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Chronic pain responds to natural therapies

Dr. Hector Lopez

Inflammation & Pain Support

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I know the face of chronic pain and debilitation. My wife has had rheumatoid arthritis for over 30 years. For many years there was no good treatment, natural or medical, for severe RA and she had high inflammation with severe pain. Powerful narcotic pain medications were the best medical alternative. Times have changed. There are infinitely better medications AND better nutritional tools for addressing pain and inflammation. So I know first hand that severe and debilitating illness can be reversed. My wife is now highly functional and largely pain free. We credit high potency fish oil as the most important single nutrient contributing to her success. She also takes many other nutrients to support many areas of health concerns such as bones and joints, etc.

I have also come to understand that certain things must be in place in order for the body to heal. In my opinion, omega-3 / omega-6 balance is the number 1 nutritional need for anyone with pain and inflammation. This has been discussed in many of my interviews on omega-3 and I urge you to review and understand this fundamental nutrient. The balance of omega-3 to omega-6 is absolutely critical, and must be corrected for a body to overcome chronic inflammation.

Dr. Hector Lopez specializes in natural alternatives for pain. In this interview, we will discuss Dr. Lopez’s nutritional protocols for pain. In his practice, nutrition is just one of the tools he uses and nutrition will the particular focus of this interview. Dr. Lopez and I agree that omega-3 is THE most fundamental nutrient influencing pain and inflammation. This is how Dr. Lopez ranks his nutritional protocol:

  1. Omega-3
  2. Vitamin D
  3. Specific tissue support
Omega-3

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One frequent question is, “What is a therapeutic dose of omega-3?” Based on my interviews with many omega-3 experts, a therapeutic dose of omega-3 is 2000 mg to 4000 mg. of EPA + DHA. It is important to understand that the important number is the total of the omega-3 fatty acids, NOT the amount of fish oil. The fish oil is essentially a carrier for omega-3, EPA + DHA. You want to know the amount of EPA + DHA.

Here how to look at an omega-3 label to determine how much you need to achieve a therapeutic dose:

  • Determine the serving size such as 1 capsule or 1 teaspoon.
  • Determine the amount of EPA + DHA per serving. Add them together to know the amount of omega-3 per serving.
  • Determine the amount of servings needed to reach your target dose. Example: if your target is 2000 mg and your capsule has 500 mg per capsule, then you need 4 capsules to equal 2000 mg.

I suggest that you have an omega-3 blood test. You can do this at home. The test costs between $100 and $200. Once you do the test, you will have a profound understanding of your risk. You will know whether you need to increase your intake of omega-3 in order to achieve a healthier level. CLICK HERE to listen to my interview with Dr. Doug Bibus who developed the omega-3 home blood test.

About Dr. Lopez
With advanced training and experience in the fields of musculoskeletal medicine, physical therapy, and nutrition, Dr. Hector Lopez integrates several safe and non-invasive approaches to optimize patient recovery and improve overall health. As a pain management doctor his innovative injection therapy, chronic pain management methods, minimally invasive spinal procedures, and nutritional consulting help patients return to daily life.

Dr. Lopez is recognized for applying his uniquely diverse expertise in spine and sports medicine, endocrinology and metabolism, nutrition & exercise science, and clinical research to improving not only the health and quality of life in his patients, but also athletic performance in recreational and elite athletes. Dr. Lopez is an international speaker, author of popular press and peer-reviewed scientific journal articles, product developer. He consults for the nutritional supplement industry and professional athletes from the NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, and Martial Arts.

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Enzymes – Part 4 of the H.O.P.E. protocol

Brenda Watson

Digestive Support

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In this interview Brenda Watson and I will discuss the importance of enzymes for health. This is the final installment of our series on H.O.P.E. program for digestive health. I think that this is such an important series. One cannot over estimate the critical importance of digestive health and the importance of the digestive system for health throughout the entire body.

Brenda’s H.O.P.E. program is simple to understand and implement. High Fiber, Omega Oils, Probiotics and Enzymes. These elements are all important. If you have any kind of digestive problem you will want to evaluate all of these areas of your digestive health. The path to digestive health will insure that all of these are considered. I suggest that if you listen to the series you will have a great foundation to better digestive health.

Enzymes

Enzyme

In this interview we are discussing mostly digestive enzymes as contrasted with what are called “metabolic” enzymes. Digestive enzymes are taken with food to help break down your food. There are many different digestive enzymes. Each type of food requires a particular class of enzymes. Proteases for protein. Amylase for carbohydrates. Lipase for fats. Cellulase for fiber. Lactase for milk sugar (lactose) and so on. These are just the most well known. If you have a general lack of enzymes you may have problems with many types of food. If you lack only one enzyme you may only be bothered by a certain type of food, such as dairy or fat. In most cases you will not go wrong with a general broad-based enzymes.

Facts about Enzymes (excerpt from RenewLife.com. CLICK HERE to read more)
It’s no coincidence the Standard America Diet is nicknamed SAD. Loaded with heavily processed, sugary and fried foods, it lacks the beneficial enzymes needed to support healthy digestion—often resulting in occasional heartburn, indigestion, and uncomfortable gas and bloating. Here are facts you may not know about enzymes:

  • Enzymes play an important role in every function in the human body. The protein-based substances are involved in eating, digestion, breathing, kidney and liver function, reproduction, elimination and more.
  • Several places in your digestive system secrete enzymes. They include the mouth, stomach, pancreas and cells of the small intestine—even your gut bacteria secrete digestive enzymes.
  • Enzymes help with nutrient absorption. They help break down foods in the digestive tract by breaking apart the bonds that hold nutrients together—nutrients that will be absorbed so the body can use them for energy and other important functions.
  • Different types of enzymes for different types of foods. Proteins, fats and carbohydrates are the most basic foods the body breaks down and absorbs; the enzymes protease, lipase and amylase are made by the body for this purpose.
  • Diet and lifestyle make a big difference. A healthy diet, exercise and proper detoxification will help promote healthy enzyme production in the body.
  • Humans used to get a LOT more enzymes from their diet. In the past, humans consumed plenty of raw foods to help re-supply the digestive tract with beneficial enzymes, but today most of the foods we eat are cooked or heavily processed—both of which deplete natural enzymes. What’s more, because even the raw foods we eat are typically transported and refrigerated, their natural enzyme content is lowered even further.
  • Enzyme production decreases with age. As we age, our bodies produce less protease, lipase and amylase, which means digestion of protein, fats, and carbohydrates can be impaired as we get older.
  • There are several digestive enzymes the human body lacks. These include cellulase and phytase, the enzymes needed to break down cellulose (plant fiber) and the phytates/phytic acid found in beans and legumes. Because of this deficiency, many people have trouble breaking down starchy beans, legumes and nuts to absorb their beneficial nutrients.
  • Plant-derived enzymes are effective over a broader pH range in the body. For this reason, a plant-based digestive enzyme supplement is often recommended to help break down a wide variety of foods—including proteins, fats, dairy, carbs and sugars.
  • Kids benefit from enzymes too! Taken with meals, enzymes are great way to support digestive health and help little tummies break down a broad range of foods. (end excerpt)

About Brenda Watson
Book Gut SolutionsFor over 20 years, Brenda Watson has dedicated her career to helping people achieve vibrant, lasting health through improved digestive function. A dynamic health advocate and celebrated PBS-TV health educator, she is among the foremost authorities in America on optimum nutrition and digestion, natural detoxification methods, and herbal internal cleansing.

Brenda has intensely studied many philosophies of health and natural healing with the premiere teachers of our time. She was inspired to establish natural healthcare clinics in Florida specializing in cleansing and detoxification and is still inspired today in sharing her knowledge with a wider audience on Public Television. Brenda’s hit PBS shows The Road to Perfect Health and Heart of Perfect Health have empowered millions in their quest for better health and revolutionized the way Americans view the vital link between digestion and total-body wellness.

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154 – The Surprising Facts About Statin Drugs – with Steve Lankford

Most people who are prescribed statin drugs believe that they are at serious risk for heart disease if they have “elevated” cholesterol. But is that true? Or even close to true. If you take a closer look at the science and the benefits, you will likely be surprised by what you find.

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153 – The Truly Heal Cancer Protocol – My Interview with Marcus Freudenmann

Marcus is not the first person to understand the power of natural alternative treatments to aid healing. There are many proponents of many different healing modalities. The challenge for everyone is how to understand what is available in the way of alternative treatments. And how do we know which ones are credible? Why do treatments work for some and not for others?

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152 – Fish Oil: The Natural Anti-Inflammatory – My Interview with Dr. Joseph Maroon

Research has shown that the omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids are some of the most effective natural anti-inflammatory agents available. With the discovery that vascular inflammation is the underlying cause of coronary artery disease, fish and fish oil supplements are now recommended by the American Heart Association for the prevention of this condition. Countries that have the highest fish consumption also have a lower incidence of neurodegenerative disease and depression. The biological basis for the effectiveness of fish oil in treating arthritis has been well documented with many positive clinical studies, when compared to traditional pharmaceutical anti-inflammatory agents.

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151 – Relief for Sciatica and Neuropathy – My Interview with Dr. Gad Gilad

In this interview I speak with Dr. Gad Gilad about the benefits of agmatine for nerve trauma. His research has lead to the development of G-Agmatine which is patented for it’s benefits for nerve health and resiliency.

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150 – Probiotics for Healthy Digestion and Weight – My Interview with Brenda Watson

This interview with Brenda Watson is part 3 of our 4 part series on digestive health. Probiotics are the third component of the H.O.P.E program developed by Brenda. The four elements of the HOPE program for digestive health are (H)igh fiber, (O)mega-3 oil, (P)robiotics and (E)nzymes.

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149 – The Anti-Microbial Benefits of Wild Oregano Oil – My Interview with Dr. Cass Ingram

In this interview I will talk to Dr. Cass Ingram. No one has done more to popularize the value of wild oregano oil than Dr. Ingram. His is the voice of experience and passion. Dr. Ingram was restored to health through the copious use of oregano herb and oregano oil. We will discuss his own history and his initial experience with oregano.

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148 – Improving Brain Cell Communication – My Interview with Dr. Michael Smith

Print – PDF – Email Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 42:58 — 79.0MB) Neuroplasticity: what is it and why should you care? “Neuroplasticity, also known as brain plasticity, is an umbrella term that refers to changes in neural pathways and synapses due to changes in behavior, environment, neural processes, thinking, emotions, as well […]

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147 – Improve Your Memory and Cognition – My Interview with Mark Underwood

Prevagen offers a specific benefit in that it’s role is to limit calcium uptake by the cells of the brain. It replaces a specific protein that diminishes as we age. Increasing this specific protein has been shown to support brain and memory function. It can be useful at any age, and especially as we get older. Like all nutrients, Prevagen does not cure or treat disease. Food and supplements work by nourishing the body and brain. A body that is well-nourished will do better than one that isn’t. Prevagen nourishes the brain.

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