1. NSAID users commonly exceed recommended daily limits

    What will maxing out on pain meds do to you?

    If you're prone to pain -- whether from headaches, arthritis, or just the slings and arrows of aging -- you might have a bottle of ibuprofen within reach at all times.

    After all, you never know when it's going to hit you. (And when it does, it's usually at the worst possible time.)

    Now, the pills may LOOK like those old brown M&Ms... and they may SEEM as harmless as Tic Tacs...but according to a new study, taking extra pills could mean an extra risk of side effects.

    In the study out of Boston University, researchers asked 1,300 ibuprofen users to track their intake for one week. It turned out that about 1 in 5 of them took more than the daily maximum dose.

    They either took too much at once or they failed to wait long enough between doses -- and there were a number of reasons why.

    Some simply didn't read product labels carefully, while others "went rogue" and decided to choose their own dose. Still others were in such pain that they felt they needed to constantly "dose up."

    Any of those sound familiar?!

    If so, you could be going overboard -- and that's a big deal! Because even at STANDARD dosages, ibuprofen and other NSAIDs have been linked to kidney and liver damage, platelet issues, and hearing loss.

    They can spike your blood pressure, kill your heart cells, and even make it more likely your heart will stop beating.

    In fact, about 100,000 people are hospitalized each year... and about 16,000 DIE... from NSAID-related complications!

    You should really aim for ditching these pills altogether.

    Luckily, there are plenty of natural pain-relief alternatives that are both safe and effective.

    Studies have shown that the ancient Chinese practice of acupuncture can ease everything from migraines to rheumatoid arthritis.

    And for osteoarthritis (the "wear and tear" kind), the natural supplement chondroitin can not only soothe joint pain, but it can actually slow the cartilage loss that underlies the ache.

    I also recommend a topical cream called T-Relief -- a homeopathic remedy with an arnica base -- that quickly penetrates right to the spot that aches rather than taking time to travel through your digestive system.

    You might also ask your doc about a medical food called Limbrel, which studies have shown is equally as effective in preventing arthritis pain as NSAIDs, but without the deadly side effects.

    It turns out that there's another way that ibuprofen can wreak havoc on your health -- and gentlemen, you're particularly at risk. I'll have the full story for you in the March issue of my Nutrition & Healing newsletter, which I'm still putting the finishing touches on. Keep an eye out for it early next month.

  2. NSAIDs increase your risk of cardiac arrest

    Scary new risk could make your heart stop

    When you're feeling the aches and pains of aging... trying to find relief from arthritis... or just have a headache... you probably go straight for the medicine cabinet for an OTC painkiller.

    That is, if you're like 30 million Americans who pop an Advil at the slightest twinge of pain or the first sign of an "ouch."

    But there's a mountain of evidence that ties NSAIDs like ibuprofen to devastating illnesses.

    And now, researchers in Denmark have found a link between taking NSAIDS and an increased risk of cardiac arrest, which is what happens when your heart suddenly stops beating.

    In the study, the researchers analyzed information from more than 28,000 people who experienced cardiac arrest during a 10-year period of time.

    Among the patients in the study, 3,376 had used NSAIDs at some point just a month before their cardiac arrest.

    The patients that had taken good ol' ibuprofen had a 31 percent increased risk of cardiac arrest. And, a whopping 50 percent increase in cardiac arrest was found among the patients who'd taken the NSAID diclofenac (a.k.a. Voltaren, Cambia, or Solaraze).

    The study didn't find a link between the use of naproxen, celecoxib, or rofecoxib and cardiac arrest, but these drugs were used a lot less commonly by the patients.

    But to me and you, that shouldn't matter.

    I written about this in eTips before, and can't stress it enough: NSAIDs are NOT good for you. They've been linked to kidney damage, platelet issues, and liver damage, as well as high blood pressure, stroke and heart attack.

    An estimated 100,000 hospitalizations a year are due to NSAIDs. And about 16,000 people DIE each year from NSAID-related complications!

    Instead, here are two terrific options to NSAIDs, and neither one of the will hurt your heart -- or anywhere else.

    For instance, T-Relief is a natural, homeopathic remedy with an arnica base that can really help with the aches and pains from an injury or after surgery. I recommend the gel or ointment form, which can be found in health food stores, many pharmacies, and online.

    In the April 2016 issue of my Nutrition and Healing newsletter, I shared information about a medical food called Limbrel, which has stood toe-to-toe with NSAIDs in clinical studies and come out equally as effective in alleviating pain -- particularly the aches and pains associated with arthritis.

    You'll need a prescription from your doctor to get it, but it has a small fraction (if any) of the scary side effects of NSAIDs.

  3. NSAIDs are killing your heart cells

    NSAIDs can increase stroke and heart disease risk by causing your heart undue stress and reducing your ability to shed toxins
  4. Popular pain reliever boosts atrial fibrillation risk 84%

    The American Heart Association dispatched a Big Pharma-funded spokesperson to throw cold water on a study proving non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) can trigger a deadly heart condition.
  5. Painkillers can wreck hearing in women

    Common painkillers can dramatically increase the risk of hearing loss, especially in women.
  6. 'Safe' painkiller worsens asthma

    Asthma patients, if your doc is still telling you that acetaminophen is safe for your condition, it's time to switch docs and find one ready to join the rest of us here in the 21st century.
  7. Ibuprofen linked to miscarriage

    Over-the-counter painkillers end lives -- a tragic reality that the FDA outrageously refuses to recognize.
  8. Common painkillers boost heart attack risk

    According to a study published in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association, some of the world's most commonly used painkillers can dramatically boost the odds of a second heart attack or even death within days of taking them.
  9. Painkillers linked to erection problems

    You don't have to be a sissy to hit the pain pills every day -- but the side effects can turn you into one.
  10. Pop a painkiller, drop dead

    Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories used by millions for everything from arthritis to headaches to back pain. And now, researchers say they can double, triple, and even quadruple your odds of heart attack, stroke, and an early death.

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