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
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
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
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