Dr. Tara Skye Goldin's Newsletter, The Inflammation Issue Natural Medicine that Gets Results!
September/ October 2009


Happy Early Fall! These past few months have been such a whirlwind for me. Lots of new patients and also lots of travel out of town for family and also fun reasons. I realized that during the past 2 months, I have been out of town for over 3 weeks of it. I am not planning on any more out of state travel until around Thanksgiving when I plan to attend my 30th high school reunion in Philadelphia. Except for one professional Nature Cure Conference in the mountains I don't plan on any travel at all until that time. It will be nice to be mostly at home and to regroup. Also like the trees are shedding their leaves often this time of year is a good time to shed and lose that which no longer serves you. I recently cleared out a large amount of old clutter from 3 closets I had been avoiding. Meanwhile I have also been cooking up large pots of fresh marinara sauce as I harvest the last of my tomatoes this year. Hoping to get some more hiking to the high country before the big snows start to fall and it turns into skiing season. And as always keeping my yoga practice going to maintain the balance and perspective in my life.

This newsletter will focus on inflammation and a few supplements and lifestyle changes that can combat this problem. Inflammation is the root cause of many health issues from asthma to heart disease to digestive issues to arthritis. Once one is educated on what one can do to prevent and combat existing inflammation, one can greatly reduce the amount of OTC and prescription antiinflammatories one needs to ingest. Be well and enjoy this wonderfully perfect weather we have been happening.

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I will also be extending my office hours to include some Friday mornings on an as needed basis in order to serve you better.

in this issue
  • Counteracting Inflammation with Lifestyle Changes
  • The Antiinflammatory Diet
  • Omega 3 Fish Oil and Inflammation
  • Ancient Herb Suppresses Inflammation
  • Curcumin (Turmeric) Suppresses Inflammation and Pain

  • The Antiinflammatory Diet

    It is becoming increasingly clear that a host of illnesses - including heart disease, many cancers and Alzheimer's disease - are influenced in large part by chronic inflammation. This is a process in which the immune system becomes off balance, and persists unnecessarily in its efforts to repair the body and repel pathogens. The prolonged process results in damage to healthy tissue as well. Stress, lack of exercise, genetic predisposition and other lifestyle factors can all promote inflammation, but poor diet is perhaps the main contributor, and the ideal place to begin addressing inflammation. (Find more details on the mechanics of the inflammation process and the Anti- Inflammatory Food Pyramid. From Dr. Andrew Weil

    Omega 3 Fish Oil and Inflammation

    Some kind of inflammation is believed to lie behind most diseases of the 21st Century. For example, heart disease, cancer, autoimmune diseases, psoriasis, Alzheimer's and many other conditions are characterized by increased levels of pro-inflammatory markers produced from Omega 6 essential fatty acids found in meat, dairy products, vegetable oils and processed foods. by David McEvoy

    Ancient Herb Suppresses Inflammation

    With the removal of Vioxx® from the market, and sales of other drugs in this class plummeting, scientists are working overtime to identify natural agents that safely block the underlying factors that give rise to inflammation in the body. Researchers have focused their microscopes on the herb boswellia, which works to block a lethal pro- inflammatory enzyme called 5-lipoxygenase (5-LOX). Until now, only limited strategies have been available to fight the insidious effects of 5-LOX, a potent contributor to inflammatory processes involved in diseases as diverse as cancer, atherosclerosis, arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease, and asthma. From Life Extension Magazine

    Curcumin (Turmeric) Suppresses Inflammation and Pain

    From powerful heart medications and antibiotics to simple aspirin, many modern pharmaceuticals have been derived directly from ancient plant and fungal sources that exhibit remarkable abilities to improve well being and intervene in disease processes at the molecular level. Scientists continue to discover medically useful plant compounds that demonstrate powerful anti-inflammatory, anticancer, antibiotic, and antiaging properties. Turmeric is a case in point. This tropical root delivers a smorgasbord of powerful health benefits. New research shows that turmeric-and its main bioactive compound, curcumin-has the power to block inflammation, stop cancer, kill infectious microbes, and improve heart health. From Life Extension Magazine

    Counteracting Inflammation with Lifestyle Changes

    A cause of many major modern illnesses is inflammation. Inflammation has been implicated in many ailments from asthma to heart disease to arthritis and many more conditions that are turning up in the research constantly. Along with the supplements recommended, there are many lifestyle changes that can help counter inflammation.

    1. Be mindful about what types of oils one ingests. Olive oil, ghee, and Omega 3 oils produce antiinflammatory prostaglandins in the body during their metabolism. Trans fatty acids, canola, rancid oils as well as other polyunsaturated oils and shortenings produce a substance called Arachadonic Acid during their metabolism. These in turn produce compounds in the body called leukotrienes and not so beneficial prostaglandins that exacerbate inflammation.

    2. Avoid synthetic food dyes, additives, and preservatives. Tartrazine , or yellow dye #5 especially has been implicated in exacerbating asthmatic conditions as well as arthritic conditions. Other additives have not been researched as assiduously but have also been linked clinically to an increase in inflammatory reactions.

    3. Get adequate sleep. 8- 10 hours is what is recommended for adults and 10-12 hours nightly. Without enough sleep the cortisol levels become unbalanced which can also contribute to increased levels of inflammation in the body and can lessen the body's ability to adapt to stress.

    4. And speaking of stress, proper stress management also can help to lessen inflammation (conversely chronic stress can exacerbate inflammation). Yoga, meditation, exercise, prayer, massage and learning to say "No" to taking on more things when one is already overloaded are positive steps towards reducing one's stress.

    5. Avoiding foods in the Solanacea or Nightshade family can also help to lessen inflammation in some people. Common foods in this family are potatoes, tomatoes, eggplants and peppers. This food family contains compounds called "Solanenes" which in certain individuals can exacerbate musculoskeletal inflammation.

    6. Avoid alcohol consumption, refined sugar, caffeine and tobacco consumption. These can burden the liver and cause the body to work harder in its detoxification pathways which can cause other metabolic compounds to build up in the system thus exacerbating an inflammatory condition.

    7. Be wary of overexercising. Here in Boulder where it seems that every other person that I meet is a triathlete, etc, this is a very common problem and one that can actually compromise the body in a way that can cause serious health conditions down the line. Make sure that adequate recovery time from a big long workout is allowed so that one can eliminate the inflammatory compounds and lactic acid that are produced during strength and endurance trainings.

    8. Be well, don't swell! Drink lots of good clean purified water. At least 64 oz per day is what I recommend here at altitude for an active lifestyle.

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