Back pain, joint pain, muscle spasm, stress, anxiety, persistent headache, and migraine are all related to lifestyle, diet and how well the body is nourished. It is a sad fact of life that 90% of Americans show some signs of malnutrition!1 An estimated 34 million Americans suffer from some form of chronic pain, defined as pain lasting for at least 3 months which is not relieved with conventional medicine.2 Because pain is a subjective experience, patients are often faced with a medical establishment that does not trust their reports of pain and therefore, it is often inadequately treated. However, even if it cannot be measured and no physical explanation for it can be found, all pain is real. Diet changes and supplementation with proven pain-relieving herbals and nutrients has been shown to ameliorate and relieve chronic pain, according to the consensus
of doctors attending the 15th National Conference on Chronic Disease and Control, held in Washington in November 2000.
Common Back, Joint and Musculoskeletal Pain
Lumbar strain is the most common kind of low back pain and occurs when a muscle, tendon, or ligament is stretched beyond its normal limit. Fibromyalgia is chronic muscle spasm associated with sleep disturbance and localized "tender points".
Myofascial Pain Syndrome is chronic muscle spasm associated with "trigger points" that cause a painful response when touched. Low back pain and neck pain is frequently associated with myofascial pain syndrome. Coccyx pain, known as coccygodynia, results from a hard fall on the tail bone.
Degenerative Arthritis, Degenerative Disk, and Spinal Stenosis are all forms of wear-and-tear of the spine, known as osteoarthritis. "Arthritis" is a
general term that means joint inflammation. In fact, inflammation causes most back pain and controlling the inflammation will, in most cases, lessen the pain significantly.
Common Causes of Back, Joint, and Muscle Pain
- A sedentary lifestyle. Being sedentary strongly encourages bone mineral loss.
- Being overweight
. Excess weight stresses the joints and exacerbates inflammation
- Poor posture. For example, people who hunch over their computers for many hours a day have higher than normal number of trigger points and muscle spasms.
abdominal and back muscles due to a lack of exercise. Individuals should exercise at least three times a week for a minimum 30 minutes a day.
- Continual heavy physical work requiring twisting and bending. Individuals must learn to relax and follow proper body movement procedures.
Conventional Pain Medicines…
…fall into two major categories: non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID's), which include aspirin, ibuprofen, and other salicylates, and Opiates (narcotics). Unfortunately, for those with chronic back, joint, and muscle pain, NSAID's are associated with side effects including gastric distress, ulcers, internal bleeding, and dizziness. In fact, thousands of Americans die each year of NSAID-related hemorrhages. NOTE: Since 1988, the FDA's own advisory committee has been
calling for new labeling for NSAID's but the FDA refuses to take action. NSAID's represent a $2 billion-plus market for drug companies. Another side effect usually not mentioned with NSAID usage is their acceleration of cartilage destruction, and drying out of bone joints.3 In short, while NSAID's appear fairly effective in suppressing the symptoms, they worsen the condition!
Botanical Medicine (Phytoanalgesics)
Botanicals offer two major advantages over pharmaceutical drugs in combating chronic pain. First, herbs and specific vitamins have a broader range of possible actions, especially when given in combination. These synergistic and complementary actions address several causes of pain simultaneously. This is especially important in chronic pain, because such pain is universally complicated by other problems, such as
insomnia, anxiety, low immunity, fatigue, or allergies. Second, herbs have less contraindications and side effects than pharmaceutical drugs. In fact, it is estimated 2 million Americans are hospitalized annually with drug side effects, and 100,000 die!4 The multi-faceted Factor Fourteen: Anodyne Plus formulation functions as an analgesic to reduce pain; an anti-inflammatory to mitigate inflammation and allergic response; an
anti-spasmodic to ease muscle tension; and a nevine to ameliorate anxiety and promote proper nerve function. This product has no known side effects when taken as instructed in the recommended dosage.
"The physician is only the servant of nature, not her master."
- Lowenstein, FW, Bibliotheca Nutrito et Dieta, vol 30, 1981
- Report of the American Chronic Pain Association, Rocklin, CA, 1996
- Brooks, PM, et al., Journal Rheumatol, vol 9, pp. 3-5, 1982
- Neergaard, L, News article, The Associated Press, Dec. 22, 2000