Sherry's Story

Sherry has a great story.  She has been diabetic for years and she has made some massive changes!   "I have been on a lifestyle change. It has been a year following a ketogenic food plan.  When I started this journey Read more

Pharmacy to Farmacy

Many of you may know Erin-- the fabulous Pharm D that worked in our office a few years back.  Erin is a phenomenal gal and we embarked on the journey  into natural medicine around the same time.  As we both Read more

When Should I Take My Supplements?

If you are like me -- you are just starting to realize why it is important to add supplements to your diet.  Even if we are eating a clean, healthy and unprocessed diet;  the mineral content of the soil Read more

Natural Tips for Avoiding Colds

This cold and flu season is still upon us and unfortunately, many patients are still being plagued by these nasty viral symptoms.  Here are a few tips to try if you feel like you are coming down with something. Of Read more

More Homemade Salad Dressings

Blackberry Balsamic Vinaigrette 2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar 1/4 cup avocado oil or extra virgin olive oil 1 tsp local honey 1/3 cup blackberries   Process all the ingredients together in a blender and then season with ground pepper and sea salt The beauty of this recipe Read more

Healthy Mayo and Ranch Dressing

This stuff is a must -- If you read labels these days you will be hard pressed to find a mayonnaise or salad dressing that doesn't contain some type of vegetable oil.  Even the commercial mayos that advertise to Read more

Cauliflower Crust Pizza

So I got a little wicked crazy this weekend and decided to splurge on some pizza.  We do gluten-free carry out around here sometimes, but my future son-in-law inspired me to make my own cauliflower pizza crust. He made Read more

Pumpkin Chai Smoothie

Here's a throwback post that is certainly appropriate for this October weekend.  This smoothie matches the season and will be a great way to start the lovely fall day. Thanks to Smoothie Queen Amy for this great recipe I can't wait Read more

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Chronic Pain Treatment Options

 

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Ok–I’m getting on my soap box for this one.  Recent research shows that prescription narcotic abuse has now superseded the use of street drugs.  In 2007, 2.5 million Americans used prescription pain killers for the first time compared to 2.2 million whom used marijuana for the first time.  In 2007, the drug Fentanyl (a narcotic 30-50x more powerful than heroin) killed more than 1000 people.

I admit that pain meds do serve a purpose in post surgical issues and in cancer therapy.  They may even be helpful short-term in some chronic pain conditions.  However, the root cause of the problem always needs to be addressed.

Recently, a fabulous patient with peripheral neuropathy turned me on to the use of compounded pain creams.  Unfortunately, Cathy has tried almost all treatments possible including diet changes, acupuncture, physical therapy and traditional meds including Lyrica and Neurontin.  She is morally opposed to taking narcotics and so she sought out a compounded pain cream.  On her most recent visit, she proclaimed to me that this was the first treatment that had actually given her some relief.  Much to my dismay, I had not come up with the idea first and so I have researched the best creams and begun prescribing them with fabulous results.

Please ask on your next visit if you might be a candidate for one of these topical compounds as I now have them in my arsenal of alternative therapies.

There are huge advantages to these products!

1.  They are delivered directly to pain receptors

2.  They are great for patients that have trouble swallowing pills

3.  There are fewer adverse side effects

4.  There is minimal systemic absorption

5.  They target multiple pain receptors at one site

6.  There are reduced drug/drug interactions

7.  These are  NONaddictive formulations

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