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The Role of Anti-Inflammatory Foods

dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,877
edited 12/12/2014 - 8:06 AM in Alternative Treatments
I just saw my Primary Care Physician for a review. He has been the one doctor acting as the 'generalist' in helping weed through many of my problems. Specialists are great, but sometimes they see things only through their vision.

To help combat some of my Arthritis, but more specifically to reduce the inflammation, thus reducing some of the pain, this is what he gave me

Foods to Include

  • - Fatty Fish (ie Salmon, Cod, Tuna, Sardines - Omega 3 Fats
    - Grass Feed Lamb or Buffalo - High amounts of Omega 3 Fats that grain feed animals are lacking
    - Nuts and Seeds, especially almonds, walnuts and flax seeds
    - Dark leafy greens, such as kale, broccoli, collards, all high in fiber
    - Red and blue colored fruits and vegetables such as red cabbage, red onion, red peppers, all berries
    - Extra Virgin Olive Oil - contains anti inflammatory phytonurtients called polyphenols.
    - Most heat cooking (crock pot, dutch oven)
    - Certain spices: turmeric, ginger, oregano, garlic, rosemary, cayenne, cloves and cinnamon
Foods to exclude

  • - Trans fats found in processed foods such as cakes, cookies, bagels and crackers
    - Refined sugars
    - Foods with a high glycemic response: refined grains and breads, desserts, rice and bananas
    - High omega-6 oils such as corn or soy
    - Gluten containing foods; wheat, rye, barley, spelt , kamut..
    - Saturated animal fats from grain feed meats
    - Dairy foods in large amounts, such as milk, yogurt, cheeses and butter
    - High temperature cooking with fats. Fried potatoes, other fried foods
This information was taken from the IFM - 2014 The Institute for Functional Medicine

Now I am willing to give anything a try. So the above information sounds very doable. How much will I benefit from this? I have no idea.

This is just something very easy to try. Will it work?

BUT before you embark on any diet, including this one, always discuss this with your doctor. They are the ones taking care of you and they are the ones that understand your condition.

What I posted here is a general statement, nothing concrete.

I will let you know how I make out in about a month from now
Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator
I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com


  • kinpainkkinpain Posts: 958
    edited 12/12/2014 - 6:20 PM
    I will definitely give it a try. It can't hurt. By the way, did the dr. say anything about eggplants? I heard that it ican make arthritic pain worse.
  • Actually I eat a lot li!e that already, Ron, with the exception of garlic, which is a prime suspect in causing my nerve damage in the first place - excessive garlic eating - I thought it was supposed to be good for you - but google "gar!ic is poison" - it causes nerve damage - and apparently all animals, except stupid humans, shun the garlic bulb - google garlic animal repellant.

    On the other hand, ginger, along with other tnings you mentioned, is healthy. Try to nice strong Goya brand ginger beer. I get it in an Asian market - and when i was buying another case yesterday, the Chinese owner and an Indian customer were going on about how it is the best, and a favorite amongst Indian people. Unfortunate!y, though the, ginger, turmeric, etc. hasn't helped my nerve pain.

    For the moist cooking paragraph, a favorite of mine is the pressure cooker.

  • kinpain said:
    I will definitely give it a try. It can't hurt. By the way, did the dr. say anything about eggplants? I heard that it ican make arthritic pain worse.

    Some say that vegetables in the nightshade family, which includes eggplant, are bad for arthritis.
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,877
    With natural or artificial products.
    One is good for this and that but can be bad for another thing
    There are not enough products avaiaiale. To everyone that is good
    Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
    You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com
  • My Mum had a 'slipped disc' when I was a toddler. She also found out that she has osteoarthritis. She went the usual medical route for a while. I those days daily traction & sleeping on a wooden board was all the rage. She spent her formative years at art university in the 60's. My family made the decision to move out of central London into the green belt. We grew our own produce, had chickens & ducks for free range eggs, goats for milk etc. She was given an arthritis diet book & practiced it religiously. To this day she swears "You are what you eat".

    I had some health issues as a child & was diagnosed with osteoarthritis as a young teenager. I have lived most of my life practicing an arthritis antiinflamatory diet. My life really wasn't effected by my diagnosis. I know I feel better in general when I'm being good. At times over the years I've fallen off the wagon & have no doubt that particularly processed foods effect my mood & general feeling of well being. It's hard to say if it now effects my pain level because the times I'm naughty & indulge are usually the holidays when I'm also exerting myself more than usual.
    My Mum has no doubts that I postponed my arthritis damage by living that way. I'll never know. It would be really interesting to live 2 lives & see if I'd of been crippled by my 20's if I hadn't practiced the diet!!

    All I know for sure is there's no harm in trying. We all know that healthy eating habits are good for our well being. It's all about habit. It's really not that hard to live a healthy diet once you get into it. My kids have always ate whole grains etc. they obviously have birthday cakes, candy at holloween, treats etc but they actually hate the taste of white bread & other refined grain products. It's just not what they're used to.

    If you have health problems I think it's worth trying the special diets. Some of us are more sensitive to certain things. I've also tried gluten free, no nightshade produce etc. that didn't make any difference to the way I feel. Give it a go!!! ;-)
    Osteoarthritis & DDD.
  • I too am into healthy eating, always have been, plus being a physical fitness buff. I lean towards Asiatic food, minus junk like MSG. (which was only invented by a Japanese man a century ago). Healthy eating might not fix our backs, but it can't hurt, and there are lots of other body systems that could malfunction.

    PS Whole grains: easy on the brown rice, though. Turns out there are plenty of good reasons why real world population groups eat white rice....in case you haven't heard.
  • What's wrong with brown rice? I always thought it was healthier?
    Osteoarthritis & DDD.
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,877
    My son is a professional trained chef. Graduated from the French Culinary school in NYC. Then spent a year in Italy first gaining more skills then as an instructor
    His vision was coming home as a chef but that changed to becoming a caterer which allowed him to express his foods . Then for the past 8 years he is a private chef to celebrities. He is now over in New Zealand with this family for three months
    He obtained a degree as a nutritionist and has had a few speaking engagements. Now he is deep into the farm to table approach .
    This is working fine in New Zealand . Everything he cooks for the family comes from their gardens and meats from the wild that is contained in grass feed only
    At one of his speeches he said open your pantry and any item with more than four ingredients or those you don't THROW it out
    It's great when you can learn from your children. But now I am a non formally trained chef but my son and I have some good cook offs
    Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
    You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com
  • I like your son's style, Ron. I'd sure like to be at one of your cookoffs!

    EG - Google "brown rice +arsenic". Brown rice also spoils quickly; white rice lasts for years.

  • Willy8Willy8 Posts: 88
    edited 12/17/2014 - 9:04 AM
    EnglishGirl said:
    What's wrong with brown rice? I always thought it was healthier?[/quote,]

    http://www.consumerreports. dot. org/cro/magazine/2015/01/how-much-arsenic-is-in-your-rice/index.htm

    Or google brown rice +arsenic
  • "he said open your pantry and any item with more than four ingredients or those you don't THROW it out"

    I like that.

    I tried to edit my last post to put a link on it - and the whole post disappeared! Just google brown rice +arsenic. The latest Jan 2015 Consumer Reports has a rice update and it's online too.
  • TWynnBTTWynnB Posts: 266
    edited 12/22/2014 - 10:36 AM
    I started eating south beach diet over 6 years ago, and I feel so much better on it. Whenever I eat simple carbs (white flour, sugar) and especially corn, I feel pretty darn yucky. I rarely get sick (although I rarely did before), and I hopefully will avoid getting diabetes, high blood pressure, and everything else my dad had.
    Apparently, it doesn't help avoid cervical problems (lol) although the doctor said I was in excellent health otherwise, and had excellent bone quality. Of course, I'm only 43, so that helps bunches too.
    Now that I know of my neck issues, I'll try harder to remember taking joint supplements as well (fish oils, glucosamine, etc). I'm so bad at remembering to take them!

    (I should say, south beach is very similar to the list you had....)

    ACDF w/Corpectomy C3-6 12/8/14 ; Laminectomy C3-6  5/19/2016

  • It's wonderful to know that so many of us are getting wise to the "Western Medicine" and "Standard American Diet" shortfalls and fallacies!
    As someone who has been through many, many health problems (at one point on 16 different drugs every day!) and has since decided to take my health into my own hands and do my own research (extensive...) - I've finally had my eyes opened! To make a long and boring story shorter...those of us who have lived a lifetime on the SAD (Standard American Diet) are ACROSS THE BOARD deficient in especially a few certain nutrients: vitamin D3, magnesium, high quality omega-3 fatty acids and the right, good probiotics. There are, of course, many more but these are the main ones I keep coming across in my research.
    Not enough can be said for the probiotics and fermented foods (like kefir, yogurt, fermented vegetables, etc.). If you do just a little research on this - you'll quickly see that a healthy "gut microbiome" is absolutely essential for all aspects of health (about 80% of your immune system is in the "gut"!) I'm talking about REAL fermented foods, not the ones like the popular flavored yogurts found in all stores - full of sugars and artificial stuff.
    And, as some of you have already mentioned, there are the real whole foods, spices and herbs...Google the benefits of turmeric and organic extra virgin coconut oil - you will be AMAZED!
    There's a great website - greenmedinfo.com - that indexes thousands of studies done on natural cures by all sorts of organizations, including NIH, AMA, many universities and independents.
    Of course, I'd be remiss if I didn't extol the praises of CHIROPRACTIC!! It's magnificent for gaining and maintaining good health!
    Good health to you all!
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