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    by Leah Beth Ward
    Yakima, Washington (AP)

    Alex Four-Horns leans forward as far as his aching body will allow while his pain nurse massages a mixture of castor oil, ginger and lavender into his shoulder.

    Castor oil has a soothing effect, giving Four-Horns some short-term relief from chronic pain, the result of a life-threatening automobile accident three years ago that left him in a coma for a month, broke both his thigh bones and damaged his knees and hips.

    Once a strong, athletic man, Four-Horns, 29, now moves slowly, and he finds it difficult to keep up with his sons, ages 2 and 8. “My hip went out when I was putting up the Christmas tree with my boys,” he said.

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