Are all topical pain relief creams safe?
No. In fact, they can be downright dangerous.
So says Dr. Terry Treadwell (founder of The Institute for Advanced Wound Care). In the October 2013 issue of the journal Wounds, he points out a widely prescribed topical pain reliever can:
- Make you look older (not what ANY mother wants to hear for Mother’s Day).
- Lead to serious infections.
- And – if used before surgery – can even increase your risk of death!
(You can offset some of those damaging side effects with a cheap, readily available vitamin. More on that in a second.)
The topical pain reliever in question is corticosteroid cream (found in a slew of over-the-counter and prescription creams.)
So, just how dangerous is it?
A study followed patients who were treated with corticosteroid cream 30 days prior to being wounded or an operative procedure. It turns out they were…
“reported to have 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.”
In case you glossed over that, he said…
From a topical cream!
Who knew something you just rub on your skin could kill you?
Corticosteroid creams are deadly because they interfere with your body’s ability to heal… and that’s also why…
Your 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 laundry list of accelerated aging side effects such as:
– Appearance of permanent stretch marks (striae)
– Thin spidery blood vessels (telangiectasias)
– And can worsen other skin disorders such as acne, rosacea and perioral dermatitis
So What Can You Do to Protect Yourself?
Dr. Treadwell says vitamin A reverses the effects of corticosteroids. So up your intake if you are forced to use this type of cream.
But why expose yourself to dangerous side effects in the first place when there are all-natural solutions?
Take MSM, for example. That’s short for Methyl Sulfonyl Methane. It sounds like a drug but it is completely natural.
In your body, MSM provides the mineral sulfur. You need sulfur to build skin, hair, cartilage, ligaments and tendons. The sulfur in MSM also helps heal and repair injured, overused or damaged joint tissues.
And it relieves joint and muscle pain, too.
In a double-blind, placebo-controlled 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%.
You can get MSM naturally from foods such as milk, eggs, meat and seafood. The best sources are sulfur-rich vegetables, like onions, garlic, asparagus, cabbage, broccoli and Brussels sprouts.
But you probably won’t get enough from your diet.
Modern farming practices have depleted our soil of sulfur. So vegetables don’t contain as much as they once did. In addition, cooking and processing robs food of MSM.
Fortunately, you can take MSM supplements (doctors I trust recommend 900 mg to 1,000 mg, three times a day).
But the problem with oral supplementation is MSM won’t always get to where you need it most.
The Good News Is Your Skin Easily Absorbs MSM
Which is why I’ve included MSM (along with several other nutrients and herbs) in my topical pain relief cream Rub On Relief®.
Just rub it on your back, shoulders, knees, elbows, joints, muscles and even tired feet for quick relief.
And even better than quick results is the fact that it keeps your pain away longer compared to other creams.
A few years back, Oxford scientists reviewed 16 clinical studies on 1,279 patients (with sprains, strained muscles, joint pain and chronic pain).
They found most commercially available creams (corticosteroids or otherwise) do NOT stop your root cause of pain… but rather… simply hack into your nervous system so pain signals don’t reach your brain.
That’s fine… for a little while.
But over time these root causes build and build… causing worse damage… and even more pain!
Oxford University biochemist Andrew Moore went so far as to say about most commercially available creams:
“You go to any pharmacy in the U.S. and find tons of these things… but they don’t work.”
So there you go. Prescription creams like corticosteroids can make your skin look older… and… over the counter ones flat out don’t work!
Rub On Relief® is different because it attacks the four primary root causes of pain… so you feel better now AND later.
By the way… you should read more about Rub on Relief® even if you aren’t interested in trying it.
That’s because I reveal the four main factors driving every type of pain. You may discover something you didn’t know that will be the pain relief breakthrough you’ve been looking for.
Here’s the link one more time: Rub On Relief®.