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Testimonial from Johan, Sweden

Image“Hi David,

Thanks a million times for your work!!

I got cured within a month!

Besides eating better foods I did intermittent fasting and grounding to get well.

I think they can be as important as the change of diet.

Please let me know what you think.  

Intermittent Fasting Reduces Inflammation

Grounding Reduces Inflammation

Many thanks”

– Johan

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Why There Will Never be a Drug that Can Cure Restless Legs Syndrome

ImageDoctors are a LOT smarter than I am. You don’t need me to tell you that.

The doctors and scientists that are interested in RLS have read the same scientific reports as I have. We have that in common.

The big difference is that THEY have read the reports through the eyes of a scientist – processing the information with a brilliant and logical mind that understands how the complex processes of the body work and all the terminology that goes with it.

In other words, they completely understand what’s being presented to them.

Therefore, it is not likely that I’m seeing something OBVIOUS that they are NOT seeing.

It would be clear to them that:

1. forty-one INFLAMMATORY diseases and conditions show a HIGHER prevalence of RLS
2. two demographics, pregnant women and the elderly, both have a HIGHER presence of inflammation and both have a HIGHER prevalence of RLS
3. the most notable triggers of RLS are ALL inflammatory
4. inflammation has a NEGATIVE effect on dopamine levels
5. inflammatory cytokines cause the brain to release HIGHER levels of glutamate
6. the most recommended solutions such as iron, potassium and magnesium ALL have anti-inflammatory properties

It would certainly be obvious to any doctor reading the Restless Legs studies, that without a doubt, inflammation is a primary factor.

ImageThese doctors would also be fully aware that there are currently no medical solutions for this problem.

They know that there are NO Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs) in existence that don’t have SEVERE side-effects with prolonged use. So, an anti-inflammatory drug is NOT an option for dealing with any inflammation-based ailment.

The doctors, scientists and pharmaceutical company’s hands are tied. They have no answer for inflammation. They can only watch helplessly as ENDLESS studies pour in that identify inflammation as a MAJOR PLAYER in hundreds of diseases and conditions.

Pharmaceutical executives must be salivating at the thought of being the first to develop a cure. A safe way to get rid of all that inflammation.

They know that if their company WAS able to produce a potent anti-inflammatory, that could heal inflammation without any dangerous side-effects, it would be applied to HUNDREDS of diseases and ailments!

Such a drug would be a UNIVERSAL PANACEA such as the world has never seen. It would not only wipe out RLS, it would be a MAJOR HEALER for hundreds of conditions, including cancer, Parkinson’s, ALS, depression, ADHD, all the “itis” conditions such as arthritis … and many more.

Just think how much they would make from arthritis alone.

It wouldn’t be a billion dollar drug for that company, it would be a TRILLION dollar drug.


Below you’ll find substantial proof that NSAIDs cannot be taken over a LONG period of time.

They are therefore NOT a viable solution for the MANY inflammatory diseases and conditions that are now known to exist. This includes Restless Legs Syndrome / Willis-Ekbom Disease.

from “Recent Considerations in Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug Gastropathy.”
Singh Gurkirpal, MD. The American Journal of Medicine, July 27, 1998, p. 31S

“Conservative calculations estimate that approximately 107,000 patients are hospitalized annually for nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID)-related gastrointestinal (GI) complications and at least 16,500 NSAID-related deaths occur each year among arthritis patients alone.”

from the Washington Post “Consumer Reports: Overuse of pain relievers can be hazardous.” July 18, 2011

“5 to 10 percent of NSAID users experience ulcers or bleeding in a given year.”

from R. Morgan Griffin on WebMD

“There is no question that the risks of NSAIDs can be serious, even life-threatening. According to the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA), each year the side effects of NSAIDs hospitalize over 100,000 people and kill 16,500 in the U.S., mostly due to bleeding stomach ulcers.

But the problem with NSAIDs — or any systemic drug — is that they can affect the entire body, not just the part that hurts.

“If you use a drug to ease one problem, like an achy joint,, it’s likely to cause a different reaction somewhere else too.”

Imagefrom The New York Times “Experts Warn Against Long-Term Use of Common Pain Pills.” by Roni Caryn Rabin, May 6, 2009

“Last week, an expert panel of American Geriatrics Society pretty much bumped all non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or NSAIDs, off the list of medicines recommended for adults ages 75 and older with chronic, persistent pain. Long-term use of drugs like ibuprofen, naproxen and high-dose aspirin is so dangerous, the panelists said, that elderly people who can’t get relief from alternatives like acetaminophen may be better off taking opiates, like codeine or even morphine.

The risks from chronic use of NSAIDs are myriad. They can cause life-threatening ulcers and gastrointestinal bleeding, a side effect that occurs more frequently and with greater severity as people age. Some NSAIDs may increase the risk for heart attacks or strokes, and they don’t interact well with drugs used to treat heart failure. They can make high blood pressure worse, even uncontrollable, and impair kidney function. And the list of potentially hazardous interactions with other drugs is a long one, experts say.”

from the Chicago Tribune “Patients in pain keep popping pills despite FDA warning.” by Bruce Japsen, April 11, 2005

“Despite sweeping new warnings that the nation’s most popular painkillers can harm hearts, stomachs and skin, many Americans are going to go right on taking them, saying the relief is worth the risk.

The popular arthritis drug Bextra last week became the second Cox-2 painkiller pulled from the market, while the Food and Drug Administration pinned its highest warnings on Celebrex and nearly 20 other common prescription-strength drugs such as Mobic, Motrin, Naprosyn and ibuprofen.”

from Consumer Reports “The Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs: Treating Osteoarthritis and Pain.”

“Studies show that NSAIDs are effective pain relievers, but they have serious risks. When used at high doses for long periods, most increase the risk of heart attacks and strokes. NSAIDs also have other risks, such as increasing blood pressure, causing fluid retention, and reducing kidney function.

It is well known that oral NSAIDs can cause life-threatening gastrointestinal bleeding, usually from the stomach. The risk increases with age, which is important to note because the majority of people who take NSAIDs for long periods are 60 years or older.”

from “ 9 Ways to Reduce Your Risk of Bleeding Ulcers from NSAID Use.” by Carol Eustice, August 26, 2008

“Bleeding typically occurs from the duodenum or stomach, but may also develop from the large intestine. While warning signs often occur, such as stomach discomfort or bloody/black stools, some patients — especially the elderly — may have no warning before they develop serious bleeding.”

Image“Omega-3 fatty acids (fish oil) as an anti-inflammatory: an alternative to nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs for discogenic pain.”
Maroon JC, Bost JW. Department of Neurological Surgery, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, PA

“The use of NSAID medications is a well-established effective therapy for both acute and chronic nonspecific neck and back pain. Extreme complications, including gastric ulcers, bleeding, myocardial infarction, and even deaths, are associated with their use.”

from PureHealthMD “NSAIDs”

“NSAID use is known to pose risk for congestive heart failure and increase chances for admission. This is a concern since someone could easily take an ibuprofen for a bad headache without realizing that it could seriously upset their fluid balance. NSAIDS can increase the risks associated with blood pressure as well. Complications from increased blood pressure and kidney problems are especially pronounced in the elderly. “

from “Pain Relievers and the Risk of Hearing Loss.” by Sharon G. Curhan, MD, MSc

“Many of the harmful effects of NSAIDs are related to their primary mechanism of action, through the inhibition of prostaglandins. They can cause gastrointestinal problems such as dyspepsia, ulcers and bleeding, be toxic to the kidneys, increase the risk of bleeding, have adverse nervous system and cardiovascular effects, and interfere with the cardioprotective benefits of aspirin. Too much acetaminophen can cause serious liver damage and can be particularly harmful in combination with alcohol. NSAIDs and acetaminophen can increase the risk of high blood pressure and interact adversely with other medications.”

from “Harmful effects of NSAIDs among patients with hypertension and coronary artery disease.” Bavry AA, Khaliq A, Gong Y, Handberg EM, Cooper-Dehoff RM, Pepine CJ. Department of Medicine, College of Medicine, University of Florida, Gainesville. Am J Med. 2011 Jul;124(7):614-20. doi: 10.1016/j.amjmed.2011.02.025. Epub 2011 May 18.

“Among hypertensive patients with coronary artery disease, chronic self-reported use of NSAIDs was associated with an increased risk of adverse events during long-term follow-up.”

Imagefrom The Medical Observer “Least harmful NSAID for cardiovascular patients identified.” by Kirrilly Burto, 17th Jan 2011

“A meta-analysis of 31 randomised trials, in more than 116,000 patients with osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, found little evidence any of the commonly used NSAIDs for pain management were safe in cardiovascular terms compared with placebo.

The drugs analysed were naproxen (Naprosyn), ibuprofen (Nurofen), diclofenac (Voltaren), celecoxib (Celebrex), etoricoxib (Arcoxia), rofecoxib (Vioxx) and lumiracoxib (Prexige).

Patients taking rofecoxib and lumiracoxib had twice the risk of myocardial infarction compared to people taking placebo.”

“Our study confirms previous notions of regulatory bodies, mainly based on observational evidence, that all non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs are associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular adverse effects,” the authors said.

Ibuprofen was associated with the highest risk of stroke, accounting for a threefold risk of having a stroke.

Both etoricoxib and diclofenac were associated with the highest risk of cardiovascular death, with around a fourfold risk.”

from “Acetabular bone destruction related to non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.” Newman NM, Ling RS. Lancet. 1985 Jul 6;2(8445):11-4.

“In a retrospective investigation of the relation between use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and acetabular destruction in primary osteoarthritis of the hip, 70 hips were studied in 64 patients. Cranial acetabular migration, a measure of acetabular destruction, was present in 37 hips and absent in 33. Regular intake of NSAIDs was noted for 31 of the 37 migrating hips and irregular intake for a further 3. Among the 33 non-migrating hips, the corresponding numbers were 7 and 5, respectively. This highly significant association between NSAID use and acetabular destruction gives cause for concern, not least because of the difficulty in achieving satisfactory hip replacements in patients with severely damaged acetabula.”

Imagefrom The Guardian “Ibuprofen warning to pregnant women.” Tuesday 6 September 2011

“Women who take even a small dose of painkillers such as ibuprofen early in their pregnancy more than double their risk of suffering a miscarriage, research shows.”


ImageChronic inflammation is the result of a particular lifestyle choice or environmental situation. It’s not something a pill can fix.

There’s no drug that’s ever going to clean up the mess of 20 years of hard drinking, or a lifetime’s worth of eating potato chips.

The damage created from the inflammation needs to be attended to, but more importantly, the SOURCE of that inflammation needs to be ALTERED.

Otherwise, you’re only going to continue feeding the fire, and increase the amount of inflammation that is burning inside of you. And with that comes a more intense twitching.

What you need to ask yourself is HOW did this inflammation come into existence?

Once you figure that out, you can then work on moving away from the source(s).

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An Anti-Inflammatory Diet OFTEN Relieves Symptoms for People Still Taking their RLS Medication(s)

ImageI was certain when I first started promoting “An ABSOLUTE Cure for RLS” that it wasn’t going to work for people who were still taking RLS or sleep medication(s). This includes all the usual suspects including Requip, Mirapex, Sifrol and of course Ambien.

The RLS medications are powerful and often unpredictable. I didn’t think that they would allow the healing process to begin unhindered.

It turns out that I was quite wrong. I’m not a doctor (as is pointed out to me daily) and was assuming that these heavy medications would not allow nature to work its wonders – to allow the inflammation to begin healing.

From the feedback I’ve been getting over the last few years, it’s clear that the anti-inflammatory diet DOES work for MANY people still taking their RLS meds.

ImageI can’t say it will work for every one of course, I’m sure there are some exceptions. These medications are often quite erratic in the way they act. You only have to go on a RLS discussion board to find out how various drugs and dosages affect different people in different ways.

For our purpose, the key is that IT’S VERY LIKELY that a strict anti-inflammatory diet (avoiding all the main RLS triggers) will work for you and bring you some relief … even if you continue on with your medication(s).

When it comes to antidepressants, anti-anxiety or ANY other type of medication, I have absolutely no idea whether the anti-inflammatory method will work for you. You’ll have to research that on your own.

ImageHere are a few testimonials from people that have had great success with the anti-inflammatory diet while still taking meds (I’ve already posted a couple of these testimonials, but they are worth taking a second look at).

“You said I should let you know how I do with my pretest. Well, after about 2 1/2 weeks, I am down to about half my normal Miripex dose!! I take a slow-release dose of 0.375 mg around 2pm, and previously would need one to three doses of 0.125 mg of quick release to get through the evening, if you can call falling asleep from the sedative effects of the drug by 8pm an evening! Now I have had pretty quiet legs and can stay awake till a normal time. What can I say? I will continue, and add more of the supplements. It is obviously working.

I have an appointment with my neurologist soon, and I’m thinking what a hoot it might be to report this to him. Of course, the best response would be for him to drop his jaw and demand to hear all about it, but more likely it will be one of those “Oh, I see, so you probably imagined your illness and are enjoying a nice placebo effect from this method.” kind of reaction. Anyway, I am not expecting perfect, smooth sailing every day, but I do have a very real, wonderful hope for relief that wasn’t there before, and no matter how far this goes, whether or not I end up cured or not, I thank you SO MUCH for all your work and devotion to this cause. I am a strong Christian, and consider you part of God’s answer to my prayers for help with this miserable ailment.” – Nadine A. Waukesha, WI

“You’re the best! David, I’m the happiest I have ever been. I have faith again…and feel I am doing something for the first time that is actually good for me. No quick fix. A real lifestyle change. My husband sees the difference in me and is happy he seems to be getting his wife back. I had begun to be very negative, irritable and joyless all the time. I am so grateful for all I have learned from you (I know you probably are modest and won’t take all the credit…but you should…because you shared something freely…that is beginning to change my life.) I’m excited for the future. Thanks for the encouragement too…it really helps!” – Lisa Wilson, Simi Valley, CA

Image“Dave, I just had to let you know that you’ve changed my life. My words can’t express how I feel. I can’t thank you enough! It’s only been about 3 weeks and my legs are in amazing shape. I stopped taking Requip after about 8 days. I’m telling everyone I know about it. My wife has fibromyalgia and she’s going to try out your remedy as well. The drugs she’s using now are so powerful she can only go on them for a short while. I’ll keep you posted! Thanks again!” – Marty Krais, Brooklyn, NY

“David, “Thank you very very much for sharing your knowledge with all of us RLS sufferers around the world. The carrot juice cure really works! I still take 0,18 mg of Sifrol per evening, but I am now symptom free. Before the carrots juice I had to go every evening through a one or two hour leg itching suffering, even with the Sifrol. You substantially improved my live! Thank you!” – Guy Koekelbergh, Belgium

Image“I recently gave up coffee and all sugar (one month ago) and it has helped my RLS a lot. I have reduced my Levodopa by 50%. One week ago I started having serious green juices twice a day (8 ounces of spinach, carrot, ginger, celery, dandelion greens, etc) and I think that is helping also. The work you have done, the research and the website – not to mention the insight that RLS is caused by inflammation – my hat is off to you. Really incredible!”
– James Carouba, Costa Rica

Amazing things are happening. It’s a very exciting time!

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Testimonial from Lisa Wilson, Simi Valley, CA

Image“I’m the happiest I have ever been!

I have faith again…and feel I am doing something for the first time that is actually good for me. No quick fix. A real lifestyle change.

My husband sees the difference in me and is happy he seems to be getting his wife back. I had begun to be very negative, irritable and joyless all the time.

I am so grateful for all I have learned from you (I know you probably are modest and won’t take all the credit…but you should…because you shared something freely…that is beginning to change my life.)

I’m excited for the future. Thanks for the encouragement too … it really helps!

– Lisa

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Your Restless Legs Syndrome is Not a Disease. It’s a Blessing in Disguise (PART ONE)

ImageThis post was prompted by a study that was released in June, 2013 by the Harvard School of Public Health. This study revealed that out of a large subject group (one they had been monitoring for several years), of all the fatalities during that period, restless legs sufferers within this study group had a 40% higher mortality rate than the rest of the test subjects.

In my years of studying and researching all things inflammation / restless legs, I have never seen any study receive even remotely as much press as this one has.

If you haven’t read it, the results are alarming, and sobering.

Imagefrom USA Today “Restless Leg Syndrome Linked to Risk of Earlier Death”
“New research in the journal Neurology by Xiang Gao, a research scientist at the Harvard School of Public Health, shows that men with Restless Legs Syndrome faced a 40% higher risk of dying earlier than other men in the study.

In their study, Gao and colleagues tracked more than 18,000 men in their late 60s or older for eight years and found that among 690 with restless leg syndrome, 171, or 25% of the men with the disorder, died in that period. Fifteen percent without RLS died.

The exact cause for the disorder or why it would raise a person’s risk of dying earlier than normal has yet to be determined. That, Gao says, “is the next question to answer.”

Consequently, uncovering the explanation for RLS and its effects has proved tricky, especially when considering patients with multiple conditions. The answer will reveal itself only with more research and time, says William Ondo, professor of neurology at the University of Texas’ Health Science Center.

“The issue with these studies is when you look for other confounding illnesses it’s always problematic,” he says. “It’s always going to be debatable.””

“Prospective study of restless legs syndrome and mortality among men.” Yanping Li, PhD, Wei Wang, MD, PhD, John W. Winkelman, MD, PhD, Atul Malhotra, MD, Jing Ma, MD, PhD and Xiang Gao, MD, PhD. June 12, 2013, doi: 10.1212/WNL.0b013e318297eee0 Neurology 10.1212/WNL.0b013e318297eee0


The first thing I need to make ABSOLUTELY clear to you is that your twitching legs (or other body part), whether you want to call it Willis-Ekbom Disease or Restless Legs Syndrome … is NOT a disease.

Your twitching and rustling is a SYMPTOM of something more dangerous that’s going on inside your body, unknown to you – a CHRONIC INFLAMMATION that is constantly growing within.

It really bothers me that the name was changed from RLS to Willis-Ekbom Disease. I understand the need for funding, but by moving RLS from a “Syndrome” (which seems workable) to a disease, makes relief seem even more distant.


Your twitching legs, arms, neck … whatever it happens to be, is actually telling you something.

It’s nature at work. It’s part of a survival system. It is trying to save your life.

Below are excerpts from articles that will better explain the body’s warning system. For the sake of space I’m only going to list a few. THe full article can be found at:

from EXPERIENCE LIFE “What Your Body Is Trying to Tell You: Common signals you shouldn’t ignore.” by Catherine Guthrie
“The body is a magnificent machine. When things go awry, it generally doesn’t just shut down without warning, like an incandescent light bulb popping its filament. Instead it sends us little signals (think of them as gentle biological taps on the shoulder) letting us know that something is amiss. “Physical signs and symptoms are ways your body tries to alert you to deeper imbalances,” says Elson M. Haas, MD, a San Rafael, Calif., physician with a natural-medicine approach and author of Staying Healthy with Nutrition (Celestial Arts, 2006). “Taking the time to decipher the body’s codes is always better than simply popping a pill and hoping the symptoms just go away. Ideally, we want to get to the causes of problems, not just suppress the end result of ill health.”

But interpreting the body’s quirky Morse code requires a deep level of body awareness that, like any skill, takes time and practice to perfect.”

Imagefrom “How Listening to Your Body Can Save Your Life” by Sheryl W.
“It is important that we all listen to our bodies to stay healthy. Our bodies send us signals to let us know when there is something wrong. Knowing what these signals are and what to do about them can save your life. Ignoring these signals can lead to a potentially minor problem becoming life threatening.

from Psychology Today “Do You Have to Get Sick to Slow Down?” by Paula Davis-Laack, JD, MAPP
“How is your body telling you to slow down? When your body is too stressed, it sends you signals – frequent colds, digestive issues, nervousness, high blood pressure, shakiness, muscle tension, allergies, and so much more. The key is to pay attention to these signals AND discuss them with your health care provider.”

from The Wall Street Journal “What Your Body Is Telling You” by Melinda Beck
“The body speaks volumes about what ails it — from obvious warnings like a fever that accompanies an infection to subtle clues like losing hair on the toes, which can be an early sign of vascular disease. Some signs that seem minor can warn of a serious disorder. Small yellow bumps on the eyelid, for instance, may be fatty deposits that signal high cholesterol, which in turn raises the risk of heart disease.

It’s important to pay attention to your body. Knowledge is power.”

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New Scientific Study About a Possible Link Between RLS and Inflammation

A new scientific study has been published in the January 14, 2012 issue of the Sleep Medicine Reviews Journal titled:

“Restless Legs Syndrome – Theoretical roles of inflammatory and immune mechanisms.” by Weinstock, Leonard B. et al.

Here is an excerpt from the study:

“The fact that 95% of the 38 highly-associated RLS conditions are also associated with inflammatory/ immune changes suggests the possibility that RLS may be mediated or affected through these mechanisms. Inflammation can be responsible for iron deficiency and hypothetically could cause central nervous system iron deficiency-induced RLS. Alternatively, an immune reaction to gastrointestinal bacteria or other antigens may hypothetically cause RLS by a direct immunological attack on the central or peripheral nervous system.”

Visit this web page to view the entire study:

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