Methods of Dealing with Pain
August 9th 2005
The number one reason
for doctor visits in the U.S. is pain and nothing else even comes
close. The number of people is staggering: 200 million who suffer pain
on some regular basis, at least once a month, and 92 million people in
unrelenting, chronic pain every day without letup.
A very significant number of these people are being told by
the medical community that there is no known cause for why they are in
pain. There is speculation to be sure, as to the cause, but
essentially, medical professionals are baffled and mystified, declaring
that the cause is unknown.
This regrettable situation has led these people to believe
that their one and only recourse is pain management. Everything to be
found regarding dealing with pain revolves around managing, coping with,
or in some way learning how to live with pain. There is not a word to
be found as regards how one might go about removing the cause of the
pain because it has been accepted as fact that the cause is unknown.
Unfortunately the number one tool in pain management is
drugs; highly toxic, deadly drugs that injure and kill a lot of people.
Two million people are severely injured and over 100 thousand of them
die every year as a result of taking prescription drugs. That is more
than all the deaths attributed to breast cancer, prostate cancer, and
AIDS combined! And that number is the result of taking the drugs
correctly in every way. Add accidents into the equation and the number
doubles to over 200 thousand dying every year.
This is a subject for which I am all too aware. Exposed to
Agent Orange while serving in Vietnam I have a debilitating condition
known as Peripheral Neuropathy (PN). It can be horribly painful and is
in almost all cases fatal. Although I have considerable damage to the
muscles of my body, I have figured out how to be pain free, without
taking a single drug, and I am one of, if not the, longest known
survivors of Agent Orange-induced PN to still be walking around on my
own without help. And I did it through my diet.
The reason why members of the medical community are so
utterly convinced that there is no answer to why millions of people
suffer from pain is because the answer as to why, is to be found in the
one area they have historically and notoriously ignored: diet and
The living body is self-repairing, self-healing, and
self-maintaining, and will “fix” whatever is wrong with it, given the
opportunity to do so. The same way the body “knows” how to fix a cut
finger, it will heal any and all problems through the use of the heart
and soul of the immune system known as the lymph system.
Commonly referred to as the body’s “garbage collector” the lymph system
is unimaginably complex and extensive within the body. In addition to
the countless number of nodes and glands, some large, some ever so tiny,
the body also contains three times more lymph fluid than it does blood.
And its sole job is to keep you alive and well.
In terms of whatever health goals you might have, be it to
lose weight, increase energy, remove pain, overcome ill health, or
prevent disease, nothing is more important than taking care of your
lymph system to the best of your ability. And the one factor that has
the greatest impact on the efficiency and effectiveness of the lymph
system is one’s diet. I have been studying the effect of diet and the
lymph system on human health for over 35 years and there is absolutely
no doubt that the reason why I am alive and pain free today is because
of what I have learned.
Each one of us will eat
approximately 70 tons of food in our lifetime. There is a way of eating
that will hinder the activities of the lymph system and there is a way
of eating that will unleash its incomparable abilities. Before going
even one word further I want to allay any concerns you may have that you
will have to eat a diet of wood chips and grass clippings washed down
with mineral water. You can put that right out of your mind. Eating
plays far too big a role in our life for it to become a clinical
endeavor of calorie counting, portion measuring, and deprivation.
The eating experience must remain a joyous one, or else the
entire process of recovery becomes a forced march of punishment rather
than an enjoyable and pleasurable experience. I would never be
associated with an eating plan based on restriction and deprivation that
constantly leaves you hungry, bored, and wanting more. No food groups
are excluded, no off-the-wall practices that fly in the face of reason,
no long, complicated list of do’s, don’ts, can’ts and nevers. Changes
will be required, yes, but you can rest assured that you can eat and
enjoy the foods you like. The difference will be in what you eat at
what times and in what combinations. That’s all there is to it.
By Harvey Diamond
Harvey is the Co-Author of the
Fit For Life
According to Mr.
Diamond there simply is no reason why anyone has to live in pain
dependent upon dangerous drugs just to get through the day. Over the
last two decades he has written eight books in the FIT FOR LIFE series.
His writing style is conversational and
totally non-technical. According to Harvey "I don't write for doctors and
scientists; I write for folks. You won't need a dictionary by your side
in order to understand what you read. My last book is called
LIVING WITHOUT PAIN and in it you will learn exactly how to eat in order
to unleash your body’s lymph system so that you can start to enjoy your
God-given birthright of a long, pain free, disease free life."
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