The Hidden Epidemic

There is an epidemic going on in the world, one that isn’t generally talked about as an epidemic.

When we think of epidemics, we often include the most common chronic diseases like heart disease, cancer and diabetes. But not only does this ‘hidden’ epidemic affect more people than these three diseases, it affect almost twice as many as all three combined!

The name of this epidemic? Chronic pain.

Here’s a diagram showing the relative frequency of chronic pain compared to the three major causes of death:

Chronic pain frequency compared to other major illnesses

The specific statistic above is people age 20 and over reporting a day-long bout of pain in the previous month. Think about that for a moment. That means one in four people in the U.S. gets at least a day long bout of pain every 30 days.

And if you’re a Baby Boomer (age 45 to 64), the statistics are worse. 29.6% of people in that age group reported pain lasting more than 24 hours in the previous month.

Conditions that made up the chronic pain segment included low back pain, migraine or severe headaches and joint pain, ache or stiffness.

Before I saw these statistics I knew that many people experienced pain because that’s one of the main reasons they come into my practice. Even so I was surprised to find how prevalent it really is.

Here are some additional interesting numbers related to chronic pain:

  • Almost three-fifths of adults 65 and older with pain said it had lasted for 1 year or more.
  • More than one-quarter of adults interviewed said they had experienced low back pain in the past 3 months.
  • Fifteen percent of adults experienced migraine or severe headache in the past 3 months. Adults ages 18-44 were almost three times as likely as adults 65 and older to report migraines or severe headaches.
  • Reports of severe joint pain increased with age, and women reported severely painful joints more often than men (10 percent versus 7 percent).

Treating Chronic Pain Naturally

So how can you effectively relieve chronic pain?

Fortunately, there are many ways to relieve and even eliminate chronic pain using natural methods.

For example, the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine has listed acupuncture as “Promising Evidence of Potential Benefit” (their highest rating) in treating low back pain, arthritis and headaches.

In addition, there are numerous supplements, herbs, and other self-care techniques that are effective for dealing with chronic pain.

There are so many of these approaches that it can be daunting to sort through them all. That’s why I’ll be hosting a webinar (online seminar) this coming Thursday (03/10/11) at 5:00 pm (PST). During that webinar I’ll show you exactly how to figure out what approaches are likely to work best for chronic pain.

In addition, I’ll be presenting the “E-C-R” system for beating chronic pain naturally. This system not only addresses acute pain symptoms (while avoiding potentially dangerous medications), it also works to clear the underlying causes of pain and help the body restore natural health and vitality.

The webinar is free, but you have to register to attend. You can register here:

If you can attend the webinar live, you’ll have the opportunity to ask questions during the presentation.

However if you can’t attend live, I am planning on recording the event. Assuming the recording comes out, I will make that available next week. So if you have questions about chronic pain you’d like to ask me personally, contact me to ask your questions. I’ll do my best to address these on the webinar.

All the best to you for your health and happiness,

Dr. Bruce Eichelberger

Dr. Bruce



New Report Finds Pain Affects Millions of Americans, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention Press Release, November 15, 2006

Health, United States, 2006, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention PDF Document, Page 134

Chronic Pain and CAM: At a Glance, National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine

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