A Better Way To Stop Your Pain

Alternative Options For Chronic Pain

Do you need to regularly take painkillers for chronic pain? There are some “hidden” dangers, when using these painkillers, that most people don’t know about. Watch today’s video to find out if your painkiller is safe, and learn about some alternative options for pain.

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Dr. Jason Godo, DC, RN


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Wellness Tips… You Can Use

Wellness Tips… You Can Use

Today’s Video: We will be taking a look at several headlines in the news:

 Alternative therapies for managing chronic pain.

– Patients want more self-care.

 Hand sanitizers ineffective at killing flu virus

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Dr. Jason Godo, DC, RN


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Hidden Source of Bad Health

Chronic Pain… Fatigue… Depressed?

An unhealthy gut is often misunderstood and overlooked. When your gut is unhealthy your body can react with more than just the normal heartburn, gas, bloating, or conditions like irritable bowel syndromeAre you experiencing pain, fatigue or depression? Watch this week’s interview with Dr. Cindy Howard as we discuss how your digestive system may be the hidden source of your health challenge.

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Dr. Jason Godo, DC, RN


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Pain Reliever Roulette

“Over-the-counter pain relievers are effective in the short term, but they can cause arthritic changes in joints, internal bleeding and even death.”

This will come as no surprise, but in fact “pain” is the most common reason for people to seek medical advice, and pain medicine is the most frequently purchased over-the-counter medication.

Acute pain is something we may experience from injury, and is usually short term as the body heals. Chronic pain, often due to a degenerating condition, as the name implies, is prolonged or long term.

If you experience pain what do you do? Unfortunately many people turn to NSAIDs or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs sold over the counter at the local drugstore. The term NSAIDs may be foreign, you might be more familiar with the brand names: Naprosyn, Aleve, Advil, Motrin, or Nuprin. The problem is that these medications have a long term price tag that most people are not aware of. NSAIDs are effective in the short term but they can cause arthritic changes in joints, internal bleeding and even death.

But wait a minute Dr. Godo. I am taking an NSAID to help with my arthritis. Unfortunately, most people don’t know that NSAIDs block the ability of the cells in cartilage to make new cartilage. Unless we are making new cartilage to replace the old we are actually encouraging arthritis.

A friend of mine who did research in the late 80s told me that when you want to give laboratory animals arthritis to test the anti-arthritic drugs, just give them NSAIDs. They may have a better way to give arthritis to animals these days but the point is clear, NSAIDs caused arthritis in healthy animals.

But it gets worse, according to the July 27, 1998 issue of the American Journal of Medicine, “Conservative calculations estimate that approximately 107,000 patients are hospitalized annually for NSAID related GI  complications and at least 16,500 NSAID deaths occur each year among arthritis patients alone.”

What is exciting is that researchers are developing natural alternatives that seem to work as good or better. Natural alternatives can be the answer for someone with chronic pain without the dangerous side effects of NSAIDs. Dr. Godo offers many pain reducing strategies.

Chances are they will use one or more in combination to get the fastest results. For example, you may have heard me discuss vitamin D in many contexts; but according to the Mayo Clinic Proceedings, December 9, 2003, vitamin D deficiencies have been indicated as a cause of chronic pain. Further confirmations came from the January 2003 edition of the journal Spine. It showed 83% of the 299 patients studied with chronic low back pain in Saudi Arabia had abnormally low levels of vitamin D. After treatment, clinical improvement in symptoms was seen in the groups that had low levels of vitamin D and in 95% of ALL the patients in the study. Vitamin D deficiency can also be a cause of inflammation, which can further contribute to pain.

Instead of NSAIDs, you can take natural botanical compounds which can be helpful based on your condition and pain level. One that has been a favorite of mine for years is called Sculacia. It comes from TWO different plants skullcap and catechu from Acacia.

This botanical compound provides an all natural patented blend of two different classes of flavonoids that inhibit the expression of pain producing enzymes. These enzymes are the bad guys that all the drug companies gear up to inhibit or reduce. The beauty of this blend of flavonoids is that the “harmful” enzymes are inhibited but it does not block “health promoting, anti-inflammatory” enzymes. Sculacia by Biotics Research Corporation supplies an all natural blend for the joint pain associated with osteoarthritis along with natural blends and a variety of different supplements. Dr. Godo can coach you how to eat healthier, how to use movement and physical therapy to safely reduce inflammation and pain.

We notice more and more in the media how healthy alternatives are becoming the trend. Did you know your clinician has been on the forefront of natural medicine long before it became fashionable? Take advantage of their expertise, ditch the pain and learn to live life well.

Dr. Jason Godo


Nutrient Testing For Low Back Pain Relief

“A simple in office technique for assessing nutrient deficiencies has produced dramatic results by identifying nutrients that provide lower back pain relief.”

Thirty-one million Americans experience low back pain at any given time. Maybe you know what it feels like when your lower back goes out. The pain ranges from mild to unbearable and for many people the pain is chronic.

How do muscles in the back work? The muscles come in pairs to stabilize the spine. If one of the pairs is weak, the other muscle often goes into spasm. The spasm is actually a good thing as it safeguards the spine by making sure overextension is not an option. The weak muscles can be strengthened or “turned on” with the use of a low potency B vitamin. By strengthening the weak muscle, the opposing muscle will “turn off.” In other words, the spasm will stop.

One way to evaluate whether you have nutrient deficiencies is to do a series of “flexibility” or “range of motion” tests. Dr. Godo may have you taste a low potency phosphoralated B complex like Bio-B 100 and retest your range of motion. Each tablet of Bio-B 100 supplies 1/3 of the RDA so we are really talking about a low dose.

Tasting the nutrient causes a neurological response and temporarily will signal the muscle to strengthen when a deficiency exists. When the muscle strengthens, the corresponding muscle in spasm relaxes and allows for a greater range of motion.

For some people, supplementing a low dose of B vitamins has produced dramatic results. Remember B vitamins are depleted with stress and excess carbohydrate ingestion. Know anybody that is under stress and consumes excess carbohydrates? This strategy has been a real godsend to me personally, in the past. Chiropractic adjustments help considerably, but if I get stressed out and don’t take care of myself as I should, my low back gets tender. But when I use Bio-B 100 my tender back pain is relieved.

Now of course we can use chondro-protective agents like glucosamine or chondroitin sulfates to feed the joints and connective tissue; but remember, those agents are more for joint repair. However here, we are focusing on the muscles.

There is another class of nutrients which also affects a different set of muscles regarding back pain. Dr. George Goodheart in the late 60’s and early 70’s found that vitamin E and to a lesser degree probiotics can sometimes have a profound effect on lower body muscles and hips that support the low back. He went a step further and found that sometimes the body wants a low dose vitamin E and sometimes a higher dose.

How do we know which supplement to use? That’s where the range of motion test comes into play. Dr. Godo will measure your range of motion, noting the muscles with greatest limitation. During the test, you will taste different types of vitamin E or B Complex or other supplements to determine which one increases your flexibility and range of motion. When nutrients are tasted we activate sensory receptors which feed into the brain and cause a feed back into the spinal cord and ultimately the muscle responds. There is literally a neurological response to taste.

Generally Dr. Godo has you schedule a separate session to do this type of testing. It takes time to do the range of motion tests and then to taste the different nutrients and retest.

A colleague, Dr. Walter Schmidt was teaching a class in Florida on this very subject. One of the chiropractors attending had a husband with severe back pain. Regardless of the number of times she adjusted him, he was in constant pain and had been for several years. Once she learned about the range of motion “nutrient testing,” she tested him in the hotel room and found what worked for him. He came up to Dr. Schmidt later the next day bending and twisting like a teenager, but here’s the good part… no pain.

I can’t promise everyone will get such dramatic results; but if you have low back pain, schedule a “range of motion” test with Dr. Godo. Discovering which nutrient deficiency is linked to your back pain could be the answer for you.

Dr. Jason Godo, DC