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Dr. Oz's 7 Alternative Treatments for Chronic Pain
Millions more women than men live with pain that lingers for months or even years, but compelling research shows that alternative therapies can offer lasting relief.
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Doctor Oz
When I operate on a patient with heart disease, the ravaging effects of the illness are immediately apparent. I can see the source of the problem—a damaged blood vessel, a clogged artery—and know exactly what I need to do to try to fix it. Unfortunately, that's not the case with chronic pain. Its source can be difficult to pinpoint, it's hard to measure, and it's not something a doctor can stitch up with sutures. And for reasons science can't fully explain, of the more than 100 million Americans who experience chronic pain (defined as any discomfort that lasts three to six months or longer), the majority are women—they're more than twice as likely as men to have rheumatoid arthritis, for instance, and seven times as likely to have fibromyalgia.

For generations, the default method for treating pain has remained largely the same: prescription and over-the-counter painkillers. But sustained use of painkillers can lead to its own problems, including stomach ulcers, liver failure, and addiction (about 1.9 million Americans with legitimate prescriptions are hooked on their pain meds). The good news: As a doctor who has long praised alternative therapies, I'm happy to report that pain management is one area in which drug-free treatments are showing promising results. In fact, a recent survey found that 75 percent of integrative-medicine centers across the country were successful at relieving chronic pain with therapies that don't come in the form of a pill.

When you're hurting, these strategies can help alleviate the discomfort.

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    Barbara White
    6 days ago
    It is good pain relief oil, I tried Dard Nashak oil, it effective and amazed that it is also non greasy, and very fast absorbing. I tried it on my neck muscles, 30 minutes before going to sleep, woke up and felt very refreshed along with feeling very relaxed. Amazed at the quality and how effective it is. Very good value too.
    Mike Gomaz
    35 days ago
    it is called DARD NASHAK pain relief oil, spelled it wrong
    Mike Gomaz
    35 days ago
    I have been suffering from pain for a long time, I was hooked on pain meds that I could not live without them.( just like Dr.Oz said in this article) I was damaging my body and I didn't even know about it. It got to a point my doctor told me about natural pain relief treatments were the only way to go for a healthy life. He recommended this pain relief massage oil oil called DARD NASAHK pain relief oil, it has don't wonders for my pain relief, and I feel refreshed everyday. It works effectively for pain relief for me better than other pain meds. This non greasy and fast absorbing oil is just amazing. I am glad my doctor told me about it. I really hope this helps someone who needs a natural pain relief like I did.

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    Dr. Oz-Approved Medical Websites
    Physicians regularly look up your symptoms using the same tools you do. The difference is that they know how to sort through the misinformation.
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    Medline Plus, From the National Institutes of Health
    A great place to learn about disorders, parts of the body and various diagnostic and medical procedures. There's also an extensive section on prescription drugs, herbs, and supplements.

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      Holistic Fixes for Your Bad Health Habits
      Whether you ate too much or spent too much time in the sun, Dr. Oz has a natural solution to undo some of the damage.
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      Bad Habit: Yo-Yo Dieting

      Cycling between different weights throws off your metabolic profile, damages your arteries, and wreaks havoc on your cholesterol by increasing "bad" LDL levels. This type of cholesterol can build up on the sides of your vessels, putting you at risk for a heart attack. One study found that women who yo-yo dieted five or more times during their life had a greater risk of heart disease.

      Holistic Fix: Brewer's Yeast
      Brewer's yeast packs so many health benefits that it's known as nature's wonder food. It's an excellent source of all the major B vitamins, especially B5 and chromium. Studies show this yeast helps lower triglycerides, a type of fat in your blood that can increase the risk of heart disease. Additionally, brewer's yeast raises levels of "good" HDL cholesterol while reducing LDL cholesterol. Brewer's yeast, sometimes also called nutritional yeast, can be found in the bulk aisle of health food stores. Aim for 1-2 tablespoons each day; sprinkle it on cereal and popcorn or blend into smoothies.

      Bad Habit: Drinking Too Much

      While a daily glass of wine has its health benefits, most women don't realize that 1 glass is defined as 4 ounces. Any more alcohol than 4 (4-oz) glasses per week can quickly lead to binge drinking, especially on the weekends when you're more likely to indulge. When you drink too much, you harm your liver. Chronic damage can cause cirrhosis, a condition that leaves the liver scarred and unable to function properly. As a result, your liver can't effectively filter toxins out of your body.

      Holistic Fix: Milk Thistle
      Milk thistle is a powerful, antioxidant-packed herb that is said to improve liver function by reducing inflammation. Talk to your doctor about adding 30 drops of milk thistle into a glass of water each day.

      Next: What to do if you eat too much sugar
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        Dr. Oz's 5 Rules for a Perfect Fridge
        Use this cheat sheet to give your refrigerator a healthy makeover.
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        Rule #1: Stock Up on Essentials

        • Eggs: They contain healthy cholesterol and are good for your heart.
        • Milk: If you go for dairy, choose 2 percent. Hemp and almond milk are also good choices.
        • Whole-grain bread: Choose a loaf with at least 3 grams of fiber per slice.

        Rule #2: Color Your Fruit and Vegetable Drawers

        Your fruit and vegetable drawers should contain every color of the rainbow: red, orange, yellow, green, purple and brown.

        • Red peppers, tomatoes, apples
        • Oranges
        • Lemons
        • Spinach and kale
        • Grapes
        • Mushrooms
        If you can't fit all of this produce in your crisper, remember that you can also choose frozen vegetables.

        Rule #3: Makeover Your Dairy Drawer

        Remove the temptation to binge on high-fat cheeses by buying cheeses that are big on flavor or naturally contain less fat. Or, better yet, snack on Greek yogurt instead.

        • Shredded or grated Parmesan: You don't have eat a lot to experience the flavor.
        • Goat cheese: Delicious and creamy with less fat and calories than cow's milk cheeses.
        • Greek yogurt:This staple is high in protein and great for cooking.

        Rule #4: Pack Your Fridge With Protein

        Replace ground beef as your family's go-to protein with these leaner options.

        • Chicken: Lean breasts and rotisserie are both good options.
        • Lean turkey: If you buy lunch meat, look for brands with no added nitrates, or choose ground turkey as a beef substitute.
        • Tofu: Buy extra firm if your family is trying it for the first time.

        Rule #5: Chill Your Condiments

        Choose condiments that have a long shelf life and health benefits, including:

        • Chopped garlic in a jar
        • No-sugar-added fruit preserves
        • Mustard
        • Salsa
        • Hummus
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        As a reminder, always consult your doctor for medical advice and treatment before starting any program.

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          Health Splurges That'll Save You Money
          With these money-saving tips, you'll get more bang for your buck while improving your mental and physical well-being.
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          Drink Robust, Antioxidant-Rich Wine on a Beer Budget
          One glass of red wine a day can cost you hundreds of dollars a year, but you can splurge on great wine and still save money. The secret to indulging is to find high-quality boxed wine. This European trend is making its way stateside. Upscale vineyards are now producing high-quality boxed wines from the best wine regions of California, France and Italy. This wine is sold at a lower price; a glass from a box costs only around $1.50, half the price of a glass from a bottle. For an added savings, a box of wine contains around 4 bottles. Wine experts recommend purchasing reds in boxes, because of their robust flavor. France has been boxing wines for decades, so look for varieties from the French countryside, such as Côtes du Rhône or Bordeaux.

          Eat Like a Greek Shipping Magnate Without Going Broke
          Dr. Oz is a huge proponent of the Mediterranean Diet, which includes fruits, vegetables, beans, nuts, oil and fish. The primary expenses of the Mediterranean diet are fresh foods. By purchasing the same items frozen or canned, you get the same health benefits for less money. With more healthy food, you'll reduce your cravings for junk foods, and the savings will add up. These simple changes have been show to save $30 dollars a week, clocking in at over $1,500 year on food.

          To make saving even easier, apply these strategies to the four key components of the Mediterranean diet:

          1. Vegetables and Fruit
          Not only are canned and frozen foods cheaper, you won't waste money by throwing away produce that spoiled before you could eat it. Try frozen veggie steamer bags. They're just as healthy as fresh foods and are ready in less than 5 minutes in the microwave.

          2. Protein
          The Mediterranean diet features lean meats and fish. Instead of purchasing fresh fish, choose cheaper alternatives like salmon in a pouch or frozen fish, which is 40 percent cheaper and is often fresher than food from the seafood counter, where the fish often arrives frozen and is defrosted, despite being labeled "fresh." You can also get plenty of protein from beans. Try beans in a new way, like black bean burgers patties.

          3. Grains
          Skip the boxed versions of whole grains and buy them in bulk. Try barley, which is as cheap as oatmeal but contains more protein.

          4. Nuts and Oil
          Buy nuts on sale and keep them in the fridge, where they'll last up to 6 months. You can also keep them in the freezer for up to 1 year. For an extra money-saver, cook with canola oil. It's a healthy option that's half the price of olive oil.

          Next: Soothe aches and pains on a budget
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          As a reminder, always consult your doctor for medical advice and treatment before starting any program.

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            Dr. Oz's Heart-Healthy Grocery List
            A healthy diet that includes foods like these may help lower your risk for heart disease.
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            Beet Greens
            These frequently neglected leaves are a great source of insoluble fiber, a nutrient that helps block the absorption of cholesterol. They are also rich in potassium, which can help lower blood pressure.

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