Hello there, gang.
Dom has suffered from back pain for 30+ years. We had gotten used to it.
However, now, any new ache or pain scares the hell out of us. “Could it be the cancer coming back?” “A new lesion?”. (This sadly is our new reality).
Needless to say that when the publisher offered to send me this book, I jumped at it! What a neat concept!
FINALLY, A SIMPLE, DIETARY SOLUTION FOR A PAIN-FREE BACK!
We are in a worldwide back pain epidemic. Twenty percent of the population is currently suffering from back pain, while 85 percent will suffer from it at some point in their lives. Back pain has become the number one reason for job disability, the number two reason for visits to the doctor, and the number three reason for hospitalization.
But what if there were a simple solution? Dr. Todd Sinett explains in The Back Pain Relief Diet that doctors aren’t succeeding in diagnosing and treating back pain because they aren’t targeting all the sources of back pain. And there’s a big one they’re overlooking: our diet.
The Back Pain Relief Diet helps you identify your diet triggers for back pain, which may include many so-called “healthy” foods. Dr. Sinett shares his own eye-opening experience of going on a health kick only to wind up with back pain at a surprising level.
The familiar saying “You are what you eat” is an oversimplification. According to Dr. Sinett, it’s not what you ingest but how you digest your food that counts. When your digestive system is upset, this creates gut inflammation, which causes muscular inflammation, often resulting in back pain. According to Dr. Sinett: “Your diet could be the source of your back pain. Conversely, your diet can also be the solution to your back pain!”
The Back Pain Relief Diet includes:
• a detailed overview of the medicine behind the back-diet connection
• a Digestive Inflammation Test to help you determine if your back pain has a digestive cause
• a Diagnostic Nutrition Test to determine which foods are causing your digestive distress
• a choice of detailed meal plans, tailored to your sensitivities, to reduce inflammation and heal your back in the matter of a few short weeks
• a Symptom Journal to record your journey to health through changes in your nutrition
If you suffer from back pain, The Back Pain Relief Diet offers simple, day-by-day recipes that could change your life. Read Dr. Sinett’s “Patients’ Stories” to see how diet changed theirs.
(Dr. Todd Sinett)
Excerpted from THE BACK PAIN RELIEF DIET by Dr. Todd Sinett
The 10 Basic Principles of the Back-Diet ConnectionYour lifestyle should be about finding what’s right for your body, both nutritionally and digestively. These ten principles will help you listen to your body and find out what it needs.
Principle 1. Regardless of your type of diet, your diet can be the cause of your back pain.
Whether you eat a“healthy”diet or an“unhealthy”diet, whether you are“vegan”or eat“paleo,”whether you start your day with a green drink or an 18-ounce cup of coffee, whether you eat pizza or salad for lunch, your back pain may be stemming from your diet. As I learned from my own “Aha moment”(described in my Introduction), a diet needs to be healthy for YOU and YOUR DIGESTIVE SYSTEM, and everyone’s intestines are a little bit different. This means that what someone else deems “healthy”may not be right for you.
Principle 2. Regardless of your symptoms, diagnosis, or the severity of your back pain, your diet may be the cause of your pain.
It doesn’t matter if you suffer from a nagging tight back or the kind of severe back pain that is incapacitating. Even if you have been diagnosed with a herniated disc, sciatica, degenerative disc disease, or spinal stenosis, your diet could still be the cause of much of your suffering. Because more than 99 percent of doctors, probably including your doctors, haven’t explored the link between diet and back pain, they likely didn’t have this knowledge when crafting your diagnosis.
Principle 3. Before undergoing any kind of invasive back procedure, rule out diet as your cause!
The most important creed that doctors are taught is a Latin phrase “premium nil nocere,”which means “first do no harm.” The information and premise of this book certainly aligns with this saying, but our current aggressive structural treatments are violating this principle. The failure rate for back surgeries is so prevalent that it has its own diagnosis, called Failed Back Surgical Syndrome (FBSS).Barring a spinal medical emergency, the treatment of back pain rarely requires immediate action.
Principle 4. You will know your answer in less than a month, and for a lot of people, within just two weeks!
Principle 5. The cause of most back pain isn’t just one factor.
Most back pain isn’t just one factor but rather a compilation of issues: posture, stress, weight, job, activity levels—the list goes on. However, diet is a huge missing piece that we all should take a look at.
Principle 6. Just because a particular food is healthy or nutritious doesn’t mean it is healthy for you!
Principle7.The quality of your bowel movements determines the quality of your digestive system, which determines the health of your back.
Our bodies and back will not only function as well as the fuel we put into it (input) but also as well as how we eliminate our waste material (output).
Principle 8. Cut down on crap—but remember, you can have too much of a good thing!
Here is my list of “no-no’s”that are consumed in high quantities and are known culprits of back pain!
Caffeine—Caffeine increases muscle contractions, which means that those back cramps or spasms could be caused by your daily cup of joe, especially if you find yourself consuming it in large doses.
Sugar and sweeteners—The average American consumes about 175 pounds of sugar each year—including about 600 cans of soda a year, which is equivalent to ten teaspoons of sugar or an equal amount of artificial sweetener per pop. Too much sugar not only increases the rate at which you excrete calcium, but it also can irritate the digestive system and cause back pain.
Foods that end in -ose—Start reading your food labels. You’ll probably find that much of what you consume includes substances with names you probably can’t pronounce. Food is primarily made up of the first four or five ingredients
listed on the label, so pay attention to the order in which the ingredients are listed.
Principle 9.Anything that can cause digestive distress can affect the muscular system, resulting in back pain.
Principle 10. Variety is vital.
Mix it up by having at least three different types of breakfasts, lunches, and dinners, as well as snacks, in your rotation.
About the Author
Dr. Todd Sinett is a pain expert and chiropractor. In his bestselling series of books, including 3 Weeks to a Better Back, he has introduced the Sinett Solution: the practice of listening to the whole body and treating all sources of back pain on the structural, digestive, and emotional levels (what the calls the “triad of health”). He is a recognized authority in applied kinesiology and has served as clinical expert for many TV programs, including The View, FoxMD, and Good Day New York. Dr. Sinett has been a lecturer on MSNBC and at the Learning Annex, and has been featured in countless health and fitness publications.