Unless it’s from an injury or physical blockage, chronic pain is simply “inflammation” – a message from your body telling you it’s trying to deal with stimuli such as bad foods, bad bugs, bad toxins, or a lack of good nutrients and good hormones.”
Do you experience or struggle with any of the following symptoms?
- Muscle stiffness, soreness and achiness (myalgia – including fibromyalgia)?
- Arthritic pains and stiff joints?
- Headaches and migraines?
- Chronic back and neck ache, or pain around your kidney area?
If so, you’re not alone – the number of people walking round with chronic pain is astonishing, yet unnecessary in most cases.
All pain has a root cause, but the cause in each person might not be the same. Thus, it’s very important to understand how your body systems link together, and how having too much bad stuff in your body, and inadequate good stuff, affects those systems.
One thing I know for sure is this: nobody’s pain is caused by a deficiency of anti-inflammatory drugs such as aspirin.
In Hompes Method we have a simple formula for combating pain: remove whatever bad stuff is in your body, and replace the good stuff that’s missing or inadequate.
Let’s look at how and why this works
You’ve probably seen medical conditions ending in “itis”; well, they are inflammatory disorders. For example:
“itis” just meals “inflammation”.
If you hit your thumb with a hammer, it goes red, swells up, it might bleed a bit, there might be some clear liquid or puss and it might get hot and start throbbing.
Most of all, it hurts like hell.
In our example, the inflammation’s not there until you hit your thumb with the hammer. The inflammation is your body’s intelligent response to the injury you’ve just sustained, and that’s exactly why inflammation occurs around you body – it’s a response to something.
Had you not hit your thumb with the hammer, you wouldn’t have the inflammation. As obvious as this is, it’s actually very important.
It is thought that around 95% of pain in your body is caused by inflammation. It. doesn’t matter whether the pain is in your gut, your muscles or your joints – it’s still inflammation.
Wherever the inflammation is, it’s just a response a stimulus that your body feels needs to be dealt with, which could be a bad bug or a toxin, for example.
Let me make this clear: inflammation is your body’s intelligent response and adaptation to something it feels has to be dealt with.
What might cause Inflammation?
Here’s a partial list of the kinds of stimuli, or “stressors” that we know can induce or exacerbate inflammation. They act like little “hammers to your thumb”, creating inflammation in your body:
- Bad foods such as gluten, which is highly inflammatory for some people.
- Bad bugs such as H. pylori, parasites and fungi: H. pylori infections are potent causes of inflammation, as are certain parasites.
- Bad toxins such as arsenic and mercury.
- Imbalances in your blood sugar levels.
- A lack of good nutrients such as vitamin C and vitamin E.
- A lack of natural anti-inflammatory hormones such as cortisol and progesterone.
- Social stress.
- Sleep deprivation.
- Electromagnetic fields from mobile phones, etc.
So, if stimuli such as 1-10, above, cause inflammation, and inflammation causes pain, surely we must conclude that those stimuli cause pain.
Thus, if we remove the bad stuff from your body, sort out your blood sugar control, replace anti-inflammatory nutrients and hormones, get you rehydrated, help you sleeping properly, whilst minimizing your exposure to EMFs and toxins (which is essentially what the whole Hompes Method approach is all about) your pain should subside.
Remember, inflammation is just your body’s response to bad stuff being in your body that shouldn’t be there, or inadequacies in the good stuff that should be there.
If this seems far-fetched, consider a quote from Dr. Alex Vasquez regarding the role of infections in muscle and joint pain:
“Approximately 70% of patients with chronic arthritis are carriers of “silent infections”, according to a 1992 article published in the peer-reviewed medical journal Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases. A 2001 article in this same journal…showed that 56% of patients with idiopathic inflammatory arthritis had gastrointestinal or genitourinary dysbiosis. Indeed, research evidence strongly indicates that bacteria, yeast/fungi, amoebae, protozoa, and other “parasites” are an underappreciated cause of neuro-musculoskeletal inflammation.”
Or these two, describing the effect of social stress on inflammation:
“Chronic exposure to adverse social environments is associated with increased risk of disease, and stress-related increases in the expression of pro-inflammatory genes appear to contribute to these effects.”
“As predicted, exposure to the laboratory-based social stressor was associated with significant increases in two markers of inflammatory activity, namely a soluble receptor for tumor necrosis factor-alpha and interleukin-6…These data thus elucidate a neurocognitive pathway that may be involved in potentiated inflammatory responses to acute social stress. As such, they have implications for understanding how social stressors may promote susceptibility to diseases with an inflammatory component.”
Or this one, explaining how sleep deprivation can increase inflammation:
“Controlled, experimental studies on the effects of acute sleep loss in humans have shown that mediators of inflammation are altered by sleep loss. Elevations in these mediators have been found to occur in healthy, rigorously screened individuals undergoing experimental vigils of more than 24 hours, and have also been seen in response to various durations of sleep restricted to between 25 and 50% of a normal 8 hour sleep amount…Although the mechanism of this altered inflammatory status in humans undergoing experimental sleep loss is unknown, it is likely that autonomic activation and metabolic changes play key roles.”
I could add a lot more firepower to my argument, but I’m sure you get the picture.
Confusion – Inflammation doesn’t always cause Pain
It’s worth noting that whilst most pain is caused by inflammation, inflammation can merrily spread and develop without you actually feeling any pain.
For example, tiny, microscopic inflammation of the arteries is now known among cardiologists and surgeons to be one of the first stages of heart disease, but you can’t feel it developing.
A patient with coeliac disease, where the body’s response to gluten causes inflammation in the small intestine, may feel absolutely no pain whatsoever in his or her intestine, even when it’s inflamed to the point where it’s almost on fire!
Inflammation spreads like fire round a house
You can have inflammation in one part of your body that leads to inflammation in other areas.
For example, inflammation in your digestive system caused by the likes of gluten, H. pylori bacteria or intestinal parasites can result in inflammation developing in other areas of your body.
It’s almost like the inflammation from your gut spills over into other areas, like fire spreading from the kitchen to the hallway, up the stairs and into the bedrooms.
Furthermore, if your gut is damaged, you’ll find that more “bad stuff” in the form of toxins and undigested food can enter your bloodstream and circulate round to other parts.
Your immune system doesn’t recognize some of this bad stuff and therefore attacks it. The immune attack can create inflammation and sensations of pain in your muscles and joints, or perhaps trigger a headache.
A reminder of what causes Inflammation, and therefore Aches and Pains
Remember, inflammation doesn’t just happen without reason, and neither does pain.
Your body senses a stimulus – be it a bad toxin, bad bug, bad food, some undigested foot particles, a lack of sleep, a stressful situation or low blood sugar.
It responds as it’s designed to do – by activating immune cells and inflammatory chemicals, which then cause inflammation…and pain.
This situation is amplified if you do not have adequate supplies of anti-inflammatory nutrients and hormones such as vitamins A, C, E and D, cortisol, progesterone and thyroid hormone.
When these nutrients and hormones are inadequate, your body doesn’t have the firemen to put out the inflammatory fires, leaving them to burn freely and create pain for you in virtually any nook and cranny of your anatomy.
Unless there is a mechanical problem such as an obstruction, a spinal issue, or acute injury, the inflammation – and therefore the pain – is always caused by this imbalanced seesaw of too much bad stuff and not enough good stuff sitting inside your body.
Resolving Chronic Aches & Pains
If chronic aches and pains are caused by inflammation, and inflammation is caused by excessive “bad stuff” in your body combined with deficient “good stuff”, surely it makes sense to remove the bad and replace the good.
That’s exactly what we do.
If you’re in chronic pain, in most cases you’ll be suffering unnecessarily. No matter what you’ve been told, you should be able to overcome chronic pain, as long as a blockage, injury or mechanical issue is not causing it.
The first few steps of any “anti-inflammatory” program are to get the “basics” right.
- Remove bad foods from your diet.
- Eat more good foods.
- Balance your blood sugar by learning how to eat the right combinations of foods, and at the right times.
- Learn how to properly hydrate yourself.
- Optimize your sleep.
- Minimize your exposure to bad toxins.
These steps alone can significantly reduce chronic aches and pains. My Dad’s chronic muscle stiffness disappeared when he simply chose to drink more water instead of pasteurized orange juice and tea.
Hompes Method for Improving Your Chronic Aches and Pains
As mentioned previously, the first place to start is with your food intake, eating habits and digestive health. You might find that some very simple strategies (almost so simple they’re stupid) work very well.
Don’t underestimate the power of simple changes to your eating and lifestyle habits as a means of reducing inflammation in your body. Pain can decrease remarkably quickly when the root cause is removed.
The Hompes Method Basics online Nutrition and Lifestyle plan is a simple, but very powerful step-by-step programme to help you:
- Remove all the bad foods from your diet that damage your digestion, cause allergic reactions and create inflammation.
- Replace these bad foods with simple and delicious alternatives that can actually reduce inflammation in your body.
- Learn dozens of simple yet tasty recipes and ideas for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks.
- Apply some simple tactics to detoxify your digestive system and reduce your body’s “pro-inflammatory” toxic burden.
- Improve your liver’s ability to process toxins, again reducing “pro-inflammatory” toxins.
- Avoid exposure to toxins in the first place, thereby not allowing them to create inflammation in your body.
- Learn how to eat at the right times to keep your blood sugar stable – this not only controls inflammation, but also improves energy, hormone balance and mood.
- Learn simple strategies to help you get a good night’s sleep, which can help reduce inflammation, too.
Hompes Method Basics is my way of sharing fifteen years’ education and experience with you in a single, online programme that’s delivered to you on your computer, wherever you are.
In essence, it’s a plan to help you overcome tricky health challenges and elevate your energy levels without the requirement for lab testing and consulting.
Click here to get started on the Hompes Method Basics health rejuvenation plan today and begin your journey towards a happy, vital and pain-free life.
Try the Hompes Method Basics programme first and if it does not improve your energy inside 3-4 weeks of following the plan closely, consider that something over and above your diet and lifestyle may be draining your energy.
Finding Hidden Causes of Inflammation
Comprehensive Digestive Health Check
Your digestive system can be the root, or seed, of inflammation in other areas of your body as Dr. Alex Vasquez’s 16-page, fully referenced paper proves.
Like fire spreading around a house, inflammation caused by bad foods, bad bugs and bad toxins can trigger inflammation elsewhere, particularly in muscles, joint, nerves and as headaches.
Undigested food can leak into your bloodstream and trigger immune reactions (allergies) that may also lead to inflammation and pain.
This is why I feel it’s so important to find out whether you have bad bugs living in your digestive system, and whether you’re digesting your food properly.
A comprehensive stool test will also identify whether you are digesting food properly, especially fats and proteins (it’s the proteins that tend to aggravate your immune system the most).
Finally, a comprehensive stool test will show you whether or not your anti-inflammatory “good” bacteria levels are optimal, or whether you may benefit from topping them up with probiotics.
Vitamin and Mineral Status
Certain vitamins and minerals assist in quelling inflammation. Of these, magnesium is particularly important and, unfortunately, it’s one of the nutrients I’ve found to be depleted in many of my clients.
The Hompes Method Testing Toolkit has several mineral tests, which we use in different situations, depending on each person’s individual situation and requirements. Hair mineral analysis, blood tests and even a very basic liquid zinc challenge test can be very helpful in determining whether you might have mineral deficiencies.
I personally had very low magnesium levels when I ran a hair mineral analysis and blood test to check my mineral levels.
A simple urine test done first thing in the morning can tell you whether potentially pro-inflammatory toxins are overwhelming your liver. Pain in the upper right quadrant of your body often signifies liver or gallbladder problems).
B vitamins, and vitamins A, C, E and D are all known to have anti-inflammatory benefits and effects, as is Coenzyme Q10. The organic acids test provides information on your B vitamins, vitamins C and E, and CoQ10, but not vitamins A and D.
People with low thyroid hormone levels, or poor thyroid hormone metabolism often have inflammation, whether they can feel it as pain or not.
Unfortunately, doctors often look at a hormone called TSH, but this is inadequate. In Hompes Method, we look at TSH, but also add in markers called free T4 and free T3, plus another marker called TPO.
We feel it’s impossible to accurately assess your thyroid function without a bare minimum of these four test markers, and we always place these results against your symptoms, your temperature and pulse measurements and other lab results to make sure we gain as much understanding as possible regarding what’s going on in your body.
In Hompes Method we test thyroid hormone levels using a simple finger prick blood test that can be performed at home.
A vitamin D measure can be added to your thyroid hormone test, and evaluated to the laboratory with no extra work for you. Vitamin D is a well-known anti-inflammatory and immune-supportive nutrient.
Your adrenal glands sit atop each kidney and produce many hormones, most notably cortisol, adrenaline and DHEA. Known as “stress hormones”, they primarily help your body adapt to stress
Cortisol (along with its sister cortisone) and DHEA have anti-inflammatory properties. In fact, cortisol is a major anti-inflammatory hormone. When its levels are low, inflammation can run unchecked in your body.
Book Your Hompes Method Health Assessment & Initial Consultation
If the Hompes Method Basics programme doesn’t assist in bringing down your inflammation levels and chronic pain, we can still help.
Because so many different factors can cause inflammation and pain, I recommend you complete the Hompes Method Initial Assessment and schedule an initial consultation with me, or one of my master practitioners.
We will create for you a bespoke package and hold your hand through the process of:
- Optimizing your Nutrition and Lifestyle.
- Running the right lab tests to determine why your energy is low (what bad stuff is in your body, and what good stuff is missing?).
- Designing specific, individualized supplement protocols to address the lab findings.
- Supporting you with weekly one-to-one consultations for the initial 90-days of your programme.
To get started right away, click here and instantly download your Hompes Method Initial Assessment Pack.
Please remember – inflammation and pain are intelligent responses, created by your body as feedback mechanisms to teach you about imbalances in your lifestyle and body.
Don’t ignore them.
Whether it’s causing pain or not, inflammation is now known to be the process that underpins virtually all diseases, including heart disease, diabetes and autoimmune conditions.