The feds finally toughen up on drug-pushing docs
Whether they’re treating you for a bad back or an arthritic knee, mainstream doctors today love to talk about “pain management.”
And let me tell you exactly what that means.
They want to throw you some painkillers and get you out of their office – as fast as they can manage it.
And nobody seems to give a hoot about diagnosing what’s really causing your problem – or, Heaven forbid, actually curing it.
And if you need proof, just check out how doctors are handing out powerful prescription opioids these days. These drugs are highly addictive and kill 40 people a day, but docs are still writing four times more prescriptions than ever before.
Folks with even moderate pain – the kind of thing that would have been treated with ice packs and aspirin 10 years ago – are leaving their doctors’ offices with prescriptions for OxyContin, Percocet, and Vicodin.
Now, after years of turning a blind eye to the growing epidemic of accidental opioid overdoses, the feds are finally getting off their backsides and doing something about it.
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recently sent a new guidance to America’s doctors, warning that prescription opioids should almost never be used. Especially when it comes to joint, back, or dental pain, the CDC wants your doc to find something else.
And even when opioids are prescribed, the CDC warns, they should only be used at the lowest possible dose.
Now, the good news here is that the Feds are acknowledging that mainstream doctors are the real cause of this problem.
The bad news is that most of them don’t listen to the CDC anyway. And even if they do, they could just move you to non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like ibuprofen that can damage your liver and your gut.
But the truth is, when you’re in pain you have plenty of safe, natural options that won’t put your health (or your life) in jeopardy.
If you have chronic pain from something like arthritis, try supplementing with glucosamine and chondroitin, which can help heal joint damage.
You can also try a white willow supplement, a natural anti-inflammatory that is known as nature’s aspirin (but a lot safer).
If it’s a toothache that’s bothering you, go to your spice rack and grab some cayenne pepper, mix it with some water into a paste, and apply it right to the area.
And finally, don’t rule out acupuncture to manage your pain in conjunction with supplements. A certified medical acupuncturist can provide instant relief for chronic pain and even from a recent dental procedure.
You can see me for a consultation at my clinic in the Boston area, or find a medical acupuncturist through the American Academy of Medical Acupuncture.