Thursday, January 3, 2013

Healing the NSAID Nation

Patients use non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) for over-the-counter pain relief and doctors encourage it, resulting in 20,000 deaths and 100,000 hospitalizations every year. This class of drugs includes virtually all pain-relieving drugs except acetaminophen and low dose aspirin: Indomethacin, ibuprofen, naproxen, celecoxib, Aleve, Motrin, etc. Holistic medicine offers many alternatives that often work as well and are much, much safer. Different patients respond better to different products. Start with curcumin, boswellia, ginger, black pepper, or fish oil. A holistic practitioner can give you guidance for effective treatment. See Sunil Pai of the Sanjevani Integrative Medicine in Albuquerque ( As reported in Holistic Primary Care, summer, 2012, p. 1,6.

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