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Natural Alternatives To Medications For Spinal Disc Conditions: How To Reduce Inflammation Without Drugs
Dr. Ron Daulton, Jr.
After reviewing all of the information I just presented about the medications that are most commonly prescribed for spinal disc conditions, many people feel like they’re stuck between a rock and a hard place. What do you do? Do you take the medications, knowing that you are risking some pretty serious side effects? And for what? They don’t heal anything, so if the pain is just going to come back, is it worth the risk?
But at the same time, somehow you need to find a way to experience some relief from the pain. I receive a lot of emails from people asking that exact question, so here are some things you can do naturally to experience relief without all the side effects of the medications.
The Ice Vs. Heat Test
Out of everything that I’ve ever found, ice and heat seem to work best for reducing pain and inflammation IF you use them correctly. I’ve actually written a free eBook that gives you step–by–step instructions for how to do this test, so rather than go through all the details on this page, you can go ahead and download the free eBook below. Even if you don’t have a spinal disc condition, I explain ice and heat in greater detail there and the information applies to anyone, no matter where your pain is located.
There are some other helpful tips in the free eBook as well, so it’s worth a read.
These enzymes are different than the enzymes we usually think of for digestion. What they do is, they enter the blood stream and basically break down the chemicals that are produced during the inflammatory process, which results in pain relief. They are very effective at this, and the one I recommend is called Heal–N–Soothe.
If you would like to learn more about Heal–N–Soothe, simply click here and you will be taken to my page of complete resources. If you click the link at the top that says "Nutrition / Nutritional Supplements" you will see the information about Heal–N–Soothe as well as some articles about proteolytic enzymes.
Probiotics will also help reduce inflammatory chemicals, and it is recommended that you take 4 x the recommended amount on the bottle per day, but only when you are in pain. You can find these at any local health food store.
Before I cover this part, remember that Vitamin D3 is contraindicated with most of the medications we discussed because there can be a drug interaction. So please do not take this if you are on any of the medications we discussed currently.
Vitamin D3 has also been proven to reduce the inflammatory process very quickly, and it is recommended that you take 20,000 IU per day. You can also find this at a local health food store, but one thing I want to mention is that you may want to continue taking this even when you aren’t in pain because Vitamin D3 has also been shown to reduce your risk for chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer, strokes, etc., if taken in that dosage on a daily basis.
What I’ve found is, when you combine those supplements with the ice or heat, most people will experience relief from their pain very quickly – usually within 1 to 2 days.
What To Do For Chronic Inflammatory Conditions
Chronic inflammatory conditions are often related to diet more than anything else. An example of chronic inflammatory conditions would be chronic back pain (which is back pain that has lasted more than two weeks, or back pain which comes and goes over a period of time), arthritis, heart disease, cancer, lung diseases, allergies, asthma, etc.
All of these conditions have been associated with the arachadonic acid that is produced from a poor diet. If you’re tired of dealing with these conditions, the first thing you want to do is look at your diet. Here are some things you can change, and this is a very good alternative to using medications on a regular basis:
- Eliminate all sugar from your diet.
If you do nothing else, this is the one thing you should do. Sugar is the one food that is known to stimulate the inflammatory response within the body.
- Eliminate white flour from your diet.
Avoid white breads, pasta, etc. These are converted into sugar when digested, and will result in inflammation.
- Increase your fruits and vegetables.
One of the best things that I’ve found to help you do this is a product called the Nutribullet: I make a drink every day that has spinach, apple, pear, pineapple and banana and this drink is designed to cleanse your body. If you are in pain or experiencing a health condition that you believe is due to chronic inflammation, also add 1 inch of fresh ginger root.
So, that pretty much covers our discussion about medications. Next we’ll discuss Physical Therapy (well, I’ll be talking more about exercises you can do for spinal disc conditions than anything else) and Surgery. After that I’ll be talking about how you can learn my complete system for eliminating spinal disc pain in just 2 weeks or less.
You can click here now to continue to the discussion about exercises and Physical Therapy, or you can click the Next button below. If you would like to skip to something else, you can use the Table of Contents below.