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Pain and Obesity Rachel M Volk, HHC


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Learning Objectives Describe how diet and lifestyle affect the body and risk of disease Describe the principles of an anti-inflammatory diet Cite ways to support patient accountability and awareness

Health Crisis Today  More than one-third of adults and almost 17% of youth were obese in 2009–2010  In 2009–2010, over 78 million U.S. adults and about 12.5 million U.S. children and adolescents were obese  Almost 41 million women and more than 37 million men aged 20 and over were obese in 2009–2010. Among children and adolescents aged 2–19, more than 5 million girls and approximately 7 million boys were obese

The specific disease doctrine is the grand refuge of weak, uncultured, unstable minds such as now rule in the medical profession Florence Nightingale

Diet Matters  Whole, unprocessed foods  Organic, local foods  Less meat  Less dairy  Less caffeine  Less artificial, chemicalized foods  Less “new foods”

Disease is the censor pointing out the humans, animals and plants who are imperfectly nourished1

When in doubt, try nutrition first2

1: Wrench, G. T. The Wheel of Health, 1941. London: Daniel, p 130. 2: Roger Williams, PhD in Nutrition Against Disease

Dr. Andrew Weil’s Anti-Inflammatory Food Pyramid

Mother Nature is the best pharmacist and food is the most powerful drug on the planet. It works faster, better and cheaper than any other pharmaceutical Dinner is a date with the doctor. What you put at the end of your fork is more powerful than anything you will ever find at the bottom of a prescription bottle. The roadmap to health is simple: eat real food, practice self-love rather than self-loathing, imagine yourself well, get sufficient sleep, and incorporate movement into your life. The solution to our health crisis and obesity epidemic is not complicated Dr. Mark Hyman

I believe the doctor of the future will be a teacher as well as a physician. His real job will be to teach people how to be healthy1 The work of the doctor will, in the future, be ever more that of an educator, and ever less that of a man who treats ailments2

1: Dr. D.C. Jarvis 2: Dr. Sir Thomas J. Lord Horder of Ashford (1871-1955), physician to several British monarchs

References  Dr. Andrew Weil:  The Institute for Integrative Nutrition:  The Well Being Journal: - and specifically: – The Role of Infection in Osteoarthritis and the Beneficial Effects of Coconut Oil By Bruce Fife, C.N., N.D. – Reversing Inflammation: The Use of Antioxidants to Prevent Chronic Disease By Susan Smith Jones, Ph.D.

 Stress and the gut: pathophysiology, clinical consequences, diagnostic approach and treatment options:

Pain and Obesity  

Rachel M. Volk, HHC