According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, “the United States is in the midst of a prescription painkiller overdose epidemic.”
To put the situation in perspective, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that deaths from opioids surpassed gun-related homicides in 2015. That year, approximately 33,000 people lost their lives due to prescription pain medication overdose.
There is a need to learn about alternatives to opioids for pain now more than ever. In fact, dozens of natural modalities do exist, including one particular healing plant that not only targets pain but has helped thousands wean themselves off opioid addiction itself.
Death Toll Rises from Opioid Overdoses
The United States is in a crisis when it comes to opiate use and overuse. Here are just a few more statistics you should know about:
1. Over the last 10 years, opioid painkiller prescriptions have risen by 300 percent.
2. Approximately 2 million Americans 12 and older had a substance abuse problem involving prescription pain relievers in 2015.
3. Narcotic overdose is the leading cause of “accidental” death in the U.S. and the majority of those who overdose on narcotics use prescription drugs.
4. Four out of five new heroin users first started out with prescribed painkillers.
5. The opioid crisis is not limited to just adults. The rate of prescriptions written for opioids amongst 12 to 17-year-olds doubled from 1994 to 2007. In 2015, the official count of individuals in this age group who had an opioid addiction was over 120,000.
6. To top it all off, many non-opioid pain relievers, such as the popular NSAID anti-inflammatories, aren’t even that effective for long-term pain relief. In a recent University of Sydney study, only one in six patients achieved a measurable reduction of back pain using NSAIDs.
What Opiates and Opioids Do to the Brain and Body
Opiates are pharmaceutical drugs that are derived from the opium poppy. The term “opioid” is used to describe the entire family of opiates and opiate-like substances, including natural, synthetic and semi-synthetic pain relieving drugs.
Opioids are dangerous first and foremost because they have been shown to cause a condition called “respiration depression,” where breathing becomes more and more difficult over time. This is because these drugs target opioid receptors in the central nervous system which also have a hand in regulating respiration. If too many opioids are taken at once, breathing can stop altogether. This is the normal mechanism by which thousands die from narcotic overdose every year.
Besides respiration depression and addiction, a 2008 report in the journal Pain Physician also outlined these other less-talked-about side effects:
-nausea and vomiting
-slow digestion/ slow gastric emptying
-other gastric issues
-muscle rigidity and involuntary twitching (called myoclonus)
-immune system dysfunction
-anxiety and depression
-suicidal and homicidal tendencies
-other cognitive impairment
-“Opioid-Induced Hyperalgesia,” where a person becomes more sensitive to pain when taking opioids
-higher risk for becoming addicted to other narcotics, especially heroin
Lasting effects with long-time use of opioids include liver damage, brain damage, and higher risk for cancer and diabetes.
What (and Who) is Really Behind the Opioid Crisis?
In 2016, the U.S. Senate passed the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA), which was the first major federal act in 40 years to address addiction. It was intended to help with prevention, treatment, recovery, law enforcement, criminal justice system reform, and overdose reversal.
In March of this year, President Trump created the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis, which will issue a report to the President in October 2017.
In the meantime, many experts say that CARA itself does little to address the real problem: a medical system that is at the beck and call of the multi-billion dollar a year Big Pharma industry. In fact, the primary method of opioid addiction recovery that CARA focuses on is the prescribing of another opioid drug called buprenorphine (trade names can be Suboxone®, Subutex®, Zubsolv®, Bunavail™ or Probuphine®).
The Act gives doctors and nurses the ability to prescribe buprenorphine products. The 2017 federal budget includes over $1 billion for expanding access to this kind of “treatment” for prescription drug and heroin misuse. Already Big Pharma is cashing in. According to a National Public Radio report, the price for the overdose-reversing drug naloxone (market name, Narcan®) has doubled with the rise in demand.
According to the American Society of Addiction Medicine, 259 million opioid prescriptions were written in 2012. That is enough to give every American adult their own bottle of pills and then some. While these drugs are less likely to create a “high,” does it really make sense to treat an opioid addiction with other opioids? And does it make sense to reward the industry who created the problem in the first place with more drug orders?
The Natural Approach to Opioid Addiction and Pain
On the other side of the spectrum, natural substances are abound which can help ease pain while at the same time encourage total-body healing. Somatic modalities such as Emotional Freedom Technique, key supplements such as MSM (Methylsulfonylmethane), and eating a healthy diet emphasizing anti-inflammatory vegetables, fats, and herbs while downplaying foods such as sugar and gluten can all significantly reduce pain while helping the body detoxify and heal.
There is one natural healing modality, however, that seems to stand out from rest. It is a sacred plant that has the ability to not only ease pain naturally and heal the body, but also to help individuals gently get off of dangerous opioids. In fact, it has already helped thousands of people do just that.
Research has confirmed its effectiveness for pain as well as a safe and effective replacement for opioids:
-A 2010 clinical trial conducted at McGill University found that consistent doses of this sacred plant “reduced the intensity of pain, improved sleep, and was well tolerated” by the participants.
-A 2016 study by the University of Colorado followed 121 migraine sufferers who tested the sacred plant; migraine headaches decreased dramatically, with close to 40% of subjects reporting positive effects overall.
-Recent studies have pointed to the sacred plant for a possible solution for the discomfort associated with fibromyalgia, as evidenced by a survey of over 1,300 sufferers conducted by the National Pain Foundation.
-In a survey of close to 3,000 individuals conducted in part by Bastyr University Research Institute, approximately half of the respondents were successfully using this sacred plant as a replacement for pain or anti-depressant opioids.
-In March 2017, the New Mexico State Senate passed a law which focuses on helping patients addicted to opioids break their addiction by using this sacred plant. “[The Sacred Plant] has great potential as an opioid replacement drug and we want to move people away from being prescribed highly addictive opiates,” said one representative.
Using the Sacred Plant medicinally for pain and other conditions is nothing new. In the mid-19th century, drugs using the Sacred Plant were produced by several pharmaceutical laboratories around the world, including in the U.S.
And in the 1990s, specific receptors for elements of the sacred plant were found in the human body. This led to the publication of hundreds of papers that highlight how these receptors in conjunction with the Sacred Plant can not only calm pain, but also potentially help with many foundational disease conditions as well.
Surprisingly, today this sacred healing plant is considered a Schedule 1 Drug, on par with heroin and LSD, and is still illegal in many states.
What’s the Solution?
More than 44 people die every day in the U.S. from prescription painkiller overdoses. And patients who are desperate to find relief from chronic pain continue to suffer.
This unfortunate state of affairs could quickly be turned around if doctors — who have sworn to “do no harm” — became educated about the dangers of opioids and the amazing health benefits of the sacred plant.
As mentioned above, the sacred plant is a proven method for pain management and eliminating dependency on opioids. Since the sacred plant is not widely available today, our best course of action is to make sure people are educated about it. This is the first step toward making it widely available and accessible to everyone, everywhere. You can be part of that process starting today. Here’s how…
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