21 Foods That Will Reduce Pain, Inflammation And Boost Immunity More Effectively Than Medication

Throw away the aspirin and get rid of the anti-inflammatory medication because nature has all you need to rid your pain with far more effectiveness than any man-made pill can provide. They will also simultaneously advance your health with powerful nutrients which will set the terrain to help prevent future pain and illness…and they taste incredible!

Chronic pain can really deter you from doing even your routine activities. Anyone who suffers from any kind of chronic pain can surely tell you how difficult it is sometimes to get up from the bed in the morning because back or knee or neck has ‘pins’ in it. (more…)

Asthma and Arthritis Medications Are Drug Muggers

It’s disturbing to me that consumers will ponder a menu for much longer than they will the side effects associated with their medications. And even those who do look up their medicine or ask their pharmacist still don’t know that drugs can mug the body of nutrients, the very nutrients you need to stay healthy, to see clearly, have energy, keep you free of pain and maintain a happy mood.

Surprised? Most people are, and I can say that safely because I’ve been a pharmacist for 23 years, and I always get the same look when I tell people they need to “marry” their medicine with the right nutrient(s) to minimize or avoid (or reverse) side effects.

Don’t believe me? Let’s delve a little deeper into this. (more…)

Against the Grain: Mycotoxins in Our Food

The story of mycotoxins begins with the story of agriculture. In prehistoric times, humans initially began farming by forest gardening, planting along river banks, and planting in the wet foothills during monsoon season. Later, more organized farming began in the Fertile Crescent, India, Western Asia, and Egypt with these crops: wheat, barley, flax, vetch, lentils, peas, and chickpeas. As time passed, peoples in the Americas, Eastern Asia, and Africa began their own farming and agriculture techniques. (more…)

Curcumin: Linking Leptin, Obesity, Joint Problems, Inflammation

Curcumin is the yellow pigment derived from the spice turmeric. Fine quality dietary supplements standardize curcumin for the amount of curcuminoids, the primary biologically active ingredient. It is widely researched as an anti-inflammatory nutrient1 with cancer risk reduction properties2. A number of new studies demonstrate how curcumin can reduce the inflammation associated with obesity and in so doing simultaneously improve joint health. (more…)

Turmeric: A Most Amazing Spice!

‘India has among the lowest rates of prostate, breast, colon, and lung cancer in the world. Some researchers attribute these numbers to the regular consumption of a common household spice, which has also shown to offer support for cognitive function and inflammation. The best part? Chances are, this spice may already be in your cabinet.

A cancer diagnosis can feel like a death sentence, with 1.4 million new cases of cancer per year resulting in more than 500,000 deaths per year in the US. While this is still a life-threatening diagnosis, new research may give hope.*

This research has scientists amazed at how a simple spice can promote healthy cell replication, and even support the health of patients undergoing chemotherapy.*
This is only one small role this spice plays in promoting optimal health.* For thousands of years in Ayurveda, this common spice was used for physical pain, liver ailments, healthy skin, mental clarity, intestinal health, bile flow, and fat metabolism.*

Vitamin B6 deficit promotes inflammation, heart disease and cognitive declin

As cardiovascular disease continues to take the lives of millions of unsuspecting individuals worldwide, a continual stream of scientific evidence is emerging to show that many who suffer from this illness could be spared by relatively simple dietary and lifestyle interventions. Prior studies have shown that low vitamin B6 (pyridoxal-5-phosphate (PLP)) status are the root cause behind most inflammatory diseases, including cardiovascular disease, rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease, and diabetes and new research indicates that vitamin B6 and B12 deficiencies are linked to cognitive decline and depression. (more…)

Tart Cherries Have The Highest Anti-Inflammatory Potential of Any Food – Comparable To Well-Known Pain Medications

Tart cherries have powerful anti-inflammatory benefits. According to new research from Oregon Health & Science University presented at the American College of Sports Medicine Conference (ACSM) in San Francisco, tart cherries have the “highest anti-inflammatory content of any food” and can help people with arthritis manage their disease long-term without pain medications.

Michigan researchers had previously shown that a cherry-enriched diet not only reduced overall body inflammation, but also reduced inflammation at key sites (belly fat, heart) known to affect heart disease risk in the obese. (more…)

Paleo for Autoimmune Illness

I have always been interested in holistic medicine. Even as a teenager, I read and studied many different healing modalities. Given my love of medicine and my participation in competitive sports, it was no surprise to anyone that I became a Certified Athletic Trainer and physical therapist. Over the past 20 years in my healthcare career, I have worked in many different settings. The constants in my career have been interacting with people in pain and using all of my knowledge/skills to assist them in restoring maximum function.

I have a special interest in working with people who experience chronic pain. As happens with many people, it took my own experience to propel me to study and learn more about how to best help this patient population. In 2007, I became very ill with what was later diagnosed as Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis. This is an autoimmune illness (AI) caused by the body mounting an attack on the thyroid gland in an attempt to destroy it. For those who have not heard of this illness, the thyroid is a major part of the endocrine system. It is a gland that makes and stores hormones that help regulate the heart rate, blood pressure, body temperature, and the rate at which food is converted into energy. Thyroid hormones are essential for the function of every cell in the body. They help regulate growth and the rate of chemical reactions (metabolism) in the body.

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