There is a good chance you have one of these popular topical pain relief creams in your bathroom cabinet right now.

And they can be very dangerous...

In an issue of the journal Wounds, Dr. Terry Treadwell (founder of The Institute for Advanced Wound Care) points out this widely prescribed topical pain reliever can:

  • Lead to serious infections...
  • Make you look older...
  • And if used before surgery, can even increase your risk of death!

You Can Combat the Dangers with a Readily Available Vitamin

You can offset some of those damaging side effects with a cheap, readily available vitamin. But before I go into that, first I want to discuss which type of topical pain relief cream you need to be careful with.

The topical pain reliever is corticosteroid cream, which is in a lot of over-the-counter and prescription creams.

Is it Really That Dangerous?

Dr. Terry Treadwell followed his patients who he treated with corticosteroid cream for 30 days, prior to being wounded or an operative procedure was performed.

The following were the reported results:

  • had a 2-fold increase in wound infection...
  • 2 to 3 times higher incidence of wound dehiscence (wound rupture)...
  • and a 4 times greater mortality compared to those not taking steroids for that period of time.

So as you can see it is pretty dangerous, especially if you think that by just rubbing some cream on your skin there is a 4 times greater mortality risk.

Corticosteroid creams are deadly because they interfere with your body’s ability to heal…

But there is another problem with using these creams...

These Pain Relief Cream Makes You Look Old!

You see, the same mechanism that makes these drugs dull your pain also turns OFF your body’s own natural repair and rejuvenation mechanisms.

Which is why long-term use of topical steroid creams come with a long list of accelerated aging side effects such as:

  • Bruising
  • Discoloration
  • Appearance of permanent stretch marks (striae)
  • Thin spidery blood vessels (telangiectasias)

If you suffer from skin disorders such as acne, rosacea and perioral dermatitis, these can be worsened by the use of these steroid creams.

How You Can Protect Yourself?

According Dr. Treadwel the use of Vitamin A reverses the effects of cortico-steroids. So if you have been told you NEED to use this type of cream, it is extremely important to increase Vitamin A intake.

There are all-natural solutions for those whom wish to avoid the nasty side effects in the first place.

One you may already have heard off is MSM (Methyl Sulfonyl Methane). With a name like that it may sound like a drug but it is completely natural.

MSM provides our body with the mineral sulfur. Sulfur is needed to build cartilage, ligaments, tendons, skin and hair. Another important role of MSM is in healing & repairing injured, overused or damaged joint tissues.

But it can also help to relieve joint and muscle pain!

Double-blind, placebo-controlled MSM study:

118 people with knee pain tried four different treatments...

  • After 12 weeks, MSM decreased pain 52% compared with a placebo.
  • And when it was combined with the amino sugar, glucosamine, it decreased pain by 79%.

What Are the Best Natural MSM Sources?

MSM naturally exists in foods such as milk, eggs, meat and seafood. The best sources are sulfur-rich vegetables, like...

  • onions
  • asparagus
  • broccoli and
  • Brussels sprouts
  • cabbage
  • and garlic

The only problem is, you probably won’t get enough from your diet.

Due to modern farming practices our soil is significantly depleted of sulfur (but also all the other vitamins & minerals). So you think you are eating healthy vegetables, but unfortunately they don’t contain as much as they once did.

On the other hand cooking (and processing) robs food of most of the MSM...

Fortunately, you can take MSM supplements - trusted specialists in this field recommend 900-1000 mg per day for maximum benefit.

Other Natural Solutions

There are other natural solutions which are the most powerful and safe natural pain relievers.  My #1 favourite is the proteolytic system enzyme,which is like having a 'switch' to turn off pain. But also has other very important health benefits...

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