Chronic pain – sometimes referred to as the ‘invisible illness’ – affects an estimated 16 million Canadians who live with at least one condition considered ‘chronic’ in that it is persistent or otherwise long-lasting in its effects.
Even with a growing recognition that lifestyle changes can prevent and/or eliminate many chronic illnesses, the use of drugs for pain is increasing at an alarming rate. Physicians are concerned with the scenario where painkillers can take over a persons’ life, yet not make them any better.
What would it be worth to those who are suffering – and to our health care costs – to have a solution to chronic pain that is not based on the latest diet, surgery, drug or vitamin? Priceless, we would all agree. Yet, would we explore it even if it defied our current, secular belief systems?Continue Reading