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Pain Patients Weigh In On Medical Marijuana

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Twenty-five states now have medical marijuana laws.  Provisions of the laws vary widely.  Restrictions are common in terms of the number of medical conditions that are covered by the law, how geographically accessible medical marijuana is in terms of who can sell it and how many dispensaries there are, the qualifications and training of those […]

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Can Diet Heal Chronic Pain?

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One of the essentials for good health is to give your body the raw ingredients it needs to function.  The right raw materials are needed to create new cells to maintain tissues and organs and to create essential bio-chemicals, including hormones, neurotransmitters, digestive enzymes, etc.  The way we do that is primarily through our food.  […]

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Vitamin D Deficiency and Chronic Pain

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Recent research has shown that vitamin D plays an extremely important role in chronic pain and that many people are at high risk for vitamin D deficiency. Levels of the vitamin can be measured with a simple blood test. Levels below 20 ng/mL (50 nmol/L) are generally considered deficient in conventional medicine. Others have defined […]

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Pain Patients Are Being Cheated

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Pain patients are being cheated out of safe, effective, affordable health care and it ought to be a crime.  The situation has caused needless suffering, addiction and death. One hundred million Americans suffer from chronic pain.  They should have access to all the therapies that could help them. For decades now, access to pain treatment […]

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The Insanity of U.S. Pain Policy

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It’s an unmitigated disaster.  One hundred million chronic pain patients.  Millions addicted to opioids, hundreds of thousands dead.  Pain patients abruptly cut off medication they’ve depended on, sometimes for decades, and offered nothing to replace it.  Doctors, fearful of prosecution for overprescribing, dropping pain patients like hot potatoes.  Pain patients unable to find any doctor […]

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Marijuana vs Opioids for Pain

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Carol’s teenage daughter Julia is a dancer who suffered a serious injury that required extensive surgery. Julia was sent home after surgery with opioids for pain. Despite the opioids, Julia was screaming in pain. Carol repeatedly called her doctor’s office and each time was told to increase the dosage of the opioids. At first Carol […]

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Trying Everything for Chronic Pain

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The decision to use opioids for chronic pain is a serious one. Harm is common. Official estimates of the percentage of chronic, non-cancer pain patients who become addicted to opioids is 25 percent. Some studies have put that percentage even higher, at 37 percent or more. 190,000 Americans have died of prescription opioid overdoses. According […]

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Prince, Paupers and Opioid Overdose

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Iconic rock star Prince died on April 21 at the age of 57. According to numerous media reports, the likely cause of death was opioid overdose. According to reports, on the way back from a concert a week before his death, Prince’s plane made an emergency landing and Prince was administered Narcan by EMTS to revive […]

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Does Anyone Really Need Opioids?

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It’s become very clear that prescription opioids cause significant harm to many people.  Millions of pain patients and others who’ve taken diverted medication have become addicted, and hundreds of thousands have died.  Individuals, families and communities have been devastated by what is being called the worst drug epidemic in U.S. history.  Despite this, these dangerous […]

 
 
 
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