Top 10 Diseases & Conditions Part 4 of 10: Accidents Happen

TOP 10 Diseases Part 1 of 10: Heart Matters. 633,842

TOP 10 Diseases Part 2 of 10: Cancer Wars. 595,930

TOP 10 Diseases Part 3 of 10: You Take My Breath Away 155,041


Accidents (unintentional injuries): 146,571 By their very natures, accidents are unintentional, but there are many ways to reduce the risk of accidental death and injury.

There are a number of different causes of Unintentional Death in America, but I want to touch on just a couple:

  1. Motor Vehicle Incidents (42,000 annual deaths)
  2. Poisoning (39,000 annual deaths)

Unintentional poisoning deaths in the adult population have skyrocketed to 1st place since the early 1990s.

Motor vehicle accidents

Motor vehicle accidents, unintentional drug overdoses, and accidental falls and other injuries make up this category.  The largest proportions of motor vehicle accidents and drug overdoses.  This category does not include intentional overdoses that lead to suicide. The number of accidental drug-related deaths has been on the rise amid a growing epidemic of heroin and opioid painkiller addiction.

In the U.S. as a whole, there were nearly 193,000 deaths from injuries per year, and about 58 deaths per 100,000 people yearly, according to the report.  Cleaning products, personal care products, prescription drugs, and over-the-counter medications are all familiar substances found in most homes, yet can be a major risk for unintentional poisoning if they are not stored in safe places and handled with care while in use.  “Injuries are not just acts of fate. Research shows they are pretty predictable and preventable.”

OCTOBER 26, 2017, Trump to declare opioid crisis a public health emergency. 

The UN Office on Drugs and Crime released its World Drug Report 2016 today. The annual report examines the health impact of opiates, cocaine, cannabis, amphetamine and other substance abuse around the world.

A study researcher Dr. Nora Volkow, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse states that, “As a nation, it is important that we all become better informed about effective pain management and the risks of abusing prescription painkillers.”

The number of yearly deaths from drug overdoses, an overdose of opioid pain relievers.  It is now the second leading cause of accidental death in the United States.  Marijuana’s popularity is a preferred prevalence is second only to marijuana,” in the United States.

  • In the US the overall national drug-overdose death rate increased from an average of 6.1 deaths per 100,000 people in 1999 to 13.1 deaths per 100,000 people in 2012.
  • The CDC reports that opioids killed more than 33,000 Americans in 2015.  Opioid’s claimed more than 64,000 lives in 2016 alone and six states have declared an opioid emergency.
  • 5 percent of American adults, or 11.5 million people, were misusing opioids, whether it was by taking the drugs without a prescription, taking them to get high, or taking more than prescribed.
  • Around 1 percent of adults reported being addicted to the drugs. Every day, 60 people die from opioid pain medications. That’s 22,000 people every year.

Medical Health Services Administration says there are 4.3 million current nonmedical users of painkillers.  The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) publishes that between 26.4 million and 36 million people around the globe abuse opiate drugs, which includes prescription pain relievers and the illegal drug heroin.  Nearly 2 million people have painkiller substance use disorders.  Issuing even one opioid prescription can delay recovery, increase medical costs, and increase the risks of future disability and addiction.

There are a variety of reasons drug overdoses have increased over the past few years, said Rich Hamburg, deputy director of Trust for America’s Health, a nonprofit organization that advocates for public health policies.

One reason includes increased availability of prescription drugs and the tendency for physicians to overprescribe.

Prescription monitoring is not mandatory in all states.  However, doctors shouldn’t bear the sole responsibility for fighting the nation’s prescription drug problem.  It’s very easy to blame the physicians or the dentists…or whoever’s prescribing these medications.  Patients generally don’t think of these medications as dangerous and don’t always take the responsibility that is necessary for proper care and use.  “I think part of it is a misunderstanding of what prescription means; it doesn’t mean safe,”   Traditional care providers are often pressured by patients to provide this quick pain reducing fix. Change is difficult but you may find relief quicker than you realize with natural treatments like chiropractic, biofeedback, and other therapies without the nasty, deadly side effects.

Perhaps medical professionals may need to consider alternative medications and healthcare education experts say identifying the source of a person’s pain and treating it is a far better approach to masking the pain with opioid painkillers.  We must remember opioids provide the relief, but not by addressing the pain.  What steps are you willing to take to rise above the current health emergency whether or take opioids or not?

Prescription drug abuse is a growing problem in the United States. The body treats everything you ingest that is not created by nature as a toxin.  The result is inflammation and an increased sensitivity to pain.  Focusing in on reducing prescriptions for children and young adults may be one way to curb the problem.  On Saturday, October 28, 2017, Natural News, Mike Adams reported the tide is turning.

The tide is turning: Big Pharma billionaire arrested, charged with conspiracy and bribery of doctors

“Federal authorities arrested the billionaire founder and owner of Insys Therapeutics Thursday on charges of bribing doctors and pain clinics into prescribing the company’s fentanyl product to their patients.”

Motor Vehicle Crashes

In 2009, more than 9,000 children died of unintentional injuries, with motor vehicle crashes being the top cause of death from injury.

New preliminary 2016 data shared Wednesday from the National Safety Council estimates that as many as 40,000 people died in motor vehicles crashes last year, a 6% rise from 2015. If those numbers bear out, it would be a 14% increase in deaths since 2014, the biggest two-year jump in more than five decades.

DTD (Drinking, Texting, & Driving)

Though progress is being made, underage drinking remains a persistent problem. According to the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, about 7.7 million Americans between ages 12-20 report current alcohol consumption; this represents nearly 20% of this age group for whom alcohol consumption is illegal.

A study also showed that, overall, a person’s risk of being killed or involved in a fatal crash rose with drivers’ blood-alcohol levels, regardless of their age.

Sober male drivers between ages 16 and 20 doubled between 1996 and 2007 may have a lot to do with distraction such as texting.

ALCOHOL’S DAMAGING EFFECTS ON THE BRAIN

Difficulty walking, blurred vision, slurred speech, slowed reaction times, impaired memory: Clearly, alcohol affects the brain.  As we can see, moderate drinking leads to short–term impairment. Initially, it tickles and stimulates the pleasure center, But long-term, heavy drinking cuts new pathways to the area of the brain involving attention and judgment.

Substance dependence is characterized by intense cravings or desires for the drug, typically due to the physical and addictive nature of the chemicals themselves, as well as their psychological effects on the mind. This dual desire, which can easily lead to addiction, makes drugs extremely difficult to give up, but the long-term and potentially deadly consequences make the treatment of drug addiction so important.

Traditional solutions for drug addiction include going “cold turkey”, 12-step programs, cognitive behavioral therapy, antidepressants, and replacement substances (such as methadone instead of heroin).  The withdraw symptoms can be overwhelming and seem impossible to overcome.  But, there is hope.

Meditate (think deeply or carefully about) on the positive

Your thoughts are energy, use them in a positive way.  This also requires a deliberate choice to set our attention on positive things.  To think positive may seem trite, but if practiced has many proven benefits, physiologically, psychologically and spiritually.

“brain herb”

Ginkgo is claimed to be the oldest living tree species. This legendary cure-all substance is ideal for those trying to kick a drug habit. Ginkgo is often noted for its cerebral-enhancing effects and has been widely studied for its effective anti-inflammatory, antioxidants (*flavonoids and terpenoids), platelet-forming and circulation-boosting effects. According to current research, ginkgo biloba benefits include improved cognitive function, positive mood, increased energy, improved memory and reduced symptoms related to multiple chronic diseases.

  • *Flavonoids are plant-based antioxidants, and studies have revealed that flavonoids protect the nerves, heart muscle, blood vessels, and retina from damage.
  • *Terpenoids aid blood flow by dilating the blood vessels and reducing the stickiness of platelets.

Drink These

It’s crucial that you drink moderate to large amounts of water. Do not consume more than 2 quarts in an hour.

It is fine to mix in flavor but try to stick primarily to water for fluid intake. Drinking enough water will ease the withdrawal symptoms and allow the body to flush the toxins out of your body more easily. Avoid caffeinated drinks like tea and coffee as much as possible. Your sleep patterns will already be very disturbed. These drinks only exacerbate that and will not help calm yourself.

Here are some natural flavored drinks:

1-American Cucumber Juice

Having a glass of American Cucumber (Kakri/Tarr) is another effective natural way help to quit drinking alcohol. Take this early in the morning on empty stomach for at least one month.

2-Boiled Apple Juice

Boil for 2-3 minutes 3 glasses of Apple juice and consume it many times a day. Craving for wines and any other form of liquor and intoxication can be reduced if apples are consumed on a regular basis along with each meal.

3-Apple Cider Vinegar, Cayenne Pepper

Taking 2 Tbs ACV with ¼ tsp Cayenne pepper in the morning and then 1 Tbs in the evening is a highly beneficial and trial treatment of Alcoholism.

Cayenne Pepper

Adding cayenne pepper to your foods will help reduce the cravings for alcohol and helps promote an increased appetite. Since one of the primary concerns related to alcohol withdrawal is the reduced appetite and nausea, the pepper can provide some relief that makes it possible to eat a balanced diet while the body is detoxifying.

Not only is cayenne pepper known to cure intense alcohol cravings, it also helps with anxiety and irritability that comes along with detox. It can be continued to be used after the detox period and after the cravings cease because it is a great remedy in curing stomach problems that occur due to excessive alcohol intake.  It also helps reduce feelings of nausea and helps prevent vomiting.

4-Plexus Slim®

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Diet

It’s amazing how the food you do and do not eat can affect your health in so many different ways.  The fresh food will provide essential nutrients to your body and help in the internal healing process.

Changing your diet is a great home remedy to promote healing from a drug addiction.  Replacing the toxins that are leaving your body with good things with beautiful color and high antioxidants like:

Citrus fruits – For their Vitamin C content.  Vitamin C makes things work better.

Berries (Berries are an excellent snack that contains natural sugar, which is something that ex-drinkers tend to crave) Since many people suffer from insomnia and delirium after giving up alcohol, drinking passion flower tea can help them to alleviate these symptoms to a great extent.

Spinach and other leafy greens – good for healing and detox.

Oats are also good for controlling blood sugar and serve as a relaxant.

Bananas are great for lifting mood and a great source of energy, fiber, and potassium.

*Foods high in vitamin B6 are also beneficial, such as whole grains, beans, leafy greens, and nuts.

Motivated by the need to assist the medical staff in reducing doses of opiate medications, Dr. Ehrenpreis and other researchers found the usefulness in this amino acid for chronic pain management. This is readily available in health food stores and pharmacies. The recommended dose is 1000-2000mg., three times a day.

  • L-phenylalanine is an essential amino acid that the body uses to make L-tyrosine and other transmitters in the brain such as dopamine, epinephrine, serotonin, and norepinephrine. It is found in foods such as eggs, particularly the whites, fish, tempeh, nuts and seeds. Daily consumption should be at least 30 mg.
  • L-tryptophan is another essential amino acid good for sleep and depression can be found as a drug/supplement in health food stores. It is used as a precursor of serotonin, an important neurotransmitter in the brain.
  • GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid) for anxiety/sleep/depression is also an essential amino acid. It is a natural calming and anti-epileptic agent. GABA helps our bodies make endorphins, the chemicals that make is feel happy. Having sufficient amounts of this in our bodies make us feel relaxed and happy. It increases the alpha waves in our brain that are linked to clear thinking and good focus. Having a deficiency of GABA is linked to feeling anxious, depressed, tense, and nervous.

Dandelion

Dandelion is a cleansing herb that helps with alcohol withdrawal symptoms. It may be consumed as tea by putting one ounce of dandelion herb in boiling water. For the best results, use up to three times a day steeping 3 to 5 mg of the dried roots.

St. John’s Wort

St. John’s Wort is an herbal antidepressant. It contains a chemical called hyperforin which is directly responsible for reducing the intake of alcohol. St. John’s Wort is also used to overcome depression.

Supplementation:

This image looks like brain candy but is not your normal skittles or M&M’s.  They are vitamin and mineral supplements that help with natural pain relief. Patients, especially with arthritis and fibromyalgia, find natural pain relief through the following supplements that control or eliminate inflammation.

♦ Vitamin D – Part of this hormone’s job is controlling the inflammatory response. It is an essential nutrient and dangerously lacking in most humans.

♦ Omega-3s – Also an essential nutrient and deficient in most humans. Along with a lack of Omega-3 fats, the average American diet is full of Omega-6 fats, and this disruption in the Omega 3/6 balance results in inflammation.  Plexus MegaX is the complete omega product, delivering the full range of omegas without the unpleasant fishy taste.  If you would like to give them a try here.  (I use this product myself.  If you choose to make a purchase through my affiliate link I do benefit from it.  Use this ID # 288067, if you decide to purchased from my link, thank you so much! I greatly appreciate your support!)

♦ Exercise – As much as exercise can be uncomfortable for those suffering from chronic pain, it is a genetic necessity and something you simply cannot eliminate if you want to achieve wellness. There are many low-impact forms of exercise chronic pain sufferers can utilize like dancing, biking, walking, hiking, isometrics, stretching, swimming, etc. Moving the body properly lubricates joints, strengthens bones, and releases endorphins which are natural pain killers. Just use common sense and stop any exercise that causes or worsens discomfort.

Vitamins and minerals are great home remedies for drug addiction.  Beside antioxidants and vitamin B6, other beneficial supplements for drug additions include riboflavin (B2) , thiamin (B1), and niacin (B3).  If you are trying to overcome alcohol addiction, then it is likely that you already have lower than average levels of thiamine in your body.

Vitamin B’s

Vitamin B’s, along with many other vitamins and minerals are often stripped from the body from drug and/or alcohol abuse. The B vitamins are responsible for stabilizing the nervous system. Taking B1, B3, B6, and B12 at double or triple doses will aid in getting the nervous system back on track, therefore helping to reduce cravings. There is no worry about taking too much of vitamin B, as it is water soluble. Water soluble vitamins and minerals do not store in our body. If too much is ingested, it simply washes out in our urine.

The best supplement I know of that contains these B Vitamins including B12 is in XFactor’s Multivitamin.  It is extra special because it contains two forms of Aloe which gives the absorption power of up to 300% that your body needs in order to use them.  To top it off, it contains antioxidants from New Zealand Currents.  If you would like to give them a try click here.  (I use this product myself.  If you choose to make a purchase through my affiliate link I do benefit from it.  Use this ID # 288067, if you decide to purchased from my link, thank you so much! I greatly appreciate your support!)

Staying hydrated and eating a healthy, balanced diet is also very important because the body may crave alcohol when blood sugar dips low or when you are thirsty. Drug cravings may be intensified when the body is tired and in need of an “uplift.” Keeping your body properly fed and hydrated and using some of the supplements listed will go a long way in your new life in recovery!

Passionflower:

Drinking passion flower is another great aid in the withdrawal period as it helps in anxiety disorders due to drug and alcohol abuse is a sedative for those who need to calm their nerves.

Healthy Distractions can bring a welcome relief from the continued discomfort and frustration of the detox process. In addition, laughter and music can cause the body to release endorphins that help ease multiple withdrawal symptoms.

One final note on opioids.  There is timely documentary series being aired for free currently called The Sacred Plant.  I would highly encourage you to listen in and if possible, purchase the series.  (I do not benefit from this purchase, if you so choose to purchase it.)

 

 

 

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