Sometimes, I have to wonder what researchers are smoking… and if they’re sharing it with the volunteers in their studies.
A new paper claims meditation may be as powerful as opioids when it comes to pain relief.
But if there’s any pain in this one, it’s from reading the daffy details, because this wasn’t a test of how meditation works if you’re battling the kind of chronic pain that has you begging a doctor for some meds.
No, they used healthy, pain-free volunteers!
Some meditated, some didn’t. And some were given naloxone, a drug that blocks opioid receptors while others got a saline placebo.
Then, they were poked with a hot stick and asked how much it hurt.
No, I’m not making this up… it’s all right there in the Journal of Neuroscience.
The folks who meditated and took the opioid-blocking drug had a 24 percent cut in pain levels, while folks who mediated and got saline had 21 percent less pain than the folks in the control groups.
“This study adds to the growing body of evidence that something unique is happening with how meditation reduces pain,” one of the researchers declared. “These findings are especially significant to those who have built up a tolerance to opiate-based drugs and are looking for a non-addictive way to reduce their pain.”
Sorry, friend, but these results aren’t “especially significant” to anyone who’s built up a tolerance to opioids.
If you’re on opioids, there’s usually a darn good reason for it – and it’s not some pesky researcher poking you with a hot stick.
You’ve got REAL pain – be it chronic pain from an injury, bone or joint degeneration, spinal disc problems, a shark bite, etc.
When you’re fighting off that level of agony, no hippy chants or deep-thought exercises surrounded by burning incense are going to do the job… unless the smoke you’re breathing in is pure opium.
But to get some real pain relief, you don’t need ‘em anyway.
In most cases, natural anti-inflammatories such as MSM and fish oil can soothe your aches. And for ongoing battles with pain, especially “nonspecific” pain such as the low-back demon, try non-drug therapies such as chiropractic and acupuncture.
Both of them have proven to be effective against common forms of chronic pain. Heck, even a massage will do more for you than a meditation session.
Another option for natural-based, drug-free pain relief is Soothanol X2 from my friends and colleagues at NorthStar Nutritionals. Just a drop or two rubbed into your trouble spots can chase away pain.