Christine Meshew

Anti-Inflammatory Foods

It’s important to know what foods to select whenever you are experiencing any type of pain, especially as it relates to a joint articulation syndrome. Even though much of our foods have been depleted of their normal vital nutrients due to sub-standard soils, it is still important to be aware of what we ingest. Whenever possible, buy “organic” as it is very difficult to wash off all the pesticides, especially smaller items such as berries. The following mentioned foods are the top 10 “anti-inflammatory” foods.

Make sure they are in your diet on a regular basis if you are experiencing any type of inflammatory-joint lesion issue:

  1. Fruits: The primary focus should be the darker colored fruits.
    Grapes - red, green & purple (They contain “quercitin” which is an antioxidant.)
    Blueberries (Contain high levels of “anthocyanin”-an antioxidant that is known to reduce inflammation.)
    Apricots- contain “beta-cryptoxanthin”, a member of the carotenoid family that is known to be “antioxidant”. This has been shown to reduce the risk of lung & colon cancer.
    (*Note: Be careful when purchasing apricots that they are “sulfur” free. My personal favorite  are the “Turkish” apricots.)
  2. Pineapple: The core of the pineapple contains the enzyme “bromelain”. Fresh pineapple or in a supplement form gives you more bromelain than the canned fruit.
  3. Vegetables: Fresh organic vegetables are very good to reduce inflammation, especially in the “cruciferous” family. The cruciferous family would include:
    Brussel sprouts
    Bok Choy
  4. Salmon: One of the healthiest fish to eat & contains anti-inflammatory “omega-3’s” a. wild caught sockeye is considered the best of the salmon family. Always try to eat fresh whenever possible.'
  5. Ginger: By ingesting ginger daily, a study in 2010 showed that it helped reduce muscle pain associated with exercise by a 25%! Ginger is also well known for “anti-nausea”.
  6. Olive oil:  Extra virgin olive oil is considered one of the healthiest fats for fighting inflammation
    (*Note: In the Mediterranean, olive oil is considered the secret element to longevity.)
  7. Garlic:  It contains “allicin” which has an “antiplatelet” activity.
    (*Note: Prevents blood platelets from sticking together) Garlic contains the amino acid “alliin” which when activated thru crushing garlic, reacts with an enzyme also found in garlic “allinase”. Once the enzyme reacts with the amino acid, “allicin” is produced.  This is one of the oldest medicinal foods on the planet. It has the following properties:  lowers serum cholesterol, lowers the LDL cholesterol (bad cholesterol), lowers triglyceride levels up to 22%, reduces arterial plaque.)
  8. Turmeric: This is an Asian/Indian spice found in most dishes. Turmeric spice contains “curcumin”. It has also been found to transport heavy metal toxicity of “aluminum” out of the brain, thus, preventing Alzheimers disease.
    (*Note: There are minimal cases noted in India of Alzheimers where turmeric is used quite frequently in their curry dishes.).
  9. Sweet Potatoes: Come in two types: yams (orange color) & the more yellow appearance They have a valuable source of complex carbohydrates, beta-carotene, fiber, manganese and vitamins B6 & C. It’s important to eat the skin with the potatoes. The only precaution is to be careful of the amount you ingest if you have blood sugar issues as it is high on the glucose sugar index.
  10. Avocadoes: This amazing vegetable contains a high content of a friendly fat called “monounsaturated” fat from  “oleic acid”.
    (*Note: California grown avocadoes contain 20% less calories than the Florida grown type.) California avocadoes rank highest in “lutein”, which acts as an antioxidant, abd beta-sitosterol, which blocks cholesterol absorption. )

Sources: “The 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth” by Jonny Bowden. “Frozen shoulder Syndrome” by Neil Asher, BSc, Ost founder of NAT







Airborne Allergies

Ahh Choo!

What makes some people more vulnerable than others?

Purpose: In the next few minutes I hope to clear up any myths around airborne allergies & what you might want to do for yourself if you are an allergy sufferer.

In simple lay terminology an allergy is basically a reaction from the immune system to fight off some unrecognizable substance that can lead to an allergic reaction if this invasion continues for any length of time. Some people respond differently than others or maybe not at all.

Typical symptoms seen in a doctor’s office is nasal congestion, coughing, wheezing, itchy runny eyes, shortness of breath and possible headaches.

Type of Airborne Allergies: Because we live in the Northwest, we are surrounded not only by dust and pollens, but molds as well. Molds are microscopic living organisms, neither animal nor insect, that thrive where no other life form can. You can find molds under the sink, in the window sills, bathroom, bedroom, and refrigerator. Basically, anywhere there is a water source there can be a mold problem.  Even woodcarvers or wood-makers are vulnerable to mold allergies because old wood can fester up molds.  Molds can be transported by the wind and predominate in the summer and early fall.

There are some people that can develop serious life threatening allergy conditions, such as asthma and pulmonary fibrosis.

Allergy Victims/Underlying Cause:
So the question is “why do some people get allergies and not others?”

According to some specialists, allergies occur when a person’s immune system has been compromised over a long period of time and/or experiencing an extreme amount of stress. You can easily compromise your immune system through long term neglect of doing what it takes to keep healthy. It could be from taking too many drugs for remedying minor conditions, eating inflammatory toxic type foods, spinal misalignment that has gone untreated for long periods of times, and/or emotional imbalance.

So what is a person to do besides taking the usual over the counter antihistamines or flu shots, thinking that they are doing themselves a big favor when they are not? Here are some easy simple ways to remedy the symptoms and possibly clear up your allergies over time:

  1. Taking a Tblsp of raw blackberry honey daily
  2. Drinking 2-3 cups of German Chamomile tea
  3. Homeopathic remedies such as: allium cepa 30C 1-2X/D until your symptoms dissipate
  4. Foot reflexology, especially trigger points to the following anatomical points: liver, spleen, lung, kidney, adrenals, head
  5. Web of hand acupressure point
  6. Taking extra dosage of vitamins C & A (5000 mgs/D)
  7. Healthy Mediterranean type of diet:  olives, olive oil, avocado, yogurt, raw nuts/seeds, and high fiber.

If the above home remedies don’t relieve your symptoms, then I would suggest seeking Chiropractic alignment and/or Acupuncture care.

Why Supplements

The primary reason why we need to consume supplements with our daily intake of food in America is because the soil has been robbed of its vital nutrients over time. How did this happen? After World War II, there was a surplus of nitrates that were used in the explosives for warfare. So the chemical manufacturing companies decided this would make a great marketing tool of promoting these unnatural “fertilizers” as being an important adjunct to the farmers. As a result, we now have vegetables and fruit that have been robbed of their natural rich vital nutrients as they have been manufactured arti-ficially. So over time, the abuse of all of these fertilizers and pesticides has destroyed the land of its vital nutrients and also polluted many of the streams and creeks.

Because it takes a tremendously long time to replenish the soil of its natural rich mineral content, even organic foods may not be at their maximum nutrient value. (However, organic foods certainly have a much better nutrient value than commercially grown foods overall, as well as; they taste much better.)

What is the solution? If you can’t grow all of your food on your own land with all the full vital nutrients available in the soil from organic gardening, then vitamin and mineral supplementations are the next best thing for the public to consume to “supplement” their diet. Once you develop a routine of taking your supplements, you should notice a significant difference in your health within 1-2 months.

With today’s supplement market, it is easy to mistakenly take more than you need or the wrong combination, or perhaps a brand that isn’t suited for your body type. Therefore, it is a good idea to work with your primary alternative doctor to not only help advise you on your supplements but also your dosage. If you are unsure of what type of foods you should or should not be consuming, then check with your doctor. What I find overall, is that most people eat either the wrong combination of foods, skip meals, over-consume their foods, eat in a hurry, drink too much liquid during the meals or just eat whatever is convenient at the time due to unplanned schedules during their work week.

Have you ever done a comparative study of tasting organic foods verses non-organic?

Especially not having to taste the pesticides & herbicides infiltrated (that travel immediately to the liver and are stored here) in the foods from reckless farming.

Currently, the cost of organic foods is higher than the cost of commercial grade foods. The same goes with supplementations. But the value return far outweighs the cons when it comes to your health in the long run. Due to the higher demand for organic produce, there are more stores opening up segment s of their produce section and charging less as the demand goes up. Be sure and ask the doctor for a nutrition survey sheet and get started on the right road to better health immediately.

For more information on what type of supplements you might need to support your overall health, contact the phone number mentioned below. (*Note: All supplements advised is in support within the scope of a health practitioner as a Chiropractor and Acupuncturist and is not advised for the cure of any disease or illness.