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Mysterious Cluster of Amnesia Cases, Possibly Tied to Opioids, Alarms Health Officials

It seems that every day we are bombarded with more grim news regarding the opioid epidemic. PBS is the most recent bearer of bad news. There has been a troubling spike in amnesia cases that may be directly attributable to prescription pain killers. 

Prescriptions for opioid painkillers have risen by a staggering 300 percent over the past 10 years. This drastic increase in the number of opioid prescriptions written and dispensed is thought to play a major role in the global problem of addiction to opioids.

It’s not altogether surprising that opiates could alter your memory. Painkillers work by interacting with receptors in your brain resulting in a decrease in the perception of pain. They are inherently addictive, as they also create a temporary feeling of euphoria, followed by dysphoria that can easily lead to physical dependence and addiction.

If you are dealing with severe or chronic pain, my first suggestion would be to see a pain specialist who is familiar with alternative treatments and the underlying causes of pain. I strongly recommend exhausting other options before you resort to an opioid pain reliever. The health risks associated with these drugs are great, and addiction and overdose are very real concerns. 

An alternative approach is to remove all sugar and grain from your diet. These are tied to chronic illness and inflammation. Consider taking a high-quality, animal based omega-3 fat and optimizing your vitamin D levels. 

The Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) is an empowering practice and can provide a drug-free approach to pain management. It borrows from the principles of acupuncture and helps resolve negative emotions that may be exacerbating your physical pain.
 
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