By RENATO U. PARAGAS, M.D., The WATERDOK
Pain is a very common complaint of many individuals who seek medical consultation. Most of them have suffered a kind of pain for a very prolonged period of time. Thus today, chronic pain is officially recognized as a disease. Most pain suffered are headaches, post-trauma pain, low back pain, neck pain, headache or migraine and psychogenic pain, cancer-related pain, post-surgical pain, neuropathic pain, orofacial pain, visceral pain, and musculoskeletal pain. They may involve the knee, shoulder, hip, wrist and finger joint.
High impact chronic pain is defined as pain that lasts at least three months and imposes major restrictions on one’s life. For example, people suffering from this type of chronic pain are sometimes unable to leave home or do household chores. Generally, they deal with stronger pain and more mental and cognitive issues.
The National Institute of Health chronic pain statistics claim that between 20 and 30 percent of the world is struggling with pain that lasts over 12 weeks or three months—the minimum period of time needed for it to be categorized as chronic. https://loudcloudhealth.com/resources/chronic-pain-statistics/
Studies declare that about 28 percent of preventable diseases in Lower-to-Middle Income Countries are related to chronic pain. Pain statistics deduce some diseases could be resolved if only the chronic pain was taken more seriously. This is especially true for cancer as the patients usually seek medical consult only when the cancer pain becomes severe and unbearable.
It is claimed that there is no perfect solution or cure for chronic pain. Since all patients have different variations and intensity of chronic pain, no treatment can be offered to all. The treatment offered by mainstream medicine can include opioids (narcotics), non-opioids (acetaminophen, ibuprofen), physical therapy, acupuncture, and adoption of a healthy lifestyle that includes healthy diet, regular exercise and adequate sleep.
Women are more likely to experience chronic pain during their life than men. A recent survey conducted revealed that a person with higher education level, such as with a bachelor’s degree or higher, experienced less pain.
There seems to be a relationship between poverty and chronic pain. Surveys show that the economic state is a determining factor that poorer people tend to suffer more pain.
Depression and chronic pain is thought to be correlated. Depression can cause pain and vice versa. In fact, it’s not rare for people who suffer from depression to feel physical pain in the form of migraine, neck pain, or back pain. On the same note, chronic pain can cause a severe depression followed by stress and insomnia. Since depression is challenging to determine, pain should be considered as a serious indicator.
Chronic pain may be work related. Fifty-four percent of those complaining about back pain have sedentary jobs. Neck pain is experienced by 10 percent of the world population. Thirteen percent of office workers suffer neck pain, given that they tend to remain in one and the same position at work.
Women are more likely to endure chronic pain than men. Females have higher chances of experiencing almost all types of chronic pain. First of all, biologically, women are more likely to feel pain linked to the musculoskeletal system that often includes pelvic pain or knee pain. Secondly, women process pain in a different way than men.
Chronic pain is the No 1. reason why Americans apply for medical marijuana. The painkiller market in the US will have reached $5.9 billion by 2023. The figure would be larger if the market statistics included homeopathic remedies, prescription medicine, and anesthetics. https://loudcloudhealth.com/resources/chronic-pain-statistics/
According to the latest report by IMARC Group, titled “Analgesics Market Report: Global Industry Trends, Share, Size, Growth, Opportunity and Forecast 2021-2026”, the global analgesics market reached a value of US$49.02 Billion in 2021. IMARC Group expects the market to reach US$ 64.59 Billion by 2027. https://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/analgesics-market-value-size-growth-rate-overview-forecast-report-2022-2027#ixzz7MX60vgVq
According to Dr. Fereydoon Batmanghelidj, author of “Your Body’s Many Cries For Water,” pain is the result of prolonged state of unintentional chronic dehydration. When the body is placed in this state, histamine and its subordinates get activated. Histamine’s role is to ration water, directing more supply to the more vital parts of the body. When histamine attaches to the pain receptors, it elicits pain. Pain is the sign of localized thirst, warning the cells that there is a low supply of water. Pain is the warning signal because the body does not possess a sounding device to serve as a warning. Neither does it have a light that may switch on as a signal of drought. Pain is a stimulus that people often do not ignore. Thus, pain is the best warning signal to encourage and force people to drink more water. This explains why no synthetic chemical product resolves pain. Medications only mask the pain. They never correct the pain. This is the reason why mainstream medicine emphasized that the perfect solution or cure for chronic pain does not exist.
Unintentional dehydration is brought about by these factors: poor intake of water; intake of more tongue-pleasing beverages such as soft drinks, tea, juices, chocolate drinks, sports drinks, energy drinks; intake of alcoholic beverages; intake of diuretics such as furosemide, spironolactone, hydrochlorothiazide; and intake of caffeinated substances.
When drinking water, you have to consider two factors: the quality and the quantity. With the prevalence of water pollution everywhere, the water you must drink must be purified meaning, raw water filtered through various purification methods. The major water contaminants are sediments, chemicals, microorganisms and heavy metals. No one purification method can eliminate all of them. Thus, I recommend that you purchase your drinking water from an accredited drinking water refilling stations located near your residence or purchase a very reliable drinking water system/purifier certified by the National Sanitation Foundation (NSF) International to produce Class 1 water on Standards 42, 53, 58 and 401. These standards will assure you that the water you drink is pure and clean.
A little concern on purified water is that some technologies, such as reverse osmosis and distillation, also eliminate the essential minerals together with the contaminants. Water without minerals is dead and unhealthy to drink. According to Martin Fox, Ph.D., author of “Healthy Water for a Longer Life,” the quality of drinking water is important to our health and may be the missing and the vital link in our overall health program. He also stressed that, for very different reasons, both polluted and demineralized water may be harmful to our health.
I recommend that you supplement your purified water with food-grade minerals to replenish the lost minerals. Minerals in water will help rehydrate your body better and more effectively. I recommend the use of IONIQUE Mineral Drops manufactured by Mineral Resources International MRI). IONIQUE Mineral Drops is 100 percent natural, pure, food-grade sourced, very potent, concentrated, health-giving ionic mineral supplement. MRI guarantees that every drop of IONIQUE Mineral Drops contains at least 72 macro- and trace minerals. According to Dr. Gary Price Todd, author of “Nutrition, Health and Disease,” the human body needs at least 60 trace minerals in order to maintain a disease- and ailment-free state. Supplement your water with the best quality minerals to achieve health and well-being. The cells cannot be properly hydrated in the absence of the minerals.
How much water should you take to achieve the state of health you desire? We are taught to drink eight to ten glasses of water a day. The adult human body is approximately 70 percent water. So, is eight to ten glasses of water adequate for everyone? This dictum is very erroneous and may be the cause of many pains. My formula to achieve proper hydration is 50 milliliters per kilogram body weight per day (50 ml/kg/day). Take your weight in kilograms and multiply it by 50. A standard glass contains 250 ml of water and so, divide the total volume by 250 to get the number of glasses required per day. Drink the total volume of water as follows:
- 1/4 of the total volume upon waking up in the morning.
- 1/8 of the total volume 2½ hours after breakfast.
- 1/8 of the total volume 30 minutes before lunch.
- 1/8 of the total volume 2½ hours after lunch.
- 1/8 of the total volume 30 minutes before supper.
- 1/4 of the total volume at bedtime.
- Add 250 ml for every 30 minutes of strenuous physical activity such as exercising, running, working outdoors, etc.
- Anytime you are thirsty.
I reiterate that you drink purified drinking water only. Water is the only prescribed beverage for the human body. Avoid other commercial beverages. Since most purified waters are devoid of the healthy minerals, supplement it with IONIQUE Mineral Drops because one of the vital functions of minerals is to regulate water contents of the body. Minerals (electrolytes) create balance of fluids between the extracellular and intracellular components of tissues, a vital factor in the alleviation of chronic pain.
I have encountered countless individuals whose chronic pain disappeared through proper hydration. This process is very effective in alleviating chronic pain. So, to resolve any form of pain, proper hydration with minerals supplementation is the key. Try it and feel the difference!
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