How To Reduce Inflammation In The Body (And Why You NEED To Do This)!

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When you take a close look at the word ‘disease’, it is interesting to note that its roots are: ‘dis’ and ‘ease’ which reminds us that even the most serious medical conditions started out as a minor malfunction (or dis-ease) in the body. 

Most doctors and scientists agree that the initial manifestation of virtually every illness known to man is inflammation in our cells.  Therefore it is imperative for us to attain a better understanding of what causes inflammation and integrate lifestyle choices that prevent it from happening!

What is Inflammation?

Inflammation is usually associated with heat, swelling, redness and pain in the body.  “Silent inflammation” is the more dangerous version because it falls under the radar screen of our senses, and causes illness to become more prominent without us noticing.

Symptoms (aching back, cough, headaches) are nothing more than the physical manifestation of silent inflammation.  By the time we notice symptoms our cells have already been inflamed for quite some time.

Food As Medicine

Nutrition FAR exceeds medicine when it comes to treating and preventing silent inflammation (in fact, there are no “medications” that currently target it)! 

Because of this, it can be a life-changing event to begin thinking of your food AS medicine, and intentionally eat foods that not only taste good, or are convenient, but serve a higher purpose for treating the body like a drug!

This is a truly revolutionary concept, and one that can transcend the way you look at your food choices over the long term.  Here’s a simple guide of some common foods and how they relate to inflammation:

FATS

Although the word emits a negative connotation, FATS are essential to good health and consuming a fair amount of high quality fats is critical to reducing inflammation in the body.

Most omega-6 fats, found in margarine and corn and safflower oils, are inflammation-causing substances. In contrast omega-3 fats, found in fish (wild salmon, mackerel, sardines and anchovies especially) and vegetables, have an inflammation-suppressing effect.

Gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) is an omega-6 fat that enhances the anti- inflammatory effect of omega-3 fats. Both GLA and omega-3 fish oils have been found helpful in arthritis and other inflammatory disorders. GLA is found in leafy green vegetables, olive oil, walnut oil, sunflower oil, soybean oil, canola oil, avocados, nut butters and macadamia nuts and (again) have anti-inflammatory properties.

When it comes to getting good fats, I highly recommend taking a high quality fish oil ever day.  This can do wonders for your long-term health!

SIMPLE CARBS

One of the reasons inflammation occurs is from a rapid rise in blood sugar, which causes biochemical changes in the cell. Staying away from sugar and high-glycemic (simple) carbohydrates, which the body rapidly converts to sugar, is one of the best ways to decrease inflammation.

When blood sugar goes up rapidly, sugar can attach itself to collagen in a process called “glycosylation,” or the Browning Reaction, increasing inflammation

Good (complex) carbohydrates, which are low on the glycemic index include: apples, apsaragus, beans, broccoli, blackberries, blueberries, cabbage, cantaloupe, citrus fruits, green beans, honeydew melon, kiwi, leafy greens, peaches, pears, plums, raspberries, spinach, strawberries

Bad (simple) carbohydrates, which are high on the glycemic index include: bananas, breads, carrots, cereals processed with added sugar, corn, French fries, fruit juices, mangos, pancakes, papaya, pasta, peas, popcorn, white potatoes, white rice, sugar, waffles.

Get Plenty of Antioxidants to Fight Inflammation

One of the greatest things you can do to fight inflammation in the body is to eat foods that are flush with antioxidants, compounds that fight off free-radical cells.  Free radicals are the pesky little devils that roam around your blood stream, getting into your tissues, causing damage to cell walls, certain cell structures, and genetic material within the cells.

In the worst case scenario and over a long time period, such damage can become irreversible and lead to disease (like cancer).

In my article The 5 Greatest Foods For Your Health, I talk about a bunch of foods that are very rich in antioxidants, like most forms of berries, raw cacao (chocolate) and leafy green vegetables.

Illnesses Caused by Inflammation

According to Barry Sears MD, author and creator of “The Zone Diet” inflammation can be the impetus for a great number if illnesses including: Arthritis, obesity, type-2 diabetes, heart disease, cancer, alzheimer’s, asthma and allergies.

According to Dr. Sears, there are

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3 simple stages to disease:  Wellness==> silent inflammation==> chronic disease.  So the pathway to extended wellness lies in reducing and preventing the quiet irritations that disturb our normal energy flow. 

Listening to your body for signs of inflammation is crucial for maintaining long-term health.  Start becoming more aware of it, look at food as good tasting medicine, and get some antioxidants in your life!

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167 Responses to “How To Reduce Inflammation In The Body (And Why You NEED To Do This)!”

  1. Ian says:

    I haven’t heard much about inflammation, especially silent inflammation. Yet another good reason to drink coffee! (Coffee in an antioxidant right?)

    • Dorothy Sherman says:

      Dear Ian:

      I noticed your comment about coffee being an antioxidant, on a website about foods and cell inflammation, that was originally posted in 2007. So I don’t know if you are still wondering about that. But, I have to warn you, that as a coffee lover, I was diagnosed with an inflammed esophagus, due to acid reflux. Coffee is one of the things I’m being told to avoid, along with tea – the issue being acid, not caffeine.

      I’m experimenting with various herbal blends, and have found Egyptian apple refreshing.

      Good luck!

      Dorothy Sherman
      Elkton, MD. U.S.

      • Dorothy Sherman says:

        P.S. Other items heart-burn sufferers must avoid, if they don’t want cancer of the esophagus: chocolate, mint, spicy foods. However one is advised to experiment and see what triggers one’s own symptoms. Some may be lucky enough to tolerate some of the forbidden items I mention, but react to others.

        I do okay with spices, and I think mint, and small amounts of coffee (8oz daily,) but not
        fatty greasy foods.

      • Ellen Keeler says:

        Hello Dorothy, You might be interested in Gano Coffee which is low in acid and balances your ph and it takes good. Hope you can take a look at my site. Thanks Ellen

      • Joan says:

        Hi Dorothy,

        Silent inflammation is a killer and all of my mother’s siblings passed with or from cancer. So I am big into doing what I can to conquer this challenge. I have found a wonderful fermented turmeric antioxidant-rich brew which is an anti-inflammatory, is rich in antioxidants and probiotics which has settled down my digestive system and eliminated my acid reflux entirely and queasy stomach entirely. Their website is http://www.gobeyondorganics.com and it’s founder is Winston Kao who I spoke to personally. He is a veritable encyclopedia of information. He founded this company after years of research and learning how to handle his digestive disorders in an innovative natural way.

        Blessngs,

        Joan M Thomas
        Seymour, CT USA

    • sam says:

      Good info but that “cell wall” thing needs to go — plants, not humans, have cell wall.

  2. zhereford says:

    Todd, this has been an excellent, informative article!
    I wasn’t fully aware of the causes and implications of inflammation.

  3. dotfoot says:

    yeah, about that coffee, the world’s favorite fruit — not so fast. research shows coffee drinkers have higher rates of inflammation and less than a single cup or so (6oz) causes inflammation.
    http://www.teeccino.com/consumerheart.aspx

    arthritis, and very many manifestations of pain is greatly exacerbated by inflammation.

    check your medicine cabinet and you’ll likely find that the majority of analgesics work, at least in part, by reducing inflammation.

  4. Todd says:

    Thanks Z and Ian– glad you enjoyed this story!

    • Deborah says:

      I have HLAB27 in my blood which means my blood is prone to inflammation. he doc says it is an autoimmune disorder and can cause all kinds of problems. It attacks the joints causing arthritis, (spondalitis I think it is spelled ) he said is what I have. It attacks the spine also. Also attacks the eye causing iritis, anterior ureitis I think is how it’s spelled. Plus it causes inflammation so bad that it runs my blood pressure very high. I had to get on bp med., 50 mg. and an anti-inflammatory med. 15 mg. which I just started and have to return to doc on 24th to check and see if liver enzymes are too high or affecting liver function. You know how you have to keep check on those. They help some but I need to see if anything else will help as med. not relieving symptoms very much. When the weather is cloudy it is horrible.
      Could you tell me anything that would help?

      • Magg says:

        Please check out UniversalSoundTherapy.com. The inflammation CD has helped so many people and the results are so fast. Sound is an amazing healing tool.

      • Salvatore petrolino says:

        Take all sugar and salt for the next 90 days out of your diet,This will lower your blood pressure help with inflammation. Fruit juice as well! Every hour of labor or walking elevate your feet. Not too cold ice down joints that hurt. Keep work outs to very light weight bearing, yard work to.20 min a day.

      • eileen says:

        I was diagnosed with this gene about 10 years ago. Many people have the gene but it doesn’t become active. I also get irtis and this can be very serious and painful condition if not taken care of on the onset. The conditon is called ankylosing spondylitis and there is no cure for it. I have found a few things that help though……I take quite a bit of fish oil and vitiman D daily. A diet rich in fish (salmon, sardines in olive oil can also help with the inflamation.) I make a green drink daily ( water and soy milk, spinach, kale, flax seeds, walnuts, avacado, parsley and some kind of organic berries….blended up….you can also add some ice and tumeric.) Start out drinking a little of it every day until your body becomes use to all the fiber. You should probably cut out all white things…flour, pasta and white potatoes…..try eating some brown rice and brown rice pasta. Lots of protein too. When I get a flareup I take something like tylenol or ibuprofen with meals and try to get much needed rest. There are some support groups online. I hope this helps you out a little bit. You are not alone in this journey. If you want to contact me my email is eileensky@comcast.net. Oh, by the way I live in Seattle and you are right the damp rainy weather here does seem to have a negative effect on this condition.

      • Alex says:

        A friend of mine has ankylosing spondylitis and after years of suffering, conventional meds and becoming increasingly crippled he hit on a book that told him to give up starch. This he has done and is now symptom free. He cannot tolerate any wheat starch but is fine with anything made from spelt – a much “older” grain. The book is called The New IBS Low- Starch Diet by Carol Sinclair. The original book was about Irritable Bowel Syndrome. The newer edition has got a forward about AS because so many sufferers were helped. Hope this helps.

      • AY Brown says:

        I detoxed my body for 4 weeks then commenced a green smoothie diet and raw foods. My symptomstotally disappeared when I commenced the E3 Live Blue Majic routine. I ran out (3 weeks) the symptoms returned. I am commencing the detox process again and I will never let the natural health pills run out.

        • Has anyone tried the Nopalea drink to combat inflamation? I have heard great things about it but havn’t tried it myself yet. Its all natural and from a cactus. I once had a lady put it on a bad burn my daughter got from her curling iron falling on her cheek and it almost instantly healed it. It was amazing. Would love to hear if anyone has tried it for inflamation.

    • Deborah says:

      I am sorry I clicked on reply for my question but I was having trouble asking my question.
      Deborah

      • Annette says:

        Did you ever find out what it is. I was diagnosed with something similar but maybe the same thing – spondylarthritis they called it. I suffer from inflammation all the time and still have no idea what triggers it. Air conditioning, change in Temperature, My Diet – I have no idea. I have also been diagnosed with psioratic arthritis but I think is more down to the water here. Aloe Vera sorts out my skin problems. The only thing besides devils claw that helps me is oregano. I simply make it as a tea and the pain stops. Nobody seems to understand that some days it is so bad actually rolling out of bed is extremely painful. I also had problem with liver enzymes being too high but I fooled the doctors – stuck to gluten free diet and amazingly they came back to normal. Otherwise they thought I was an alcoholic – I really do not drink enough or can I afford enough to be an alcoholic.

        • Chris says:

          Annette – I have psoriatic arthritis, so believe me, I understand your comment about not being able to roll out of bed in the morning. There is only one thing you can do…change your diet. Everything else is B.S., believe me, I’ve tried it. At one point I was taking 4 Advil 3 times per day, just to function. The pain was so bad and I’m only 39.

          So, here’s what I did. I reduced my animal product consumption (meat, dairy, etc.) to less than 5% of my diet. I cut out all beverages other than water. I’ll have an occasional beer or soda, but rarely. I bought a Vitamix and drink 50-70 oz of fruit/veggie smoothies each day and I exercise moderately.

          I am absolutely pain free, now. I’m very aware of pain/inflammation returning now that I can tell within a day if I’ve eaten something wrong.

          So, I guarantee if you adjust your diet to fruits, vegetables, whole grains, starches, etc, you can be pain free. Ignore what most doctors tell you. My rhumatologist refuses to believe my diet had anything to do with my feeling better. So, I dumped him and haven’t looked back. You can feel better.

          • lorna lassiter says:

            Chris, I read your comment and I am a believer about foods and no docs. I was hoping you could tell me maybe a book on food that I could follow. I am suffering with inflammation now and I am changing everything starting tomorrow. ty

          • Nicola Webster says:

            Chris- I’m 29 and have anklosing spondilits, and have read that doing a starch free diet will take away my pain/inflammation, then I have read gluten free will. But your saying eating healthy took your pain away. My rhumatologist too didnt believe in anything to do with food but I find most people with AS have heartburn/reflux so…. Do you eat many potatoes and starchy foods?

          • Salvatore petrolino says:

            The only thing that works on inflammation is diet.All sugar needs to be cut out! nothing white,ie-white potato, pasta, sugar,banana,corn witch is in everything.easy on fruit juice or even juicing.Fruit juiced has lots of sugar.The body knows sugar as sugar which triggers inclent that in the old days before cars,flight,nice warm beds,ect.Would be used for fight or flight respond.This is the primitive way the body would act if it needed quick energy.Being we sit in our car at our desk on our couch.We don’t need the energy it is stored.To much taxes the liver liver puts it in the blood stream.It becomes inflammation!

          • Jackie Schmitt says:

            I just wanted to say that I love the statement “Ignore what most doctors tell you.” I totally have tried to tell people this, that just because they may have MD behind their name, does not make what they say gospel. Unfortunately, lots of people do take it as gospel and continue to take meds that only treat the symptoms and not the cause of their problems. I have found an awesome chiropractor who does understand the concept of diet and, I too, can tell a big difference in my pain if I don’t stick with my diet.

          • Randy says:

            Hey Chris , I get gout all the time which is a form of arthritis . It seems like every thing sets it off. Could you pleas email me so I can talk with you in depth on what’s a good way to get started . It sounds like you know your stuff. Thanks so much.
            Randy.
            My email is randman696@hotmail.com

          • Geri says:

            Can someone tell me where eggs fall in the category of anti inflammatory? Should I or shouldn’t I be eating eggs?

        • Annette- You might want to try getting Vemma. WHY? Because it combats inflammation and helps prevent tissue swelling which can lead to many debilitating diseases & conditions.

          My dad was down with serious Gout problem due to high content of alcohol. He’s not able to walk properly which makes me very worry of his condition. Therefore i tried to google and see if any medication would helps as he have been to many doctors eg. western n eastern doc but only able to relief him from the pain.

          After i advise my dad to try out the product for almost 6 months, there’s a tremendous results shown on the condition as i seemingly hear him complaining about not being able to walk and so on.

          So i strongly encourage you to have a closer look on that and if you want you can connect with me on facebook @ mso.copp@gmail.com

          Thanks!
          Charmaine Ong

  5. kathylynn says:

    Great info! Thanks.

  6. Todd says:

    Thanks Kathylynn! Much appreciated…

  7. Todd says:

    hey dotfoot…didnt see your comment there until mjust now, but great points and thanks for sharing! (I do have to admit though, I did just have a cup of coffee :)

  8. F. Dalton says:

    I’m sorry, but I would NEVER consider a website devoted to selling a coffee substitute as a source of factual information about coffee. Anymore than I would consider a sugar company a good source of information about sugar! Facts are easily and slickly misrepresented on such sites.

  9. Todd says:

    Thanks for the comment F Dalton, and I am assuming you are referring NOT to my article about inflammation, but to the comment made from “dotfoot” about coffee and its substitute…? Just making sure, thanks!

  10. Nuruddeen says:

    Inflammation actually serves a great purpose in our bodies, without which, our lives may not be possible. When an infectious substance breaches our skin, for example, immune cells rush to that area in order to fight the microbe and ensure our healthiness. However, chronic inflammation, such as arthritis, is not really good for us at all. In fact, in some diseases, such as Helicobacter pylori infection, chronic inflammation is considered to be one of the main causes of cancer.

  11. Todd says:

    Nuruddeen– Thanks for the comment…and yes, since our bodies are constantly in contact with foreign substances, our immune system is contantly fighting off illness and disease; the result of which often causes some type of inflammatory response (like a red mark on our skin, for example).

    But in this article, I was really talking about “silent inflammation”; or the kind which is beneath the surface of noticeability. Silent inflammation is always the first reaction our bodies create to ANY disease…and it is therefore important to understand how to stop it from occurring!! That is the point I was really trying to make.

    Thanks again for the comment Nuruddeen!
    Todd

  12. Roberta Bray says:

    Hi Todd I was really interested to read in your article that high sugar content in the blood causes inflammation. I am a Type Two Diabetic and have flare ups of pain in my tissue hips, legs especially. I will try harder to keep the sugar levels even to see if this makes a difference.Thanks Roberta

  13. Todd says:

    Hi Roberta– I must tell you, that in my experience type II diabetes is almost 100% preventable through nutrition and lifestyle choices. In my training as a health counselor we saw case study after case study which showed how a shift in habits eliminates this ailment. I am glad this article helped…and let me know if you would like some more information!
    Todd

    • Joanne says:

      Todd is correct on diabetes is almost 100% preventable, and curable too. I am a type 2 diabetic, have been for nearly 16 years now. I recently came across a website on a raw food diet. Meaning nothing but raw fruit, vegetables and nuts. It’s an extreme life style change, but I decided to try it. In the 9 days I did this diet I didn’t have to take my insulins not once. I usually inject myself 5 times a day for a total of 70 units. I included the link in which I found to be VERY informational and helpful. Also, on the 10th day when I started eating “regular” foods again I immediately had to take my insulin. So now I’m trying really hard to incorporate as much raw foods into my daily diet as I can tolerate. Here’s the link for you http://www.viddler.com/explore/sailorvee/videos/3/ I strong urge you to give this raw food diet a shot.

      Joanne

  14. Maria Hatzistilianou says:

    Dear Editors,

    I am involved in the teaching of immunology, I liked the picture at the top of Todd’s article and I would like to ask permission to use it.

    In case you grant the permission, could please tell me how i will reference the picture.

    Thank you

    Dr. Maria Hatzistilianou
    Pediartician – Immunologist
    Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece

    • Brenda says:

      Hello, I would love to talk with a DR of immunology. i have Fibromyalgia, Hypothyroid, and degenerative discs in my lower back. i am fighting back like crazy with nutrients, food etc. I am 57 and was athletic and a runner until I was 51, then down i went.
      Not asking for free advice, but we do not have anybody like you close to us. What do you think of accupuncture and a holistic approach to this, it is sooooooo painful. I am sick of wanting to do things that I cannot do.
      Thanks for any advice possible!

      • Joanne says:

        Hello Brenda, I am no doctor, but I too suffer from Fibromyalgia and back issues. I used to get injections in my vertebrata to keep the inflammation down. It was painful but helped me a LOT. I then found out what the effects of these injections caused and quit getting them. My son was concerned with my pain issues and insisted I try acupuncture. So to please him I did and to my surprise helped me a great deal. So if you are able to get acupuncture the by all means please do so and listen and follow everything that Dr. tells you. You’ll be surprised by the results. Good luck to you either way.

        Joanne

      • meme says:

        Brenda,
        Have you tried Bikram yoga? It is a therapeutic yoga that will alleviate back pain and help you body feel body in all ways.

        • Sharlouie says:

          As a yoga teacher, I would not and do not describe Bikram Yoga as therapeutic. It is strenuous and for the strong bodied amongst us. I’d recommend a therapeutic relaxed class for all recovery. Certainly not Bikram Yoga.

          • VR says:

            Dear Sharlouie…..I totally agree with you that Bikram Yoga is strenuous, however, it is also probably one of the best yoga options ANYONE can EVENTUALLY do which helps with AMAZING results. I know, because I suffer from intense pain from inflammation that hits key spots in my body, especially my legs, which leaves me dragging myself and limping because of the pain. A friend of mine introduced me to BIkram Yoga, and although I could initially barely keep up with the postures, over time, I became stronger and most importantly, pain-free! I know it helps because I stopped for a while because I got really busy at work and couldn’t meet the class times (class, incidentally, was a half hour drive away) and my body felt the worse for it.

            Just like it is impossible to run a marathon without some sort of training (at least for most people!) doing Bikram Yoga operates along the same principle, as, for that matter, any kind of sport or physical activity: you get better over time through regular and committed repetition. Additionally, BY postures were specifically designed by Bikram to help him combat pain from a physical injury. So if it worked for him (and me!), I’m sure it can and will do a lot of good for all of us pain-sufferers – eventually, of course, – if we keep up with it till we master each posture! Indeed, the pain almost starts dissipating within the first few sessions of BY! Just do each posture the best you can until you get there, as you almost certainly will!

  15. Yvonne says:

    Great information! I’m allergic to all berries. Can you suggest a substitute?

  16. Enid says:

    I wanted to ask I have a raised inflammed itchy rash on my left forearm, that will not clear up, I know I’m not a diabetic. And I don’t eat simple carbohydrates. So can you please tell me what can be causing this. I do have arthritis on my knees-surgery x3 each. I was a 5 mile jogger before my knee injuries/surgeries,which I no longer jog. So can you advice what I can do. Thanks
    Enid

  17. Cindy J. says:

    I got a lot out of this article. I am looking for knowledge for my sister-in-law.She is dying of a lung disease caused from inflammation. The medical world hasn’t been able to help her. They are putting her on the transplant list. Can you suggest any other reading?

  18. Bob D says:

    I have recently stumbled on a product that has the highest antioxidant score of any natural food currently known to man, 15 times getter than wild blueberries. It is all organic and simply makes common sense to feed your body what it needs and let it heal itself over a period of three or four months. I have seen dramatic improvements in both my own and others overall well being from using this on a daily basis. This is worth your time to check out.
    As I see it the only other alternative to good health is drugs or surgery.
    E-mail me if you would like more information
    BOB

  19. Della says:

    Bob, I am currently doing an anti-inflammation diet under my doctor’s supervision. We’ve eliminated many causatory foods and I’m taking prescribed supplements as well. I am interested in the antioxidant you mentioned. What is it and where can I find it? Thanks

  20. Dennis says:

    cacao is a very good product for antioxiants

  21. Samone says:

    Bob, that was not kind of you at all.
    What is the information? We”re all on this planet to help each other and your holding info. by telling us to email you and then you’ll relase the helpful information.

    Thanks to everyone else by being forthcoming with the useful advice. Dennis, I will try some raw chocolate. I have a severe case of scalp inflammation which destroyed most of my hair follicles and I had uveitis. I’m grateful to sites like this by helping me reach better health. No one wants to live in pain of the itis’s; we all want to strive for invincible health. I will stray away from inflammation causing foods an hopefully this will help with my scalp. Maybe my hair will start growing back. Thanks once again to everyone for their insight. God Bless

    • VR says:

      Dear Bob
      I’m interested in this antioxidant natural food: is it acai berry? You did not leave an email address….so how can I gain access to this information?
      Thanks!
      VR

  22. Janet says:

    Could you please email me the name of the product that has antioxidants that are 15 times greater than blueberries? I would greatly appreciate it.

    Thanks,

    Janet

  23. Todd says:

    Janet, that comment was from Bob, and I hope he responds because I’d like to know as well :) Thanks Janet,
    Todd

  24. Kojo Yorke says:

    I have been enlightened by reading your article. However I will be glad if you could tell me the causes of inflammation in the tigh and abdominal area

  25. Please send me information on the supplement that has 15 times the antioxidants of blueberries.
    thanks

  26. Lynn says:

    I want to nix all the inflammation that has been going on in my body, since 2004. I am willing to do anything. I need a diet that I can follow and perhaps a good antioxidant. I take pycnogenol, but it doesn’t seem to by stopping the swelling that makes my fingers seem spring loaded every morning, escpecially my right hand (it’s painful)or the swelling in my back, and other joints in my body which gets worse in warmer weather. I’m too young too endure all this pain, and I cannot imagine that I will still be alive 20 years from now, the way I feel today.

    • annette says:

      I have heard that green barley and olive leaf extract are also very good anti-inflammatories. Olive leaf extract is also supposed to be an anti-viral and anti-fungal. You should be able to purchase these from the health food shop. You can also get shots of barley grass from Juice Bars. They tast just like you would expect grass to taste, but not disgusting. The Olive leaft is a bit strong but you can get it with pepermint in it and that tastes better. You need to take this with food, because it can make your stomach a bit queasy.

    • Brenda says:

      Amen Sister: I am 57 and also think what is going to happen when I am 70? It is depressing i am on an anti-depressant. I think that people who do not mind sitting around are not as affected as I. i have been very athletic until I was 51. I hope all of us can find something to help together, several minds are better than one i guess…

  27. Lorraine Naleway says:

    I AM A YOUNG WOMAN IN MY FORTIES,AND HAVE HAD INFLAMATION IN MY BODY FOR YEARS. i HAVE HAD NUMEROUS BACK SURGERY,KNEE SURGERY YOU NAME IT,AND I HAVE HAD IT. I’M TAKING PAIN MEDICATION,AND METHADONE FOR THE PAIN. I AM EXPERIENCING A WEIGHT GAIN AND BLOATING IN MY BODY. I GO FROM 112 TO 123 LBS. IN A DAY. I JUST WANT TO KNOW HOW I CAN GET RID OF THE BLOATING AND WEIGHT GAIN,AND WHATS CAUSING IT. THE DOCTORS DON’T SEEM TO HELP AT ALL.I JUST CAN’T LIVE LIKE THIS ANYMORE.I HAVE NO LIFE.I’M MARRIED AND HAVE 2 CHILDREN,AND AM A GRANDMOTHER OF TWO. I WOULD LOVE TO BE ABLE TO ENJOY MY LIFE,BUT THE PAIN PREVENTS ME FROM DOING THAT. I WOULD APPRECIATE ANY ANSWERS YOU HAVE,OR ADVICE FROM YOUR READERS,IF THEY HAVE EXPERIENCED THE SAME SYMTOMS. wHEN I’M TALKING ABOUT PAIN AND INFLAMATION I’M TALKING ABOUT 20 YEARS OR MORE.PLEASE HELP ME. THANK YOU

    • deb tayler says:

      It sounds as though you have a gluten intolerance – I suffered with bloating and fluid retention for 35 years before discovering that gluten was causing it (even though I had no digestive symptoms). Try a gluten free diet for a month and see if you improve! Good luck! Deb

      • Ang says:

        I was The same way. Went gluten free and I can’t believe the difference.go gluten free!

        • Lois says:

          I had diagnoses of Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome for years. Took so many meds I can’t even count..Suffered greatly. My niece was diagnosed with Celiac Disease and advised me to go gluten free for 2 weeks to see if it helped. Within 3 days I was a new person..All the symptoms that I had endured for many years were GONE. Things like great fatigue,stomach bloating and gas as well as diarrhea,memory fog,muscle aches,headaches, pain,depression and much more. ..No meds just don’t eat Gluten. In researching you will find that wheat is in things you wouldn’t think about. Like Ketchup, soy sauce and some spices. Please do extensive research to make sure you are getting no gluten. It was like I woke up one day and I was a person that was happy and pain free……

          • Melani says:

            Can someone recommend the best website or other source that can clearly describe what “gluten free” means? I need to know exactly what to avoid. Is it all “white” foods…flour, potatoes, rice…but also wheat? Very confused.
            Have also heard about “Night Shades” that are typically foods that cause inflammation. Anyone know more about this, as well?
            Thank you!

    • Dannie says:

      YOu need to search for the website on the C. H. I. P. programme directed by Dr Hans Deihl from Loma LInda California, it is a tremdous programme with over 40,000 people who have reversed their disease with fork and knife, its a compltete lifestyle change ok do the search.

    • Salvatore petrolino says:

      I have had some of the same things.This is what worked for me take out all sugar and salt from diet.Even fruit juice one qt o juice could have as much as half a pound of sugar.Nothing white no Pasta,Potatoe,sugar,white bread.Lots of low sugar vegetables, lean meat ,fish and chicken.No carrots or carrot juice,corn and corn product sorry that’s in everything.I find 8oz of coffee one time a day is fine more than that can cause nerve sensation,chocolate as well.Yes change of life.No more than 20min of yard work,work out at a time.Ice joints that hurt not to cold rap a towel around ice.Elevate your feet every hour.Light yoga very light.Inflammation loves to find surgery don’t ask me why I am not a doctor,but it does.It may be responding to past injury.It is only my believe that the brain still knows or thinks the injury is still there.

  28. Todd says:

    Lynn and Lorraine, that is AWFUL to feel this way. May I recommend you checking out Jenny Mannion’s website, Heal Pain Naturally. http://www.healpainnaturally.com. In fact, you both should email Jenny directly as she is someone who suffered similar symptoms for YEARS and was able to heal herself through natural means (without heavy medications and pain killers). The good news is: you CAN do this. There IS a way. You just need to seek it out. Anything I can do to help, please let me know :)
    Much love to you,
    Todd

  29. Treacy says:

    Hi Todd, Thank you so much for the article and all of the threads. I am doing numerous research as I am extremely inflammed and bloated and seem to get bigger every day..from 100lbs to 115lbs in a month..not my body type at all! I did get food allergy tested and I have an extreme toxicity in my body for solanine…a toxic substance found in peppers, potatoes,paprika, tomatoes. It causes inflammation and RA…you may want to add that to your site…it is a hard allergy to get diagnosed.
    It takes 34-68 days to digest 1 pepper..they are not water soluable. I have been highly addicted to peppers for years, but am actually allergic,so II am now at a toxic level which is causing some of the inflammation. My doctor said 6 months before it’s all out..if I stay off completely. My Adreanal gland is very slow now as well…is there anything you know of that can really boost it, on a daily basis? I went to a naturapath doctor, a keniesiologist(?), which help me finally determine part of the problem. I am now going on an anti-inflammitory diet as well. I will let you know how I do. Love your site! Treacy

  30. doris clark says:

    I use a dowser (pendulum) to test all food and supplements to see if they are good for my body. If you want to get rid of your allergies, go to naet.com, in Europe naeteurope.com
    Nambudripad allery elimination techniques. Devi Nambudripad, M.D., Ph.D., D.C., L.Ac.

  31. chona says:

    I am 45 years old and having my pre menopausal,I am single and never been have a child.My mestration was stop when I was 41 years old without any sign of menopausal.I got an ultra sound on my pelvic and its all clear.Now on my 45 years old.I got this pain on my left side lower abdomen down to my left legs.I went to my doctor several times already and get through some of a laboratoty test like urinalysis,Urine cytology but still all are normal.Actually,I got a pneumonia last march 2008.Could you please help me if this pain is connected with my pneumonia?I would be looking forward to hear your answer about my problem.Thank

  32. пapaзит says:

    Хороший блог :) Люблю почитывать каждую ночь (ну и в другое время тоже :) ).

  33. I have widespread pain that feels like inflammed skin and pins and needles and numbness. Comes and goes daily. mild to severely painful. Mostly on upperback and down right arm. I also have brain fog, and terrible fatigue. THis has been ongoing for a long time. I have been told I have adrenal failure but treatment for that this last 7 months has brought no relief. I am feeling helpless and getting no where with the doctors I have seen.
    Is it fibromyalgia? coritsol problems? hormone imbalances? allergies? Starting to go a little crazy here! Anyone?

    • Brenda says:

      I had the same feelings and pain and was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia 6 years ago. I have been allergy tested and have quite a few food a’s. I was also tested for Cortisol levels, i am always stressed and that was OK. I have menopause, and was tested for female hormone balances, my progesterone and testosterone were low, My Gyno, at my request, wrote a RX for Bio-identical hormone cream, it worked well for a long time, but we are in the process of revising it with just prog. and testos. to balance things. They can make you feel really bad it they are wacky. I have been doing light exercise for the Fibro, but when it flares, the brain fog sets in, and I am so tired of it affecting my life. i wish you well, if you find out anything new on this please share!

  34. cherylwilliams says:

    for info on fantastic nutrition to reduce inflamation go to: http//sbassett.myceresliving.com

    Look at 2nd and 3rd bar on left to hear about the benefits. thank you

  35. cherylwilliams says:

    responding to Phyllis Linklater and people wanting to know product with high antioxidant properties—AIO is showing great promise.after studying the website—http://sbassett.ceresliving.com it sure seems to me that this product addresses the concerns in all of these comments listed back since 2007. If you go to the site and listen to the physician’s comments and the people who take the product it is truly amazing. Appears to also have many more properties than what blueberries provide. Check it out. Inflamation issues totally addressed in the literature on this site.

  36. Sean Ferguson says:

    In order to keep my body free from radicals I take a program of antbiotics twice a year. This keeps the unknown bacteria at bay. It will not make me immune to the antibiotics when I am ill since there is a plethora of them in todays medicine market.

    • V Kelly says:

      Hi Sean,

      I understand your logic about taking antibiotics on a regular basis to keep free radicals at bay. However, I’d like to caution you that such a practice can,over time, lead to other problems. Overuse antibiotics have been proven to cause candida in the body, which is a huge problem in an of itself. You may find it more effective in the long term to follow a sensible diet and get plenty of exercise.

    • Vanessa says:

      Sean,

      I second what V Kelley says. I can attest that since the age of 12 I had infections that didn’t seem to go away. and doctors were always prescribing antibiotics. That slowly caught up to me and caused a myriad of problems including a candida infection. And trust me, you do NOT want this. Candida and yeast are nasty and hard to get rid of. Antifungal medications rarely kill it. It causes headaches, joint pain, moodiness, and in the long run can cause serious health complications. I would recommend seeing a nutritionist. Doctors too easily prescribe antibiotics and other drugs that just cover up the actual causes of symptoms. Maybe try eating low sugar and don’t eat simple carbs? Works for me.

  37. It is good to be reminded of what is important in life. Eating well is definitively one of them. Thank you for the information. Chantal Beaulieu Lynch.

  38. Renae says:

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  39. Glenn says:

    I had an unusual condition of fluid building around the outside of my lungs and was in the hospital 2 weeks. Doctors did every test but could only conclude it was from inflammation and an overactive immune system. I also have a number of moles growing on my chest and not sure if they’e related to inflammation. Anyone had anything similiar and any natural treatments to supress the immune system and remove moles?
    You my also email me at ctlcannuity@yahoo.com

    • Years ago I suffered from chronic health problems. Inflammation was one of the root causes and it caused my body to go into overdrive and start attacking itself. Basically, my immune system became very overactive and I was unable to eat many foods or tolerate dust, etc. It was horrible. I tell you this so that you know I totally understand what you’re going through. Please trust me when I say the last thing you want to do is supress your immune system, naturally or otherwise. There is a way to get over what you’re going through and to get your immune system back in check.

      I’m a Wellness Coach and would be more than happy to speak with you about this (no charge). And, to answer the most often asked question, I’m not selling a supplement or miracle cure (there’s no such thing!). You can email me at verria.kelly@goodhealthcoach.com.

    • Vanessa says:

      Glenn,

      I to had the same EXACT situation! I’d like to talk to you more, maybe we can learn something from each other. I tried to send you an email and it got kicked back. If you get this, please email me!!

  40. Maggie says:

    Todd, this has been very interesting. I have Type II diabetes, treating for elevated cholesterol, neuropathy, have had 7 trigger finger surgeries, carpal tunnel surgery in both hands, and numerous back problems including spinal fusion in lumbar region and now have been diagnosed with bulging discs in C2,3,4,5,and 6. I hear about inflammation, but recently learned a lot by reading your blog. I do eat fish, take Omega III supplement, and eat fresh fruits, not so good on vegetables. I have fought excess weight all my life. I am now at 205 and the doctor tells me he wants me to get to at least 180. I know I can do it, but have a hard time getting motivated, even though I am a lifetime member of Weight Watchers, reached my goal with LA Weight Loss (now out of business). Todd, I am open to any suggestions on how silent inflammation could be hurting me and how I can get rid of it in my body. I am really at a loss, I love life, and want to feel good again.

    • V Kelly says:

      Hi Maggie,

      I’m sorry to hear about the problems you’re having with your health, particularly with weight loss. I think what you’ve realized is that external motivation, such as that offered by Weight Watchers and other popular weight loss programs, isn’t the answer for everyone. In order to lose weight, you not only have to learn the what, but you have to learn the how. In other words, equipping yourself with what you should do to lose weight doesn’t work unless you understand how to make the changes a normal part of your lifestyle. And, I don’t mean trying a bunch of tips and tricks. I mean doing work within to help you figure out how to make what you’ve learned work for you. This is the type of work I do with my clients. If you’re interested in speaking with me about it (no charge), please drop me an email at verria.kelly@goodhealthcoach.com.

    • Flo says:

      Hello Maggie,

      I am fxperiencing now un August 2011 what you posted about in June 2010. I have not yet been diagnosed properly, and am told I do not have diabetes, but
      I have the back degredation, neuropathy in right hand, cannot bend properly last two fingers of left hand or lift them, and am now experiencing severe cramping spasms in my right hand. Also, high blood pressure and body aches and joint stiffness.

      Could you please email me about what helped you. I really need help, and would appreciate it so much.

      Thank you,
      Flo

  41. Todd says:

    MAGGIE– Thank you so much for the honest comments and I am so sorry you are struggling with the inflammation :(

    In terms of eating, I think integrating veggies into your diet is a VERY smart thing to do. Particularly leafy green vegetables like Kale, Mustard greens, etc…

    I would also look at a Macrobiotic diet. Its a more ‘radical’ shift, but if you are struggling and really want to get better I would look into it.

    People who go macrobiotic can heal cancer and all kinds of seemingly insurmountable ailments.

    I would also look to expand your spiritual practice. Do you meditate and visualize? VERY powerful mechanisms for healing. The bottom line is: you CAN heal yourself.

    I would visit my friend Jenny Mannion’s blog. http://jennymannion.com/ She has healed herself from imminent ailments and is a true inspiration.

    Lastly, I would buy the book Spontaneous Healing by Dr. Andrew Weil which saved my brother=in-law’s life. At 27 he was given a diagnosis of terminal cancer and is alive and healthy today, 17 years later.

    There is a LOT you can do Maggie…and it ALL begins with you and your thoughts :) Let me know if there is anything else I can do to help….

    Much love and healing,
    Todd

  42. Ayo says:

    I have had sciatica for many years. Of course it has not been constant for all these years. For the past three weeks it has taken over my body on the left side and it leaves me antisocial
    to say the least. Pain in the butt, thigh, leg and foot. What should I do. I do eat a lot of fruit and veggies but maybe not enough. what else can I do?

    • Hi Ayo,

      I’m sorry to hear about your sciatic pain. The good news is that it is 100% curable and you can do it for free in the comfort of your own home if you so choose. It sounds totally simple (and it is), but yoga is one of the best ways to address sciatic pain. I know it may be hard to do initially because of the pain you’re going through, but you can modify the moves until the pain eases up a bit. Do a quick search online for sciatic pain exercises and yoga sciatic pain. There are videos on youtube as well if you need a visual of some of the poses. If this doesn’t work, find a yoga studio in your area and talk to them about sciatic pain. A good studio will know exactly what to do. I know this works because I did it myself about a year ago after suffering from severe sciatic pain on my right side for about 9 months.

      I wish you the best!
      Verria Kelly

    • Rose says:

      Hello Ayo

      Your sciatica may be caused by your Sacred Table at the bottom of your spine being out of place. Find a good naturopathic chiropractor who will be able to help you’

    • John says:

      Honestly, I suffered with a herniated disc (L5-S1) for 15 years. Stretching, yoga, core strengthening all helped…BUT, when I irritated it last year I began getting severe sciatica pain starting at my butt/hip, down my thigh, knee, calf, ankle and eventually down to my foot on the left side. The bottom of my foot became numb. After much research, I ended up getting surgery – microdiscectomy. It was out-patient and I was back to work in 4 days. It took about 10 weeks for all of the residual pain to go away, but I have been completely sciatica pain free ever since. I realize that this article and the posts address natural ways to alleviate inflammation, but sometimes surgery is necessary. The longer the nerve is inflamed, the greater the chance it will become permanent. Just my opinion, but it worked for me. Good luck!

  43. KATIE NAYLOR says:

    I recently went on a strict cleanse…. eating all the good foods to eliminate immflamation and none of the bad ones. And I was taking Essiac liquid morning and night. By the end of the second week I went from having arthritic painful knees and joints ( that prevented me from walking more than 1/2 mile at a time and kept me on Aleve daily) to feeling like a teenager! My knees were great. And i’d been ready to consider surgery! Then as the cleanse was over I went back to eating bread, etc and my knees became just as painful again within a week! This experience was taught me the whole lesson and makes the healthy eating easier to follow. THANKS!! AND THANKS TO THOSE WHO WROTE IN! IT IS LIKE A MIRACLE! AND I’D THOUGHT I WAS GOING TO BE IN PAIN FOR THE REST OF MY LIFE! the restrictive diet is TOTALLY worth it!

    • Flo says:

      Hello,

      What is Essiac liguid and where might I find it?

      I have the back degredation, neuropathy in right hand, cannot bend properly last two fingers of left hand or lift them, and am now experiencing severe cramping spasms in my right hand. Also, high blood pressure and body aches and joint stiffness and high levels of inflammation.

      Could you please email me about what helped you. I really need help, and would appreciate it so much.

      Thank you,
      Flo

  44. Rosie says:

    For the past year I have experienced severe back and neck pain and most recently joint pain throughout my body. The joint pain began in my knees sevelal months ago and then fingers, mid back (stabbing pain). I feel inflammation throughout my body. Flue-like symptoms and tightness in my chest. My doctor tested my adrenals and diagnosed me with adrenal fatigue.For the last two months i have been taking supplements and doing acupuncture but I have not seen improvement. Most recently she gave me Cortitropin (for adrenals) and Inflammacore (shake with many different ingredients) to reduce the inflammation. My doctor said that I should see some results shortly. If not she may need to start me on low doses of steroids.

    Anyone else familiar with these supplements?

    • Hi Rosie,

      I’m familiar with Inflammacore. My doctor prescribed something similar years ago. My two cents is that you may use it to get over the hump, but unless you change your diet any relief will be short lived. As for adrenal fatigue, been there done that, and again the best way is to change your lifestyle, particularly reducing stress in your life and better handling those things that do stress you out. There’s a good book you might want to read called Adrenal Fatigue. I can’t remember the author, but I think his last name is Wilson.

      And remember, if you’re taking supplements and not eating properly and exercising, it’s like throwing the supplements in the toilet. You have to properly prepare your body if you want it to heal.

      I hope this helps. Let me know if there’s anything else I can do. You can email me at verria.kelly@goodhealthcoach.com.

      I wish you good health!
      Verria

    • Brenda says:

      What were your symptons of this? I have unexplained low grade fevers, and just feel crappy overall. I have wondered recently if this is one of my problems. How do they cleanse the Adrenals? Thanks for your comments.

    • Vanessa says:

      Hi Rosie,

      Sometimes joint pain is a sign that your body may be allergic to a food. Try an elimination diet. I found I had an intolerance to gluten (the protein found in wheat, barley and rye.) Our bodies are trying to tell us we are doing something wrong. Listen to your body and don’t think there is always an easy way out. We have to be good to our bodies – you are what you eat.

  45. Ria says:

    Dear Katie Naylor..where can I find that diet please?I am going crazy with inflammation pains and have to apply ice packs to endure each night..have also gout, sciatica and Raynauds.
    Please help…Ria

  46. Desi says:

    Dear All,what a sad lot we are.I have just found this site and managed to read all the comments, only to realise that the suffering I am going thro’ is nothing compared to other poor unfortunates. How ever, we must keep our peckers up and stay positive, keep a sense of humour when all about us seems doomed! Now, I’m a personal trainer not a doctor, but like the rest of you I realise if you want something doing ,you’s got to do it yourself in this world or you go under. So, firstly Ayo, re: sciatica… have you tried stretching? There is a muscle in the hip called the Piriformis. It runs from the top of the femur(thigh bone) to the bottom of the spinal colomn(the sacrum). It has a tendancy to go hypertonic( over tensed) If it does it can pull the bottom of your spine out of alignment fractionally , thus giving lower back ache. The sciatica nerve runs right next to this muscle,( on some people the nerve actually passes thro’ the piriformis mucsle) and gets squashed or trapped, thus giving you hellish pains down the old legs etc.Remedy;..few minutes warm up, fast walk, light leg swings, frontal and lateral(sideways) then sit on the floor one leg out straight, the other bend at 90 degrees and pull your bent knee towards your opposite shoulder, d not pull the lower leg as this will put sideways stress on the knee joint. You should feel the stretch on the out side of the hip the bent of leg. Might be worth a try next time you’s in pain.As for the dreaded inflammation, I ve tried Doctors, yep , cost’s a lot to round in circles, problem is they are not your personal doctor, they have n’t the time to really sort you out. So you are what you eat…. write down everything you eat..everything. If you can, research exactly ( web) what the ingredients or make up of each food is. Now, we are intolerent to some foods some where, and the chances are we eat more or less the same foods most days, I know I do, so we need to cut out a food (or foods, if has same ingredients) for say 2 weeks.write down a diary on how you feel,reallly feel, inside an outside.Note the changes if any. then re introduce that food(s). Note the results. Do this for different food (s)untill a pattern developes. You may end up being intolerent to a few foods.I think nearly all of us are ok with fruit an veg, so there’s your starting point to keep in your diet, would be beneficial if you could keep likes of chicken and quality red meat, so do without them for a fortnight then re intro just to make sure they re not the ones intolerent.SORRY HAVE TO GO NOW.. Last note..Personally it seems I am intol’ to gluten, therefore making me a Ceoliac , this is only my beginning as I only found out the other day.. p.s I’m not a doctor so any reply and thort’s, comments, greatly received…have to go ………

    • Emanuela says:

      Thanks for the information, last week i was in agony totally i had to ring family for help could not walk or move. I rang a friend crying for help, I couldn’t believe it, it seems to me that what you had to say about siatica happened to me. I was working in my garden and I think I may have reached for something at a distance and over stretched on the left side of my body from the hip down. The pain was unbelievable, I asked my friend stop off at the chemist and buy me some tablets and cream that would help with the inflammation. After taking the tablets and rubbing on the cream for 3 days, I started to feel dizzy and not my usual self, I figured the tablets were making me feel this way. I could not get out of bed or sit down for those three days. I managed to stand at the computer and did about 15 minutes of research. I found a site which talked about reducing inflammation by juicing Kale and apples and so I started Juicing 3 times a day as I have plenty of Kale in my garden (lucky me). Almost no time at all went by after the juicing and I started to get some relief, I used the tablets one more time after that and continued with the juicing 4 times a day and it seemed to do the trick. I was really sick for well over three years with High Blood pressure, cholesterol and high ateus hernia and I would be screaming in agony every time I ate a meal with out failure. As you said I started to see a pattern in foods I was eating and I started writing down what I ate, if the pain was really bad etc….I cut out dairy, red meats, chicken, pasta, rice, breads everything even spices would set me off. I started to eat more fruit and vegetables as I noticed the pain was getting less and less. Sure I cut out sugar, coffee, I don’t drink alcahol that sets me off. Slowly but surley I realised the BP tablets were causing promblems as was the cholestrol tablets. I stopped taking them, I weaned my self off them slowly taking less and less as time went by. I have gone from screaming with agony after each meal to no pain. I do feel that stress played a very big part in what was happening to me, stress through work and relationship, once I got rid of both of those things out of my life plus a change in foods I was eating I started to feel better and better. I can now even eat chillies, have a coffee now and then, I have sugar once a day in the morning with tea, I have been having milk and I make my own riccotta. I have been pickling all sorts of food cabbage, diacon, carrots, beets etc. Everything in moderation is good, I have found a variety of fruits and vegetables grown in my own garden seems to have done the trick. Never give up. I drink rosehip & hibiscus tea, juice apples Kale and celery, carrots beets everyday, and I feel that takes care of BP and inflammation. I have red meat very occasionally and also chicken, I have red salmon weekly, tuna other fish in season and I try to alway buy Australian or Tasmanian grown seafood, as I noticed seafood from asia was causing me problems. Thanks for you insight, it was good to see that what happened to me last week was exactly as you stated. Cheers

  47. Nopalea says:

    I am SO in agreement that good nutrition is key, Todd. Just keep eating those high antioxidant fruits and veggies and your body will thank you. :)

    In one of your comments, you did state that we are exposed to inflammation causing “stuff” on a daily basis, but I think what people fail to realize is that our own life processes create free radicals within our body and that too leads to inflammation.

  48. Paula says:

    HI ! I ‘am 59 years old and have been going to Doctors for years for my pain. I have sciatica, arthritis, bursitis, and high blood pressure. They have only givin me pain medications over the years . I ended up just taking tylenol to ease my symptoms. Today I deal with all the symptoms on my own I no longer go to a Doctor , but is in need of one seriously.I continue to work in spite of it all, because I feel the Doctors don’t believe the misery I feel. I probably won’t last much longer in my life, because I am truly tired. I don’t get much sleep or rest these days, I am very depressed. I would love to live longer but, I don’t have much hope. My last visit to the emergency room I was told I have an enlarged lympnode. Since I don’t have a Doctor theres nothing I know to do about it.

    • Paula,

      I’m sorry to hear about what you’re going through. Unfortunately, I have experience with wondering how much longer I’d live given my health problems. I was 25 at the time. But, 17 years later, I feel great and my lymph nodes are no longer enlarged. Everything you’re going through….sciatica, arthritis, bursitis, and high blood pressure can be cured if you’re willing to make some very important lifestyle changes. I’d love to speak with you personally to help you figure out which changes would benefit you most (no charge). You can feel free to email me at verria.kelly@goodhealthcoach.com.

      I wish you the best!
      Verria

  49. Todd says:

    PAULA, I am so sorry to hear, and my heart goes out to you. One thing that popped up for me while reading your post was the book Spontaneous Healing by Dr. Andrew Weil….

    Have you read this book? Please pick it up and check out….you can change things in your life, and it all begins with your thoughts….

    Hope this helps….
    Todd

  50. Paula says:

    Thank you for this advice . In reading some of the other replys I have come to at least know I have a lot of inflamation in my body. I heard about diets for this, but I neglect to start these diets for whatever reason. But now I believe they will work . Could you help me with this problem. It’s the foods that I have to change to that holds me back. Because most of them are not what I eat regularly. I have always said that I am addicted to chicken . So how can I begin to stop eating this food so I can eat the right foods. Fruits and vegetables were always my last choice. And now they need to be my first choice. Any suggestions would be helpful.

    • Emanuela says:

      Paula I too loved chicken and most of my life my family ate meat and we had chickens and I never had a problem eating those foods when I was growing up. I believe the chickens we are being fed through the supermarkets have a lot to do with some of problems we face today. Chickens are fed antibiotics as are cows etc….if you buy chicken make sure it is free range only. The reason I am replying to your comment is that I started thinking that when I was really sick for well over three years and in agony I was eating a lot of chickens back then and they were not free range. I am hoping to get a few chickens so I can have fresh eggs very soon. Never give up, I honestly thought I was at deaths door. Who would have thought that after three years of hell after every meal I would be pain free. Thanks to all the people that have posted comments on here it really helps people out to see that they are not alone and every one has posted very helpful information. It’s wonderful to see people caring about each other and giving out the information that has helped them through. Thanks to all

  51. Paula,

    The key is to find a way to help you incorporate these foods into your diet in a way that will work for your lifestyle. Unfortunately, that’s a process that I can’t describe here because it would take too long. However, if you email me, I’d be more than happy to set up a time to go through it with you.

    Verria
    verria.kelly@goodhealthcoach.com

    • i;ve been diagnose with lupus,sarcoidosis. i take immunosupressants,steroids,and a malaria drug plaquenil. I just need some to help me rid myself of inflammation. my eyes are red 24/7 and the medicine put so much weight on me.The fatigue is undescribable. I can’t be in the sun because it make me ill. I dont sleep unless it is through depressants and sleeping pills;otherwise im up 3 to 4 days at a time. Is there any help you can give me? Anything would be appreciated.

      • tfab says:

        I take that drug too. I also eat a very clean diet, which helps tremediously with my symtoms, but its really hard to stick too. I basically eat like a bird, but I really feel a diffrence when I do. I eat spinach salads, egg whites, kale, lots of fruits and veggies and stay away from sugar, drink detox tea…

  52. shirley says:

    thanks i will email you

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  54. tfab says:

    I lived off coffee and cappicino for years and now I have R.A., and aleopicia and the possiblily of developing lupus, according to my dr. I just turned 30 I wish I would of been more cautious with my diet and known about inflamation before:(

  55. MLHuscio says:

    I have been very athletic my whole life—but I had major depression–when then my son died and my body went totally out of whack with Allergies–and i started Allergy shots (wrong direction for me)-I had a huge inflammation attack–I thought it was a stroke….the doctors say they don’t like my brain MRI (I did nothing except get stressed with inflammation). Now I eat organic vegetables and fruit, I take EGCG (green tea pills-4 pills a day), And the fluroide in toothpaste (I try not to swallow the choloride or fluroide)_ rinse my mouth out with distilled water. I am only 44 years old-and my health is gone (I wish I took more preventive measures–and I got more sleep)
    I fight nauseousness everday–and I can no longer work a job. I also went into menopause early because of stress, and I am worried about going into dementia now.

  56. tous bags says:

    Great submit. I would like to echo the above sentiments. Th is is an fantastic document and a must-read.

    • Calvin Bey says:

      To several recent bloggers: I recommend you look into EARTHING. It is a real asset in alternative medicine today. It is essentially suffusing the body with free electrons from the earth. So simple, and the technique is simple too. Connect to Mother Earth , as in walking barefoot outside, or by grounding yourself to the earth with a wire while inside. See my blog harmonygardens.blogspot.com for a short paper on this or go to earthinginstitute.com for details.
      We need all kinds of alternatives to most modern meds and this EARTHING is safe and effective. Read about it now. It will be coming to your neighborhood soon. I hope.

  57. mary says:

    I have ball of the foot pain, metatarsalgia, and hammer toe formation….from this i have terrible inflammation in the ball of my foot which i wasnt able to walk at all on it started to subside but it is coming back the dr stated it could take a1 yr for this to go away…help

  58. Hmm is anyone else encountering problems with the pictures on this blog loading? I’m trying to find out if its a problem on my end or if it’s the blog. Any responses would be greatly appreciated.

  59. [...] heartburn, no jointpain, no chronic knee, ankle and back-pain!  Any inflammation I had before is GONE.  To the point where I really wish there was a way to get this message out to [...]

  60. Lorrie Robinson says:

    I have had inflammation for a year which would cause my whole body to become stiff and I would be in constant pain all the time.Even when I was sitting down or sitting the pain and stiffness where still there.When I got up from sitting I felt like an old person trying to get my body to go.I have been tested for lyme disease and RA and lupus.All negative.I decided to recently research foods that cause inflammation and foods that fight inflammation.I have cut out coffee,dairy,potatoes,red meat etc.I have been sticking with chicken and drink orange juice at night and the morning.I eat walnuts and eat apples and veggies.I drink a five hour energy which helps when i feel tired.I feel like a new person.The pain and stiffness has gone away just by changing what I eat.I have had a drastic change in my mood.I used to be sad and miserable.Now I am a very happy person.

    • Vanessa says:

      Lorrie,

      This is fabulous! Congratulations to feeling better. I too changed my health by eating better. I did an elimination diet by cutting one potential allergy food out of my diet and I found what was causing my joint pain and inflammation. I am now on a low sugar and gluten free diet.

      Americans today eat a typical Standard American Diet (SAD) which contains far too many carbs which turn to sugar and then fat in the body, too much refined sugar, too many processed and not enough whole foods, and we wonder why we are sick?

      Listen to your body and take action.

  61. Ruth says:

    I have inflammation that I’m thinking may be caused by a HSV-II infection I’ve had for 23 years. I took antivirals the first few years but then quit taking them.
    I’ve learned recently that many foods I’m eating is not good for me as they are trigger foods for the HSV-II. Foods such as Wheat was really making me very ill every morning and causing a delayed reaction which resulted in my feeling bad, hit over the head, heavy, sluggish in the mornings. I need to practice a low arginine high lysine diet. Today the allergist told me I have a high level of Iga. He said I had an inflamed gut. I asked him if having hsv-II for 23 years could be contributing to the inflammation in my gut and he said it was possible. The Dr. said I needed to change my diet and leave off all the trigger foods for hsv-II. He said my numbers aren’t quite at Lupus level but are headed that way toward Lupus or Crohn’s Disease. So, I want to curb these numbers by eating good healthy things for my body which don’t promote inflammation. I’ve had my wake-up call again with the knowledge have about possibly having Lupus or Crohn’s in the future so I must make the diet change which can only lower my inflammation along with having healthier older years. They say you either give your money to the grocer or the druggist…I’d rather buy healthy food than all the medicines I may need later on…Thanks and I wish all of you the very best, Ruth

    • Bev says:

      I have inflammation in my right shoulder going down to my scapula, elbow my hands and fingers. Is not easy when you have this kind of problem you’re always Irritable and depressed because of the pain never go away. I have this problem is quite sometimes now, more or less 15 years.

      I went to my neurologist and nothing wrong with me. Lately I went to the
      Chiropractor; chiropractor said that I have a thoracic outlet syndrome (TOS). He refers to the neurologist and the neurologists give me a nortriptyline and I undergo some test. The result is normal. She suspected that I have a carpal tunnel syndrome (CPS) it came back negative also.
      If you are going to analyze it, it looks like I have something going on in my head. Maybe that’s the reason why she gave the nortriptyline. I got mad and I stop taking the medicine the reason why these meds mostly treat for depression. I want the pain to go away; I’m kind of depressed because of the pain.

      So what I have left now is therapy but along with these I read some article about the Ginger, ginger is a great for pain relief and for anti- inflammation. I will try these as well see from there.

      What I’m going to try is the Ginger root. I’m going to crushed it until the juice will come out then I will put it over the affected area which is my shoulder instead of drinking it.

    • Geno says:

      The HSV can be very easily controlled by taking 500 Mg of Niacinamide DAILY and staying away from chocolate, almonds, and any other high arginine foods and stress. No medicine on the market works better for me.

  62. [...] internal organs. The types of symptoms our body might have depend on which organs are affected.see http://www.wethechange.com/how-to-reduce-inflammation-in-the-body-and-why-you-need-to-do-this/ for more infoYou might ask what causes these symptoms in inflammation. Here is what happens when [...]

  63. Dare says:

    Yeah, Thanks for the info! Just had to look up free radical after this article.
    Wikipedia explains:

    “Radicals (often referred to as free radicals) are atoms, molecules, or ions with unpaired electrons on an open shell configuration. Free radicals may have positive, negative, or zero charge. With some exceptions, the unpaired electrons cause radicals to be highly chemically reactive. Radicals, if allowed to run free in the body, are believed to be involved in degenerative diseases and cancers.

    Free radicals play an important role in combustion, atmospheric chemistry, polymerization, plasma chemistry, biochemistry, and many other chemical processes. In chemical biology, superoxide and nitric oxide regulate many processes, such as controlling vascular tone. Such radicals can even be messengers in a phenomenon dubbed redox signaling. A radical may be trapped within a solvent cage or be otherwise bound.”

  64. Helen says:

    if we have an acidic health we are then prone to lots of illnesses, we need to become alkaline in our systems, have a son who became quite ill and that is what he did was changed to an alkalinity health.

  65. Mahtoonah says:

    Hi i was just wondering what age is most prone to get Inflammation? ilaa from what age to what age? and even if you eat good foods why do people still get it?

  66. Sam says:

    Has any one heard of Umeboshi Plum …..its a great Japenese remedy for lots of problems that we aquire as we get older ….worth a check up on the net

  67. AL-SAIARI says:

    in chronic inflammation granulomatous iflammation occure ,where macrophage converted into sqoumous like shpe called epithloid and multinucli gaint cells

  68. aqsa says:

    hi all

    i have chest inflammation. i have left side breast swollen and armpit swelling and left back doc give me prednisone i am v worried.plz help me

  69. Sheryl says:

    Hi There Wethechange,
    On a similar note,, If a person believes the most recent research telling us that inflammation is a major contributing factor in such serious diseases as heart attack, stroke, certain types of cancer then they are likely to be interesting in finding ways to reduce its negative impact on health. So why don’t we walk through 7 common sense ideas that just might help in avoiding becoming another health statistic and with a little luck might even slow the aging process a bit.
    I look forward to your next post
    One Person CAN Make A Difference!

  70. Ray says:

    I would just like to share that for years I had acid reflux my tummy would be tender to the touch, I was given tablets of all kinds and they helped very little after years of missery and countless visits to doctors found the simple cure.

    1) If your tummy is niggly and tender : burn a piece of bread untill black charcoal and eat this you will feel better in two hours.
    2) Start increasing the ammount of water you drink.
    3) Eat only green leafy salads for a day or so.

    The above works every time and I no longer have problems with tummy pain.

    Hope this helps someone out there.

  71. Robin says:

    Omega-XL -it’s a fish oil (800-251-8084)

    • Robin says:

      Try it if it don’t work for you send it back.But I am sure it will help you.

      • Cherrre says:

        I was diagnosed with Lupus in 1996 after 4 years of suffering and not knowing what the problem was as my Dr at the time had no clue despite occasionally saying he thought it could be Lupus but never tested me. Instead put me on many different meds. I changed Dr and was diagnosed within 3 months. I ended up on plaquenil, naproxen sodium, methotrexate, Celebrex and prednisolone for over 7 yrs before my circumstances in life changed. I started a self help mission and got myself better using power of the mind, affirmations morning and night plus seeing a chiropractor as I had whiplash from a MVA. All these things helped and I have been well for the past 10 years…. Until now :( I am having trouble with my whole body flaring up in various places (I can barely walk today) I have just started back on omega 3 with vitamin D as well as the affirmations again. I am determinded to recover again. It helps to read that I am not alone in this and the dietary tips are my next adventure. Thank you to all of you. I hope you all get strict with yourselves and get better too! :)

  72. Very nice write up. I never really though about the reason inflammation occurs due to a rapid rise in blood sugar, which causes biochemical changes in the cell. Good point. I will be bringing that up with my doctor. Thanks for the well written article.

  73. courtenglish says:

    You lost me the minute you said that free radicals will cause damage to our “cell walls”. Grade 8′s could tell you that cell walls only exist in plants, some bacteria and other microorganisms. Perhaps if you want people to take your information online seriously, you should get your facts straight.

  74. Mz 3000 says:

    I have inflammation in legs arms hands neck feet. Im going through lots of test to rule out ms. The information from all of u was very helpful. God bless all

  75. Jesse Ostrander says:

    I am very confused about your claim that peas are high on the glycemic index. When I researched, the glycemic index of peas is much lower than apples or blackberries, two foods that you claim are better for you in that regard. So on what basis are you thinking this?
    Also, isn’t coconut oil one of the best sources of Gamma-linolenic acid?

  76. Linda says:

    Thank you everyone for all the info and good advice. I also have been searching for years for some alternative therapy for whole body inflammation. I have had to do this on my own, as none of my doctors have helped. They just pump you full of pain meds. I have been trying herbs for pain, but things are getting worse now. I will try the diet and food changes. Besides having Fibromyalgia and arthritis, acid reflux for years, and pinched nerves and joint pain and spine pain, I have hypothyroid (under active thyroid), and high parathyroid. I’m wondering if the inflammation causes the thyroid to go bad, or vise versa. The thyroid can cause many symptoms you are all talking about. Can anyone comment on this, or have any knowledge about this? Can’t get much sleep from the pain and worry. Thanks and God Bless Everyone.

  77. Rick W says:

    A friend sent me a sample of a product (herbal) for my hip and back pain. All the main ingredients start with anti-inflammatory. I had to stop working and take SSI early. I regained 80 percent of my mobility and the pain was nearly gone. I stopped taking my meds, prescription and over the counter. I was a skeptic and now have changed my mind. I have an order in for five more bottles but it’s so popular I been waiting three weeks for it to be shipped. The wait will be worth!

  78. kaandl98 says:

    thank to all for sharing, I was researching for information on getting rid of inflammation of the body. I received more than I could imagine I would find….each one teach one;or we are our brothers’ keeper. I will try to incorporate some of what I have learned here. Good Health to us All!!!!

  79. farhat bano says:

    3 years back i had surgery of my thyroid gland ,but during the surgery i lose my pera thyroid, because the lose of pare thyroid im surfing with arthritis and very severir informational, i dont know wt to do ,im dying with this things, taking lots of medicions ,im flowing up the all comments for inflectional,but i need to know is there i should stretches, gym ? pls help me im surfing, im 39 y old ,married with my 2 doughters ,thy r just 10 ad 5 y old , repply

  80. Cheri says:

    Hi, I’m 53 I found out I had an under active thyroid 2 yrs ago . I had such a hard time taking the medication ,I felt like it was choking me, I could only take half a pill ever other day.couldnt understand why it would feel like that , I was monitored ,gone to see specialist at the hospital,they told me it was all in my head.i know either I’m aller gic or extremely sensitive to medications ,but it was more,I felt like I couldn’t breathe, every time itook the medication. Anyways 3 yrs later I felt so sick, in my throat and breathing I had a test done,osephagas, found out I had haietal hernia from the extras drinking the liquid. Know my doctor put me on Prevacid. So I’m taking Prevacid ever other day and my thyroid pill, which is snthroid 0.025 mg and only half. Ive seen thyroid specialist, found out I have small lump in my throat, they said its so small don’t need to do biopsy, but well keep close eye on it and well see if it gets bigger or another exray. I am terrible with medications extremely sensitive, and taking two medications is crazy for me. That why I take them sepratetly can’t take both everyday. My doctor has me doing bloodwork, keeping an eye on my thyroid,and the thyroid specialist, I’ve seeing twice. Also I’m trying not to drink caffienated coffee, which I love , but it’s swelling my throat, and when I take it after my thyroid pill after an hour and a half, I feel so sick, I get cramps and I feel my throat swollen and I want to throw up ,which I have a couple of times, well she says I have a haietal hernia , so I shouldn’t be drinking coffee at all . But I’ve asked her what if this is inflamation of something else like candida or some other inflamation .well I need to go back in get my blood work done again find that out,cause I’m not feeling well, I know I have to take Prevacid for a yr, but my joints are hurting and I’m feeling hot and cold and feverish,I’m afraid the diagnosis is wrong,and I’m worried about something going threw my bloodstream, I just need to find out what kind of inflamation this is,I don’t eat properly, I eat too much sugar and coffee in the past ,got to change that,especially if I have candida sinus inflamation or?.ijust want to get better and get some more information and not be anxious any more, I want to take care of myself a lot better. Ive had a lot of stress in my life and still do I try to be calm and manage, but I think it’s caught up will me, Im drained,but I’m going to get better, cause I want to feel better in my health.ive been threw a separation got back together, even though my husband had an affair, my oldest son does drugs his31 now,my youngest son has had two strokes from a condition called a cavarona an abnormal vein in the back of his head,which can cause anything if it hemrages at any time, he fully recovered both times. I’ve lost my mother to breast cancer and my grandmother to cancer and uncle to cancer, and two other grandparents of old age, and I have a daughter 28 who says she’s gay.i have three beautiful adult children 31 24 28 yr old. That’s life for you. Our health is very important ,it’s not something someone should make fun of, especially when your not well,people should cherish their health, something I want to take care of better,I believe in god, that’s my strength, most importantly is my spirit is strong.

  81. Linda says:

    I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis. I am in so much pain and need help. I don’t want to take the dangerous drugs. I need help fast

  82. Vivian B says:

    I also have Rheumatoid Arthritis, I got the book written by Barbara Allan “Conquering Arthritis” What the Doctors Don’t Tell You Because They Don’t Know…I did the Alcat Test and It has helped I have been only on it for 6 weeks. Also doing NAET. Still on pain killers Lyrica 25mg during day at night 75mg. And Celebrex 200mg twice a day. And also Myo- Med Cream. The Acai Berry is the best Antioxidant, http://www.ZNaturalFoods.com is a great place to purchase many good things like the Acai Berry.

  83. Nicole says:

    I have read through all of your comments, thankyou so much and I have experienced pretty much the whole painful LOT! A common thread I see running through everyone’s experience is how our diet affects absolutely EVERYTHING within us. If you put the wrong petrol in your car it won’t perform to it’s fullest potential and problems develop, mild at first then serious. We are no different. It’s true that we are what we eat and to let food be our medicine. The biggest hurdle to overcome is the DISCIPLINE to eat a clean, natural, pure and where possibe, organic diet. There are so many reasons we eat the wrong foods and a lot of it has to do with our feelings and emotions and the difficult struggle that is life. Even when we think we are doing the right thing and eating the foods we feel are best for us we could still be harming ourselves. According to Loren Cordain a Paleo food expert and author, our bodies have only adapted .02% since caveman times so we are all designed to still be eating like the hunters and gatherers. Our bodies just don’t know what to do with all the processed fake food we stuff into it! You just cannot continue eating and drinking all that crap without there being serious consequences/disease/illness. It is hard to accept and even more difficult to be disciplined and put it into practice because we would be eating like we are on a permanent detox! Yay! Pass the kale and bison tongue! But it is the way to optimal health there is no doubt about it. I have an obsessive interest in health and nutrition and over the years I have been watching the slow move towards this type of eating and lifestyle having seen and experienced miraculous results. Dr. D’Adamo’s “Live Right 4 Your Type” (blood type diet) is also highly recommended with decades of research to support it’s claims. You will know when you are finally ready to make the change when it becomes more painful to stay where you are and keep doing what you’ve always done (that hasn’t worked) than to embrace a new way that is the PALEO lifestyle. What have you got to lose except all that pain and immflamation! Warmest regards and best of health.

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