Turmeric has been proven to reduce or eliminate pain better than leading prescription medications.  A 2004 study published in the journal Oncogene  found that components of turmeric were effective alternatives to the drugs aspirin, ibuprofen, sulindac, phenylbutazone, naproxen and diclofenac, to name a few. The reason is because turmeric doesn’t just fight pain and inflammation, it does so much...

FDA Approves Treatment for Two Neuropathic Pain Conditions

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Lyrica CR (pregabalin extended-release tablets; Pfizer), a once-daily treatment for the management of neuropathic pain associated with diabetic peripheral neuropathy (pDPN) and the management of postherpetic neuralgia (PHN). The approval was based on data from a randomized placebo-controlled trial conducted in 801 patients with PHN. The trial included...

3 Organic Pain Killers As Powerful As Drugs, Without The Side Effects

by DEREK HENRY Unfortunately, acute or chronic pain is something that everyone in their life experiences at one time or another. Even though this is a powerful reminder from the body that something is either healing or going terribly wrong, a way to manage the pain is often required in order to live a functional lifestyle.   The...

Donald Trump’s malignant narcissism is toxic: Psychologist

Mental health professionals have a 'duty to warn' about a leader who may be unfit to serve. If you take President Trump’s words literally, you have no choice but to conclude that he is psychotic. A delusion is “a fixed false belief that is resistant to reason or confrontation with actual fact.” Despite all evidence to the...

10 Things to Remember on World Mental Health Day

By Mariana Solarte Caicedo Today is World Mental Health Day. As an advocate, writer, psychologist and patient, here are some things I think everyone should keep in mind: 1. Mental health isn’t just a topic for people struggling, their families and professionals. Like physical health, we all want to keep in “good shape,” so we have to be aware...

For People With Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, More Exercise Isn’t Better

Health organizations are emphasizing that myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome is a serious long-term illness, not a psychological disorder, and that standard forms of exercise do not help. Instead, they're acknowledging that exercise can make the disease much worse unless doctors and patients are very careful. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has already revised...

Gabapentin prescriptions dispensed lead monitoring program watch list

By Olivia Bailey BRISTOL - A medication just added to Virginia's prescription monitoring program, or PMP, is now the number one dispensed drug on that list. Pharmacists in Virginia noticed an alarming rise in the the number of Gabapentin prescriptions written and refilled early. They pushed for close monitoring and the drug is now on the state's...

West Belfast mum releases photos of son in a coma after taking Lyrica drug as warning to young people

A Belfast mum has revealed heartbreaking photos of her teenage son in a coma after taking prescription drug Lyrica in a bid to end the drug epidemic. On Tuesday night, 16-year-old Geordie Brown from the Shankill in West Belfast was hospitalised and in Intensive Care after taking the drug. He was in a coma for 24 hours before coming up...

How to Deal with the Death of a Patient

Dealing with the death of your first patient can be extremely hard – many, even years after qualifying, are still not sure what to think or feel. When a patient you have been looking after dies, many emotions may come into play and it can be difficult to make sense of the situation. Nurses are trained to...

Lyrica and Gabapentin (Neurontin) Now Linked To Heroin Overdose Deaths

Researchers from the University of Bristol in England have linked opioid alternatives pregabalin (Lyrica) and gabapentin (Neurontin) to an increasing number of heroin-related overdose deaths in both England and Wales. The two drugs are in a class of medications known as gabapentoids. Initially indicated to treat epilepsy, they have also been commonly prescribed to treat nerve pain...


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