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Nutritional Concepts Mid-Week Brief
February 5, 2014
Dear Valued Subscriber,

Have a happy, healthy week. Bonnie and Steve Minsky

Where Chronic Pain Begins and Ends.

This week, USA Today and The New York Times published major articles on chronic pain. Over one-third of the country is affected by chronic pain, mostly women and older adults. This is an issue that must be dealt with head on. New research shows that chronic pain can reduce brain volume by up to 20%.

  

Both papers adequately explain the reasons behind pain and why it occurs mostly in women. A recent study in journal Pain addressed the staggering epidemic of chronic pain in older persons. USA Today said it best: "chronic pain is a transformation of a normal nervous system into a runaway, self-propelled freight train, in which the body no longer needs an injury to trigger pain -- revved-up nerves do it all by themselves."

  

To their credit, USA Today recommended several non-pharmacological methods to help fight the "self-propelled freight train," such as exercise, acupuncture, massage, and chiropractic. But neither paper or the journal mentioned the importance of what we eat.

  

Where does chronic pain originate? It comes from a chronically inflamed state, almost always brought upon by a malfunctioning digestive system being constantly bombarded with foods and beverages that it sees as toxic: food intolerances. In most clients we see with chronic pain, digestive disorders are also a problem, brought upon by food intolerances that attack silently.

  

Food intolerances come from unhealthy and fake foods. Food chemicals are frequent offenders. Would you believe that many foods we consider healthy can affect us adversely? When we screen clients for food intolerances, they are floored when they test high for a wonderful food such as coconut. Yet, when they remove it from their diets, they feel better.

  

We cannot stress enough that we are individuals and our needs vary. Eating what is good for you, the individual, is the first thing you must have intimate knowledge of. Until this is accomplished, exercise and other nonpharmacological methods will not do enough for chronic pain.

  

Medication and surgery can block the nerve cascade, but it is hardly ever the long-term solution. If the digestive system is continually bombarded with food and environmental intolerants, our genes will always find a way to send warning messages that, if not ameliorated, eventually become chronic pain.

  

For more information, you can watch Food Intolerance: the Silent Assassin, or contact our office at 847-498-3422.

 

Non-Pharmacological Pain Alternatives.

If pain medication is adversely affecting you and would like to try other options, after consulting your physician, here are alternatives you can discuss with a licensed nutritionist for chronic pain.

 

Note that these suggestions would be in addition to our pain staples such as magnesium.

 

These protocols are for NCI Well Connect subscribers only.