VETERANS IN PAIN, (V.I.P.) TREATMENT DIRECTIVES
ASSIST YOUR CELLS IN THE REGENERATIVE PROCESS
I am one gal who can appreciate a quality Whiskey, which immediately brings to the forefront a night of BBQ pain levels, fatigue and joint pain. Chronic Pain is very often a centralized systemic autoimmune disease, wit’s inflammation as its protective shield.
When you are in chronic pain, it is easy to reach for comfort food, or drink. However, please keep in mind the very real effect these can have on your quality of life.
We are including the following nutritIonal guidance in our Multidisciplinary post-procedure support for our VIP Veterans, however, if you suffer from chronic pain at all, the following could truly change your life.
I know, it’s easy to say. I get it! But once you test this out, you’ll be hard pressed to not make at least a few changes beginning today.
If you suffer from chronic pain, experts say a diet makeover with a focus on vegetables can have a dramatic effect. But protein sources are also imperative. And did you know that certain vegetables actually cause inflammation?
According to the Cleveland Clinic, a non-profit academic medical center, patients who follow strict vegan or Mediterranean diets have seen a complete turnaround in their pain symptoms, according to pain management specialist William Welches, DO, PhD. He says getting regular exercise, controlling stress and eating healthy foods all work together to reduce inflammation and chronic pain. Now, I know some of you, as I did, are rolling your eyes thinking, nothing is going to touch my level of pain! The one thing I know we all can share in, our dream that obtaining any increase in our quality of life, would be a gift! What if this lifestyle change, for some, could be “the” gift?
“Research shows that diet should be an integral part of a pain management program — especially as patients age,” A vegan or Mediterranean diet — or healthier eating inspired by these diets — can control insulin and cholesterol levels and reduce inflammation — which is the pain culprit.”
Painful inflammation is body’s response to toxins - Cleveland Clinic
Inflammation is the body’s immune response to toxins as it works to “purify” itself. The resulting inflammation not only causes pain in the body.“
There are many ways to treat and manage chronic pain. One of the most exciting approaches, however — because it is all natural — is adopting an anti-inflammatory diet. The other options for pain don’t always work.
An anti-inflammatory diet, however, often eliminates the unpleasant side effects of some medications that cause fogginess, memory loss and sleepiness.
Following an anti-inflammatory diet is powerful therapy for pain control with many beneficial side effects,” Dr. Welches says. “The anti-inflammatory diet is considered an integrative approach to pain management, along with exercise, stress management, osteopathic manipulation therapy and acupuncture.”
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Consume eight to nine servings of vegetables each day — make a couple of those servings fruit, if you like. Cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage and cauliflower are best.
Restrict dairy and grains: Eat dairy products in limited quantities. When choosing grains, stay away from simple carbohydrates with refined sugar. Opt for whole grains, including barley, buckwheat, oats, quinoa, brown rice, rye, spelt and wheat.
Avoid red meat: Eat red meat the way most of us eat turkey right now — twice a year, Dr. Welches says. Have it on very special occasions, very infrequently. Instead, include fish as the “meat” or eat vegetarian main dishes. Chicken is neutral — not harmful but not beneficial in the anti-inflammatory sense.
Take these additional steps to enhance your results
To make your diet part of an integrative lifestyle built to reduce chronic pain and reduce or eliminate inflammation, Dr. Welches recommends these additional priorities:
I found this particularly interesting! “It is the diet, not the individual foods, that control inflammation”, he says.
“For a chronic pain patient who is suffering, I recommend the extreme form of the diet — so that is no red meat, no refined flour or sugar or simple carbohydrate and no dairy”
I know this part can be especially difficult for those suffering, daily. I am a firm believer of doing what you can each day to move forward. Everyone’s situation is relative. But if it doesn’t start now, then when?
When I laid in bed for 6 years, the one thing I tried to do every day was contract my leg muscles and hold them as long as I could, then release. Over and over. Was it running a mile? No. But each day I did, it felt like I had run a marathon. Increasing blood flow is huge, and is an anti-inflammatory in and of itself. So consider this sometimes when thinking exercise is ‘impossible’. For others, even this is too much. It’s all about doing what you can, the best you can.
“Nutrition that supports a diet rich in anti-inflammatory foods is the key to anti-inflammation and chronic pain management,” Dr. Welches says. “Although there are no magic foods, putting the right combination of foods into your diet can produce remarkable results.”
Please refer to this Anti-Inflammatory Shopping List provides by www.HealthCoachRadio.com
Ozone therapy is utilized in five primary ways:
The above, is a blueprint, available to you. It is a lifestyle embraced by those who are committed to taking control of not only their body’s well being, but understanding the importance of engaging in the multi-disciplinary approach necessary in the responsible treatment of chronic pain. Stem cells work differently for everyone. The majority of our Veterans are grateful for any possible increase in their quality of life. Some with mechanical injuries may still need to manage certain pain levels. It is good to have a realistic perspective and simply allow your body to heal while being an active participant in this process. Our suggestions are a not-so-magical formula – as it is based on science- which could change your entire perspective and approach to life if you let it, “be”, and trust that your body will do the best it can, if you offer it the support it needs to do so.
As always, feel free to contact Micaela 310-990-8389, or your assigned Cell-Mate Veteran Sponsor, at any time with any concerns you may have along the way. V.I.P. is not justified team of facilitators, but a long-term support system of those who have sacrificed their quality of life, just like you, in service to our country, having survived what to others, is impossible to explain. You both have also survived the devastating centralized systemic disease that is chronic pain, and had the strength to take control of your life by having faith in others simply willing to help. You have won many battles, but the war on pain may just be the biggest one of all.- Between Exercise, a long-term anti-inflammatory lifestyle beginning at about 6-months, a balanced mindset, and the adoption of this interdisciplinary approach to post operative care, whether you had a knee injection, or stem cells for your spine, you just may have stumbled on more than a groundbreaking science, but a way of life which without this journey, you may have never known.