Can What You Eat be contributing to your Chronic Back Pain ?
Posted Jun 02 2009 4:35pm
San Francisco- Chronic Back Pain is one of the most common physical ailments that patients present with for treatment in the United States. San Francisco Back Pain expert Dr. Eben Davis, D.C., preaches to his patients to eat a "Plant Based Diet" and Unrefined Foods.
Whole wheat or whole grain bread is the best because of fiber, vitamins and minerals in the whole grain. Avoid flesh food of any kind - including fish and chicken because these foods have no fiber and are have high concentrations of cholesterol that is the most important determinant of promoting atherosclerosis leading to diminished blood flow to all the organs of the body including the sex organs and brain and heart. This is one of the most important steps that you can do to get rid of back pain - to change your diet to eliminate the refined foods of all kinds including flesh foods and switch to unrefined foods of plant origin. There is no possibility of not getting enough protein as long as you take sufficient calories from unrefined plant sources. All animals you may want to eat got their protein from plant sources. Plants are the only primary source of protein. Not only will you do your back a favor to eat unrefined plant-based food, but your kidneys will also thank you. On the typical meat-rich diet of most Americans, the kidneys are overworked due to consumption of many times the body-daily-requirement of protein that must be eliminated from the body by the kidneys. In order to eliminate excess protein from the body the calcium stores are depleted causing osteoporosis in individuals who eat more protein than their body requires. Osteoporosis is not a calcium deficiency disease as much as it is a protein excess disease. A unrefined plant-based diet will greatly improve your blood flow to all of your organs and be one of the most important things you can do to improve a chronic back pain.
We encourage patients to try it out. Give it six weeks and see how you feel. It's not an all or none diet. The more you do, the more you gain. So, if you cheated on the weekends, that would still be over 70% of the time that you were clean. This would be great. Some patients stay at 100% because they feel so much better and they end up liking the taste of plant foods. To ignore the connection between diet, inflammation, and chronic back pain, would be like ignoring the relationship between smoking and lung cancer. Sure, you can choose to eat whatever you want, but at the end of the cafeteria line is the cashier, and often times there is a big price to pay for our indulgences.