CHRONIC PAIN… in numbers! Many of us are in pain. What are we doing about it? Chronic pain-pain that has lasted more than 3 months-is epidemic worldwide. 1.5 billion are feeling its effects. Here are some stats and facts about how chronic pain affects our lives…according to the Institute of Medicine, more than 116 million Americans suffer from chronic pain each year and costs the US up to $635 in medical treatment and lost productivity. According to the American Journal of Epidemiology, a relatively small amount of physical exercsie-1.0-1.9 hrs per week-lowers the risk of chronic pain in low back, neck, and shoulder,. My personal message. We MUST get rid of the idea that pills can fix us!!! They generally treat a symptom not the cause.
Chronic Pain part 2:
In 2010 about 12 million Americans (aged 12 –WOW aged 12! or older) reported nonmedical use of prescription painkillers!
Data Analysis showed that in nine out of ten studies, yoga practice alleviated pain for conditions ranging from chronic lower back pain to irritable bowel syndrome. (Amazing what ANY type of activity or exercise can do for your health, WHEN you find the right program for you!)
Fish Oil- may ease the inflammation and pain caused by many chronic conditions. The dose used in the most convincing research is 2-4 grams of DHA/EDA daily. (The QUALITY AND RATIO of oil used is important. Do your research. I can attest as well as others I know to the benefits of fish oil in regards to inflammation.)