eat to beat inflammation pain

Eat with a rainbow in mind– Colorful veggies and fruits are rich in antioxidants and help fight inflammation. Include apples, berries, tomatoes, kale, beets and bell peppers

Fishy Fats- omega three fatty acids block inflammatory compounds. mackeral, sardines, salmon, tuna, trout and herring are good examples. Wild fish over farm or tank grown is preferred

Add spices-tumeric protects joints from inflammation, and ginger has similar properties.  Add tumeric to curries, add ginger to stir fries and fresh ginger root sliced in hot water to make tea.

Eliminate sugar drinks– Phosphoric acid in soft drinks makes knee arthritis worse

GREEN TEA– high in antioxidants called catechins and protect joints from cartilage damage

Eat a well balance meal, low in sugar, meat and refined grains since they all increase inflammation.

Have half your plate as fruits and or veggies, 1/4 as whole grains, and 1/4 as protein such as eggs, fish, beans or legumes, nuts and seeds


How to build a healthy meal


how to build a healthy meal

Make half your plate fruits and vegetables. They are a great source of nutrients, unlike many processed foods where nutrients may have been removed. They are also low in calories and fat.

Add lean protein from nuts, eggs, dairy ( fat free or 1% milk), legumes and whole grains- 

Avoid extra fat and saturated fat. Saturated fats contribute to heart disease, stroke, and other inflammatory conditions in the body such as leaky gut and autoimmune diseases.

Take your time to eat- it takes twenty minutes for your stomach to tell your brain it is full, so savor the food, eat it slowly.

Choosing a smaller plate will give the appearance of a larger meal and can help you with portion control and limiting overeating.

Try to eat more meals at home- so you have a better idea of what you are eating. Many restaurants add extra fat, salt and sugar to their foods to give them taste.

Choose healthier options at home or eating out- choose grilled and baked instead of fried food. 


eat this not that

Blueberries instead of granola bars-

whole grain bread instead of white bread

nuts instead of crackers

grilled chicken instead of fried chicken

dark chocolate instead of milk chocolate

figs instead of cookies

olive oil instead of butter

sweet potato  instead of white potato

brown rice instead of white rice

broiled salmon instead of fish sticks


Cancer, Stress, Illness, Poor Health, Depression, Diabetes, etc…

For every ailment under the sun, there is a cure or there is none;

If there is one, try to find it:

If there isn’t one, never mind it

The Leaky GUT

Tissue injury in the intestinal tract from infection, lead to inflammation (gastritis, duodenitis and colitis) along the gastrointestinal tract. A  leaky gut or permeability of the intestines to foreign proteins into the blood stream occurs.  These foreign proteins may activate the immune system and lead to conditions such as psoriasis, Crohn’s , Colitis, Celiac and new blood vessel rashes as a result of chemical (interleukins and inflammatory mediators such as Tumor necrosis factor)

The nutritional goals in patients with tick infections includes providing adequate absorption and tolerance of food, maintaining intestinal integrity, favorably altering flora and regulating the immune system favorably.

In providing nutrition for enhanced absorption and tolerance, it is noted that whey protein empties faster than casein which is important in gut motility issues. Casein delays gastric emptying and may lead to more episodes of vomiting in patients with neurological and CNS conditions.

Lyme may trigger Inflammatory bowel disease and celiac in those with a genetic predisposition. Blood testing for these conditions are available and nutrient monitoring of albumin, protein, folate, calcium and fat are important. Zinc and iron deficiencies should also be addressed.

To alter the Gastrointestinal tract favorably and minimize clostridium difficile overgrowth and yeast overgrowth, prebiotics and probiotics are helpful. Probiotics are live bacteria which add to  the growth of bacteria which establish good colon health. The best sources of Prebiotics include foods such as bananas, garlic, onions, leeks, whole grain wheat products, asparagus and tomato products which promote the growth of bifidobacter and lactobacillus acidophilus in the colon.

To down regulate inflammation in patients with immune activation conditions, foods high in omega three oils are beneficial. Good sources of omega three fats include salmon, herring, tuna, walnuts and almonds.

Leaky Gut and its consequences- Is Yeast overgrowth the only cause?

In Leaky Gut Syndrome, the lining of the small intestine becomes inflamed and irritated allowing metabolic and microbial toxins normally kept within the small intestines for passage into the colon to enter the blood stream.

Leaky Gut could be implicated as a primary contributor to asthma, food allergies, chronic sinusitis, eczema, rashes, migraine, irritable bowel, fungal disorders, fibromyalgia, and inflammatory joint disorders including rheumatoid arthritis. It also contributes to PMS, uterine fibroid, breast fibroids, chronic fatigue syndrome and pediatric immune deficiencies.

Leaky Gut Syndrome is a very common problem of modern society in part because of antibiotics and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), like Motrin, Advil, Aleve, which damage the natural balance the bowel requires to operate optimally.


Antibiotics damage the bowel environment in two ways. The first is by destroying beneficial bacteria.

The second way antibiotics damage the intestines is by promoting the growth of Candida and other fungi and yeast. Candida overgrowth may precipitate Leaky Gut Syndrome


The damage done by Candida is to the intestinal epithelial barrier, allowing the absorption of toxins and chemicals to enter the blood and affect numerous organs, including the brain


With leaky gut, nutrients can be absorbed before they are fully digested. The body’s immune response, through specific antigen-antibody markers (the food IgG test), will identify some of these foods as foreign invaders. Every time that particular food contacts the lining of the intestines, an inflammatory immune response is mounted that further damages the epithelial lining Food “allergies” may become a common secondary contributor to maintaining the leaky gut, even after the yeast is eradicated.


The most common food allergies are dairy, eggs, gluten grains (wheat, barley,oats, rye), corn, beans (especially soy), and nuts. It is uncommon to have an allergy to meat, rice, millet, vegetables, or fruit. When an IgG antibody to a food is detected, it is important distinguish a real allergy – that which causes an inflammatory reaction.




While lactobacillus supplementation is often recommended to help with leaky gut and Candida overgrowth, most of the lactobacillus sold today does not survive in the intestine, either due to poor terrain or due to being a strain that does not implant in the human intestines. There are specific Lactobacillus preparations available that do implant and do help establish a healthy intestinal environment.


Summary of Common Causes of Leaky Gut Syndrome:

Consumption of allergenic foods

For infants, premature birth

Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Radiation therapy

Alcohol consumption (depletes N-acetyl glucosamine)

Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory ( depletes N-acetyl glucosamine)

Steroids (prednisone, Medrol, cortisone, etc.)

Deficiencies of amino acids that support the gastrointestinal lining (glutamine, arginine, taurine, BCAA, etc.)

Zinc or vitamin A deficiency

Digestive tract infections (bacteria, yeast, parasites, viruses)

Excessive stress

Poor digestion



Excessive sugar leading to yeast and bacterial overgrowth

HIV infection



testing for celiac


this video describes the proper testing for the diagnosis of celiac. It also describes how one obtains celiac thru genetic and the environmental trigger which precipitates celiac- an autoimmune disease. When the lining of the stomach is inflamed, gluten, leaks into the blood, triggers an antibody reaction on the lining and absorption in the intestines. Monitoring of celiac progression or remission can be accomplished by blood testing