Tag: inflammation

The Cure for Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia is a complex and multi-faceted disorder.  In treating patients over the years who've come into the office with this diagnosis, I have observed a wide variety in the signs and symptoms that get lumped under this label.  Helping these patients takes considerable clinical discernment as there is no single presentation (and therefore treatment) that […]

The Case Against Statins Part 3: The Mechanism of Heart Disease

In the last post we explored how trans fats are an underlying cause of inflammation that sets the stage for heart disease, a fact that is fairly well documented.  To be clear, rancid or oxidized oils that contain trans fats are themselves not the direct source of endogenous oxidized cholesterol (despite the similar name) and […]

Osteoarthritis Part 1: Wear, Tear and No Repair

One of the most common and debilitating conditions is late-stage arthritis.  Osteoarthritis is defined as a degeneration of the joints causing stiffness, pain, and deformity and is differentiated from rheumatoid arthritis (an autoimmune type) and psoriatic arthritis (which occurs alongside the skin condition psoriasis).  Osteoarthritis itself can further be broken down into several distinct disease […]

Osteoarthritis Part 3: Treating the Root Cause

In the last two posts we viewed osteoarthritis through the lens of inflammation, poor circulation, and calcification as dominant and overlapping disease processes.  A genetic predisposition (family history) or arthritis can accentuate these causes, but like most all chronic disease, it takes lifestyle and environmental factors to express arthritis in its most painful and debilitating […]

Heat or Ice?

One item of contention between practitioners of Western and Eastern medicine is whether to use heat or ice on an area of pain.  Whether the pain be acute or chronic, the standard line from most chiropractors, physical therapists, and doctors is to put ice on the affected area.  We are told that cold reduces swelling […]

Fasting

One of the oldest forms of detoxification is fasting, of which there are several forms.  It can be quite the ordeal to undergo a fast, but it is as cheap as cheap medicine gets so it is a worthy ally of the cheap medicine program.    Juice fasting is the exclusive ingestion of fruit and […]

Home Remedy: Gut Remodeling

“All disease begins in the gut.”  These famous words spoken by Hippocrates, the father of Western medicine, are more important than ever for us to observe.  Gut integrity and the health of the microbiome determine how our internal world is influenced by the external world.  The gut processes food and drink into the building blocks […]

Home Remedy: Grounding

In a previous post on light therapy we discussed the healing power of sunlight and how we derive nourishment from the sun.  Just as we require vitamin sunlight (for vitamin D, among other things) the Earth itself provides a form of nourishment that we can refer to as vitamin Earth. Traditional Chinese medicine describes two […]

Cheap Weight Loss Part 9: Inflammation

Cheap Weight Loss Part 9: Inflammation

When it comes to obesity, inflammation and weight gain form a vicious cycle.  Either can get the ball rolling and have an overlapping influence, further propelling metabolism toward derangement and increasing weight gain. The basic mechanism underlying this vicious cycle begins with some degree of initial weight gain.  It may start with chronic stress, sleep […]