Pain Management, No Laughing Matter… or is it?
With out a doubt, pain management has become the hot topic in today’s health care arena. It is estimated that over 85 million Americans suffer from some type of chronic pain. Pharmaceutical companies have developed powerful drugs to bring “relief” to those suffering with chronic pain. The problem is, these powerful narcotics merely “mask” the symptoms and once the effect wears off, the sufferer’s pain returns. Is it any wonder that people suffering from debilitating pain would become addicted to these drugs? Oxycontin, a highly addictive narcotic (opiate) “pain-killer” has captured the tabloids with countless stories of celebrity addictions, sting operations, the closing of several pain clinics in Florida and other states, with prominent doctors being arrested for “back door” illegal drug sales.
As a “natural” health advocate, my heart breaks for anyone experiencing pain or disease, however, I am in favor of a non-narcotic, non-steroidal approach to pain management with the emphasis on finding a cure instead of a crutch. The following supplements have all shown promise in alleviating chronic pain, at a fraction of the cost of prescription drugs.
- Glucosamine, Chondroitan and Methylsulfonylmethane
- Nopal Cactus
- Diatomaceous Earth (Organic Silica)
- Collagen Type 2
- Coral calcium
Along with supplementation, there are some tried and true methods of therapy that I highly recommend:
- Chiropractic care
- Hydro Therapy
- Infared Sauna
By this time, you may be thinking, “I’ve tried every one of these suggestions and I don’t feel any different,” well, read on, I have a couple more up my sleeve that won’t fail! – M
Please read both part 2 and 3 and rest assured this only scratches the surface of future discussion!