The Opioid Crisis — A Case of Mass Homicide?

STORY AT-A-GLANCE

  • The inappropriate treatment approach to back pain and post-surgical pain from tonsillectomies and wisdom teeth removal are driving forces behind the opioid epidemic
  • Insurance claims data reveal 60% of children between the ages of 1 and 18 with private insurance fill one or more opioid prescriptions after surgical tonsil removal. Dentists wrote 18.1 million prescriptions for opioids in 2017
  • Research shows opioids (including morphine, Vicodin, oxycodone and fentanyl) fail to control moderate to severe pain any better than over-the-counter drugs such as acetaminophen, ibuprofen and naproxen
  • The American College of Physicians’ guideline for low back pain call for the use of heat, massage, acupuncture or chiropractic adjustments as first-line treatments. When drugs are desired, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or muscle relaxants should be used
  • While clinical practice guidelines call for nonpharmacological intervention for back pain, most insurance plans avoid paying for such treatments, favoring opioid treatment instead

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Turmeric Beats Ibuprofen for Arthritis of the Knee

turmeric_vs_IbuprofenAn exciting new clinical trial published in The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine has revealed that an effective natural alternative to the exceedingly popular pharmaceutical painkiller ibuprofen exists for the treatment of knee osteoarthritis (OA), and it is a familiar kitchen spice known to be Continue reading

NSAID Painkillers Found To Deplete Vitamin B-6 Levels

NSAID Painkillers Found To Deplete Vitamin B-6 LevelsNew research has determined that COX-inhibitors, which include numerous NSAIDs – Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs – reduce Vitamin B-6 levels within the body.

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500 Reasons Turmeric May Be the World’s Most Important Herb

tumThere is a medicinal spice so timelessly interwoven with the origins of human culture and metabolism, so thoroughly supported by modern scientific inquiry, as to be unparalleled in its proven value to human health and well-being.

Indeed, turmeric turns the entire drug-based medical model on its head.  Instead of causing Continue reading

Dog Poisons

[singlepic id=279 w=320 h=240 float=left]Dog poison No. 1: Medications for people.

Drugs that might be beneficial, or even life-saving, for people can have the opposite effect in pets. And it doesn’t always take a large dose to do major damage. Continue reading

Bronchitis – Conventional, Nutritional and Alternative Treatments

Conventional Treatment

Don’t think that you’re going to walk into your health care practitioner’s office and walk out with a prescription for antibiotics in response to your bronchitis.

Since the usual cause of bronchitis is a viral infection, antibiotics aren’t effective at treating this respiratory problem.  Antibiotics can only defeat bacterial infections. So most cases of bronchitis don’t require this form of treatment.  Continue reading

Why Taking Pain Meds is Like Playing Russian Roulette

And How to Make Sure You’re Never a Victim of…
The Pain Killer Conspiracy

When the pain becomes too much to bear, it’s tempting to reach for the pill bottle, with little or no thought to long-term health consequences.  But taking over-the-counter (OTC) and prescription pain medications is as potentially lethal as playing a round of Russian roulette.

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Chili Pepper Component Shown To Relieve Sinus Discomfort

Capsaicin is the compound found in chili peppers that gives them their heat, and is commonly used in topical pain relievers. Recently, a team of scientists at the University of Cincinnati discovered that it may also be effective in alleviating sinus problems for individuals with non allergic rhinitis.

In a placebo-controlled study, researchers found that use of capsaicin nasal spray resulted in relief within 52 seconds of administration and significant alleviation of nasal congestion, sinus pain and headaches for up to one hour.

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Fever is not Your Child’s Enemy but His Friend

It can be scary when your child’s forehead feels abnormally warm to the touch. So it’s only natural for parents to stress over how to treat a fever in their child. But your impulse to bring that fever down immediately with ibuprofen or acetaminophen may not be the best move, according to a new American Academy of Pediatrics clinical report, published in the journal Pediatrics. The reason: Your child’s fever is a physiologic mechanism that has beneficial effects in fighting infection, so reducing the fever may actually hamper healing.

The details: Even when a child has a mild fever, many parents want to administer antipyretics such as acetaminophen and ibuprofen, according to the report. That’s natural; we all want to be reassured by that “normal” 98.6 reading on the thermometer. But according to the AAP researchers, there is no evidence that fever itself worsens the course of an illness, or causes any long-term neurologic complications. “Thus, the primary goal…should be to improve the child’s overall comfort rather than focus on the normalization of body temperature,” the report says. Continue reading

Most People are Clueless to Which Ingredients Are in their Painkillers

If you asked the average person what active ingredients are found in their favorite over-the-counter (OTC) painkiller drugs, most would be unable to properly identify them — even if they personally use them. A new study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine has found that roughly 69 percent of people surveyed were unaware that McNeil Consumer Healthcare’s painkiller drug Tylenol contains acetaminophen, while an astounding 81 percent had no idea that Pfizer’s Advil contains ibuprofen.

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The Best Way to Treat a Child’s Fever

If your child’s temperature was 100.3 degrees, would you consider that a fever? Would you wake him or her to administer an anti-fever medication? If you answered yes to both questions, you have a lot of company. You are also wrong.

A study published in the March issue of the Journal Pediatrics found that roughly half of all parents erroneously believe a body temperature of less than 100.4 degrees is a fever and about 85 percent say they would wake a sleeping child to give medication to lower his temperature. Another one-quarter said they would give OTC anti-fever medicines to kids with temperatures below 100 degrees.

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Common Pain Reliever May Protect Against Parkinson’s

That bottle of ibuprofen in your medicine cabinet is more powerful than you may think.

A new study by Harvard Medical School researchers suggests that the pain reliever may offer protection against developing Parkinson’s disease by targeting a certain receptor in the brain.

The analyzed data from more than 127,000 people who reported their use of ibuprofen and other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs over a six year period – and what they found was the participants who took ibuprofen on a regular basis had a 38 percent lower risk of developing the brain disorder.

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