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Foods have special effects on pain, and research studies substantiate this, says Neal Barnard, M.D., in Foods That Fight Pain, a book endorsed by fellow doctors Dean Ornish and Andrew Weil. You can use foods to fight pain in these ways:

1. Choose pain-safe foods. Reduce inflammation by avoiding foods that may be causing or aggravating your pain.

2. Add soothing foods that ease pain. Different foods may improve blood flow, relieve inflammation, or balance hormones.

3. Use supplements if needed. Herbs, extracts, and vitamins can relieve pain.

Barnard explores a variety of medical conditions, such as migraines, arthritis, digestive problems, fibromyalgia, carpal tunnel syndrome, diabetes, herpes, sickle-cell anemia, kidney stones, urinary infections, and back, chest, breast, menstrual, and cancer pain. For each, Barnard explains the causes of the pain and what dietary changes are likely to alleviate it, with exercise and lifestyle recommendations. Barnard backs up his points with 30 pages of research citations.

Most of the recipes are quick to prepare, and include an elimination diet to avoid trigger foods. A nutritional breakdown (calories, fat, protein, carbohydrate, and sodium) accompanies each recipe. Following the advice in this book will not only relieve your pain, but increase your overall health. Highly recommended. --Joan Price --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Although the strategies laid out by Barnard have, despite the subtitle's claim, been presented in other health books, they've seldom been explained this succinctly. According to Barnard (Food for Life), certain foods and nutritional supplements can alleviate pain as well as or better than prescription drugs. From backaches to bowel problems, cancer to canker sores, Barnard offers clear explanations of the physical processes involved as well as practical dietary and nutritional advice. No matter what the problem, for starters he recommends a low-fat, high-fiber, strictly vegetarian diet, the same as the one prescribed for heart patients by Dr. Dean Ornish, whom he quotes extensively. Citing scientific studies as well as anecdotal evidence, Barnard tells how powdered ginger, for example, can prevent motion sickness, alleviate migraines and the pain and swelling caused by osteoarthritis. Vitamin B6 can be used to treat carpal tunnel syndrome as well as menstrual pain. Lists of "trigger" foods to avoid for various health conditions are valuable, if sometimes daunting: for example, the trigger foods for arthritis include all dairy products, all meat (including fish), wheat, citrus fruit, potatoes, tomatoes, nuts and coffee. A hefty section of menus and recipes by Jennifer Raymond makes it easier to practice what Barnard preachesAa technical sermon whose main message is: eat your veggies. Author tour.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Harmony; 1 edition (April 27, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0609804367
  • ISBN-13: 978-0609804360
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #57,908 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I highly recommend this book to anyone with chronic pain.
CJEW
The information is helpful in keeping yourself healthy by eating healthy food.
Ken Robinson
I find his explanations to be easy to understand and very interesting.
Claudia Rasmussesn

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143 of 144 people found the following review helpful By Jack Thomas on February 28, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I just wanted to post a quickie review of Foods that Fight Pain. One of my relatives recently read the book and has since found tremendous relief for her arthritis. She has suffered for many years, always wondering if food could be part of her problem. As often seems to be the case, her doctors discounted her suspicions, telling her that food could not be to blame. However, she got a copy of Dr. Barnard's book, followed the elimination diet in it, and discovered which her trigger foods are--dairy, coffee, and citrus. Since changing her eating habits, she's had substantially less pain and she credits the book with her turnaround.
I think the book is a wonderful addition to the growing library of information about how foods affect our health.
Top recommendations from this Amazon customer!
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96 of 99 people found the following review helpful By Jerry W. Vlasak, MD, FACS (jwvlasak@pol.net) on June 24, 1998
Format: Hardcover
Dr. Barnard comes through again with an common sensical explanation of how the typical American diet is destroyning the lives of so many people. He notes with simple clarity that eating foods that humans have never eaten during their 3 million years of evolution results in illness and disability. By eliminating these foods like dairy products, animal flesh and certain other items, it becomes possible to restore our bodies to health and become free of chronic pain.
I have prescribed a similar diet for my patients for many years, and like Dr. Barnard, the most frequent response I get, after often dramatic results, is "Why? Why didn't any doctor ever give me this information before?"
I know why; its because too much money is being made by the pharmaceutical companies, the meat and dairy industries, and yes, the medical profession by keeping people dependent on their products. If you or someone you love suffers from arthritis, severe menstrual pain, migraines or any other chronic pain, you could do nothing better than to read this book and heed its advice.
Jerry Vlasak, M.D., F.A.C.S.
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53 of 54 people found the following review helpful By horsedancers@webtv.net on March 19, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This book contains all of the information you will need to learn about controlling pain through diet, including how brain chemistry influences sensitivities, sleep disorders, and chronic pain conditions. Organized according to illness, solutions are presented in an easy to follow program of eliminating potentially harmful foods. The book is chock full of delicious recipies that even the novice cook can prepare. As a sufferer of fibromyalgia, I followed the diet suggestions to the letter, and am now in full remission three months later. I now wake up pain free for the first time in over a year! The program should be followed to the letter, however, to obtain optimum results. Excellent book, well written and researched, Dr. Barnard should be commended for helping to change and better the lives of many suffering from chronic pain disorders.
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77 of 81 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 3, 1998
Format: Hardcover
It's been only about 10 days since I read this book. I cut dairy and most meat from my diet immediately. I had been eating 2 cups of yogurt a day and often cheese at night. And every joint in my body was aching all the time! By just eliminating mostly dairy, my back pain was better in just 2 days!! I'm still experimenting with the different trigger foods, herbs, and ALA & GLA oils, but I feel SO ENLIGHTENED. Nothing I have ever read before has explained so convincingly why we should all be "vegans." I'm optimistic that my joints will now start to repair themselves. I've been telling EVERYBODY about this miracle. I want everybody to know about it. And it was so easy! I wish I had had this information years ago. It would have spared me a lot of pain. I just can't say enough good things about this book. Thank you, Dr. Barnard; you have changed my life!
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41 of 43 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 28, 1998
Format: Hardcover
The last thing I expected to hear was that my back pain could be related to food. I understand how you can eat bad stuff and it can lead to heart attacks and cancer which you hear on the news alot. But I never heard of food causing back pain until I read Dr. Bernards book.
I have had back pain for several years and sometimes take a pain killer to help me sleep. My regular doctor sent me to another doctor who did lots of expensive tests, but the result was no relief in the pain except when I take pills. I decided to give Dr. Bernards plan a try to take out all the trigger foods and then add them back one at a time. You know what I found out? Corn! It was the corn that made my back hurt! The same day I started eating corn again my back went into spazm. I stopped the corn and the pain was gone again in a couple days. Just to be sure I ate corn again and the pain was back! I will tell you that it is a lot easier to make sure I do not eat corn or corn products than it is to have that pain come back. I would have paid a lot of money to get rid of that pain but I did it just by reading a book. Thank you Doctor Bernard. I recommend it to everyone.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 22, 1998
Format: Hardcover
I first picked this fabulous book up because I had terrible migraines. I must admit I had almost given up hope of getting rid of them because drugs hadn't worked. But I tried Dr. Barnard's simple dietary recommendations and the headaches actually started to get less and less common and have now completely disappeared.
I was astounded. Equally exciting, I feel healthier than I ever have before. As an avid cyclist and runner, I had thought I'd reached my peak shape, but I actually cut almost two minutes off my personal best time for a ten mile run...and long, hilly bike rides have never been easier. The ten pounds I've lost as a result of following Dr. Barnard's recommendations may have a lot to do with it, but I also just feel more energetic and have much less pain, even on hard runs and bike rides.
When Foods That Fight Pain arrived in the mail, I first read the back of the dustcover and it had rave reviews by a veritable who's who in medicine: Dr. Benjamin Spock, Dr. Dean Ornish, Dr. Andrew Weil, Dr. Henry Heimlich, the editor of a major medical journal, and others. That, along with the 30 pages of extensive medical references sure make it clear that Dr. Barnard is on solid scientific ground. Every recommendation he makes is backed up in the medical literature.
The book is very well written, and Dr. Barnard has a knack for explaining detailed medical concepts in a very clear and understandable manner. There's also a dose of humor thrown in here and there that makes it an easy, fun read.
The recipes are great. They are easy to prepare and delicious. The Summer Vegetable Stew and Mexican Corn Salad are particularly yummy. As the family cook, I was concerned it may be tough to please everyone and learn how to follow the diet changes, but it was a snap.
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