Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Wellness Wednesday

For the past few months, I've tried to avoid the typical reaction to headaches and other minor aches and pains - grabbing an over-the-counter pain killer. Instead, I've been using white willow bark, which is the substance that aspirin was originally derived from. It seems to work. And whether it works medically or is a placebo effect doesn't really matter - because it works for me. Here's an infographic from Dr. Mercola, showing us the dangers of commonly used pain killers, also known as NSAIDS (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs):
It's interesting to see how many people are hospitalized - and die - each year from using NSAIDS. If a natural supplement was linked to similar statistics - white willow bark, for instance, it would immediately be removed from store shelves and outlawed. Instead of reaching for that bottle of chemical pills for minor aches and pains, try a natural solution instead.

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