1. Are pain meds WRECKING your love life?

    Part of my purpose as an integrative doctor is to tell it like it is… and call each thing by its right name. (Thank you, Doctor Zhivago.)

    So, let’s stop calling opioid drugs like oxycodone and fentanyl “painkillers” – because that’s not really right.

    Instead, let’s start calling them what they REALLY are – just plain ol’ KILLERS.

    These meds are not only highly addictive… but they also wreak havoc on your organs… and they’re killing 42,000 Americans a year.

    That’s like one death every 12 minutes.

    But if you needed ANOTHER reason to stay off of opioids, there’s some new research you’ll want to see.

    It turns out that opioids can absolutely DESTROY your love life.

    In a new study out of Denmark, long-term opioid users were 81 percent more likely to say that they’d lost their “mojo.”

    And about HALF of them hadn’t “done it” in the past year.

    A YEAR without a roll in the hay? No, thanks!

    Maybe the worst part is that you don’t have to spend MONTHS or even YEARS on opioids for these drugs to take a toll on your libido.

    Even short-term opioid users reported that they’d lost interest in lovemaking.

    And that’s not terribly surprising. Opioids interfere with nerve function, and they can make you feel like a zombie.

    When you start popping these pills, a bedroom romp is probably the LAST thing on your mind.

    And even if you do manage to rally and “get down to business”… it’s more likely than not that you won’t get no satisfaction.

    For some, the loss of desire and ability to “finish” is a fate worse than death. It can certainly make you feel less alive.

    But here’s the kicker: Most people who are taking opioids DON’T need to be on the drugs at all!

    Research has consistently found that the majority of opioid prescriptions are completely unnecessary.

    And a Dartmouth study found that even after surgery, opioids are prescribed TWICE as often as they should be.

    But you don’t have to sacrifice your health – or your va-va-voom – to relieve pain.

    Supplements like curcumin have been found to decrease inflammation AS WELL AS some prescription drugs.

    And I use acupuncture in my clinic all the time to help relieve my patients’ chronic pain.

    Always explore your options before accepting an opioid prescription.

    Because once you swallow that first pill, you’re heading down a very dangerous road.

  2. New guidelines from CDC limit docs doling out opioids

    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.

  3. Opioids change brain size, shape

    A new study shows how just one month of opioids can dramatically change the size and shape of your brain.
  4. The easy way to get hooked on painkillers

    Docs are supposed to PROTECT their patients from dangerous, addictive, and entirely unnecessary painkillers by giving them out sparingly -- or better yet, not at all. Instead, they're passing these meds out like mints at a diner, and they've turned a generation of seniors into painkiller junkies as a result.

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