FAQ’S On Inflammation (Part 2)

How do you treat Chronic Inflammation?

Avoid pro-inflammatory foods

Avoid sugar and refined foods, processed foods, trans fats, dairy, gluten grains and factory farmed meats, all of which are pro-inflammatory. Try the CLEANSE or HEALTHY LIVING diets – both of these eliminate the harmful foods you need to avoid.

Eat foods that cool inflammation

  • Lots of spices – in particular, turmeric, ginger, rosemary and basil
  • Lots of fruits and vegetables (preferably organic)
  • Wild salmon, sardines, herring and anchovies
  • Olive oil

Support your body’s own anti-inflammatory response with specific supplements

Balance your gut (gut imbalances are a common source of inflammation)

  • Avoid food allergens
  • Treat low-grade infections
  • Take probiotics

Decrease toxicity (toxicity will cause inflammation)

  • Eat organic foods as much as possible
  • Decrease the amount of chemicals you put on your skin
  • Decrease the amount of chemicals in your home
  • Try the CLEANSE or HEALTHY LIVING diets – both of these eliminate the toxic ingredients you need to avoid

Exercise  

There is lots of research showing that physical activity suppresses inflammation.

Lose weight

This is because fat cells fuel inflammation.

Get plenty of rest and relaxation

Stress promotes inflammation and therefore decreasing stress will decrease inflammation.

Brush and floss your teeth

Periodontal disease causes inflammation and flossing prevents periodontal disease.

Try acupuncture

Apart from being able to calm down inflammation, acupuncture is a way to generally improve function.

In essence, my method is to remove what is harmful and add in that which is beneficial. This means removing as many pro-inflammatory foods and toxins as possible, eliminating foods that cause sensitivities or are common food allergens, while at the same time supporting your system with the appropriate nutrients and modalities for it to function more efficiently.

PIONEER IN FUNCTIONAL AND INTEGRATIVE MEDICINE

For Dr. Frank Lipman, health is more than just the absence of disease: it is a total state of physical, mental, emotional, spiritual and social wellbeing. Dr. Lipman is a widely recognized trailblazer and leader in functional and integrative medicine, and he is a New York Times best-selling author of five books, How To Be Well, The New Health Rules, 10 Reasons You Feel Old and Get Fat, Revive and Total Renewal.

After his initial medical training in his native South Africa, Dr. Lipman spent 18 months working at clinics in the bush. He became familiar with the local traditional healers, called sangomas, which kindled his interest in non-Western healing modalities.

In 1984, Dr. Lipman immigrated to the United States, where he became the chief medical resident at Lincoln Hospital in Bronx, NY. While there, he became fascinated by the hospital’s addiction clinic, which used acupuncture and Chinese medicine to treat people suffering from heroin and crack addiction. Seeing the way these patients responded so positively to acupuncture made him even more aware of the potential of implementing non- Western medicine to promote holistic wellbeing. As a medical student, he was taught to focus on the disease rather than the patient, and now as a doctor he found himself treating symptoms rather than the root causes of illness. Frustrated by the constraints of his training, and the limitations in helping his patients regain true health, he began a journey of discovery to search for the path to meaningful long-term health and wellness.

He began studying nutrition, acupuncture, Chinese medicine, herbal medicine, functional medicine, biofeedback, meditation, and yoga. Dr. Lipman founded the Eleven Eleven Wellness Center in 1992, where he combines the best of Western medicine and cutting edge nutritional science with age-old healing techniques from the East. As his patient chef Seamus Mullen told The New York Times, "If antibiotics are right, he'll try it. If it's an anti-inflammatory diet, he’ll do that. He’s looking at the body as a system rather than looking at isolated things."

In addition to his practice, Dr. Lipman is the creator of Be Well, an expanding lifestyle wellness brand he founded in 2010 to help people create, sustain and lead healthier lives.