What back pain, depression, and addiction have in common

Volume 5    |    Issue 83

Did you know the face of addiction has changed? For most of us, the word addiction brings about thoughts of gangs, street drugs, and the down and out. But in my work with addicts, I've found that these are no longer the demographics. In fact, you could easily be the new face of addiction.

That's because pain pills have changed what addicts look like. It's no longer the rebels and the homeless who have addiction problems. Today, addiction looks like a star athlete who injures his knee in a game. It's a lawyer who has a car accident and injures his hip. And it's a 70-year-old grandmother with back pain.

Unfortunately, pain pills are the first line of treatment for back pain these days. Doctors would rather prescribe a drug for a quick fix than have patients exercise, go through physical therapy, or use natural treatments. As a result, back pain patients are rapidly becoming the new face of addiction in the U.S. What's worse, if you suffer from depression or anxiety and suffer from back pain, you're at an even greater risk for addiction.

Researchers recently followed 55 chronic lower back pain patients. All of them suffered with symptoms of depression or anxiety. To treat the back pain, the researchers gave the patients morphine, oxycodone, or a placebo to take as needed for the pain. The study lasted just six months.

The researchers found that the patients with the worst cases of anxiety or depression experienced greater side effects. They also saw 50% less relief from the drugs. But that's not all. They were much more likely to abuse the drugs. In fact, they were 75% more likely to become addicts than those with low levels of depression or anxiety.

So if you suffer from depression or anxiety and back pain, you need to stay away from opioid painkillers. Instead, I suggest you try a treatment that can work wonders, especially if your back pain comes from osteoporosis. And it can help any supplements you're taking to treat your condition work even better.

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I told you a few weeks ago about a treatment called PEMF, which is short for pulsed electromagnetic fields. PEMF has many uses. I told you about how it helps your body absorb nutrients. But it does a lot more than that. One of PEMF's oldest applications is to improve bone density. PEMF can help severe injuries, such as fractures and nonunions. But it's also great  for general bone health.

In one study entitled: "Modification of biological behavior of cells by Pulsing Electro-magnetic fields," researchers followed 20 patients between 57 and 75 years of age. All of them had decreased bone mineral density. The researchers treated the patients with PEMF therapy for 12 weeks at the University of Hawaii School of Medicine. After just six weeks, all of them experienced an increase in their bone density. Their average bone density increased by an average of 5.6%.

What's more, PEMF can help treat depression as well. In one exceptional study, researchers found that people diagnosed with major depressive disorder (MDD) or bipolar depression (serious depression) saw a significant 10% improvement or better in their mood using PEMF. This is impressive, as it shows how PEMF can work across a number of depression-related conditions.

And since PEMF can help your body absorb nutrients better, bone supplements, such as Ultimate Bone Support, and anti-inflammatory supplements, such as Reduloxin, can work even better to help reduce pain and heal your body.

PEMF might help you avoid pain pills and solve your back pain and depression. So it's definitely worth trying. The PEMF device I recommend is FlexPulse. It normally costs $1,290. But because you're a Nutrient Insider subscriber, the manufacturer is willing to take $300 off the price of this powerful device. That's nearly 25% off. You won't find a better PEMF device at a better price. So call 877-658-2445 today, tell them you're a Nutrient Insider subscriber, and give them special offer code SONI.

Your insider for better health,

Steve Kroening

Steve Kroening is the editor of Nutrient Insider, a twice-a-week email newsletter that brings you the latest healing breakthroughs from the world of nutrition and dietary supplements. For over 20 years, Steve has worked hand-in-hand with some of the nation's top doctors, including Drs. Robert Rowen, Frank Shallenberger, Nan Fuchs, William Campbell Douglass, and best-selling author James Balch. Steve is the author of the book Practical Guide to Home Remedies. As a health journalist, Steve's articles have appeared in countless magazines, blogs, and websites.





Medical News Today, July 12, 2015

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