I described the workings of the body as a stream of flowing water with a small log sticking into it from the stream bank and that, by itself, has no big impact on the flow of water in the stream. If there's a bunch of debris flowing in the stream, the debris gets stuck on the log, piles up, and affects the flow in the stream. If there's no debris in the flowing water then nothing piles up and the log has no significant impact on the water flowing down the stream.
Likewise, we all have things in our bodies that are like the little log sticking out from the stream bank. These may be joint space narrowing that occurs with age, worn out cartridge in a joint, a genetic predisposition to heart disease, diabetes, colitis, psoriasis, acne, etc. Foods can create "the debris in the stream," meaning the building blocks of inflammation which lead to pain, heat, arthritis, cholesterol plaques in arteries, etc. These are "pro-inflammatory foods" and the inflammation-building chemicals they trigger are like debris in the stream which catch on the log, build up, and affect the flow of the stream (cause or amplify disease manifestations). Keeping these pro-inflammatory foods out of your system is like keeping the stream debris free and the flow unimpaired despite of the presence of logs sticking out from the stream banks.For me, the disease symptoms are arthritis and all of the inflammation and muscle spasm, nerve root impingement, etc. that go along with it. Avoiding gluten, cow dairy, and sugar keeps the debris out of my stream. So does eating according to my Alkaline Mediterranean Diet pyramid for about 60 to 80% of my diet. Books and resources that have helped me figure out my path out of disability and body drama include: The China Study by T. Colin Campbell, PhD Foods That Fight Pain by Neal Barnard, MD Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease by Caldwell B. Esselstyn, Jr., MD Forks over Knives, a 2011 documentary film by Lee Fulkerson (you can stream in on Netflix and I highly recommend it) Most of us have some physical body issue that troubles us, especially as we get older and have more "logs sticking out from our stream banks." What's yours and is there a connection between diet and your disease manifestations?
On this Sunday morning, Daylight Savings Time 2012, I got to use pain-free hands to enjoy warm comfort foods lovingly made by my husband. I'm grateful for the physicians and scientists who wrote the books and made the movie I mentioned above, and I'm grateful for my husband who's supportive - and a good cook!