Review of Dr. Susan’s Solutions: The Chronic Fatigue Cure

dr.larkPaperback: 382 pages
Publisher: Womens Wellness Publishing (May 1, 2013)
ISBN-10: 1939013771
ISBN-13: 978-1939013774

The Chronic Fatigue Cure is the latest book by Susan M. Lark, M.D., bestselling author and one of the most renowned women’s alternative medicine experts.   This is great resource contains an all-natural treatment plan to help you get relief from the symptoms of chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, depression and other conditions that cause pain and extreme fatigue.

A natural treatment plan can help you manage symptoms without the side effects of medications. Dr. Lark shares information on symptoms, causes, and risk factors as well as information about how stress, diet and other physical factors affect symptoms. Dr. Lark also shares a two-step diet with specific meal plans and recipes that help you to minimize pain, fatigue and depression.

I found the evaluating your lifestyle habits charts extremely helpful to me. In the eating habits charts, there was a complete list of foods that help in decreasing symptoms. It is definitely a good list to help you plan meals and take with you on shopping trip. There is also to list of foods about that increase symptoms and this can really help you to figure out how to minimize and eliminate these foods from your diet. The recipe also includes a helpful shopping list of healthy foods and these are not anything special. They are the things you can pick up at your trip to the grocery store and include fruits, veggies, lean meats, healthy drinks, herbs and more.  I really found this list to be helpful.

I also found the chapter on amino acids, vitamins, minerals & herbs a very helpful resource. Nutritional supplements can definitely play a vital part in treatment and management of conditions such as fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome. There is a great chart in this chapter that shows which specific vitamins help each condition.    And if you would prefer not to take supplements, there is a great list of vitamin rich specific foods towards the end of the chapter.

Dr. Lark also dives into other ways you can manage your condition including relaxation and stress relief meditations to help you to have a positive state of mind and reduce stress in your life.  She also goes into precise exercises and stretches with useful photos and diagrams.

This a great resource for anyone trying to better their health, and not just persons living with chronic illnesses. You can purchase Dr. Susan’s Solutions: The Chronic Fatigue Cure through my fine retailers including Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and other fine book online retailers.

About the Author

drlarkSusan M. Lark, M.D. is one of the leading authorities in the fields of alternative health and preventative medicine for women. She is the strongest advocate of healthy, safe alternative therapies to restore women’s health for a dynamic and fulfilling life. Her innovative approach to many complex women’s health issues has earned her a stellar reputation among physicians, patients, and consumers alike. Dr. Lark‘s vision and mission are to provide women with the most helpful and up-to-date education and information as well as the most effective therapies and complementary products that will enable them to greatly enhance their personal health and well-being. Dr. Lark graduated from Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, and served on the clinical faculty of Stanford University Medical School.

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Arthritis Diet: Foods That Can Help Fight Inflammation

Try These Pain- Fighting Super Foods

Arthritis Diet: Foods That Can Help Fight Inflammation

Arthritis treatment is aimed at fighting inflammation through the use of anti-inflammatory medications and with good nutrition choices. When it comes to specific foods you should be eating, an anti-inflammatory diet works best for people with arthritis.

Eating these foods can help you to reduce inflammation and minimize arthritis symptoms.

Fatty Fish and Fish Oil

Omega-3 fatty acids, found in fatty fish, are helpful in managing arthritis because they help to reduce the formation of compounds that create inflammation and they also increase the production of good chemicals that limit inflammation. There have been numerous reported cases where arthritis patients who consumed daily omega-3 dietary supplements were able to discontinue high doses of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs, this according to The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.1

The American Heart Association recommends eating three to four ounces of fish, twice a week, but for people with arthritis, more can help with reducing and preventing inflammation. Some examples of fatty fish that contain high levels of omega-3s include salmon, sardines, anchovies, halibut, tuna, and trout. Fish oil supplements can also offer an advantage to reducing joint pain and swelling for all arthritis patients and disease activity and morning stiffness in rheumatoid arthritis patients.

Olive Oil

A study out of the Department of Epidemiology, University of Athens Medical School, Greece established that olive oil may reduce the risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis and minimize inflammation and disease activity in patients who already have the disease.2 This is because olive oil contains oleocanthal, which has been known for its anti-inflammatory properties. Extra virgin olive oil is the best source of oleocanthal since it is less refined and it also retains nutrients as a result of its limited processing. You should add two to three tablespoons per day to your salads and other dishes for the best benefit.

Fruits and Veggies

Anti-oxidants are the body’s natural defense system and work to help neutralize free radicals that can damage cells. Fruits and vegetables are loaded in anti-oxidants, and by eating nine or more servings per day, you can help your body to fight inflammation. The best options include colorful foods, such as blackberries, cherries, and strawberries, and greens, including spinach, kale and broccoli.

Nuts

Nuts are included in the Mediterranean diet, which has been known to reduce inflammation within a few weeks’ time. Nuts are loaded with inflammation fighting healthy fats. Most nuts, especially almonds, are rich in fiber, vitamin E, and calcium. Walnuts are heavy in omega-3 fats. Further, all varieties are loaded with antioxidants.

Beans

Beans are loaded with fiber and fiber helps to lower CRP, an indicator that there is inflammation in the body. In addition to being an anti-inflammatory, beans are loaded in antioxidants and are also a great source of protein. Further, they contain folic acid and several minerals including iron and zinc. The recommended amount is two cups per week and the best options are garbanzo, red kidney, pinto and black beans.

Spices and Herbs

Studies have shown that some of the most common spices found on your spice rack are effective in fighting in inflammation. Ginger, turmeric, garlic, cayenne, and onions all have anti-inflammatory properties and they can easily be added to your diet.

Should You Avoid Nightshades?

Nightshade vegetables, such as tomatoes, potatoes and eggplant, contain solanine, a chemical blamed for causing inflammation and arthritis pain. While there is no scientific evidence to back this up, many arthritis sufferers have reported a decrease of arthritis symptoms once nightshades have been removed from their diets. If you notice that your arthritis flares up after eating nightshades, you can confirm this by cutting all nightshades from your diet for at least two weeks. If you see an improvement in symptoms, you are sensitive to nightshades and avoiding nightshades might help you to reduce pain and other arthritis symptoms.

Conclusion

You can help fight inflammation by staying away from foods that are often associated with inflammation such as processed and fried foods and nightshades, if necessary. If you eat more of the good stuff, such as fish, veggies, fruits, beans, nuts and spices, you can help to decrease the activity of the cox-2 enzyme, which is the main culprit of inflammation. A healthier diet will also help you to lose weight and because fat cells produce cytokines – more stuff that promotes inflammation – losing weight will also help to reduce inflammation in your body.

1 Kremer, JM. (2000, Jan.) “n−3 Fatty acid supplements in rheumatoid arthritis.” The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Retrieved fromhttp://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/71/1/349s.full

2 Linos A, Kaklamanis E, Kontomerkos A, et al. (1999, Dec.) “Dietary factors in relation to rheumatoid arthritis: a role for olive oil and cooked vegetables?” The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Retrieved fromhttp://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/70/6/1077.long

Originally posted at Arthritis Connect.