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|Renee’ Calder, CNT, MNT
Applying the Science of Nutrition to the
Art of Healing on the Western Slope of Colorado
Pain is an unpleasant sensation that can range from mild, localized
discomfort to agony. Pain has both physical and emotional components.
Pain may be contained to a discrete area, as in an injury, or it can be more
diffuse, as in disorders like fibromyalgia.
The physical part of pain results from nerve stimulation. Pain is mediated by
specific nerve fibers that carry the pain impulses to the brain where their
conscious appreciation may be modified by many factors. We now know
that pain is a complicated process involving the various chemicals of the
brain and spinal column. Electrical impulses send messages of pain from
specific pain sensory nerves to the brain causing the brain to release these
chemicals. When the brain reacts to pain, the signal is usually directed to
the thalamus which in turn relays messages from the brain to the various
Pain can be "acute" or "chronic". Acute pain lasts a short time. Chronic pain
may be defined as pain that lasts beyond the healing of an injury, continues
for a period of several months or longer, or occurs frequently for at least
months. Professionals also classify pain based on its characteristics, its
cause, or the mechanisms in the body or the mind that are probably
involved in sustaining it. Common classifications based on mechanisms
distinguishes pain into categories called "nociceptive", "neuropathic", and
.Nociceptive pain is believed to be caused by the ongoing activation
of pain receptors in either the surface or deep tissues of the body.
There are two types of nociceptive pain: "somatic pain" and "visceral
.Somatic pain is caused by injury to skin, muscles, bone, joint
and connective tissues, it is usually localized to one area and
often involves inflammation of injured tissue.
.Visceral pain refers to pain that originates from ongoing injury
to the internal organs or the tissues that support them.
.Neuropathic pain is believed to be caused by changes in the nervous Medications and treatments, along with pain management techniques like
system that sustain pain even after an injury heals. Normally
associated with trauma or with many different types of diseases, such
.Phychogenic pain occurs in the absence of any identifiable disease or
injury to the body. Most chronic pain sufferers have some degree of
phychological disturbance due to reduced coping mechanisms but it
has been found that phychological distress may not only be a
consequence of pain, but may also contribute to the pain itself.
relaxation, pacing, and exercise, can play a big role in reducing pain and
improving quality of life. Bodies and medical conditions differ, what helps
your friend may not be helpful for you. It pays to learn as much as you can
about the treatment options available and how to use them safely. A health
care professional is your best resource in finding the treatment approach
that will balance the risks and rewards of all treatments in your unique
BENEFITS EARTHING HAS BEEN SHOWN TO HELP WITH:
.Defuse the cause of inflammation, and improve or eliminate the symptoms
of many inflammation related disorders
.Reduce or eliminate chronic pain
.Improve Sleep and promote a deeper sleep
.Increase energy and vitality
.Lower stress and promote calmness in the body by cooling down the
nervous system and stress hormones
.Normalize the body's biological rhythms
.Thin the blood and improve blood pressure and flow
.Relieve muscle tension and headaches
.Lessen hormonal and menstrual symptoms
.Dramatically speeds healing time and can help prevent bedsores
.Reduce or eliminate jet lag
.Protect the body against potentially health disturbing environmental
electromagnetic fields (EMFs)
.Accelerate recovery from intense athletic activity
Grounding, or Earthing, reduces pain, alters the numbers of
circulating neutrophils and lymphocytes, and affects various circulating
chemical factors related to inflammation. Contact of the human body
with the surface of the Earth (grounding or earthing) produces
intriguing effects on physiology and health. Such effects relate to
inflammation, immune responses, wound healing, and prevention and
treatment of chronic inflammatory and autoimmune diseases.
|Earthing Outdoors is easy, just touch your bare
feet to the grass for at least thirty minutes or go
barefoot at the beach and notice how fast stress
and pain reduces and energy improves.
|Other Ways to be Earthed
.Swim in the ocean or in lakes
.Lay on the Earth
.Hug a living tree
.Lean up against a living tree
.Sleep on the earth while camping
.Wear natural leather-soled shoes in place
of synthetic rubber or plastic soled shoes
|Natural support for pain management can be combined with your treatment
approach and can include many Complementary and Alternative methods:
Electrical Stimulation Devices (Tens Unit)
General Physical Therapy
Energy & Vibrational Therapies
For information about the above treatment
options and for additional treatment options click here.
Disclaimer: Nutrition Therapy is not intended as a diagnosis, a treatment, a prescription, or a cure for any disease either mental or physical,
and is not intended as a substitute for regular medical care. Nutrition therapy does provide nutritional evaluation, balanced diet planning,
nutritional supplement suggestions and lifestyle recommendations for the purpose of enhancing health.
|Foods to AVOID for Relief and Healing of Pain & Inflammation
|Foods to USE for Relief and Healing of Pain & Inflammation
|stress, environmental toxins (heavy metals, lead, mercury, fluoride), free
radical damage, pathogenic infections (viral, bacterial and fungal), obesity,
over consumption of hydrogenated oils, periodontal disease, radiation
exposure, smoking, MSG, and prescription drugs (statins, antibiotics,
diuretics), which can harm the nervous system, always check the label.
-Sugar raises cytokins and interferes with the metabolism of GLA
(gamma-linolenic acid) which maintains nerve function and is required for
repair of myelin sheath. Sugar increases excretion of magnesium via the
kidneys. Refined Flour products like pizza, white bread, crackers, pasta,
flour tortillas, pretzels, breakfast cereals, and bagels lead to spikes in
insulin levels, which is a pro-inflammatory response.
-Trans Fats: Vegetable oils (soy, corn, sunflower, safflower, and palm)
are high in Omega 6 which is pro-inflammatory. Balance for Omega 6 to
Omega 3 ratio should be 1:1 but is normally 20:1 in American diet. Grain
fed meats and farm raised fish are high in Omega 6. Margarine,
shortening, bakery goods, non dairy coffee creamer, frosting, cookies,
and doughnuts are full of partially hydrogenated oils which cause
inflammation by damaging the lining of blood vessels. Fried Foods (french
fries, fried chicken, chicken tenders, onion rings) contain high levels of
inflammatory advance glycation end products (AGEs) which are formed
when products are cooked at high temperatures (pasteurized, dried,
smoked, fried, grilled). Saturated fats trigger white adipose tissue (fat
tissue) inflammation; burgers, pizza, and chips. Processed meats are
high in saturated fats and AGEs, registering as foreign attacks to our
immune system (bacon, hot dogs, sausage, bologna, jerky).
-Artificial sweeteners found in "sugar free" products like diet sodas,
gum, candies and sugar free products, lowers the levels of good gut
microbiota, called bacteroides, which would normally help release
anti-inflammatory compounds. Phosphates found in dark colored
carbonated beverages deplete magnesium.
-Artificial additives ("not from nature") found in breakfast cereals,
processed foods containing fruit, candy, ice cream, and artificial
colorings. When additives are ingested the immune system attempts to
defend against these additives which activates inflammatory cascade.
-Alcohol (beer, wine, liquor), while 1 drink per day may lower
inflammation markers, more than one drink on a daily basis has the
opposite effect promoting inflammation and depleting magnesium levels.
-Common Allergens: Dairy is a common allergen which can trigger
inflammation. Gluten a known allergen may contain a super starch known
as amylopectin A, which has pro-inflammatory effects. Night Shade foods.
-High Phytic Acid Diet can impair the absorption of essential minerals.
It is sometimes called "the anti nutrient", these foods have good aspects
and are found in all plant foods, grains, seeds, legumes, nuts, roots, and
tubers. However, high consumption leads to inflammation. Reduce the
amount of phytic acid in foods by soaking, sprouting, and fermentation.
Vegetarians and vegans are at risk.
-Fast Foods contain phthalates which are endocrine disrupting chemical
toxins used in packaging. High exposure is connected to metabolic
syndrome. Fast foods are usually high in trans fats and chemical additives.
-Coffee can reduce pain in small amounts (2, 4oz serv/day) but too much
can cause inflammation. Caffeine in energy drinks overstimulate the
-Statin Drugs actually eat away at myelin sheath which is composed of
cholesterol and the body needs cholesterol for both nerve and sheath.
-Anthocyanins block inflammation, inhibit pain enzymes and are two
times more powerful than Vitamin C. They relieve gout, arthritis pain
blue-violet, like cherries, berries, eggplant, purple asparagus, red
cabbage, black rice, sweet potatoes, kidney beans, black beans, radish,
mango, beets, fig, red onion, oranges, pomegranates, green tea, cocoa,
and red wine.
-Essential fatty acids, omega 3, improves blood flow and reduces
inflammation in blood vessels and nerves (salmon, herring, sardines), two
to three 3 ounce servings per week. EPA and DHA at 1200 mg per day
protects cardiovascular system, elevates mood and reduces brain
shrinkage. Gamma-Linolenic acid (GLA) maintains nerve function and
forms part of the myelin shealth. 150-250 mg daily (400 mg/day diabetics).
-Alpha lipoic acid is an anti-oxidant which helps protect the nerves
from continued damage. Works best when taken with acetyl-l-carnite
(ALC). Used for pain it prevents decaying of nerve fibers in brain and
elsewhere (meat, mutton, cod, chicken, asparagus).
-Magnesium (except oxide) reduces NMDA activities (without side
effects), and is responsible for protein synthesis, nerve function, blood
sugar control, neurotransmitter release, blood pressure regulation,
energy metabolism and the production of glutathione. It modulates
cellular events involved in inflammation and is useful for headache,
fibromyalgia, severe pain, asthma, and much more. (spinach, chard,
pumpkin seeds, yogurt, kefir, almonds, figs, banana, dark chocolate, goat
cheese, artichokes, black beans, avocado, salmon coriander and
cashews). Deficiency can be a major amplifier of pain.
-B Vitamins work together to build nerves. They are water soluble
meaning they don't get stored in the body. B1 ensures the development
of meylin sheaths, aids nerve functioning, and regulates the transmission
milk, nuts, oats, oranges, pork, eggs, seeds, legumes, peas, yeast,
fortified foods). B2 keeps tissue healthy and helps accelerate healing of
injuries and it protects the nervous system. B12 supports the sheathing
that protects nerve cells and is shown to promote the growth of healthy
nerve cells (nutritional yeast, clams, liver, fortified foods, fish, milk,
yogurt, cheese, eggs). Liquid delivery of B vitamins in not better due to
variables in dosage but bio-available forms of B1 (benfotamine) and B12
(methylcobalamine aka Methyl B12) are easily assimilated.
-Vitamin E reduces pain, prevents nerve damage, helps in healing
process, fights free radical damage and reduces inflammation throughout
the body. 100-400 IU/day up to 800 IU per day. (vegetable oils, almonds,
sunflower seeds, peanut butter, spinach, broccoli)
-Ginger contains gingerol which is a powerful bio-active compound with
anti inflammatory properties. Try ginger tea link and ginger lemonade.
-Turmeric contains curcumin which is an anti inflammatory that can
relieve pain and speed digestion. It protects tissue from destruction and
joint inflammation and preserves nerve cell function (curry powder and
mango ginger also contain curcumin). 2-2.5g/day (1 tbls/day)
-Hot peppers contain capsaicin which stimulates nerve endings,
depletes a chemical that relays pain signals, and causes the brain to
release "Substance P". Warning Night Shade foods can cause inflammation.
-Yogurt contains strains of probiotics that ease arthritis and bowel
inflammation (b Infantis and L acidophilur). 1-2 8oz servings/day with live
-Vitamin D regulates nervous system development and function. MORE