Considering knee surgery? Read this first!
7 Keys to beating osteoarthritis
without drugs or surgery
There are two kinds of people battling the pain of knee osteoarthritis: those who think they need surgery...and those who’ve already had it.
The dirty secret of the orthopedic industry is that those surgeries rarely end the pain or improve movement, and they can even leave you in more agony than ever.
If you don’t believe me, ask anyone who went through the expensive surgery and struggled through the long and painful recovery only to discover that their “new” knees are no better than the old creaky ones.
And if you already learned the hard way yourself, you can rest assured that you’re not alone. Your surgery didn’t “fail.” It went exactly as could have been predicted or even expected——because there’s precious little evidence to back most knee procedures, and plenty of evidence against them.
Randomized studies in both 2002 and 2008 found absolutely no benefit for the wildly popular arthroscopic surgery for knee osteoarthritis patients, including no difference in pain, physical function, and quality of life. None!
Some doctors are now doing fewer of these procedures, but it’s not because they’ve realized the error of their ways. It’s because they’ve found something even more profitable——and even less proven. They call it the total knee replacement, but I call it...
The joint scam of the 21st century.
Total knee replacements are spreading like wildfire, with some 600,000 of them performed each year in the United States alone. But earlier this year, a study in Lancet found little evidence to back the safety, effectiveness, and even patient satisfaction with the procedure.
Even worse, many of the 30 or 40 replacement knees on the market have been poorly tested or not tested at all, thanks to lax regulations for implanted devices (including a tasty loophole that allows new medical devices to be approved with practically no testing if the maker claims it’s basically the same as an existing approved model...even if it’s not).
No wonder they’re being recalled almost as frequently as automobiles——and you can bet your “good” knee this is only the beginning, because there are more consumer protections in place over car parts than there are for body parts.
But in spite of all that, your orthopedist is still making promises he can’t keep and giving you the hard sell for surgery.
If you want to know why, don’t look at the evidence...as I just explained, it’s not there. Look at his home. Find it on Google Earth if you can. Pay close attention to the size of his palace...the big swimming pool...and his fleet of luxury cars. You’d think he was a Wall Street fat cat.
Orthopedic surgeons are the highest paid doctors in the nation. They make double the salary of the average family doctor, and many make several times that. And let’s face it, they don’t get those big piles of cash by NOT operating.
Well, dear reader, the jig is up——because I’m here to tell you that while you might not be able to cure osteoarthritis pain in the knees and elsewhere, you sure can do a heck of a lot better than you’re doing now.
And you don’t need drugs OR surgery——just my seven steps to success:
Cod Liver Oil: Think of it as lubricant for your joints. It’s a time-tested
remedy long known for its anti-inflammatory properties, and (unlike replace-ment knees) it’s backed by research: A 2002 study from Cardiff University found that cod liver oil slashed levels of the enzyme responsible for joint cartilage damage in osteoarthritis patients, and that the effect was noticeable in as little as 24 hours. The longer you take it, the greater the benefit——so start today.
Glucosamine and Chondroitin: Your orthopedist will tell you these two don’t work. He’s lying because, unlike the surgery he’s pushing, glucosamine and chondroitin are backed by both science and the testimonials of the millions of people who rely on them for osteoarthritis relief. A series of studies out of Belgium showed that this dynamic duo can bring pain relief and reverse the joint calcification that marks the condition. They can also ease stiffness and restore motion. The downside is that it can take a few weeks or even a few months to kick in——but I promise you, it’s worth the wait.
Curcumin: It’s the spice that gives curry its color——and a 2010 study found it’s as effective as ibuprofen at pain relief for osteoarthritis. Ibuprofen, of course, can wreck your stomach or even punch a hole right through it. Curry is delicious. You tell me which is the better option.
Devil’s Claw: Sounds like something I made up to see if you’re still paying attention, but devil’s claw isn’t something mixed with eye of newt and bat’s breath. It’s a traditional herbal remedy——and a 2002 study found it could match the pain relief and mobility benefits of the European drug diacerein, with none of the risks. Now that’s giving the devil his due!
Lose Weight: All our knees wear down as we age. But if you’re asking your hinges to support a super-sized frame, they’re not just going to wear down——they’re going to break down. A study last year found that losing weight improved pain, stiffness, physical function, and overall quality of life in knee osteoarthritis patients. All I can say is, no kidding.
Quit Exercise: If you’re going to the gym, demand a refund——and if you’ve been jogging or running, quit before it’s too late. The best way to wreck your joints——especially your knees——is by constantly taxing them through exercise such as running and lifting. You should still make sure you get out and stay mobile, just do it with safer activities such as walking, bicycling, golf, or even gardening instead.
Smoke Like a Chimney: You read that right! It might not be politically correct, but the nicotine in tobacco protects joints from osteoarthritis damage and may even prevent the disease from occurring in the first place. One recent study of 11,388 senior Australian men found that longtime smokers were up to 51 percent less likely to need a total joint replacement than nonsmokers. I recommend a quality cigar after meals. No, you don’t have to inhale; cigar smokers don’t inhale. The nutrients from cigar smoke are absorbed by the mucous membranes of the mouth.
So while all your friends end up stoned on narcotic drugs for pain relief after failed knee surgeries, you’ll be out teeing off on the golf course with a stogie——enjoying life. And isn’t that how your golden years are supposed to be?