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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.

Natural Immune Boosters

Friday, January 10th, 2014

Here is the Secret Arsenal of Natural Supplements I Use to Help Patients Keep Their Immune Systems Strong…

Called the Fantastic 5, stocking your  pantry with these immune builders will help keep you out of the doctor’s office.


UltraImmune IgG

Ultra D3

Ultra Zin

Detox C

Ultra Antioxidants

Thursday, January 9th, 2014

Finally, A Natural Way to Help Protect Your Skin Without Having To Bathe in Toxic Sunscreens…

Medical research confirms that a diet high in antioxidant nutrients along with supplementation of phyto UV protectants helps support natural skin health and protects from solar radiation.

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