Thursday, April 16, 2015

Frightening new dangers of pain relievers

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Now on to today’s topic…

I think it’s safe to say that at some point most of us have had pain and have taken medication for it.

Whether it’s due to an injury, a chronic disease (like arthritis) or even a headache from having your taxes done this week, the vast majority of us have been in the pop-a-pill-for-pain-relief boat.

And when it comes to pain relief, the most common choices are NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) or acetaminophen.

Since they’re commonly prescribed as well as available over the counter, the average person thinks that these drugs are relatively safe….but unfortunately, nothing could be farther from the truth.

In fact, they can be downright deadly.

Read on to see what you may not know, but MUST know, about pain relief drugs.

Take 2 and call me in the morning
NSAIDs are the most prescribed medications in the world.  In the US, over 70 million prescriptions are written for them each year, and that doesn't even include over the counter NSAIDs.

And acetaminophen sales in the US alone were a whopping $750 million in 2013!

But these seemingly innocent little pain relievers that many people pop like candy have a dangerous side that you just can't ignore.

Simply put, they're toxic to your body!

First and foremost, ALL medications create acid wastes in your body, which in turn can stir up pain and inflammation when they get in your bloodstream.

So in the case of pain relievers, they can eventually worsen the very thing they’re supposed to help!
But that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

Let’s take a closer look at the potential dangers of both NSAIDs and acetaminophen as well as explore some ways you can get natural, safe pain relief!

NSAIDs-trading throbbing for bleeding?
Here is a listing of the most popular NSAIDs by generic name, with the brand names in parenthesis:
  • Ibuprofen (Advil; Motrin; Midol)
  • Diclofenac (Voltaren; Cambia; Zipsor)
  • Indomethacin (Indocin)
  • Naproxen (Anaprox; Naprosyn; Aleve)
  • Piroxicam (Feldene)
  • Ketoprofen (Orudis)
One of the most common side effects of NSAIDs is gastrointestinal bleeding.  NSAID users are four times more likely to become hospitalized with bleeding ulcers or GI hemorrhage than nonusers.

Over and above the obvious complications of ulcers, GI bleeding can also lead to anemia, dehydration, chest pain, shock and, if severe enough, death.

In addition, studies indicate that patients using NSAIDS daily show elevated liver enzymes that are twice the normal range.  The biggest elevations were seen with diclofenac (Voltaren). 

And if that’s not enough, NSAIDS have also been shown to cause psychosis, cognitive impairment and even hallucinations!

Acetaminophen-it’s no better
The popular brand name for acetaminophen is Tylenol. 

Now, the FDA has issued warnings about acetaminophen doses exceeding 325 mg. as they can lead to severe liver damage or death

Considering that just one gel tablet of Extra Strength Tylenol contains 500 mg. of acetaminophen, it’s easy to blow past that danger zone and taunt your liver on a regular basis.

So it’s no surprise that according to the National Institutes of Health, acetaminophen overdose is one of the most common poisonings worldwide.

What makes this even more serious is that acetaminophen is also found as an active ingredient in other “combination drugs” including opioids such as oxycodone (Percocet), hydrocodone (Vicodin) and codeine (Tylenol with Codeine).

Plus it’s also a common ingredient in many cold, flu and allergy drugs including NyQuil, DayQuil, Theraflu, Sudafed, Dristan, Robitussin, Triaminic, Dimetapp, Vicks Formula 44, Sinutab, Actifed and Liquiprin.

So you can unknowingly be getting far more acetaminophen than you think.

Now, your liver isn’t the only organ of detox in danger here—your kidneys can be affected too. 

Researchers estimate that eight to ten percent of all kidney failure cases are directly attributed to acetaminophen use.   

And most recently, a very disturbing study has come out of Ohio State University showing that acetaminophen use can blunt your emotions!

In the study of 82 participants, those who took acetaminophen reported feeling less strong emotions when they saw both very pleasant and very disturbing photos, when compared to those who took placebos.

Safe, natural pain relief
Never fear—because you CAN get relief from pain without having to be a slave to pain drugs. 
Because there are two extremely effective ways to reduce pain and inflammation safely and naturally:

1- Reduce the acid wastes in your system and
2- Get the proper Omega-6: Omega-3 essential fatty acid balance in your body

Here's the scoop on both:

Step 1: Acid waste reduction
When your body is overrun with acid wastes from poor digestion, all of your organs and systems are put in a state of stress.  
 
Plus like I mentioned above, acid wastes can seep into your bloodstream and get deposited into your tissues, muscles, bones and joints.

This is the PERFECT environment for pain and inflammation to thrive!

But when you help improve your digestion your body can better rid itself of those acid wastes, and pain and inflammation can naturally decrease as a result.

And that is what the Great Taste No Pain health system will help you achieve.

In Great Taste No Pain, you'll learn the science of why some foods digest better with others and why some combinations are more difficult for your system to break down (and instead lead to acid waste buildup). 

Plus there are charts that show exactly which foods are acid-creating and which are alkaline.  You'll also be shocked to learn how many painful illnesses are linked to excess acidity--you might see many problems you have on the list!

Step 2:  The essential fatty acid (EFA) link
The natural inflammation-controlling power of a healthy Omega-6: Omega-3 essential fatty acid balance was taught to the world rather innocently.

Here's how:

In the 1970's researchers began exploring the health of the Greenland Eskimos, and it was quickly noted that they were rarely plagued by inflammatory diseases.

Their diet rich in seafood (which is LOADED with Omega-3 fatty acids) was one of the major reasons why!

You see, while Omega-6 fatty acids stir up inflammation, Omega-3s calm things down and are a natural anti-inflammatory.

The Eskimos got such a high amount of natural Omega-3s in their seafood diet, inflammatory conditions were basically non-existent!

Sadly, we Americans are the exact opposite.  We get truckloads of inflammation-causing Omega-6 fatty acids in our diets (from foods like grain-fed meats, processed foods, margarine, vegetable oils and fast food), but not nearly enough Omega-3s. 

And our levels of inflammatory conditions and pain are skyrocketing to prove it!

There needs to be a delicate balance between Omega-6's and Omega-3's in your body.  When they are working together in ratio between 2:1 and 5:1, they effectively control inflammation. 

But most people have a ratio of 10:1 or worse.  People who eat lots of processed foods have a ratio of up to 50:1

With this gross imbalance of Omega fatty acids, the inflammation-control system in your body cannot and does not function properly--and you can end up with LOTS of pain as a result.

But you can help reduce pain dramatically by restoring a healthy Omega-6 and 3 balance to your diet through Omega-3 EFA supplementation.

And when it comes to a high quality supplement, VitalMega-3 is as good as it gets.

VitalMega-3 is a super-potent, purified fish oil formula that delivers a full 1,000 mg. of the well-researched EPA and DHA Omega-3 essential fatty acids in every daily 2-capsule serving. 

Freedom from pain and pain drugs!
Don't spend one more minute thinking you're destined to a life of pain or that dangerous NSAIDs or acetaminophen are your only options for pain relief.

When you help your body safely and naturally eliminate inflammation-causing acid wastes and engage the power of inflammation-fighting Omega-3 essential fatty acids, a whole new comfortable world free of nagging pain can open up for you!

To your health,

Sherry Brescia

PS: Always be sure to let your doctor or healthcare provider know what supplements you are taking.

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