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Healthy Habits – Healing Back Pain

Lower Back Pain Lower back pain is generally caused by muscle strain, lumbar disc herniation or lumbar degenerative disc disease. It is estimated that 75 to 85 percent of all Americans will experience some form of back pain during their life time.

Lower back pain makes moving difficult. The pain can travel to the upper thigh, buttock and groin. Often the pain feels dull and achy. When the disks in the back begin to break down it causes inflammation which produces deep aches. No matter what the cause, back pain inhibits normal life activities.

My Back Pain Onset

About 50 years ago, while I was serving as Bishop in Boulder, CO, the Elder’s President and I were helping a member of our church move a piano. For the two of us alone, it was too much and I crunched my lower back.

I did not go to the doctor but lived with pain over many years.  When we returned from our mission in Cote d’Ivoire, West Africa, in 1999 I could hardly lift anything without my back going into spasms. Sometimes I had to crawl to the bathroom.

Back Pain Relief

Some dear friends of ours, Doug and Charlotte Brown, told us of a book by Dr. F. Batmanghelidj’s: Your Body’s Many Cries for Water with subtitles: You are not sick, you are thirsty! and Don’t treat thirst with medications.  I read the book and was so impressed with the information that I wrote a book report entitled: Water, the Remarkable Panacea.

While reading that book, Dr. B, as he is often called, shared another book he had written: How to Deal With Back Pain and Rheumatoid Joint Pain Of course, this immediately caught my attention because of my lower back injury.

What I learned was: The spine doesn’t have blood circulation and has to be pumped osmotically to receive the needed nutrition for rebuilding.  Dr. B goes through the physiology of the back and then gives a set of exercises, proper hydration, and proper eating that help in this rebuilding process. I don’t know of another book that teaches you how to rebuild your spine.

Additional Back Pain Healing Pointers

In Dr B’s  book, while pointing out the importance of proper nutrition and proper exercises,  he clearly points out the importance in conjunction with proper hydration that coffee, tea, and soft drinks are diuretic, and are, therefore, counterproductive to proper body hydration. In addition, most soft drinks use high-fructose-corn-syrup (HFCS), as the sweetener.

One day I got a surprise phone call from him.  He had read my book report. During our discussion he learned I was a scientist and we visited for about a half hour.  He asked me to send him a letter sharing my healing story. 

Final Consideration

As I point out in my book www.ItsAboutTimeBook.com and in a blog article: Fast Food Is Killing Americans. This diet tradition is a disaster and is contributing to the obesity epidemic and to many other diseases.  Getting off of processed foods and moving toward a healthy plant-based diet along with good hydration moves the body away from acidity and toward better life force.  The culture and climate where one lives, of course, are important dietary determining factors.

After following Dr. B’s protocol my back is so much better and I continue to follow his back pain relief recommendations pretty much every day.

David W Allan

P.S. Follow the Healthy Habits Series:
Healthy Habits: 1 Mind, Heart and Soul
Healthy Habits: 2 Healing, Recovery from a Stroke
Healthy Habits :3  Arrhythmia Solution
Healthy Habits: 4: Failing Eyesight and Blood
Healthy Habits 5: Healing Back Pain
Healthy Habits 6: Healthy Bones
Healthy Habits 7: Spiritual Well-being
Healthy Habits 8: Controlling Hypertension
Healthy Habits 9: Healing 8 Health Challenges

 

 

 

Healing My Back Pain

Healing back pain comes to the forefront of priorities after one has experienced a back injury that produces severe or unmanageable pain. I have personally had such an experience.

In 1970, I was serving as Bishop of the Boulder II Ward in the Denver West Stake in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The Elder’s President, Bud Harrison, and I (just the two of us) were moving a piano for a member of our ward, and I crunched my back. I chose not to go to the doctor and lived with it even though it got worse over time. Continue reading Healing My Back Pain