A new study published in the journal Nature Chemistry provides new insight into the power of a rare type of tree bark to relieve serious pain. Scientists from the Scripps Research Institute (SRI) in Florida discovered that the bark of the Tabernaemontana divaricata plant, also known as crepe jasmine, contains a compound known as conolidine that appears to be just as effective at treating pain as morphine, but without all the harmful side effects. (more…)
Arthritis pain and back pain often can go hand in hand. So our goal was to find a remedy that addresses both ailments. And we found it… in the rootlike stem of an ancient Asian plant.
The study comes from Dr. Roy Davis Altman. He’s earned the distinction of Super Doctor for 2011. Super Doctors are recognized as leaders in their fields. Dr. Altman received his degree in internal medicine and rheumatology at the University of Miami School of Medicine. He now practices at UCLA Medical Center. And he’s a founding member of the Osteoarthritis Research Society.
His study had a clear objective: “To evaluate the efficacy and safety of a standardized and highly concentrated extract of two [stem] species… in patients with osteoarthritis of the knee.”
Stemming the Pain With A Simple Stem (more…)
Acai (ah-sigh-ee) is native to the Amazon rain forest in Central and South America. It is an exotic fruit categorized as a super fruit. The fruit grows in bunches of 3-8 dark purple berries on the acai palm tree. It has been used for culinary purposes as well as medicinal purposes in many countries. Acai has been used traditionally for eliminating intestinal parasites, to ease chronic diarrhea and dysentery, build the immune system and as an energy booster. Recent research suggests the fruit may be beneficial for cardiovascular health, slowing prostate cancer and breast cancer, reducing risk of Alzheimer’s disease, alleviating pain and discomfort of arthritis, dental health and weight loss. (more…)
Question: I feel like I’m in pain all the time, and nobody can tell me why. Doctors just want me to take painkillers and deal with it, but I can’t take it anymore. What can I do? (more…)
Question: How safe are non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)?
Aspirin is one of the most popular nonprescription drugs in the world. It is often called a miracle drug, and why not? It’s one of the most common arthritis remedies in existence. It’s reportedly good for everything from pain and inflammation relief to fever reduction, from preventing cardiovascular disease and strokes to helping protect against pregnancy complications, dementia, and even some forms of cancer.
But its benefits don’t stop there. As it turns out, aspirin is also good for recharging your car battery, removing perspiration stains, restoring hair color, and helping cut flowers last longer.1 And it even has its own foundation. No joke! There really is an Aspirin Foundation — aspirin-foundation.com — supported by Bayer® Aspirin, no less.
Aspirin and cancer
But the reason for today’s newsletter is the recent news concerning aspirin and cancer. For some time, there has been statistical evidence that aspirin may help prevent cancer. Although the evidence is mixed, there have been some studies that indicate aspirin can provide a significant protective effect against breast cancer. For example, a retrospective study of over 80,000 women found upwards of a 28% reduction in breast cancer among women who had used two or more tablets per week for ten years.2 Other studies have been less positive. But there’s even stronger evidence that aspirin may help prevent colorectal cancer, where studies have shown that regular consumption of aspirin may reduce the risk of colorectal cancer by about 40 percent after at least 5 years’ use.3 (This is an especially “interesting” result considering aspirin’s proclivity to intestinal bleeding.)
And now the latest research indicates that the use of as little as one aspirin tablet a month may provide a significant decrease in pancreatic cancer risk, at least according to the results of a case-control study presented just a couple of weeks ago at the American Association of Cancer Research 102nd Annual Meeting.
Pain is a delicate subject with my patients. When you’re suffering it can be difficult to express just how much it hurts. I’ve seen patients completely debilitated from chronic pain.
But Americans are tough. We don’t mind a little pain. As long as we can fight through it we don’t let it slow us down.
One thing you don’t want, though, is to take a pain reliever and have the side effect be worse than the original pain. And over-the-counter medications for pain have some pretty awful side effects. (more…)
Dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO), a by-product of the wood industry, has been in use as a commercial solvent since 1953. It is also one of the most studied but least understood pharmaceutical agents of our time–at least in the United States. According to Stanley Jacob, MD, a former head of the organ transplant program at Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland, more than 40,000 articles on its chemistry have appeared in scientific journals, which, in conjunction with thousands of laboratory studies, provide strong evidence of a wide variety of properties. (See Major Properties Attributed to DMSO) Worldwide, some 11,000 articles have been written on its medical and clinical implications, and in 125 countries throughout the world, including Canada, Great Britain, Germany, and Japan, doctors prescribe it for a variety of ailments, including pain, inflammation, scleroderma, interstitial cystitis, and arthritis elevated intercranial pressure.
Yet in the United States, DMSO has Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval only for use as a preservative of organs for transplant and for interstitial cystitis, a bladder disease. It has fallen out of the limelight and out of the mainstream of medical discourse, leading some to believe that it was discredited. The truth is more complicated. (more…)
Nighttime pain is a cause of distress for millions of people. It seems that in the evenings when people are worn out from their long day and the body is shutting down its defenses, pain seems to jump front and center. Without the innumerable distractions from traffic, people, the phone, we are left to face the pain, inflammation and stiffness of our body.
Without the ability to ease the pain, inflammation, tightness and stress… getting deep, sound sleep is next to impossible. Yet sleep is essential to the healing process.
Without deep sleep the body cannot properly heal and recharge itself…and the next days will be worse. Here I would like to share with you four easy tips and a little education about how you can ease your nighttime pain.
1. Careful What You Eat (more…)
Ancient societies, particularly those of the Americas and China, have consistently used cayenne pepper therapeutically.
A powerful anti-inflammatory, cayenne pepper is currently all-the-rage for cleansing and detoxifying regimes such as the Master Cleanse, which uses the spice’s health boosting properties to stimulate circulation and neutralize acidity in the body.
Cayenne pepper has been used for a variety of diseases and ailments including heartburn, delirium, tremors, gout, paralysis, fever, dyspepsia, flatulence, sore throat, atonic dyspepsia, hemorrhoids, menorrhagia in women, nausea, tonsillitis, scarlet fever and diphtheria.
The list below will expound upon more of the many health benefits of cayenne pepper. (more…)