McInflammation: Are You Really “Loving It”?
May 6, 2008 by Dr. Nicole Sundene
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Recently a friend reported over dinner that his inflammatory problem (and let’s just say almost all medical problems are caused by inflammation) was not much better.
He said he was diligently taking everything I had recommended, and had only noted minor improvement.
Although natural remedies take time, I was curious how the dietary recommendations were going….you know, the most important part of his prescription? To no surprise, he was struggling to make the necessary changes.
As I climbed in to his car to head to our next destination I noted the eight bags of fast food littering his car floor.
“Well here is the source of McInflammation in your diet right here!” I pointed and shouted, excited to realize that his diet was actually quite simple to improve. Anyone managing to sustain life off a fast food diet clearly has a VERY strong vital force.
“No amount of fish oil and supplements can combat this,” I further explained, “the best thing you can do for your health is to get ALL fast food out of your diet! I think all your health problems will just resolve from this type of simple change, as we lower the total inflammatory load in your body.”
Frankly, all fast food does is creates inflammation. Fast food is the fried, fatty, processed, chemical, additive, preserved, promised land of sickness and disease in America! You know why? Because it just creates inflammation and makes us fat.
Let’s review my favorite fast food sources of inflammation:
Aside from McInflammation, we have Inflammation King and Inflammation Queen, there is the drunken late night visit to Inflammation Bell, but if you are too lazy to make a run to the border for your inflammation you can conveniently receive Inflammation in a Box. When in a hurry you can always conveniently get Inflammation Time. If you are in to world travel you could visit Kentucky Fried Inflammation, Inflammation Hut or you could simply head to California for some simple In and Out Inflammation that seems to be quite popular down there.
Maybe you are laughing, maybe you think I am ridiculous, or maybe you know that I am right, but regardless, I just have to say that DIET is the foundation to your health and well being.
That is why we are “Kitchen Table Medicine” here. Not “Pill Popping Medicine” or “Drive Through Medicine”, “Band-Aid Medicine” or even “Lazy Boy Medicine”. Although I am always excited to jump on a glitchy new marketing concept, I have to preach that which I know is correct in my heart. I am not here to sell anything other than fruits and vegetables, whole foods eating, exercise, and stress management.
Although naturopathic medicine does not conveniently come in a box with a toy in it, over time if you can just stick with me, I will teach you the path to optimal wellness. All I am asking in exchange for my time and knowledge is that you simply just TRY to be better. That is what this website is all about. The whole reason I am doing this is for the people that lack will power and need to make changes in “baby steps”. Only about 10% of people that I work with can make all the necessary diet and lifestyle changes at once. Everyone else needs a great deal of coaching. I understand not everyone can afford me, but a blog gives everyone free access to my “celebrity medicine” ideas.
So are you “baby steppin” yet?
Good health is not about taking your hand full of pills in the drive-through of “Inflammation King” while asking that your inflammation comes “super-sized”.
That is not real health. Sure taking herbs, medicines, or supplements are better than nothing, but ultimately my pet peeve as a Naturopath is when people ask me “Doc, what can I TAKE for ___________problem?” I don’t want you to TAKE something to improve your health, chances are I want you to TAKE SOMETHING AWAY.
In America we are programmed to think that health is about taking medicines. Health is not about taking medicines, most medicines are not solving the root cause of the problem.
Drugs do not heal people. The Vis Medicatrix Naturae heals people…. “The healing power of nature” inside each and every one of us is what heals us. How else do we get better from the common cold? There is no cure for the common cold, except the one within us. When we remove the “obstacles to cure”, “treat the cause”, and “treat the whole person” in a mind, body, and spirit model; that is when we can truly see someone “heal”. That is when we actually see chronic problems resolve permanently and no longer be dependent on daily medications. The health care disaster we have going on in America is a prime example why drugs don’t work. We spend more money on health care than any other country in the world and we are only second to Finland as the unhealthiest.
The problem is not that you are prozac deficient, or St. John’s wort deficient, or deficient in some sort of HMG coA reductase inhibitor needed to lower your cholesterol. That is not the problem. The problem is that we need to shift our paradigms to look at diet and lifestyle as our main medicines, and that while we are working to make those changes we may need something in the mean time. A crutch, a stepping stone, but however you want to see it, medicines are simply tools to help us build our foundations of health, they should never be the foundation. Hammers and nails are used to build the structure. The structure is not comprised of them.
With that being said…can you give up eating fast food? Or are you just really still “loving it”?
~Dr. Nicole SundeneDr. Nicole Sundene, NMD is a licensed Naturopathic Medical Doctor at Fountain Hills Naturopathic Medicine 16719 E Palisades Blvd, Suite 205, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268.
She believes we should utilize natural medicines to treat the root cause of disease rather than just treating symptoms, as symptoms are a message of imbalance sent from the body and will persist until they are properly addressed.
For appointments please visit http://FHnaturopathic.com for more information about Naturopathic Medicine services.
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