s very rare. Also, magnesium helps with B6 absorption. So make sure to get 400-500 mg per day of that as well.

    Secondly, I‘d definitely look for a supplement that contains glucosamine and chondroitin to help support the growth of cartilage in your joints.

    But worn cartilage isn‘t the cause of all types of joint pain. And if that‘s your story, I have another suggestion. You see, there is a sticky, thick substance called synovial fluid that oils and lubes your joints. But when you don‘t have enough, your hips, knees, shoulders, and elbows ache, throb, and grind. And most of us over 50 don‘t have enough synovial fluid.

    But you can improve your synovial fluid with hyaluronic acid (HA). You see, HA is the main building block of synovial fluid. In fact, the more HA you have, the richer your synovial fluid.

    HA is naturally found in miso, beans, and radishes. You can also get it by injection. And recently, a few companies now offer it as a supplement. But make sure to do your homework. A lot of companies offer a synthetic form of HA that uses bacteria fermentation. Natural HA, on the other hand, is the way to go as it‘s stronger.

    Lastly, I‘d take a look at a substance called CMO (Cetyl-Myristoleate). It‘s a substance produced by certain animals that do not get (and cannot be induced to get) arthritis. This is harder to find and more expensive, so I only recommend it when all else fails. I‘ve gotten a lot of feed back about CMO...and it seems to either work wonders for you or not a wink. There‘s no grey area.

    One last word about arthritis pain...

    Even though I‘m a nutritionist, there‘s one last natural arthritis relief method I need to tell you about arthritis: Get moving and you‘ll feel better! Sure, the last thing you feel like doing if you‘ve got arthritis in both hips is to exercise, but it‘s exactly what your body needs. In fact, the less you use the joint that‘s stiff and painful, the worse it becomes.

    Exercise is critical. First and foremost, it stimulates your circulatory system. This distributes healing nutrients to the joint that‘s causing you problems. Plus, remember the synovial fluid found in all your joints? When you don‘t exercise, that fluid gets thick and gunky.

    But when you exercise, your synovial fluid thins out and lubricates your joints properly. Plus, exercise keeps your cartilage healthy. You see, when you work out, the cartilage between your joints takes a pounding. But with each pounding, it also absorbs the nutrient-rich synovial fluid like a sponge and actually gets stronger.

    So what‘s the best exercise for you? For someone with arthritis, I always recommend walking, swimming, or bouncing on a trampoline. All three are gentle forms of exercise. You don‘t even need to break a sweat (though that‘s always good too). Just get going enough to raise your pulse and get the blood flowing throughout the body.

    Sure, tackling arthritis is not a quick-fix. You didn‘t get it in a week and you‘re not going to get rid of it that fast either. But there are natural arthritis relief options that can help you feel a little better each and every day.

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