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United States of PAIN? 259 million painkiller prescriptions written every year in the USA

7/5/2014 - A recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reveals that the overprescription of narcotic painkillers is still a major problem in the United States. The report, published on July 1, is based on data collected by retail pharmacies, which fill the majority of US prescriptions....

Top tasty herbs to manage cancer pain naturally

6/30/2014 - As if having cancer is not bad enough, there is also a great deal of pain associated with the disease. While this is often not true in the very early stages of the disease -- when it might make it easier to discover the cancer itself -- it is an unfortunate side effect in later stages. It is so bad...

Cayenne pepper makes herbs up to 75% more effective, aids weight loss, offers pain relief, improves circulation and heals ulcers

6/23/2014 - Cayenne pepper, also known as capsicum, adds flavor to your food and has some impressive health benefits. Cayenne stimulates blood flow and can help burn body fat. It also fights inflammation and stimulates digestion, which helps break down food for better nutrient absorption. Cayenne is also a warming...

Ginger reduces chronic inflammation, pain and migraines, helps digestion, diabetes and more

6/23/2014 - According MedlinePlus, taking 1 gram of ginger before surgery may help reduce nausea and vomiting post-surgery. Widely known for its ability to reduce nausea and vomiting, ginger has many more uses than one may think. In China, ginger has been used for over 2,000 years to help treat nausea, stomach...

Capsaicin from chili peppers can improve health in diabetic and obese persons

6/6/2014 - The activity of a specific pain receptor may be behind the beneficial effects of chili peppers on metabolism, according to a study conducted by researchers from the University of California-Berkeley and the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in La Jolla, Calif., and published in the journal Cell...

Surgeon speaks out: The underlying cause of chronic pain

5/29/2014 - According to the Global Burden of Disease 2010, low back pain is the single leading cause of disability worldwide. In the United States, an estimated 600,000 people opt for spinal surgery and over 30 million people suffer from low back pain - at any given time. But, in reality, chronic back pain can...

Paralyzed man SWAT raided, sentenced to 25 years in prison for possession of his own prescription drugs

5/27/2014 10:28:00 AM - A wheelchair-bound man who suffered from partial paralysis, chronic pain and multiple sclerosis was raided by masked, gun-wielding SWAT officers and ultimately sentenced to 25 years in prison for possessing a one-month supply of painkillers that he was legitimately prescribed by his physician. The...

Cayenne pepper can relieve pain, boost metabolism and more

5/25/2014 - The cayenne pepper is the hot chili pepper of the Capsicum annuum plant, which is native to northern South America and southern North America. A nightshade fruit that is related to the bell pepper, jalapeno and paprika, cayenne peppers are often dried and ground into a powder and then used to prepare...

Pain and its lymphological relief

5/24/2014 - Modern medicine continues to ignore the actual dilemmas associated with pain, as if they are somehow irrelevant, yet, when pain is properly relieved, it can lead to healing in a short period of time, and naturally so. The process of healing one part of the body is the same for every other part as well,...

Woman overcomes 17 years of fibromyalgia pain with raw food diet

5/22/2014 - There was a time when Stacy Stowers tried to fight her debilitating fibromyalgia and chronic pain with a daily combination of coffee, sleeping pills and alcohol. "I couldn't get out of bed or get dressed," Stowers says. "Eventually my teeth started to fall out." She lived with such pain and an unhealthy...

Chinese 'thunder god' herb stops arthritis pain better than prescription pain meds

5/2/2014 - Arthritis sufferers may now have a better option for treating their pain than pharmaceutical drugs. A new study published in the Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases found that patients with rheumatoid arthritis who took an herbal extract of the "thunder god" vine fared better than those taking methotrexate,...

Prescription drugs: A nation's killer

4/1/2014 - In a nation that seems to thrive on popping pills for a range of different health woes, it really should come as no surprise that deaths due to the overdosing of prescription drugs are on the rise in the United States, and will likely to continue to be so. Though there is a definite need for a number...

Scientists validate light therapy field of holistic medicine: light can halt pain

3/25/2014 - The future of pain management in humans could eventually center less around what people take for their aches and pains and more around what they shine at them. Experimental new research at Stanford University's Bio-X laboratory has found that unconventional light therapy can be used to mitigate chronic...

Exclusive: Cognitive pain management breakthrough far better choice than back surgery, says surgeon

3/10/2014 - A Washington-based orthopedic surgeon who has developed a pain management system for sufferers of chronic back pain says it is a much better alternative to back surgeries which have low success rates. Dr. David Hanscom, in an interview with Natural News, said that his Structured Care Program not...

Top 4 ways to reduce muscle and joint pain

2/27/2014 - It seems that nearly everyone is dealing with some sort of muscle or joint pain. We often blame it on getting old, too much physical work or exercise, or other phantom factors that we obviously don't understand. Regardless of our notion of how it happened, we all really want it to go away. Here are...

Suffer from fibromyalgia? You might be sensory defensive

2/25/2014 - Fibromyalgia sufferers experience chronic widespread muscular pain, achiness, poor sleep, and extreme fatigue. Following a sleepless night, sufferers of FM wake up exhausted, their mind in a fog, and their bodies feeling beaten up with intense pain that could last for days, weeks, or even months. Low...

FDA reevaluating safety of pain medications following multiple studies showing major harm

2/19/2014 - A U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advisory panel has rejected a petition filed by Bayer HealthCare to have its over-the-counter (OTC) pain medication Aleve (naproxen) declared to be safer for the heart than competing alternatives like Advil and Motrin (ibuprofen). According to reports, the drug...

Cannabis compound relieves pain from osteoarthritis

2/14/2014 - Pain from osteoarthritis leaves many debilitated due to stiff and swollen joints. While prescriptions are readily available for osteoarthritis sufferers, they often leave patients with the choice of living between two worlds: If they take prescription pills, they may live with less physical pain yet...

Vitamin D supplemenation helps fibromyalgia patients manage pain

1/22/2014 - Fibromyalgia is a state of inflammation and fatigue that causes muscle pains and sensitivity. It's a condition that tears down one's quality of life, bringing anxiety and depression. It's a condition that more people are experiencing; estimates show that 1 in 25 now suffer from this painful condition....

Reduce pain and cramping with white willow bark

1/14/2014 - White willow bark has been used therapeutically for thousands of years. Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, advised his patients to chew on the bark to reduce inflammation and fight off infection. Many herbalists continue to use white willow bark to treat painful inflammatory conditions. White...

'Frequency-specific microcurrents' to the rescue for pain, injury and illness

12/31/2013 - Frequency-specific microcurrents (FSM) are an innovative system of treatments using micro-amperage current and frequencies on tissues to create healing and eliminate pain. There are hundreds of FSM practitioners around the world. Physicians utilizing the original electromagnetic therapy in the 1920s...

Lack of vitamin D can lead to chronic pain, depression: study

12/18/2013 - Supplementing with vitamin D can help mitigate the pain and depression often associated with type 2 diabetes, says a new study out of Loyola University in Chicago. Researchers there found that women with the disease who suffered from numbness, tingling and pain in their hands, fingers and legs, as well...

Top twelve natural stomach pain killers

11/19/2013 - It has been noted that one of the most popular requests in wellness stores is for products to help ease stomach pain naturally. People, from cancer patients to parents of babies suffering from colic, try to look for the safest and most effective way of dealing with stomach pain. There is actually no...

Toxic environment now causing mysterious, debilitating pain in arms and legs; doctors baffled

11/19/2013 - The long-term health consequences of our increasingly polluted environment and food supply appear to include an unusual pain condition that strikes out of nowhere and leaves its victims in a near-constant debilitated state. Referred to in the medical literature as Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, or...

Continuous chest pain? Natural remedies and supplements may help

11/16/2013 - Many people experiencing chest pains, tight or swollen chest muscles, a dull chest ache or even stabbing pains when pressing on the sternum may be feeling the effects of a condition known as costochondritis. While a health care professional should be consulted when it comes to any severe chest or lung...

Women's guide to dealing with painful sex

10/26/2013 - Women of all ages may experience pain during sex, and finding the cause as well as solutions can sometimes prove to be a challenging investigative process. The most common reasons that sex may be painful are lack of lubrication, vaginal tensing and involuntary vaginal muscle contractions. The pain can...

Got pain? Alleviate it long-term with safe natural remedies

10/4/2013 - Pain is one of the most common ailments (millions of people report experiencing chronic or acute pain on a monthly basis), yet medical science has yet to offer a non-toxic painkiller good for long-term use. Natural pain relievers may trump drugs on this score. A handful of vitamins, minerals and amino...

Reduce lower back pain with the right back exercises

9/28/2013 - Around four out of five people experience back pain during their lifetime, and many people suffer chronic pain that lowers their quality of life. Surgery is rarely needed for back problems and accepting living with daily pain is also a rare necessity. Back pain can usually be relieved with proper stretching...

Kick your chronic pain to the curb with these four herbs

8/31/2013 - FDA sanctioned prescription drugs for pain such as, Oxycontin, Vicodin, Lortab, and others are just as addictive as street drugs. Withdrawal can be difficult, and they have the expected physiological side-effects that accompany almost all of Big Pharma's products. Non-prescribed over the counter...

Prescription drug death epidemic continues: Can Big Pharma be stopped?

8/24/2013 - Death by prescription drug continues to be a major health problem in the United States, as Big Pharma remains influential and dominant in traditional medical practice. But a noted neurosurgeon and contributing CNN health expert may represent the first chink in Big Pharma's formidable armor, according...

Alpha lipoic acid (ALA) treats back pain naturally: Research

8/10/2013 - If you suffer from chronic lower back pain, there is hope beyond a life of just taking pharmaceutical painkillers all the time to cope with the agony. The all-natural antioxidant compound alpha lipoic acid, also known as ALA, has been shown in a limited subset of trials to help alleviate certain types...

Doctors ignore back pain self-care guidelines and prescribe useless surgeries and meds instead

8/2/2013 - In today's current medical arena, the mass consumption of useless surgeries and medications is growing at alarming rates. A new study by Dr. Bruce Landon from the Harvard Medical School shows that many doctors today are ignoring back pain self care guidelines and are instead sending patients through...

Best supplements for pain relief

7/14/2013 - Chronic pain is a modern day epidemic that affects more than 1.5 billion people worldwide. It costs nations billions of dollars in lost productivity and medical expenses every year. Debilitating pain affects more individuals than heart disease, cancer and diabetes combined. Doctors throw drug after...

Acupuncture significantly reduces pain following C-section: Research

7/12/2013 - Acupuncture significantly reduces both pain and painkiller use following surgeries including Cesarean sections, research has shown. In one study, published in the Chinese Medical Journal in 2009, researchers from Kaohsiung Medical University in Taiwan assigned 60 women who had undergone C-sections...

Five natural pain-relieving alternatives to aspirin and NSAIDS that work fast

6/12/2013 - Over the counter pain remedies such as aspirin, acetaminophen, and ibuprofen have been the go-to choices for killing pain and/or inflammation fast. But they have their vast array of side effects. Aspirin has been linked to gastrointestinal problems and ulcers as well hemorrhaging and strokes. Tylenol...

Acupuncture really works for lower back pain: Research

5/30/2013 - A unique and not well known type of acupuncture in the Western world, motion style acupuncture treatment (MSAT), is used in Korea for lower back pain (LBP) or other musculoskeletal areas of pain that hinder movement. MSAT requires assisted motion of the affected area with acupuncture needles inserted...

Chronic back pain cured by antibiotics; acne bacteria invade discs and cause debilitating pain

5/16/2013 - The latest science reveals that antibiotics may serve a legitimate and defining purpose in medicine after all, but probably not in the way you might think. Researchers from the University of Southern Denmark recently discovered that as many as 50 percent of all cases of lower back pain are more than...

Are nightshades causing your arthritis, chronic pain and inflammation?

5/4/2013 - Few people are familiar with the term nightshades, and many will be surprised to learn that consuming foods from this plant group may be contributing to their pain and inflammation. Nightshades belong to the Solanaceae family which includes over 2,000 species. They include some of the most popular foods...

Top three most dangerous pain medications

4/30/2013 - Pain medications and the adverse drug reactions to them are the fourth leading cause of death in the US. This is only behind cancer, heart disease, and strokes. But still, millions of people take some form of pain medication every single day. Prescription or over-the-counter, the vast majority of these...

Five natural alternatives for banishing fibromyalgia pain and inflammation

4/30/2013 - Though there is still some debate over whether or not it is an inflammatory or a neurological condition, or some combination of both, most everyone will agree that fibromyalgia is a severely debilitating health condition that robs its victims of their energy, their strength and ultimately their lives....

Acupuncture stimulates multiple brain regions, affecting a wide scope of pain dimensions

4/27/2013 - It's odd that studies are being done to "prove" certain medical arts have positive effects even after they've proven beneficial over centuries. This seems to be the case with Traditional Chinese Medicine's (TCM) and its most widely practiced methodology, acupuncture. A meta-analysis is an overarching...

Painkiller usage reduced by 50 percent with homeopathy

4/24/2013 5:33:28 PM - The front page lead story of the Los Angeles Times on March 30, 2013, highlighted the significant increase in deaths as a result of painkillers (Glover and Girion, 2013). The good news is that there are alternatives to painkillers and safer treatments that can reduce their usage. Homeopathic Medicines...

Can you heal yourself just by becoming more aware?

4/17/2013 - Self-awareness is touted as a powerful form of healing, yet it often does little for us. Being aware that you have a problem doesn't mean the problem is going to magically vanish, right? Does this mean increased self-awareness is a waste of time? No. It means that in order to heal yourself with...

Ever wonder why the world is so screwed up? Research proves people find pleasure in physical and emotional pain

3/29/2013 - Have you ever watched people ruin their own lives and wondered why anyone would simply self-destruct and then revel in misery? Do you throw your hands up in frustration at self-sabotaging behavior? My father used to rant about his horrible eating habits. "It's what I put in my own mouth, for crying...

Acupuncture proven to decrease dysmenorrhea, painful PMS

3/20/2013 - Acupuncture can significantly reduce the pain and duration of the painful pre-menstrual cramping condition known as dysmenorrhea, a number of studies have found. Dysmenorrhea may either result from an underlying pathology of the pelvis (known as "secondary" dysmenorrhea), or it may occur in the absence...

People are willing to torture others if ordered to do so by authority figures

3/15/2013 - New scientific evidence of the Golden Rule goes beyond the usual assumptions and suggests that if you treat others with disdain, you not only suffer, but activate the same neurology as physical pain. Richard Ryan, co-author of a new University of Rochester study says, "This study shows that when...

Jump for joy - Chronic low back pain relieved with acupuncture

3/6/2013 - Debilitating for both the afflicted individual and supportive family, costly in relation to loss of work and surgical medical interventions, health-damaging from medication side-effects, and stressful to manage; chronic low back pain may be eased with a surprising low-cost, simple, low side-effects,...

Getting enough sleep: A more potent painkiller than codeine

3/2/2013 - Getting a couple more hours of sleep each night is more effective than codeine at reducing the body's sensitivity to pain, according to a study published in the journal SLEEP. The study was the first to examine the pain-related effects of getting extra sleep, although other studies have shown that...

How meditation changes brain rhythms to sooth pain and depression

2/18/2013 - Meditation isn't only a way to relax or a throw-back to the 1960s when the Beatles first made the practice popular in the U.S. In fact, in recent years, mainstream scientists have published several studies showing that mindfulness meditation, which is centered on being aware of the present moment by...

Top remedies for treating chronic pain naturally

2/14/2013 - Treating chronic pain is a complex issue because there are numerous factors that contribute to its development and persistence. Contrary to popular belief, most instances of chronic pain do not actually originate in the muscles, bones, and tissues, but rather in the nerves, which means eating foods...

Good doctors feel their patients' pain, literally

2/11/2013 - In a new study that helps illuminate why a good doctor-patient relationship is so important, researchers have found that doctors' brains respond to patients' experiences the same way they would respond to their own. The study was conducted by researchers from Massachusetts General Hospital and Beth...

Wipe out shingles FAST with easy-to-use homeopathic remedies - relieve pain, eliminate burning, itching and infection

2/8/2013 1:55:21 PM - If you've had chicken pox as a child, then you're still carrying the herpes zoster virus in your body, which can become reactivated after many years causing a very painful, burning rash known as shingles. The virus lives in the nerve cells and produces a rash along the nerve pathways, most often on...

Parents clueless that their kids are abusing prescription drugs

1/31/2013 - Although prescription drug abuse among both children and adults now rivals illegal street drugs in both prevalence and lethality, most parents are not particularly concerned about such abuse among children and teenagers, according to the most recent University of Michigan Mott Children's Hospital National...

Ozone: How it can repair injured tissue and relieve pain

1/28/2013 - This article contains the writing of my colleagues Randy Ice PT and David Mitzer DO. Ozone gas is an O2 molecule with an extra oxygen attached, making it O3.This extra oxygen molecule is what makes ozone "supercharged" and gives it all the remarkable medical properties. Oxygen is colorless and odorless,...

Six ways to manage labor pain naturally

1/13/2013 - Pregnancy is a very exiting time for most women but the labor and delivery process can bring much anticipation. Maternal worry and discomfort lengthen labor and can contribute to fetal distress. There are many natural ways to help relieve pain and shorten the overall labor duration. More and more pregnant...

Avoid hidden allergens in food to kick chronic pain and feel great

1/9/2013 3:03:23 PM - If you're one of many of the world's citizens suffering from chronic pain, you're not alone. An estimated 60 percent or more of Americans suffer from food sensitivities and allergies, hidden culprits of chronic pain. It is rare indeed to find an individual who has no food allergies or sensitivities...

Migraines and fibromyalgia: the TMJ connection

1/2/2013 - What follows is heavy reading. If you suffer from headaches, migraines or fibromyalgia, it will be well worth it to discover the relationship of these issues to the position of your lower jaw. The content of this article could change your life. We have my colleague Leonard J. Feld, D.D.S. to thank for...

Stop gum pain and tooth decay with sustainable dentistry

12/20/2012 - Your gum pain and tooth decay could be caused by poor dentistry. Think about it - the "modern" dentist puts toxic mercury fillings inside of us; life-threatening material in our root canal and advocates the use of fluoride - which eats away at our brain function and weakens our bone structure. Does...

The suicide disease - Trigeminal neuralgia

11/16/2012 - Since the first century A.D., trigeminal neuralgia (TN) has been regarded as one of the most painful and enigmatic diseases known to man. TN is a severe, generally unilateral neuropathic pain located within the sensory distribution of cranial nerve five (CN V), the trigeminal nerve. It has been generally...

Top four therapeutic herbs for sciatic pain

11/10/2012 - Sciatic pain, or sciatica, occurs off and on with many people. Sometimes it's mistaken for lower back pain or leg cramps. When it does, the tendency is to stay in bed and gulp down some ibuprofen or other OTC (over the counter) pharmaceutical. But sciatica is a symptom of another problem that is...

Why is my lower back so angry?

11/8/2012 - Whenever an episode of lower back pain strikes, we question, "What brought this on?" Our mind wanders to the physical things we have done over the last few days, which many times are not out of the ordinary, and in fact, frankly innocent sounding when that sharp, shooting pain starts when bending over...

Short and long-term risks of taking NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatories)

11/5/2012 - Do you take ibuprofen on a regular basis for acute or chronic aches and pains? Do you know that ingesting these medications consistently over short or long periods of time can cause life-threatening injuries? Most medications only mask symptoms and never "fix" the source of pain. Chronic NSAID use creates...

Laughter really is the best medicine -- Lower blood sugar, ease pain and boost health with a daily dose of mirth

10/25/2012 - A young child can laugh over 300 times a day whereas an adult will chuckle a fraction of this amount -- often much less, if at all. It's no joke. When life is taken too seriously, we are missing out on one of the greatest health boosting habits around. Feel good endorphins, pain management, lower blood...

Acupuncture successfully treats migraines and chronic pain, according to most rigorous study of the treatment to date

10/5/2012 - Once thought by many to be of questionable value, the most complete, detailed and rigorous study of acupuncture to date has found that the procedure can relieve chronic pain, as well as the pain of migraines and arthritis, according to a report by The New York Times. The latest findings underscore...

Curcumin, boswellia and natural remedies better than pain meds

9/30/2012 - For quick relief, people reach for pain medicine to treat headache or joint pain. However, recent evidence suggests they may damage hearing. Fortunately there are more effective, natural, and safer alternatives. Unheard of painHearing loss is the sixth most common disease burden in high-income countries,...

Acupuncture helps relieve headache and back pain, study shows

9/26/2012 - Acupuncture outperformed both placebo and conventional pain therapies - including pharmaceutical drugs - in a new study conducted by researchers from Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York from numerous universities in Germany and England. The study was published in the Archives of Internal...

Painkillers cause severe headaches

9/25/2012 - Taking a painkiller for that bad back or those bum knees? That could explain why you might be having so many headaches as well, according to new research from the United Kingdom. According to doctors, up to one million people in the UK have "completely preventable" headaches that can be quite severe...

Prescription painkillers kill more Americans than heroin and cocaine combined

9/24/2012 - According to a new report from Brandeis University, prescription painkillers -- opioid or narcotic pain relievers like Vicodin (hydrocodone), OxyContin (oxycodone), Opana (oxymorphone), and methadone -- are now responsible for more fatal overdoses in the U.S. than heroin and cocaine combined. "An...

Treat pain with homeopathy

9/15/2012 - Homeopathy is an often misunderstood but effective type of treatment that is useful for a range of conditions, including asthma, autoimmune diseases, cancer, and fibromylagia. When using homeopathy, people ingest small amounts of substances that help their body learn to heal itself. Homeopathy rarely...

Natural pain relievers beat Big Pharma drugs

9/12/2012 - Want your headache gone? Take two Tylenol in your hand, drink a glass of water, throw the Tylenol away... headache gone. Dutch researchers found the same recovery rate of drug takers versus placebos. It is the water that you drink that does the job. Not the liver-toxic-internal bleeding-hearing loss-impotence-problems-Tylenol....

Backpacks: Tips to avoid pain and discomfort going back to school

9/4/2012 - With school underway or just around the corner, it's important to consider your child's workload. Not only will they have new classmates, extra-curricular obligations, and homework; but an increasing number of students are experiencing neck, shoulder, and low back pain. The culprit: backpacks. Surprisingly,...

Pregnancy and chiropractic

9/3/2012 - Are you currently pregnant or thinking about having a baby soon? If you answered yes to either question, hopefully you are also seeing a chiropractor. A woman's body goes through countless changes while pregnant, not only hormonally, but also posturally and bio-mechanically. Low back pain is almost...

Eliminate gout, arthritis and fibromyalgia pain FAST with 3 natural home remedies

8/27/2012 - Anyone experiencing the pain of an acute gout or rheumatoid arthritis attack would sell their soul to get fast relief from the agony. Most drugs take time to build up in the system before relief occurs; and, many of those same drugs cause unacceptable side effects. What if you could make a drink, that...

Acupuncture for osteoarthritic knee pain - It's more effective than conventional biomedicine, research shows

8/25/2012 - New research supports earlier studies that show acupuncture is a more effective way to treat osteoarthritic knee pain than treating it with conventional biomedicine. "Acupuncture provided significantly better relief from knee osteoarthritis pain and a larger improvement in function than sham acupuncture,...

Where your low back pain is coming from and how to fix it

8/21/2012 - Do you experience bouts of low back pain? Do you notice stiffness and aching moving from a seated to standing position? Do you sit for more than four hours a day? If you answered yes to any or all of these questions, then you may be suffering from tight hip flexor muscles. The muscles that bring your...

Opiate-based prescriptions declared an epidemic by the CDC

7/25/2012 - There has been a recent epidemic of opium-addiction that is growing fast as one of America's drug problems. The CDC says this is not coming from foreign cartels, traffickers or drug dealers, but from the pharmacy that so many visit for prescribed medicines. These opiate-based drugs include Vicodin,...

Using passion flower for anxiety, pain relief and more

7/14/2012 - Passion flower is not only known as a religiously symbolic and easily grown plant. Many varieties of the passion flower's "passiflora" genus have also been used medicinally for centuries first by Native Americans then by other cultures. The most common medicinal uses were as a remedy for anxiety, insomnia,...

If you only choose one remedy for survival and pain relief, grab some Arnica

6/16/2012 - If you've ever driven by a field of yellow daisy-like flowers and felt a sense of calm, you've experienced the embrace from Arnica, soothing your earthly and invisible aches and pains. Arnica montana, or Leopard's bane has been in use medicinally since the 1500s, and is both an herbal medicine and a...

The cost-effectiveness of chiropractic care vs. medical care

6/11/2012 - With a shaky economy and the unknown future of healthcare in the US, consumers need better options in relieving pain and promoting health. A visit to a medical office for neck or low back pain can quickly progress to medication dependence and thousands of dollars in medical expenses. Chiropractic care...

Beat chronic back pain naturally

5/31/2012 - The first thing to consider is qualifying the type of pain you're experiencing. In many cases, back pain eases away in a few weeks. If it's strictly muscular from straining with work or exercise, applying heat can help. It's recommended that regular activity or exercise should continue. If your back...

Killer pain relief

5/28/2012 - We strive to lower the smallest fever, mask, block, and interfere with pain, artificially combat swelling, medicate hypertension, diabetes, and body cholesterol. What we are failing to see is that these are all normal body responses to identify and correct what is wrong and bring balance and healing. Bottom...

Earthing: A simple (and free) way to reduce pain and inflammation

5/5/2012 - Since the beginning of creation there has been a flow of energy between our bodies and Mother Earth that works to support the various systems in our body and scavenge up free radicals that promote inflammation. More specifically, there is a flow of electrons through direct skin contact with the earth's...

How to get through natural childbirth free of pain medication

4/19/2012 3:33:55 PM - "Life is pain Highness; anyone who says differently is selling something." This line from the movie The Princess Bride is certainly applicable to childbirth. It's going to hurt. It's not meant to be easy. However, there are ways to prepare for and manage that pain, which is just one of the challenges...

The Feldenkrais Method - Alleviate pain and tension through somatic education

4/13/2012 - Just as we develop social habits such as smoking or arguing, our body develops habits such as poor posture and tension. Feldenkrais is a method of somatic education that uses simple movements to experience the body within and undo these bodily habits through enhanced self-awareness. The Feldenkrais...

Battlefield acupuncture offers a safer, more effective alternative to dangerous painkiller drugs for soldiers

4/12/2012 - Psychiatric drugs and painkillers are now being routinely used across the U.S. military, where violent suicides have skyrocketed to levels never before seen in history. In the military today, soldiers who suffer TBIs -- Traumatic Brain Injuries -- frequently receive treatment with mind-altering psychiatric...

Trouble in Paradise (Opinion)

4/9/2012 12:18:54 AM - We all know, for the most part, that physicians are basically clueless when it comes to natural healing without the use of synthetic chemicals. And it wasn't that long ago that physicians were doing advertisements that extolled the virtues of smoking Camel cigarettes (as a side note, where we were...

Is medicinal herb kratom a safe and effective alternative for treating pain, anxiety and depression?

4/6/2012 - Mitragyna speciosa, also known as "kratom," is a plant native to the rainforests of Southeast Asia that has long been used in traditional herbal medicine to treat pain, boost energy, alleviate anxiety and depression symptoms, and promote feelings of wellness and happiness. But because the plant allegedly...

For many patients, cannabis may offer the best medicinal pain relief yet discovered

4/6/2012 - By the beginning of the 1980s, after a four decade long lockdown, a re-interest in cannabis arose in the scientific community. In 1982, the American Institute of Medicine published an intriguing report entitled "Marijuana and Health". The report was a collection of tentative exploratory research and...

War veterans prone to drug addiction often prescribed risky painkillers

3/30/2012 - As if some returning veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan didn't have enough problems already, many of them are now being prescribed risky painkillers that can have profoundly negative effects, especially for those with pre-existing Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and other physical ailments. According...

Forget health-damaging painkillers - Use proven natural remedies and herbs to treat joint pain

3/22/2012 - Though typically referred to as a single condition characterized by chronic joint pain, arthritis is actually a collective grouping of more than 100 different diseases involving joint inflammation for which many conventional doctors simply prescribe pain drugs as a one-size-fits-all solution. But rather...

Naturally relieve and heal toothaches and tooth infections

3/18/2012 - Toothaches generally occur when a tooth's nerve root becomes irritated. The most common causes of toothaches are infection, decay, injury, or loss of a tooth. Pain may also occur after a tooth has been pulled. While no one enjoys a painful tooth, the good news is that tooth pain and infections can usually...

Heart attacks without chest pain more common than thought, especially among women

3/18/2012 - The CDC reports that approximately 800,000 first time heart attacks occur annually. Ignoring iatrogenic deaths (death by medicine), heart disease is still the number one killer for both men and women. However, the common perception of chest pain or discomfort as a signal that a heart attack is occurring...

Easy homemade remedies relieve arthritis and joint pain

3/15/2012 - Homemade remedies for arthritis, gout and other joint pain are never farther away than the kitchen cupboard or the refrigerator. Joint disease is the result of various causes ranging from aging, to over-use and autoimmune diseases that attack joints and surrounding tissue. Pharmaceutical companies have...

Statins can cause muscle damage without necessarily exhibiting pain symptoms

3/14/2012 - If you take statin drugs to lower your cholesterol levels, these medications could be damaging your muscles without you even knowing it. Several studies not typically mentioned by the pro-statin drug lobby reveal that HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors can cause skeletal muscle damage that may not always...

Why Rx drugs? (opinion)

3/5/2012 6:13:08 PM - We live in a world where corporate profit is more important than consumer health. Because our diets, for the most part suck, we turn to Rx drugs for health and survival. Before getting into why Rx drugs? Let's talk a walk on the wild side. It's a Friday or Saturday night, nothing going on, so you...

Single mega-dose of vitamin D eases menstrual cramps for up to two months, study reveals

3/1/2012 - It is now becoming widely known that maintaining optimal levels of vitamin D in the body boosts immunity and prevents a variety of debilitating diseases. But a new study published in the journal Archives of Internal Medicine has found that women with primary dysmenorrhea, a gynecologic problem in menstruating...

Got neck pain? New study says chiropractic care and simple home exercises work better than painkillers

1/19/2012 - Painkilling drugs are associated with dangerous side effects, addiction and overdose. And it turns out they are also much less effective than harmless natural treatments. A new study shows that simple remedies like chiropractic treatments and home exercises relieve sub-acute neck pain better than pharmaceutical...

Treating multiple sclerosis

1/18/2012 - There are many people, an estimated 350,000 people in the United States that are living with this painful, debilitating, and sometimes fatal disorder of the central nervous system. Western medicine has not come up with good treatment strategies for this disease and the United States government keeps...

Studies confirm chiropractic treatment prevents heart attacks and lowers blood pressure

1/7/2012 9:01:12 AM - The popularity of chiropractic care has grown dramatically since the middle of the 20th century. Although most people seek chiropractic treatment to relieve musculoskeletal pain, certain types of pain may be indicative of the patient experiencing a heart attack just before or during treatment. Chiropractors...

Discover which foods and chemical additives cause arthritis inflammation, gout and fibromyalgia pain

12/30/2011 12:09:45 PM - Certain foods and chemical additives disguised as food can aggravate or cause muscle and joint pain associated with arthritis, gout and fibromyalgia. Avoiding these foods can pave the way for reduced inflammation, stiffness and pain - setting the stage for ongoing relief, with increased mobility and...

Home remedies relieve tooth and gum pain

12/29/2011 - Most people hate going to the dentist. Even the for the most minor reason, dental appointments can cause a grown man, or woman, to quake with fear. Regular dental hygiene at home is a big step toward preventing dental problems; and, basic home care can be enhanced with a variety of herbal and homeopathic...

Seven ways to end joint pain, arthritis and gout using cherries

12/24/2011 - Gout and arthritis have two things in common. Each condition makes the body hurt, and they respond to the powerful nutrients found in cherries that eliminate pain. Cherries contain high levels of antioxidants and anthocyanins, nutrients known to relieve pain, inflammation and stiffness. Cherries belong...

Marijuana cannabinoids - oral and transdermal methods

12/17/2011 - (NaturalNews )The research indicates that cannabinoids hold the secret to helping heal many of the chronic diseases we are facing. From cancer to diabetes, and from autism to Alzheimer's, medical marijuana helps, and sometimes dramatically so. Cannabinoid medicine holds a great power to alleviate human...

Natural black birch reduces pain, lowers risk of heart attack

11/18/2011 - When you are suffering from pain and want to avoid taking a pharmaceutical painkiller, why not try chewing on a twig from the black birch tree instead? FOX News' "Medicine Hunter" Chris Kilham recently took a special trip to New York's Central Park with "Wildman" Steve Brill to test the natural medicine...

Raw foods fight pain

11/10/2011 - Sometimes you've exercised too much and your muscles hurt. Sometimes, you've got a terrible headache - perhaps you've slept too much, or too little? And sometimes, you're tired, weary, and desperately in need to rest your sore, tired body after a long day. Pain is something we cannot avoid, no matter...

Using the mind to ease pain and fight disease

10/28/2011 - I was recently speaking to my friend Darielle Archer, a guided imagery specialist, who reminded me that back in the 1970's it was a provocative notion to suggest a connection between the mind and the body to heal the effects of a disease like cancer - if anyone spoke of alternative treatment at all. The...

Acupuncture and pain relief - Discover how it really works

9/15/2011 - Let's be real here: Attending frequently with chronic low back pain can be distressing for both patient and doctor. Because conventional treatment options tend to be ineffective and limited, many sufferers now seek help from licensed acupuncturists, who have repeatedly provided the safest, quickest,...

Ease back pain naturally through inversion therapy

8/29/2011 - These days, a large portion of the population suffers with some form of back pain. While conventional doctors are quick to recommend operations to repair damage and relieve pain that has been sustained by the discs between the vertebrae, it is good to know that there are actually natural and less invasive...

Cherries are an inexpensive natural remedy for pain

8/28/2011 - Pain is a huge problem for individuals, families, businesses and our economy. According to the American Pain Society, at any given time, as many as a third of us are in pain and every year pain drives half of us to a doctor`s office seeking relief. Combined costs of medical care and lost productivity...

Chronic pain conditions may be caused by repressed anger

8/23/2011 - The medical community has been criticized for failing to accurately and effectively diagnose and treat chronic pain. Many patients suffering from chronic pain conditions have not received desired relief from mainstream medicine. Based on the theory that some chronic pain disorders are instigated by...

Relieve joint and muscle pain, maintain healthy bone density with high doses of vitamin D

8/15/2011 - A recent study published in the journal Breast Cancer Research and Treatment has found that taking high doses of vitamin D can help relieve the joint and muscle pain caused by taking aromatase inhibitor drugs for breast cancer. The research, which appears to apply generally to joint and muscle pain,...

Running from joint pain - Four critical steps necessary for improved performance and recovery

8/11/2011 - The morning is overcast with the familiar smell of rain in the air, a comfortable 65 degrees. You emerge just as the sun rises. You feel as though you could tear up the streets, leap small sized bushes in a single bound, run stairs, and devour the length of a 5K run, all in record time; and you do....

Massage outperforms meds for low back pain, study finds

7/25/2011 - Is it conceivable that massage can provide more effective relief from low back pain than medication? A new study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine suggests this therapy might indeed alleviate back pain better in the short term than traditional interventions of medicine, bed rest or exercise:...

Ease pain and boost immunity through chiropractic care

7/23/2011 - Chiropractic care is a holistic treatment in that the body as a whole is treated, rather than just isolated problems. Its main focus is on aligning the skeletal system so that ligaments, nerves, muscles, tendons and internal organs can operate optimally. By correcting spinal alignment, pain is able...

Soothe back pain naturally with various essential oils

7/2/2011 - Acute or chronic back problems can make everyday life a misery. Acute pain may be caused by a pulled muscle or problems with tendons, ligaments or bone. Incorrect posture, lack of exercise and/or obesity are factors that can take their toll on the back muscles. Aromatherapy using essential oils can...

Study: Tree bark compound helps reduce severe pain symptoms naturally

5/27/2011 - A new study published in the journal Nature Chemistry provides new insight into the power of a rare type of tree bark to relieve serious pain. Scientists from the Scripps Research Institute (SRI) in Florida discovered that the bark of the Tabernaemontana divaricata plant, also known as crepe jasmine,...

Homeopathy offers permanent body pain relief (Opinion)

4/5/2011 - Body workers abound in various guises, from massage therapists to osteopaths and everything in between. They provide a valuable service to those who suffer from muscle tension and from misaligned or misplaced vertebrae and joints. These problems often result in severe pain and the relief body workers...

Healing with light energy

3/9/2011 - "The pain is gone - I can't believe it!" That is what Jack had to say when his pain suddenly disappeared after two decades of unrelenting pain from diabetic neuropathy and a treatment program that profoundly interfered with his quality of life and led to an addiction to a myriad of pharmaceutical drugs....

Nearly all drug trials scientifically invalid due to influence of the mind; Big Pharma science dissolves into wishful thinking

2/22/2011 - A new study in Science Translational Medicine has cast doubt over the scientific validity of nearly all randomized, double-blind placebo controlled studies involving pharmaceuticals used on human beings. It turns out that many pharmaceuticals only work because people expect them to, not because they...

Fibromyalgia: science validates homeopathy (again)

2/16/2011 - Fibromyalgia is a chronic ailment without a known cause and without a safe, effective conventional medical treatment. However, the three to six million Americans who suffer with fibromyalgia will be pleased to know that several studies published in leading medical journals have found outstanding results...

Prevent back, neck and shoulder pain from prolonged sitting and bad posture

2/16/2011 - Back, neck and shoulder pain is the natural result of prolonged sitting at work behind a computer, as is bad posture. This can cause headaches and excessive tension in neck, shoulders, arms, forearms, wrists, back, hips, thighs and legs. The result is increased fatigue to the muscles and ligaments supporting...

Pain-for-profit industry booming

2/15/2011 - Global Industry Analysts, Inc. (GIA) released their comprehensive global report on Pain Management markets in January 2011. The Pain-for-Profit Industry is so darn lucrative that you have to pay $4500 just to read the report but I'll give you the highlights for free. The Pain-for-Profit Industry...

Menstrual cramps actually change women's brains

11/26/2010 - Menstrual cramps actually produce changes in the brain similar to those produced by chronic pain, according to a study conducted by researchers from the National Yang-Ming University in Taipei, Taiwan, and published online in the journal Pain. Previous research has shown that chronic pain can produce...

Tai Chi relieves pain and improves overall health

11/10/2010 - Practicing Tai Chi, an ancient Chinese martial art, can help make you feel better and improve your overall health, according to a new study out of the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill. Participants in the study experienced reduced pain and stiffness symptoms, as well as increased energy...

How to Naturally Cure Calcification and Joint Pain in Dogs and Other Pets

11/9/2010 - As dogs, cats and other "fur-kids" age they become prone to calcification, joint pain and other spinal and joint problems - especially if they have been fed mostly canned and dry dog food. Veterinarians typically offer primarily symptom relief via mainstream drugs. Nature, on the other hand, can provide...

MSM - Offers many health benefits

11/5/2010 - Tired of the exasperating pain of arthritis? It's bad enough that people have to bear with the limited movement due to the disease, but they actually have to suffer through the pain, with only a few pain relieving options. Not anymore. There is a healthy diet supplement known as MSM or Methylsulfonylmethane,...

Curcumin, Boswellia and Holy Basil - Relieve arthritis pain naturally

11/2/2010 - Arthritis is a broad term used to describe joint pain or inflammatory conditions such as osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis (which is actually an auto-immune disease) and gout. As the leading cause of disability in the United States, arthritis comes with economic and social costs that are large and...

Ginger effectively relieves even severe muscle pain, new research shows

10/8/2010 - Forget the aspirin and Big Pharma pills for your muscle pain. According to a new study just reported in the Journal of Pain, published by the American Pain Society, daily doses of raw or heat-treated ginger effectively relieve muscle aches and discomfort -- and that includes even severe pain following...

Using Medical Imaging to Diagnose Back Pain is Most Often Worthless

9/22/2010 - The most common diagnostic tests that doctors order on those who suffer from back pain are medical imaging tests. Doctors are quick to order X-rays, CAT scans and expensive MRI's for both acute and chronic back pain, but new evidence points to the fact that slipped disks, degenerative changes and even...

Marijuana better than pharmaceuticals at treating chronic pain, improving mood

9/4/2010 - Experts from different persuasions often argue about the alleged benefits of using marijuana for pain relief, but a new study out of McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) and McGill University (MU) has conclusively found that cannabis, the genus name for marijuana, is better than pharmaceutical drugs...

The Discomfort and Pain of Menstrual Cramps can be Avoided Naturally

7/30/2010 - Menstrual cramps or period pains can be very debilitating and can often cause considerable pain and discomfort for several hours and even longer. Your period pains are caused by the uterus contracting. The medical term is dysmenorrhea. In addition to severe stomach pain, you may experience extreme tiredness,...

Natural Solutions Relieve and Eliminate Joint Pain

7/21/2010 - Joints are natural shock absorbers for the body and are cushioned by cartilage and supported by muscles, tendons and ligaments. In addition to osteoarthritis, the wear and tear of daily activity as well as injury, aging, obesity and repetitive motion places stress on joints and causes them to wear down....

Natural Sunburn Remedies Help Relieve Pain and Heal Your Skin

6/18/2010 - As springtime heads into summer, our thoughts often turn to fun in the sun. Sometimes though, we overdo it and end up with a painful sunburn. While some daily sunshine is extremely healthy, the best idea is to avoid too much sun exposure at one time. When you do get too much sun, promptly take steps...

Assess Side Effects of Joint Health Supplements

6/18/2010 - In recent years a great variety of joint health supplements have become more widely available for treating gout joint pain and the disabling effects of rheumatoid arthritis. As helpful as this form of joint support may be, each product has possible side effects that should be considered before using....

Common Herbal Tinctures Offer Natural Hemorrhoid Relief without Laser Surgery or Banding

6/1/2010 - Hemorrhoids are a common, painful ailment among both men and women of all ages, and though an unpopular and embarrassing subject to discuss, someone has to do it. A combination of herbal tinctures prepared at home and applied when needed brings hemorrhoid relief helping patients avoid laser surgery,...

Grapes Offer Natural Cures for Gout and Rheumatoid Arthritis Pain Relief

5/17/2010 - Eating grapes and other fruits rich in potassium has been shown to reduce rheumatoid arthritis symptoms preventing painful gout attacks. Chilled, baked, roasted, or grilled, grapes enhance all foods from appetizers to salads and side dishes. It has recently been recognized that adding grapes to the...

Use Noni for Pain Relief

5/12/2010 - Noni, also known as Morinda citrifolia, is a fruit that has been consumed for thousands of years and can be found in various parts of the world, but it is most well known today as the Polynesian superfood from Hawaii and Tahiti. It is capable of growing in difficult terrains including areas where volcanoes...

Easy Home-care Remedies Treat Fibromyalgia Joint Pain

5/2/2010 - Studies indicate that home care and common remedies available from grocery and health food stores are effective for Fibromyalgia pain treatment. The term fibromyalgia is used as a generic clinical nomenclature to describe a collection of symptoms including wide-spread, chronic muscle and joint pain,...

Relieve Dysmenorrhea Pain with Acupuncture

4/22/2010 - A study in the journal Evidence-based Complimentary and Alternative Medicine demonstrated a significant beneficial effect when acupuncture treatments were administered to patients who were suffering from dysmenorrhea resistant to conventional medical treatment. Dysmenorrhea manifests as painful menstrual...

Heal yourself in 15 days by listening to your body's informative symptoms

4/19/2010 - Continuing with our 15-day self-healing series, today we're going to shift focus inward. This chapter on self-healing is about learning how to listen to your body and understand what it's really trying to tell you. In medicine, the word "symptoms" is thrown around as if it were something bad. Doctors...

Studies Reveal Benefits of Omega-3 Fatty Acids for Dogs with Osteoarthritis

3/29/2010 - Osteoarthritis is a painful degenerative joint disease that affects many canines, especially geriatric dogs. Studies published in the January 2010 and March 2010 issues of the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association (JAVMA), report the possible benefits of feeding foods high in omega-3...

Use Infrared Heat for Pain Relief and Other Health Benefits

3/18/2010 - You have probably enjoyed the soothing, therapeutic benefits of infrared heat without even knowing it. How is that, you ask? Well, if you`ve ever stepped outside on a sun soaked, warm day, then you have experienced some of nature`s best infrared heat therapy. The sun is a source of this type of heat,...

Back Pain: Use Natural Cures that Really Work

2/4/2010 - Back pain is twenty times more painful than other body pains, says Dr. Art Brownstein, physician and author of Healing Back Pain Naturally, because these complex muscles are located so close to the spinal cord. Commonly-prescribed drugs for back pain can have serious side effects; even over-the-counter...

Learn How Chlorella Relieves Arthritis and Joint Pain

1/8/2010 - Like nature's answer to joint pain, the single-cell algae chlorella brings together a variety of nutrients which can support healthy joints and relieve pain associated with arthritis. For anyone suffering from chronic joint pain, finding effective natural remedies like chlorella are a breath of fresh...

Common Pain Medication Accelerates Growth of Cancer Tumors

1/7/2010 - Two recent studies analyzing the side effects of morphine have revealed that the chronic pain drug and other opiate-based pain medications contribute to the growth and spread of cancer cells. Dr. Patrick Singleton, Ph.D., author of the studies and assistant professor of medicine at the University of...

Ancient herbal mint remedy is effective, safe pain reliever, new study finds

12/16/2009 - Brazilian mint, known to botanists by its Latin name Hyptis crenata, has long been used by traditional healers in Brazil to treat pain and discomfort from a variety of ailments, including stomach aches, fevers, flu and headaches. In fact, researchers at Newcastle University in the United Kingdom say...

After conventional breast cancer treatments, half of women have lingering, long-term pain

12/10/2009 - A Danish study published in the November 11 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association found that women who have undergone conventional breast cancer treatment experience pain long after completing treatments. Mastectomies, breast-conserving surgeries, radiation treatments, chemotherapy,...

Foot Reflexology Massage Relieves Stress and Back Pain

12/4/2009 - Reflexology is the exerting of pressure on targeted areas of the feet (or hands) using the acupressure points found on a reflexology foot chart. The art is said to have originated in the lands of China, Egypt and India and has its basis in the belief that reflex points on the soles of the feet correspond...

A cup of Brazilian mint tea relieves pain as well as aspirin, but without the harmful side effects

11/28/2009 - Researchers from Newcastle University have scientifically proven that Hyptis crenata, also known as Brazilian mint, is a powerful pain reliever that works just as well as Indometacin, a synthetic drug similar to aspirin. A traditional remedy for treating the flu, stomach problems, high fevers, and headaches,...

Common Pain Medication Fuels Cancer Growth

11/27/2009 - Painkillers known as opiates are widely used to treat both acute and chronic pain. Morphine, in particular, is often used to relieve the pain experienced by cancer patients. But now comes evidence from two new studies that strongly indicates opiate-based painkillers actually fuel the growth and spread...

Ear acupuncture eases back pain in pregnant women

11/25/2009 - The September issue of the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology contains a report that illustrates the effectiveness of ear acupuncture in alleviating lower back and pelvic pain in pregnant women. The study revealed that among 159 women who were given the acupuncture treatment, all reported reduction...

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