Pain medication, prescribed or not, is linked to thousands of cardiovascular disease-related deaths each year!
With the public’s growing awareness of the deadly side effects associated with the regular use of man-made, toxic painkillers like ibuprofen, the need for natural, evidence-based alternatives has never been greater.
Ordinarily, people think that over-the-counter drugs are safer than physician-prescribed ones. Sadly, that doesn’t hold true for drugs like ibuprofen, that is consumed at a rate of billions of doses annually, and is said to be responsible for thousands of cardiovascular disease-related deaths each year.
Did you know that Merck’s blockbuster drug Vioxx reportedly caused more than 27,000 deaths and heart attacks between 1999 and 2003? In fact, it was the FDA’s own drug safety researcher, David Graham, who blew the whistle on the agency in 2004 at a congressional hearing, estimating that more than 60,000 Americans died as a result of its use, and the FDA’s inaction around their well-known side effects.
What does this have to do with ibuprofen? Researchers have known that ibuprofen is at least as dangerous as Vioxx for at least six years. But millions continue to take this drug, daily, without receiving adequate warning.
For more information, you can view GreenMedinfo’s ibuprofen database online. It collates the peer-reviewed research on the link between ibuprofen use and more than 30 different conditions.
Considering the veritable nightmare of adverse effects associated with ibuprofen use, it is in the best interest of both the medical profession and the health consumer to find safer alternatives, even if that means going back to the time-tested, multi-culturally validated tradition of herbal medicine.
Among our favorite natural remedies is Arnica Oil. The Arnica plant grows in abundance where I live, but only lasts about 3 weeks in the spring. We collect the plants to create our own “arnica oil” in the same fashion that we make our own CBD oil.
Arnica: A 2007 study found that arnica, applied topically, was as effective as ibuprofen for relieving symptoms associated with osteoarthritis of the wrist, and with less side effects. Personally, I like to add Theme oil, ginger oil, and CBD oil to the mixture. We use this arnica complex as a topical rub. I rub it on my hands and arms, or on my thighs. Let is absorb transdermally. After an application, about twenty minutes later I am relaxed and pain free.
My preference for Arnica are these two from Amazon. I add to them a bit of CBD and some Frankinsense oil, as well as a bit of Thyme oil. The “Roll on” is great for traveling. Use it on the top of the forehead and down and around the back of the ears. Wonderful stuff!