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Book Review | Naturally Pain Free

Title: Naturally Pain Free: Prevent and Treat Chronic and Acute Pains-Naturally

Author: Letha Hadady

About the Book:

Whether you’ve dealt with a lifetime of chronic aches and pains or suffer from a specific ailment, when you’re in constant pain, relief is the only thing on your mind. Are you using the same over-the-counter painkiller to treat everything from toothaches to knee pain? If so, you may only be providing a temporary mask to your suffering- not healing it- and it’s only a matter of time before the pain returns.

Every pain is unique, from headaches to back strains to arthritis and there’s no one-solution-fits-all to alleviate your suffering. Natural remedies expert Letha Hadady knows that to treat pain you must focus on the cause. Organizing her advice by both symptom and type of pain, Hadady guides you on how to use a variety of all-natural herbs, extracts and pills to ease and control the source of your suffering.

My Review:

I’ve been in daily pain since December 11, 2005. I basically just woke up with it and to this day, I am not entirely sure what caused it (although I do have my theories). It’s been SO HARD. Chronic pain really affects every aspect of my life. I’m not the same person I was 7 years ago and there’s many things that I’m unable to do now.

I’m always reading books on my condition and ways to help put a dent in my pain. That’s the main reason why I accepted Naturally Pain Free by Letha Hadady for review. I like that this book focuses on natural treatments since they are more readily available vs. prescription medication. I don’t have a family doctor where I live in Nova Scotia because of the state of the Canadian health care system (but THAT is a whole other post!). At least with natural treatments, I have some control.

The book is broken up into three sections. The first section focuses on Pain Prevention and Care and lists the ways to combat a number of common ailments like headaches, backaches and arthritis. I headed right to the Female Issues chapter since that is the one that was the most applicable to me. I noticed that the author talks a lot about traditional Chinese medicine in the treatments. I took a few courses in TCM & Acupuncture a few years ago so I’m familiar with looking at my tongue to find out what’s going on and the various TCM organs. She talks about period pain, menopause and yeast infections. There was no mention of vulvodynia though which is what I wanted to see.

The second section is about healing pain quickly and painlessly like sports injuries, skin issues, computer-related injuries and toothaches. My shoulders and neck often get sore from sitting too long. The author recommends a simple tea made of turmeric and cinnamon to help get the circulation going again.

Part three is about how to have a pain free lifestyle and has chapters about emotional trauma, chest pains, nerves and tonics. My pain is both nerve and muscle related so I went straight to the nerve pain chapter. Right away she tells you what you should avoid if you have nerve pain and the first one was coffee!  I drink a lot of that and didn’t realize it could be aggravating my pain.

Unfortunately my condition wasn’t mentioned in the book, but I do feel like I learned something by reading it. It actually prompted me to make an appointment to see a Naturopathic Doctor this week!

*I received a copy of this book to review but was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this novel.*

Stacie Vaughan

Stacie is the mom of two girls and lives in Ontario, Canada. She enjoys cooking/baking, photography, reading, DIY and is fueled by lots of coffee!

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