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Foods That Fight Pain: Revolutionary New Strategies for Maximum Pain Relief (Anglais) Broché – 27 avril 1999

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We all suffer pain from time to time, and for some of us that pain has become a recurring, and sometimes constant, presence in our lives. In this book I would like to offer you an approach to pain that is different--and perhaps more powerful--than anything you have ever tried. It is based on the premise that foods have medicinal value, a notion which has long been accepted in the medical traditions of China, India, Native America, and other cultures around the world, and is now being confirmed by the latest Western medical research.

Foods can fight pain. In the pages ahead, we'll discuss how this works, and specifically which foods or supplements will be most effective for your pain, along with recipes for turning those foods into delicious meals. But for the moment I want to establish something important: There is nothing speculative or far-out about the premise that foods can fight pain. On the contrary. The ideas presented in this book are drawn from a wealth of new research from prestigious medical centers around the world.

Years ago, findings showing that foods work against pain, even pain in its most severe forms, emerged as tentative and sometimes controversial theories. Physicians and scientists then rigorously investigated these concepts in human research volunteers. Today, after years of testing, discarding, and refining, we 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.

Nutrients work against pain in four ways. They can reduce damage at the site of injury, cool your body's inflammatory response, provide analgesia on pain nerves themselves, and even work within the brain to reduce pain sensitivity.

The most important approach for you depends on the kind of pain you have. If you have arthritis, your goal is to stop the joint damage along with the pain. If you have cancer pain or chest pain, you can choose foods to affect the disease process itself. If you have shingles, diabetic nerve pains, or carpal tunnel syndrome, you need to fix a problem within the nerves. If you have a chronic backache, headaches, abdominal pain, or cramps, you just want the pain to disappear. Specific foods can help with all of these.

Different Foods for Different Kinds of Pain
Research studies have revealed special effects of certain foods and nutrients, as we will see in detail in the chapters that follow. Rice or peppermint oil, for example, can soothe your digestive tract. Ginger and the herb feverfew can prevent migraines, and coffee sometimes cures them. Natural plant oils can reduce arthritis pain. Cranberry juice can fight the pain of bladder infections. Vitamin B6 can even increase your pain resistance, to name just a few.

Whether we are talking about back pain, migraines, cancer pain, or anything else, there are three basic principles to using foods to fight pain. I will spell them out briefly here and, in the chapters that follow, will show you how to apply them.

Choose pain-safe foods. In headaches, joint pains, and digestive pains, for example, the key is not so much in adding new foods as in finding out which foods have caused your pain and avoiding them, while building your meals from foods that virtually never cause symptoms for anyone.

In the Lancet of October 12, 1991, arthritis researchers announced the results of a carefully controlled study that tested how avoiding certain foods could reduce inflammation. Often the culprits were as seemingly innocent as a glass of milk, a tomato, wheat bread, or eggs. By avoiding specific foods, many patients improved dramatically: pain diminished or went away, and joint stiffness was no longer the routine morning misery. The same benefit has been seen for migraines. While there are also benefits to be gained from certain supplements, particularly natural anti-inflammatory plant oils, identifying your own sensitivities is an enormously important first step.

Sugar may affect pain, at least in certain circumstances. As we will see in chapter 12, researchers at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Minneapolis tested its effects on a group of young men. They attached a clip to the web of skin between their fingers, and wired the clip to an electrical stimulator. They gradually increased the voltage, and asked the men to say when they felt any pain and at what point they found it intolerable. As the researchers then infused a dose of sugar, the volunteers found that they could feel the pain sooner and felt it more intensely. The researchers then tested diabetics, who tend to have more sugar in their blood than other people, and found that they too were more sensitive to pain than other people.

What would it mean if some part of your diet, whether it was sugar or anything else, were to cause pain to hurt just a bit extra, without your realizing what was causing this problem? In fact, there are many foods that trigger pain and aggravate inflammation. Choosing pain-safe foods is as important as bringing the special healing foods in.

Add soothing foods that ease your pain. Foods that improve blood flow are of obvious importance in angina, back pain, and leg pains. Foods that relieve inflammation help your joints to cool down. Other foods balance hormones and will come to your rescue if you have menstrual pain, endometriosis, fibroids, or breast pain. Hormone-adjusting foods have also been the subject of a considerable amount of research in cancer, as we will see.
Use supplements if you need them. I encourage you to explore the benefits of herbs, extracts, and vitamins that can treat painful conditions. Some have been in use for a very long time and have been tested in good research studies, as we will see. Do this under your doctor's care, so that a nutritional approach can be integrated with other medical measures as needed, and so that you have a solid diagnosis.

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"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

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152 internautes sur 153 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
No Relative Pain 29 février 2000
Par Jack Thomas - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I just wanted to post a quickie review of Foods that Fight Pain. One of my relatives recently read the book and has since found tremendous relief for her arthritis. She has suffered for many years, always wondering if food could be part of her problem. As often seems to be the case, her doctors discounted her suspicions, telling her that food could not be to blame. However, she got a copy of Dr. Barnard's book, followed the elimination diet in it, and discovered which her trigger foods are--dairy, coffee, and citrus. Since changing her eating habits, she's had substantially less pain and she credits the book with her turnaround.
I think the book is a wonderful addition to the growing library of information about how foods affect our health.
Top recommendations from this Amazon customer!
104 internautes sur 107 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
Excellent, timely litany on whats wrong with a Western diet 25 juin 1998
Par Jerry W. Vlasak, MD, FACS (jwvlasak@pol.net) - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
Dr. Barnard comes through again with an common sensical explanation of how the typical American diet is destroyning the lives of so many people. He notes with simple clarity that eating foods that humans have never eaten during their 3 million years of evolution results in illness and disability. By eliminating these foods like dairy products, animal flesh and certain other items, it becomes possible to restore our bodies to health and become free of chronic pain.
I have prescribed a similar diet for my patients for many years, and like Dr. Barnard, the most frequent response I get, after often dramatic results, is "Why? Why didn't any doctor ever give me this information before?"
I know why; its because too much money is being made by the pharmaceutical companies, the meat and dairy industries, and yes, the medical profession by keeping people dependent on their products. If you or someone you love suffers from arthritis, severe menstrual pain, migraines or any other chronic pain, you could do nothing better than to read this book and heed its advice.
Jerry Vlasak, M.D., F.A.C.S.
81 internautes sur 85 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
Everyone should read & heed the advice in this book! 3 décembre 1998
Par Un client - Publié sur Amazon.com
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It's been only about 10 days since I read this book. I cut dairy and most meat from my diet immediately. I had been eating 2 cups of yogurt a day and often cheese at night. And every joint in my body was aching all the time! By just eliminating mostly dairy, my back pain was better in just 2 days!! I'm still experimenting with the different trigger foods, herbs, and ALA & GLA oils, but I feel SO ENLIGHTENED. Nothing I have ever read before has explained so convincingly why we should all be "vegans." I'm optimistic that my joints will now start to repair themselves. I've been telling EVERYBODY about this miracle. I want everybody to know about it. And it was so easy! I wish I had had this information years ago. It would have spared me a lot of pain. I just can't say enough good things about this book. Thank you, Dr. Barnard; you have changed my life!
55 internautes sur 57 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
Easy to read, informative, valuable 19 mars 1999
Par horsedancers@webtv.net - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This book contains all of the information you will need to learn about controlling pain through diet, including how brain chemistry influences sensitivities, sleep disorders, and chronic pain conditions. Organized according to illness, solutions are presented in an easy to follow program of eliminating potentially harmful foods. The book is chock full of delicious recipies that even the novice cook can prepare. As a sufferer of fibromyalgia, I followed the diet suggestions to the letter, and am now in full remission three months later. I now wake up pain free for the first time in over a year! The program should be followed to the letter, however, to obtain optimum results. Excellent book, well written and researched, Dr. Barnard should be commended for helping to change and better the lives of many suffering from chronic pain disorders.
32 internautes sur 32 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
This wonderful book helped me feel better than ever! 22 juin 1998
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I first picked this fabulous book up because I had terrible migraines. I must admit I had almost given up hope of getting rid of them because drugs hadn't worked. But I tried Dr. Barnard's simple dietary recommendations and the headaches actually started to get less and less common and have now completely disappeared.
I was astounded. Equally exciting, I feel healthier than I ever have before. As an avid cyclist and runner, I had thought I'd reached my peak shape, but I actually cut almost two minutes off my personal best time for a ten mile run...and long, hilly bike rides have never been easier. The ten pounds I've lost as a result of following Dr. Barnard's recommendations may have a lot to do with it, but I also just feel more energetic and have much less pain, even on hard runs and bike rides.
When Foods That Fight Pain arrived in the mail, I first read the back of the dustcover and it had rave reviews by a veritable who's who in medicine: Dr. Benjamin Spock, Dr. Dean Ornish, Dr. Andrew Weil, Dr. Henry Heimlich, the editor of a major medical journal, and others. That, along with the 30 pages of extensive medical references sure make it clear that Dr. Barnard is on solid scientific ground. Every recommendation he makes is backed up in the medical literature.
The book is very well written, and Dr. Barnard has a knack for explaining detailed medical concepts in a very clear and understandable manner. There's also a dose of humor thrown in here and there that makes it an easy, fun read.
The recipes are great. They are easy to prepare and delicious. The Summer Vegetable Stew and Mexican Corn Salad are particularly yummy. As the family cook, I was concerned it may be tough to please everyone and learn how to follow the diet changes, but it was a snap. I learned a few new core recipes and have begun experimenting with ginger, fresh herbs, rice vinegar, and a host of other ingredients I've never really used. This makes meals much more interesting and tasty.
I bought a copy of th! e book for my parents and recommended it to all my friends. I really can't speak highly enough about it.
My father has been struggling with rheumatoid arthritis for years, so I highlighted Dr. Barnard's chapter "Cooling Your Joints" for him. In it, Dr. Barnard refers to studies in The Lancet, The Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine, and other medical literature that shows diet can trigger arthritis. My skeptical father was so sick of the constant pain that he decided to try out Dr. Barnard's "pain-safe" diet and was very pleasantly surprised. Within a matter of weeks, his pain lessened so much that he now hardly ever needs to take ibuprofin or other drugs. He tells me he hasn't felt this good in years. Another nice surprise, his cholesterol went from a dangerous 270 all the way down to 190. So now, not only is he virtually pain free, he also is not at risk for a heart attack like before.
Finally, I recommend this book to anyone, even if they don't have chronic pain. It not only helps eliminate pain, it helps you look at food a whole new way...as a potent, safe, and fun medicine that can add years to your life and make those years a lot more enjoyable.
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