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Did you know that ginger can prevent migraines and that coffee sometimes cures them? Did you know that rice can calm your digestion, that sugar can make you more sensitive to pain, that evening primrose can ease the symptoms of arthritis?
Drawing on new and little-known research from prestigious medical centers around the world, Neal Barnard, M.D., author of Eat Right, Live Longer and Food for Life, shows readers how they can soothe everyday ailments and cure chronic pain by using common foods, traditional supplements, and herbs.
Dr. Barnard reveals which foods regularly contribute to pain and how to avoid them. He guides the reader to specific pain-safe foods that are high in nutrition but don't upset the body's natural balance, as well as foods that actively soothe pain by improving blood circulation, relieving inflammation, and balancing hormones. Complete with delicious recipes, Foods That Fight Pain is a revolutionary approach to healing that will transform your life.
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Foods have special effects on pain, and research studies substantiate this, says Neal Barnard, M.D., in Foods That Fight Pain, a book endorsed by fellow doctors Dean Ornish and Andrew Weil. You can use foods to fight pain in these ways:
1. Choose pain-safe foods. Reduce inflammation by avoiding foods that may be causing or aggravating your pain.
2. Add soothing foods that ease pain. Different foods may improve blood flow, relieve inflammation, or balance hormones.
3. Use supplements if needed. Herbs, extracts, and vitamins can relieve pain.
Barnard explores a variety of medical conditions, such as migraines, arthritis, digestive problems, fibromyalgia, carpal tunnel syndrome, diabetes, herpes, sickle-cell anemia, kidney stones, urinary infections, and back, chest, breast, menstrual, and cancer pain. For each, Barnard explains the causes of the pain and what dietary changes are likely to alleviate it, with exercise and lifestyle recommendations. Barnard backs up his points with 30 pages of research citations.
Most of the recipes are quick to prepare, and include an elimination diet to avoid trigger foods. A nutritional breakdown (calories, fat, protein, carbohydrate, and sodium) accompanies each recipe. Following the advice in this book will not only relieve your pain, but increase your overall health. Highly recommended. --Joan PriceFrom the Back Cover:
"Dr. Neal Barnard is one of the most responsible and authoritative voices in American medicine today."
--Andrew Weil, M.D., author of 8 Weeks to Optimal Health and Spontaneous Healing
"Dr. Neal Barnard is a brilliant visionary, one of the leading pioneers in educating the public about the healing power of diet and nutrition. In Foods That Fight Pain he offers scientifically based rationales for nutritional therapies to help alleviate the everyday pains for which conventional medicine often has so little to offer. This may be one of the most practical and useful books you'll ever read. I highly recommend it."
--Dean Ornish, M.D., President and Director, Preventive Medicine Research and author of Dr. Dean Ornish's Program for Reversing Heart Disease
"Neal Barnard's book separates the wheat from the chaff in nutritional literature."
--Benjamin Spock, M.D.
"If we all were more careful in our choices of food and drink, our health would improve enormously. Dr. Barnard has been advocating healthful nutrition for many years. His message is beginning to be heard."
--William C. Roberts, Editor-in-Chief, American Journal of Cardiology, and Director, Baylor Cardiovascular Institute
"Dr. Barnard's Foods That Fight Pain is an incredibly valuable resource. I eagerly anticipate providing it to our patients."
--Ron Cridland, M.D., Health Promotion Clinic
"Dr. Neal Barnard is the only person who has both the scientific background and the knowledge of nutrition to write this book. It will, in a natural way, free many people from pain and eliminate their need for drugs that cause dangerous side effects."
--Henry J. Heimlich, M.D., President, The Heimlich Institute
"Today, after years of testing, discarding, and refining, we have arrived at a revolutionary way of thinking about pain. Research studies have given us the scientific basis not only for why foods work this magic, but also how to put it to use. This book translates these powerful new laboratory findings into simple steps that you can use."
--Neal Barnard, M.D., from the Preface
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