Pain

  1. Taking ibuprofen for arthritis can spike your blood pressure

    The death risk that's lurking in your medicine cabinet

    When you've got arthritis, getting up in the morning can be excruciating.

    In fact, it can be so bad that instead of making a beeline for the coffee pot, your first stop may be the medicine cabinet.

    And if you're like millions of other Americans with arthritis or other forms of chronic pain, you probably don't think twice about popping an ibuprofen (a.k.a. Advil or Motrin). In fact, it and the other drugs in its class (a.k.a. NSAIDs) are so common that you may think they're as harmless as Tic Tacs!

    But according to a new study, you might want to toss those meds in the trash instead of down your throat -- because they can raise y

    our blood pressure enough to up your heart disease and stroke risk.
    In the study published in the European Heart Journal, a group of patients with osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis... who also had symptoms of heart disease or were at risk for it... took ibuprofen three times a day.

    And after just four months -- a fraction of the time most folks end up on these meds -- the patients saw their "top" number (a.k.a. systolic) shoot up by nearly 4 points.

    Now, that may not seem like a big increase... until you consider the fact that each TWO-point "bump" in BP raises your chance of dying from heart disease by 7 percent.

    And every time your BP goes up by two points, your risk of dying from a stroke increases by 10 percent!

    So, if you've got chronic pain from arthritis or another condition, don't make ibuprofen or other NSAIDs part of your daily routine. Previous studies have shown that taking them can increase your risk of cardiac arrest... damage your kidneys and liver... and even cause your heart cells to DIE.

    Instead, try some natural ways to ease your pain. I sometimes recommend a topical cream called T-Relief -- a natural, homeopathic remedy with an arnica base -- since you can put it right on top of the spot that aches rather than waiting for it to cycle through your digestive system and find the spot that hurts.

    You might also want to ask your doc about a medical food called Limbrel, which studies have shown is equally as effective in preventing arthritis pain as NSAIDs... but with a fraction (if any) of the side effects.

  2. OCD linked to brain inflammation

    Mental health may begin with your diet

    When you've got OCD, simple tasks like leaving the house can require more rituals than a king's coronation, and they can really put your quality of life and relationships on the skids.

    Even when you finally do get out the door, you might need to check a few times to be certain you've locked it!

    I'm not talking about "senior moments" of forgetfulness -- I'm talking about living with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).

    And not only do the antidepressant medications your doc might prescribe for OCD put you at risk for some pretty treacherous side effects -- but, in nearly a third of OCD patients, the meds don't even work.

    But according to a new study, there's a clear physical marker of this seemingly "mental" condition -- because it turns out that people with OCD have high levels of brain inflammation.

    While that may sound alarming, it's good news to me, since there are many natural ways of fighting inflammation.

    This new study out of Canada imaged the brains of OCD patients and compared them to a control group of people without the condition.

    The brain scans revealed that the OCD patients had 32 percent MORE brain inflammation, compared to the controls -- and it happened in areas of the brain that we know are involved in OCD.

    What's more, the OCD patients who reported the greatest distress when they tried to avoid acting out their compulsions had the HIGHEST level of inflammation in one of those key brain areas.

    Now, the study didn't prove that inflammation caused the OCD, only that the two conditions are related.

    But this is promising evidence that reducing brain inflammation might improve OCD.

    And it suggests that you should care for your brain... by being more careful about what you put in your MOUTH!

    If you're eating the standard American diet (SAD!) -- full of processed and fried foods, refined sugars and carbs, and unhealthy oils -- you're not doing your noggin any favors.

    Your immune system literally sees these foods as "foreign invaders" and goes on the attack with inflammation -- which is also at the root of chronic conditions like Alzheimer's disease, heart disease, and arthritis.

    To put out this four-alarm fire, switch to the Paleo diet, which eliminates grains and processed foods in favor of fruits, vegetables, meat, fish, nuts, seeds, and healthy fats.

    Heart-healthy olive oils, coffees, teas, and spices like turmeric and cinnamon are great complements to the Paleo diet, and they're powerful inflammation fighters, too. And so is regular exercise!

    I've found through my own experience that many patients suffering from anxiety disorders are deficient in magnesium, which is known as the "calming mineral." And regular supplementation can work wonders.

    In my own practice, I regularly use a combination of intravenous magnesium, inositol, and acupuncture to help my patients improve.

  3. Antacids linked to stomach bleeds

    Stop the burn... without causing a bleed Plop, plop. Fizz, fizz. You remember that old jingle for Alka-Seltzer. Those two tablets dropping into a glass of water and fizzing up made treating heartburn or stomach upset actually seem like fun. In its heyday, this ad campaign convinced younger people with no digestive issues to use it -- even if it...
  4. Acupuncture as effective for pain as drugs

    The shocking way to relieve pain without drugs Your head feels like it's being run over by a Mack truck... your lower back is in a vise grip... or lightning bolts are shooting through your joints with every step you take. When you've got intense pain -- whether it's a migraine, a backache, or an injury -- you don't want...
  5. Stretching eases peripheral artery disease leg pain

    Get a leg up on heart disease Back in school, your gym teacher or coach would have you stretch up into the air and bend at the waist until your fingers hit the floor. It might've felt a little silly back then, but take it from me -- there was something to that little routine. Although it may have been...
  6. Knee surgery won’t help arthritis

    Arthritis? Keep docs away from your knees If you had $26,000 to spend, would you choose to kick back and relax on a luxury cruise around the world... or be laid up for weeks after surgery? Well, my friend, I'm here to tell you to take the cruise, even if your doc tells you to go under the knife...
  7. Magnesium eases migraine

    Got migraines? Try this mineral "miracle" Your head is throbbing with pain... the light is stabbing your eyes... and your stomach is doing more loop de loops than a rollercoaster. When a migraine grips you, it feels like you can't wait another second to end the agony. Forget lying down in a dark room to wait it out -- this...
  8. Massage improves low back pain

    "Handy" relief for your aching back You reach down to tie your shoes, lift your grocery bag, or pick up something you dropped... but each stretch of your back muscles feels like a stab to your spine. When you've got low back pain, every "reach" becomes an "ouch"! Backaches are one of the most head-scratching complaints to treat because they...
  9. Omega-3-rich ahiflower oil lowers inflammation

    Tame inflammation with this obscure plant Inflammation is like a many-headed monster -- it can wreak havoc on multiple body parts simultaneously, from your heart to your brain to your joints. You don't want to let this "creature" run wild... because the result could be heart disease, Alzheimer's, arthritis, or a host of other ailments. If you're a regular eTips...
  10. Staying active reduces chronic pain

    More exercise means less "ouch" Your back aches... your joints throb... and your body is hurting every which way. When you live with chronic pain, it feels like you'll never be able to enjoy your daily activities again without being stabbed by your constant "companion." Whether it's arthritis, fibromyalgia, or any other ongoing condition, you NEED relief that's long-lasting and...

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