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Natural Non-Opioid Alternatives for Chronic Pain Management

NaturalPainManagementJacquie Eubanks RN BSN

Those who tuned in to the recent 60 Minutes investigative report on the opioid crisis no longer need to wonder what fueled America’s widespread ongoing drug epidemic. For many, it was shocking to learn that in April 2016, at the height of the deadliest drug epidemic in U.S. history, three major drug distribution corporations and the pharmaceutical industry successfully lobbied certain members of Congress to pass legislation that would maximize pharmaceutical profits at the expense of people’s lives. Under the guise of making pain medications available for those needing acute pain relief, the law allowed shipments of millions of opioids to continue unabated to shady pill mill operations, while unsuspecting or unscrupulous doctors handed out prescriptions like candy.

The industry-friendly legislation effectively made it relatively impossible for the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to suspend a drug company’s operations when they failed to comply with federal law. The law weakened the DEA’s ability to freeze opioid sales to suspected pill mills, and allowed the pharmaceutical and drug distribution corporations to continue to deliver suspicious orders. Essentially the legislation sanctioned the pharmaceutical industry to unleash millions of highly addictive pharmaceutical grade prescription narcotics onto America’s streets. To make matters worse, dozens of qualified DEA agents, as well as Justice Department officials with intimate knowledge of DEA processes, are now employed by the pharmaceutical industry.

If a war on prescription painkillers actually exists, the drug industry is winning by raking in billions of dollars in profits.

Clearly, the American people are the losers. Although the current administration has yet to declare the opioid addiction crises a public health emergency, opioids have now claimed more than 200,000 American lives, and that shocking number continues to climb. Per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 100 Americans tragically overdose every single day, either from prescription abuse or from the street heroin desperate people seek to feed the addiction resulting from legally or illicitly obtained prescription painkillers. Drug overdose is now the leading cause of accidental death, with over 52,000 lethal drug overdoses in 2015 alone. Nearly 92 million people, or 38% of the population used a legitimately prescribed opioid in 2015. In many cases, unused medication winds up in the hands of family members or friends. Surveys show that nearly 60% of opioid misuse involved taking opioids without a prescription.

Many blame Big Pharma for sowing the seeds of addiction by downplaying the addictive nature of the drugs in a way that was later shown to be false and misleading. Aggressive marketing to physicians along with lucrative awards for prescribing the controlled substances helped to make opioids widely available. Per the National Institutes of Health, opioid tolerance, dependence and addiction are all manifestations of brain changes resulting from chronic abuse. When opioids travel through the bloodstream to the brain, the chemicals attach to specialized proteins or opioid receptors of opioid sensitive brain neurons, triggering the brain’s pleasure reward systems. While opioids are prescribed therapeutically to relieve pain, in the absence of pain they motivate repeated use of the drug simply for pleasure. Compulsion builds over time and leads to brain cravings, driving abusers to seek out more drugs despite numerable obstacles. Repeated exposure to escalating dosages alters the brain so that it functions normally only when drugs are present. As tolerance builds and higher doses are needed to produce the same pleasurable feeling, drug dependence susceptible to withdrawal symptoms and overdoses ensues.

While these highly addictive pain medications should be available for those who need short term relief, those with long term needs for chronic pain relief may consider safer alternatives to prescription pain medications.

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Short Answers to Hard Questions About the Opioid Crisis. https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/08/03/upshot/opioid-drug-overdose-epidemic.html
Drug overdose deaths in the United States continue to increase in 2015. https://www.cdc.gov/drugoverdose/epidemic/index.html
Behind the Curtain of the Opioid Epidemic: The Companies That Profit. http://www.narconon.org/blog/behind-the-curtain-of-the-opioid-epidemic-the-companies-that-profit.html
More than 1 in 3 Americans prescribed opioids in 2015. https://www.cbsnews.com/news/more-than-one-third-americans-prescribed-opioids-in-2015/
Opioid Addiction 2016 Facts & Figures. https://www.asam.org/docs/default-source/advocacy/opioid-addiction-disease-facts-figures.pdf
The Neurobiology of Opioid Dependence: Implications for Treatment. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2851054/
The Drug Industry’s Triumph Over The DEA. https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2017/investigations/dea-drug-industry-congress/?utm_term=.d6915eff5fd7
Opioid Crisis. https://www.drugabuse.gov/drugs-abuse/opioids/opioid-crisis
Understanding the Epidemic. https://www.cdc.gov/drugoverdose/epidemic/index.html

Good Nutrition for Good Health

goodnutritiongoodhealthJacquie Eubanks RN BSN

The long-term effects of unhealthy eating now rank higher than smoking as a direct cause of poor overall health as we age. Poor nutrient intake results in a higher risk of developing multiple preventable chronic diseases, and unfortunately, premature death. An unhealthy diet largely consists of oversized portions, processed foods, sugary beverages and more calories than are needed to maintain a healthy weight, and lacks sufficient intake of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, healthy fats, fiber, and the critical nutrients needed for proper bodily function. When we regularly consume foods s that are full of added sugars, unhealthy fats and excess sodium, such as double cheeseburgers, extra-large fries and supersized soft drinks, are many of us thinking about what happens when the meal is over? Of course, some certainly are.

However, the majority may never give any thought to the added burden placed on the body to digest and process non-nutritive foods nor the increased risk of a shortened and poor quality lifespan that an unhealthy lifestyle can bring.  

Not a pleasant thought, but the reality is that without good nutrition, good health is not possible. According to the Center For Science In The Public Interest, an unhealthy diet combined with a sedentary lifestyle is the leading cause of disability and the loss of independence. Statistics show that only a small percentage of the general population follows a diet consistent with nutrient guidelines recommended by the USDA. Occasionally indulging in low-nutrient foods as a special treat may not be problematic. However, the evidence is clear that eating poorly most of the time can have deleterious health consequences that many may not associate with their diet.

In the short term, unhealthy eating habits may negatively affect:

  • Energy production, resulting in fatigue or sluggishness
  • Brain function, resulting in lowered cognitive abilities, poor memory and reduced concentration
  • Exercise capabilities, muscle strength and endurance, resulting in physical weakness and poor coordination
  • Digestion, resulting in heartburn, indigestion, bloating, and acid reflux
  • Neurotransmitter production, resulting in lowered mood and difficulty controlling emotions
  • Blood sugar and insulin levels, resulting in unstable blood glucose levels, insulin resistance and weight gain
  • Stress levels, resulting in food cravings, overeating, weight gain and poor sleep

Per the World Health Organization, over time a nutrient deficient diet and lack of physical activity contributes to major nutrition-related chronic diseases:

  • Cardiovascular disease – Cardiovascular disease is to a large extent attributed tounbalanced diets and physical inactivity.
  • Type 2 diabetes, eye and kidney diseases – Obesity and inactivity largely account for the escalating rates of type 2 diabetes. Diabetes can lead to increased risk of stroke, as well heart, kidney and eye disease.
  • High blood pressure, triglyceride and cholesterol levels – These are all factors in the diagnosis of metabolic syndrome and increased risk of developing chronic diseases.
  • Osteoporosis – Adequate vitamin C and calcium, along with sensible sun exposure and physical activity is necessary to strengthen bones and muscles.
  • Obesity – The imbalance between low energy expenditure and high caloric intake are the main determinates in the obesity epidemic.
  • Osteoarthritis – The most important relationship between diet and arthritis is a healthy weight. A whole food nutritious diet has anti-inflammatory effects to help ease arthritis symptoms. Combining a healthy diet with regular exercise will assist weight loss, and take pressure off joints for pain reduction.
  • Cancers – Although tobacco use is still the number one cause of cancer, dietary factors contribute significantly. Maintaining a healthy weight, limiting alcohol, and ensuring adequate whole food intake can reduce cancer risks.

Remember for many people chronic disease is not inevitable. The quality of food consumed in relation to physical activity are the key determinates of nutrition related chronic diseases. Making better food choices puts you in control of your health and quality of life. Physical activity to balance energy intake plays an equally essential role in determining health and longevity and is key to maintaining proper weight for optimal health. When you make healthy nutrition and physical activity a priority, weight loss and improved metabolic health should naturally follow. To foster strength, energy and health, eat nutritious foods and find time to be active every day.

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Diet, nutrition and the prevention of chronic diseases. http://www.who.int/dietphysicalactivity/publications/trs916/summary/en/
Why Good Nutrition is Important. https://cspinet.org/eating-healthy/why-good-nutrition-important
Disease Prevention. https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/disease-prevention/
Short Term Effects of Bad Eating Habits. http://www.health.harvard.edu/healthbeat/how-stress-can-make-us-overeat
How stress can make us overeat. http://www.health.harvard.edu/healthbeat/how-stress-can-make-us-overeat
Long Term Effects of Bad Eating Habits. http://healthyeating.sfgate.com/longterm-effects-bad-eating-habits-10555.html
The Importance of Good Nutrition. http://www.tuftsmedicarepreferred.org/healthy-living/expert-knowledge/importance-good-nutrition