Toxic Vitamin Ingredient, Better Than Meds for Sciatica, and Smoking Back Pain

Hi Everybody

TOXIC VITAMIN INGREDIENT- Sodium Selenate (or Sodium Selenite) is a chemical that is four times more toxic than cyanide. It is created as a byproduct of copper metal refining, and is for some reason used in many multivitamins. Many companies actually list this toxic chemical as a “nutrient” on the label.

Why in the world vitamin companies continue to put artificial colors, dyes and other unhealthy chemicals in their vitamins is beyond us. Most likely, using Sodium Selenate or Sodium Selenite is simply the cheapest way to include Selenium in a vitamin, increasing profits. Many vitamin companies use Thiamin (vitamin B1) that is created as a by-product of tar processing, again because it is cheap and increases profits.

The following is a short list of products containing Sodium Selenate or Sodium Selenite: Pet foods (including organic brands), many selenium supplements, many veterinarian vitamins, many nutritional shakes, many infant formulas, and mass produced multivitamins like Centrum and One-A-Day.

ACUPUNCTURE BEATS MEDICATIONS FOR SCIATICA- According to a recent study published in the Journal of Traditional Chinese Medicine (2009; 29 (1): 50-3), Acupuncture could be better than pain killers and injections for treating sciatica pain.

Researchers from China compared Acupuncture, the medication Nimesulide and injections of a plant-based alkaloid in the treatment of sciatica. Overall, patient recovery was quite a bit faster and more complete with the Acupuncture.

Also worthy of note is that pain tends to lower your overall pain threshold – in other words, when you are in pain, everything hurts more. This is especially hard to deal with when treating chronic pain. The patients getting acupuncture not only felt better quicker, but their pain thresholds went down overall. The medication and injection groups got better more slowly, and their pain thresholds did not recover nearly as well.

SMOKING INCREASES BACK PAIN- This fact has been known for quite a while, but newer evidence has surfaced showing once again that smoking increases your level of back pain.

Basically, the new study, which was published in the Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases (2012;71:809-816), has shown is that smokers are more susceptible to inflammation in the body, and tend to develop inflammatory arthritic conditions. This even included psoriatic arthritis, which is unbelievably painful.

Hope this helps,

Dr Matt and Dr Robin (email)

This week’s bit of Useless Information:  Fear of the number 13 is known as triskaidekaphobia, while fear of Friday the 13th is known as paraskavedekatriaphobia.  People in Spanish-speaking nations fear Tuesday the 13th.

This email is courtesy of Matthew Barnes, D.C. and Robin Barnes, D.C.  Neither this nor any of our emails are intended to be medical advice and should not be taken as such.  They are opinion and are for informational purposes only.  None of the nutrients discussed here are meant to diagnose, treat, or cure any disease.

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