There are many causes of pain and many different cures for pain.
Nutritional healing expert and author of many books on the topic Dr Sherry Rogers recommends starting with some of the most commonly effective treatments and then working down the list from there until you find the treatment that deals with the cause of your pain.
In her book ‘Pain Free in 60 Days’ Dr Rogers provides a wealth of useful information for anyone dealing with pain. Although I’m not a huge fan of the title of the book this book is essential reading for anyone that really wants to get rid of their pain and to deal with the causes of the pain.
Causes of pain
Dr Rogers explains that issues which can cause pain include:
Eating foods from the nightshade family. This includes potatoes, tomatoes, capsicum and eggplant. For some people removing these foods may be enough on its own to relieve pain as these foods cause pain in many people. For others they may only be a partial cause of pain or only exacerbate existing pain. A 3 month nightshade-free diet is recommended. If the trial is effective in any way the diet should be continued.
Food allergies. Food allergies or intolerances can cause many different symptoms including pain. An elimination diet is recommended to identify problematic foods so that they can then be avoided. Avoiding wheat and gluten and possibly other cereal grains and dairy foods many also be necessary.
Certain drugs. NSAIDs such as ibuprofen should be avoided as they cause steady deterioration.
A leaky gut. A leaky gut can have many causes including the use of NSAIDs such as ibuprofen. Healing the gut is an essential first step to healing any symptom or disease if serious gut issues exist. How to heal a leaky gut is explained in detail elsewhere on the HH&H site.
A high ‘total load’ on the body. Lowering the body’s total load means reducing the amount of stress and detoxification your body has to do. It encompasses avoiding problematic or allergenic foods, avoiding unnecessary drugs, eating a nutrient-dense diet, fixing digestion or constipation issues, avoiding toxic chemicals as much as possible in personal care and cleaning products and in your home and work environments, as well as getting adequate rest, food and sleep. The body’s total load can also be lowered with improved nutrition and with high-quality detoxification programs.
Poor posture, long hours at the computer or doing other repetitive tasks.
Heavy metal toxicity. High levels of toxic heavy metals can come form many sources such as pollution from cars, diet, smoking and also the mercury used in dental fillings. For some people pain will only stop when mercury fillings are removed but this should only be done by an experienced dental-revision dentist and when the body is well enough to handle the small amount of mercury that this will cause to go into the system.
Dr Rogers explains that foods, supplements and therapies which can be helpful for pain include:
Vitamin C. Dr Rogers recommends working out your bowel tolerance dose of vitamin C and then taking an amount just below the amount that causes loose stools. How much vitamin C you need will depend on how ill you are and your own biochemical individuality. Vitamin C helps the body heal but also works to reduce pain in the short-term as well. How to work up to a bowel tolerance dose of ascorbic acid is explained in detail elsewhere on the HH&H site.
Vitamin D. Dr Rogers recommends regular tests of vitamin D levels and that supplemental vitamin D be taken if the test shows a level lower than 70 ng/ml.
Omega 3s, vitamins, A, K and D from cod liver oil. Taking cod liver oil daily or at least every second day is recommended highly by Dr Rogers. Lemon favoured varieties are not unpleasant to take.
Magnesium. Adequate magnesium is essential for pain sufferers. For some people just correcting a low magnesium level is enough to stop pain or migraines by itself. Magnesium allows the muscles to relax. High calcium levels can lower magnesium levels and lead to pain. Transdermal magnesium products, gels or oils, can be rubbed directly into a painful back or shoulder etc. and can provide quick relief from pain and stiffness. Magnesium oil baths, or Epsom salt baths, can also relax muscles and reduce pain.
B vitamins. The B vitamins have many functions in the body and are involved in the health of the nervous system. All the B vitamins have important roles and work together as a group but vitamin B1 also has a special role to play in treating neurological disease (as the Klenner protocol page on HH&H explains) and vitamin B6 has a special role to play in carpal tunnel syndrome. Vitamin B1 and B12 are especially useful in treating neuropathy. Low vitamin B levels may increase pain levels.
Bone building minerals and foods. If pain is musculo-skeletal then bone building supplements are a good idea. This includes magnesium, calcium (but not too much, or in an unblanaced ratio with magnesium), boron, silicon and all the trace minerals. Optimal vitamin D levels are also essential to bone health and to allow the body to use all the minerals properly. Eating lots of foods made with homemade bone and cartilage-rich stock is a good idea if you have bone or joint issues too.
Enzymes. Enzyme supplements can work to help reduce inflammation and to improve blood flow to the bones and surrounding tissues. They are particular helpful where pain has an auto-immune component.
Stay hydrated. Drink at least 2 litres of filtered water every day, and make sure to drink water throughout the day. Dehydration can be an actual cause of migraines.
Increase blood flow. FIR heat pads can be helpful for accelerating healing to an affected area. Other forms of heat such as hot water bottles and warm baths can also be useful and just feel good, but electric heating pads should be avoided due to high EMF radiation. Massage, dry body brushing and gentle stretching or yoga can improve the blood flow to affected areas or the body generally. Good blood flow is essential.
Braces and splints. Some people will benefit from the use of orthotic braces and splints.
A basic supplementation regime. Vitamin E, glutathione, lipoic acid, phosphidatyl choline and other supplements are also useful for improving detoxification and the health of the cell and cell membranes.
FIR sauna use for detoxification. An FIR sauna removes heavy metal, pesticides and plastics from the body through sweat. A program of at least weekly use for at least a year is recommended. According to Dr Rogers it is important to fix major nutritional deficiencies and the to have a ‘Detoxification Panel’ test before beginning a serious detoxification program such as the regular use of an FIR sauna. Other sauna precautions are also important as the main HH&H paper on FIR sauna use explains.
Detoxification coffee enemas. Nobody likes the idea of enemas , including Dr Rogers herself, but they can be very helpful in improving detoxification and can even provide quick pain relief immediately.
Pain relief drugs such as opiate drugs. These drugs are essential on a limited-time basis to treat the pain of an acute injury.
Issues with pain relief drugs
There are many well-known risks to taking pain relieving drugs. Patients must educate themselves on these risks and how to minimise them and then make their own choices on the risk to benefits ratios of using these drugs for themselves. It is not any sort of moral judgement either way. We all have to do what we have to do to get through our day and that is it!
For those currently taking pain relief drugs the above treatment recommendations are designed to decrease the amount of drugs needed over time, at the least.
Many pain relieving drugs such as Tylenol and acetaminophen are linked with causing serious liver toxicity. Severe toxicity can be fatal but lower level damage is a big problem as well. Alcohol should be avoided when taking these drugs.
Aspirin and ibuprofen can cause stomach bleeding and stomach ulcers and should be avoided as should all NSAIDs. NSAIDs cause the condition to deteriorate over time.
Narcotic pain relievers can cause constipation which can cause more pain and then lead to other digestive issues. Make sure you are having a bowel movement at least once daily if not twice daily. Constipation is no good when you already have detoxification issues. Constipation can be relieved by using magnesium or vitamin C supplements at an appropriate dose.
More information on side effects of pain relief drugs is available in Dr Rogers’ books and also in the free e-book on chronic pain by Kerri Knox RN. Check the further reading section for links.
Other specific pain issues
Sinus pain. If you have sinus pain or pressure daily use of a neti pot is essential. Make sure you investigate food allergies.
Migraine: Oral magnesium can be taken daily to prevent migraines and is often the number one migraine treatment listed by health experts. Magnesium given by IV push can also stop a migraine straight away and stop a migraine recurring for at least 24 hours. Niacin (vitamin B3) can also treat and in time prevent migraines in some people. Magnesium dosage is usually 400 - 1000 mg and niacin dosage varies from 1 - 3 grams taken daily in divided doses and worked up to slowly to moderate the 'niacin flush' reaction, says Dr Abram Hoffer. Migraines can also be caused by dehydration, neck misalignment, food and chemical sensitivities and heavy metal toxicity. A general orthomolecular program and nutrient dense diet, with nothing in it that makes you feel worse, is recommended.
Cardiac pain. Magnesium is a very important supplement for cardiac pain, and works best when combined with ubiquinol and L carnitine. Vitamin E at doses of 1200 - 1600 IU (or more in very severe cases) has been shown to have a high success rate in stopping the symptom of angina. These supplements can really help cardiac pain and other cardiac issues, along with a full nutritional program.
Head pain in M.E. patients. M.E. patients will often experience an unusual severe pain or pressure at the back of the head where the head meets the neck. This occurs following overexertion and an essential part of stopping this pain recurring – and stopping deterioration more generally – is strictly avoiding overexertion. Avoiding physical, mental and sensory overexertion will also work to reduce pain (and other symptoms) more generally in the M.E. patient. The importance of avoiding overexertion in M.E. cannot be overstated. For acute minimisation of this symptom an ice pack on the neck, enzymes, and vitamin C can help reduce inflammation and rest and an electrolyte drink to boost blood volume may also be helpful.
Pain in the heart, kidneys or gallbladder should be taken seriously, investigated further and discussed with your doctor.
See the further reading section and recommended books list.
The information given on this page for treating pain is mostly the exact same information this site recommends for treating illness generally.
Check out the individual HH&H pages on the correct forms, dosages and safety information on vitamins A and D, B vitamins, The Klenner Protocol, vitamin C, magnesium plus the pages on diet and gut health, avoiding toxic exposures and the use of the FIR sauna etc. using the links on the site-map page.
These pages are essential pre-treatment reading for anyone dealing with pain, as are the original books they are based on, written by some of the best and most experienced health and healing authors and doctors around.
‘You have more control over your pain than any entire medical centre and all its physicians.’ Dr Sherry Rogers
‘There is no question in my mind that the FIR sauna is a crucial tool that enables the average person to help heal the impossible. Chronic pain is merely an overload of undiagnosed toxins. Once these have been sufficiently unloaded from the body, the body becomes healthy enough to once again heal itself. And the pain ceases.’ Dr Sherry Rogers
‘Rather than spending a fortune identifying every pesticide, chemical and heavy metal, it’s cheaper and more logical to just get rid of them.’ Dr Sherry Rogers
‘If you choose to leave your chemicals stored in your body, just bear in mind that chronic pain is merely the tip of the iceberg, a harbinger of worse medical problems to emerge.’ Dr Sherry Rogers
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