Americans are dying from pain meds and suffering more pain because of pain meds. We not just talking about illegal drugs like: heroin, methamphetamines, cocaine, marijuana, etc. We can add to that prescription pain meds, in particular, the opiate meds. We can also add to that over-the-counter pain meds, NSAIDS. Why are we using so many pain meds? It is because of the pain created by the food we eat, the lack of nutrition, and the choices we have made in medicine. This leads to an extremely high incidence of chronic illness and thus, PAIN.
Around the beginning of the 20th Century, money was funded away from nutritional medicine and toward patent medicine. This created a population of chronically ill. To resolve the pain of chronic illness, the population has turned to pain meds to treat symptoms and not the actual disease. This has created many types of social problems as well as created an economic nightmare for healthcare. Dr. Mercola Article on how this happened.
A lot of the pain comes from deteriorated cartilage. But the meds that are used to treat pain, prevent the repair of cartilage. Baby boomers have taken large amounts of NSAIDS that have caused deterioration of cartilage, and the need for joint and back surgeries.
“In human studies, NSAIDs have been shown to accelerate the radiographic progression of OA of the knee and hip. For those using NSAIDs compared to the patients who do not use them, joint replacements occur earlier and more quickly and frequently. The author notes that massive NSAID use in osteoarthritic patients since their introduction over the past forty years is one of the main causes of the rapid rise in the need for hip and knee replacements, both now and in the future.” – See more at Journal of Prolotherapy.
This of course is to say nothing of the number of deaths, kidney failures, heart failures, bleeding of the stomach and gut, and liver failures from over-the-counter meds. All caused by taken more and more meds to prevent pain. We have the greatest medical system in the world when it comes to treating acute illness. But with chronic pain, we fail miserably. Add to this the use of prescription meds and illegal meds and the social and economic issues continue. I feel your pain and experienced pain for three decades before researching to find that it was just nutritional issues.
When it comes to nutrition, it seems that we are left to our own resources to find cures. Without the use of the internet and the many professionals that reported on the issues, I would most likely be dead. I am only one out of ten Americans over sixty that is not on a prescription med. Begin your research into nutritional healing. The most of it has to do with not getting enough vitamins and minerals.
This issue cannot be resolved simply by eliminating the use of pain meds with more guidelines for doctors. The only way that we as a society can overcome this issue is for our institutions to reach a higher level of moral standards. By that, I mean institutions should adopt standards (yes, specifically Health and Human Services) and educate the population on the research that has already been done to relieve chronic illness and pain with nutrition. It is not our genome that is at fault. It is the nutritionally and emotionally stimulated epigenome that needs repair.