Why Do I Hurt? Understanding the Game of Inflammation
- by Dr. Thomas Parkes; BioVeda Health and Wellness Center of Yardly, PA
Patients often come into our office complaining of aches and pains. When asking what was it that caused the pain, often times a patient won’t mention a specific incident. However, they’ll usually say,” Nothing specifically happened, I just always feel achy all over”. These patients are often suffering from chronic tissue inflammation. There is no blood test for this pain, but the patient is acutely aware of its existence.
For decades, medical researchers have tried to figure out more effective ways to diminish pain without causing unwanted side effects. Even cancer patients who are in the end stage of life are given morphine, a drug that was used even during the Civil War times. There has even been talk recently about the use of medical marijuana for pain control.
The most powerful pain reliever, corticosteroids, are effective, but they knock out all eicosanoids, both good anti-inflammatory and bad pro-inflammatory, all at the same time. They can also have severe side effects, including an impaired immune system and diabetes.
The same problem exists with aspirin and non-steriodal anti-inflammatory drugs. They knock out all of the good anti-inflammatory eicosanoids, though at a slower rate than corticosteroids. All these drugs work by inhibiting the action of enzymes that make “bad eicosanoids.”
Is there an alternative approach to help alleviate pain associated with chronic tissue inflammation? Yes! By taking ultra-refined fish oil every day, this will actually reduce the building blocks (arachidonic acid) necessary to make the same bad eicosanoids. These medications people take everyday do not reduce the buildup of bad eicosanoids. So, in the end, it’s a hopeless battle. Fish oil supplementation works by reducing the materials necessary to make the pro-inflammatory eicosanoids.
So, how can I help myself in conquering this enemy of pain?
1. Supplement your diet with an ultra-refined molecularly distilled fish oil. This will help to deflame your body tissues.
2. Eat an anti-inflammatory diet consisting of:
- Fruits and vegetables
- Red and sweet potatoes
- Fresh fish (avoid farm raised talapia and catfish)
- Meat, chicken and eggs (grassfed)
- Omega-3 eggs or egg whites
- Raw nuts
- Spices (ginger, tumeric, garlic, dill, oregano, coriander, fennel, red chili peppers, basil, rosemary)
- Oils, fats, organic butter, coconut oil, extra virgin olive oil
- Beverages – water, organic green tea, red wine, or stout beer
3. As much as possible, avoid these pro-inflammation foods:
- All grains (all breads, cereal, pretzels, crackers, cookies, sugary desserts)
- Partially hydrogenated oils (margarine, deep fryed foods)
- Corn oil, safflower oil, cottonseed oil, peanut oil, mayonnaise, tartar sauce
- Soda and sugar
- Dairy and soy
- Meat and eggs from grain fed animals
Follow these recommendations as your drug of choice, and say “Bye Bye” to your pain. For more information, visit www.deflame.com, a web site created by Dr. David Seaman, or pick up a book by Dr. Barry Sears.