The Truth About Chronic Pain Treatments: The Best and Worst Strategies for Becoming Pain Free by Cindy Perlin is an empowering and informative book that will motivate readers to take charge of their health. The book provides chronic pain patients, their caregivers, and their health care providers with insights, education and guidance to help them select the safest and most effective treatments for chronic pain. Most individuals do not realize how little physicians know about chronic pain. It’s up to pain patients to learn as much as they can about effective chronic pain treatments, so they can improve their physical and mental health and quality of life.
The Truth About Chronic Pain Treatments reveals how the health care system is failing society and how the pharmaceutical companies do not always look out for the patient’s best interest. For example, the book includes a discussion of a recent survey of medical school curriculum related to chronic pain. Out of 104 US medical schools, only 3.8% required students to take a course about pain. On average, physicians received less than two hours of education related to pain during their time in medical school. Perlin also reveals that medical journals rarely have articles on pain and much more rarely include articles on alternative approaches to pain management. As Perlin points out, this leaves physicians vulnerable to influence by pharmaceutical companies peddling their wares and they end up prescribing way too many pills.
Perlin gives readers the information they need to relieve their pain by clearly documenting which treatments help patients and which ones do more harm than good. Through her research, stories from chronic pain sufferers, interview with experts, tips, tools and techniques, Perlin provides readers with a firm foundation on which to make their decisions about how to address their pain. The Truth About Chronic Pain Treatments teaches readers how to take back control in their lives, so they can experience happiness and live healthy and productive lives.
Throughout the book, Cindy Perlin provides a vast array of scientific evidence about alternative treatments and how they can play an essential role in healing pain. One important fact I learned from reading this amazing book was that it's crucial for individuals to maintain a healthy lifestyle in order to reduce their pain. Eating right, incorporating exercise and mind/body approaches such as meditation into a daily regimen can help reduce pain and improve overall health.
The Truth About Chronic Pain Treatments also addresses the problems with conventional pain treatments, including medication. Sadly, most people are unaware of the tremendous harm that pain medications can do to the body. Opioids, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), steroids and other drugs used to treat pain can have debilitating and even deadly consequences. Perlin provides the information you need to determine whether any possible benefits from these drugs are worth the risks, while providing plenty of information on alternative strategies.
This is a life changing book. Perlin’s approach to chronic pain helped me realize that WE control our bodies. We can change the way we think and feel by making productive lifestyle changes.
I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in reducing their pain. Cindy Perlin’s book is packed with outstanding advice, tools and techniques and I find The Truth About Chronic Pain Treatments a rewarding, motivating, inspiring and enjoyable read.