By Natural Advocate | October 13, 2005 - 10:45 am - Posted in Natural Pain Relief

Cox-2 Inhibitors – What are They, and are There Any Safer Alternatives that are Natural and Have No Side Effects?

Cox-2 Inhibitors are in the nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory family (NSAID). They are a drug that specifically targets and inhibits that production of Cox-2 enzyme, which is very actively involved in the inflammation that many times is the cause of pain.

The only Cox-2 Inhibitors that are currently FDA approved (two have been yanked from shelves by pharmaceutical giant Merck, for major health implications – not a good sign for this class of drugs so far). They are called Celebrex, Vioxx, and Bextra.

In February of 2005, a joint meeting of the FDA’s Arthritis and Drug Safety and Risk Management Advisory Committees met to discuss the safety of the COX-2 selective nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID) drugs and related medication and components.

After this meeting, there were regulatory actions forced on the pain relieving top seller pharmaceutical drugs called Bextra, Celebrex and other OTC NSAIDS as well as prescription NSAIDS. This was after a conclusion that the overall benefit of this class of drugs did not override it’s potential health risks, and the manufacturers were asked to de-shelf them for further review.

This is just more of a reason to seek out healthy alternatives to serious pain relief. It’s just not worth the risk you take in exchange for comfort and pain reduction. There are healthy, natural alternatives to relieving pain in an effective and long lasting manner, as well as lifestyle habits you can instill to ensure a pain free and high quality life.

By Natural Advocate | October 11, 2005 - 6:36 pm - Posted in Natural Pain Relief

A Note About Managing Pain and Living a Healthy, Pain Free Life

Managing chronic pain has become and integral part of today’s older generation, who succumb to ailments such as the aches and pains associated with arthritis and osteoarthritis, nerve damage, and general muscle soreness associated with the aging of bodily tissue, ligaments and tendons.

While the majority of the senior population are (in my opinion) over-prescribed pain management medications, there are an increasing number of people who know that there are other ways to manage pain. They are bucking the system, and they are managing their pain successfully, healthfully, and naturally.

Prescription pain killer medications have been taken off the market at an alarming rate recently for healthy implications ranging from serious heart conditions to strokes. These NSAIDS, or anti inflammatories, such as Vioxx and Celebrex, were yanked from the shelves after a series of mysterious incidents in patients who had been taking the drug.

Is it really worth it? An increasing number of Americans are saying no, and opting for natural methods to manage their pain, ranging from herbal pain medications to physical therapy, massage therapy, acupuncture, yoga and even meditation!

Remember, for almost every medical condition, there are natural remedies that will help, you just need to know where to look…

By Natural Advocate | October 10, 2005 - 9:57 am - Posted in Natural and Herbal Treatments

What is “alternative medicine”, and why should we, or why are we, interested in its sometimes unexplained effectiveness? Well, there are a few “dictionary definitions” of what alternative medicine is, but here is the one I think fits best with the ultimate goal and mission of alternative medicine :

Alternative medicine is any variety of therapeutic or preventive health care practices, such as homeopathy, naturopathy, chiropractic, and herbal medicine, that do not follow generally accepted medical methods and may not have a scientific explanation for their effectiveness.

The last part about the scientific proof is a key part of alternative medicine. Unfortunately, many times there is a serious lack of funding to research alternative, or natural methods of treatment for various health conditions, diseases and mental conditions, since most of the research in this area is focused on the pharmaceutical aspect.

Nonetheless, there is proof in the multiple honest testimonials of people who swear by certain natural remedies and treatments that have done better for them many times than conventional medical treatments.

Not only that, there are documented, unexplained but true stories of miraculous recoveries from people who have used alternative natural means to either beat a disease or get back on the track to health, and not by using conventional medicine.

Alternative medicine research and use is becoming an appealing option for so many Americans today who are tired of being overmedicated and drugged up on a million different drugs when the treatment can be so much more simple, and so much more in harmony with our bodies and nature, without clouding our minds and bodies with harmful chemicals which can only cause further problems.

That’s really what this online magazine is about. The quest for answers to the alternative options that are truly out there. The breakthroughs and personal stories of people who have had success and failures with various natural remedies, tinctures and supplements.

By Natural Advocate | October 8, 2005 - 3:01 pm - Posted in Natural Pain Relief

Several very high profile pain medications which happen to be in the same “family” of pain relievers called nonsteroidal anti inflammatories were actually removed from the market, with the FDA citing serious health hazards, and even some resulting deaths that were linked to the pain medicines.

The most recent and notable high profile removal was the pharmaceutical giant Pfizer’s yanking of Bextra, due to the reports of serious skin reactions in patients being treated with the drug for pain. Also following suit, two other widely prescribed pain relief medications, Vioxx and Celebrex were linked to heart risks and complications.

The reportedly dangerous side effects of these pain killers lead many to panic and search for alternative means to relieve their pain, including massage therapy, meditation, yoga, and herbal and natural supplements that relieve pain, so they may avoid the potentially life threatening consequences of some of these prescribed pain medicines.

There has almost always been natural and homeopathic remedies for relieving pain, but most of the time they did not compare to the strong pain relief that a narcotic or pharmaceutical pain drug could provide. People really look for a powerful yet gentle and viable alternative for chronic pain such as back pain, osteoarthritis, and fibromyalgia, including muscle pain related to injuries and nerve damage.

Some of the commonly used, but unfortunately mildly effective remedies for pain relief include various dosages of “Devil’s Claw”, Willow Bark, Boswellia, Camomile, Bromelain, St. John’s Wort, Horsetail, and numerous other herbs and compounds too numerous to mention, and too diverse in their effectiveness to be able to adequately gauge how effective they would be on the specific individual, since we all respond differently to natural treatments, just as we do to different medications and allergies.

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