is a problem influenced by many factors simultaneously.
The fact that deep frontal lobotomy, surgically cutting across the front
lobes of the brain, will block pain is evidence that the frontal lobes of the
brain are somehow placed right in the middle of pain perception, and are able to
influence it greatly. This explains
how martyrs go to the death able to think, sing, and even preach, right up to
the very last breath.
is the work of Satan to cause pain to cascade in the world.
He frequently provokes others to be his agents to increase pain.
When Peter denied Christ, he gave great pain to Him.
And on the cross when He had taken our sins on Himself, the feeling of
rejection by His Father caused Jesus intense anguish.
“So great was this agony that His physical pain was hardly felt.” The
Desire of Ages, p. 753. The
addition of mental anguish to physical pain causes a patient who develops a
sense of rejection to believe the trials are more than can be tolerated, and the
whole situation is expressed simply as an increase in physical pain.
Jesus is the Master Model in
dealing with pain, as well as the solution for pain and for sin.
Suffering can be sweetened into a tender fellowship with God.
“The first thing to be done is to ascertain the true character of the
sickness and then go to work intelligently to remove the cause.” The
Ministry of Healing, p. 235. Reassurance
is needed that he can bear the pain and that God loves him.
“Water can be used in many ways to relieve suffering.” Selected
Messages, Book 2, p. 297.
and friends can influence pain. If
the patient is kindly and tenderly regarded by members of the family, if special
efforts are put forth to make everything comfortable that can be comfortable,
even the painful part will seem to give less pain.
If family members are unsympathetic or indifferent to the needs of the
patient, the parts of the brain that sense discomfort will go into high gear,
and pain may become unbearable. Everyone
should plan thoughtful little remembrances for the patient.
always carries an associated ministry, both to and from people who have it.
Those who are in pain must learn to be patient and kind even when the
mind is distracted and the energies have been depleted by long-continued
discomfort. There is never an
excuse for irritability or harshness. The
patient can make nursing duties more pleasant by making a thoughtful effort to
consider the feelings of those who perform the duties.
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have become known as the chemical society.
Many of our prominent diseases are intimately associated, often in a way
that we do not realize, with our exposure to chemicals of various kinds from
kitchen detergents and exhaust fumes to powerful drugs like cortisone.
exposure to chemicals is so common that we do not recognize that a number of
these chemicals are giving us injury. We
become so accustomed to contact with chemicals and drugs that we have idiomatic
expressions in our language such as “harmless as aspirin” using a common
chemical as a prototype of harmless things.
should not regard any exposure to a chemical that is not native to the body or
the natural environment as being harmless or to be used safely without
restraint. Aspirin is particularly
harmful, and should be looked on with strong suspicion.
About 10,000 Americans each year lose their lives because of taking
aspirin. These deaths are entirely
separate from accidental overdosage in children.
Aspirin is the trade name for acetylsalicylic acid.
The naturally occurring salicylate in herbs, methylsalicylate, does not
cause toxicity unless taken in a very concentrated form called oil of
wintergreen. This form is toxic in
large quantities (two tablespoons for a child and six for adults.) There have
been no recorded toxicities to methylsalicylate despite its widespread use as
far back as records go in the Alabama Poison Control Center.
At the same time, hundreds of cases of aspirin poisoning have occurred.
two most common uses of aspirin are pain relief and fever reduction.
Approximately 17,500 tons of aspirin each year are used in these ways, to
the tune of $600 million a year. Acetaminophen
(Tylenol) is used similarly but, contrary to earlier advertising, it appears to
be even more toxic than aspirin. I
agree with the many physicians who feel that aspirin should be a strictly
controlled prescription item, not an over-the-counter drug.
Reactions to Aspirin
5% of persons taking aspirin will have heartburn after a single dose.
Bleeding in the stomach and ulceration may follow in susceptible
individuals and is the affliction which results in most of the deaths from
aspirin. Nearly 70% of persons
taking aspirin daily show a daily blood loss of 1/2 to 1-1/2 teaspoons from the
bowels, and 10% of patients lose as much as 2 teaspoons of blood daily.
Aspirin may double the time necessary for human blood to clot, increasing
the likelihood of hemorrhage.
far, the most disabling of the adverse reactions to aspirin is that of asthma.
Attacks of asthma are often caused by very small amounts of the drug and
may be accompanied by swelling of the larynx, abdominal pain, and shock.
In an occasional case, death may occur within minutes.
Fortunately, this type of sensitivity is unusual, occurring in less than
0.2% of the general population.
is a major cause of death in American children up to 6 years of age, accounting
for more than 500 deaths from overdoses each year.
Reducing fevers in childhood with drugs results in longer illnesses and
more complications. The immune
system is weakened by the drug. One
should never consider any drug, whether over-the-counter or prescription, to be
totally safe. No one, and
especially not children, should be exposed unnecessarily to any drug.
And never expose the unborn baby to drugs, no matter how mild, including
antacids used for heartburn, antihistamines for morning sickness or motion
sickness, or any other drug or chemical. This
point cannot be emphasized too strongly as many infants are marked for life
because of a small exposure to a chemical which the mother took while she was
pregnant. Often the defect in the
child is of a biochemical nature rather than a structural abnormality.
Perhaps the baby will not be able to make a certain enzyme needed to
digest a particular nutrient or make an essential blood component.
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pain and fever can be easily controlled without aspirin or Tylenol.
To control pain, use heat or cold, or alternating applications of both,
applying the heat or cold by a variety of different routes—heating pad, hot
water bottle, ice cap, an ordinary fruit jar filled with ice or hot water and
wrapped in a towel. Other methods
include a hot tub bath, a hot shower, a “short cold bath” (30-120 seconds in
cold bath water of 50-65 degrees). Usually,
hot water applied directly to the part, if practicable, is the most effective,
the temperature of the water being from 105-110 degrees, depending on the health
of the individual and the part to be treated; but the easiest method should be
tried first. Generally, the hot
applications should be as hot as can be tolerated and the cold applications
should be as cold as you can get them. Alternating
hot and cold packs may be applied to the chest, to the abdomen, or to any part
for aches and pains. Wring a towel
from hot water and place it on the painful part for 3-6 minutes.
Replace the hot compress with an ice-cold compress for 30-60 seconds.
Alternate in this fashion for 3-5 changes.
applications or massage to the spine can alter the central nervous system’s
ability to “hear” pain sensation. These
simple treatments are good, not just for back pain, but for pain in the legs,
arms, or head too.
headache relief is needed, put the feet in hot water for 30 minutes.
The headache will “dissolve into the foot bath!” Of course, if one is
a severe diabetic on insulin, or has known blockage of arteries to the legs,
this treatment should not be used, for even ordinary temperatures can sometimes
cause blisters in these persons.
fevers can easily be treated by sitting in a hot tub bath from 102 to 108
degrees until the skin is quite red, and profuse sweating occurs.
After the first five minutes, keep an ice-cold cloth to the forehead, or
from the beginning, if the fever starts out over IO 1 degrees.
Take a cup of hot water or hot herb tea when sweating begins.
When the skin is red and sweating profusely, after 10-20 minutes, then
finish off the remedy as follows: (1) work fast to take a brief spray of cool
water over the entire body from the chin downward; (2) then a quick friction
rubdown with a coarse towel; (3) wrap bathrobe around you, jump into bed and
sweat for half an hour; (4) arise, take a brief, normal shower if needed to
cleanse the skin and relieve a sense of chilliness after sweating, and (5)
all times that the body temperature goes above IO 1 degrees or when one begins
sweating while taking any kind of hot bath, a cold cloth should be kept on the
face, forehead, or throat. When one
finishes the hot soaking bath, if the treatment has been a good one, a sensation
of weakness may develop after a minute or so of standing, because of the
transfer of blood from the interior of the body to the exterior, much as in
sunburn. This is normal, because of
extensive reddening of the skin.
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one thing after another. Don’t be
disappointed if one thing doesn’t work because another will.
The pharmaceutical pain-controlling drugs eventually lose their
effectiveness, more and more of the drug being required until no amount works,
and then the patient merely becomes hysterical with as much pain as at the
first. But now the simple remedies
won’t work over the drugs and the patient is not in control of the mind or
emotions. If this possibility can
be avoided, it is well worth a lot of effort.
in mind that pain is closely tied in with many body systems, immune, endocrine,
cardiac, bloodmaking, stomach and bowels, mental, and chemical; therefore,
physical fitness helps significantly in dealing with pain.
The modalities you have available are heat, cold, total body immersion in
a neutral bath, a hot foot bath, a cold mitten friction to the extremities,
massage, and herbal remedies.
is a very good remedy.
It is more beneficial than most people understand. (Ref American Journal
of Nursing p. 120, 1992) It is comforting, soothing, and gives them the sense
that someone is near who can help. (Ref Applied Nursing Research 3:140; 1990;
Lancet 334:1514; 1992) Be as kind and affectionate as it is possible to be,
touching, kissing, and paying tender attentions to the person.
If a patient has a cancer you can see or feel, do not massage it
directly, as squeezing might cause the cancer to spread.
Freeze a styrofoam cup with water in it.
After it has become solid take it out of the freezer and peel off the
bottom end of the styrofoam to expose the ice.
Use the top part as an insulated holder.
Block off the area with towels to catch the runoff water.
Massage, making small circles, and tearing off more styrofoam as the ice
melts. Massage for 12-20 minutes.
you are able to walk, exercise is
good for many types of pain. If you
cannot walk out of doors, lie out of doors in an area protected from the wind
some place where the sun is not too hot. Sunshine
penetrating through your clothing into the painful area can bring relief It is
best not to expose the skin.
foot rub is helpful.
Work especially on any areas where there is tension or tenderness.
The feet are often tense during pain and a foot rub will relax these
a tea of white willow bark and wild lettuce daily.
White willow is the source for methylsalicylate.
Its effects are cumulative in the system, so keep drinking it on a
schedule whether or not you feel pain, and you will get better pain control in
persistent pain relief.
for making the tea: Boil one
tablespoon of white willow bark in one quart of water for 20-30 minutes.
Then set it off the heat. If
you wish, add 2-3 tablespoons of wild lettuce and let it steep 1/2 hour.
Some get better results from mixing one or more pain-relieving
herbs—poplar buds, black cohosh, meadowsweet, partridge berry, or others.
Strain. Then it is ready for
use. Make it daily and drink the
entire quart over a day’s time.
drugstore has a topical ointment called Zostrix
made from capsicum, red pepper, or cayenne pepper.
Use it 6 times a day for pain relief.
There is a substance in it that ties up P-substance, the neurotransmitter
that sends pain messages to the brain. It
may take 5 to 10 days of applying it before you experience pain relief As soon
as you get relief, you can start using it only two times a day.
You can make something at home cheaper than Zostrix with the same active
ingredient and good effect. Here is
a tincture by putting a cup
of rubbing alcohol in a pint jar with one teaspoon of cayenne pepper.
Swirl it once daily for three weeks.
You may start using it immediately, however.
Rub it on the areas where pain is felt six times a day for the first six
days, then twice a day thereafter. As
long as you keep using it the pain will stay away.
It is an oily herbal extract. Rub
it on 3 to 4 times a day. Make it
by putting a pint of olive oil in a double boiler and adding dried arnica
flowers, about as many as will loosely pack into a two-cup container.
Boil for two hours, strain, and put the oil in a bottle.
can relieve pain.
Blocking pain in nearby tissues by a cold compress or ice applied over a
nerve will also relieve pain, as will helping the patient to understand what is
being done, what his pain means, and what is being contemplated.
people get good relief even from the pain of kidney stones, cancer, or sciatica,
by lying for hours in a warm bath.
Put a cassette tape on and listen to something enjoyable to help you pass
herbal remedies we have used a lot
are especially white willow bark, wild lettuce, hops, and catnip (for sedation).
Try a combination of hops, meadowsweet flowers, valerian root, black
cohosh, blue cohosh, skullcap, and St. John’s wort.
Use a tablespoon of each of the herbs, except for the black cohosh, which
should be one to two teaspoons. Put
these herbs in a quart of water and simmer gently for 20 minutes.
Strain and drink throughout the day.
Make fresh daily. This
mixture is quite relaxing, and can often turn the tide in dealing with pain.
itself has good pain-relieving properties.
One glassful every ten minutes for an hour is very helpful for backache
and the pain of childbirth. (Ref. American
Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology 164:1277;1991)
all else fails, take a plain, hot-water
enema. It can give several
hours relief and can help you sleep. The
water should be no hotter than water you could drink.
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