From the Sea: Omega 3's to Resolvins

RESOLVINS, MARESINS, LIPOXINS, PROTECTINS Help for your Aches and Pains The Ultimate Omega 3’s: EPA & DHA Fish and Fish Oil: What a classic fundamental food and supplement! I consider this one to be most important part of a healthy diet. Eat high quality wild salmon five days a week. Or eat other low mercury oily fish instead. Food always comes first. Other foods you can consider are Omega 3 eggs or adding a high quality fish oil to your salad dressing. And no, it doesn't tas

Cannabis - CBD from Hemp

I have received so many questions from all of you about Cannabis that I thought it deserved a post of its own. I'll try to clarify things for you. Q: All the terminology about this plant is confusing. Please clarify! Cannabis is a genus of flowering plants native to Central Asia and India, It originated just northeast of the Himalayas some 5,000 years ago. It has a 3,000 year old history of use in different religious traditions including ancient Chinese, Hindus, and Greeks.

Cannabis, Kava, and Kratom

HOPE,HYPE, AND PROMISE Cannabinoids: CBD and Marijuana Cannabis has been in medical literature for over 5,000 years! That's a long time. It's been used to treat pain since the 6th century AD. It was used extensively in the 1800's. In fact, Cannabis wasn't removed from the Medical Pharmacopoeia until 1942. Why did they remove it? Because along with pain relief there was an abuse potential. At that time, the risk was low. The plant itself was more balanced. In fact the risk was

Too Little Feel Good

Endorphin, Enkephalon, and Endocannabinoid Deficiency And What You Can Do About It Yes you can dampen a pain signal, numb the nerve with lidocaine, and zone it out. But then the nerve is just numb, it's supposed to function. What if the problem isn't too much pain, just too little relief? What is there is something wrong with your feel good signaling system? What if it is under active? You may need replacement therapy not a pain killer. Just what is our pain/ pleasure system

NMDA Receptor: The Drugs

NMDA receptor antagonist drugs definitely have a place in controlling chronic pain. But my goodness, we haven't found the right one yet! Maybe a combination of supplements and one of the drugs listed below can help you out. All target decreasing brain inflammation by calming down your microglia, decreasing NMDA signaling, and/or blocking glutamate release. Any damage to brain cells, inflammation, infection, trauma, causes the neurons to release glutamate. So I will include

Blocking the Signal in Central Sensitivity Pain - The NMDA Receptor

We've talked about this receptor before, but it is such a powerful creator of pain, it deserves a post of it's own. If it is stimulated, you hurt. Glutamate tells the receptor to open up, calcium rushes in, and voila, a whole slew of "excitotoxins" flood the nerve and gives you pain. Now, pain certainly has it's place. We need to pull our finger out of the flame. But here we are talking about inappropriate hyper-intense pain signaling. Too much NMDA receptor activity leads

Treating Central Sensitivity Syndromes

Fix Your Blood Brain Barrier Then Soothe and Nourish Your Microglia The famous blood brain barrier Here's the unifying concept here. Right back down to the basics, the cells in your brain which have become degenerated, unbalanced and inflamed. Which cells are they? They are the microglia, the immune cell guardians of the brain. Why did they get inflamed? Because you have a "leaky brain" or, more exactly. a "leaky blood brain barrier". We used to think the brain was all abo

Gift of the Magi

The Three Kings and their gift have always fascinated me. In turn, this wonderful story reminds me that Christmas is about the birth of a child, a savior, and a promise of life after death. "And god so loved the world" ......it's not about giving or receiving the correct Christmas presents. It's about love. But speaking of presents, just what are these "Gifts of the Magi.? I can understand gold, but why frankincense and myrrh? What was so precious about them? Why not just

Integrated Help for your Nerve Pain

THE SUPPLEMENTS This pain is not primarily from the bones, cartilage, or ligaments, this is about pain from the nerve itself, and ultimately from it's basic cellular unit - the neuron. You need to understand it's building blocks, what protects the nerve and what drives it into a frenzy. Protection and growth is related to BDNF. Oxidative stress leading to abnormal pain amplification is NMDA. Throw those two words around and everyone will think you know more than you do. BD

Dampening Inflammation

Let's move on to dampening inflammation. Enough about stinky elevators and broccoli haters. Collagen and sulfur is like a shot of hyaluronic acid in your joint. That was the last post. This post is like the cortisone shot in your joint that doesn't wear off and doesn't have nasty side effects. This is the NSAID effect without all of its drawbacks. Curcumin: That bright yellow Ayurvedic root, also called turmeric. It has so many uses and so many mechanisms of action that I c

Pain Relief Potpourri

. Quell and other TEMS machines. TEMS machines interrupt the vicious cycle of pain radiating up the nerve from the sore spot, into the spinal cord to the brain. The brain just doesn't get the "make it hurt" message. Effects can last for hours to a few days after use. Electrodes are placed on the skin on the path between the hurting body part and the brain. They are either directly attached to a controlling device by wires or remotely hand operated. The more expensive the d

What's New in Treating Chronic Pain?

DIET AND EXERCISE Not that old hack again you groan, wondering why in the world you even bother to read this post. What do doctors ALWAYS say? "Better diet, more exercise." But then again, diet and chronic pain? Weird. Isn't chronic pain just treated with a pill after the physical therapy or surgery fail? Could there really be a gut/joint axis? So your back is hurting again, you don't feel like moving, so you comfort yourself with pretzels, pizza then ice cream. And then