Constipation often directly results in back pain It’s a dirty word, but somebody has to say it: constipation. That’s because extra abdominal gas and fecal matter can create enormous pressure on your spine. Think of it… if you only have one bowel movement a day, there could be as many as eight meals backed up Related posts: Constipation: How to Get and Stay “Regular” Reduce Winter’s Aches & Pains with Vitamin D Drinking Water: Bad for Your Health?
Bacteria may be behind your back pain, but antibiotics aren’t the best answer An interesting recent study out of Denmark found that a 90-day course of antibiotics reduced or eliminated back pain in 75% of participants. That’s promising news for chronic back pain sufferers… but there’s a problem with antibiotics. They don’t just kill off the bad flora, they also kill off the good. And an increased use of antibiotics has been associated with a 37% increase in cancer rates. So what should you do? How about using something that helps your body fight off the bad bacteria naturally while keeping the good: systemic proteolytic enzymes . These are enzymes your body produces in abundance… until your late 20s when production falls off a cliff. Taking a proteolytic enzyme supplement not only boosts your immune system against bad bacteria, it also cleans up excess fibrin in your bloodstream which clogs your arteries with scar tissue and leads to systemic inflammation… another major contributor to back pain. Want More Tips Like This One? Discover 100 More Proven Tips for Lasting Back Pain Relief: Download 101 Back Pain Relief Tricks References Albert, HB; Manniche, C; Sorensen, JS; Deleuran, BW
Yesterday Steve Jobs died. Today his legacy carries on. Yesterday, the world lost a true visionary. Steve Jobs, founder of Apple and Pixar, passed away at the relatively young age of 56 due to pancreatic cancer. Or perhaps he passed away from the devastating effects on his body of the traditional medicine cancer treatments he chose to fight his cancer with. Either way, we’ve lost a man who brought us the Apple, Macintosh, and iMac computers. He brought us the iPod, iPhone, and iPad. We’ve watched and enjoyed family-friendly computer animated movies with incredible graphic effects such as Toy Story, Cars, and Up. Who knows what we’ll miss out on in the future with his premature death. But Steve Jobs left not only a legacy, but a tremendous wealth of life lessons rolled up into a short 15-minute Stanford University commencement address he gave in 2005
Before you go under the knife, ask yourself WHY… There’s a reason you’re scheduled for back surgery. Perhaps you’ve been told surgery is necessary to repair a herniated disc , fuse some troublesome vertebrae together, or some other reason. But what you may not have been told is how frequently back surgery is recommended… simply because of where you live. Say what?? Let’s put it this way, if you live in Idaho Falls, Idaho, you’re 20 TIMES more likely to have spinal fusion surgery than if you live in Bangor, Maine! No, this huge disparity has nothing to do with how many surgeons populate the area, what equipment is regionally available, or even what type of insurance patients have. A study published in Spine earlier this year discovered none of those factors, or even how enthusiastic the patient or family practitioner was about having the procedure, made a significant impact on surgical rates. But it did find one key piece of data highly correlated with the number of back surgeries in any given region: surgeon enthusiasm. Which makes sense in a macabre kind of way.
Tai chi: now used as self-defense against back pain! Back pain has three general sources: body, mind, and diet. Yet the Chinese have been practicing and perfecting an art called Tai chi (pronounced “tie chee”) that helps all three at the same time since the 12 th century! Although it was originally developed as a martial art, Tai chi is used as much for health reasons as self defense now. By focusing on proper movement, controlled breathing, and meditation, Tai chi helps those who practice it prepare their mind, body and spirit for healing – usually with great success. Practitioners believe the practice of tai chi even helps the digestive system work better. Perhaps more importantly, tai chi helps you become more focused and calmer, dealing better with emotions that can trigger overeating. Simply type Tai chi and your city’s name into Google to find a local group to join up with to give it a try. Want More Tips Like This One? Discover 100 More Proven Tips for Lasting Back Pain Relief: Download 101 Back Pain Relief Tricks
Help stop middle back pain with this simple yet challenging exercise We spend a lot of time talking about lower back pain and upper back and neck pain because those are more prevalent. But we still get a lot of questions asking, “what about those of us with mid-back pain?” Today, Steve Hefferon answers that question with this video where he demonstrates a simple yet challenging exercise called the standing arm exercise. The standing arm exercise stimulates your multifidus spinae, a thin muscle deep in the spine which supports your vertebrae, especially in your thoracic spine, and stabilizes your pelvis. Incorporate this exercise into your daily routine to minimize and prevent mid-back pain. Most Popular: How to Relax Tight, Achy Muscles in Just Seconds!
Sometimes “You’re Fired!” really means stress relief Is there someone in your life who desperately needs to get a pink slip? You know who I’m talking about… it’s the one you hate hearing from… the one you always let the answering machine pick up or whose email sits in your inbox for days before you respond. If you find yourself actively avoiding a person, there’s a reason. Call it survival instinct. So think about your relationship with that person right now. If every time you speak to them you get brought down yourself, there’s a negative aspect to that relationship that could hurt you, literally, through the stress it brings. If so, then it’s time to show them the door, or if you’re stuck (co-worker, family member), at least be firm about keeping time together to a minimum. Here’s a 3-step process for deciding on writing out that pink slip: Examine yourself first… are you creating any type of negative atmosphere that leads the other person to be the way they are around you? If so, fix that first
Doctors are shocked by the success rate of this “fake” cure Could this be a new age of medicine? Top doctors and researchers have stumbled upon a potential cure for numerous ailments – including cancer, heart attack, and Parkinson’s disease. And no one could be more surprised than the doctors themselves. What makes their discovery so shocking is the patients who are getting better were actually receiving a sham treatment literally designed to fail . Yet it regularly beats the latest and greatest drugs big pharmaceutical companies are trying to pump out every year. The bottom line of their discovery is these patients were healing themselves with the power of the mind. You may be justifiably skeptical, but read on… the medical facts I’m about to share speak for themselves. They certainly got my attention! How you can heal yourself with your mind What if I told you that your beliefs and expectations have a lot to do with whether or not you can heal?
Money troubles have you down? Take action now! Money troubles have you stressed? Here’s five easy ways you can make some quick bucks… today! # 1 Clear the Clutter How would you like to kill two birds with one stone so to speak? Take a look around the house for items you no longer use that may have some value to someone else – and sell them! Not only will you have more money, but you’ll have less clutter to clean up and take care of around the house. If you have a bunch of items, consider holding a yard sale. Get your neighbors in on the act and hold a big yard sale to attract more buyers. Or if you only have a few items or don’t expect good weather, you can always sell those items for free on craigslist . # 2 Toss Your Matches If a significant part of your day consists of lighting up a cancer stick and inhaling, do yourself a favor and quit smoking! Even cutting back by one pack a day at today’s prices will put an extra $150 in your pocket every single month. That’s $1,800 a year… and you get to enjoy better health as a bonus! Need some help? We’ve run a couple articles recently from two different experts on how to quit smoking including using natural aids to help you quit smoking
Whether through diet or supplements, these vitamins can help fight pain We’ve spoken often about the importance of magnesium for reducing pain on this blog and in our print newsletters, but today I want to share three daily vitamins you rarely hear about for pain relief. A diet rich in these three vitamins can ease chronic pain and prevent its recurrence in addition to their many other more commonly recognized health benefits. Nagging pain may even result from old injuries, but sometimes the reason it just won’t go away is because you’re not giving your body what it needs nutritionally to heal. That’s why these vitamins should definitely be at the top of your list if you can’t shake chronic pain. They’re certainly not pain pills, but you may find they give you better long-term results than your doctor’s prescription. And even if you’re not in pain now, getting enough of them may prevent pain later. Vitamin C If you suffer from pain as a result of an injury to your joints or soft tissue between them, a healthy dose of vitamin C may be just what you need. This type of pain is often caused by inflammation. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that can help reduce inflammation, easing your pain to get you back on your feet. A recent study conducted at the University of Maryland recommends maintaining a diet high in vitamin C, including fresh fruits and vegetables, to fight inflammation before it can begin.