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Definition of Opioids - Opioids are a class of drugs that include the illegal drug heroin, synthetic opioids such as fentanyl, and pain relievers available legally by prescription, such as oxycodone (OxyContin®), hydrocodone (Vicodin®), codeine, morphine, and many others. (1)
Opioids are often associated with high addiction rates among chronic pain sufferers. It becomes a vicious cycle of hurting and medicating that grows as the dose no longer satisfies the placating of the symptoms. According to an article from Kaiser Permanente, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate 91 people die every day from opioid overdoses.(2)
The odds are that you know someone who is experiencing addiction problems and trying to live a healthy life but fighting every day to maintain. They may not show their inner turmoil, yet eventually the fragile balance between "in control" and losing everything is only one overdose away. No one plans on taking it that far, yet it happens every single day and families are torn apart as a consequence. Opioids don't discriminate; they don't care what color, profession, or gender you are. They don't care what your future holds or what it took for you to get here. Eventually, the medication will win if abused, and the patient will lose. So what are pain sufferers supposed to do?
Fortunately, there are several alternative health solutions that are not only better for the body; they also help patients find inner balance and empowerment. The mind/body/spirit connection is so powerful, that once it is tapped into recoveries can seem miraculous. WebMD has an excellent article on alternative options to opioids. https://www.webmd.com/pain-management/features/alternative-treatments#1
If you know someone who is suffering, please reach out with compassion and love. No one wants to be addicted. Your support can go a long way toward helping them recover their lives.
Naturopathy and Oncology
Definition of naturopathy: a system of treatment of disease that avoids drugs and surgery and emphasizes the use of natural agents (such as air, water, and herbs) and physical means (such as tissue manipulation and electrotherapy) (1)
More and more we see alternative and western medicine merge to form integrative treatments for severely ill patients. For those individuals diagnosed with cancer, it can be comforting to know there are other, or additional, options rather than just chemotherapy and radiation. Although these treatments have saved many lives, it is also true they have had detrimental effects on a systematic level for others. For many of us who believe in holistic healing, it is often a troubling decision to take those kinds of toxins when our belief system is completely against the concept.
That is when naturopathy is a welcome option. This type of alternative treatment uses whole foods, herbs, and non-toxic techniques that boost the body's immune system, gives it the proper fuels needed to fight infections, and rids toxic that already exist from pesticides in foods and household items. It provides the body with a clean slate to fight cancer without having to divert energy to other obstacles. Many have found this to be effective in overcoming cancers.
This article from ClinicalOncology News published this week gives a wonderfully in-depth look at how naturopathy and oncology are complementing each other and creating a high quality of life for cancer patients.