Read This Before You Take That Arthritis Drug

Opioids have been around a long time. The opium poppy has been used for its therapeutic benefits almost as long as humans have been around. Opioids have one special ability: to block pain. They do this by decreasing both the perception of, and our reaction to, pain. Opioids also have the ability to increase pain tolerance.

As many as four million Americans may be taking opioids regularly to manage their pain. Most of these people are suffering from either low back pain or arthritis. Drugs like “Vicodin,” tramadol and “Darvocet” all purport to help ease Continue reading

Consider This Therapy before Knee Surgery

Mark down a new health breakthrough for the ancient therapy known as acupuncture. Osteoarthritis of the knee is the most common form of joint pain in the world. The answer, for many, is knee replacement surgery. But what if acupuncture could be used instead?

When acupuncture burst onto the scene in the U.S., Continue reading

Read This Before You Go on a Diet

Your body loves micronutrients. It doesn’t need a lot of these essential dietary elements — trace amounts are enough. But without these small amounts, you’re in for all sorts of health problems, including added weight. Research has shown micronutrient deficiency to be scientifically linked to a higher risk of obesity and other diseases dangerous to your health.

In the latest health news, a study performed at the Department of Nutritional Research and Education in North Venice, Florida, shows that many popular diets are low in micronutrients — in other words, they may not be helping people to shed extra pounds at all.

The U.S. researchers noted Continue reading