Monday, March 23, 2009

In Pain? Here's How To Reduce Narcotic Medication Intake

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It's A Very Natural Technique - As Natural As Sunshine!

If you have bumped into this post while writhing in agony over some pain throbbing some part of your body, or reading this post's title suddenly reminded you of some long-forgotten pain and now you can't wait till this post meanders on and finally reaches the climax where the trick to reduce narcotic medication intake during pain is dramatically revealed... then let me give you without further ado the long and short of it: increase your Vitamin D intake. Simply increase your intake of foods and fruits that are rich in Vitamin D, and watch your urge to take more of narcotics to numb the pain, drop.

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If you are still with me and haven't rushed to the fridge to pick up the fruit that is abundant in this vitamin, or if you are back from the fridge and busily chomping away at the luscious pulp or sipping the tangy sherbet and now ready to satiate your curiosity about how this simple mantra was formulated in the first place - why aren't things in life so simple? -, then here is the lowdown: This is the conclusion of a paper published in the January 2009 edition of "Pain" (accessed here: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.pain.2008.11.010.)

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There is now a clear, medically-well-established link between low levels of vitamin D in the body and the degree of chronic pain that one suffers in certain conditions. The paper documents, for example, how chronic backache in a group of post-menopausal women was ameliorated within three months of undergoing Vitamin D medication, and how another batch of 360 people, including 36 males, with chronic low back pain without any obvious cause too were cured miraculously with Vitamin D. Female asylum seekers suffering from Hypovitaminosis D3 and musculoskeletal pain, as well as people who were confined indoors for more than six months and suffering from unusual pain that was resistant to analgesics, too got to experience the magic that this very natural sunshine vitamin brought into their lives. Yet another study that the paper documents, has focused on 51 type-2 diabetics who were suffering from neuropathic pain, and whose pain subsided after Vitamin D intervention.

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The irony of advances in modern medication is that we rush into the embrace of narcotic medication at the first hint of pain, because all this while, research has focused on how to numb the nerves and the sensations that travel from the point of pain to the brain. To not let the brain know that there is pain, we pull the wool over the brain's eyes. A shift in thinking in the same modern medication research now reveals that the solution does not lie in numbing the senses, it does not lie in pulling any wool over anybody's eyes; it lies in shoring up our healing powers with the energy that the Sun sprays at us in abundance, which it has been spraying in abundance for millions of years. So the take-home message is: Bask in the daily sunshine of vitamin-D dietary intake. And stay away from the dark alleys of narcotics.

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The statutory caution here is this: in your zest to reduce pain, don't overdo it. Vitamin D intoxication is said to kick in if we go overboard in stuffing ourselves with foods and fruits containing the vitamin, or go sprawl in the sun for hours together.

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[While taking care to keep our body free from physical pain, shouldn't we also do a favor to ourselves by working on keeping our soul too free from its associated pains? Here is one article that nudges you to heal the soul: "Heal Thyself - You Are Your Own Healer".]

1 comment:

  1. Hiya

    Interesting post on vit d. Good suggestions too.
    Many years ago sunshine therapy was used in locations in Switzerland, Dr Rollier and France, Dr Saidman in a health conscious way to well being, recovery and to avoid burning.

    I've read that UV radiation therapy (sunbeds) was once a popular treatment before it became a cosmetic one. On the internet there are many warnings against UV rather than a balanced view of it's potential for well being.

    Thanks
    Jens

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