Sunday, December 12, 2004

PAIN! Our Bodies Cry for HELP!

On occasion, we’ve all tried NSAIDS (over the counter pain medications) like Tylenol and Motrin. But recent information shows that these drugs can cause damage to the stomach, and increase the risk of renal failure. Prescription drugs like Vioxx and Celebrex come with their own serious health risks as evidenced by the nightly news.

Pain is certainly not the cause of our problems but a symptom that the body is not functioning properly. While we do not consider ourselves experts, we would like to pass on what we have learned from health experts (like Doug Kaufmann, Dr. Jacob Tietelbaum, Dr. Joseph Mercola and others) about the causes and possible remedies for this debilitating symptom.

Infection in the body can and does affect pain. Due to the overuse of antibiotics both via doctor’s prescription and those given to livestock, our bodies can become depleted of good bacteria. This increases the risk of yeast overgrowth. Yeast in the body, coupled with the excessive consumption of sugar (estimated at 150 or more lbs per year) can and does cause inflammation in the body, and subsequently leads to pain.

Eliminating sugar and adding probiotics, while adopting an anti candida diet, and treating for yeast overgrowth with natural anti fungals (exp. garlic, capryllic acid, apple cider vinegar, and olive leaf extract) will assist you in getting yeast under control. For those with a more chronic yeast condition, prescription anti fungals like Nystatin plus Diflucan (which are gut and blood anti fungals respectively) may be considered.

Nutritional support is also very beneficial. Taking a whole food source vitamin/mineral formula that gives the body adequate magnesium, amino acids (proteins), antioxidants, zinc, selenium and B vitamins along with other nutrients, is critical for healing. Additionally, for those with arthritis, Glucosamine & Condrotin Sulfate and MSM may be an option. For nerve pain you might consider lipoic acid.

Getting to bed by 10 pm and sleeping a full 8 to 9 hours is optimal for health and healing. Why? Because our bodies heal while sleeping and have very precise duties during specific hours of the night. These responsibilities include such things as, recharging of the adrenals and endocrine glands, repair of tissue and detoxification. Sleep is of the utmost importance, as more serious illness can occur if the body is not given the chance to regulate, rest and heal.

If sleep is difficult, you might consider taking a herbal sleep formula with a combination of ingredients like Valerian Root, Skullcap, Hops and Passionflower, etc., or trying a magnesium/calcium supplement, melatonin, 5htp/or L tryptophan.

Hormonal deficiencies should also be investigated, as a healthy hypothalamic function is often not present in chronic pain.

We’ll end with some additional natural remedies that we have learned are beneficial in reducing pain. You may want to investigate a number of these natural remedies in limiting the pain response.

  • Omega 3 fatty acids: Assists the body in an anti-inflammatory response.
  • Noni Juice: Anti-inflammatory, immune enhancing, natural cox 2 inhibitor.
  • Niacinamide B3: Helps maintain and enhance healthy cartilage, joint flexibility and connective tissue.
  • Bromelain: Provides an inflammatory response. This enzyme improves digestion and absorption of sulfates.
  • Boswellia: Also known as Frankincense, this herb has important anti-inflammatory properties. Beneficial to both rheumatoid and osteoarthritis.
  • Tart Cherries: Help’s relieve and prevent arthritis and gout.
  • Feverfew: Anti-inflammatory, pain relieving, helps maintain flexibility.
  • Willow bark: Original source of aspirin, effective in reducing pain, considered as effective as Vioxx for osteoarthritis.

We understand that there are no easy solutions in getting to the source of pain and relieving it. We are not doctors and do not want to appear that we have the solutions to this complicated issue. However, we did want to share with you, some of the things we have learned about pain, in hopes that some of these ideas, and suggestions may get you thinking in an alternative direction.

Taking a painkiller is certainly not going to resolved your pain issues. And the more toxic chemicals that we put into our bodies only exacerbate our health issues. Of course you should see your doctor. We just hope however, that something you’ve read here may give you additional information, that may assist you in getting to the cause of your pain. Investigating all of your options will certainly put you on the right road and assist you in you quest to become pain free.

Good luck again…on your quest for True Healthy Living Now!

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