Eating the Wrong Foods Can Increase Pain

Don’t add more fuel to the fire!

fireMany people don’t realize that consuming non-organic or highly processed foods can harm their body. There is evidence that many of the foods we eat can contribute to increased inflammation, resulting in painful conditions such as, fibromyalgia, arthritis, allergies, muscle pain, asthma, irritable bowel syndrome, skin disorders and cancer.

Pain is a warning sign that something is out of balance. Taking aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs or running out to get cortisone shots or surgery may not always be the answer. Look at your diet!  It may be one of the contributing factors that is causing your pain and inflammation.

sugar candyAccording to the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, consuming high amounts of sugars and high glycemic starches can contribute to:

Increased inflammation

Increased pain

Cause overheating and swelling of joint tissue.

Raise insulin levels

Increase cortisol levels

Creates chronic inflammation.

High amounts of sugar in the diet increase advanced glycogen end-products, or AGEs, a protein glucose molecule, which results in damaged, cross-linked proteins.

As the body tries to break these AGEs apart, immune cells secrete inflammatory messengers called cytokines. Depending on where the AGEs occur and your genetic predisposition, they could eventually result in arthritis, cataracts, heart disease, poor memory, wrinkled skin and even cancer.

pesticide residuesMany processed foods contain viral and bacterial components that increase inflammation setting the body up for  disease.

Studies are showing that GMO,  (Genetically Modified Food) products are linked to Leukemia and other serious illnesses. ( See Resources). Also; be careful where you buy your organic foods, because they are being sprayed with bacteria eating viruses.


produceLook for sustainable, local farms that treat their animals with respect where they graze and see sunshine. Where they eat natural food that they are supposed to eat, don’t need antibiotics to fight back infections, because they don’t get infections and parasites from their living quarters. Look for ‘certified organic food ‘and ask questions of the manufacturer about heavy metal toxins, toxic sprays, and known carcinogens.

If your experiencing pain, avoiding these foods can be the first step in decreasing inflammation:




Dairy with antibiotics

Sugar and Idaho Potatoes.

Allergenic foods

Vegetables containing pesticides

Genetically Modified Foods

Hormone injected animal products

Shellfish products

Highly charred or smoked food

Carbonated sweetened drinks

Saturated fats such as:

Canola Oil

Soybean oil



Check labels at grocery chains as the foods in these stores contain many hidden allergens and processed ingredients, which can cause inflammation.

Corn oil

Cottonseed oil

Also avoid foods containing these ingredients: (FD&C Red No. 40, Tartrazine, or Blue No. 1) and artificial sweeteners (like saccharin, aspartame, or sucralose) all Linked to cancers.

corn-syrupHigh Fructose Corn Syrup

 The liquid food supplement ‘Ensure’ and hospital feeding tube formulas all contain high fructose corn syrup.  Other harmful ingredients include: corn syrup, corn maltodextrin, sugar (Sucrose), corn oil, sodium & calcium caseinates, soy protein isolate and artificial flavor.

Most cereals contain a lot of these hidden ingredients.

For a healthier alternative to Ensure try: ‘Liquid Hope’ Developed by a Chef, supported by Dietician and Physician.    and see blog/liquid hope

 Another great product: Orgain liquid food supplement can found at Whole Foods Market.

Before buying, check the ingredients in:

yogurts, breads, crackers, cereals, flavored oatmeal, beverages and salad dressings. They all can contain unwanted hidden contaminents.

 Frozen Foods contain hidden allergens such as,


High Fructose Corn syrup


Food processing factories use a lot more sugar, salt, oil, and unrecognizable ingredients that you would use to flavor these foods at home.

Salad dressings in restaurants can also contain high fructose corn syrup.

Yellow No. 5 is sometimes added to smoked fish to impart color. To help protect people who are sensitive to Yellow No. 5, FDA’s regulation for Yellow No. 5 states that any food for human use that contains Yellow No. 5 must specifically declare the presence of the color additive by listing it as an ingredient. If Yellow No. 5 is added to smoked fish but is not declared unsafe.

People sensitive to Yellow No. 5 can experience symptoms that can range from mild to moderate severity, nausea, pain, fatigue, hives and joint pain, etc.

Rainbow fruitDon’t risk it, you’re better off eating a rainbow of organic vegetables:

Red radishes,

Orange yams

Purple cabbage

Avocados-1Dark-green veggies are rich in vitamin C and other antioxidants that stop inflammation. Focus on steaming. Lightly cooking cruciferous vegetables such as, broccoli, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, kale, etc. Avacados are a great choice, because they are loaded with Indole 3 Carbonol. Great for reducing inflammation. Steaming cruciferous vegetables allows us to break down enzymes easier and absorb nutrients in these foods. It also takes stress off the thyroid gland. Eating too much raw cruciferous vegetables can prevent the thyroid gland from producing important hormones, which regulate dozens of important body functions, including metabolism, and temperature.

Choose Healthy Organic Foods!


Green Beans



Choose oils from:





These foods can help with pain relief, fight bacteria, viruses and keep you healthier.




Olive leaf extract



Grapefruit seed extract
Wild mountain oil of oregano

Apple cider vinegar

Peppermint tea’s

Individually, their effectiveness is astonishing.

Pay attention to spicy foods as sometimes garlic, horseradish, habanero are too hot for specific conditions. If you feel better eating them then do so. Your body will let you know.

Make sure they say Certified Organic

Olive oil is a great source of oleic acid, making it a powerful anti-inflammatory oil.

There are plenty of healthy foods that taste good!

According to health and wellness practitioner, Dr. Weil a practitioner of alternative medicine for the past thirty years, suggests an anti-inflammatory food pyramid of:

Certified Organic foods:

Feta and goat cheese

Yogurt with no sugar

Omega 3

Skinless chicken

Lean meats baked or broiled

String beans, kidney beans, pinto beans, peas, carrots, celery, bok choy, apples, oranges, strawberries, grapes, red dates, seeds, such as; sunflower, ground flaxseeds, baked butternut squash, and bone marrow broths made with organic beef bones.

Herbs and spices:



Turmeric  ( not for stomach ulcers)


Shitake mushrooms

Miso made from organic sources

Beans, legumes

When in doubt, research and educate yourself on health and prevention! Don’t wait till you get sick or are in severe pain. For more information contact Judy Bloom, or (408)666-5775.

Read my next blog on, ‘Foods for the Seasons in Chinese Medicine.’


How does Healing Light get Into The Body?

Light Therapy Promotes Energy

???????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????When light travels through the eyes it reaches not only the visual centers of the brain, but also the hypothalamus. The hypothalamus is the brain’s brain. It organizes information from the body’s external and internal environments, initiates a stress response, regulates immune function, reproduction, thirst, hunger, temperature, emotions, and sleep patterns. It houses the biological clock, controls most of the functions of the pituitary gland, and controls the autonomic nervous system. Light energy is converted to electrochemical impulses, which are then sent to the pituitary and pineal glands.

The pineal gland is the body’s light meter, and the only gland in the body not controlled by higher neurological centers. It transforms retinal perceived light waves into neuronal impulses and hormonal messages that produce melatonin. Melatonin is both created and released by the pineal gland in response to light and darkness. The pineal gland and melatonin provide the physiologic and hormonal connection to the environment and the universe.

Light Can Heal Damaged Tissue

healing lightAccording to Dr. Tiina Karu, affiliated with The Laser Technology Center in Russia and University of California at Berkeley, has been researching light on the cells since the 1980’s. Dr. Karu determined that there are photoreceptors at the molecular and cellular level, which when triggered by light, activate a number of biological reactions, DNA/RNA synthesis, which increase protein and collagen and cellular proliferation. The results are rapid regeneration, normalization and healing of damaged cellular tissue. (Pg1.)

Light is so important for our body to function as seasons change with the direction of the sun, we get light, warmth, dark and cold. Our bodies try to change with the seasons and if we don’t get enough sunlight we are susceptible to illness, may become depressed and develop more physical ailments.

Modern Medicine now recognizing benefits of light therapy

The effectiveness of color light therapy is most effective when applying specific color light frequencies on the body’s acupuncture points. Energy is absorbed and distributed through the body along the same meridian system used in Chinese medicine mapped out centuries ago.  In the past half a century, conventional medicine has crossed over and introduced light therapy for healing purposes. The U.S. military is now using color light therapy in treating specific pain conditions with successful results.

Light therapy more effective when combined with other modalities

Adding color light to other modalities such as acupuncture, acupressure and massage enhances healing, because they address both symptoms and their root causes of disease, thereby offering more permanent relief.The human body is a virtual electromagnetic field. Any stimulation of the acupuncture points and portals with these two methods sends a current of information along the associated pathways, affecting the flow of life force. All intercellular communications are based on light energy. Negative energy imbalances and blockages, caused by emotional and physical trauma and stress, build up in our electromagnetic field, where they can trigger emotional and physical disease. Today, the field of modern energy medicine includes different light treatments like color irradiation and low-intensity lasers.

As a noninvasive, nontoxic healing modality, color therapy can be administered to individuals who are phobic about needles and thereby resistant to submitting to a full course of acupuncture treatments.

Color light therapy is proving beneficial for patients suffering from jetlag, eating and mood disorders, including bulimia. In psychiatry, research has validated light therapy administered through the eyes as the most effective treatment for seasonal affective disorder.

Do you want more energy, want less pain?  Take away your depression? Reach out with any questions you may have.

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