Here’s some potentially helpful information for anyone healing from a bone fracture as I am, or for anyone interested in protecting their bone health.
Though my physical therapy sessions hurt quite a bit, I stopped taking narcotic painkillers a while ago, fearful of addiction problems from prolonged use.
I’m minimizing what could become mega-wattage pain by:
1. Using my Personal Pain-o-Meter (see my January 31 2008/Shvat 24 5768 post)
2. Listening to soothing music
3. Sitting in cheer-me-up sunshine (it provides Vitamin D for strong teeth and bones)
4. Basing part of my grocery list on advice from Dr. Neal Barnard’s Foods That Fight Pain book. I bought it several years ago after interviewing Dr. Barnard about his innovative health-promoting techniques (I’m still a health writer/journalist for hire, folks).
Shop as I do and you just might feel better after buying from the organic green-grocer and health food store:
Almonds and Raisins (really!)
Beans (soak them for a day, changing water 2-3 times before cooking so you won’t develop belly bloat)
Capsaicin Cream (natural remedy made of – get this – chili pepper extracts!)
Fresh and powdered Ginger Root
Fresh Figs and/or Fig Jelly
Vitamin B6 (50-150 mg)
Vitamin E 400 IU
- Arnica Montana (natural remedy that resembles tiny white pills)
- Cuprum Metalllicum (natural remedy that also resembles tiny white pills)
- Rescue Remedy Creme
- Rescue Bach Remedy Drops
- Any bar of soap at all.
I have no idea why this works, but after I place a bar of soap under a sweatshirt sleeve, under bed sheets, or upon some other area of sore muscles, the pain reduces noticeably. It's an folk remedy I've relied on since I ran track in high school or danced too hard at some joyous occasion.
Here are some sites that Dr. Barnard’s office recommends (I do, too):
and for more information about the role of nutrition in a variety of diseases and conditions, visit http://www.nutritionmd.org/.
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