How the mainstream KEEPS you in pain

They just can’t get it right, can they?

One moment, they’re pumping patients full of pain pills…and creating an epidemic of loopy drug addicts that has led to 28,000 overdose-related deaths per year.

And next they’re panicking to the other extreme to solve the very problem they created in the first place!

Clearly spooked, the mainstream is now telling patients that now they have to learn to live with their pain… because the drugs are just too dangerous to use.

A group of 60 health officials is urging the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to revise treatment guidelines to reduce or eliminate the use of drugs such as addictive opioid painkillers.

In a similar move, the Journal of the American Medical Association has published a commentary also demanding fewer drugs – even if it means leaving patients suffering with pain.

“Zero pain is not the goal,” wrote Dr. Thomas H. Lee, chief medical officer of the healthcare consulting firm Press Ganey. “The reduction of suffering is – and that is something more complex than analgesia alone.”

For the record, these drugs absolutely ARE too dangerous to use, in most cases – and the medical industry in general needs to do a much better job in treating patients without turning to opioids.

But this whole debate is missing the point.

The problem isn’t just that the drugs are dangerous. It’s that they do nothing to treat the CAUSE of pain.

Instead, they cover it up – masking it so well and making you feel so good that you could aggravate a muscle, joint, or tendon problem and ultimately make your pain WORSE.

Dr. Lee says “zero pain” isn’t the goal, but Dr. Lee is wrong. “Zero pain” may not always be possible, but it’s always the goal. Trouble is, it’s one you’ll never reach if you turn to painkillers, thanks to that insane Catch-22.

What you really need is a completely new approach to pain.

The best strategy for you will depend on the cause, but it’s usually a two-pronged plan of attack.

First, you can tackle the immediate pain with natural anti-inflammatories such as curcumin and MSM as well as nondrug therapies like chiropractic, massage, and acupuncture.

And second, work closely with a doctor to find and treat the true cause – whether it’s a lifestyle issue causing back pain, too much weight putting strain on your joints, arthritis eating away at those same joints, or just a lingering-but-undiagnosed injury.

The mainstream hasn’t figured this out yet, so seek the advice of a skilled holistic medical doctor.

If you’re in the San Diego area, I can help.

Contact my clinic to make an appointment to see me here at the Stengler Center for Integrative Medicine.

Not in Southern California? Not a problem! I’m also available for advice by phone. Call 855-DOC-MARK to set up a consultation.