A natural script to help relieve chronic pain

Dear Pharmacist: I live in chronic pain. No one is sure why. I take hydrocodone and ibuprofen daily, but I'm still in pain. Can you recommend any vitamins to help me? — M.C., Dallas, Texas

Dear M.C.: I'm sorry you are going through this. Luckily, your doctor prescribes pain medicine for you; many won't out for fear of addiction. There are many herbs, spices, teas and supplements for you.

First, some background on why pain happens. In response to an injury, your body cranks out substances called cytokines, which help patch you up. One well-known cytokine is Tumor Necrosis Factor-alpha, or TNFa.

Don't let the name scare you, it doesn't cause tumors. It tries to prevent them by causing cancer cells to commit suicide. So when your body makes TNFa, it's a cancer fighter. It also helps fight infection.

Problem is, too much causes backlash and you begin to hurt all over. Elevated TNFa levels are associated with rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, migraines, Type 2 diabetes, heart failure, COPD, Lyme disease, depression, narcolepsy, ankylosing spondylitis, inflammatory bowel disease, psoriasis and dozens other conditions.

Drugs like Remicade and Enbrel are TNF blockers, but they cost thousands of dollars if you pay out of pocket. There are natural TNF blockers.

This will interest you: A deficiency of either magnesium or CoQ10 drives up TNFa. Yes, running out of either nutrient contributes to pain and, sadly, there are hundreds of medications that rob these nutrients from your body. (Refer to my book, "Drug Muggers," for the lists.)

If I were writing you a "script" to ease your pain, I would recommend natural TNF blockers. Before buying anything, though, ask your physician if this is reasonable, and what dose is best for you.

Magnesium malate: 250 milligrams three times daily

Astaxanthin: 12 milligrams every morning

Ubiquinol (this is activated CoQ10): 200 milligrams at lunch

Boswellia: 250-350 milligrams two or three times daily

Slippery Elm lozenges or tea (protects stomach from ibuprofen)

In addition, I recommend probiotics, the sort that contain prebiotics as well as organic acids.

I suggest you drink green tea (or matcha) every day and eliminate foods containing refined sugar/corn syrup, MSG, artificial dyes and artificial sweeteners. Also, I'd sprinkle turmeric spice on everything.

Give this protocol a few weeks. It should be fine to integrate this while taking your analgesics (hopefully over time, you'll need less of that). Ask your doctor what's right for you.

 

This is not intended to treat, cure

or diagnose your condition. Go to SuzyCohen.com.

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