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Debunking the Myth That There is a PRIMARY and SECONDARY type of Restless Legs Syndrome

myths-debunkedINTRODUCTION

Since you’re reading this article, it’s safe to assume that you or a loved one suffer from Restless Legs syndrome. You’ve probably read dozens of articles on this mysterious condition. You have come to learn that there is a PRIMARY type of RLS (where the condition develops naturally, without an obvious cause) and a SECONDARY type of RLS (RLS caused by another underlying health condition).

The truth is that there is only ONE kind of RLS, the kind that is caused by chronic inflammation. There is no other type of RLS.

RESTLESS LEGS SYNDROME IS CONNECTED TO OVER 50 INFLAMMATORY CONDITIONS

Ankylosing Spondylitis (a chronic inflammatory disease of the axial skeleton) is another condition that you can add to the large number of inflammation-based conditions that show a higher prevalence of RLS. A recent study (Tekatas and Pamuk, 2015) found that RLS was significantly more common in patients with Ankylosing Spondylitis compared with healthy controls (30.8 versus 13.2 percent).

The latin suffix “itis” denotes diseases characterized by inflammation. For example, Arthritis (inflammation of one or more joints), Colitis (inflammation of the colon) etc.

You can be certain that any disease or condition that ends with “itis” is going to demonstrate a higher prevalence of Restless Legs Syndrome within its community. The “itis” disease and RLS are both a result of an underlying chronic inflammation.

Many studies have been performed in recent years that show the undeniable relationship between RLS and inflammatory conditions. To date, there are more than 50 inflammatory conditions that show a higher prevalence of RLS. Many of these studies are cited in the paper “Restless Legs Syndrome: Theoretical Roles of Inflammatory and Immune Mechanisms.” (Weinstock et al, 2012). http://www.rlcure.com/rls_study.pdf

CHRONIC INFLAMMATION IS THE UNDERLYING CAUSE OF MOST DISEASESInflammation

Many doctors and scientists believe that the primary cause of most diseases is an underlying inflammation. And that belief is growing in leaps and bounds within the medical community. How it eventually manifests or “shows up on the surface” is based on the lifestyle and genetics of each individual.

In some cases it may manifest as cancer, in others as ALS, and in many it manifests several ways. Depression, IBS, Crohn’s disease … the combinations are endless.

Almost any ailment you can think of has the same issue at its core … inflammation.

If you don’t believe me, do a web search “Depression and inflammation”, “ADHD and inflammation”, “Parkinson’s and inflammation” etc. You’ll find a wealth of information on how they are intimately and undeniably linked.

The fact is, most of the people that contact me with questions or comments have other medical conditions that they are dealing with in addition to their RLS. These conditions are ALWAYS inflammation-based.

INFLAMMATORY CONDITIONS ALWAYS HAVE A HIGHER PREVALENCE OF OTHER INFLAMMATORY CONDITIONS

As stated, the reason that RLS has a higher prevalence in relationship to so many medical conditions is because the RLS and the medical condition result from the same core issue – chronic inflammation. They’re like different fingers on the same hand.

We’re focused heavily on RLS, because that’s what we’re dealing with in life. That’s how the chronic inflammation has manifested in our lives.

However, you can take ANY inflammatory condition and find that there is a higher prevalence of any other inflammatory condition (provided there has been a study done at some point). RLS is not unique in this mysteriously connected world.

To illustrate this fact, I’ve taken RANDOM pairs of conditions from the list of inflammatory diseases linked to RLS http://www.rlcure.com/diseases-conditions-that-are-linked-to-restless-legs-syndrome-willis-ekbom-disease.html and did some research to see if there is any known link between these random pairs.

health_20090219_depression_bannerHere are the results …

CANCER and ANEMIA
from “Anemia” by MediResource Inc.
“Anemia is very common in people with cancer. In fact, about half of people with cancer develop anemia.”  

DEPRESSION and DIABETES
from “Depression is more common in people with diabetes compared with the general population” by the Canadian Diabetes Assc.
“Symptoms of depression affect 30% of people with diabetes, while 10% of them experience major depression.”

PARKINSON’S and IRRITABLE BOWEL SYNDROME
from “Is there an association between inflammatory bowel disease and Parkinson’s disease?” by European Crohn’s and Colitis Organisation – ECCO
“The proportion of PD having concomitant IBD is considerably higher than one would expect.”

FIBROMYALGIA and HEART DISEASE
from “Fibromyalgia linked to heart disease in new study” by EmaxHealth
“A new study has found a link between fibromyalgia and coronary heart disease after comparing patients with the condition to control groups. Researchers discovered that there was an association between the two disorders, and fibromyalgia patients were more likely to have heart disease.”

MIGRAINES and OBESITY
from “Migraine and Obesity: What You Should Know!” by B. Lee Peterlin, DO
“Those with general obesity have a greater prevalence of high frequency migraine (migraines occurring 10-14 days per month) than those without.”

COLITIS and MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS
from “Association between ulcerative colitis and multiple sclerosis.” (Pokorny et al. 2007).
“The association between ulcerative colitis and MS appears to be real and may help identify common factors involved in the cause of these two diseases.”

You could spend weeks mixing and matching the various conditions. What you’ll find is that there is always a higher prevalence, a definite link between them.

THERE IS A HIGHER PREVALENCE OF INFLAMMATORY CONDITIONS FOR THOSE WITH FIBROMYALGIA  fibromyalgia

I’m going to use fibromyalgia in this mini-study to show that the link that RLS has with various inflammatory medical conditions is not unique. You can find similar links with any inflammatory condition – cancer, colitis, depression etc. but in this case I’m going to use fibromyalgia as the benchmark.

FIBROMYALGIA and RESTLESS LEGS SYNDROME
from “Restless legs syndrome and leg cramps in fibromyalgia syndrome: a controlled study.” (Yunus and Aldag, 1996).
“Our study shows an association between fibromyalgia syndrome and restless legs syndrome as well as leg cramps and confirms a previously reported association between rheumatoid arthritis and restless legs. The basis of this association is not clear. Fibromyalgia is not a psychiatric condition, and we found no association between restless legs syndrome and psychological state.”

FIBROMYALGIA and DEPRESSION
from “Bipolar Disorder Common in Fibromyalgia” by Jessica Ward Jones, MD, MPH, Psych Central
“Many fibromyalgia patients may also suffer from bipolar disorder as well as depression. New research suggests that just over 25 percent of patients with fibromyalgia also have symptoms of bipolar disorder.”

FIBROMYALGIA and MIGRAINES
from “7 Conditions Linked to Fibromyalgia” by Health.com
“A significant number of people with fibromyalgia also experience migraines and/or tension headaches, says Robert Duarte, MD, director of the Pain Institute at the North Shore–Long Island Jewish Health System, in Manhasset, N.Y.”

FIBROMYALGIA and IRRITABLE BOWEL SYNDROME (IBS)
from “7 Conditions Linked to Fibromyalgia” by Health.com
“Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is marked by abdominal cramps and bouts of constipation and/or diarrhea. Between 30% and 70% of people with fibromyalgia have IBS too.”

FIBROMYALGIA and OBESITY
from “Fibromyalgia and obesity: the hidden link” (Ursini et al. 2011).
“Epidemiological data show that Fibromyalgia patients have higher prevalence of obesity (40%) and overweight (30%) in multiple studies compared with healthy patients.”

inflammation1IN CLOSING

After reading the above data, hopefully you’ll come to understand that the link between RLS and other inflammatory conditions is not unique at all. This whole belief about there being a PRIMARY and SECONDARY RLS just isn’t real. It’s like saying there’s a PRIMARY and SECONDARY depression, or a PRIMARY and SECONDARY migraine.

I urge you to do your own research in this area. Take any pair of conditions that interest you from this list http://www.rlcure.com/diseases-conditions-that-are-linked-to-restless-legs-syndrome-willis-ekbom-disease.html and do a search to see if they are knowingly linked.

Eventually you’ll realize, that without a doubt, there is growing inflammation beneath the surface that is causing this laundry list of conditions.

RLS is only one of its many faces.

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Dr. Stanley Lang, MD has a 90% Success Rate Treating RLS Patients over a 30 Year Period

Over 30 years ago Dr. Stanley Lang, MD developed a program to treat RLS and has been helping his patients to heal their RLS ever since (starting way back before the condition had an actual name).

His success rate is around 90% for those patients that have followed his regime.

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

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

In this article 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. Elephant-elephants-28788752-1024-768 You can view PART ONE of the article at the Healthy Elephant website ww.thehealthyelephant.com

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

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Your Restless Legs are a WARNING SIGNAL!

warning-signal-restless-legs-syndromeI’m going to keep repeating this mantra for as long as it takes because it’s CRUCIAL for people suffering from RLS to understand that the twitching and rustling of their legs is a SYMPTOM of a DEEPER issue that needs to be addressed.

That issue being the presence of chronic inflammation

If the inflammation is not attended to, it will eventually manifest as a REAL disease or condition, one that is CERTAIN to affect your quality of life.

You don’t have to disobey your doctor. You can change your diet and add in some vitamins and supplements and still take your RLS and sleep medications. So, there’s no downside in making these changes.

For more information please visit this link:

http://www.rlcure.com/restless-legs-syndrome-willis-ekbom-is-not-a-disease.html

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What is a Cure?

quote-the-art-of-medicine-consists-in-amusing-the-patient-while-nature-cures-the-disease-voltaire-191207I’ve stated many times on my website and social media pages why I call my remedy “An Absolute CURE for RLS.”

I call it an “ABSOLUTE” cure, because it is.

If you find out what is causing the inflammation in your body and begin to replace that with a healthier option, your RLS symptoms will lessen. This is guaranteed.

The more you lessen the inflammation in your body the more your RLS will lessen.

If you religiously follow an anti-inflammatory regime, and are able to eliminate the main sources of your chronic inflammation (whether it be stress, diet, environment, food intolerance etc.) you will eventually become free of RLS.

Once that occurs, then by definition (according to four of the world’s most popular dictionaries) that indicates that you have found a “cure” for your RLS.

OxfordOxford Dictionary
“Relieve a person or animal of the symptoms of a disease or condition.”

Merriam-Webster Dictionary
“Something that stops a disease and makes someone healthy again.”

Cambridge Dictionary
“To make someone healthy again, or to cause an illness to go away.”

Scrabble Dictionary
“Restore to health.”

At some point in time the Medical Community hijacked the word “cure” and made it their own. In their minds the only cure is one that eliminates a condition or disease through drugs.

This rigid interpretation of the word is not accurate. As the definitions above state, ANY way that you are able to eliminate your condition, is considered a cure.

It’s kind of ironic when you think about it. When is the last time you heard about a new drug on the market that actually cured something?

“Drugs are powerful tools when they are not overused, but the notion of simple drug fixes is fundamentally flawed. Every BruceLiptontime a drug is introduced into the body to correct function A, it inevitably throws off function B, C or D.” – Bruce Lipton, author of “The Biology of Belief”

HERE ARE SOME OTHER QUOTES FROM THROUGHOUT HISTORY ABOUT PHARMACEUTICAL DRUGS:

“Medicines are of subordinate importance because of their very nature they can only work symptomatically.” – Hans Kusche, M.D.

Oliver-Wendell-Holmes-Sr“If all the medicine in the world were thrown into the sea, it would be bad for the fish and good for humanity” – O.W. Holmes, (Prof. of Med. Harvard University)

“Every drug increases and complicates the patients condition.” – Robert Henderson, M.D.

“Doctors give drugs of which they know little, into bodies, of which they know less, for Diseases of which they know nothing at all.” – Voltaire

“Drugs never cure disease. They merely hush the voice of nature’s protest, and pull down the danger signals she erects along the pathway of transgression. Any poison taken into the system has to be reckoned with later on even though it palliates present symptoms. Pain may disappear, but the patient is left in a worse condition, though unconscious of it at the time.” – Daniel. H. Kress, M.D.

“It’s supposed to be a secret, but I’ll tell you anyway. We doctors do nothing. We only help and encourage the doctor Schweitzer_bigwithin.” – Albert Schweitzer, M.D.

“The greatest part of all chronic disease is created by the suppression of acute disease by drug poisoning.” – Henry Lindlahr, M.D.

“Every educated physician knows that most diseases are not appreciably helped by medicine.” – Richard C. Cabot, M.D. 200px-Picture_of_Richard_Clarke_Cabot(Mass. Gen. Hospital)

“The physician should not treat the disease but the patient who is suffering from it.” – Maimonides

“Medicine is only palliative, for back of disease lies the cause, and this cause no drug can reach.” – Wier Mitchel, M.D.

“Medical practice has neither philosophy nor common sense to recommend it. In sickness the body is already loaded with impurities. By taking drug – medicines more impurities are added, thereby the case is further embarrassed and harder to cure.” – Elmer Lee, M.D., Past Vice President, Academy of Medicine.

“The doctor of the future will no longer treat the human frame with drugs, but rather will Cure and prevent disease with nutrition.” – Thomas Edison

York Hospital Physician Photo Shoot“The necessity of teaching mankind not to take drugs and medicines, is a duty incumbent upon all who know their uncertainty and injurious effects; and the time is not far distant when the drug system will be abandoned.” – Charles Armbruster, M. D.

“We must admit that we have never fought the homeopath on matters of principle. We fought them because they came into our community and got the business.” – Dr. J.N. McCormack

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