back pain

  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. 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 problem…

    They didn’t “discover” jack.

    What they’re REALLY doing can only be described as a brazen theft.

    They’re STEALING a natural cure… and trying to pass it off as a new “drug” for people with back pain.

    Reduce back pain by more than 20%

    Now, I’ll admit I was a little surprised by this one…

    While I’ve often recommended this all-natural therapy for a number of reasons, back pain was never very high on the list.

    It’s called pregnenolone.

    An age-fighting steroid hormone, it’s often EXCELLENT for problems that often slap you around when you get older… like mood, memory, andenergy.

    When they put it to the test for back pain in war veterans who fought in Iraq and Afghanistan, it worked… somewhat.

    More than half got at least a 20% improvement in pain levels, often more.

    That was about double the placebo group.

    The also had less pain intensity and less pain interference, meaning the pain improved enough so they could get back to work and doing stuff.

    So far, so good.

    But the key thing here is that it’s NATURAL… so you can get it anywhere, starting at about 9 cents a day.

    But is that what they tested?

    OF COURSE not.

    They tested a “pharmaceutical-grade” form of pregnenolone – because of course, by calling it “pharmaceutical-grade,” they can slap a patent on it and charge WAY more than 9 cents a day for the stuff.

    That’s why they’re URGING people NOT to use the oh-so-scary supplements, claiming that they don’t meet “FDA standards for purity” the way their special, magical, “pharmaceutical-grade” form does.

    Bullpucky!

    Supplements ALSO have to meet Current Good Manufacturing Practice guidelines, established by the FDA… and that includes PURITY standards.

    If a supplement is found adulterated or contaminated, the feds can yank it off the market.

    Care to guess what the feds have had to use that yank-power on lately?

    Big Pharma’s drugshave routinely FLUNKED purity standards!

    That includes blood pressure meds that millions of people had ALREADY taken, not knowing that they were ingesting cancer-causing contaminants.

    Don’t let them feed you this line of crap.

    If you want to try pregnenolone, talk to your doc… and get a high-quality supplement from a trusted maker.

    That said, I wouldn’t call it my first option for back pain.

    I’d start with a topical formula built around capsaicin and/or mentholwhich have been tested and proven to work specifically for this form of pain.

    You can get way more than 20% reduction in pain levels.

    P.S. On this Memorial Day, I hope we can come together and honor the men and women who served our country… and paid the ultimate price. Let’s never forget their sacrifice.

  3. Back pain got you down? Try the downward-facing dog!

    After a certain age, your chances of throwing out your back once in a while are pretty good. It doesn't take much. Just lift a heavy box the wrong way or spend too much time working in the yard and you're laid flat for a week.

    So what can you take to get you back on your feet? Pain killers or muscle relaxers, right? Well, according to a new study published in the medical journal Spine, you're actually better off taking a yoga class.

    In this $400,000 study funded by the National Institutes of Health, researchers followed 90 men and women with back pain over a period of three years. The participants all had mild to moderate functional disability due to their chronic back pain.
    Researchers divided the men and women into two groups. The first group received conventional medical therapy, which included drug treatments. The other group practiced yoga for 90 minutes twice a week. They focused on postures that would ease their chronic back pain.

    The results of the study were impressive. The yoga group had less pain, functional disability, and depression compared to the group receiving standard medical treatment. In fact, the yoga group fared better than their counterparts even six months after stopping their biweekly exercises. Furthermore, when the yoga group had pain, it was less intense than the control group. Plus, they could manage it with less medication.

    Bottom line here folks: if you're prone to back pain, get yourself enrolled in a yoga class. It might just get you off the "bad back" bandwagon.

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