Appropriate Exercise May Be Essential for Treatment of Back Pain

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Back pain accounts for an estimated 10 percent of all primary care doctors visits each year, costing Americans as much as $86 billion annually

Back pain is increasingly being treated with addictive drugs and diagnostic exams that expose patients to potentially unnecessary and dangerous levels of radiation Continue reading

90 Medical Treatments You Don’t Need

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You know, they say there’s not much use for Latin any more. Some scholars even call it a “dead language.”

But a group of doctors is banding together to remind their colleagues of one old Latin phrase they should have learned on their first day of medical school.

Primum non nocere. It means, “First, do no harm.”

That’s the message behind a new set of guidelines issued by a health group that’s trying to put the kibosh on 90 medical tests and treatments that may do more harm than good. Continue reading

Fight Tough Arthritis and More with Gamma-Linolenic Acid

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GLA may be effective in treating the millions of people who suffer rheumatoid arthritis. It is caused by a faulty immune system and there is no cure for it. GLA could reduce symptoms. Some studies have found no real benefit, while others have discovered positive results. The latter includes these three studies: Continue reading

How to Choose Assistance in Getting Off Painkillers

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There’s only a fine line between a real need for chronic pain medications and the abyss of narcotic addiction. Intractable chronic pain needs treatment or it can ruin your life: uproot your marriage, destroy your job and condemn you to debilitating depression. When faced with problematic painkiller addiction, you must seek the proper professional assistance.

A Serious Problem

How bad does the problem get with using chronic pain relievers? The following is a  very typical history shared by a patient:

“I can’t even count the times I tried and failed to get off painkillers. For three years I tried to stop taking that stuff! Continue reading

How to Get Off Painkillers

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Getting off painkillers is not easy for anyone who suffers chronic pain. But while giving up these drugs can give you a significantly better quality of life, to successfully leave these drugs behind, you need a definitive plan and a concrete strategy.

Chronic Pain

From headaches to arthritis to back pain, chronically recurring pain is all too real for those who suffer.

However, many people’s chronic pain has no clear cause. Chronic pain is a complex puzzle. Myriad thoughts and feelings contribute to pain perception. Psychological factors complicate the situation. And the thoughts and feelings associated  Continue reading

Pasteurized Milk Found to Contain Painkillers, Antibiotics and Growth Hormones

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A single glass of pasteurized milk can contain a toxic chemical cocktail of 20 painkillers, antibiotics, and growth hormones, new research has shown. Using a highly sensitive test, scientists found drug-related chemicals used to treat human illness not only in cow milk, but in goat and human breast milk as well. Among the chemicals were those found in painkillers and other anti-inflammatory drugs. Researchers theorize that some of the drugs and hormones observed are a result of growth hormones administered to cattle, as well as food contamination on the farm.

The Spanish-Moroccan team analysed 20 samples of cow’s milk bought in Spain and Morocco, with the team’s breakdown published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. In addition to containing drug-related chemicals such as niflumic acid, mefenamic acid and ketoprofen, the milk studied was found to contain the hormone 17-beta-estradiol. A form of the sex hormone oestrogen, Continue reading

Most People are Clueless to Which Ingredients Are in their Painkillers

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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.

A research team from Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine sampled  Continue reading

Study Implies Painkillers Inhibit the Effectiveness of Antidepressant

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A new report put forth by researchers from The Rockefeller University (RU) in New York City suggests that combining selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) like Prozac and Zoloft, with popular over-the-counter painkillers like aspirin and ibuprofen, can effectively weaken or negate the alleged benefits of SSRIs on patients. However, based on numerous studies involving antidepressants, there really is no solid evidence that SSRIs do anything at all for many patients other than induce harmful side effects.

Published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the RU study tested the effects of SSRIs on rats, both with and without the co-administration  Continue reading

Regular Use of Painkillers Linked to ED

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Men who take painkillers regularly to treat pain such as the aches that come with age may be increasing their risk for another common condition of aging, erectile dysfunction (ED), a study suggests.

Middle-aged men in the study who reported regularly taking nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) were more likely to have erection problems than men who took the drugs less frequently or not at all.

The study is published in The Journal of Urology.

Regular use of aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), naproxen (Aleve, Anaprox, Naprosyn), and other NSAIDs was more common in older men. Not surprisingly, so was erectile dysfunction (ED).

In the study, regular use of NSAIDs was defined as those who on pharmacy records received more than a total of a 100-day supply of at least one NSAID, any prescription for three or more doses per day, or those who self-reported using NSAIDS at least five days per week on the study questionnaire. Continue reading