Pain in the Neck!

I try to set up my computer ergonomically. But sometimes, when I’m working intently on a project, I forget to get up and take a break and move around. The result is a spasm in my neck that generally happens overnight – after a good night’s sleep. My head ends up in a locked position and attempting to move it sends stabbing pains down my shoulder and arm. I’m just lucky that I found Bowen Therapy. This non-invasive therapy works every time! It usually works instantly, but sometimes the first session just helps dramatically and the second session is required to completely eliminate the stiffness.

I put together this binder of great links on Bowen Therapy for my neighbor who suffers from chronic back pain. These websites explain the treatment far better than I ever could. Click on the binder below for a great overview of this amazing treatment, personal success stories (including my own), and listings of practitioners.

Severe Joint Pain

My husband was only in his mid-thirties when he started suffering from debilitating joint pain – primarily in his knees and ankles. He would wake up in the morning almost unable to walk. He started taking aspirin, but soon that wasn’t enough.

I had read a little about the dangers of aspartame (NutraSweet) and asked him to try giving up his beloved diet cokes for a couple of days. He said that he probably couldn’t live without them, but he would try. After only a couple of days without the diet cokes he was pain free. But he thought that meant he could start drinking diet cokes again. It only took one diet coke before he was in agony again.

It turns out that it wasn’t easy to give up the diet cokes. It also is almost impossible to avoid aspartame. The other night he ordered a margarita and there must have been aspartame in the margarita mix because he could hardly walk the next day.

On days that he can avoid aspartame though, he is pain free. I’m so glad that we made this discovery before starting down a long path of pain killers and arthritis medication!

The binder below contains some of the resources that I found on aspartame, though I’m sure there are more. This digital binder has some interesting links with scientific data, write-ups from doctors, personal stories, and even one horrifying ‘home experiment’ with aspartame.