Many people believe that natural chronic pain treatments don’t work and that their only reason for existing is so modern-day charlatans can make a quick buck off the vulnerability of others.
And, honestly, I can understand why. Alternative medicine gets a bad rap because anything even remotely associated with it (from dietary changes to cleansing enemas) gets lumped under the same umbrella.
This is why when you tell someone you’re considering natural medicine, they automatically picture you passed out in a sweat lodge, surrounded by crystals, a tube hanging out of your business end.
That kind of extreme imagery puts a negative connotation on anything to do with alternative medicine and makes anyone who believes in it seem like a gullible fool.
Bullying Someone for Using Alternative Methods Can Be Harmful
Let me put this bluntly, people who live with chronic pain, mental illness, or any other invisible condition already feel bad. They don’t need you to make it worse.
If your loved one wants to try natural methods, chances are conventional treatments just aren’t cutting it anymore. They’re in terrible pain, worried about the future, and, in some cases, feel they have nothing left to lose.
So, think before you speak.
“Only an idiot would believe that “woo” therapy would work! What’s wrong with you?”
“Have you looked into the possible side effects? What does your doctor think?”
“I heard about this one woman in Tuscon who mixed that supplement with her 12 other prescriptions and dropped dead. You wouldn’t do something that stupid, would you?”
“Have you done some scientific research on that supplement? Ask your pharmacist if it will interact with your medication before taking it.”
See what I mean? You can convey the exact same message without adding shame and doubt to your loved one’s symptoms.
There Are Plenty of Scientific Studies That Support Natural Medicine
Besides, there are plenty of scientific studies that show dietary changes, supplements, and yoga (among other natural methods), work quite well in the management of chronic pain.
- Dietary Changes
Autoimmune disease and nutrition expert, Dr. Amy Myers, recommends that all of her patients eat an organic diet whenever possible. This is because the development of autoimmune disease has been directly connected to pesticides in food.
A 2007 study published in Arthritis & Rheumatism showed that farm workers who worked with pesticides were especially vulnerable to developing a systemic autoimmune disease.
Dr. Christine G. Parks of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences conducted research that linked pesticide exposure to the development of autoimmune diseases such as lupus and rheumatoid arthritis.
According to a study published by Rheumatology International, a gluten-free diet significantly reduced gastrointestinal complaints, fatigue, and brain fog in those with fibromyalgia. For 15 of the patients studied, the condition went into complete remission.
One study, published in La Clinica Therapeutica, concluded that curcumin extract slowed the inflammatory and degenerative changes in the bones and joints of laboratory animals with collagen-induced arthritis.
According to a study published in the Journal of Nutrition, a probiotic strain called Lactobacillus casei strain Shirota (LcS) was especially effective in the inhibition of the autoimmune disease, diabetes.
According to a study published in the Indian Journal of Palliative Care, yoga initiates a “relaxation response” in the neuroendocrinal system. This is beneficial for both stress management and chronic pain relief.
Natural Treatments Only Work If You Heal in the Right Order
When it comes to using natural treatments, you must approach them in the right order, or they really won’t work.
- You must eliminate as many toxins from your environment as possible.
- You must detoxify your system of whatever is left of those toxins after they’ve been removed from your environment.
- You must rebuild your body with a healthy diet, supplements, and specific exercises.
- You need to maintain your new lifestyle to keep your condition in remission.
In my book, Life Beyond Chronic Pain: The Step-By-Step Guide to Healing Chronic Illness Naturally, I explain these steps in detail and help support you on your journey to total wellness.
Even if natural treatments have not worked for you in the past, you’ll have a far greater chance of achieving remission when you approach your healing in the right order.
Living with chronic illness is about being innovative, creative, fearless. By society’s definition, we already don’t fit the norm. So, why should our approach to our symptoms be so one-dimensional?
I say if something works for you, and it doesn’t put your health in further jeopardy, do it.
And don’t let others talk you out of it. It’s your body and your pain. If the shoe were on the other foot, you can bet they’d be doing the exact same thing.
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