Ignoring knee pain can make it worse – even to the point of needing surgery.

Many of us have pain that never seems to end. At times it is sharp and gets our attention. Other times, it is dull and annoying. We live with it and occasionally take aspirin or other pain relievers.

What can happen? The pain gets worse or never goes away regardless of whatever we do. Nonnarcotic pain relief leads to heavier, more addictive medications. Or the side effects of the pain relievers cause more problems than the pain.

Household Spice

https://www.newsmax.com/health/health-news/turmeric-curcumin-joint-pain-natural-health/2020/09/15/id/986971/ Two months ago, a study published online in the Annals of Internal Medicine showing that household spice turmeric was effective in reducing pain. The study concentrated on seventy people with knee arthritis who were randomly assigned to groups. One group took an extract of turmeric (Curcuma longa) every day for twelve weeks. The other group took a placebo.

The turmeric group reported an improved range of motion and less pain compared to the placebo group. Similar clinical studies had been done previously with various pain medications. The turmeric results appeared to have beaten the over the counter (OTC) pain relievers.

Pain Relievers

https://www.lifespan.org/lifespan-living/over-counter-pain-medications-what-consider#:~:text=Side%20effects%20from%20OTC%20pain,directed%20for%20longer%20than%20directed. Two types of OTC pain killers are acetaminophen (Tylenol) and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) which include ibuprofen (Motrin and Advil), naproxen (Aleve), and aspirin.

Each drug works a little differently and provides slightly different results. Muscle pain is different from headaches or earaches. Pain from injury is associated with swelling and inflammation. Some drugs relieve pain by reducing prostaglandins (the cause of some pain) and other drugs direct their efforts to thwart the signals to the brain that registers pain.

Osteoarthritis (OA)

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/osteoarthritis/symptoms-causes/syc-20351925#:~:text=Osteoarthritis%20is%20the%20most%20common,%2C%20knees%2C%20hips%20and%20spine. OA is the most common form of arthritis. It affects millions around the world. Pain occurs when the protective shield that cushions bone wears out or is torn (as in an injury or surgery).

Many people have OA in their knees, but it can occur in your hands, hips, and spine. The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that over 30 million Americans suffer from OA, especially OA in the knees.


Most of us are not taught how to become and maintain good health. We live with a bulletproof mentality until our early 20s. Everything works well, and nothing hurts. Then, as the years drag on, little hurts become more noticeable. Our lifestyle is the biggest factor in our overall health.

When a lifestyle contains mostly inflammatory foods (sugar, trans fats, vegetable oils, refined carbohydrates, and processed meats to name a few) the body becomes inflamed. Our optimum ratio of omega-6 fatty acids to omega-3 fatty acids should be 1:1. When this ratio exceeds 4:1, inflammation begins to affect your health.


Lifestyles must change to prevent OA and other potentially debilitating diseases. Turmeric is one of two compounds that I have researched that has an effect at the cellular level without creating side effects.

Turmeric is good, but not very bioavailable in the body. Black pepper extract enhances the bioavailability of the curcuminoids in turmeric to be effective at the cellular level. When buying turmeric (or curcumin) in pill form look for piperine (black pepper extract) as part of the ingredients to ensure you have the super-charged turmeric.

As always, it is better to go straight to the horse’s mouth. Many stores sell turmeric raw. I use the edge of a spoon to remove the outer bark-like skin. I always add lots of freshly cracked pepper to whatever meal has turmeric in it.

Live Longer & Enjoy Life! – Red O’Laughlin – RedOLaughlin.com


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