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Pain Relief Without Bad Side Effects

No more Vioxx, Bextra, or Celebrex – too many dangerous side effects. Ibuprofin or aspirin - you better have a strong stomach as there are many cases of gastro-intestinal bleeding associated with aspirin and ibuprofen. Suddenly, feel good chemistry in the form of pain killers can be dangerous to your health! Many of us are stressed by the mere thought of living without pain killers and many of us have become addicted. We have to make it a top priority to find some healthy alternatives.

John Milton said, “The mind can make a heaven out of hell or a hell out of heaven.” Milton was prophetic. Currently, we know that the brain processes our pain. It is worthy to note that pain and depression are processed in the same part of the brain. Researchers are not sure if pain heralds depression, or if depression triggers or intensifies pain. Tapping into this discovery can help us to manage our pain without side effects that could prove to be lethal.

We need to connect the mind with the body, tap into our senses, with mind/body medicine. The days of doctor knows best is over! We need to partner our healing with the doctor. Whatever pain we are experiencing, the fact that we are above ground and breathing means that there is more right with us than wrong with us. Let us focus on what is right with us. When we do not identify ourselves with our pain, we can heal. And if there are some illnesses or symptoms that are incurable, we must make peace with them and learn to live together and get along. Our emphasis in health should above all be prevention. As we get older, we need to set up for a healthy future which means disease prevention, for it is so much easier to prevent, than to cure.

Instead of taking harmful drugs for your aches and pain, here are some suggestions:
Debbie Mandel, MA is the author of Turn On Your Inner Light: Fitness for Body, Mind and Soul, a stress-reduction specialist, motivational speaker, and a personal trainer. She is the host of the weekly Turn On Your Inner Light Show on WGBB 1240AM in New York City , produces a weekly wellness newsletter, and has been featured on radio/ TV and print media. To learn more visit: www.turnonyourinnerlight.com

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