Sunday, April 17, 2005

Arthritis and Stiff Joints Redux

This is such and important topic affecting millions of otherwise healthy people, I thought it would be important to review this information. Consumers spend billions every year on pain relief to deal with the pain of arthritis, stiff joints, knee injuries, shoulder injuries, hip pain, elbow pain, sore back, chronic back ache, bursitis, tendonitis and more. Sadly, all too often the result is that you increase your odds of ulcer, liver and kidney problems - and you still have pain.

Understanding the pain you are suffering

COX-1 and COX-2 Pain Triggers:
For many years, doctors have known that your body releases an enzyme called cyclooxygenase, or COX, and that it has two forms - COX-1 and COX-2. These enzymes are your body's natural response mechanisms.

COX-1 protects your stomach lining from harsh acids and digestive chemicals and also helps maintain kidney function. So, when you eat that spicy meal or sour pickle, COX-1 protects your stomach.

COX-2 is produced when joints or tissue are injured. When COX-2 enzymes get abundant, they can trigger pain and swelling.

So ... you bang your knee and your body floods with COX-2 enzymes. The abundance of COX-2 triggers pain and maybe even swelling. Or perhaps you may have a chronic joint or muscle injury (like arthritis), which causes the COX-2 levels to remain high all the time - bringing constant pain that won't go away.

Most over the counter painkillers - like Aspirin, Advil, Ibuprofen & Acetaminophens - work by suppressing the COX enzyme. The down side is that they suppress both COX-1 and COX-2, which is why they often cause upset stomach, ulcer, increased risk of liver and kidney problems and gastrointestinal bleeding.

For extended use (e.g. arthritis) doctors will often prescribe COX-2 inhibitors, such as Vioxx, Bextra or Celebrex. Side effects of COX-2 synthetic medications include abdominal pain, nausea, indigestion, and - in rare cases - severe effects like abdominal bleeding. The withdrawal of Vioxx underlines the potential dangers of some of these side effects.

Still suffering pain? Discover the hidden trigger!

Have you ever thought "pain medication doesn't work for me?" You're partially right. The pain medication you are taking is not working for you, and we can tell you why!

Scientists have recently discovered that there is a third enzyme that triggers pain. It's called the 5-LO enzyme, and over the counter pain medications have no effect on it. That's why you still have pain.

Imagine, for a minute, that there are three streams feeding into a river. If you block the flow to two of them, where is the water going to gush? Into the third! And that's exactly what happens when you block the COX-1 and COX-2 enzymes without suppressing the pain inducing 5-LO enzyme.

And what about healing?

It's a common mistake to think that when pain stops, the injury is "better". But if the pain has stopped because of medication, you still have cell damage. Pain medications like Aspirin, Advil, Ibuprofen & Acetaminophens do nothing to heal the cell damage - and can even slow down healing.

The FlexEasy difference!

Unlike most pain medications, FlexEasy suppresses the COX-2 enzyme as well as the 5-LO enzyme for more effective pain relief.

FlexEasy contains glucosamine to help heal the injured tissue, and contains a special blend of natural ingredients to reduce inflammation, control overactive nerve impulses, soften any scar tissue, help cartilage tissue heal, and block pain within the cartilage and muscles to help you feel better faster without an upset stomach or side effects.

If this product was a synthetic, the large drug companies would be battling to patent it. But it's not. It's 100% natural.

Best of all, FlexEasy is a liquid formula for faster, higher absorption. While our bodies only absorb approximately 30% of vitamins/supplements in pill form, liquids have an absorption rate of about 90%.

These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Dr. Brad Krueger is a natural joint pain relief specialist. You can ask him questions at
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