Inflammation: The Elephant in the Living Room

Here is an excerpt from a New York Times article
that supports the idea that inflammation is the primary cause of Restless Legs Syndrome.

“Although NSAIDs work well, long-term use can cause stomach problems, such as ulcers and bleeding, and possible heart problems. In April 2005, the Food and Drug Administration asked drug manufacturers of NSAIDs to include a warning label on their product that alerts users of an increased risk for heart-related problems and digestive tract bleeding.”

“Restless Leg Syndrome” New York Times Online (Dec. 12, 2009) Reviewed by: Harvey Simon, MD, Editor-in-Chief, Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Physician, Massachusetts General Hospital. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.

The key words in the above excerpt are “NSAIDs work well” and “long-term use can cause problems.”

NSAIDs is an acronym for “Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs.” These are the pharmaceutical anti-inflammatories that Doctors prescribe.

What this excerpt is telling us is that Doctors treated RLS patients with anti-inflammatory drugs, and they worked well to lessen the patient’s inflammation and RLS. Unfortunately the dangerous side effects that NSAIDs create eliminate them as a viable remedy over an extended period of time.

NSAIDs are not an option because of their dangerous side effects. This isn’t a reason to ignore the obvious evidence that inflammation is a key component of RLS.

It’s an important clue that Doctors and Scientists seem to be skipping over, simply due to the fact that they don’t have an effective drug that deals with chronic inflammation.

Even though a proper diet and a few vitamins, minerals and herbs can quickly heal your inflammation (and RLS), the chances of your Doctor recommending any of these is zero.

Therein lies the problem.


  1. I keep seeing more and more evidence that inflammation is at the core of a great many ailments. I’m perplexed that there’s not a well-researched, more balanced approach to everyday things the average person can do to reduce inflammation in the body. Hrm.


    Pain Elimination

    • rlsottawa said


      It is highly disturbing. It’s also exciting. I think major changes are coming, sooner rather than later.

      I checked out your website. Interesting stuff.

      Thanks for getting in touch!


  2. classydude24 said

    I should have my grandmother read this article. She’d find it very interesting, I’m sure.

    Thanks for the interesting read!

  3. Alan said

    Hi. I’ve had restless legs for years but never knew much about it until recently. It is getting to the point that I can’t sleep an entire night because the restless legs, back, abdomen, etc. wake me up.

    So I decided to research a cure and share my findings in a new blog that I’m just starting up called

    I just found your site and I am fascinated. I’ve always thought that inflammation had a lot to do with RLS. Your theory makes perfect sense. Cut out the food ingredients that cause the inflammation and take supplements and herbs that help heal the inflammation.

    You might also be interested in a germ theory that I discovered about 10 years ago. I share it in another blog called (yes, I am one and proud of it LOL). The theory is that all medical conditions are caused by microorganisms using us as a host. Take the example of ulcers. After years of treating them with milk and antacids, it turns out that they are caused by h. pylori bacteria. The treatment is now very simple.

    May I link to your site from

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