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80/20 Priniciple Applied to Inflammation



Do you have joint pain, migraines, leaky gut, fatigue, memory problems, insomnia, or simply just feel bad?

If so, consider the following steps to improve inflammation–the common pathway of all DIS-EASE.

1)Don’t eat sugar, high fructose corn syrup, or artificial sweeteners

2)Do not eat gluten products (Link for Gluten Free concepts)

3)Add quality fats to diet (eggs, nuts, grass-fed meats, fish, fish oils, coconut oil, avocados, and more)

4)Avoid common food allergens (Dairy, wheat, corn, soy)


You can find mountains of information on the internet supporting these recommendations.  Many prominent resources can supply you with greater details behind each recommendation.

Clinically, I always look for the common themes.  The above recommendations “Fix” so many clinical ailments I encourage everyone to explore these ideas more.



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  • Ginette Asselin December 7, 2016, 9:05 am


  • Steven Butler December 7, 2016, 3:21 pm

    I agree with the healthy fats and avoiding refined sugars concepts (very well established in the literature). I am a little skeptical regarding the avoid all gluten concept. Peter Gibson’s (small) 2011 study did not find any link between gluten and GI problems for his sample of self-diagnosed NCGC patients. A later much larger study he conducted confirmed the findings, and if I remember correctly, it was concluded that other chemicals such as FODMAPS (found in many foods with gluten and some gluten-free foods as well) may more likely be the culprits for the inflammatory responses. A study by Soares et. al. (2013) did find positive pro-inflammatory cytokine profile in mice given diets with glutens versus mice that were fed gluten-free only foods (which had non-inflammatory cytokine profiles), however it looks like there are other chemical factors that could have been causing this that were not controlled for as the gluten was not isolated within the diets of the experimental groups. There are a multitude of other studies with the same methodology limitation. So, simply put, I am somewhat leery of the current “gluten-free” trend if one does not have Celiac’s disease. As Americans, we always want to have an identifiable single “villain” to blame for our problems when in fact, the world is much more complicated that that. Unfortunately, we are always looking for simple solutions (a magic bullet) to very complex problems.

    • William Curtis MD January 6, 2017, 11:30 am

      Sorry, missed this comment previously. I agree with your assessment for the most part. Many simplistically avoid grains/gluten because they feel better even though celiac panels are normal. That said, celiac panels are often normal in some patients but Food sensitivity (ALCAT and others) testing is positive. All that said, standard grain production exposes consumers to pesticides, herbicides, fungal spores, preservatives and multiple adulterations besides the ubiquitous sugar additions to everything. (MORE VARIABLES) I agree that gluten sensitivity is not always found and isn’t always the smoking gun. In my clinical experience, globally avoiding grain is a important step for many. Thanks for the thoughtful comments!!

  • Deborah Zertuche April 17, 2017, 11:26 am

    Do you treat root causes of autoimmunity issues? I’ve been searching for true Functional Medicine dr. in the Corpus Christi area.

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