During my tenure at Soft Touch Chiropractic in Porter Ranch, CA, I noticed the speed with which my patients recover from pain depends on whether or not they follow my post-care recommendations at home. Those who follow my recommendations recover faster and their results last longer. One of the top recommendations I make is to stay away from anything that causes inflammation.
Meat, especially processed or salted meat, causes a great deal of inflammation. Remember these products can hide in dishes like pasta, pizza and stews. Products like deli meat, salami, pepperoni, sausage, prosciutto and canned meat can keep a person in prolonged pain. Undigested meat can remain trapped inside the villi of the small intestine anywhere from 72 hours to 1 year. When it ferments, it causes severe acidity and inflammation. Our bodies react by producing antibodies which cause allergies and greater inflammation.
If you need to find an alternative, you can eat a plant-based product such as Impossible Meat.
Cheese, yogurt, milk and milk products have the same effect as meat. Dairy contains casein protein which is also a source of inflammation. Instead, you can find cheese products made out of almond, coconut, cashew or rice. Coconut yogurt is just as tasty as cow milk yogurt. It is surprising how similar the taste of these alternative products is to dairy.
Sugar, Corn Syrup and Sugar-Filled Products
We’re all too familiar with cookies, candy, muffins, pastries and the like. However, sugar can hide in other products like ketchup, canned food, sports beverages and of course soda.
Sugar can overwhelm the nerve cells. Imagine standing next to a loudspeaker. Even if you like to listen to music, when it is too loud, it’s no longer enjoyable and you might lose your hearing. Glucose molecules play the same role in the nerve cells. The cells like the sugar but too much of it is like the loud music and over time the nerve cells get irritated and die. Thankfully we have billions of them, however, when you have severe musculoskeletal pain your nerves are under great attack and irritation already and you don’t want to stimulate your nervous system with sugar.
Also stay away from sugar substitutes such as xylitol or aspartame. Instead, I recommend you use stevia or coconut sugar.
This category includes: wine, beer, hard liquor and spirits, as well as over the counter medications which contain alcohol. Even the slightest hint of alcohol can bring back the inflammation which you are trying to get rid of.
If you are currently experiencing back pain, and have not seen a chiropractor, it would be in your best interest to stop eating these inflammatory foods and make an appointment to see your local chiropractor.
Parabens are a class of widely used preservatives in cosmetic and pharmaceutical products. They are considered xenoestrogens. In other words, these chemicals can mimic the hormone estrogen in your body. Parabens can cause a number of problems for your hair including drying, irritating your scalp, fading your color, and even hair loss.
Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs)
PCBs can be found in coolant fluids and copy paper among other consumer products. Exposure to this toxin can cause damage to the prostate gland of fetuses, infants and children. It has been known to cause high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. PCB has also been known to cause brain damage.
Triclosan Trihalomethanes (THMs)
THM is found in many personal care products, carpets and toys.It causes birth defects and miscarriages. Currently, it is banned from use in food products in European Union countries.
As an herbicide, Atrazine is found in produce, turf, residential lawns and golf courses. Most alarmingly, it is found in drinking water. It has been known to cause fetal low birth weight as well as birth defects
Over the counter Acetaminophen can cause serious liver damage. It is responsible for 56,000 emergency room visits, 2,600 hospitalizations and 458 deaths annually in the US alone.
recommended reading by dr. Masoud
Doctor Yourself by Dr. Saul will teach you how to use vitamin therapy to cure many conditions that an average family might experience. There is advice for both children and adults.
Niacin: The Real Story is based on double blind research done in the 1950s by Dr. Hoffer himself. It tells about the many benefits of niacin also known as B3. The book lists recommendations for the use of B3 mega doses to treat conditions such as anxiety, arthritis, ADHD, schizophrenia and many others. Niacin: The Real Story gives advice for both adults and children.
Over-the-Counter Natural Cures is written by Shane Ellison, who previously worked for the pharmaceutical industry. He saw, first hand, the harm that pharma drugs can cause. He uses his knowledge of chemistry to prove with research that for many drugs, there are natural counterparts which don't cause harmful side effects. This is Dr. Masoud's favorite read as of 2021.
Thomas Levy, who wrote Curing the Incurable, is both a doctor and a lawyer. He focuses on the many benefits of vitamin C. He describes how to use it to treat many types of infections or toxicity. Especially during the time of COVID-19, many medical doctors and alternative care practitioners are using his recommendations.
You Are the Placebo, written by Dr. Joe Dispenza teaches about the body's power of self-healing through meditation. Although meditation is often linked to spiritual practices, Dispenza uses science-based research to show that the power of the mind and body connection is effective and real.