Life Extension Magazine August 2006
Natural Relief 1222
An All-Natural Analgesic Cream Provides Effective Topical Pain Relief
By Greg Freeman
What do injury-plagued professional athletes and ordinary Americans suffering from conditions such as arthritis have in common?
In a word, pain. For athletes, the ability to manage common injuries such as muscle sprains and conditions like tendonitis and bursitis is critical to success, as these impairments can limit their ability to compete or even end careers. For adults suffering the chronic pain associated with conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia, obtaining effective relief is critical to simply maintaining an active, productive lifestyle.
A topical analgesic cream called Natural Relief 1222 has been demonstrated to provide safe, effective pain relief for elite athletes as well as ordinary adults seeking relief from occasional and chronic pain. The result of 14 years of painstaking investigation by an innovative research scientist who himself suffered from severe arthritis pain, Natural Relief 1222 may deliver more effective relief than many currently available pain relievers. In fact, this novel, all-natural formula has been used successfully by members of the United States Olympic track and field team, as well as by players from all 32 National Football League (NFL) franchises.
The same unique, pain-relieving properties of Natural Relief 1222 that help injured athletes play to their full capacity can help people of all ages overcome the debilitating effects of conditions ranging from athletic overexertion to arthritis and fibromyalgia.
Doctors, Therapists Tout Pain-Relief Benefits
Jay Nielsen, MD, injured his knee so severely while hiking that he was left unable to stand. As medical director of the Wellness Rx clinic in Maumee, OH, which treats patients suffering from arthritis, fibromyalgia, and similar disorders, Dr. Nielsen was well versed in pain-management strategies before his injury.
After hurting his knee, he underwent x-rays, physical therapy, chiropractic care, and various other treatments. After nearly three months, however, he realized that he had damaged the cartilage in his knee and would require surgery.
Prior to undergoing surgery, Dr. Nielson tried Natural Relief 1222 one morning and noticed a significant improvement in his knee pain after just 20 minutes. He continued to apply the cream throughout the day, and by evening, his knee pain had diminished dramatically. After using the cream for three weeks, his knee had improved so much that he was able to get around almost normally. Dr. Nielsen cancelled his surgery and continued to use Natural Relief 1222, applying the cream four times a day. “I’m now down to one application a day,” he told Life Extension. “I’ll still have to have my knee ‘scoped’ for the cartilage, but I find it amazing that this product can postpone surgery for a knee that had me confined to a chair and unable to walk.”
Dr. Nielsen calls Natural Relief 1222 the most important product he has seen for treating joint pain since glucosamine. His experience led him to recommend the cream to his patients, who have observed similar results using it. Nielsen estimates that he has at least 600 patients who use Natural Relief 1222 regularly.
Dr. Nielsen works with Lee Kramer, who owns the Wellness Rx clinic and is a licensed massage therapist specializing in myofascial pain management. (Myofascial pain management seeks to counter restriction of the fascia, the seamless web of connective tissue covering and connecting the muscles, organs, and skeleton in the body. Injuries, stress, trauma, and poor posture can cause restriction of the fascia.) Kramer and his staff tested Natural Relief 1222 extensively before recommending it to their patients.
“The pain relief was immediate, and we’re not an easy sell,” Kramer told Life Extension. “We’ve tried every other ointment and cream on the market, including all the products with capsaicin or counter-irritants, and this is something different. Rather than heating or cooling the skin to mask pain, Natural Relief 1222 actually seems to stop the pain, apparently because it has an anti-inflammatory effect.”
According to Kramer, Natural Relief 1222 is one of the clinic’s most popular products. Its sales have outpaced those of other topical creams since the clinic began offering it two years ago. Kramer’s own experience with Natural Relief 1222 left him with no doubt about why his patients are devoted to the product. After injuring his knee, Kramer applied Natural Relief 1222 to the injury site. Within an hour, his pain was gone, and he did not require another application for three days.
First Defense Against Chronic Pain
David William Johnson, MD, of Evansville, IN, reports that Natural Relief 1222 is popular with his chronic pain patients, especially those suffering from fibromyalgia.
An estimated 3.7 million people in the US—primarily women who are diagnosed with the disease in their thirties and forties—have fibromyalgia.1 A painful rheumatic condition, fibromyalgia is characterized by diffuse or localized pain, tenderness, and stiffness of the skeletal muscles and connective tissues. Fibromyalgia is also frequently accompanied by sleep disturbances and chronic fatigue. In addition to suffering persistent, widespread musculoskeletal pain, people with fibromyalgia often must cope with friends, family, and health care professionals who dismiss the disease as a psychosomatic disorder. Despite the widespread prevalence of fibromyalgia, its cause remains unknown.
According to Dr. Johnson, Natural Relief 1222 provides results that are superior to those of other topical creams his patients have tried. Many apply the cream at night and find that it helps them sleep better, which in turn helps to mitigate the chronic fatigue associated with fibromyalgia. Dr. Johnson suspects that Natural Relief 1222 may be especially effective for fibromyalgia patients because it addresses muscle pain, whereas many other products are designed to primarily address joint pain. “I have pharmaceutical reps coming in all the time to tell me the great things about their products, but I rely more on what my patients tell me,” Dr. Johnson explains. “Natural Relief 1222 isn’t a cure, but it gives my patients relief so that they can sleep restfully and function better.”
One in three adults in the US—approximately 66 million people—suffer from arthritis or symptoms of chronic joint pain, according to the Arthritis Foundation.2 One of the most prevalent chronic health problems, arthritis is the leading cause of disability among Americans over the age of 15. Second only to heart disease as a cause of work disability, arthritis limits simple everyday activities such as walking, dressing, and bathing for more than 7 million Americans. Arthritis is responsible for an estimated 39 million physician visits and more than a half million hospitalizations each year.2 Like fibromyalgia, arthritis is usually a chronic condition, characterized by pain, stiffness, inflammation, swelling, and even destruction of the joints.
The severe, chronic pain that often accompanies conditions like fibromyalgia and arthritis can greatly compromise a person’s quality of life. Moreover, chronic pain can lead to depression, increased stress, and reduced activity levels, which can further exacerbate symptoms, producing a vicious cycle of worsening pain, depression, and inactivity. While many people suffering from arthritis and fibromyalgia seek relief from over-the-counter medications and prescription nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), others avoid these drugs for fear of the adverse side effects associated with many of them. It was precisely this predicament that led H. Edward Troy, PhD, to devote 14 years of his life to developing an all-natural, topical cream that could provide fast, safe, effective relief from joint and muscle pains.