Back Pain Testimonials

Lower back pain entirely relieved

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I’m 55 now and I’ve been having back pain since I was 25. So I was a bit skeptical, but I took Doctor Steve’s Banjo for about a month and my lower back pain went completely away.

I was amazed; I would recommend Banjo for anyone who has back pain.

George Hassman

Chanhassen, MN



When people ask me about Banjo, I’ll tell them it’s life altering!

I have been taking Banjo for 2 months now.  I knew it was helping, it made the bad days a little better and the good days a lot better. I told people it was working but wasn’t it  a cure all, but…..then I ran out, and that is when I learned just how much it is helping! All of my joints, my back, ankles… well I’m having pain, that I haven’t had for 2 months! Day before yesterday was day 1 w/o. I was a little achy, but not too bad,yesterday a little worse. Today? well just let me say, Ive had to stop typing at least 4 times to write this because Im so fatigued from the achiness. I just want to close with, I am anxiously waiting for my Banjo, and when people ask from now on, I’ll tell them its life altering!  Thank you Dr Steve

Marguerite Thompson

Ehlers-Danlos syndrome and mastocytosis: reduction in pain and fatigue

I have been diagnosed with Mastocytosis and Ehlers Danlos Syndrome (EDS), a rare inheritable connective tissue disorder. I have both classical and hypermobile types of EDS. I was first diagnosed with fibromyalgia in my 20s, but that was before they knew it was EDS. A lot of us with EDS have multiple diagnoses, and we often have a lot of pain and a lot of fatigue. I also have frequent headaches, and I have a lot of neck and back pain. I have also been diagnosed with degenerative disc disease of the spine.

After about four days using Banjo I felt a big change in the amount of energy I had. I also began to notice some reduction in pain. I had less pain in my small joints to start with. The pain in my large joints continued for some time. After about a month of taking Banjo the pain in my small joints was much, much better and I had less pain in the larger joints, but those continued to give me a bit of trouble.

I have now been taking Banjo for about two months and I  have noticed a marked difference in the joint  pain, headaches, back and neck pain. I take one to two  tablets of Banjo daily. After taking Banjo I notice a significant  increase  in my energy level.

I Kinda lost hope with Dr’s always wanting to shove synthetic drugs at people to take  instead of taking something natural for the body. As it states in our Good “Truth” book, there is nothing ever lose, but one can gain the natural effects and reap the benefits.

Dr.’s say do not take anything Natural with the Mastocytosis, well I can tell you that  is just untrue for some people…

Some nutrients that “God” put on this earth our body needs. And we need to see that our body is given these nutrients because if not bodies will start to fail us ..

Then God said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food. And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds of the air and all the creatures that move on the ground everything that has the breath of life in it I give every green plant for food.” And it was so.

Genesis 1:29

Thank ~You Dr. Steve for caring enough about people  I appreciate it….

Viktoria Kawka

Herniated cervical discs, narcotic pain relievers not working

Dear Dr Roberts,

I am a 50 year old man who has recently suffered a job related accident that left me with herniated discs in c1, c2, c3, c4, c5. Unfortunately, I am not in a position to just quit work and collect disability as I still have young children. Not only would I refuse surgery, but have been told by the orthopeodist that the area is just too large to attempt any repairs.

My doctor put me on 800 mg of Ibuprophen, muscle relaxers and Vicodan. Well, with my stomach ulcers, the Ibuprophen tears me up, as does the Vicodan. The muscle relaxers put me at greater risk of another injury due to drowsiness. The prescriptions didn’t address the pain, anyway. I was only going hrough the motions of what my doctor told me to do.

I began taking Banjo after the first week of the injury, which my stomach is easily tolerating. I am not drowsy, and as it seems the banjo has a cumulative effect, I am still on the job and haven’t missed any work since the week after starting to use the Banjo three or four times a day. I actually have regained some range of neck motion that wasn’t expected by my doctor or therapist. The stabbing pain has subsided and I’m able to sleep again. In the mornings, I’m not stiff anymore, either.

I am on no prescriptions at all, now. I gladly get up in the morning, take my Banjo and head to work. I keep a tube of it with me at all times. The guys at work have asked me what it is. When I tell them of the results I’ve had, they look skeptical. All I can do is laugh, because I was skeptical, too–in the beginning. Banjo works. Vicodan did NOT.


Mark Naquin

Fibromyalgia and multiple sclerosis: less pain, more energy

Banjo has definitely helped decrease the number and severity of headaches I experience. When I am able to engage in modest/moderate activity, I am not as exhausted as pre-Banjo. I still have some daily fatigue but that is more MS-related (I opine) than fibromyalgia related. Joint pain frequency seems to be decreased as well as shoulder/neck pain (I am very happy about this)!!! Overall, considering I have fibro AND MS, I am pleased with the results. I just wish the daily fatigue would have decreased more.

Kimberly Dickerson

Tears of joy

Dear Dr. Steve;

Because of Banjo:

1. i have more energy.

2. my migraines are so under control, i feel ‘cured’.

3. my herniated discs in my neck are pain free enough that i’m able to turn my head from side to side (what? no big deal? well, you’re wrong!)

4. my herniated lumbar discs, though still tender, allow me to walk up all 19 of these wretched steps to get into the house. i do this MANY times a day!

5. since the onslought of fibromyalgia and lupus, i have had the energy of a sloth. i not only have elevated energy, but i made it through my daughter’s cheerleading camp–which turned out to be 2 1/2 hours a day, 5 days a week and all day saturdays. on top of that, i volunteered for all of the children’s age groups who participated in ‘spirit bowl! i was able to work my butt off!! AND, i suffered no ill effects from it. since the lupus, this was a first for me.

i am weeping as i tell you this. it is just THAT important to me to be able to be a mom to my children–whom, by the way, have watched me wither away in either a bed or chair.

again, steve, thank you for changing my life. in so doing, you’ve changed the lives of those i love and who love me.

with love and respect, cecelia latoof

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You can read more of Cecelia’s story – published on Moonbaby.

Less pain, more energy: Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, neck and knee pain

Dear Dr. Roberts;

Here is my testimonial. When I first wrote to you I felt like a fish swimming in a fishbowl, all alone with my EDS pain and chronic illness. I was ready to try anything and at the point of giving up.

Just a few of my conditions were;

– bulging/herniated C4,C5,and C6

– Ruptured L-5 L6-S1 with tears between 5 and 6

– torn meniscus in left knee

– Right carotid dissection intra and extracranial w/psuedoanerysm under skull and in neck (still there and caused constant, excrutiating pain) 4mm at last MRA

– skins tears easily, bruising horrendous

– joints pop everytime I move – I sound like rice krispies

I was diagnosed with a variant form of EDS in ’04 as my skin cell biopsy showed it wasn’t VEDS.

The meds I was on: Plavix 75 once daily, aspirin 81mg,  Toprol 100 mg, Lisinopril 10 mg, Catapres .1 twice daily, flexeril 5 mg once, zanaflex 4 mg once, Celexa 60 mg once, Lipitor 40 mg., Phenerghan 25 mg PRN, Xanax .25 PRN, Percocet 10 mg PRN (not working anymore I have developed a tolerance),  Stadol shot at ER standing order for vasospam and migraine, Vit C 5 grams daily, Niacin, Fish Oil and Flax Seed oil.

I had tried Lyrica but it had terrible side effects causing vertigo and vomiting.

When I first wrote to you the worst pain was in my lower back and my left knee and horrible pain in my neck because of the psuedoanerysm.

I could not stand up straight or move without pain radiating down my left leg and spasms in my back. I had been to PT for the last year with little help as my joints are lax and I can not do many of the exercises without popping.

Despite all the meds and every therapy I remained in extreme pain. I was so tired of the extreme pain that I keep myself isolated at home much of the time. I have a reacher, a walker, and a wheelchair but refuse to get in the chair as I don’t want to lose my mobility.

I have had every kind of “-ologist” there is. I was tired of doctors and felt hopeless. Most of my doctors don’t know much about EDS and can only treat my symptoms, as surgery is not an option for me.

When I saw your site and read the testimonials I became convinced that I had severe inflammation. I wrote you on facebook and you sent me Banjo.

After using Banjo for 4 days the neck pain was GONE! I definitely had more energy. My back pain was better but not gone and my left knee with the torn meniscus would still hurt, but only if I moved it in a certain way.

I felt much better overall and the best part was that I couldn’t feel that my neck felt normal for the first time in 5 years! I had been using narcotics with no relief for almost five years and after just two days of Banjo I quit the narcotics. That is the greatest relief as I was so tired of feeling drugged.

Thanks a million! I am loving the pain free neck and am able to bend knee easier. And thank you for your dedication to pain relief with a non-addictive medication. I am very grateful to have an alternative to narcotics which I hated because of the side-effects.

I believe that God sent you to me through FB.

Respectfully and sincerely submitted,

Mary Dunn

Fibromyalgia and arthritis fatigue, ‘fog’, and pain relieved

Dear Dr. Steve;

I want to thank you so much for sending me the Banjo.

I have now been taking Banjo for about five weeks. As for what Banjo has done for me – I have been thinking about this and without making myself sound like a medical wreck, I will have to list what I believe it has done for me to this point.

The first thing I noticed immediately was it eliminated my headaches.

Second, I have been working on painting the entire inside of our house since moving here the day before Thanksgiving last year. Normally (before Fibro) when I would paint, it would take me one day to do an entire room, 2 coats. With the Fibro pain it takes me three days to do a two coat room. I have to rest a day in between each coat in order to feel good enough to paint again. In that manner I painted most of the upstairs in our house over the course of several weeks. That was before being introduced to Banjo. It was very exhausting physically due to the intense pain I would experience the following day, or after resting.

After you sent me the Banjo I began taking daily 1 very large tablet that tasted quite awful. However, I was going to give it a try since it was a natural product. I noticed a big increase in energy almost right away. It was like the fatigue just vanished over a period of about 2 or 3 days. I proceeded to paint the balance of our house and I was so full of energy. And I didn’t have the pain issues I normally would get whenever I would paint or do any project around the house. I found myself eager for the next day to arrive so I could paint the next room. I wasn’t dragging myself out of bed in the mornings, and even with all the work I was doing, I didn’t have any pain. That is an awesome feeling!!

I keep noticing changes too. For example, the fibro fog is significantly less and the sugar cravings that go along with Fibro have also lessened significantly. I do notice that with each passing week I don’t have to take as much.

I finally figured out breaking the very large tablet in half and taking it that way was a lot easier for me. One other thing, the taste seems to “grow on me”.

I also started taking half a tablet at night when I went to bed. I noticed a few days into this my gum area that was always sensitive was no longer painful. (I had a root canal a few years back and that area has been very sensitive ever since). It was to the point where just putting a small amount of pressure on the gum was very painful and now I have no pain. That’s very nice. So because of Banjo I can now chew normally again.

The other thing I have noticed is my sinuses are not as stuffed up any longer.

Also the pain in my knees is almost entirely gone. My knees have bothered me for years and were getting quite painful, but that’s osteoarthritis, not fibromyalgia (I can tell because the pain is very different.)

Another thing, my right foot has been killing me for years and the pain on that has even eased up a little bit, especially the large cyst on it that is very painful.

I also have a muscle in my neck that has been very painful for months now and when I take the Banjo that pain also disappears.

I guess in a nutshell, Banjo has allowed me to feel normal again. It is so nice to wake up and not feel physically challenged. The energy is incredible. It is amazing how pain can really drain the energy levels.

I guess bottom line is, I was so very sick and tired of being sick and tired, and all the pain. Banjo has really helped me to feel normal again. I can’t bear to think of living without it.

Sincerely, Nancy Sandberg Cavanaugh

Relief from fibromyalgia, Sjogrens, and chronic pain

I was called an “anomalous anomaly” by Mayo Clinic doctors in 1998.  Since then, pain has been a constant part of my life – especially over the last seven years. I’ve been to many doctors: a vascular surgeon who was certain I had a congenital defeat affecting my blood flow, a neurologist who was certain I had juvenile degenerative disc disease, a rheumatologist who said I had an unusual form of fibromyalgia, another neurologist who said I had carpel tunnel syndrome, and finally, another rheumatologist who has diagnosed me with some kind of autoimmune and inflammation disease – but who says my testing history since 2003 is inconclusive. He told me I tested positive for Sjogren’s disease, but that “it doesn’t necessarily mean that what’s going on is caused by Sjogren’s”.

Over the course of the past five years, the pain I experienced actually brought me to the point where I didn’t really want to live – Why?  The pain just sucked everything out from under me.  It was completely unpredictable.  Some days I would feel sort of normal, only to wake up the next day – exhausted – after a full night of sleep.  The doctors ordered a sleep study, but they didn’t find anything like sleep apnea that could explain my lack of rest during sleep.

I started to believe that I deserved being sick – that I had to just tolerate living – and it started becoming “normal” to watch everything being taken away from me; my health, my hope, my dreams, my vitality, my energy, my worth, my relationships, my future…

Reading my own words, I can see how difficult it would be for someone who isn’t experiencing constant diffused pain to understand how hard it is and how exhausting fighting it can be.  I’ve delivered four babies, all without drugs, and I can tell you without doubt, that daily, diffuse pain is much worse. It’s like a kind of torture that just wears down your mind and resiliency.

Then, about a month ago I reconnected with Steve Roberts (“Dr. Steve”) through Facebook. After looking at his site and reading some of the testimonials there I reached out to Steve to ask more about Banjo. I knew Steve from high school and we had many of the same friends over 30 years now – so I had the advantage of knowing he wasn’t some kind of quack.  Also, I grew up in a family that was well ahead of its time in regard to understanding the benefits of vitamins, good food, and health- both physically and mentally. So, I already knew something about the ingredients in Banjo, their safety, and the fact that taking the lozenge was really no different than drinking a cup of herbal tea.

After disclosing a little about my condition, I was surprised when Steve suggested I should give Banjo a try – that he was confident it could really help me. While I was hopeful – I didn’t really expect Banjo to completely WORK and to make such a huge difference in my life.

Within about 3 days I could feel the difference Banjo was making – It was hard for me to believe, but I could not deny the following:

1) I used to need a friend to work on pressure points before I’d be able to walk in the morning – now I don’t

2) I didn’t have to “carefully” stand up after sitting, wait before taking a step, and then hold my back because it hurt – because it doesn’t hurt

3) When I slept, I woke up feeling rested.  In fact, I am sleeping the same number of hours that satisfied me 20 years ago.

4) I feel 20 years younger!

5) I felt “normal” – not drugged. I felt like myself again.  I had energy.  I could think and focus.  I am happy. Life is so much easier.

I’ve now been taking Banjo for about 3 weeks and I know it’s true that I’m feeling better and will keep feeling better.  I am able to do things I wasn’t able to do before – and I thought I’d never be able to do again. It’s like the problems were just “lifted” away or removed.

For example, I was driving my car and looked over my shoulder to merge left.  When I returned to looking forward, I had a glimmer of a memory – which I almost didn’t even notice – I “remembered” that looking over my shoulder always used to hurt and I’d have to brace myself while doing it.  I didn’t have to brace myself anymore.

Another time, I was talking with a friend about a very negative emotional situation and I noticed that my shoulders were aching.  As I walked into another room, I was holding my back so I could walk straight because my back started aching.  It took a few minutes before I realized I had forgotten to take Banjo that day.  As soon as I took two tablets, the symptoms “lifted” away.

Two weeks later, I forgot again.  ( I’ve heard it’s easy for people to forget to take medicine if they start feeling better )

That night, I noticed my left ankle and leg was very swollen. Both ankles and feet were feeling stiff and hot and achy (like my whole body used to feel).  (The swelling on my left side – and the strange effects it would have on my vascular system, were another one of the anomalies the doctors never could explain)

In any event, their lack of a diagnosis doesn’t matter because as soon as I remembered to take Banjo, the swelling reduced and my ankles and feet don’t ache anymore.

I’m beginning to feel like me again. I’d almost forgotten what it was like to live without pain!

Looking back, I realize that my biggest struggle was to admit that I was powerless over what was happening to my physical body and how it affected my mind and my heart.

I admitted the reality of the situation – finally – and that every effort I made to find a doctor to fix me only led me down a road that gave them the power to tell me I couldn’t be fixed…and I used to believe it.

I thank GOD for all I’ve gone through so I could learn what I really needed to learn.  There is a way for me to be grateful for the pain because it allowed me to see that God loves me and will take care of me.

All that was being asked of me was to give the power back to God – not sell my soul by giving the decision about whether or not I could be healed to some “expert” who couldn’t admit they didn’t know how – they only knew how to lessen the symptoms (maybe) but never STOP the cause of all the pain!!!

I know God always has a purpose in everything I experience – and that it always leads to love – and that it always expands because I can share it

And when I share what I’ve learned with others then they will be given just what I’ve received… and they will learn and be supported in depending entirely on God.  That’s the truly important thing.

For me, the pain was the “fuel” to drive me toward a certain direction. The pain was like my very own, custom made GPS!

It led me step by step (and year by year) to the destination

–      seeking an answer from God

–      receiving a miracle

–      giving the Glory back to God

–      so that other people can know the same thing

It’s all about what we give power to – right?

I didn’t have the power to fix me.

The doctors sure didn’t.

But, God did by helping me reconnect with Steve and learn about the inflammation that was destroying my life –

Banjo stops the inflammation

And I thank God for helping Steve become a doctor who believed in miracles – and helping them along by making the lozenge!

I have a little bit of hope that I wanted to share– I am grateful to say thank you in this way.

Keep strong and God Bless!

KPB – Minneapolis

Relief from neck problems, after six years of pain

For six years, Karl had neck pain that made it impossible for him to turn his head without pain. Two weeks after starting Banjo, that pain was gone. Watch the video.

Hip pain and three years of post-surgical neck pain relieved

Hi Dr Steve,

This is my testimony

I have arthritis in my hip and pain in my neck. I have had the pain in my neck for 3 years starting after an operation on my shoulder. The arthritis in my hip was getting worse for years and was getting really bad.

I have taken banjo as directed 2 a day for one week. After one week pain was minimized. Now for me one a day is sufficient. I am really grateful because I have tried other medications and nothing has helped. Thank you Dr Steve for your expertise in this great medication. To any one out there who has pain all I can say is give banjo a try you can’t go wrong.

Thanks Kim

Relief from fibromyalgia, arthritis, neck pain

dear doctor steve –

I have had osteoarthritis and fibromyalgia for 6 years. The arthritis is really bad in my knees, ankles and one hip. And since I got in a car accident 5 years ago I have had neck injuries and have not been able to turn my head ever without it causing pain. I’ve been in a lot of pain every day for all this time and have tried many pain relievers, seen doctors and chriropracters but nothing has helped much, or has only helped a little for a short time. I have been on medication for fibro and that has helped some but I still had daily aches and pains. Some from arthritis, some from my injury and some from fibro.

I started taking banjo about 5 weeks ago because my friend told me about it. After a few days I could feel a real improvement and after a few weeks almost all my pain was gone, just gone! Now I can turn my head without pain. My arthritis is gone and my fibro is also gone (I am still on lyrica for that, but banjo had definitely improved the results)

I take it twice a day and it never fails me. Banjo gave me back control of my body. I control my movements now. The stiff, painful aches no longer dictate my every move.

This is the first Christmas that I think I’ll really enjoy in the last 6 years.

Thank you, Diana D.

Help for chronic back pain

I have been taking Banjo for my chronic back pain for two months and have noticed a considerable reduction in pain. I find that one Banjo tablet daily combined with my physical therapy, which includes light stretching exercises, is really effective.