Common drugs turn deadly

Many mainstream doctors don't address the root causes of pain, especially chronic pain and especially among seniors.

Some don't even try.

Instead of finding the cause of the pain and fixing it, they pass out common drugs and  painkillers -- including addictive and deadly narcotic painkillers.

Do these common drugs work? Sure -- for a little while, anyway. But they also come with a high risk of dangerous side effects.

But what's even worse than those side effects is that you quickly build tolerance to common drugs. You have to keep taking higher doses to get the same level of relief -- and in too many cases that leads to people taking far too much.

As a result, the vast majority of the 22,134 overdose deaths from prescription drugs in 2010 involved painkillers: Specifically, opioid painkillers such as OxyContin and Vicodin.

Thirty percent of those deaths involved another common drugs class -- anti-anxiety drugs such as Valium (many people are given both, which is why the numbers add up to more than 100 percent).

By comparison, illegal street drugs killed 16,195 people that same year. In other words, legal prescription drugs given by doctors killed almost 6,000 MORE people than drugs like crack and crystal meth sold by dealers in back alleys.

Yet the illegal drug problem gets plenty of attention... while the legal one gets almost none.

It's time to end that. It's time to make sure everyone understands the risks of these prescription drugs before the death toll climbs even higher.

Better yet, it's time to make sure people realize there are much safer and even more effective options for pain relief.

So whether you're battling pain from arthritis, fibromyalgia, headaches, a bad back, or anything else, don't settle for painkillers -- and certainly don't settle for a doctor who seems to think those common drugs are only way you can get relief.

You need a holistic doctor who can find the source of your pain and correct it naturally instead.

That can take a little time. So while you work to get to the bottom of your pain, there are safe measure you can take for relief -- including cold laser, acupuncture, and natural anti-inflammatories such as turmeric, MSM, and bromelain.

And for a complete science-based solution to pain relief no matter what the source, make an appointment to see me at the Stengler Center for Integrative Medicine.