pain

  1. Jungle discovery leaves pain researchers SPEECHLESS

    I don’t need to tell you that Big Pharma is trying to brainwash us.

    You can’t turn on the TV these days without seeing a commercial for some new “wonder pill!”

    And whenever you walk into a doctor’s office, everything from the tissues to the pens have a drug company logo on them.

    Get sick? Take a prescription drug. That’s what the mainstream wants us to think.

    But what would happen if all of those ads… and all of those pills… didn’t exist?

    A fascinating discovery has just been made on the island of Borneo in the Pacific Ocean.

    It’s leaving pain researchers speechless – and it could forever change how you look at natural medicine.

    Researchers had been following a group of orangutans when they noticed something amazing.

    When the primates’ muscles got sore, they tore off the leaves on a plant called Dracaena cantleyi (it’s related to asparagus) and rubbed the resin on themselves.

    Dracaena cantleyi is actually a powerful anti-inflammatory that has been shown to relieve muscle and joint pain. It’s mainly used in Pacific Island folk medicine.

    But just think about that for a second: These orangutans are actually wired to look for cures in nature. They instinctively know that these cures exist, and they seek them out.

    I’ve been saying for years that nature has given us all we need to heal just about any health condition or disease.

    I’m talking about everything from diabetes… to cancer… to memory loss… to chronic pain.

    We just need to step outside the Big Pharma bubble and look.

    Now, Dracaena cantleyi is a bit of a local remedy, and you’re not really going to find it in America.

    But there are plenty of all-natural pain relievers out there. Some of my favorite include:

    • Curcumin: This anti-inflammatory compound comes from the spice turmeric and has been proven effective against severe arthritis.
    • White willow bark: This is the natural remedy that the drug companies copied when they developed aspirin. But it’s a lot less harsh on your gastrointestinal system.
    • Arnica: This herb can even be purchased as a topical for quick pain relief.

    You can buy these natural remedies at just about any online or local supplement shop – and for a lot less than you’d spend on pain drugs.

  2. The sneaky ingredient you need to avoid

    If you love your General Tso's chicken, I bet you'd say that nobody can take your favorite takeout dinner away from you.

    But a flavoring often used in Chinese food can be hazardous to your health -- and eating it can cause everything from headaches to heart palpitations.

    It's called MSG (a.k.a. "monosodium glutamate") -- and thankfully, many Chinese restaurants in the U.S. now leave it off the menu.

    But MSG is still lurking in a lot of America's favorite packaged and fast foods. And according to a new study, regularly eating this flavor additive could saddle you with pain that just won't quit.

    The study, recently published in the journal Nutrition, involved 30 Kenyan people who'd lived with chronic pain for at least three months.

    Now, in this particular part of Kenya, it's pretty common to find folks with headaches -- and researchers thought that might be because they use a spice mix containing MSG in their daily cooking.

    You see, we know that in high amounts, MSG can be toxic: It can over-stimulate, damage, and even KILL nerve cells.

    And that, as we've found, can cause otherwise unexplained pain.

    Then again, the study's authors acknowledged that the headaches could be a symptom of dehydration, which is also widespread in that part of Africa.

    But these Kenyans were also experiencing neurological symptoms that are commonly found in patients with chronic pain right here in the U.S. -- including chronic fatigue, cognitive dysfunction, and sleep issues.

    So, researchers split participants into four groups, with each group receiving one of the following:

      1. a seasoning substitute that didn't contain MSG
      2. bottled water to increase their water intake
      3. both the seasoning substitute and bottled water
      4, acetaminophen (a.k.a. Tylenol)

    By the end of the study, it turned out that members of the group that cut MSG out of their diets AND drank more water reduced their chronic pain scores by 30 percent or more. And sure, that means that dehydration played SOME role in their discomfort.

    But although this study was small, these results are really something -- because making a small dietary adjustment was enough to send their pain packing!

    So, if you're living with ongoing aches (whether in the head or elsewhere), it's a good idea to look at your diet -- and start by cutting out any and all MSG.

    But you should know that it's not always labeled as "monosodium glutamate" or "MSG," because the FDA allows it to be listed under a bunch of OTHER names, such as "hydrolyzed protein," "protein isolate," "protein extract," and "autolyzed yeast extract."

    The feds, of course, allow ALL of those in foods because they classify them in the "generally recognized as safe" category.

    But we know how wildly overly optimistic the FDA can be about the safety of certain food additives. And if you're in pain, you don't want to wait for government hacks to start paying attention to scientific findings like these.

    The best way to steer clear of MSG? Avoid packaged and fast foods entirely!

  3. 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...
  4. 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...
  5. Extract from fig tree bark alleviates pain

    The extract from the bark of a species of fig tree found in tropical areas of Africa, Ficus platyphylla, was shown to have similar effects to endorphins, morphine, and NSAID pain relievers, working on the body’s natural ability to create its own opioids and inhibiting pain signals.
  6. Pain worsened by poor sleep

    Knee pain is bad enough on its own, but new research finds that poor sleep can make the pain even worse.
  7. Opioids linked to erection problems

    Men who take opioid painkillers have lower levels of the manly hormone testosterone and a higher risk of erection problems.
  8. Drinking cuts rheumatoid risk

    In what might be the best way yet to keep rheumatoid arthritis at bay, researchers find that women who drink have half the risk of the painful joint disease.
  9. How depression and disability go hand-in-hand

    It's not just bad for your mental health -- it's positively ruinous for your physical health, too, as seniors who fall into a funk have a dramatically higher risk of disability.
  10. The easy way to get hooked on painkillers

    Docs are supposed to PROTECT their patients from dangerous, addictive, and entirely unnecessary painkillers by giving them out sparingly -- or better yet, not at all. Instead, they're passing these meds out like mints at a diner, and they've turned a generation of seniors into painkiller junkies as a result.

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