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Pain Medications Cause Joint Pain & Joint Damage

Wednesday, May 7th, 2014

Back pain is the second most common condition that people visit their doctor for.  Likewise, prescriptions medications to treat pain are often the first line o treatment recommended by doctors.  Unfortunately, pain medications do little to address the actual origin of the pain and serve more to mask the outward symptoms.  The consequences of long term pain medications on healing and nutritional status are discussed in this Web Wellness University video below…

Prescription Drugs for Pain Don’t Solve the Problem

Drugs only mask inflammation, they do not correct the source. Many pain meds also cause vitamin and mineral deficiencies. This side effect can prevent long term healing. For example, NSAIDS (non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) can cause folic acid and vitamin C deficiency. Both of these vitamins are crucial for the body to be able to repair damaged cartilage, joints, tendons, and ligaments. See the diagram below:

Most, doctors specializing in the treatment of arthritis, joint pain, back pain, neck pain, and other diseases affecting the musculoskeletal system never even consider diet as an important factor in the development of these conditions. I was formally trained in rheumatology at the VA hospital in Houston, TX, and I can say that diet and nutritional recommendations to patients were discouraged and in most cases frowned upon by our attending physicians.  It was actually this experience that prompted me to dig deeper into the connection between join/muscle  diseases and food.

Over the past 10 years, I have treated thousands of patients with arthritic conditions. The most single effective therapies have always been diet and exercise. The paradox with exercise… It is harder to stick to if it flares up the arthritis. The problem with food…everyone reacts uniquely based on their own unique chemistry. But it only makes sense that if drugs can target inflammation as a treatment, why can’t food. After all, isn’t food a drug of sorts?

I have found that medical research greatly supports this connection, but more importantly, I have found that patients get better after eliminating inflammatory foods from their diets. What foods should we avoid to help recover from arthritis?  Depends on the person. Everyone is unique.

Problems That Benefit With The Right Diet Changes:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Muscle spasms
  • Stiff man’s syndrome
  • Degenerative disc disease, disc herniations
  • Sprain/Strains
  • Tennis and Golfer’s Elbow
  • Chronic Repetitive Injuries
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Lupus
  • spondyloarthritis
  • psoriatic
  • reactive arthritis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Scleroderma
  • Myofascitis
  • Dermatomyositis

If you suffer with a chronic pain condition and have been using medications with little benefit, try finding a functional medicine doctor.

Wishing you excellent health,

Dr. Osborne

Dr. Osborne is an expert in functional medicine and chiropractic  care.  He is Board Certified in Nutritional Medicine.  You can contact  his office at 281-240-2229.  He regularly  treats patients from across  the world.  His office is in Sugar Land, Texas in the  Greater Houston  area.

Dr. Osborne and Gluten Free Society Host Holiday Meeting

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

How To Navigate the Holidays and Stay on a Gluten Free Diet

Thanksgiving Gluten FreeMake sure you save the date.

When?  Saturday, November 2nd, 2013

Where? University Branch Library

Address – 14010 University Blvd. – Sugar Land, TX 77479 (At the University of Houston Sugar Land Campus).  Map it here <<<

Time? 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

That’s only two weeks away!  Dr. Osborne will be discussing how to get through the holiday season without wrecking your gluten free diet and your health.  Don’t forget that we will be giving away some awesome door prizes including:

  • Gluten Free Warrior T-Shirts
  • Food Allergy Testing (valued at over $1200)
  • Vitamin and Mineral Testing (valued at over $400)
  • Cookbooks and supplements to help with the gluten free lifestyle

Remember that in order to qualify for the door prizes you need to bring a TRUE gluten free (grain free) dish – preferably holiday themed.

More than $2000 dollars worth of prizes were given away, including 2 Spectracell vitamin and mineral blood tests, an Elisa Act allergy test (measures 315 food, chemical, and environmental toxin reactions), multiple bottles of gluten free multivitamins, and more.

RSVP on Facebook here <<<

Gluten Free Help

If you know someone considering a gluten free diet and they want to learn more, bring them to the meeting.  We will be providing many resources free of charge.  If you can’t make the meeting, you can check out Dr. Osborne’s new cookbook here.  It is grain free, dairy free, and sugar free.  He just added 50 new recipes with a focus on the Holidays!


Wishing you excellent health,

Dr. Osborne – The Gluten Free Warrior


Get Your Shirt Here <<<

Drug Induced Nutritional Loss – A Threat to Your Health

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013

The Road to Recovery Requires Re-evaluation…

Many of you who are trying to recover your health may not have looked at your medications as a potential to create nutritional deficits and subsequently create health problems. Often times the health problems caused by nutritional deficits are the same issues that we are being prescribed a medication for in the first place.  This can lead to long term confusion and failure to address the full scope of our illnesses.  Fox News recently interviewed me on this very vital health topic…

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Your Doctor Should Consider Nutrition

Regardless of the medication being used, your doctor should consider the potential for long term vitamin and mineral deficiencies. Failure to do so can lead to additional health problems for you. The following diagram illustrates a common example (high blood pressure patients) of the cycle I see in patients trying to recover from gluten:

healing from gluten damage - consider medications

Is a Multi Vitamin Enough?

Although a good place to start, a multi vitamin is not always enough to correct these deficiencies. Often times a therapeutic dose is required to overcome the deficit. The best thing you can do is to have your doctor run appropriate lab testing to measure for vitamin and mineral deficiencies every 6 months for as long as you are taking the medication(s).

If you want to learn more about how specific medications can deplete vitamins and minerals, go here now <<<

Always looking out for you,

Dr. O


Gluten Free Diet May Not Be Enough to Heal

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

You Are Invited…

Gluten Free Society, Town Center Wellness, and Dr. Peter Osborne are hosting a gluten free meeting on May 19th, 2012 at the Sugar Land Library. Join us to share in food, friendship, and fun. The topic of the meeting is:

What to do when going gluten free is not enough to restore your health…

***We will be giving away more than $2000 in door prizes!

Bring yourself, bring your family, bring your friends.

A Gluten Free Diet Might Not be Enough

Many go gluten free and continue to have persistent health issues. This meeting will focus on how to improve health beyond the gluten free diet. Including:

  • What lab tests you should ask your doctor to order
  • How vitamin and mineral deficiencies can hinder the healing process
  • Rebound symptoms of going gluten free
  • How hidden food allergies can secretly keep you sick

Place: 550 Eldridge Road, Sugar Land, TX 77478

Time: 11:00 am to 1:00 pm

No Entry Fee, but please bring a TRUE gluten free/grain free dish with recipes to be eligible for a door prize.
Join us for learning, food and friendship.

The Gluten Free Diet Needs a Definition Overhaul

Monday, February 20th, 2012

The Term Gluten is Evolving as More & More Research is Done

I was recently invited to speak about gluten and food allergies on Fox News.  In the interview, I discuss some of the newer research pertaining to gluten sensitivity.  Additionally, I discuss how many legumes (soy, peanuts, etc) can create the same type of damage as gluten.  I also referred to a new research study has identified 2  forms of corn gluten that trigger an immune response in patients with gluten sensitivity.  You can watch the video below:

About the new study on corn maize (gluten)

Two forms of corn gluten were found to stimulate an immune reaction is patients with gluten intolerance.  In a published report, the scientists stated:

some maize prolamins (zeins) contain amino acid sequences that resemble the wheat gluten immunodominant peptides…Results concur to indicate that relative abundance of these zeins, along with factors affecting their resistance to proteolysis, may be of paramount clinical relevance, and the use of maize in the formulation and preparation of gluten-free foods must be reevaluated in some cases of celiac disease.

This is not the first research study that has identified corn glutens as detrimental.  It is just the most recent.

Gluten Free Food Industry Needs To Make Changes

Gluten free substitute products are full of corn and corn byproducts.  For a comprehensive list of corn based ingredients go here <<< Aside from containing a detrimental form of gluten, corn is not a healthy staple food.  As a matter of fact, the U.S. government banned the sale of processed corn products in 1943 because they induce B-vitamin deficiency disease.  Today, this grain must be fortified with synthetic B-vitamins before being sold.  Does that sound healthy to you?