Why things hurt

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My broken arm bone healed years ago and the tendon is clearly not involved; why can’t I move my hand well? —SJ   I threw out my back, but years later my legs hurt. Why? —KR Without pain, we’d never know when we have exceeded the natural motion of a joint. We would never know that we have sprained, strained, or broken …

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Is your anti-inflammatory drug causing your inflammation?

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I used NSAID’s for way too long, for every pain, to try to reduce inflammation and swelling… now I’ve learned these anti-inflammatory drugs may be why I have a gastric ulcer. –Gabe NSAIDs, or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, are common pain-killers available in over-the-counter doses as well as stronger, prescription-only, anti-inflammatory formulations. I thought it was safe to take aspirin and Ibuprophen. …

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Powerful solutions for osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis: the leading musculoskeletal cause of disability in the Western society. As we age, years and a lifetime of ignored low-level chronic inflammation catch up to us—our joints wear down, become painful… Cartilage—the firm, rubbery tissue that cushions bones at joints and lets bones glide over one another while absorbing energy from the movement—that vital cartilage breaks down and wears …

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Joint or back pain? Key steps to reduce inflammation.

The average American has 212 chemicals in their body right now. You’re exposed 24/7 to nearly 85,000 chemicals listed on the EPA’s Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). Of those, fewer than 300 have been tested and only 5 restricted. Less than half have been tested for their ability—alone—to cause cancers. You’re told “a little bit won’t hurt you”—an idea that has never been …

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Relieve Pain: About those trigger points

True story. One morning Jan, an office professional, developed sharp stabbing pains in her neck; sharp and pinchy pains. She tried to stay calm and got up to stretch, but the pains just kept coming back. Although the pain didn’t seem particularly muscular, it somehow seemed natural to press on the painful spot with her finger—the pressure on across the top …

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Healthy fats to calm chronic pain

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Waking up with the most sore and swollen arms, back and neck (non-stop landscaping…) it’s easy to want an instant fix. I’m only 60 years young! At any given time, nearly a third of us suffer from muscle and joint pain, joint swelling, limited movement… For many, if it sticks around for more than a couple of days (“I’ll get through …

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Anti-inflammatory diet: Balancing omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids

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One of the most common causes of chronic inflammation is not having the right fats in your diet. Surprised? Maybe you thought I’d say sugar? Well, sugar is THE #1 cause, but here’s another rebalancing hint: The chronic imbalance of omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids in our diet—mostly due to relying on vegetable oils—is right up there causing our inflammatory woes. …

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Eliminating and preventing allergies: probiotics, prebiotics, synbiotics, what?

One in five of us suffer from allergies, a problem that is increasing especially among children. The rise in allergies worldwide has been ongoing and documented for 50 years according to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI). There is no clear answer why but a whole body health view may help understand—and heal—allergies. Food Allergies on the …

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Chronic pain breakthrough – What I learned from Alaska’s brown bears

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We trust our remedies, especially the sort in pill form, to the extent they are backed by peer reviewed clinical studies. While not so many of us consider the Alaska griz our “peers,”—pause for good-humored joking around…—bears are really smart. In fact, they seem to know some things we’ve forgotten. What’s this got to do with chronic pain? Read on Friday …

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Inflammation—Disease Cause or Cure?

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You “catch” a “bug” and your immune cells overwhelm and eliminate the infection. Your child skins their knee; immune cells clear dead/damaged tissue and debris and carefully coordinate healing. Cured. But what if the inflammation continues? Normally, short-term inflammation is a temporary redness, heat, swelling, tenderness, and pain. Even fever is the normal inflammatory response to infection or injury and is an …

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