I’ll be the first to admit that I’m a wimp. I give a headache about five minutes to disappear, and then I scramble for the bottle of Tylenol. When my knees ache, I whine until I find the pills that relieve joint pain, and then happily pop two in my mouth. In short, I am a strong believer in the power of pain medication, and I’m not alone. Between 1997 and 2005, the sale of the five major painkillers in the United States rose by 90 percent. Enough was sold in one year to give every person in the country 300 milligrams of medication. And, we’re not a small country. So, what’s going on? Are we in more pain than we were in 1997, or are we simply becoming more reliant on pills?
The answer is . . . yes. It’s not an either or situation. We are in more pain. The population is aging and with that comes more health complications, such as arthritis and joint problems. So naturally, we’re going to need more. But even when we take that into account, we can’t escape the fact that we are also becoming more reliant on medication. The belief that pain is necessary for healing has been replaced, by a belief that managing pain is a part of recovery. And, that’s fine, as long as it doesn’t lead to abuse. It’s one thing to take two pills at the onset of a migraine; it’s an entirely different thing to continually pop those pills, looking more for a fix than relief. Painkiller abuse has skyrocketed in the past several years. Americans, particularly those in the South and rural areas, are forming addictions to morphine, Vicodin, codeine and oxycodone at alarming rates. And that’s because it’s not hard to do. You have to be extremely careful when you turn to pain medications, especially if you do so regularly. You should also be aware that there are alternative methods of relief.
If you’re trying to relieve arthritis or joint pain, consider a liniment. Liniments are balms that you rub into the sore area of your body to eliminate aches and pains. Many liniments combine all-natural ingredients with ancient herbal remedies to create an effective product. Wobenzym N Crème, for example, mixes organic menthol with herbs that were traditionally used in Asia and Europe, to alleviate discomfort caused by muscle and arthritic difficulties. The result is relief without a capsule, and something you should definitely consider. Now, I’m not telling you to give up pain pills completely. My mother would probably die laughing if she thought I was advocating that. After all, as you’ve already discovered, I’m no stranger to Tylenol. What I am telling you to do is consider the source of your pain. If it’s something that can be healed with an alternative method, such as an herbal liniment, then opt for that. Pills aren’t always the answer, despite what our country’s current habit might imply.
|NOW Foods – Joint Support Cream – 4 oz.|
|Tiger Balm – Pain Relieving Patch – 5 Patch(es)|
|Wellinhand – Therapy Oil – 2 oz.|