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Beach vs. Ibuprofen: Which Heals Chronic Inflammation Better?

From the Show: Health Radio
Summary: Did you know one hour at the beach can reduce pain as effectively as taking an Ibuprofen?
Air Date: 7/9/15
Duration: 10
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: Lynn Webster MD, FACPM, FASAM
Lynn Dr. Lynn Webster has dedicated more than three decades to becoming an expert in the field of pain management. He is the Vice President of Scientific Affairs of PRA Health Sciences and immediate past president of the American Academy of Pain Medicine.

A leading voice in trying to help physicians safely treat pain patients, Dr. Webster actively works within the industry to develop safer and more effective therapies for chronic pain and addiction. He is board certified in anesthesiology and pain medicine, and is also certified in addiction medicine.

Dr. Webster lectures extensively on the subject of preventing opioid abuse and criminal diversion in chronic pain patients and has authored more than 300 scientific abstracts, manuscripts, journal articles and a book entitled Avoiding Opioid Abuse While Managing Pain: A Guide for Practitioners, many of which are the basis for training physicians who are studying pain.

Dr. Webster has played an instrumental role in his industry as a strong advocate for safe and effective pain resolution methods. The Opioid Risk Tool (ORT), which he developed, is currently used and is the standard in multiple countries and thousands of clinics worldwide. He spends most of his time now developing safer and more effective therapies for chronic pain and campaigning for safer use of medications.

He received his doctorate of medicine from the University of Nebraska and later completed his residency at the University of Utah Medical Center's Department of Anesthesiology. Dr. Webster has been quoted by multiple media sources, including in the Los Angeles Times and the Wall Street Journal, and has given over 250 presentations across the United States and internationally. He is the author of The Painful Truth: What Chronic Pain Is Really Like and Why It Matters to Each of Us (Webster Media LLC).
  • Book Title: The Painful Truth: What Chronic Pain Is Really Like and Why It Matters to Each of Us
Beach vs. Ibuprofen: Which Heals Chronic Inflammation Better?
According to the American Academy of Pain Medicine, roughly 100 million Americans are suffering from chronic pain.

Chronic pain is usually the result of an injury or trauma, but it can also arise from an autoimmune disease or infection.

Typically, doctors will try to treat chronic pain with medications. But, more often than not, the chronic pain persists and can leave you feeling hopeless and frustrated.

Can you heal your chronic pain from going to the beach or being outside in the sun?

Lynn Webster MD, FACPM, FASAM, discusses how just one hour at the beach can help ease pain in some people as effectively as taking an Ibuprofen, as well as other ways you can ease your chronic inflammation.
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