What do those four things have in common?
According to Quality Health “magazine”, they are cures for Chronic Pain.
Why? Because Chronic Pain Is Caused By Obesity.
I’ve been waiting for this day for awhile now. I’ve suffered from Chronic Pain for about 8 years now. (9? It’s hard to pinpoint the beginning of things like this. Like nailing down the precise time the rain started.) The fun thing about having chronic pain resulting from multiple autoimmune diseases is that there is clearly no causal link between those illness and weight. Try as they might, those who would slam the square peg of anti-obesity into the round hole of this disease just couldn’t make it work. But I never had any illusions that they would stop trying.
Now they seem to have found a way, emphasising the types of chronic pain springing from wear-and-tear ailments like Osteoarthritis (completely different from inflammatory arthritis where your immune system actually eats away at your joints). The pretzelled logic is that excess weight causes extra demands on your joints and therefore causes more pain.
Picture this: You have been hit by a train. As you are lying, mangled, on the train tracks you are stung by a bee.
That bee-sting is about equal to the pain you feel in your joints from overweight if you are suffering from AI-based chronic pain–the train that leaves you mangled. To suggest that you wear bee repellent as a solution to your problems is sort of, well, insulting. It shows a failure to grasp the very real problem of chronic pain.
But even moreso, it assumes that those who suffer are also afflicted with the IQ of gypsum weed. The FIRST thing any person with chronic pain does is altering the foods they eat. At the very beginning stages of this I went through ages of food eliminations and add-ins to figure out what makes things better and what makes things worse. Everyone I know who suffers from any form of chronic pain has done the same.
And we are all different. I can’t tolerate artificial sweeteners. Cabbage is wonderful for reducing my pain, as are yogurt, olive oil and caffeine. But I know several people who swear that yogurt and caffeine make them worse. You can converse with a roomful of CP patients and get a hundred different stories on which diet solutions work.
CP isn’t a one-size-fits-all problem. Probably because for every person in chronic pain there is a different cluster of ailments at the source. In one forum where patients identify their diseases in their sig lines I counted nineteen different clusters. Some were “RA and Fibromylagia”, a few were “Ankylosing Spondylosis and Osteoarthritis”. The rest were mad combinations of various other things. So far I’m the only one with my particular cluster.
Diet cures are a nice idea. It would be wonderful if all of these people could, as that article I just read suggests, be all better if they would just walk the dog every evening and play Wii instead of watching TV. But the problem with making these assertions is that it leads people to assume that our grave and incurable health problems are no more than a function of our laziness and lack of self-control.
Anyone who knows the effort it takes to keep from screaming all the time knows exactly how much self-control a CP patient has.