STOP THE PAIN

News of the opiod epidemic abounds.  Nobody wants to be in pain but there are better choices than taking addicting drugs.  What’s important is to find out the cause of  the pain and treat it.

Is the pain structural?

Chiropractic is an ideal way of eliminating musculoskeletal pain.  There are many different types of chiropractic techniques including gentle non-force methods that are very effective for eliminating pain and restoring normal movement.  While chiropractic adjustments may focus on the musculoskeletal system, it actually impacts all aspects of the body including the immune system.

Has the body gotten programmed to react excessively to pain?

Being in pain will lower the threshold for feeling pain.  What would be a slight irritant to one person can be severely painful to someone who is already in chronic pain.  It is possible to reprogram these pain pathways to be less reactive.  NeuroModulation Technique (NMT) is a drug-free non-invasive method to correct errors in how the body processes information, including its pain response.  NMT is also useful for managing stress response, digestive issues, allergies and many other imbalances in the body.

Is inflammation causing pain?

Find out the source of the inflammation.  Is it due to an inappropriate immune system response like an allergy or food sensitivity?

Eliminating inflammatory foods like grains (especially those with gluten), dairy, sugar, corn and soy can help.  These can affect some people more than others.  There are a couple of ways to see if they are a problem for you.  One is to do a 3 week cleanse and elimination diet.  Then  reintroduce foods one at a time and monitor the effect.  There are a number of good cleanse programs.  I particularly like Standard Process’s 3 week program of supporting supplements and dietary suggestions.

Another option is to get a food sensitivity test done that measures IgG antibodies.  Most allergy tests measure IgE antibodies.  These will show up in classic allergies where there is an immediate reaction.  IgG reactions can be delayed for hours and even days so it can be hard to figure out what exactly is causing the problem.

Having this information gives you choices for letting your body heal either by eliminating the irritating foods or getting treatments like NeuroModulation Technique to reprogram the body so the immune system is no longer confused and reactive to what should be harmless substances.

Is the pain stress related?

There really isn’t a separation between what goes on emotionally and what happens in the body.  Chronic stress can affect every system in the body.  It adds to the body’s inflammatory response, decreases digestion so the body is robbed of nutrients, contributes to insulin resistance and  disruption of the endocrine system.

Stress management  involves many things like diet, exercise, meditation, talking with friends.  Beware of so called comfort foods.  They tend to high in simple carbohydrates and bad fats, and actually make it harder for the body to manage stress.

Get moving.

The body needs to move.  The amount of movement needed and tolerated varies with the individual.  Exercise is important no matter what else is going on.  If you can only do a little, it will still pay off.  Writing this reminded me of Dr. Elaine Stocker, a wonderful person and napropath who for many years dealt with chronic pain, which limited her activity.  She made this video about “Rocking Chair Aerobics”.  She gained a lot of function and pain relief from just using a rocking chair (and she really liked rocking chairs).

A person who is dealing with chronic pain usually has a number of different distressed body systems.  Laboratory testing, like organic acid test, can give a lot of information about how the body is actually functioning and using nutrients.  Without proper nutrition the body can’t heal and pain will not go away.

It’s Cleanse Time

What is a cleanse and why should I do one?nutrient-dense-foods-nutritarian

October is a great time to start a cleanse.  Summer barbecue season is over and the holiday eating season hasn’t started yet.  But why would you want to do this?

Cleanses are not about losing weight – although most people do lose weight, they are about giving your body a break so it can heal and rejuvenate.  They’re about gaining a new understanding of what actually feels good and tastes good.

The exact benefits of a cleanse will vary with each person, but here are some general considerations.

  • Feel better.
  • Give the liver a break and a chance to repair.
  • Gain conscious awareness of allergies.
  • Change your relationship with food to ultimately make better choices.
  • Improve digestion.
  • Decrease free radical production.
  • Improve ability to deal with harmful substances that are naturally produced.
  • Clear up sinus congestion.
  • Balance blood sugar.
  • Decrease blood pressure.
  • Normalize endocrine function such as thyroid hormones and adrenal response.

 

Cleanses are not fasts.  Personally I don’t believe in fasting although I know that many people do and find benefits from them.  Our bodies are over taxed by lifestyle, environmental toxins, stress, etc.  We are constantly making substances to deal with this.  If you take away food, you take away the body’s fuel source.  While fasting might be taking away some of the problem, it is also limiting some of the solution.

A cleanse is a more practical approach.  Get rid of some of the stress on the body, eat better foods and take additional nutrients to facilitate detox and healing.

There are lots of different cleanses and supportive supplements.  Many cleanses are 21 days and I have found that most people don’t feel all that well the first week.  There’s getting used to not eating certain foods, often some emotional volatility and the body is detoxing.  By the 2nd week most people start to feel better.  There’s more energy.  By the third week they’re not only feeling better other people are often commenting on how good they’re looking.

Cleanses involve eliminating pro-inflammatory and common allergenic foods like wheat and gluten products, dairy, corn, and soy.  Some eliminate meat for a certain amount of time.  Elimination of caffeine, alcohol and processed sugars is also part of the cleanse.  The emphasis is on eating good food, as organic as possible with specific recommendations about what to eat and what not to eat.  It’s a good time to experiment and get creative with different recipes.

A cleanse is a great way to get a better grip on your health.  It’s a good idea to do this with support from a knowledgeable practitioner so that you’re making the right choices, taking the best supportive nutrients and herbs and can get your questions answered.  Getting information about how to do a good cleanse as well as what to do once the cleanse is over can maximize your success.

 

Eliminate Allergies

People have allergic reactions to a variety of substances– things they eat or inhale or things that touch their bodies. Allergies are an abnormal immune system response to a substance that the body has erroneously decided is a threat. Depending on the type of allergen people will experience digestive upsets, respiratory problems and/or skin disorders. While some people may be aware of one or two allergies, others suffer having reactions to a wide variety of substances.

Young woman with cold allergy sneezing blowing her nose

Classically, allergies are considered to be reactions that provoke the body to produce specific antibodies (IgE) and there will be a noticeable increase in a particular type of white blood cell (eosinophil). Often people will have hypersensitivity reactions, where they may not have these classic markers but are adversely reacting to substances nonetheless.

Seasonal allergy sufferers are well aware of what time of year their particular nemesis is in the air. There are a vast number of prescribed and over-the-counter medications to help alleviate the symptoms. With food allergies, the advice is to avoid the offending food

In some cases it is easy to avoid a known irritant. If it’s a particular food, don’t eat it. If it’s wool, don’t wear it. The problem comes when there are many foods, or it is the very air that is causing a problem. Avoidance stops being simple and starts taking over someone’s life. This is when a better solution is needed.

Our bodies are incredibly wise and hard working. They carry on countless interconnecting reactions of processing internal and external information and responding accordingly. Problems occurs when there is an error in this processing. In the case of allergies, the body is erroneously labeling a particular substance or a number of substances as a threat and then taking appropriate measures via the immune system to destroy that threat. The body’s main way of defending itself is through a variety of inflammatory responses. Most pharmaceutical approaches to symptomatic relief of allergies work via decreasing the inflammatory response. What isn’t done is eliminating the confusion of the immune system, which is just trying to do its job of protection.

So how is it possible to give the immune system information so that it can stop attacking what should be a harmless substance? The body is a biocomputer, and when its data gets corrupted, new software is needed so that a correction can be made. I (Dr. Bonny Flaster) use a method known as NeuroModulation Technique (NMT). NMT was developed by Dr. Leslie Feinberg and has been helping people all over the world for the last 5 years. Using NMT, it is possible to give the body specific instructions so that it can function properly. This is done without any drugs, and the aim is not to mask a symptom but to eliminate the cause of the problem. By giving the body a specific set of instructions, it is possible to teach the immune system to ignore these harmless substances. The instructions are delivered either verbally or by focused thought. This is not hypnosis and it is not a trick.

It is not surprising that often, when I describe this method, I get that look of doubt from the person that I am talking to. There is a lack of understanding on how powerful words and the energy around us actually are. You could be sitting at your desk in just a horrible mood, glowering, black cloud, the whole nine yards, and your boss comes by and says ‘hey, that was a really good job you did, the client loved it!’, and suddenly your mood has changed, the cloud is gone and life feels better. Getting this information from your boss has not only changed your mood, but it has changed the chemicals that your body is now releasing. A different concentration of neurotransmitters is now awash in your body, creating an entirely new set of chemical reactions. It only took a few words. With NMT the words used are very specific for targeting different responses in the body and correcting errors. In the case of allergies, that means getting the body to properly interpret what it comes in contact with and how it should respond.

Allergies do not have to last forever. They are an example of immune system confusion, a wrong turn. There are good ways to let the body know which direction it should be going and eliminate the confusion/allergy.