Do you believe a life without chornic neck or back pain is possible? Have you tried everything but nothing helps? What are you missing ? I believe a life without chronic pain is possible. You just need to uncover the source and then address it.
Crazy, 80% of people?
Lower back pain is so common today that 80% of people will experience it at some point in their life.
I love solving problems.
I enjoy looking for patterns and missing links to get to the root cause. Over the years I have come across ideas that have proven to be very useful.
One of these ideas led me to a missing link causing pain. The link is not so obvious but something quite simple to fix.
Could it be what you have been missing all along?
The journey that lead to a strange discovery
I found that your diet could be the biggest culprit of them all.
By the time I was diagnosed, my body how way to much copper. The copper had affected my liver and how it functioned. I couldn’t maintain a healthy weight (kept losing weight, no matter how much I ate), I developed a horrible reflux and eating protein was a real chore.
Your liver is a vital organ that runs over 600 different functions.
From digestion and enzyme production to purifying and cleaning your blood. It is also one of the only organs that can regenerate itself. I needed a way to support it to restore my health.
A strange solution for back pain
I came across a treatment used for pain.
It has been used for pain in natural clinics since the First World War. The idea dated even further back to the Ancient Egyptians.
I made the decision.
I would try a coffee enema and to see what would happen. And if it wasn’t up my alley……I wouldn’t do it again.
I bought the recommended organic coffee beans, spring water and enema bucket. The bucket and coffee stood there for about 6 months as I slowly built up the courage to take the plunge.
The first one was a little tricky but it got easier.
I started to feel different. I was less tired and achey and I felt like a fog had been lifted from my mind.
During this time, I also started using castor oil packs which are recommended to help the lymphatic and digetsive system.
Please note: You don’t ingest the castor oil at all.
I read about this therapy in a book on Edgar Cayce.
Edgar Cayce was known as the sleeping prophet of Virginia in the mid-1900s. People who were labelled with “helpless” health conditions went to see him. With his dietary and lifestyle readings, he was able to help more than 80% of the thousands that went to see him.
I started noticing that my hamstrings and lower back were looser. I had less sciatic pain and felt lighter and more energetic.
The neck and back diet solution
So in true Alon fashion I hit the books. I wanted to know more.
As it turns out, there are schools of thought (visceral manipulation, Chi Nei Tsang, and Hara Shiatsu) that focus on the relationship between your gut, organs and your pain.
As I assisted my body’s detox ability I could breathe and function better.
But there was more.
Some digestive issues can cause inflammation.
- Lack of digestive enzymes or stomach acid
- Eating too much
- Eating the wrong foods
- Bad bacteria or yeast overgrowth
- Food allergies
I also learnt that specific foods and metals added fuel to the inflammation:
- Nightshade family: e.g. eggplant, tomatoes, peppers, and potatoes.
- Nuts and grains.
- Too much omega 6 (pro-inflammatory) and not enough omega 3 (anti-inflammatory) fats.
- Toxins in foods. e.g. herbicides and pesticides.
- Raw foods (harder to digest and can cause bloating).
- Heavy metals. e.g. aluminium found in white flour and salt (used as an anticaking agent) and cookware.
How keeping it in causes back pain
Digestive problems can lead to food fermenting or rotting inside you, resulting in a rise in abdominal pressure from gas. If you don’t release the gas, it builds up and puts pressure on all the nerves in the lower back, causing the muscles to contract and become painful.
Too much gas can cause Roemheld Syndrome -named after Dr. Ludwig Von Roemheld.
Dr Roemheld found that as the gas got caught in the colon it would push up on the diaphragm which causes the inter-costals (muscles on the ribs) to tighten. This tension would further restrict the diaphragm, increasing toxin build-up and leading to neck and back pain.
This pressure can also press on the heart, leaving you with feelings of anxiety, heart or breathing problems. (The lack of movement causes mucus to form in the lungs resulting in asthmatic symptoms.)
Breathing your neck pain away
Tightening of the intercostals prevents the lungs from expanding fully.
If you can’t expand your lungs,you can’t breathe deeply ( which helps you switch off the stress response).
So the body finds another way to create more space in the lungs.
You start to use your neck muscles.
We breathe around 22,000 times a day. That’s 22,000 times a day your neck muscles are working more than they need to.
This causes tiredness, irritation and a sore neck. It also dehydrates the neck fascia.
Improving your digestion
It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to work out that if a food aggravates you, you shouldn’t have it.
Temporarily or even permanently.
But there are plenty other things you can do to help improve the assimilation of food:
- Eat more cooked vegetables as they are easier to digest and you get more minerals from them. Your body uses these minerals to balance your blood sugar and helps you build enzymes to further break down food.
- Eat simple meals: like a single protein and one or two vegetables. Each food type has it’s own way of being broken down. The less work your body has to do, the more efficiently it can get what it needs.
- Separate your grains from your proteins. Grains need a more alkaline environment for digestion while proteins need a more acidic environment. The combination can lead to bloating and gas.
- A good digestive aid can always be helpful to assist the body. A supplement containing ox bile and digestive enzymes is a good place to start.
- Make sure to eat in a relaxed manner and environment. (No T.V., reading or sitting at your desk) Doing some breathing before you eat is a great way to switch off the stress response. Don’t get up and rush back to work. Give yourself at least 10 minutes to allow your digestion to start working before you get back to your day.
- Try not to drink too much with a meal. This dilutes your digestive juices and can lead to undigested food rotting.
- Try and avoid sugars and fruits with the meal. They are processed much faster than proteins, fats, and complex carbs. This can cause fermentation and gas as well. They are best eaten alone.
As you start to eat better, you should start to notice that your overall tension levels will start to decrease.
If your pain is coming from your gut it will keep coming back no matter what.
If you consider yourself the brave or adventurous type and would like to try a coffee enema, I am happy to answer any question you might have. Just drop me an email.
Help your back, one habit at a time
Pick one of the 7 habits above and make it happen. The Kaizen principle (taking small steps to create big change) is the way to go. Once you have added it successfully to your routine, choose another.
Our lives are made up of habits. Good and Bad.
The more energy we spend on creating good habits the healthier, happier and enjoyable your life will be. And once they become habits they require very little energy at all.