Natural Options to Relieve Your Chronic Pain

From the Show: Naturally Savvy
Summary: One out of four Americans suffers unnecessarily with chronic pain. Are you one of them?
Air Date: 3/18/15
Duration: 10
Host: Andrea Donsky, RHN and Lisa Davis, MPH
Guest Bio: Jacob Teitelbaum, MD
Jacob Teitelbaum, MD, is a board certified internist and Medical Director of the National Fibromyalgia and Fatigue Centers and Chronicity. He is author of the popular free iPhone application "Cures A-Z," and author of the best-selling book, From Fatigued to Fantastic! (Avery/Penguin Group), Pain Free 1-2-3 — A Proven Program for Eliminating Chronic Pain Now (McGraw-Hill), Three Steps to Happiness: Healing Through Joy (Deva Press 2003), Beat Sugar Addiction NOW! (Fairwinds Press, 2010), and his newest book Real Cause, Real Cure (Rodale Press, July 15, 2011). Dr. Teitelbaum knows CFS/fibromyalgia as an insider — he contracted CFS when he was in medical school and had to drop out for a year to recover. In the ensuing 25 years, he has dedicated his career to finding effective treatment.

Dr. Teitelbaum does frequent media appearances including Good Morning America, CNN, Fox News Channel, the Dr. Oz Show and Oprah & Friends.
  • Book Title: Real Cause, Real Cure
  • Guest Twitter Account: @DrJTeitelbaum
Natural Options to Relieve Your Chronic Pain
One out of four Americans suffers unnecessarily with chronic pain. 

Arthritis, inflammation, bursitis, and tendonitis are all common versions of the pain that many struggle with.

NSAIDs like ibuprofen can help address the pain, but typically it returns once you go off them.

There are ways to get rid of inflammation -- which is essentially the underlying cause of pain -- naturally. 

Jacob Teitelbaum, MD, suggests three different herbal options that work in combination to ease your pain and even get you to a point of being pain-free: 
  • Curamin Supplement (active ingredient curcumin, which balances dozens of pathways in your body)
  • End Pain Supplement (sweet cherry extract, boswellia, white willow bark)
  • Comfrey (topical)
The trick is, you need to give these herbals at least six weeks time in order to work.

Tune in as Dr. Teitelbaum shares more ways to get rid of your chronic pain naturally, as well as the top ingredients for pain relief.

RadioMD Presents: Naturally Savvy | Original Air Date: March 18, 2015
Hosts: Andrea Donsky, RHN & Lisa Davis
Guest: Jacob Teitelbaum, MD

She's not here to judge. She's here to report the honest news on health living. She's Andrea Donsky, along with Lisa Davis. It's time for Naturally Savvy.

LISA: Recently, I learned a fancy word called the "pes anserine." Now, we all have one. It's an insertion point below your knee where three tendons insert and there's a bursa underneath. The reason I'm mentioning this is because I have something called "pes anserinusitis", which is inflammation. Now, if anyone's had any sort of inflammatory pain in their body, it is very, very painful. So, this is perfect timing for me and for you out there as well if you're experiencing this or knows someone who has this type of pain.

We've got Jacob Teitelbaum, MD, back on the show.

Hi, Dr. Teitelbaum.

TEITELBAUM: Well, hello. It's great to be back with you gals.

LISA: It's so nice to have you back. I am icing as we speak, by the way, so I'm hoping that's one of the things you're going to recommend.


TEITELBAUM: Well, let's take a look at pain because 1 out of 4 Americans suffers unnecessarily with pain—chronic pain. And, you know, you can get rid of pain. The only problem is, the doctors are not trained in how to do it. So, we're going to teach people today, how to get pain free. Since you're talking about arthritis, inflammation, bursitis, tendonitis, those things that end in "itis", or inflammation. Let's start with that one because there's a really good way to get rid of inflammation naturally. Now, we have many of the arthritis medications called NSAIDs like Ibuprofen, but those kill over 30,000 Americans needlessly a year. Bleeding ulcers, heart attacks and strokes. I prefer using natural alternatives. Let me give you three different herbal approaches to the pain and you can use all three of them together. You want to give herbals six weeks because they rebuild systems. They heal the inflammatory system. So, I would start with a base called curamin. Anybody out there with pain, just write this down. Go to your health food store. We have at EndFatigue.com. It's easy to find. One to two tablets, two times a day. You can take it with any of your pain medications. Give it six weeks and you're going to find often near dramatic or miraculous results. Another mix is called End Pain. It also works very nice [inaudible] the curamin. I've not see anything as effective as curamin. Then, there's a topic called comfrey. You can just rub over the area. It used to be called "bone mint" used even for broken bones. So, those three, in combination, for pain that's been short-term. It knocks it out pretty quickly in most cases. For long-term pain that's gone on awhile, give it six weeks to see the full effect. That combination, for most people, will ease their pain much better and often pain-free. For listeners who have arthritis, add glucosamine chondroitin to that combination. A good vitamin powder like Energy Revitalization System and you're going to find an interesting thing. It takes six weeks to put out the pain. Then, once you're pain-free for 3 months, you can usually stop the medication or the natural remedies and you'll remain pain-free. So, that's for inflammation pain.

Shall we tell people how to get through the muscle pain?

LISA: Oh, yes.

ANDREA: Very interesting. But, before you do that, I just want to ask you a question. You mentioned curamin and I wanted to talk about the active ingredient, or the main ingredient which is curcumin, right? I want you to tell us a little bit about that and how it works on reducing inflammation.

TEITELBAUM: Curcumin hits multiple different pathways. The Cox pathway, the [inaudible] pathway. There are literally dozens of pathways that are being rebalanced and curcumin are what makes curry yellow. The yellow in Indian food. So, it can be very helpful, but the problem is, it's very poorly absorbed, so you would have to eat an Indian diet all day to get the effects.

LISA: Right.

TEITELBAUM: This is a form that adds these essential oils back in and dramatically increases your absorption. It replaces 7 pills of the next best ones in terms of…So, one to three pills a day can be very effective. It's just a really remarkable step forward.

LISA: Now, I have a quick question. The second thing you mentioned, which I wrote down, is called End Pain. Where do you find that?

TEITELBAUM: All of these can be any health food store or at EndFatigue.com. Our webshop will have it as well. Balance the mix with willow bark, boswellia and cherry. So, curcumin, boswellia, willow bark, these are some of the premier herbs for knocking out pain, but you've got to use the right types because if you don't have the right concentration or potency, it's not going to work.

LISA: Okay. Alright. Well, you were going to go on to talk about more ways because, I can't even tell you, as soon as we're done today, I can't run, but I'm limping to grab these.

TEITELBAUM: Well, ice it down, because ice helps inflammation for 20 minutes, then put on heat.

LISA: Yes.

TEITELBAUM: Now, let's talk about the most common cause of pain which is muscle pain—tight muscles. If you have it locally, it's one thing. If you have it all over and you can't sleep, that's fibromyalgia. Both of those represent the energy crisis in the muscles. Restore energy with Shine, sleep, hormonal support, infections and inflammation need to be addressed, nutritional support. Using a supplement called ribose. Two of our studies showed it increases energy 61%, on average, after 3 weeks while knocking pain down quite significantly. Then, a vitamin powder like the Energy Revitalization System also helps. So does the antidote exercise as well. But, again, we've talked about a lot of things today, but if you have an iPhone or Android, there's the app "Cures A to Z". This is a free app with over a million downloads. It will have health conditions from A to Z and how to use the best of natural and prescription treatments to get yourself feeling great.

ANDREA: I love that you said that it takes six weeks for people to feel a difference because a lot people who are in pain will say, "Well, I don't have six weeks to wait because I'm going to be in excruciating pain for those six weeks." What do you recommend to people who, let's say, they want to go on the herbal supplement regimen, but they also are in pain during those six weeks? Should they use some medication in the meantime to kind of bridge the gap? What do you recommend?

TEITELBAUM: I think that's very reasonable because the medication poisons systems. They work very quickly, but then, they can kill you and they're pretty tantric in a whole lot of ways. So, it's reasonable to combine the two of them and then as you get pain free, to wean down off the medication and then after 3 months to wean down off the herbals as well.

LISA: So, even when someone's…go ahead Andrea. Well, even when the pain goes away…

ANDREA: Well, I was just going to say…

LISA: See, we both have so many stories. Isn't that too bad because I think so many people have issues with pain? Alright. Andrea. You have the floor.

ANDREA: I was just going to say, my husband suffered from pain for a long time and that's what he did. He weaned himself off of the medication and just stayed on the natural treatment and it works really well.

TEITELBAUM: Yes. And, it works more effectively and instead of the side effects…Because like I said, with the ibuprofen and NSAIDs, bleeding ulcers, heart attacks, strokes, leaky gut, a host of other problems. With the herbals, you get side benefits. With the curcumin, less Alzheimer's. Seventy percent less Alzheimer's in India because of the curcumin. You have decrease in depression. In head on studies, it's as effective as anti-depressants. It decreases cancer risks. It's being studied in literally over 100 studies looking at its prevention and treatment of cancer. So, you get all of these side benefits. Glucosamine in one study—the people taking it were 17% less likely to die during the study period. So, you get side benefits instead of side effects. The herbals, wonderful way to go. Much less expensive, safe, healthy and they work.

LISA: I love curcumin. It's one of my favorite supplements to take and I love that you said that because I remember reading that, too. I think it was on Dr. Mercolaside and he was saying that it can be hard to digest it or to absorb it, so I love that you mentioned that earlier. I do think, I mean, Dr. Teitelbaum, we love having you on the show. You're such a wealth of information. So, we appreciate you coming back on today, even though we're out of time. Oh, my gosh, it goes by so fast, but, hopefully, you'll come back again soon, and just remind people, again, where they could find out more information about you and where they can find these products.

TEITELBAUM: Get the Cures A-Z app and, also, go to www.EndFatigue.com.

ANDREA: And, you're also on Twitter @DRJTeitelbaum.

TEITELBAUM: Not so much. Mostly on the website.

ANDREA: Okay. Perfect. Well then, scratch that.

Alright. I'm Andrea Donsky along with Lisa Davis. This is Naturally Savvy Radio on RadioMD. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @YourRadioMD and @Naturally Savvy.

Thanks for listening, everyone. Stay pain free today and stay well.
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