The Joy of Relocation

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This is just a brief update on my self-relocated shoulder, which I self-diagnosed by dumb luck, trial and error and some assistance – I think – from some natural supplements that I wanted to discuss publicly because I believe they helped me tremendously and I can vouch for them personally; my hope is that my experience may help others who are dealing with the kind of chronic pain I had been dealing with for the past year-plus.

So here goes!

The first supplement is off-the-shelf Turmeric, which is also a spice – or a flavoring, at any rate – that is commonly used in cooking. It has anti-inflammatory properties without the properties of the off-the-shelf pills that tout the same, which for a time I was eating like Pez (6-8 per day) and which I had to stop taking because they were making me literally sick to my stomach and weren’t doing much for my shoulder, which ached regardless – just a little less, for a little while.

My crunchy girlfriend practically force-fed me the Turmeric,  the healing powers of which I doubted because – I’m ashamed to admit this but admission of error is the first step toward truth – it didn’t come in a medicine (officially) bottle and wasn’t something the authoritative sources said would help.

I am learning to question everything the authoritative sources say will help.

At any rate, a spoonful of powder mixed with water, taken with every meal. That and MSM flakes, also provided by my wise healer, who has questioned the authoritative sources much longer than I have.

What are MSM flakes?

Yeah, me too!

“MSM” is short for methylsulfonylmethane, which is an organic sulfur, basically, that has anti-inflammatory properties, too. I began adding a spoonful of this stuff to my thrice-daily concoction about two months ago.

And a little more than a week ago, my shoulder moved. I was inadvertently applying a little traction to it – as by leaning my body back with my left arm resting flat on my desk, which I was doing to try to ease the pain some. And then I felt (and heard) it let go. An audible pop – and forward movement (of my whole arm from the joint shoulder down) followed by an almost opium-like feeling of relief.

And the pain was gone.

My shoulder isn’t quite 100 percent yet but it is at least 70 percent better than it was a month ago or even a week ago. My range of motion is returning and the pain is subsiding. I can sleep again, something I wasn’t doing for the past year-plus, due to the almost-immediate onset of a dull ache upon laying down and no matter how I arranged myself or the pillows. It was Hell on earth – or close to it – and it made me deeply empathetic toward anyone dealing with chronic pain, of any sort. Life just sucks when you hurt and cannot sleep.

It sucks worse when you don’t heal and the idea of having to deal with a doctor and what medicine has become in this country – to say nothing of the money – seems the only way out. I had reconciled myself to living with it, because for reasons that are everything to me, I will not be leveraged by anything – my pain, included – to bend to the strange and evil rituals associated with Sickness Psychosis.

No wearing of Obedience Rags. Ever.

Thankfully, I have a crunchy girlfriend, instead.

I’ve had correspondence from some doctors who question whether I relocated my own shoulder; some think there is a tear and it got worse – and that relieved the pain. I suppose it’s possible, but here’s what I can tell you – straight from the horse’s mouth: I can work out with pretty heavy weight and my shoulder does not hurt during or after, the latter being a huge change from a month ago.

It does not make sense to me that I have a tear – especially a bigger one. I’m basically ok again, with only intermittent pain and far less of it than before. And the pain is remedied by the same technique of applying traction to that arm/shoulder. It will move – a little, not like the huge movement of about a week ago  – but I can feel (and hear) it. And then I feel better, immediately.

This cost me next to nothing – a bottle of Turmeric is about $4; the MSM flakes about $15 for a can.

I’m not arguing that some people don’t need surgery to correct tears or even that I may have needed it. I am simply stating that my shoulder is far less painful and much more functional since I began my regime of natural remedies – and I recommend anyone reading this who is dealing with chronic pain to consider alternatives to the authoritative sources.

You may be very happy that you did.

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  1. Whenever I feel a head cold or sore throat coming on, I use Oil of Oregano. It works for me and within 24 hours I feel well once again.
    I purchase the good oil from Greece, not the synthetic product. The 100% will definitely burn your tongue or skin; I use 4 to 6 drops in a spoonful of olive oil.
    I never tried Turmeric, I may look into that for my shoulder pain.
    On a side note, has anyone ever made pine needle tea?

    • Hi Frankie,

      I know how to make pine needle tea, but I have not tried it as of yet. In regards to the SARS virus I have read several studies on the benefit of glycyrrhizin that is found in licorice root. I am a big believer in it and if I feel like I am coming down with something I will drink a cup of licorice root tea. This is not a tea that one can drink every day, because it can play havoc with blood pressure and cause irregular heartbeats if one drinks a lot of it, but it does work.

      When SARS 2 started arriving on the scene in December 2019/January 2020 I actually found several Chinese studies that showed that glycyrrhizin (being anti viral) inhibits replication of the SARS 1 virus. My thinking is – what the hell – might as well give it a go regarding SARS 2. As you mentioned pine needle tea does also works well. Licorice root is very sweet, but it does not seem to affect insulin levels. I drink Traditional Medicinal or Yogi tea and I usually feel better in about 30 minutes. It may well be a placebo effect, but it works for me.

      Turmeric is fantastic for inflammation, but if you are diabetic or on any blood thinners make sure you speak with your doctor first, because it can lower blood sugar and slow blood clotting.

      • Thanks for the information.
        Eric, I found out about you by way of your appearances on David Knight…good to hear of your success with the shoulder.
        I just replaced a leaking cam seal on my Touareg…time for a test run!

  2. Cooking with tumeric is interesting. I believe black pepper is advised along with it as it has a synsergistic effect with the absorption of the cucumin in it. Dont drop any of the food anywhere as tumeric is basically cleaning yellow ink in this regard. Along with tumeric and black pepper I also add somethig with a spicy kick. The chili powder, cayenne powder and/or added peppers add plenty of pop to the dish and are also anti-inflammatory with their capascin content. Also its easy to forget about the salt I dont use when your mouth is on fire! Pretty darn tasty stuff actually.

  3. I have been seeing a doctor who specializes in laser and acupuncture, for my left shoulder. It is now 95%. He is of the opinion that these methods can be used to treat opioid addiction and save 2000 Australian lives every year. Needless to say he has encountered stiff resistance from the Australian Medical Association and from the pharma complex.

  4. I’m happy to hear you’ve so improved, Eric. I am no stranger to chronic pain or chronic sickness. Maybe someday I’ll tell everyone here my story.

    For now, suffice it to say that no, not everything useful or powerful comes in pharma’s yellow bottle. I learned early on in my youthful days of drug experimentation. Just a couple tiny pieces of paper, for example, can absolutely obliterate your reality. 😉

  5. “My crunchy girlfriend practically force-fed me the Turmeric, the healing powers of which I doubted because – I’m ashamed to admit this but admission of error is the first step toward truth – it didn’t come in a medicine (officially) bottle and wasn’t something the authoritative sources said would help.

    I am learning to question everything the authoritative sources say will help.”

    Well, well, it’s about time. You’ve been questioning the government for years, what took you so long to question the medical-industrial complex? Particularly after 2020. The last time I was treated by a regular doctor (or any doctor, actually, quite a few years ago), he gave me pills that totally messed with my mind. Haven’t been back since, apart from 3 physicals (1 voluntarily, at least 5 years ago, and 2 mandatory as I had a CDL at the time). I have little to no intention of ever setting foot in a regular doctor’s office ever again. Even if I suspected that I had cancer, I’d load up on the alternative treatments until I was either healed or dead. I’m not giving them the satisfaction again.

  6. I have taken turmeric in pill form for years. It definitely makes a difference. Glad the shoulder is better. If you can avoid surgery do it. Recovery time on shoulder surgery is like 6 months. It’s a hard 6 months as well.
    Add a bicep tendon tear like mine to the mix and you’re looking at almost a full 12 months before all of your strength is back.

    • I have experienced little benefit from turmeric, which could be because many of the other supplements and biologicals I take are also anti-inflammatory. I do still take turmeric. Not too pricey and certainly won’t hurt, unlike Pharma’s solutions.

  7. I have a pretty decent sized collection of essential oils that I use for various purposes. I have been known to make concoctions for my husband, myself and friends who are interested. My most requested is a lotion with lavender, eucalyptus and peppermint oils. Some of the people I make that for say they like it better than their store bought muscle rubs , plus the smell is way better. I have also made my own bug spray, lip balm, have thought about making some deodorant to try. There are a lot of possibilities if you know the qualities that the different oils have (antiseptic, antifungal, etc.). A few drops of a citrus oil in a diffuser can really boost your mood as well. I like a blend of lemon and lime oils for that.

    • Morning, LG!

      The more people get to know about things like this, the more the scales begin to fall from their eyes; I include myself among this number. We are like the people in Plato’s cave, who grew up seeing shadows on the wall, mistaking them for reality. A general wake-up is happening. It’s not a mass movement, yet. But it is happening.

      • Congratulations on healing yourself. Your shoulder probably moved because the inflammation subsided from turmeric, and gave it room to do so. In any injury, inflammation is the culprit that causes the most pain, and suppresses healing. Anything sugar stimulates it, and abundant supplements and biologicals suppress it.

    • Oil of oregano has outperformed antibiotics for me, and others I’ve recommended it to, on several occasions. the last time for me was with a case of pneumonia about two years ago. After the course of antibiotics I had what felt to me was a painful cyst forming in my right lung. A topical application of full strength oil of oregano on the area, and a drop of it on my tongue twice a day cured it in 3 days. WARNING!!! This stuff is so hot it will blister you on sensitive areas of skin. On tougher areas, test first with very small amount. Dilute as needed with olive oil. 50/50 on sensitive skin may still be to strong.

      • I had an infected cut next to a finger nail that was getting nasty looking fast. I mixed oregano oil, colloidal silver and coconut oil in a rubber glove and went to sleep for the night. The next morning my finger wasn’t swollen like an angry seeping baloon anymore. It was completely healed but pruny as hell.
        Oregano oil is powerful stuff. Mix with a carrier oil to reduce the burn.

      • Oil of oregano is my go-to antimicrobial. It’s nearly miraculous in its power. I’m willing to bet that it would be quite effective against COVID as well.

  8. No body, no pain.

    If all we had were brains, no brawn, you could have them all in glass jars being fed oxygenated blood from central lungs to a living central heart. One heart for all of the brains in existence, one heart, one mind, in the end, the final analysis.

    Wouldn’t need no stinkin’ body held together by a skeleton with the attached ligaments and tendons to keep every organ needed intact so you can stay alive and functioning. Robots will orchestrate the whole operation, you’ll be at the mercy of AI machine.

    It’ll save the earth, won’t need resources in such conehead massive quantities.

    Keep it simple, stupid, a brain is all you need. No more accidents, no more war, no more killing Old Adam style, just your freaking insane brain doing what it does best, burn wood. har

    You won’t be able to see, hear or talk, but at this point, what does it matter? It doesn’t, none of it matters anymore, nobody listens, can’t hear, nobody sees a thing, all blind, can’t even talk, nobody knows how, just plain dumb. Everybody will be deaf, blind and dumb, it is what it is.

    With no body, your troubles are over. Nirvana in the Halls of Shangri-La.

    There will be peace on earth, nobody will have the ability to do anything about anything.

    There will be no war of all against all like it is now.

    Cats and dogs would wonder what the hell is going on. lol

  9. I’m glad to hear you finally got some relief EP, chronic pain isn’t fun. I wanted to try turmeric awhile back but heard it was tough on GERD sufferers so I steered clear, too many acid reflux triggers out there (at least the good doc helped me come off of the omeprazole finally after 10 years of feeling stuck on it, turned out the mainstream medical folk were the real quacks).

    Stock up on your supplements though…the FDA has already come for the harmless NAC that was recommended to me in 2019, I’d found it was beneficial after removing and adding it back to my regimen to confirm it was helping… Big tech got right behind the ban, too, this shit’s gone too far, the bastards don’t have the right.

    • Thanks, Moose!

      PS: You might try the Turmeric in pill form. You can make these yourself at home, too….and amen the these SOBs. But then, they have asserted the claim to dictate what we may do with our own bodies for decades. May they all crunch down hard on rotten fish heads.

    • I will not recommend it for anyone else, but its a fact that very few of those diagnosed with acid reflux actually have a surplus acid problem. Most of them are acid deficient problems. Their food is fermenting instead of digesting, and bubbling up in their esophagus. A quick test, if one is willing, is eat a dill pickle when you have heartburn. The vinegar will add acid to your stomach. If you suffer no ill effects, and feel some relief, take a shot of vinegar 50/50 with water next time and see how that works. Before I discovered this, I slept every night with a bottle of antacids by my bed, using them regularly. They haven’t been touched in years.

        • In addition, I’ve read that proton pump inhibitors will make users much more prone to bacterial and parasitic infections as you’re shutting down a major immune system defense mechanism.

    • Hi Moose,

      I am several months behind on this, but if you have GERD I would definitely try papaya if you have not already done so. Papaya contains papain which is known for aiding in digestion and also easing heartburn. I recommend eating the fruit (usually first thing in the morning), but there are also supplements available.

      • I just happened to catch your response here. Glad I did. I, too, have had pain in my stomach area that I attributed to heartburn, acid, etc. Tried apple cider vinegar, tums, etc., etc.

        Recently a friend shared a papaya with me. I have noticed over the past few days that I hadn’t had any stomach symptoms. Now, I am hoping I have the answer…

        • Hi Anonymous,

          Papaya is incredible when it comes to acid reflex. I am glad to hear it is helping you. My four year old niece was having stomach issues and my sister had taken her to doctor after doctor. Their advice was lots of testing, pills, and then surgery. My sister actually walked into a natural market and the lady working suggested papaya. My niece has not had a problem since. When she called the doctor to cancel the additional testing that he was calling for my sister told him what happened. His response was basically “we don’t know what works until we try it.” Hopefully, the next little girl that comes in with stomach issues he will suggest something other than a pill, but I doubt it.

  10. That’s great, Eric.
    I also have a ‘crunchy’ girlfriend who has helped keep me healthy for the past 35 years.
    (She is also a genius, imho.)
    If you can find someone who knows the Griner massage technique your recovery may be faster.
    Thanks for the great articles and good health!

  11. Modern medicine has its uses and value – we shouldn’t be too quick to write it off. My GP recommended against surgery for my own shoulder separation/torn ligament and sent me to a physiotherapist. Two visits at $60/pop, plus a little time to learn and practice the necessary exercises, was all it took.
    Alternative medicine equally has value, but just as with the establishment brand, it takes some effort to suss out the quacks from the truly knowledgeable, the wheat from the chaff.
    Do your homework, as always. Achieving a good outcome is a pretty clear sign you’ve done something right.

    • I agree, Karalan –

      With a caveat. Conventional medicine has become so corporate and mercenary that it must be regarded with suspicion at all times. Do not trust it to have your best interests at heart. Regard doctoring as you would car salesman’ing.

      • Absolutely. Of course, I feel that way about almost every ‘profession’ these days.

        If anyone’s interested, here’s a tested and tasty recipe for turmeric tea that I use once in a while (the SO particularly likes it).

        Turmeric Tea
        • 1 cup milk
        • 2 teaspoons turmeric
        • 1 teaspoon ginger (ground or grated fresh)
        • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
        • Dash of ground black pepper (helps your body to absorb the beneficial curcumins in turmeric)
        • 1 tablespoon honey or maple syrup
        Combine all the ingredients in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil and then immediately lower the heat to a simmer. Cook for about 10 minutes, or until the entire pot smells deliciously spicy and the milk is a uniform golden color. Strain the milk into a mug. You can enjoy immediately, or keep pre-made turmeric tea in the refrigerator for a few days.

      • Indeed, there are abundant quacks in the alternative treatment field, but the Medical Industrial Complex is rife with them, and unlike the alternative treatments they may outright kill you.

  12. What a great girlfriend! And, congratulations on being open-minded enough to try her recommended approaches. Great to hear that your shoulder popped back into place, and that you are 70% better.

    I have not been to a physician or had prescription medication for 12 years (I am 59 and fit and trim). I work with my body, now, renovating the apartment complex we own.

    Eight months ago, I incorrectly and repeatedly lifted a 100 pound boxed toilet (big box, marked two man lift, next time I will listen). I tried bed rest, heat pad, and vitamin C (a potent anti-inflammatory), to little avail. I read on ‘Doctor Yourself’ (which I have read for years) about a chiropractic technique — ‘Strain-Counterstrain’ — to reseat an unseated bone. I went to a walk-in chiropractic clinic for a $30, 10 minute ‘adjustment’ which seemed to help greatly. Two days later (I was in a rush to get back to work), I went to a physical therapist who specializes in the chiropractic technique of S-CS. She said I had a ruptured disc which resulted in nerve pain. She did her ‘adjustments,’ and I felt immediate nerve pain relief. I fully recovered within days, and was exercising and working a full schedule the day after.

    Anyway, just a heads up to consider — with the input of your knowledgeable girlfriend — a cheap, quick chiropractic ‘adjustment’ for your next dislocation.

      • chiropractic adjustment can – and does – help, however; it’s not been a total fix over here – for long, anyway – for a similar problem.
        Thanks for sharing. All of you.

        I thought that photo at the top was a video.
        Is that your girlfriend? Ha. That seems lame to ask. I only ask cause you mention her a bit and now I wonder what a Crunchy video would look/sound like.
        I’ve had a song in my head all day (thinking of everyone who posts on Liberty websites) the lyrics ~ “Lunatic fringe, … I know you’re out there!”
        I can’t remember the name of the band.
        Now, there’s a blend,…

          • Red Rider, was the name of the band, here’s the video, you should probably have the volume at full blast:


            Lunatic fringe
            I know you’re out there
            You’re in hiding
            And you hold your meetings
            I can hear you coming
            I know what you’re after
            We’re wise to you this time (wise to you this time)
            We won’t let you kill the laughter

            Lunatic fringe
            In the twilight’s last gleaming
            But this is open season
            But you won’t get too far
            ‘Cause you’ve got to blame someone
            For your own confusion
            We’re on guard this time (on guard this time)
            Against your final solution

            We can hear you coming (we can hear you coming)
            No, you’re not going to win this time (not gonna win)
            We can hear the footsteps (we can hear the footsteps)
            Hey, out along the walkway (out along the walkway)

            Lunatic fringe
            We all know you’re out there
            Can you feel the resistance
            Can you feel the thunder

    • I was going to suggest that as well. I have been going for years as I have a scoliotic condition and getting adjustments keep the nervous system functioning at the highest level possible. As a result of conistent adjustments I had not gotten sick for more than a few hours at a time in 11 years until COVID hit. I got that and am fine now. And no I haven’t been “tested”

  13. +1 for turmeric. It’s also a powerful anti-cancer drug.

    I don’t know about the other one. But, I’m now interested in it!

  14. Hi Eric,

    I am glad your shoulder is much improved and you were able to avoid surgery.

    I drink turmeric daily (in tea form) right before bed. It does wonders for any type of inflammation. I drink lemon water with ginger in the morning before breakfast (good for the liver). 🙂

    Also, with the pending Apocalypse I urge everyone to grow a few medicinal plants….echinacea, lavender, marshmallow (not those really sugary things that come in a bag for $.99), and peppermint. Lavender is pretty much good for everything. Peppermint is great for aiding indigestion and keeping mosquitos and ticks away. Marshmallow is great for suppressing coughing and sore throats. Echinacea is great for building immunity and reducing cold symptoms.

    I also recommend 100% tea tree oil for bug bites and small cuts and scratches or rashes (Note: Please do not take orally. It is toxic is digested and do not give any to your animals it can kill them). Eucalyptus oil is great for diffusing when one has a cold or chest congestion. Also, elderberry syrup (or gummies) is great for reducing cold/flu symptoms and cutting the time of healing in half. I usually take a tsp a day when cold season starts up around November through March.

  15. No idea if any of the cherokee hair stuff works or not, but whatever keeps you away from doctors these days.

    I have lost all respect for most of the medical community as they push fear & NPI that they should know don;t work, but go along with the quackery.

    What other quackery are they going along with?


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