From eNewsletter 5/24/2021
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Single Edition Newsletter for May 24th Our paid edition includes 8 segments that aren't in our free version:
Well Connect Feature: Deep Dive Into Chronic Pain
Menu Savvy: Plant Rich in Omega-3?
Mythbuster: Is Kefir a Good Source of Probiotics?
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Your Healthy Kitchen: Cooked Food and Digestion
Wild Card: Breaking Down the Burp
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NEW PHILOSOPHY NEEDED FOR CHRONIC PAIN
Steve and Bonnie: According to some estimates, chronic pain affects up to 40% of Americans. Chronic pain is pain that persists for several months, or after the initial injury or trauma has healed, and the way we, and especially clinicians, think about chronic pain needs to change. Researchers in Synthese suggest three things.
First, addressing pain should involve more than just looking for and treating underlying physiological changes. A holistic approach places the focus on us as a whole and creates space for our experiences, concerns, expectations and narratives.
Second, chronic pain should be understood as a dynamic process in which many different factors interact. The initial cause of pain, for example, is not necessarily the cause of its chronic pain and also does not need to be the most crucial factor in treatment. The complex interaction of subjective experience, expectations, learned behavioral patterns, brain reorganization, stigmatization and other factors therefore need to be considered.
Third, we should be encouraged to interact with our environment and identify possibilities for action. This is based on the assumption that chronic pain fundamentally changes the way in which we perceive ourselves and our relationship with our environment. Pain treatment could therefore involve helping us to increasingly notice positively associated and personally meaningful options for action and view ourselves as capable of taking action again. There is then less focus on the body as an obstacle, and instead we pay more attention to how we can overcome limitations.
Here's an example of using the aforementioned multi-modal approach to pain.
Omega-3 and Inflammation, Aging
A study from Molecular Psychiatry found large doses of omega-3 not only protects against stress-related inflammation, but also slows cellular aging in midlife adults. Researchers note this amount far exceeds what the average American consumes each day. The study attributed the protection by producing less of the stress hormone cortisol.
Researchers say omega-3 supplements contribute to what they call stress resilience. This is the reduction of harmful damage due to stress and the anti-inflammatory activity which protects parts of the cell that shrink due to aging.
Omega-3’s impact on aging is particularly surprising because the participants in the study were generally sedentary, overweight, and middle-aged. These are all traits which usually put people at high risk for accelerated aging. Blood samples reveal omega-3 fatty acids produce a positive change in telomerase levels. Telomerase is the enzyme that promotes optimal telomere length, which has been shown to promote healthy aging.
This week's Well Connect Feature elucidates other modalities that foment a new philosophy on addressing chronic pain.