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I have been taking over-the-counter pain relievers for chronic back issues.

Q. Hello Terry, “I have been taking over-the-counter pain relievers for chronic back issues. I started developing ulcers several years ago and someone told me that the pain relievers could be causing the ulcers. Is this true? If so, what can I do for my ulcers and back pain?” — Jeremy L., El Paso, TX

A. Dear Jeremy, The mechanism by which over-the-counter (OTC) pain relievers work can also cause some unpleasant side effects, like the ulcers you mentioned. I have a few recommendations for healing ulcers, but I encourage you to discuss any dietary supplement usage with your primary healthcare practitioner, as they may have additional input. One of the first things you need to do when you have any issues of the ‘gut’ – that is, the stomach or intestine – is to begin soothing your digestive system. This is critical, because people with stomach ulcers, especially the painful kind, need quick and effective relief.

You may have heard of deglycyrrhizinated licorice (DGL), an extract of licorice. DGL is a powerful antioxidant, works as an antimicrobial agent, and helps reduce inflammation. Part of its antimicrobial properties include that it is a natural inhibitor of Helicobacter pylori, a bacterium that is involved in many ulcers and other kinds of stomach irritation.

We used to think that the only way to supplement with DGL was a chewable tablet. But new research shows that there is a special, advanced form that doesn’t have to be chewed. This is important, because many people have been put off by the intense taste of DGL in the past.

The DGL I recommend is standardized to at least 3.5% glabridin and greater than 10% flavonoids. I would take 150 mg once or twice per day.

For additional support, you may also want to consider adding in an omega-7 from sea buckthorn that includes both seed and pulp oil for the full benefits of the plant. I would take sea buckthorn once or twice per day. You may also want to consider adding in probiotics, especially strains that are naturally found in the human intestinal tract. I would take them once or twice a day with meals.

To help with your back pain I recommend a combination of curcumin, boswellia, devil’s claw, DLPA, and white willow bark for safe and effective pain relief.

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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