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Food For Thought: The Healing Power of What You Eat

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    Pain is a huge health problem that costs Americans about $650 billion every year. That includes doctor's visits, medication, and lost job productivity.  Besides the expense, it can be depressing to live with.  The author of "Miracle Pain Relief Secrets" has some ideas about out how food can relieve pain.  " Let food be thy medicine, let medicine be thy food," is Dr. Tony O'Donnell's motto.   
      "Fresh fruits and vegetables are the key, and they are classically called super foods:  pomegranates, acai, blueberries, goji berries, mangosteen, all super foods from the rain forest and from all over the world," says Dr. O'Donnell.  He also says apples, oranges, peaches, pears, and lemons are remarkable for helping reduce oxidative stress.  "We all rust on the inside and the less oxidative stress we have, the less pain, and we don't age as rapidly.  Your skin starts to glow as a result," explains Dr. O'Donnell.  He also suggests essential fatty acids, turmeric, and ginger.  
     86 % of the U.S. population does not eat fresh fruits and vegetables!  According to a study in Massachusetts, if we consumed 5-7 servings of fruits and vegetables every day, we  would reduce cancer by 66%.  We need to get back to the basics of the food group.  Over 80% of the U.S. population over 60 years of age suffers some form of pain - leg, knee, primarily back pain.  Color is crucial in the fight against degenerative disease.  So eat colors that are bright colors:  dark leafy green, bright yellow lemons.  Lemon balances the alkalinity in our bodies!  We're very acidic because of all the junk food we eat, but apples and lemons, especially squeezed into a lukewarm glass of water in the morning, can change the alkalinity.
     Dr. O'Donnell agrees with the saying, "an apple a day keeps the doctor away".  He takes the conversation one step further to talk about inflammatory and anti-inflammatory foods.  While inflammation on your skin comes from an injury, inflammation inside your body comes from cell damage.  Doctors say this can lead to serious health problems like auto-immune diseases and cancer.  Dr. O'Donnell believes detoxing the liver is a good start to reduce inflammation.  "The liver is the filter that holds onto all the food - whether it's soda, pizza, medications, coffee, sugar, processed genetically modified food.   We have to detox that.  There are different types of cleanses, butg water is a good detoxer.  Spinach, cabbage, kale, celery, cilantro, dandelion, milk thistle, aloe vera are all excellent too, but nothing like water!" exclaims Dr. O'Donnell.  He says most people do not consume enough water.  He blames many headaches, discomfort, aches and pain, grogginess, and skin conditions on the lack of water people drink.  
    He also believes most people should add fiber to their diet.  He says it's a good detoxifier.  "It's simple, inexpensive, and does a good job of pulling out waste matter from of the body.  The average person walks around according to research with 30 to 40 pounds of waste matter and food transmit time on typical westerner diet is 30-40 hours.   
     As to why he suggests lukewarm water, versus ice cold water that most Texans are used to, he says your body responds better with lukewarm water.  As far as cooking, he says camphor, capsaicin, turmeric, and cumin are "power houses" as far as healing goes.  He says you can also get many of them in capsules, tinctures, and powders.  He also likes calcium magnesium, because he says it relaxes the body.  "So you're less tense, have a lower chance to be injured," says Dr. O'Donnell.  As for essential fatty acids, he says they help reduce pain sensors in the brain and reduce inflammation.  He highly suggests you stay away from food like donuts, sugar, coffee, and processed foods.  
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