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OTC Painkillers Linked to Hearing Loss, Other Ailments: What are the Alternatives?

Elizabeth Renter
January 6th, 2013
Updated 01/06/2013 at 4:57 am
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recent study found women who take these over the counter painkillers on a regular basis are at a greater risk of hearing loss. The study lasted from 1995 to 2009, over which time period women who took ibuprofen 2-3 times per week experienced a 13% drop in hearing capability. Those who took it six or more days a week had a 24% loss in hearing.

Millions of Americans suffer from chronic pain. Whether due to arthritis or injuries—this pain has many turning to a bottle of pills several times a day to take the edge off. Ibuprofen, aspirin, and acetaminophen are taken like candy in many households, popped for everything from a mild headache to chronic and debilitating conditions. But these solutions are not solutions at all. If anything, they are causing bigger problems.

In pregnant women, over the counter pain medications have been associated with a greater incidence of undescended testicles in their unborn sons.

Aspirin has been tied to blindness and vision problems and strokes, while all OTC painkillers have been linked to intestinal bleeding.

So, what are your alternatives? There are several. Pain is not new, but these drugs are. For centuries, humans have used natural solutions to treat pain and illness. Check out some of these options:

  • Acupuncture is an effective solution for a wide variety of pain problems including chronic and debilitating pain.
  • Exercise - Increased circulation to the areas experiencing pain can help. If it hurts too much to get in a full workout, try some gentle stretching.
  • Curcumin, found in turmeric, has been proven even more effective than arthritis drugs in treating pain. While you can buy it in capsule form, you can also use it in cooking or teas.
  • Boswellia also shows promise as a natural pain reliever, reducing the pain index by 90 percent in study subjects.
  • Other herbs including willow bark and tart cherry also show promise as pain relievers.

There are numerous natural pain relievers available and numerous reasons why you should steer clear of the pills you find at the drug store.

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  • Betterways

    Yes, aspirin comes from willow bark, so that last item is silly. But it is true that aspirin and other NSAIDs impair all kinds of body functions and should be avoided as much as possible.

  • kyrk

    Agree w/ willy, you guys on these myriad "natural" websites will attack any drug that comes in a pill, even if it contains an ancient plant-based healing drug, like ASPIRIN. It would be really awesome if you could do some basic critical thinking before posting every last alarmist anti-mainstream piece of spam that you got in the email or that you spotted in a baseless viral FB post.

    • Betterways

      Aspirin is not ancient. The use of willow bark is ancient.

  • willy

    aspirin comes from willow bark.