Beat emergency pain with NO drugs at all!
Sometimes, I can't believe the sorry state of mainstream medicine.
Mainstream docs are all stunned right now over a new report that could -- finally! -- chase dangerous opioid painkillers out of emergency rooms for good.
That would be a major advance, as the ER is too often where people get started on these addictive drugs and too often where they go when they're in desperate need of more.
Now, the new report finds there's something just as effective.
Just pop a Tylenol and a Motrin.
Now, I'm not going to dispute that it works.
Of course it works, and the new study confirms it: Patients in emergency rooms with moderate to severe pain were randomly given either a mix of ibuprofen (Motrin/Advil) and acetaminophen (Tylenol) or a mix of acetaminophen and an opioid such as oxycodone, hydrocodone, or codeine.
Two hours after treatment, they all had the same levels of pain relief.
So, that's a big win for shifting patients away from opioids -- but this isn't some kind of big breakthrough.
We already know all of this!
It's been studied so extensively that the National Safety Council has called the mix of ibuprofen and acetaminophen "one of the strongest pain reliever combinations available" and "clearly more efficacious" than opioids.
Yet that hasn't stopped ER docs from giving out opioids like they are candy canes at Christmas parties, which is why they're all pretending to be stunned by the new study.
Obviously, if you're in extreme pain in an ER, you're not inclined to argue with the doctors no matter what they offer.
You'll take whatever they give you, and you'll probably be grateful for it.
But neither option is ideal.
While acetaminophen and ibuprofen are far safer than opioids, they do come with some risks, especially if you keep taking them for any period of time once you get back home.
Acetaminophen can kick your right in the kidneys and liver. It's so damaging that overdose is the nation's leading cause of acute liver failure. Ibuprofen isn't much better, as it can lead to painful gut bleeding and, over the long term, may even lead to heart problems.
So, let me clue these ER docs in on something that's even more effective, comes with zero risks, and requires NO medication at all.
No opioids. No Tylenol. No Motrin.
The answer... is acupuncture.
I know it sounds crazy, but it's proven to work even in the extreme stress of the ER -- in some cases, even better than the supposedly powerful opioid drugs.
Not many hospitals have an acupuncturist on staff -- yet -- but if they want to get serious about cutting back on pain pills, maybe it's time to start hiring.
And if you have your own pain problems, don't wait for an emergency to seek help. Consider visiting an acupuncturist instead.