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The Chronic Pain Antidote

Oct 8, 2015

Dr. Mel Pohl, a medical specialist who works with chronic pain sufferers, says pain is REAL. That's his key point, and that there are ways to reclaim your life by avoiding addiction to opioids that often INCREASE pain without patients being aware of it. 

Dr. Pohl is utterly sympathetic in his book, The Pain Antidote, which recommends using specific alternative therapies to avoid addiction to painkillers that can prevent sufferers from experiencing any joy in life. They end up addicted, joyless, and still in agonizing pain, he says.

Pohl examines what neurologists have discovered about how the brain reacts to pain, and how neurons and nerves can spin out of control -- none of it the fault of patients.

His book looks at weaning off opioids slowly and carefully, while embracing exercise, meditation, acupressure, and other methods. While these do not eliminate pain, they allow sufferers to live with pain and recover joyful lives.

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Faith says: "I'm so glad I read this book; I've learned so much for myself, family, and friends."

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  • Dr. Mel Pohl – is author of The Pain Antidote: The Proven Program to Help You Stop Suffering from Chronic Pain, Avoid Addiction to Painkillers--and Reclaim Your Life