Pain and unhealthy levels of inflammation are default states for far too many of us. While in many cases we can alter our diet, stress levels and chemical exposure to reduce inflammation, it takes time, discipline and energy.
When we want the pain to stop now–Ibuprofen is the standard, but now we know–it kills thousands each year.
The problem with this approach is that, if we do it often enough, we may kill ourselves along with the pain…
In those often compulsive moments we find ourselves popping an over-the-counter pill to kill the pain.
Ibuprofen really is a perfect example of this. As mentioned above, this petrochemical-derivative has been linked to significantly increased risk of heart attack and increased cardiac and all-cause mortality (when combined with aspirin), with over two dozen serious adverse health effects, including:
Ibuprofen is, in fact, not unique in elevating cardiovascular disease risk and/or mortality. The entire category of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) appears to have this under-recognized dark side; cardiovascular disease and cardiac mortality score highest on the list of over 100 unintended adverse health effects associated with their use.
See also our analysis of the rarely acknowledged dark side to aspirin: The Evidence Against Aspirin And For Natural Alternatives.
So, what does one do? Pain is pain.
Whether it happens to you, or you witness it in another (which can be worse), finding relief is a top priority. The following article from our friends at GreenMedInfo.com is a very thorough report on safer natural alternatives to Ibuprofen. Read the full article from GreenMedInfo here.
Tylenol & Liver Damage–25 Facts You Should Know
If you’re a fan of Tylenol, then you need to know that liver damage is a very real concern, even for non-drinkers. Please see the following article from Wellness.com about the safe limits of Tylenol as the guidelines were recently updated (and reduced) to smaller dosages.