The Truth About Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS)

This RLS Blog contains a LOT of information about Restless Legs Syndrome, covering a wide spectrum of different areas and aspects.

Because of that, a casual passerby at 4am that’s just trying to find a solution for their wonky legs may be overwhelmed or frustrated as they have to dig through information on epigenetics, glutamate, histamine etc. in order to find out what this “CURE” is all about.

For that reason I have created this post which I will LOCK into the first position on the blog so that this overview of “An Absolute Cure for RLS” will always be visible to newcomers.

magellan2INTRODUCTION

Throughout our early history the majority of the world’s population considered the earth to be flat. That was a normal way to think.

If you were to shout out that the world was ROUND back then, you would have probably been pelted with rotten vegetables.

You would have been called a NUT … a person DESPERATE for attention.

And then things changed.

In the early 16th century, Ferdinand Magellan proved to the Western World, that without a doubt, the world was in fact ROUND.

A new awareness was created.

But there were MANY before him that had the same knowledge. Ferdinand Magellan was simply part of a lineage of belief.

Despite the fact that most of the 300 million inhabitants of the planet in the early 1600’s believed the world to be flat, and but a small handful of astronomer-types believed it to be round, the truth was never altered. Not for a second. It was ALWAYS waiting there to be discovered.

A belief never has nor ever will alter the truth. The number of people supporting the belief does not matter.

ImageSo, What’s My Point?

Please understand, I’m not saying that I’m ANYTHING like Ferdinand Magellan. He had more courage in his baby toe than I have in my entire body.

But, despite my foibles, I have also stumbled upon a truth. And despite what anyone says, regardless of their intelligence, their degrees, their stature or whatever following they may have, there is NOTHING on earth that is going to change this simple truth that I have stumbled upon.

The simple truth is this basic formula.

LESS INFLAMMATION = LESS RESTLESS LEGS

Regardless of what your reaction may be to me, my views, or natural remedies in general … this truth that I am presenting to you is NEVER going to change.

ImageAN ABSOLUTE CURE FOR RESTLESS LEGS SYNDROME (RLS)

PROLOGUE

There is NO case of RLS that is beyond repair.

But please note … it is a PROCESS of RECOVERY. There is no magic pill.

You are exchanging your inflammatory diet and lifestyle (removing whatever it is in your life that is causing the inflammation in your body) for an anti-inflammatory diet and lifestyle.

As you can imagine, many sacrifices will need to be made. Some will be drastic. For starters you need to cut down on inflammatory items such as sugar, alcohol, refined flours, caffeine and dairy.

It may seem impossible, but if you move in this healthy direction, I can assure you that the sacrifices you make will pay off.

ImageI had horrible RLS for 23 years. I am now living a life I could have only dreamed of a few years ago. Words cannot express how grateful and relieved I am to have normal healthy legs and regular sleeping habits.

Something I learned from my own experience is that the MORE effort you put into your recovery, the FASTER you will heal.

If the only change you’re willing to make is to buy some magnesium or cut down on your sugar intake, then your recovery will be SLOW.

If you follow the advice given on this website, and go at your recovery with EVERYTHING you have … you will be rewarded for your efforts!

ImageSTEP ONE: STOP CONSUMING INFLAMMATORY FOODS AND BEVERAGES

If a fire breaks out in your kitchen, the first thing you need to do in order to save your house is to put out the fire!

It’s pretty basic logic. You can worry about the smoke damage, your melted toaster, the ruined curtains and whether or not your insurance covers the damage … after the fact.

But until you put that fire out, nothing else matters.

You must take the same approach when taking on your RLS. You must first PUT OUT the fire that is causing your restless legs.

Nothing else matters. You can switch medications all you want … but until you shift your WILL, and make a CONSCIOUS decision to stop eating and drinking the inflamatory substances that are ADDING TO YOUR INFLAMMATION … NOTHING is going to change!

ImageSTEP TWO: HEALING THE CHRONIC INFLAMMATION THAT IS CAUSING YOUR RLS

Look at each supplement below as a different firefighter with a firehose. The best way you can attack the inflammation is from ALL angles with as many firefighters as you can round up. This will speed up the healing process immeasurably.

Again, it’s crucial … absolutely essential that you begin to watch your diet. You need to at least pull back a bit from your regular intake of the most common RLS triggers (caffeine, gluten, aspartame, sugar, dairy, salt, MSG, red meat and alcohol).

Taking the supplements while you continue to consume a diet FULL of RLS triggers, is like spraying TWO hoses on the fire – one hose pouring WATER on the fire and the other hose pouring GASOLINE on the fire.

Little progress will be made, if any.

ImageYOUR DAILY INTAKE OF SUPPLEMENTS, VITAMINS, MINERALS and HERBS

Supplements are often expensive. With that in mind I have created a “BASIC GROUP” of supplements that should be affordable for most people.

For those with a wider budget, I have a list of additional supplements that you can pick and choose from.
www.rlcure.com/daily-intake-for-an-absolute-cure-for-restless-legs-syndrome.html

Keep in mind that the supplements listed below are addressing THREE main areas.

1. It is certain that you have chronic inflammation. This will be lessened.

2. It is very likely that you have higher than normal histamine levels, which contributes to a racing mind and sleepless nights. This will be lowered.

3. It is very likely that you have higher than normal glutamate levels, which also contributes to a racing mind and sleepless nights. This will be lowered.

Calcium + Magnesium “CalMag” (anti-inflammatory, natural antihistamine, lowers glutamate level)

Magnesium (Mg) is a co-factor in several hundred enzymatic reactions in the human body. Magnesium reduces histamine release. Magnesium plays a direct role in lowering common inflammatory markers.  

Carrot Juice (anti-inflammatory)

Carrots are perhaps best known for their rich supply of the antioxidant nutrient that was actually named for them: beta-carotene. However, these delicious root vegetables are the source not only of beta-carotene, but also of a wide variety of antioxidants and other health-supporting nutrients.

ImageCurcumin (anti-inflammatory, natural antihistamine)

A component of the popular Indian curry spice turmeric, Curcumin is considered a potent non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory. Curcumin has been shown to be as effective as cortisone and phenylbutazone in decreasing inflammation. It also works in several ways to decrease inflammation by reducing prostaglandin activity.

Grape Seed Extract (anti-inflammatory, natural antihistamine, lowers glutamate level)

Grape Seed Extract is one of the most potent antioxidants known; over 50 times more potent than Vitamin E or C. It acts as a natural antihistamine and anti-inflammatory. The main active component is its high content of proanthocyanidin (OPC or PCO). Proanthocyanidin is found in red, white, and purple grapes, blueberries, cherries and plums.

Iron (anti-inflammatory)

Iron is an essential mineral whose main function is to help carry oxygen from the lungs to the muscles and other organs. Iron deficiency is more common than many think. It is estimated that only 65-70% of all Americans meet their daily recommended intake.

ImageL-Theanine (lowers glutamate level)

L-Theanine is thought to be the key to tea’s subtle but calming effects despite the caffeine content in tea. L-Theanine is thought to counter the stimulating effects of caffeine by increasing the production of alpha brain waves. Alpha waves are associated with a state of deep relaxation while being mentally alert.

Omega 3 (anti-inflammatory, natural antihistamine)

Extensive research indicates that omega-3 fats reduce inflammation, helping to prevent inflammatory diseases like heart disease and arthritis. The omega-3 fatty acids can also be natural antihistamines that are useful to combat allergies as they reduce the inflammatory reaction associated with allergies.

Valerian Tea (anti-inflammatory, natural antihistamine, lowers glutamate level)

Valerian works exceedingly well for anxiety, insomnia and stress. Many people don’t know about one of the oldest herbs in existence valerian. Valerian has many healing qualities … in fact the latin root word valere means to be healthy. Valerian is one of the best herbs for stress … helping with insomnia, restlessness, nervousness, and inducing relaxation. Valerian is a good anti-inflammatory agent helping with swelling, pain, and redness… plus it also calms nerves … and promotes peace of mind.

Vitamin C(anti-inflammatory, natural antihistamine)vitamincinskincare

In addition to being a powerful anti-oxidant and immune booster, some studies have shown that high doses of vitamin c can help reduce sensitivity to allergens and reduce inflammation, mucus production and wheezing.

Water (anti-inflammatory, natural antihistamine)

Drinking plenty of water is one of the most effective natural remedies for inflammation. Water reduces inflammation and promotes cartilage health. To reduce internal inflammation, drink water to carry away waste products. Your body releases histamine in order to stop water loss. If you give your body adequate amounts of water, less histamine will be released.

For a list of references and citations please visit:
www.rlcure.com/daily-intake-for-an-absolute-cure-for-restless-legs-syndrome.html

tattooIN CLOSING

I urge you to read through the information on my main website www.rlcure.com

It’s all free information. Nothing is hidden from you.

This method has worked for me and many others. And it will work for ANYONE that is willing to change their lifestyle – to allow the inflammation in their body to cool down.

How you find the source of your inflammation, that’s your own personal journey. The RLcure website will guide you along, and show you where to look.

When you find out what is causing the inflammation in your body, that is the day you can start waving good-bye to your RLS forever!

I highly recommend that you take a moment to view the TESTIMONIALS from people that this “Absolute Cure” has helped.

These testimonials will hopefully help you to understand that recovery is possible, EVEN FOR YOU … no matter how HORRIBLE your RLS has become!

www.rlcure.com/tes.html

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Quote from Dr. Leonard Weinstock, MD, About the Relationship Between Inflammation and Restless Legs Syndrome

“I have thoroughly analyzed every known scientific study that has been done on Restless Legs Syndrome. Taking all of this data into consideration, there is no doubt in my mind that inflammation plays a major role in the occurrence of RLS. I see this time and time again with many patient types.”

- Dr. Leonard Weinstock, MD, Specialist In Gastroenterology, St. Louis, MO

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Why is the POWERFUL Link Between Restless Legs Syndrome and Inflammation Being Ignored? (PART TWO)

Puzzled male shrugging wearing lab coatIn PART ONE of this article I listed how several inflammatory conditions have been tested to have a higher prevalence of Restless Legs Syndrome. Yet the idea of inflammation being the common link is completely ignored.

As a medically uneducated person, if I was faced with a question on an exam that stated “There are forty inflammatory conditions that show a higher prevalence of Restless Legs Syndrome. Based on this information, what do you think may be causing the legs to be restless?”

a) abnormal use of iron by the brain
b) dopamine receptors are not signalling correctly
c) medications
d) inflammation

The dumb me would think, “well, if they’re all inflammatory conditions, I’m going to take a wild guess and say that the common link is d) inflammation.”

However, I would be wrong. In fact, according to science ALL the answers are right, except mine.

So despite my stifling ignorance, I present to you more evidence of the unshakeable link between inflammation and Restless Legs Syndrome.

Please visit The Healthy Elephant to read the rest of this article:
http://www.thehealthyelephant.com

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“Restless Legs Syndrome and Emotions” by Marcelle Pick, OB/GYN NP

pick“Emotional well being is an integral part of a healthy physical body In conditions like Restless Legs Syndrome.

I ask my patients to look beyond the symptoms and consider what may be causing these issues in the context of their emotions. Are their legs trying to tell them something? Where are they experiencing emotional restlessness in their lives? It is important to take a step back and take an honest look at the bigger picture of inner well-being. It’s amazing what we can discover when we think about changes we need to make in our daily lives that may be contributing to physical symptoms from stress, or other emotional variables.

When we work with our body naturally, we can utilize safe and effective techniques such as nutritional supplementation to help correct some of the imbalances. Conditions like restless legs syndrome can significantly interrupt daily life, but we can work to figure out what our body needs, and provide that in a course of treatment. When we use our body’s own wisdom to heal, we can rest more than our legs, we can rest our minds and our spirits. And that is definitely worth the effort.”

Marcelle Pick, OB/GYN and Pediatric NP grew up in Australia, surrounded by aboriginal cave drawings, healthy home-cooked meals, sunshine and beautiful crystal water. It was there that she gained an appreciation for the healing power of nature, whole foods, and positive thinking.

After earning a BS in Nursing from the University of New Hampshire School of Nursing, a BA in Psychology from the University of New Hampshire, and her MS in Nursing from Boston College–Harvard Medical School, Marcelle went on to co-found the world-renowned Women to Women Clinic in Yarmouth, Maine, with a vision to change the way in which women’s health care is delivered. In her practice, Marcelle undertakes an integrative approach that not only treats illness, but also helps women make choices to prevent disease. She has successfully worked with thousands of women to help them create wellness in their lives. http://www.marcellepick.com

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“Why is the Powerful Link Between Restless Legs Syndrome and Inflammation Being Ignored?”

new-THE-pic-2013-186x300A very special thanks to Laurie Boucino of “The Healthy Elephant” for publishing my article about RLS and inflammation.

I’ve taken all the evidence I’ve compiled from researching scientific studies and packed it into a single article. It will hopefully sway even the most devote skeptic.
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You can view PART ONE of the article at the Healthy Elephant website http://www.thehealthyelephant.com or on their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Healthy-Elephant/153593551362407

The Healthy Elephant website was created in order to guide people to wellness and personal healthcare empowerment  through education.

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RESTLESS LEGS SUCCESS STORY: Jean Alvisse, Sydney, Australia

alviseJean Alvisse is a personal trainer at Innervate Health & Fitness in Sydney Australia. She sent me the following:

“I just wanted to share this news.

I have suffered from RLS for over 20 years. About 3 months ago the RLS had reached a point that was unbearable. We had our first baby so sleep was limited already. With the RLS peaking in intensity it honestly had me questioning my sanity.

I have never taken any prescribed drugs for the RLS but because my legs were so debilitating I arranged to see my doctor.

Literally the night before my appointment in my sleepless and defeated state I was on the internet and stumbled upon the www.rlcure.com website.

I started with the herbs, vitamins and supplements and the elimination diet immediately.

The first 3 days were still awful, then by the 4th day the intensity was beginning to lessen. By the 8th day I was sleeping the whole night through!

For me, eggplant, spinach and mushrooms are my enemy.

I am so grateful. My sanity levels have been restored. I have enjoyed over 2.5 months of peaceful legs and wonderful sleeps.

However if I am very stressed or overtired the RLS does surface but the intensity is manageable.

Thank you again I am eternally grateful!”

- Jean Alvisse, Sydney Australia

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Endorsement of my Website from Dr. Hyla Cass, MD

cassI’d like to give a heart-felt thank you to Dr. Hyla Cass, MD for promoting my website on her Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/hylacassmd

Dr Cass is a frequently quoted expert in the field of integrative medicine, addiction, women’s health, and psychiatry, combining the best of leading-edge natural medicine with the modern science, in her clinical practice, writings, lectures, and nationwide media appearances. She consults to the supplement industry on formulation, and is the author of numerous articles and several popular books including “Supplement Your Prescription”, “Natural Highs”, and “8 Weeks to Vibrant Health.”

You can find out more about Dr. Cass and her books at: http://www.cassmd.com

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“WHY YOU SHOULD PAY ATTENTION TO CHRONIC INFLAMMATION: The Connection Between Inflammation and Disease” by Paul DiCorleto, PhD

Paul-DiCorleto-Pull-QuoteIf you read health sites or follow celebrity doctors, you’ve probably heard the buzzword “inflammation.” You may even have heard people touting miracle cures such as the “anti-inflammatory diet.”

ARE YOU CONFUSED?

Many people think of inflammation in terms of external signs: swelling, bruising and so on. But in truth, uncontrolled inflammation plays a role in almost every major disease, including cancer, heart disease, diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease and even depression.

Inflammation occurs naturally in your body. But when it goes wrong or goes on too long, it can trigger disease processes. That’s why researchers spend so much time trying to understand it – and developing ways to counteract it.

“Inflammation occurs naturally in your body. But when it goes wrong or goes on too long, it can trigger disease processes.”

TOO MUCH OF A GOOD THING

Inflammation is your body’s first line of defense against toxins, infections and injuries.

When your cells are in distress, they release chemicals to alert the immune system. The immune system sends its first responders — inflammatory cells — to trap the offending substance or heal the tissue. As this complex chain of events unfolds, blood vessels leak fluid into the site of the injury, causing the telltale swelling, redness and pain. These symptoms might be uncomfortable, but they are essential for the healing process.

Here’s the problem with inflammation: Over time, you can end up with too much of a good thing. With chronic inflammation, your body is on high alert all the time.

This prolonged state of emergency can cause lasting damage to your heart, brain and other organs. For example, when inflammatory cells hang around too long in blood vessels, they promote the buildup of dangerous plaque. The body sees this plaque as foreign and sends more of its first responders. As the plaque continues to build, the arteries can thicken, making a heart attack or stroke much more likely.

Similarly, inflammation in the brain may play a role in Alzheimer’s disease. For many years the brain was thought to be off-limits to inflammation because of the blood-brain barrier — a sort of built-in security system — but scientists have proved that immune cells can and do infiltrate the brain during times of distress.  Their role in disease progression is not yet clear, however.

WHY RESEARCHERS FOCUS ON INFLAMMATIONacute-and-chronic-inflammation

Add these disease processes — and many others — together, and it’s easy to understand why inflammation is a hot research topic. Understanding exactly how it causes disease could lead to better interventions and treatments to stop it.

The science of obesity offers an example. We’re learning more about how obesity triggers a cascade of inflammation that leads to metabolic conditions such as insulin resistance. Understanding exactly how that cascade works could lead to treatments for such conditions.

For example, Xiaoxia Li, PhD, of the Lerner Research Institute recently discovered that a protein called MyD88 helps coordinate the inflammatory cascade in obesity. Dr. Li’s research showed that making changes to MyD88 could reduce inflammation and insulin resistance in mice fed a high-fat diet. Future research to back up these findings could lead to better understanding, and even targeted therapy.

InflammationWHAT YOU CAN DO NOW

You’re going to have occasional inflammation from minor infections, allergies or injuries. This is normal. And every bump and bruise does not require an anti-inflammatory medication.

However, you can focus on lifestyle choices that reduce your risk of chronic inflammation — the kind that leads to disease. Many lifestyle factors have been shown to play a part in cellular inflammation: smoking, obesity, chronic stress and drinking alcohol excessively, for example. Fortunately, you can control these factors. And if you need help from a medical professional to do so, it’s available.

Work on a smoking cessation plan with your doctor, and know that many people need multiple attempts to find success quitting tobacco. Ask about a weight-loss plan through healthier diet and exercise, and know that medications and surgical options are available for more serious cases. Be wary of miracle claims about diets, but do seek nutrition advice from your doctor and a registered dietitian if needed. Talk to your doctor about stress-management techniques if work or home life are overwhelming you.
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Researchers are learning more about the missing links between inflammation and disease every day. But until we have more answers, your best defense against inflammation is to control the factors you can choose to control.

As Chair of the Lerner Research Institute, Paul DiCorleto, PhD, oversees all laboratory and clinical research at Cleveland Clinic. He is an expert in cardiovascular biology.

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