SOLUTIONS FOR CHRONIC PAIN AND CHRONIC ILLNESS
FORTUNATELY THEY'RE MOSTLY THE SAME!
"Chronic diseases are the leading cause of death and disability in the United States. 133 million Americans – 45% of the population – have at least one chronic disease. Chronic diseases are responsible for seven out of every 10 deaths in the U.S., killing more than 1.7 million Americans every year. Chronic diseases can be disabling and reduce a person’s quality of life, especially if left undiagnosed or untreated. For example, every 30 seconds a lower limb is amputated as a consequence of diabetes." From The Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease.
"Nearly 45 percent of all deaths in the developed world are attributable to fibroproliferative disorders." Dr. Thomas Wynn talking about fibrosis on the National Institutes of Health website. Dr. Wynn says that Fibrosis is the number one cause of death, not only in the United States, but the world (HERE).
"These are the days of miracle and wonder... don't cry baby, don't cry." Paul Simon from 1986's BOY IN THE BUBBLE (Graceland)
According to current scientific statistics, as many as 1 in 3 Americans are dealing with some degree of CHRONIC PAIN. Furthermore, when you factor in the myriad of CHRONIC INFLAMMATORY DEGENERATIVE DISEASES, AUTOIMMUNE DISEASES and MUPS (Medically Unexplained Physical Symptoms), you begin to get a picture of the bleakness of American health and just how sick our population really is. Add to that the fact that 80% of the population is either overweight or obese --- or at least APPEARS THAT WAY via their blood work --- and things may appear almost hopeless.
Follow along as I show you that not only are most chronic conditions not hopeless, in many cases they can be turned around quickly and radically --- sometimes in a matter of months; or even weeks (HERE). This is because most sickness, disease, and pain tend to be different manifestations of the same aberrant physiological processes (HERE). Thus, for most of you, the fundamentals of effectively addressing said diseases will be likewise similar.
The medical community often acts as if they have all the solutions --- solutions that practically always revolve around DRUGS & SURGERY. But when these approaches don't work, you become the scapegoat, frequently being told that your problems are all in your head (PSYCHOSOMATIC), due to YOUR AGE, or because of the "BAD GENES" you inherited from your mom and dad. The problem is, EVIDENCE-BASED MEDICINE is not bearing this out. In fact, you do not have to look very far to see that the practice of medicine is not only terribly ineffective for getting to the root of most Chronic Conditions, it can be quite dangerous as well (see the first link in this paragraph). Fortunately for the majority of you, there are some simple and straightforward methods for effectively addressing the problem(s) you are dealing with.
Although there are a wide range of approaches for regaining one's health, the starting point for practically all patients dealing with Chronic Pain and / or Chronic Illness will be similar. In other words, although some of you might require some very specialized tests and treatment (HERE), the first steps will be identical or nearly so for almost everyone (HERE). No; I won't kid you --- it's not as simple as POPPING A PILL OR RECEIVING AN INJECTION. But the results that you get, you get because you're really better --- because you've actually CHANGED YOUR PHYSIOLOGY. Not because you've simply covered or masked the symptoms, all while digging yourself deeper and deeper into the rut that will one day (probably way too soon) become YOUR GRAVE.
Because the root causes of pain and disease are SO SIMILAR TO EACH OTHER, below are some universal concepts that have the potential to change your life. They happen to be the very same things that I would advise my own family to do if they were struggling with chronic health-related problems (in a moment I'll show you my sister's amazing results from working this plan). And although I would contend that there is nothing on this list that is harmful, make sure to consult with your physician before starting this or any other protocol related to health. The information on my site is just that --- information, and is not meant to diagnose, treat, or cure any specific person or condition. Heaven forbid someone actually "cured" themselves of anything without their doctor's permission!
The truth is, there is an array of things that can go wrong in the body, and this list is by no ways definitive. For some of you, there are any number of issues you may have to deal with. For instance, how is your HPA-AXIS holding up? Might you be dealing with CENTRAL SENSITIVITY? Are your HORMONES out of balance? What about METHYLATION or the energy production cycles (MITOCHONDRIAL FUNCTION)? OXIDATIVE STRESS can be a deal-breaker as well. Around here, Tick-Borne Illnesses are especially common, as are any number of other "LATENT INFECTIONS". HEAVY METALS and HALIDES can present major problems for some people as well. And as far as the BRAIN AND NERVOUS SYSTEM are concerned, it's a wild-card that might require the intervention of a qualified FUNCTIONAL NEUROLOGIST.
Bottom line; you can't go wrong using this post as a template for getting your health back. For Pete's sake; forget everything else and just go Paleo. Worst case scenario, it won't make you worse (HERE). HERE is one example of a person who used the ideas in this post to turn her life around and lose 100 lbs in seven months, getting off her meds in the process --- this after being diagnosed with and bedridden by five (5) different autoimmune diseases, including RA and a lupus-like disease with no name.
Also, HERE is a generalized "Life Plan" from a friend of mine who is a motivational speaker and life coach. Years ago his wife developed interstitial cystitis (an autoimmune disease --- HERE), and after using some of the techniques described in this post, she got her life back (and he got his wife back). Super powerful stuff that helps transform the hopeless into the hopeful! BTW, if you appreciate free material like this, be sure to show us some love on FACEBOOK --- it's a great way to reach those you love and care about most with important health-related information.
Dr. Schierling completed four years of Kansas State University's five-year Nutrition / Exercise Physiology Program before deciding on a career in Chiropractic. He graduated from Logan Chiropractic College in 1991, and has run a busy clinic in Mountain View, Missouri ever since. He and his wife Amy have four children (three daughters and a son).