Boomers know this all too well. And the one companion we can count on for this entire journey is pain (sad trombone noise).
Just watching the evening news is a pain. Then the commercials for prescription drugs for maladies that didn't exist until we invented them. Opioid-induced constipation? Really?
Corporations may sometimes be people and sometimes not, but they always understand the trajectory of our decrepitude. It's their job to exploit our pain, and aren't they good at it? The pharma companies in particular know the nooks and crannies of our broken political system and have been able to engineer stratospheric per-dose pricing compared to other countries.
That's life in these United States: they addict us to bad ideas and bad products, then sell us more ‘cures,' from cradle to grave.
All this is to say, you're on your own in America.
The systems in place in other countries cannot be relied upon here. So if you want to stave off old age, you're going to have to hack the system and hack your body. Which brings us to the miracle drug of our youth, and the youths of our grandparents for that matter.
We're talking about aspirin.
The ancient Egyptians were on to the medicinal power of willow bark, and by the mid-18th century, it was being prescribed for fever, pain and inflammation. By the 19th century, pharmacists had isolated salicylic acid, the active component in willow bark, and by 1899, Bayer had trademarked the name ‘aspirin' and was selling it around the world. The trademark was lost or stolen over time, and use of the drug exploded in the 20th century, until it was challenged by the development of acetaminophen (1956) and ibuprofen (1962).
For humans in pain, aspirin proved itself to be versatile, reliable and safe. Doctors relied so much upon it that it became a joke: “Take two aspirin and call me in the morning.” (My Dad, being treated for gout in the 1970s, had the family doctor tell him: “Take aspirin until your ears ring, and then cut back.”)
Today we know that it thins the blood and can be a front-line aid against strokes and heart attacks. According to WebMD, it may also protect against colorectal and prostate cancer, and possibly even Alzheimer's — although it can promote internal bleeding and increase the risk of developing a perforated ulcer or GI bleeding.
CBD is medicinal cannabis that does not get you high.
But move over, aspirin. There's a ‘new' multi-purpose, plant-based treatment for many of the things that may ail you. We're talking about CBD, the no-psychoactive cannabis compound being used to treat:
And many other conditions. Our bodies have an endocannabinoid system that regulates sleep, mood, pain and appetite — and these functions can go haywire if your body become cannabinoid-deficient. CBD can help. If you are not yet familiar with this all-around medicinal powerhouse, the Beginner's Guide at Project CBD is a great place to start.
You might end up leaving the aspirin (and pharmaceutical painkillers) on the shelf!