Pain's Practical Problems Persist per Profiteering Pharmacomyopic Paradigms
Filling Medicine's "non plus ultra" gap is the focus of my upcoming booklet (“Chapter 6”) which will extend and update the previous Chapters 1-5 of Inflammation Mastery
“Anti-inflammatory drugs, despite providing short-term relief, have a pain-prolonging effect..."
Shiffer, Medscape 2022 Jun 17
So-called conventional medicine occasionally confesses a minor error but won’t ever extend that confession to any consequential admission, such that other healthcare professions or paradigms such as chiropractic, naturopathic medicine, or functional nutrition are —or even could be— right in their approach.
Benign and pleasant “shortcomings” (we never plainly admit mistakes with accountability) simply justify more funding ($$$!)
… for more research
… to the same institutions
… with the same affiliations
… working under the same paradigms
… with the same goal —always and exclusively: profitable new drug development—
… which initially developed the failures that we are supposedly trying (but not trying too hard) to overcome.
With regard to medical profession’s approach to chronic pain, the faults such as inefficacy, outrageous expense, unnecessary and risky invasive procedures, addiction, and a tidal wave of premature and unnecessary deaths (more than 600,000 deaths due to opioid drugs alone, not to mention deaths due to NSAIDs and more) can all be reported on a daily basis and yet the medical machine doesn’t change its course — it just produces new patented high-profit versions of the same drugs that already failed, to be applied in the same manner as the drugs that already failed, by the same doctors trained in ways that didn’t work.
10 days ago, Medscape —the pro-drug anti-vitamin anti-melatonin Pravda of medicine— headlined, “How We Treat Acute Pain Could Be Wrong” per new experimental data in animals and clinical data in humans showing that the natural, early, and active neutrophil response is necessary for preventing the conversion of acute pain (which is appropriate after injury) into chronic pain, which persists without benefit beyond the timeframe of the initiating injury.
Basically, they just clarified one of several mechanisms that we (in the chiropractic and naturopathic medicine worlds) have been discussing, documenting, and bypassing for decades. By the the time I published Integrative Orthopedics in 2004, we already knew that NSAIDs were a major (ie, “overwhelming”) cause of early death among Americans and that these drugs also promoted joint inflammation and destruction via several mechanisms, as shown below in the updated colorized diagram from Inflammation Mastery published in 2016.
We already know that prednisone-derivatives (ie, “steroids”) and NSAIDs (eg, ibuprofen and aspirin) are disastrous for long-term joint and musculoskeletal health when prescribed in higher doses (ie, anything more than near-physiologic amounts). Most medical trainees are taught to give out (“like candy”) opioid drugs for pain, even when other safer treatments would provide better analgesia with fewer risks.
"... opioid manufacturer Purdue Pharma, which kicked off the opioid epidemic two decades ago with its illegal drive to sell a high-strength painkiller, OxyContin.
Purdue’s owners, members of two branches of the now-notorious Sackler family, are estimated to have made more than $10bn from the drug – even as the opioid crisis claimed more than 600,000 lives, with the toll climbing higher by the year." The Guardian 5Sep2021
When drug companies bought influence in medical pain-management groups, then the medical profession jumped on the bandwagon of pain treatment with opioids, an action which provided endless fodder for conspiracy-truth theorists who claim that the medical profession is easily puppeted/manipulated by rich/elitist groups that push “medical agendas” that make major profit for a small group of people while killing hundreds of thousands of people in the United States alone: "... opioid manufacturer Purdue Pharma, which kicked off the opioid epidemic two decades ago with its illegal drive to sell a high-strength painkiller, OxyContin. Purdue’s owners, members of two branches of the now-notorious Sackler family, are estimated to have made more than $10bn from the drug – even as the opioid crisis claimed more than 600,000 lives, with the toll climbing higher by the year." (TheGuardian.com 5Sep2021)
Medicine’s “non plus ultra” position that “nothing exists beyond” its own drug-centered model provides an opportunity for integrative clinicians and their patients to fill an important gap in clinical pain management, and filling this gap is the focus of my upcoming booklet (“Chapter 6”) which will extend and update the previous Chapters 1-5 of Inflammation Mastery 4th Edition.
Updates-in-process will be provided at HealthyThinking.substack.com
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