By  Dr. Michelle Kmiec

Contributing Writer for Wake Up World

More proof that medical science wants you on drugs!

Lately, it seems that every other person suffers some one type of pain syndrome or another. And if you are one of them, it’s not only physically painful, but emotionally difficult as well.

This combination is nothing shy of  disastrous to your quality of life, and it’s easy to see how this can become quite the cycle. With, of course, no shortage of prescriptions drugs for all your symptoms, as well as drugs for the symptoms you haven’t experience yet!

Let’s first discover how a health “condition” gets labelled as a syndrome and/or a disease.

A syndrome is basically defined as a health condition with more than one symptom; however, not yet classified as a “disease.” In other words, a syndrome is based on more than one symptom that is not directly measured and/or tangible by medical science. This is known as subjective (or anecdotal) pain, because the pain is reported by the patient, but cannot be confirmed to “really” exist via medical science.

“My back hurts”,  “I have a headache”,  “It feels like bugs are crawling under my skin”; they are all  subjective, and usually not measurable objectively. But, if you have more than one of these “symptoms”, then a  syndrome  is born.

Diseases, on the other hand, are symptoms that can be  “verified” by medical science  and are no longer considered subjective; but rather considered  objective. So a disease has “sound scientific substance”.

Although painfully “real” to the person experiencing these symptoms, sadly they are  not viewed as a “real” physical condition per the medical definition of Evidence Based Medicine.  And because of this, many of these pain syndromes where often labelled as conditions that were “all in your head”. Sadly, doctors  routinely  were referred these patients out for psychiatric care.

Though most patients are no longer referred for psychiatric care  these days, they are typically given pharmaceuticals that have a  direct influence on the person emotional state. This would suggest that medical science still believes these conditions to be the manifestations of the persons mind, and not due to an actual condition.

Medical Doctors Are Over-Medicating

Anti-depressants and/or anti-anxiety medication are two of the most common prescribed drugs in the US with over 250,000,000 prescriptions written each year… and growing!  So, it isn’t surprising they are also part of the pain syndrome treatment protocol.

But first things first. The people with these pain syndromes need something for the pain, right?

A drug gaining popularity in recent days in the treatment of chronic pain syndromes is  Methadone. Methadone has been reported to be upwards to  20x stronger  than both  Vicodin  or  Percocet, which also makes Methadone a far more  dangerous  drug.

Prescriptions for painkillers are at an all time high along with, and not  surprisingly,  deaths due to overdose from those prescription painkillers!

Tizanidine (zanaflex)  is another commonly prescribed drug for nerve pain. One of its more dangerous side-effects is liver toxicity, along with dangerous potential interactions with other drugs.

And to top it all off, people suffering from pain syndromes are probably not sleeping well at night due to the… PAIN! Report this symptom to your medical doctor, and as fast as the prescription can be written, you can add yet another drug to your “treatment” arsenal!  By far, prescription sleep  medications  are the most prescribed  medication  in the USA! Statistics now show:  nearly half of all Americans take at least one prescription drug and near 40% take at least two!

The most common advice medical doctors offer these  patients  is to simply learn to live with their respective syndrome(s) along with pain management (drugs).  And many medical doctors,  although not offering much hope for relief themselves,  frequently even advice against holistic options such as chiropractic, acupuncture, and sadly, nutritional treatments.

How bleak and sad for the person already suffering!

But the questions that I don’t hear from the medical profession are:  Why are these people suffering in the  first place? What is the  cause(s)  of these symptoms?

Cause and Effect

When you look at all the chemicals we are exposed to everyday (in our food, air, and water), isn’t  only logical that there would be an impact on our health?  Can we really live in a polluted environment without it affecting our nutritional status?

It is a well documented fact that alcohol depletes the body of  B vitamins  and  vitamin C. So, what of all the preservatives, chemicals and toxins from  genetically modified foods we now consume? Do they deplete the body as well?  Of course they do! This is why I firmly believe that  all syndromes and disease start from nutrition deficiencies… and I’m going to prove it!

Pain syndromes such as:

… all have studies linking these conditions to nutritional deficiencies. And there  are three nutrients that are  “deficiency stand-outs”.  They are  magnesium,  Vitamin D, and  Vitamin B12.

In the USA, it’s epidemic!

Interestingly, all three have been sabotaged by conventional medicine, and the result is impressively simple:

  • Keep the public  afraid  of nutrition
  • Instead give them nutrition guidelines that are  useless; such as the RDI (“recommended daily intake”)
  • Give them a pharmaceutical drug, which only  exponentiates  the nutritional deficiency
  • And don’t forget that  surgery is always another option!

Magnesium deficiency is nothing new. But sadly most people are completely unaware of it.  A 2007 Study reported,

“Magnesium inadequacy affects  more than half of the U.S. population  and is  associated with increased risk for many age-related diseases, yet the underlying mechanisms are unknown…”

An interesting article in  LifeExtension Magazine, 2005, said the following:

“The latest government study shows a staggering  68% of Americans do not consume the recommended daily intake of magnesium… Is it any wonder that disability and death from heart attack and stroke are the nation’s leading killers?

While the government officially refuses to recognize the effects of magnesium in preventing vascular disease, the  National Institutes of Health  does publish the following on its website:

  • Magnesium is needed for more than 300 biochemical reactions in the body. It helps maintain normal muscle and nerve function, keeps heart rhythm steady, supports a healthy immune system, and keeps bones strong. Magnesium also helps regulate blood sugar levels, promotes normal blood pressure, and is known to be involved in energy metabolism and protein synthesis.  There is an increased interest in the role of magnesium  in preventing and managing disorders such as hypertension, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes.

The nation’s leading health agency acknowledges magnesium’s critical role in keeping us alive, yet the FDA has done everything it could to keep this low-cost mineral out of Americans’ bodies.”

But there is something else here that is being missed: the study was only  referring  to the Recommended Daily Intake (RDI), which is the  minimal  amount needed to maintain health one step above disease  and  not the amount needed for optimal health, let alone the amount needed to recover from an illness!

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