NCI Well Connect: October 10, 2016
Dear Steve, 

DID YOU KNOW that balanced levels of trace minerals iron, zinc, selenium, and copper are essential to prevent progression of chronic periodontitis?

Furthermore, the Biological Trace Element Research study suggests these trace elements are integral components of antioxidant enzymes and prevent free radicals from destroying tissue.

The 43rd title in our Action Plan Library is a long time coming. We address every form of headache and how to heal them through dietary and nutritional means.

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Have a happy, healthy day. Steve and Bonnie
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Food and Pain: The Essentials
Bonnie and Steve: "Food and Pain: The Essentials," was published last month in Medscape Neurology.

While reading the piece made us grin from ear to ear, we questioned why it took so long to come out with this?

I guess "better late than never".

Food and Pain: 'The Essentials'
Just as the American Heart Association and American Diabetes Association have developed dietary recommendations related to heart disease and diabetes, the American Academy of Pain Management should soon also have targeted dietary recommendations.

"This is something that we as a group want to have out by the next annual meeting, if not sooner," said Robert Bonakdar, MD, director of pain management, Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine, La Jolla, California, and assistant clinical professor, University of California, San Diego.

Dr Bonakdar said he hopes his group will first develop a "white paper" with perhaps the "top 4 or 5 things that are essential for doctors who are seeing patients with pain to consider."

He elaborated on some of these "essentials" during an address to delegates at the American Academy of Pain Management 2016 Annual Meeting.

He told his audience how nutrition can affect pain through many mechanisms. "Diet can influence inflammation, shift the microbiome, modulate the immune system, improve joint function, eliminate pain triggers, and reduce deficiencies."

A poor diet produces signs of inflammation, such as C-reactive protein (CRP), noted Dr Bonakdar. Elevated CRP levels can increase the risk for low back pain, for example, and there's a direct dose response, he said. "The higher the CRP, the more intense the pain is, and the more it can interfere with activities of daily living."

The Western diet, over time, can have a significant effect on diversity of flora. This lack of diversity is directly linked to many pain states, including chronic pelvic pain and irritable bowel syndrome, he said.

Consuming highly processed foods can also affect mast cells, which become "hyper-excitable," again causing pain. He noted several disorders that are connected to mast cell-mediated mechanisms, including migraine, fibromyalgia, and neuropathic pain.

"If we are not feeding our cells appropriately, or we are feeding our cells toxic products or inflammatory products, the end result is going to be inflammation and pain."

Clinicians don't often consider the effect of pain on cells.

Addressing a question from a delegate about the inflammatory nature of grains, Dr Bonakdar said that "excess grains can be inflammatory, especially if there are issues with celiac or sensitivity." He added that he may suggest selectively removing grains from a patient's diet.

Magnesium is an important example of the pain-related impact of nutrients. About 70% of the population has a magnesium deficiency, and about 20% of the population "are not even getting half of the daily requirement," said Dr Bonakdar.

There's a "very strong" association between lack of magnesium and migraine, said Dr Bonakdar. "The odds of migraine go up by 35-fold if you have a magnesium deficiency."

For patients with a magnesium deficiency, he recommends chelated formulations of magnesium, which are more bioavailable than magnesium oxide or magnesium sulfate. He tells patients to take it at bedtime. In addition to positive changes in muscles, patients have reported benefits on mood.

Another deficiency - in vitamin D - could also be important in the field of pain management. At least 70% to 80% of pain patients have a vitamin D deficiency, which can make nerves "hypersensitive," he said.

Dr Bonakdar also discussed the relationship between obesity and pain. One study - an analysis of more than a million Americans answering health survey questions - showed a direct dose-response curve between obesity and pain, especially as people age, he said.

Just as diet can increase pain, so too can it decrease pain.

Evidence indicates that a low-glycemic-load diet (based on how foods affect blood glucose), which is high in polyphenols, fiber, fruits, vegetables, healthy fats, and "good" sources of protein, has a positive impact on pain. Such a diet benefits the microbiome and increases bacterial diversity.

Omega-3 fatty acid is another important nutrient when it comes to pain prevention - and it may also help in cognitive functioning, said Dr Bonakdar.

And some evidence links coenzyme Q10 to pain reduction. A study in adolescents with migraine and a deficiency in this natural antioxidant who took it in supplement form had reduced headache frequency.

Diet and Exercise
Combining an anti-inflammatory diet with exercise might boost the impact on pain even more. An 18-month study in patients with osteoarthritis who had weight issues - the IDEA trial - found that "diet was helpful, exercise was helpful, but the combination was the most helpful," said Dr Bonakdar.

Steve: Music to our ears Doc! If you would like a detailed plan on how to not only remove foods associated with pain, but follow an antiinflammatory diet, please refer to our Pain Relief Diet Action Plan.
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Aside from the fact that you are taking one hour out of your busy lives to relax, Far Infrared Therapy offers numerous therapeutic benefits, most importantly enhanced detoxification. Many clients use it to relieve painful joints, rev up metabolism, and remove buildup of heavy metals.


Sweat samples reveal traces of a number of toxins, including mercury, lead, cadmium, arsenic, and some hormone-disrupting chemicals. Far Infrared has shown to draw out 15 to 20% more heavy metals, sulfuric acid, ammonia, uric-acid, and fat-soluble toxins than traditional saunas.


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