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Monday, June 7th, 2010:
PAIN FREE 1-2-3! A Natural Program to Get You Pain Free!
by Jacob Teitelbaum MD
Fortunately, most chronic pain can now be effectively treated!
Pain is not the enemy!
Pain is often simply an important indicator of underlying problems that need to be taken care of, like the red, flashing low oil warning light on your cars dashboard. Therefore, in addition to teaching you how to turn off the pain signal, we will also help you to understand what the pain is trying to tell you that your body's needs. When these are addressed, the pain usually goes away!
So how do I treat the underlying problems causing the pain?
Remember the acronym S. H. I. N. E. This stands for Sleep, Hormonal support, treating Infections & Inflammation, Nutritional support, and Exercise. We will briefly review each of these areas and the natural tools that will make it easier to treat them.
1) Nutritional Inadequacies
The Energy Revitalization System (from Enzymatic Therapy) contains over 50 key nutrients in one scoop of a good tasting powder. It is easy to use and literally replaces the need for 35 capsules of nutritional supplements a day. It gives outstanding overall nutritional support!
In addition, we have done 2 studies showing Ribose (Corvalen by Bioenergy) to be very helpful for pain while increasing energy by an average of 45-60% after only 2-3 weeks! We have even seen patients chronic pain go away simply by giving this excellent overall nutritional support.
Pain patients frequently have insomnia, which is often profound. This contributes to pain. Your bodys repair cycle occurs during sleep and you need 8-9 hours of sleep a night for optimal healing. Put differently, your pain will simply not go away until you regularly get 8 hours of deep sleep a night!
Many natural remedies that are very effective for sleep also directly help pain. My favorite is the combination of 6 herbals contained in the Revitalizing Sleep Formula by Enzymatic Therapy. For those who find themselves tired all day, but then wide awake at bedtime (suggestive of adrenal problems), the herbal mixes Sleep Tonight or Cortisol Manager can also be helpful.
3) Hormonal Deficiencies
Lab tests for hormonal problems(e.g., thyroid, adrenal and estrogen/testosterone) are not reliable. Hormonal status needs to be assessed by symptoms and physical exam, and treated accordingly by a Holistic practitioner.
4) Infections & Inflammation
Although there are many infections involved in pain, we have found that yeast overgrowth is the most important infection to treat for. When yeast is properly treated, chronic sinusitis and spastic colon will also usually go away. The herbals below (e.g., Curamin) are excellent at settling down inflammation.
5) Exercise as Able
Though too much can flare your pain (this is the case if you are exhausted from the exercise the day after), maintaining the conditioning that you can is critical for recovery. Start with a short walking program, and increase as tolerated.
Using fibromyalgia as a model for widespread myofascial pain, our research team did a placebo-controlled study treating with SHINE. The average improvement in quality of life was 90 percent. The majority of patients no longer even qualified for the diagnosis of fibromyalgia after 3 months of treatment! Our website provides the full text of this study, as well as a free symptom analysis program that can help you determine the cause of your fatigue and fibromyalgia pain (and tailor treatment to your case). You'll be amazed how even pain that has lasted decades can go away quickly using a special herbal mix called Curamin (see below). Treating the underlying causes of the pain with SHINE can also often heal the pain!
What if pain persists after treating these areas?
My book Pain Free 1-2-3! goes into detail about how to eliminate dozens of the most common types of pain (e.g., headaches, back pain, arthritis, neuropathic pain, abdominal pains, carpal tunnel, etc.). There are literally hundreds of natural and prescription therapies that can be tailored to your specific type of pain.
Here are some excellent and natural pain relievers:
1. For nerve pain. Lipoic acid (300 mg 2x day), Acetyl L-Carnitine (1,500 mg/day), and the vitamin powder above. Give it 3 months to work.
2. Arthritis and back pain. Some very effective natural pain herbals are willow bark, boswellia, and tart cherry. All 3 of these can be found in combination in End Pain by Enzymatic Therapy. Studies show them to work like and to be as or more effective than Motrin related medicines and/or COX 2 inhibitors like Vioxx and Celebrex, but much safer and less expensive. Use these for arthritis or chronic back pain, and give 6 weeks to see the full effect (2 tabs 3x day).
3. General pain (tendonitis, back pain, muscle pain and most pain). An excellent new option for pain relief is an herbal mix called Curamin (by EuroPharma). The reports we have been getting back from people on how it has helped their (often long term and disabling) pain is nothing short of amazing. This has a mix of Boswellia and a new special kind of highly absorbed curcumin to settle inflammation, DL phenylalanine to increase your bodys natural pain fighters, and nattokinase (a natural clot buster). Take 1 tab 3x day for about 1 month to see the full effects, and then as needed and prepare to be astonished!
In addition, though we have focused on metabolic therapies, do not forget how powerful manipulative therapies, acupuncture, body and energy work, etc can be in treating pain especially when combined with these therapies.
You do not have to be in pain any more!
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