One of the biggest health crises facing Americans today is addiction to prescription pain medication which are killing thousands every year. Prescription drugs cause most of the 26,000 fatal overdoses every year. This startling information comes from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
The reason for this is that people are seeking relief from back pain and other issues that stem from being overweight. The excess weight causes back pain and other joint related issues.
Doctors have bought into drug companies propaganda that drugs are the way to go. It’s as though they have no choice as patients ask for pain relief but to give multiple drugs. You can read more about it here.
There is a huge gap in what doctors are taught in medical school as well as in their continuing education in the area of cause and prevention of pain. Actually, it’s quite simple.
First, take animal based omega-3 supplements. They are the only source of natural anti-inflamitories in the body.
Vegetarians mistakenly believe that plant source omega-3’s do the same job, but this doesn’t fly when the biochemistry is examined. The fats are burned as fuel long before they go through the steps necessary to convert them to prostaglandins — inflammation mediators.
Eliminate sugar and most grains from the diet. This lowers levels of insulin and leptin levels. Insulin and leptin cause the production of prostaglandins. Eliminating this need releases the anti-inflamitorys to be used to reduce painful inflammation in the body rather than being used to mitigate the byproducts of sugar and grain consumption.
Either take vitamin D or get appropriate sunlight to insure good production. Vitamin D has been shown to greatly reduce many different types of pain including back pain relief and other musculoskeletal pain, fibromyalgia, rheumatic disorders, osteoarthritis, migraines and more.
Use safer alternatives to pain like fresh ginger — a tea works well, boswellia, bromelain, oil from evening primrose, black currant and borage, and cayenne cream — also called capsaicin cream.
A few lifestyle changes are well worth the effort if it will keep you out of pain and eliminate the need for deadly prescription pain medications.