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Letter from the Publisher

According to the National Institutes of Health, chronic pain is often defined as any persistent pain lasting more than 12 weeks. It may arise from an initial injury such as a back sprain or there may be an ongoing cause such as illness. However, there may also be no clear cause. Other health problems such as fatigue, sleep disturbance, decreased appetite and mood change often accompany chronic pain. Chronic pain may limit a person’s movements which can reduce flexibility, strength and stamina. This difficulty in carrying out important and enjoyable activities can lead to disability and despair.

We may be lulled into a false sense of safety by slick advertising and ubiquitous availability, but prescription drugs are not always the answer (look to the opioid epidemic as a harbinger). Our desire for long-term well-being requires us to investigate the root cause and resolve it at that level. Pain is our body’s way of telling us to do just that.

Fortunately, we have a wealth of local holistic experts ready and willing to solve your pain—without dangerous drugs. I wish we had more people and businesses to share their info through Natural Awakenings, reaching out to the many among us who need their help. Who and what are you looking for? Help me to find those resources to include in the magazine, helping us solve life’s problems while helping to grow wholesome businesses.

While the focus this month is on physical pain, there are also resources available for emotional pain. The American Chronic Pain Association has an excellent guide that covers allopathic and alternative approaches to dealing with chronic pain,

You do not have to live with chronic pain. We are blessed to live in the beautiful, forward-thinking Twin Cities where so many options and experts are available to help. Which one will be your “golden ticket” to a pain-free life?

To all the dads out there—thank you for a most important role you play—Happy Father’s Day!


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