I somehow was not overly surprised to see this News Headline yesterday!
Three or four years ago, I suffered an injury at work, and my doctor prescribed common pain killers to control the symptoms. The cause of the pain, he just kept referring me to different specialists to figure out. But my doctor's fix was to have me take large doses of Ibruprofen, Naproxen, and others I since then forgot the names of. The idea of having to take something all day, everyday, did not bode well with me. I WAS in pain, and started taking the pills. I noticed two distinct things happening to me; The pills did not help the pain one bit. Not only did they not help, but they started giving me stomach problems. The next step the doctor took, was to prescribe yet another pill for the stomach problems. Quoting one of my favorite cartoon characters Popeye, " Woe, I aint no doctor, but I'm loosing me patience!" The stomach pill seemed to help, till the Drug Store and I decided to make a switch to the Generic brand of medication. That did not work. I made a judgment call, and stopped taking the pain medication. Within the month, I noticed my stomach problems started to go away. Hmmm, lets see now, if I stop taking one pill, I dont seem to need the other. Isnt that special? I ended up treating my pain problems with acupuncture. I cant stress enough how that helped my situation. Pain under control, and no medications. What a revelation! Then I see the news headline yesterday. Am I surprised? Of course not! In the midst of trying to get to the bottom of my back pain, my doctor's treatment was to refer me to countless specialists. And of course, prescribe pills. He even Clearly stated that much to me. That was his function; prescribe medications. Well, that doctor is HISTORY! The pills are history. It is my feeling that there is a substitute for pills for almost anything that ails ya. We all put our trust in doctors, of course. But do not blindly discount the other options available to us. Acupuncture has been around over 5,000 years. What does that tell you? Anything we injest in our bodies for any length of time other that short, temp, relief, will have effects in the long run; Count on it.