Overcoming Chronic Pain in the Senior Years
Whether it is chronic pain from arthritis, your lower back, your knees, or acute pain from a twisted ankle or a headache, senior citizens are plagued by pain daily. Chronic pain is almost always related to ongoing inflammation or an ongoing threat. People have a greater chance of being healthy if they have a healthy lifestyle. By eating right, getting plenty of rest, avoiding hazardous exposures, and by managing stress, you build a strong immune system. You can treat your pain with natural supplements without having to digest harmful chemicals that can be found in prescription medications. When the correct science is used in creating the natural supplement, you can have better results than that of traditional pain medications.
In this episode, host Silvia Yoshida and Dr. Ted Jacobs discuss:
Seniors living with chronic pain
The difference between acute and chronic pain
Seniors coping with pain
Treatments for pain
How the body reacts to pain
Natural ways to ease your pain
Chronic pain can be stubborn, but you can manage it with the techniques discussed in this episode.
This episode is sponsored by Bioadaptives. Bioadaptives is a natural supplements company that focuses on research and development and the creation of natural products that support optimal health and wellness. Since 2014, BioAdaptives®, has been engaged in the research of primitive cells, including stem cells and their derivatives, and natural ingredients which may promote their activities.
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ABOUT DR. TED
Dr. Edward E. Jacobs, Jr. (Dr. Ted), a graduate of Princeton University and Harvard Medical school, is a biotechnology consultant with over 25 years experience in biopharmaceutical and medical device development, as well as, 35 years of teaching and direct patient care. Dr. Ted has participated in drug development process from discovery through animal and human studies, including regulatory support for FDA and international regulatory affairs, strategic planning and investor relations.
Natural Green Living Podcast Episode 3
It isn’t always possible to eliminate all pain. But there are ways to
manage it so that you can live a full, happy, and healthy life.
Silvia Yoshida (00:13):
Hi, welcome listeners to national green leading podcasts. My name is Sylvia, and I’m going to be your host today, we are going to be talking about living with pain in everything that that can impact your quality of life, how you can have pain management, and everything that you need to know about how to have more manageable pain and a higher quality of productivity. So today, for this topic, we have our special guest and I’m very excited to have him back on our show. Dr. Jacobs, Dr. Ted is a Harvard medical school graduate retired surgeon, and now he’s a … biotech tech. He is a current biotechnology consultant and he is dedicating research towards natural ingredients, dietary supplements that can improve your health in help with the overall wellbeing. So thank you so much, Doctor Ted, I’m very happy to have your back in our show.
Dr. Ted Jacobs (01:30):
Oh, well, thank you Sylvia for inviting me back. Um, I enjoy our talks and, and, um, we seem to cover quite a lot of interesting material. Most of which is in the guide that I’ve written, how to get natural pain relief. And in this guide, I talk about a number of aspects of pain and pain management. And today I thought it might be helpful for our listeners to just talk about living with pain because it’s not always possible to completely eliminate pain. And that’s an important thing to realize that how we live with pain is very much influenced by our mental outlook, by our attitude by our general sense of wellbeing. And that gets supported by our lifestyle. So a healthy lifestyle leads to a better mental outlook and a stronger possibility to manage pain in a successful way. So if you’re interested in this, I thought we might go into some of the details about that and maybe give some tips to people who are living with pain.
Silvia Yoshida (02:47):
Yes, that’s exactly what I was looking for. So I know that exactly the challenge when you’re having a bang, that he can be excruciating sometimes, right. And it can impact in your mood. It can impact in how you are dealing with a situation. If you’re busy mystic or of domestic cranky, you know, grow grumpy. And this is so important because we are living in the time that social distancing it’s. So in our hats that maybe we might be facing some pain living with that being in, not looking for medical care service, because we, you know, maybe they’re not available or maybe would a one to being those environments. So what do you, what do you have to share about leaving with bang and how can we manage that?
Dr. Ted Jacobs (03:52):
Well I think it’s important to know that if you have a concern about any symptom including pain you should feel free to consult your healthcare provider at any time. So I’m, I’m advising people to seek a consultation whenever they want to. But I’m also suggesting that for every day occurrence of pain particularly if there’s a underlying problem, that’s already been identified as being the cause that you don’t necessarily have to see a healthcare provider every time you get a pain. For instance, if you have arthritis for instance, and in the morning you have stiff joints and and pain and by the mid morning or early afternoon this is alleviated and it follows that same pattern every single day. Then you have knowledge and security that the pain is coming from something, you know, you know, what the problem is.
Dr. Ted Jacobs (05:03):
And so you don’t necessarily have to go see a doctor about that unless it’s becoming different or more severe and so forth. Which leads me to just outlined a simple thing that people can do when they’re thinking about their pain there’s a common strategy to try to relate the intensity of any pain on a scale of one to 10. It’s an arbitrary scale, but if you say that 10 is a very, very severe extreme pain, and one is a faint pain, almost not there. It’s pretty easy for people to say, well, my pain level is a seven or a four or a six or whatever, because they can kind of gauge for themselves. And they’re the best ones to determine what their pain level is because having it, and they’re the ones who have that sensation.
Dr. Ted Jacobs (06:01):
So it’s entirely possible to manage pain not necessarily by eliminating the pain, but by lowering the intensity of the pain on the scale. So that let’s say people have a pretty severe backache. Most of the time they have maybe had a back injury or surgery or some problem in their back which just won’t go away. And it’s determined that this is where the problem is. It’s either in a, say a disc or a, the bones or muscles something’s wrong. That really can’t be fixed. And so they have chronic pain every day. And that level that they expect is around a seven or eight out of 10. So it’s severe enough so that it really gets in the way of their, their life and, and their being able to function in a comfortable way. Well, if they can find a strategy to lower that pain level down to a three or four, they still have the pain, but maybe it comes directly within their scope of having a normal life that they can pretty much carry on and do things in an enjoyable way. So pain management is not necessarily the elimination of pain, but it’s to make the pain tolerable and more acceptable so that it does not interfere with normal functioning. Is that clear?
Silvia Yoshida (07:30):
Yes. That’s clear. Thank you so much. Yeah, this is exactly what, you know, what it was thinking in, in, you know, that question was in my mind. Well, is there something else that would you give as a tip for our listeners?
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Dr. Ted Jacobs (07:47):
Sure. there are a number of non medicinal ways that people improve pain, particularly the muscular pains that are most common or even headaches. And that is that people use massage. They use heat, they use cold, they use yoga, relaxation, techniques, stretching all of these sort of more mechanical methods to improve their bodily function and also to give relief of the pain symptoms. And I think that all of those are advisable, acupuncture things like that are all possible ways to reduce or eliminate pain. The problem is, is that they usually require an ongoing exposure. It’s not a onetime thing. And and they may not be available to everybody. So as an to those things and there, if they’re available and they’re useful, then they should certainly be looked into as an alternative to that. You have natural products that can be taken and are very, very effective. They can be fast acting and long, long lasting formulations that will alleviate pain or reduce pain now and they can be just as effective as any of the pharmaceuticals that are available particularly the over the counter ones like ibuprofen and aspirin. So the natural products definitely are available for a relief or control of chronic pain as well as acute pain. I think that it’s important
And this is a an area that most people don’t appreciate, but I think it’s important to have the right attitude towards pain. Many people are afraid of pain, as soon as they have a pain. They think the worst, they think this is, this is the signal that I’m going to die or something bad is going to happen to me. Well it could be, but it depends upon the type of pain it is where it occurs and so forth. If you get a sudden pain in your heart area yes, you should be concerned and probably seek some, some help for that, but pain in your, your leg that comes on gradually and stays for a short time, or maybe even for a day or two. And it isn’t associated with anything else. I would think that that would be something that you’d want to know about, but you would watch it carefully and maybe take some pain medicine or a supplement to control the pain and see if it goes away because frequently pains just go away.
They’re there for a short time. We may never know exactly what causes them, but you can manage that on your own. So the self management of pain keeping the right positive attitude towards it is very, very important psychologically. We all know that if we have pain for a long time and it doesn’t go away, that it tends to make us angry. And and we get angry with healthcare providers who don’t make the pain go away. We get angry with our family because they get tired of listening to us, complain about pain. And so there’s a very common reaction around chronic pain, particularly is anger. And this is something that can be helped with by counseling, but also by reading about it and understanding.
Silvia Yoshida (11:54):
Yeah, it is a topic that it, for all of us, it’s something that when we are facing pain, then we want to know, you know, how can I get rid of it? So I think it’s so important, especially at this time for, for people to understand and have, you know, available the ebook that you just finished. This is an amazing gift for all our listeners that are here with us today. You can download your ebook about how can you, how to get natural pain relief. This was written by Dr. Ted and has the overview. What is, you know, the pain going natural? What is the benefits? What is the, the, the aspects that are involved in the pain management, the, the ingredients involved that in this, the product that you are suggesting people to try it out, right? So if you’re interested to go for an go natural going on our website right now, and download for free your ebook and get to know more, we are really excited for you to have the chance to find a different path that is going more natural and less chemical. Right. I think it is so important. I feel like when you wrote this book, you had this in your heart.
Dr. Ted Jacobs (13:29):
Yes. I think that the natural way to manage health problems is, is always better than then to use artificial ways or are by medications that are synthetic and often have side effects that you don’t want. And these side effects are, are not something that that I particularly want to talk about, but they’re labeled on the, on the products that are available in drug stores, you can read the labels and see what these side effects are. And you don’t have those with natural products. They’re very unusual to have a side effect that’s harmful from natural ingredients and the ingredients that the formulations that I’m familiar with and that are offered are have been used for hundreds of years safely by countless number of people. And they seem to be very effective if they are high quality ingredients.
Dr. Ted Jacobs (14:29):
And if they’re given at the right dose, that’s been a problem for the natural supplement area for some time, because often supplements are offered at very low doses or ineffective doses. And then people get the wrong idea that they don’t work, but high quality ingredients given at the right dose, particularly if they’re in combinations that are synergistic, that work together can be very powerful. And the ones I’m thinking of have very powerful antiinflammatory effects, which not only affects pain, but also the inflammatory process and the immune system as well. So you get multiple positive effects from the anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects from these ingredients.
Silvia Yoshida (15:16):
Well, yes, amazing. Those are all green meals. And I hope, you know, you know, that we really appreciate all your research and bringing those discoveries for our lives is really amazing. And I hope you keep doing it. I know you’re probably very young. You’re 65, Dr. Ted.
Dr. Ted Jacobs (15:40):
I’m a little older than that.
Silvia Yoshida (15:42):
Oh, really? I heard that when you were 50, you were racing the marathon in Boston. That was that right?
Dr. Ted Jacobs (15:50):
Yes. Those are those days are gone now, but I, yes, I was running marathons. So anyway I just wanted to touch on the fact that pains come in many sizes shapes and forms and locations, whether it’s headache or premenstrual cramps, or muscular backache or whatever. All of these pains are usually related in some way to inflammation. So the anti inflammatory activities of the natural products are very, very important in controlling pain making it less, making it more tolerable. And it’s something that’s a very powerful way to take control of yourself and manage your own pain. Of course you can do it with professionals as well, but many times you can do it all by yourself. And the guide is going to show you how to do that.
Silvia Yoshida (16:49):
Thank you so much, Dr. Ted, you’re an example for all of us to have this health and looking young every day, younger than ever. And I hope, you know, our listeners can really take advantage of the knowledge that you’re sharing with us, MBA boot to enjoy their retirement life, enjoy healthy lives. And as soon as the society are back to normal, you know, we can really take full advantage of being natural and more productive than ever to live the life of our dreams. So thank you so much, Dr. Ted, we are going to have your many, many times for four other topics before today. I really appreciate your help in sharing your knowledge and your wisdom. Thank you so much. Thank you.
Dr. Ted Jacobs (17:42):
Thank you for having me Sylvia and I look forward to the next time. Thank you again for joining us at natural green. Living your source to stay healthy and active in today’s world.