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Powerstrips and cancer and pain relief

Posted by Jonathan Chamberlain on July 27, 2014

Powerstrips – a Korean invention. Basically a plaster containing herbs, minerals etc which some people – and some lab evidence – suggests is not only good for pain relief but can inhibit cancer. For more info

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Pain relief in your back garden?

Posted by Jonathan Chamberlain on March 30, 2011

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Wandering Jew Plant and pain relief

Wandering Jew plant (North America) is, as one might guess from the name, an unwelcome plant that spreads quickly and has a bad reputation with gardeners as it is very difficult to get rid of. However, it appears to have pain relieving qualities (according to this anonymous testimonial from ‘Maria’ on a chat site:

“To everyone that suffers from pain in their hands due to carpal tunnel or arthritis pain, and probably even more. All YOU NEED ARE 1 to 3 leaves of this humble and amazing plant. Rinse and boil them until they turn pink. The water will probable turn green, depending on how many leaves you are boiling. When leaves are pink, pour the water in a bowl and put your hands above the bowl, (Your hands are going to receive the steam, DON’T PUT YOUR HANDS IN THE BOILING WATER. YOU’LL GET BURNED!). When there is no more steam coming out, just throw the water away.

My daughter who has suffered from this pain, went to the doctors. use different kinds of medicines and never got better, was almost crying one day in pain, I got 3 leaves and did it on her. After almost 20 minutes, she told me there was no more pain. I’ve been thinking about sharing this tip with everyone, but was afraid of not knowing what to say, and look how much I’ve said right now. This is true. Hope it works as well for many of you that are suffering from this affliction.”

Unfortunately Wikipedia informs me that there are four different plants, three of the same family that are all called Wandering Jew.

Three species of the spiderwort plant are known as “Wandering Jew”:

  • Tradescantia fluminensis, a shade-tolerant, easily regenerating invasive plant having small green leaves and white flowers, a South American native.
  • Tradescantia pallida, a plant bearing purple leaves, with white, pink or purple flowers;
  • Tradescantia zebrina, a type distinguished by leaves that feature a distinct lengthwise zebra-stripe pattern of white and green.
  • Also, (blue) Wandering Jew, Commelina cyanea, a native Australian plant, common from Victoria to Queensland.

The description above suggests that the writer is talking about T.pallida (the pinkness of the leaves) – but it is T. zebrine that appears to be more commonly used for medicinal purposes. But as they are closely related (except for the Australian plant) it may not matter.

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Posted by Jonathan Chamberlain on February 11, 2011

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MSM, Lyme disease, Pain relief and Detox

Here are two personal accounts of using MSM

I took MSM when I was in my forties. I had no idea that I had lyme. I took just 1/4 tsp a day and had amazing results. It helped with  depression, low blood sugar, varicose veins, skin and hair health,  scar tissue from tendonitis, sensitive teeth, my husband’s acid  reflux, protections from the sun. Eventually, I upped my dosage to 1 tbl per day but I don’t think it was necessary. I upped it when I was  sick, when my body could handle more. Before that, I could tell if I  had too much because I would get a headache and feel pressure behind  my eyes.

MSM goes to the place in the body that needs it the most. That was my personal experience. I would say that anyone with lyme should take small amounts everyday to help with glutathione.  I love MSM!


When I first started MSM, I herxed [had a Herxheimer reaction – ed] a lot, and someone in my Lyme
group said that taking MSM was the equivalent of increasing all my other  supps, as MSM made them more accessible to my cells. I backed off a  bit and then carefully built up. Seems to be working well, so  perhaps  at this time just topical use of DMSO is the best way to go for me.  It’s also a great way to deliver things that I’d rather not have  the  digestive tract have to deal with, even though I realize that once  through the skin, DMSO does get around.  With Lyme, everything is a balancing act, with the rules changing  constantly.

I started MSM with just one little 250 mg capsule. 26 hours later the results were dramatic. What I
didn’t know at the time was that the positive results I attributed to  the MSM were incorrect. The pain relief I got at that time was  due to  the detox effect of the MSM, it released vestiges of all the pain meds, caffeine and nicotine I had ingested all of my adult and some  of  my adolescent life. It took 3 months of increasing doses of MSM to  get  all of that out of me and I literally was on a drug high during  that  time.

MSM should not be over-depended on. Massive use of it will  imbalance  the body. It is particularly known to deplete one of the trace minerals –  molybdenum. I think

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arthritis, joint pain and herbs that help

Posted by Jonathan Chamberlain on January 29, 2011

Arthritis, heart disease and cancer are all diseases of inflammation – what helps one may very well help the others – if you need info about cancer there is a lot of info on this site – please browse – also get an overview of cancer from my two cancer books –

Arthritis, Joint Pain and Herbs that help

The following article by Dr Michael Cutler posted in Natural News contains a list of herbs that can help –

In his article he recommends the following herbs

  • Alfalfa which provides essential minerals for bone development and can either be eaten as a raw plant or taken in capsule form.
  • Amur Corktree is an herb sold under the name Nexrutine and has anti-inflammatory properties.
  • Boswellia extract can help control osteoarthritis and reduce inflammation.
  • Bromelain is an enzyme extracted from pineapples that reduces inflammation.
  • Capsicum is also known as cayenne pepper, chili pepper and red pepper. It contains ample amounts of capsaicin, which causes the pungent and irritating effects. Applying this herb as an ointment or cream multiple times a day can provide you with real relief from joint pain.
  • Devil’s Claw root is a pain-reliever and anti-inflammatory, and is often found in herbal combinations for arthritis.
  • Ginger extract can help moderately reduce osteoarthritis pain according to some studies.
  • Keratin is found in much of your body’s connective tissue such as skin, hair and teeth and is high in the amino acid cysteine, which is a shock-absorber and helps strengthen weight-bearing joints. Keratin is found in a scientifically formulated compound that can counteract joint destruction over time.
  • Korean Angelica is an herbal agent that works on the central nervous system to help fight inflammatory pain throughout the body.
  • Nobiletin has been shown in laboratory animals to dramatically suppress destructive inflammation.
  • SAMEe (S-Adenosyl-Methionine) is as effective as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) in increasing joint function and decreasing pain without the side effects.
  • Stinging Nettle leaf extracts help restrain the inflammation in autoimmune conditions like those found in rheumatoid arthritis.
  • Willow Bark contains substances with powerful anti-inflammatory properties.


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Kava (African Minty) & Pain relief

Posted by Jonathan Chamberlain on December 14, 2010

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Kava (African Minty) & Pain relief

The following link leads to an article that gives some interesting background on the use of the herb kava as a reliever of pain

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Arthritis cure – personal experience

Posted by Jonathan Chamberlain on July 8, 2010

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Effective Arthritis treatment

It appears that there is a great deal of overlap between cancer, heart disease and cancer – probably because they are all diseases of inflammation. Here is a personal account of an arthritis cure that was published on one of the Yahoo chat groups I monitor:

“Some arthritis is viral or bacterial. It can be killed by taking olive leaf extract . Vitamin defieciencies can make it far worse.

However, I had good success with mine just heating the area with an electric heat pad and then rubbing wintergreen and peppermint essential oils on it and then just resting with the heat pad against my lower back. Mine was degenerative arthritis according to an x-ray teclh who spotted it after I had x-rays following a motorcycle accident. Anyway, I did this twice a day for around 2 weeks at the most and it cleared it up. My wife avoided knee replacement surgery by doing that with just the wintergreen oil for around 2 months. She had gotten to where she could no longer shop and yard work was out of the question as even housework was quite painful. It has never returned.

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Pain and Naltrexone

Posted by Jonathan Chamberlain on March 8, 2010

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Low Dose Naltrexone and pain

Naltrexone is often mentioned as a possible blocker to cancer growth. But it is also a powerful pain reliever as this story shows:

Dr Nancy Sajben ( tells this story:

When I first saw her in 2006, I prescribed low dose oral ketamine that gave relief lasting up to 3 hours from each dose. She then requested referral to Dr. Schwartzman, chief of neurology at Drexel University in Philadelphia, for continuous 5 day ketamine infusion that was done May 2007. She was pain free but it completely lost effect after 8 months, despite booster infusions every 4 to 6 weeks for 4 hours daily over 2 days during those 8 months. After insurance the cost out of pocket was $45,000 in 2007 alone. Dr. Schwartzman had nothing more to offer after it failed and said most patients have relief for less than 6 months if at all.


In March 2007, I started her on a combination of Namenda 55 mg daily with lamotrigine 350 mg daily that relieved 90% of the pain, but once every 6 to 8 weeks she needed 12.5 to 25 mg low dose oral ketamine for breakthrough pain. Even more rarely, she used oxycodone 10 to 20 mg.


In October 2008, adding naltrexone 1 mg by mouth, she became pain free. Since then she has not needed anything for breakthrough pain and on 3/5/09, she reported that her last use of ketamine and oxycodone occurred with the addition of low dose naltrexone.


In 2009, she hiked 30 miles down the Grand Canyon and back up in 3 days.


Naltrexone was later increased to 4.5 mg as she completely tapered off lamotrigine.


By December 2009, the RSD was 98% better and she reported that it was not pain anymore. Medications then were naltrexone 12.5 mg at bedtime and Namenda 55 mg daily in divided doses. She had just a “remnant” of a little buzz, but no crushing except when active, late in the day.


A few months later she slowly tapered off Namenda with no increase in pain.

She hikes 2 miles 3 to 4 times a week, does Iron Mountain once a week, does “Silver Sneekers” exercise 1 hour 3 times a week and sleeps well 8 to 10 hours a night without a sleeping pill.


She remains on low dose naltrexone as her sole medication for this

previously disabling neuropathic pain syndrome~


She has returned to part time work and spends a few weeks a month traveling the world, hiking, volunteering, sightseeing.


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“Thanks so much for the book – It’s very user friendly.”


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