Inflammation: How to Cool the Fire Inside You That's Making You Fat and Diseased

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HOW CAN YOU, IN a week or less, get dramatic relief from all the symptoms you thought you had to live with the rest of your life?

I’ll get to that in just a minute….

Last week, I showed you how addressing the toxins that make us sick and fat can help create long-term health, vitality, and weight loss.

Today, I’m going to tell you about the second hidden culprit that’s linked to everything from obesity to all the chronic diseases of aging.  And I’ll give you the key to solving this problem — and unlocking good health.

Over the years, I’ve helped patient after patient achieve good health and automatic weight loss.  But what I’ve asked patients to do is so simple that anyone can do it — and get the same great results.

Now, I’ve created a simple 1-week plan for everyone.

In this week’s blog, I’m going to tell you about something you’ve heard me talk about before.  But it’s so important that I want to emphasize it again and show you how it’s a hidden cause of poor health.

I’m talking about inflammation.

You’re probably familiar with the pain, swelling, redness, and heat that classically signify inflammation. It’s something just about every one out there has experienced.

Inflammation is part of the body’s natural defense system.

Consuming a low-allergy diet for just 1 week will help you eliminate the excess swelling and fluid that accumulates in your tissues from food-induced chronic inflammation.

When your body senses foreign invaders, a specific cascade of events is set off in which your white blood cells and some special chemicals called cytokines mobilize to protect you.

This normal type of inflammation is a good thing. It helps your body protect and heal itself.  However, when your immune system shifts out of balance, inflammation can run rampant — causing a chronic, smoldering fire inside your body that contributes to disease and weight gain.

The causes of this type of inflammation are all around you.  The sugar you eat, high doses of the wrong oils and fats in your diet, hidden food allergens, lack of exercise, chronic stress, and hidden infections all trigger a raging, unseen inflammation deep in your cells and tissues.

And this inflammation leads to every one of the major chronic diseases of aging — heart disease, cancer, diabetes, dementia, and more.  It’s also by far the major contributor to obesity.  Being fat is being inflamed — period!

It’s simple.

If you don’t address inflammation by eliminating hidden food allergens or sensitivities and by eating an anti-inflammatory diet, you will never succeed at effective and permanent weight loss.  Hidden sensitivities and allergies to food you eat every day are making you sick and fat.

When most people think of food allergies, they usually imagine someone eating a peanut and ending up in the emergency room with a swollen tongue, hives, and not being able to breathe.  That’s what is called an immediate allergy (also known as an IgE hypersensitivity reaction). This is very serious but not common.

But there is a different type of reaction to foods that is much less dramatic and deadly — but still very troublesome.  It is called a delayed allergy (or IgG delayed hypersensitivity reaction).  This reaction is much more common and creates a lot of suffering for millions of people.  It’s mostly ignored by conventional medicine, yet it plays a HUGE role in many chronic illnesses and weight problems.

This type of delayed allergic reaction can cause symptoms anywhere from a few hours to a few days after ingestion.  It also causes a wide range of problems like weight gain, fluid retention, fatigue, brain fog, irritable bowel syndrome, mood problems, headaches, sinus and nasal congestion, joint pains, acne, eczema, and more.

If you hear someone say dismissively, “Oh, you just lost water weight,” they’re right (at first), because eating foods you are allergic to causes inflammation, which leads to swelling and fluid retention.

Getting rid of this fluid by reducing inflammation is a GOOD thing, not a bad thing.  It is what will allow your body to start the healing process so you can achieve permanent weight loss and optimal health.

Consuming a low-allergy diet for just 1 week will help you eliminate the excess swelling and fluid that accumulates in your tissues from food-induced chronic inflammation.  Despite criticisms you may have heard about losing ONLY water weight, this is essential for you body to begin to heal and detoxify.  And the side effect is that you lose significant weight — quickly and safely.

Let me explain a little more.

In my practice, treating food allergies and improving nutrition in general is the single most powerful tool I have to treat, reverse, and even cure hundreds of diseases that conventional medicine fails at miserably.

These include allergies, arthritis, autoimmune diseases, fatigue, sinus problems, hormonal disorders, obesity, high blood pressure, cholesterol, digestive diseases like irritable bowel syndrome, reflux, and colitis, and even mood disorders like depression and anxiety — just to name a few.

You see, we are seeing an epidemic of inflammatory diseases.  In fact nearly every modern disease — everything from autoimmune diseases, heart disease, and cancer to obesity, diabetes, and dementia — is caused by inflammation!

These chronic diseases affect 125 million Americans. That means in the average family of three, at least one person has a chronic disease caused by inflammation.  In my practice, helping people treat food allergies and food sensitivities is one of the most helpful things I do.

So what have I found after years of testing people for IgG allergies and teaching them how to use elimination diets to help recover from their chronic symptoms and illnesses?

While everyone is different, there are some foods that irritate the immune system more than others.  They are gluten (wheat, barley, rye, oats, spelt, kamut), dairy (milk, cheese, butter, yogurt), corn, eggs, soy, nuts, nightshades (tomatoes, bell peppers1, potatoes, eggplant), citrus, and yeast (baker’s yeast, brewer’s yeast, and fermented products).

These foods can also cause acute allergic reactions. But those are rare, generally affecting less than 1 percent of the population. When they occur they are serious, permanent, and need to be treated seriously.

But for more than 50 percent of us, there are some foods that just don’t agree with us and prevent vibrant, good health.

How Do You Know If You Are Allergic or Sensitive to Foods?

There are two ways to find out if you are reacting to foods.

One is a blood test for IgG antibodies to foods. This is useful and can pinpoint trouble areas, but it is not 100 percent accurate.

The second is a simple and well-accepted treatment called elimination/ provocation.

This means you get rid of the top trouble foods for 1 to 4 weeks, then reintroduce them one at a time and see what happens.  Eliminating foods that cause allergic reactions or sensitivities is the basis for the remarkable results people have — like losing weight, feeling better, and getting rid of chronic symptoms — when they follow the detox phase of UltraMetabolism: The Simple Plan for Automatic Weight Loss.

This program is based on a simple elimination diet: getting rid of gluten, dairy, eggs, and yeast products.

What happens?

Very quickly — in a week or less — people notice dramatic relief from all the symptoms they thought they had to live with the rest of their lives!

Why Do You Become Sensitive or Allergic to Foods?

Simply put, your diet, the way you live, and the medications you take are to blame.

These things injure your gut.

They change the bacteria and damage the gut’s lining, which is the critical barrier that keeps your immune system from having to deal with all the garbage, toxins, and allergens inside your intestinal tract.  This damage is called a leaky gut.

And so the food particles “leak” across the damaged barrier and your immune system (60 percent of which is right under that lining) starts to attack these partially digested food particles.  That’s when you develop IgG food intolerances or allergies.

Let me recap.

When your gut is leaky, partially digested foods get exposed to your immune system, which then creates an abnormal response to something pretty normal — food.  That creates weight gain and so many chronic health problems.

Finding and Fixing Delayed Food Allergies and Sensitivities

Just because you have a food allergy or intolerance doesn’t mean you have to suffer with it.  In fact, there’s a lot you can do to deal with the problem, rebalance your system, and eliminate chronic symptoms.

Next week, I’m going to explain how to identify food allergies and give you the tools you need to begin to heal your gut and repair your digestive and immune systems.

When you do these things, you’ll be more resilient and able to tolerate a wider range of foods.  The plan is designed to get you started on the road to finding and healing this common obstacle to health and weight loss.

Just think about giving yourself the gift of a weeklong vacation for your body and soul.  You might be surprised by what’s on the other side.  You’ll be following the same simple program that I use with my own patients to eliminate food allergies.

In my next blog, I’ll give you more details of this 1-week plan to detoxify and cool off inflammation.

I think you’ll find that the results are remarkable.

But I don’t want you to just believe what I am saying — I want you to prove it to yourself!

Now I’d like to hear from you…

Have you noticed how certain foods affect your health and weight?

What have you done to identify and eliminate these foods?

When you eliminate problematic foods from your diet, how does your body respond?

Please share your thoughts by leaving a comment below.

To your good health,

Mark Hyman, MD

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57 Responses to Inflammation: How to Cool the Fire Inside You That's Making You Fat and Diseased

  1. Anne Pavia March 1, 2012 at 1:31 pm #

    Dr. Hyman,
    I agree and understand my body more by the reports I read from you. I am 65 this month, I have diabetes 2. A year ago, in January, I had a heart attack. I also had endometrioses, surgery and radiation 5 years ago which did a real number on my intestines. I weigh as of this morning 269 lbs. I know I am addicted to food, not just enjoying it.
    I realized only within the last year (only because I was limiting intake of them) that when I have dairy, specifically milk/ice cream my intestines roar. Everyone in the room can hear. That happens for a day or so and I get diarreha or become constipated. Never know which it’s going to be.
    I also notice the same affects from some breads and Nutella, which is hazelnut just about kills me! We eat alot of cheese. I also grab for pistaccihos, almonds and walnuts which I thought were good for me. I love asparagus, but I smell so terribly bad an hour after I eat it that I can’t. At this point I don’t know, rather I should say, I don’t like, what is left for me to eat.I don’t know what to eat anymore. When I tried the AMAs diabetes diet it didn’t help me with weight or sugar control. I don’t agree with them.
    My legs swell, I have come to see either when I sit too much and from too much sugar. I lose weight quickly only to gain it back quickly. From what I’ve read I think I am gluten intolerent as well as allergic to dairy and nuts. I get frequent bladder infections often from my sugar being too high but I think also from contamination from the stool because I’m having problems recently with incontinence, or lack of control.
    Can you give me any advice as to what I should eat? Or do at this point? I can’t function normally any more.
    My Cardiolagist told me he only treats between the neck and the waist. My Primary care, although I really like him, only treats my symptoms so I am not real co-operative with him because I don’t like side effects of drugs. I take several herbal products.

  2. Wendy March 3, 2012 at 7:57 am #

    The elimination provocation process really works! On the second day of my two week Christmas vacation, I came down with the Norovirus. And during its worst, I decided when I was better to start an allergy free clean diet. I did not eat dairy, meat, eggs, refined and fake sugar, or breads for the next week. I felt great by day two! One day Then I tried adding back in one thing at a time. Dairy first and boy was it obviously not my friend. Almost instantly dairy stuffed up my sinuses and made my gut feel bloated and cranky. The next day I tried adding back bread and while it did not make my IG system react, I was noticeable tired – literally felt like I needed a nap after the meal that included bread. Sugar had the same kock out affect plus it seemed to give me gas and burps. I did not have any noticeable reaction to eggs. By the time I was ready to test my reaction to meats I was back home from vaction and still on an allergy free clean way of eating. By this time I basically had little interest in testing meat. But I did discover I’m very allergic to nutritional yeast and jallepenos. And fun fact, from when I started the allergy free eating after the Norovirus and when I got home, I had lost 7 pounds! I wasn’t trying to lose weight, I was investigating my gut! So do it — you’ll really get to know yourself better and feel great!

  3. Laura March 3, 2012 at 10:01 pm #

    I am working with a nutritionist on my first Elimination Diet. I feel pretty wonderful after only 6 days.

    I read Dr. Hyman’s Ultra Simple Diet, and while I was cleaning out my body a little, I noticed I felt better.

    I’ve had a history of gastrointestinal disorders, including GERD, as well as fibromyalgia, IBS and inflammation. I’ve already been able to stop taking my proton pump inhibitor (nexium) after only 6 days, because I’m no longer eating anything that does that to me.

    Completing an elimination diet is not easy. It does take commitment and discipline, but when I’m finally *done* with the challenges (adding foods back in slowly) I figure I’ll know what makes MY body run like a top.

    It’s sort of like being a racecar and having your carberator and such all adjusted just right for optimum performance.

    I highly recommend working with a nutritionist or functional medicine doctor. I tried to do this myself earlier in the year and really needed somebody to read my notes, give me feedback, and make sure I’m on the right track when I have questions. I am self-pay, but how many women get their hair done, nails done, and they’re all messed up inside? I just gave up some other stuff to pay for this, because you have to decide you’re worth it. :)

    Thanks Dr. Hyman for getting people interested in how food can be our medicine. As welll as our poison.

  4. Diane Cara March 12, 2012 at 7:48 am #

    Hello Dr. Hyman,

    Do you still have the fully cooked and prepared diet that is delivered to the home? I purchased it several years ago from you and found it helpful. It also came with several small bottles of supplements that were to be taken with the diet. I would like to purchase this service again and have it delivered to my home. Please let me know if I can.

    Thank you,

    Diane Cara

  5. Katrina March 20, 2012 at 6:33 pm #

    Hi,
    I am 31 and 2 years ago I started suffering from acid reflux that became a daily issue, then all of a sudden I started having panic attacks and major anxiety. I refused to go on anti-depressants that a MD wanted to prescribe to me and I did Dr. Junger’s cleanse. I felt amazing for 1 month. I found out that i have a gluten intolerance (although my blood tests don’t show this) and dairy and nightshades aren’t my best friend. Once off of gluten my panic attacks stopped and my anxiety became a 1 from a 20. My problem is that when I am on an elimination diet (no dairy, gluten, alcohol etc) I feel AMAZING, no reflux, no nothing and then when I get back to normal (adding alcohol, cheese and caffeine here and there) my issues come back. In the last year I have had SO many things go wrong with me and EVERYTHING is a form of inflammation – I have had an inflamed cornea, been diagnosed with gastritis, had hives, I have inflamed nerves in both of my feet and CINIII which was one step away from cervical cancer!! And now, even though I completely cut gluten a few months ago,it seems as though my body is attacking anything I eat and because I have had delayed allergy reactions I cannot pinpoint what it is that I reacted to. I am also not overweight but I yo-yo a lot and can’t seem to get totally trim even though I exercise 3/4 days per week. What Dr. Hyman wrote in this post and in the acid reflux post really resonates with me. I really want to heal my body and stop having symptoms but I don’t know how long I have to do an elimination diet for…i know 1 month is not enough…and I don’t want to give up things like wine forever!! help i guess?!

    • Dr. Hyman Nutrition Staff March 21, 2012 at 11:00 am #

      Hi Katrina,

      We are glad you wrote and shared your trial with elimination diets. The fact that you showed signs of improvement while on them is great news. Most likely you are one of those who needs more time and some therapeutic supplements to help address your inflammation. Have you heard of leaky gut? Learn more about the role of an intact digestive system here: http://drhyman.com/blog/conditions/is-your-digestive-system-making-you-sick/ Have you thought about Dr.Hyman’s UltraSimple Diet? It is a complete elimination diet which includes an entire whole body approach to healing, not just simply food. Plus, it offers a suggested supplement list to take. This might be a good place to start. Check it out here for more info: http://store.ultrasimplediet.com/ We have a nutrition coaching program which can help design a specific program for your needs. For more info, check out: http://store.drhyman.com/Store/List/Coaching-Programs

      In good health!
      Lizzy
      Nutrition Coaching Program

      • Kimberly August 13, 2012 at 11:59 am #

        Katrina’s story is my story. I have struggled with anxiety attacks off and on for 20 years. This is the first time I have seen a food connection in any literature. Trust me. I’m an expert at anxiety and have tried everything from “think positively tapes” to sadly, anti-anxiety pharmaceuticals. Three years ago at age 50 I started having severe nerve pain all over my body. Completely out of the blue. That just took my anxiety to an entirely new level. I am a legal professional who has to be level throughout my work day so my need to resolve this was immediate. I had to be able to function and wasn’t doing a good job of it. I went to three different doctors who looked at me like I was a “loon” and they suggested antidepressants. I did not want to take any more pharmaceuticals. This prompted me to look outside the box and I had acupuncture for the first time and met wth a naturopathic nutritionist. She immediatly took me off of gluten and sugar. I dropped 40 lbs and the nerve pain ceased. After a year, feeling confident that I was OK, I started adding grains back into my diet. Keeping away from gluten and sugar. I started having nerve pain and increased anxiety again and today I am up 25 lbs. This is what brought me to the internet and to this site. I get it now. Adding corn into my diet clearly is a problem. I did not know about the nightshade vegetables ether which I have had on my salad the past three days. Oh my gosh! I so get it now.I will be accessing your resources. Thank you!

    • John Weissman August 19, 2012 at 5:19 pm #

      Hi!

      FORGET THE ELIMINATION DIET! Just eat rite once and for all, like Drs Hyman, Furhman, Barnard, Ornish suggest. Plan on never–NEVER– going back to those foods you have found to harm you! Wine is bad for you! You can have a GREAT life with no wine, or anything else that harms you. What pleasure is there in eating “pleasure” foods that harm you? God bless.

  6. Chronically-Inflamed April 23, 2012 at 10:48 pm #

    Maybe I’m missing something, but how do I find the “1-week plan to detoxify and cool off inflammation”? I came across Dr. Hyman’s video, but there was only a vague mention that the plan would be in the next video…the next video was not about inflamation. Then I found this article which makes the same mention. Still no “1-week plan to detoxify and cool off inflammation”! please send or post a link for those of us who are missing the obvious. I am desperate for Doctor’s help.

    Thanks :-)

  7. Lisa June 3, 2012 at 9:08 pm #

    Over the past few years, I have been wrestling with allergies, but not yet sure what they all are. I had an allergy test about five years ago which showed many food allergies, though I don’t notice an immediaty reaction – so the dr said don’t worry about them then. Allergies that showed up on the test: potato, rice, garlic, onion, banana, nuts. I also noticed that I was starting to have reactions to dairy. I started taking lactose pills which helped for awhile, but soon became ineffective. I have found that I am allergic to dye, though the allergist thought this was absurd. I’m pretty sure it is red and yellow dyes where my inner layer of skin throughout my body literally feels like it is on fire. Most of the time my stomach feels on fire as well, I’m bloated (extremely! – soda?), and often am running to the bathroom 6-8 times a day. I’m miserable and need help! I’ve seen multiple dr’s and been told that I had GERD all the way down to a possible rare type of cancer (which I don’t have). They are grasping at straws and I’m tired of living this way. I don’t know where to start or how to rid my life of things I’m allergic to, especially since I’m not sure of everything that I am allergic to or if I truly am allergic to some things…What would I eliminate in a diet? I feel if I eliminate all this, including dyes, I’m only going to be eating oatmeal and fruit…

    Thanks,

    Tired of being sick

  8. Randi Hurst June 20, 2012 at 2:33 pm #

    Thank you Dr. Hyman and staff for your committment to health. I am a 43 year old female that gave up eating beef and pork while pregnant with my 1st child, 21 years ago. Several years later and as a result of prolonged exposure to stachybotrys (black mold) and years of battling chronic illnesses we had both of our children undergo allergy testing. Our oldest daughter’s recorded allergies were off of the charts. When following her food allergy diet we were limited to eating potatoes, basmati rice, spelt flour and chicken that was not corn fed. Her allegories are numerous but the most difficult to avoid are wheat and corn. Some of the others are soy, dairy, chocolate, tomatoes, peanuts and the list literally goes on and on extensively. Unfortunately, due to financial constraints my husband and I regretfully made the decision to stop adhering completely to her limited diet and we instead chose to be very careful with the allergies that we deemed most significant. As a result of this horrible parenting mistake, we based our treatment plan on how she appeared to react to the foods. Our daughter began to progressively gain weight as she aged. What is even more unfortunate as time went on these foods were slowly added back to her diet. My daughter has learned to avoid Almonds completely as she experiences the feeling of her throat closing. I have asked her doctor for years if her food allergies could be causing her to “swell” because her weight gain was unexplainable. Our diet consisted of fowl and fish and very little junk food. My daughter, now 20 years old and entering her third year of college has experienced a life of “not feeling well”. Throughout her high school years she missed a tremendous amount of school due to her not feeling well. She has consistently experienced body aches, head aches, asthma and extreme amount of mucous production resulting in year round sneezing and a nose that runs like a faucet and recently unexplainable dizzy spells. In fact, she has had CT Scans of her brain for diagnostic purposes as she says that the room is spinning, and in fact she is the only one in the room experiencing the problem. My daughter is overweight and in my opinion has more not well days than well.
    I realized approximately 10 years ago that refined and super refined sugars cause havoc in my body, I “swell” at surprising rates. I have been a lay healthcare educator with a focus on physical activity and chronic disease for several years now and I have been convinced of the connection between inflammation and food sensitivities for quite some time. I started the Renew Your Strength Initiative and have partnered with various agencies and organizations and received funding from the CDC, Arthritis Foundation, American Lung and Heart Association and the State of Georgia Department of Human Resources to name just a few, however I struggle because I believe that the obesity epidemic is so much more than what is stressed. I am very excited to find your website. I am looking into scheduling an appointment for my daughter to been seen at your practice this summer.
    Approximatey 6 months ago I began to eat popcorn, which I popped myself with olive oil, increasing my consumption so that my diet at times consisted only of popcorn. This popcorn diet was not intentional, I found myself needing to eat popcorn to satisfy my body’s desire/demand. While the fiber intake proved to be beneficial initially, after a short period of time I began to gain a tremendous amount of weight. The next problem was after eating the popped corn my body would ache and I would feel “not well” and I would become extremely lethargic. So I then cut the popcorn back to occasional (even though I seem to crave it, to an unhealthy degree) and I will only buy popcorn that does not have any GMOs. Now I am noticing that when I eat anything with corn in it my feet and wrists swell immediately. My wrists actually look and feel like small balloons filled with water. 6 months prior to my new found (out of control) love for popcorn I underwent a complete physical with excellent numbers with every screening. I would be surprised to see my numbers now.
    I plan on following your suggestions for diet to better understand what is going on in my body. Again, I thank you and look forward to learning more from you so that the Renew Your Strength Initiative can have more impact in the lives of people.

  9. katherine July 16, 2012 at 10:50 pm #

    Wow, the list of “give up” foods is so comprehensive, I’ll have to read the diet to see what I can eat for breakfast! i eat oatmeal with blueberries, and walnuts now

    Anyway, MAIN QUESTION: I have polycystic kidney and liver disease, and a host of other things that *could* very well be inflammation related, though I do eat well. I cannot eat SOY, as it is estrogenic (same with most dry beans) and “feeds” the liver cysts. My liver enzymes are VERY high, and I hesitate to trust Dr. Hymen’s diets, supplements, as I’m being taken off one medicine (Rx) at a time, to see if the high LFT’s resolve.

    I had to stop Prozac which worked like a CHARM/lifesaver, after a lifetime of low grade depression and HIGH grade anxiety from the age of four or fiive (my earliest memories). I lived like this, despite MANY elimination diets, exercise, over a decade and a half of intensive therapy with very, very competent psychoanalysts and psycho-pharmacologist. Prozac just helped me to feel “normal” enough to deal with all the challenges of life and the other health conditions I have. Now, that I’m 100% off, and it’s been two months, I’m a mess. Crying every day, that dark cloud is back, and fight it as I may, it is here. I honestly did not expect to feel this depression again! I figured I’d done so well for so long (2003-two months ago) that I had lots of life skills to handle “the blue” feeling. Well, I was wrong! This is organic Dr. H.

    Any advice??
    Thanks!
    Katherine

  10. Vijay July 25, 2012 at 1:14 pm #

    I am 31 years old. 2 weeks ago, I was diagnosed with hyperthyroidism and have been told to start methimazole 5 mg. elevated Antibodies 127 and elevated t3 an t4 of 9.3 and 3 respectively. I was told that since it was an autoimmune disorder, change in diet cannot help. I had been on a vegan diet for the past 5 months. Another doc told me that I sould avoid foods containing cyanate. I drink almond milk regularly. Will this worsen my condition? Is it necessary to test for allergic reactions for food? I am currently breastfeeding my 2 month old. I hope this does not affect the baby.

    • Dr. Hyman Nutrition Staff August 2, 2012 at 3:47 pm #

      HI Vijay,

      Actually diet can indeed help. usually avoiding triggers that upset your immune system can do more for your AI condition than any drug… Avoiding gluten and dairy, possibly soy are really good ideas and you can start playing around with this now! Eating an anti-inflammatory diet such as that described in any of Dr Hyman’s programs would be helpful.

      Have you seen this? http://drhyman.com/blog/conditions/how-to-stop-attacking-yourself-9-steps-to-heal-autoimmune-disease/

      • Mary Pennington August 16, 2012 at 8:02 pm #

        My C reactive protein (inflammation test) showed 3 times normal, so obviously that’s super high and I need to take on the life changes to get that under control. From Dr. Hyman’s experience, how long (in general) does it take to really make a dent in the C reactive protein test when eating an anti-inflammation diet and making all the proper changes. My medical doctor said it was almost impossible to bring this down, so don’t bother (can you believe that??). After the lifestyle & diet changes are made, how long does it take for your body to stop all the inflammation. I have been told it takes months if not a full year at least. Thank you.

  11. caro guzmar July 28, 2012 at 11:27 pm #

    Hello i was just diagnosed with a fatty liver 68 range. I am now only eating vegetables egg whites and beans and oatmeal. I have not been able to shake 20 pounds for the longest time. i am solid but weight 165 at 5-3. i want to weight 140. Ive had high cholesterol for at leat 20 years and at my smallest 125. help or please advise. thank you.

  12. Evelyn July 30, 2012 at 10:53 am #

    I just read about Dr.. Hyman’s liver healing plan in a ladies magazine, but I don’t seem to find it here. It looks like what I need. I would aprpeciate any help.

  13. Joyce Benedict August 12, 2012 at 10:33 am #

    I saw your program on channel 13 yesterday. Excellent. In a nutshell I was miraculously cured by a chiropractic treatment at age 19. I had been sick most of my life, polio, flus, headaches, family moves, etc. Dr. May alerted me to the same information you gave on your show. Within a short time my health improved and once pregnant I went all out to eat well even making my babies food; no salt/sugar. Until age 70 I was in great health. Seldom saw a Dr. Created my own course at Adult Ed programs in schools. Through these years I read VOLUMES on every subject imaginable. Your 7 and 10 basic rules were the same I taught in my courses in the ’70’s and ’80s. Just wish I had enterprising skills to market myself. Two additions to readers and share with you, Dr. Hyman.

    Have been a practicing astrologer over 40 years and we must remember we are connected to everything, ala Einstein’s Unified Field Theory. After viewing thousands of charts over many years the charts and the cycles we are subject to
    also determine health issues, the beginnings and endings. I find it an invaluable tool to look for hidden health agendas as I studied Medical Astrology also. Accident prone times, health challenges DO surface under certain cycles.

    I also have found the 4 Blood Types, 4 Blood Diets by Dr. D’Adamo VERY wonderful. Dr. Hyman, though you advocate the benefits of the Avocado, it is not recommended by D’Adamo for Type O. I will buy it, and it sits on my counter, then it gets too ripe, and I throw it away. Once I did the pendulum test, it registered a No No! Though it is stated in the Blood Type Book a no no , I kept getting it, but my higher wisdom refused that I eat it! So, there are certain amazing foods that certain blood types are not supposed to eat.

    Blood Type O people must avoid dairy and wheat and when they do, and I do, I drop weight like a balloon punctured!
    Ah…sadly I so love homemade bread and cottage cheese, but I’m only human and work diligently to eliminating these foods. Enchinacea is an herb touted for colds. Yet I never bought it. Once I read D’adamo’s book it is not recommended for O’s. So, our innate body wisdoms do work!

    And yes, get into nature. You love your world and seek to protect it as you realize the amazing benefits of cloud/star gazing, lying on earth, walking barefoot, leaning against a tree as the wind rustles through the leaves above you.
    Our spirits are grand and the mind seeks to expand and can only do so by being in nature. Thank you Dr. Hyman for this opportunity to share and why I like listening to you, because you’ve been there! You saw what happens when the
    body is so abused. You walk your talk. We all have mountains to climb in ourselves, and better eating habits is one step towards easing that climb.

  14. Amanda King August 13, 2012 at 4:52 am #

    I was delighted to discover Dr. Hyman’s site. I live in Australia and was unaware of it. I was very impressed with his clear informative YouTube talks. I have battled with several of the symptoms of Hashimotos for a long time and know that an good elimination diet will help. I did a ten day juice fast a few months ago and felt really good. However after coming off it I began to feel really tired. My TSH was high and I was wondering if the daily kale I had in my juices could have been the problem. Does Dr. Hyman advocate eliminating all cruciferous vegetables for hypothyroid patients. I would like to do another ten day fast and was jsut wonderring if this time I should avoid the kale. I will be buying his books as I really want clarity on the controversy of cruciferous veg and Thyroid. Look forward to a reply

  15. Kim August 16, 2012 at 1:04 am #

    Can you please link me to the follow up article he mentioned in this post? I’ve been searching and searching and can’t seem to find it anywhere. I just discovered Dr. Hyman and am on the path with a practitioner to heal leaky gut and chronic inflammation in my body.

    Also, can you please share how to check for heavy metals? I did do a Lab Corps blood test and it came back normal, but my practitioner is suggesting a test that “challenges” my system that he says is much more accurate.

    Thank you so much for all this wonderful information. It is packed with great advice that is helping me to understand and refine my treatments even more!!!!

  16. Connie October 21, 2012 at 2:44 pm #

    I have been getting Dr Hyman’s books for years and email. I learn something more each and every time. I have finally gotten some much needed answers using a body wrap called itWorks and following Dr. Hyman’s teaching and insight. My body weight is going down, swelling is dropping by inches. I know using wraps help but more than anything following eating right and finding out what causes my inflammation is key. It is so terribly hard to get off gluten. Everywhere we go between jobs ends up at a fast food place. But I am determined and just want to thank you for being constant in your wisdom shows and shared. I want to learn more and get even more active. I have finished three 1/2 marathons now and several long bike rides of 10-12 miles and I am 62 years old. Thank you and thank you staff!!

  17. Patti November 7, 2012 at 8:02 pm #

    I am very worried. Yesterday my husband (62) got the results of his first c-reactive protein blood test and his reading was 20. He was just in for a regular physical with the usual blood tests. His cholesterol was also now moderately high & even his blood pressure was up – its always been good before. He said his dr (a new dr) even seemed a bit panicked at the results and immediately booked him to see a cardiologist (my husband’s father died of a heart attack at 60 & his mother suffered a brain aneurism & stroke at 60 but lived to 85 – both were smokers) My husband doesn’t smoke & until now has been pretty healthy, on no medications. He is not overweight and is pretty active. We thought he ate pretty well – he doesn’t have a sweet tooth and eats little junk food. I’m realizing now he eats too much bread and too much old cheddar cheese. He doesn’t seem to have any symptoms that would suggest food allergies. He does suffer from sleep apnea & is on c-pap. The dr has started him on low dose aspirin (until now no one suggested he take it because he had a duodenal ulcer 20 years ago), a mild blood pressure med and cholesterol med, pending the consult with the cardiologist.
    After reading about it I am panicking at the c-reactive protein very high number of 20. I worry that he is a ‘walking time bomb”. I’ve just discovered Dr Hyman’s material and will read much more of it. Could you give us some suggestions as to where to start. Is there hope for getting this under control? I’m concerned that there’s a large genetic component here & also with the fact that my husband doesn’t seem to have alot of bad habits to kick so don’t know how much of a dent we can make in the inflammation levels. Thanks so much. Patti

    • HymanStaff January 24, 2013 at 12:08 am #

      Thank you for your message and your interest in Dr. Hyman’s work. You should work on this in conjunction with your physician.

      Wishing You the Best of Health!

      Dr. Hyman Staff

  18. Kathleen White December 11, 2012 at 1:34 pm #

    Good morning! I just found this web site while doing some research about gluten. I discovered that I had gluten intolerance or allergy when I developed a condition called Grovers Disease which is an extremely itchy rash that sort of makes you feel like you have chicken pox all the time – kept me awake at night and it was actually making me feel pretty depressed as I discovered that the medical profession does not know anything about it since it is a rare condition and there is little or no research done on it because so few people have it that there is no money in it! Of course if they did do research they would probably develop some toxic drug or other anyway. All they do is give you cortizone creams which didn’t work for me at all and tell you to stay cool all the time and no hot showers – only cool showers. YUK!

    So I looked on line and found a forum at skincell.com devoted to it. Many people on that forum have had it for many years but there were 2 women who went on a gluten free diet and got rid of the condition. Of course I decided to go off wheat and it was gone within a month and I was free of it for about 6 months until about 1 month ago. At that time I ate a bunch of licorice not realizing that it has wheat in it and I got a flare up. I also then found that I had been eating some items with hidden gluten like soy sauce, ketchup and beer and now I am very strict about the wheat thing. It’s gone again!!!

    Now though, I think I may have a nut allergy as well because I bought a bag of almond flour – made some choc chip cookies and some pancakes – ate them and got extreme diarrhea. So now I am also off nuts.

    Here is an added bonus – I have been suffering from Raynauds syndrome for several years which causes very poor circulation in fingers and toes. Cold hands would make my fingers turn numb & white and I would have to do windmills with my harms to get the circulation going again. Really scary as I have heard that in extreme cases it can cause you to lose fingers or toes. I didn’t have it all summer while I was gluten free but I thought that was because it was warm weather. However, it came back with a vengeance at the same time the grover’s came back. Now it’s gone along with the Grovers. No matter how cold my hands get they stay nice and pink.

    I am considering trying the inflammation diet to see if I’m allergic to eggs which I hope I’m not because I have chickens and I love the fresh egg I get to eat every morning. I also love nightshade veggies and I grow fabulous tomatoes and eggplants every summer. I eat cheese as well. I live in Northern California where we have an abundance of wonderful local cheeses. I’m wondering if it could be the pasteurization process that makes people allergic to dairy, so after I’m off these things for a while I’ll be wanting to test for that if dairy turns out to be a problem for me as well.

    So far my digestion seems to have normalized.

    Thanks for this blog and I hope that other Raynauds and /or Grovers sufferers may benefit from this post.

  19. Rachelle P January 6, 2013 at 12:06 am #

    We are interested in this apparent article, but how may I ask do we get the entire book?

  20. Carrie January 8, 2013 at 10:45 am #

    I just finished reading this blog and find it sounds like something that would help me and my husband. I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis about two years ago and my husband has struggled with asthma and allergies his whole life. I have found that by changing my diet to a different fat (good fats not bad fats)and by eating more raw foods that I have been able to cut back on my MS meds. However I have gained weight since changing to whole wheat rather then white. I am also 47 and pushing menopause, this may have some reason for the weight change

    Can you please tell me how/where to find Dr. Hyman’s next blog in this series? I very much want to try the elimination/ provocation way of eating but not sure where to start.

    Inflammation: How to Cool the Fire Inside You That’s Making You Fat and Diseased

    “Next week, I’m going to explain how to identify food allergies and give you the tools you need to begin to heal your gut and repair your digestive and immune systems.

    When you do these things, you’ll be more resilient and able to tolerate a wider range of foods. The plan is designed to get you started on the road to finding and healing this common obstacle to health and weight loss.”

    Thank you for any help with this matter.

  21. Josie April 26, 2013 at 4:43 am #

    Excellent post.

    Internal inflammation is often overlooked but is the cause of many health problems. I use to suffer a lot from allergies and inflamed joints. After many trials and errors I finally discovered the culprits.

    It was bread, wheat and dairy products that were causing the problems. Its 3 years since I’ve omitted these foods and my allergies are gone.

  22. Kate November 5, 2013 at 12:38 pm #

    I suffer from the inflamation from 2 years together with problems with Hashimoto and the doctor told me that stress is accelerating both. I am on a special diet that eliminates almost everything, there is like 8 products I can eat and in two weeks time I am supposed to check if I am gettign better. Right now I noticed improvement, but I would love to hear abot how to flash the toxins out from my body, as I am seriously full of them and my metabolism almost doesn’t exist (it is waaaay to slow). How did I notice that certain food makes me feel worse? I was swelling and putting on weight in extra short time. It was so bad, that on Monday I was able to wear my jeans, while on Thursday there was no way I would put them on, as I gained 6 kg already! And I was swollen all the time. I had a surgery recently and the doctors didn’t know what to do with me, because I was having allergic reaction to almost everything, together with anaestetics. They tried to put me to sleep 3 times!! Now I am getting better, but the wound doesn’t want to heal and my body rejects all kinds of antibiotics. I would love to hear more about fighting the inflamation.

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  24. Linda December 28, 2013 at 8:26 pm #

    I get panic attacks where it feels like my throat closes up, but I’ve been checked by many doctors that its nothing serious. I’m just wondering how to get rid of this, I don’t have any known allergies either. I keep obsessing about this, so i’m wondering if there is something I can do to stop obsessing. Thanks.

  25. Sandi L Galaura April 30, 2014 at 7:09 pm #

    Dear Dr Hyman, I have been on the 5 day diet for 4 days and been very strict about it , not waivering at all and I’m still not feeling really a whole lot different. I struggle with Gerd now and then and have chronic sinus blockage, and had a bad bout of gas pain and so i thought I would try this to help. I even went to the dr thinking it might be my gall bladder but no signs of anything serious. he just gave me prilosec to stop the acid, and I don’t want to take that.My stomach feels crampy and bloated and burping even after eating this strict diet. I also became constipated I think from the amount of fiber on the diet so I took magnesium citrate which hlpeed. I am taking digestive enzymes with my lunch and dinner and have cut back on the brown rice thinking maybe it was too much fiber. I also am taking L-Glutamine, B12 and potassium along with Fish Oil. I was wondering if you could tell me if there is something else that I should be doing. I was really hoping that my stomach would have settled down by now and I could start to reintroduce dairy and some grains back into my diet.

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      Dr. Hyman Nutrition Staff August 8, 2014 at 5:26 pm #

      Hi Sandi,
      Thank you for your interest In Dr. Hyman’s work. Unfortunately he cannot provide you personalized medical advice in this forum. In order to provide you the proper care you need we hope you will seek the attention of a local qualified Functional Med practitioner soon. To locate a doctor near you who practices functional medicine like Dr. Hyman, go to http://www.functionalmedicine.org/practitioner_search.aspx?id=117 and scroll down to where it says “locate a practitioner” and enter your location. Progress accordingly from there.

      You can also make an appointment to be a patient at Dr.Hyman’s UltraWellness Center in Lenox, MA. Please go to: http://www.ultrawellnesscenter.com/becoming-a-patient/

      Did you know you can work with Dr. Hyman’s nutritionists virtually? For personalized nutrition coaching where you can receive 1:1 support with Registered Dietitians, please see: http://store.drhyman.com/Store/List/Coaching-Programs.
      Wishing you the best of health,
      Dr. Hyman Staff

  26. Bart Lepla (FB) June 30, 2014 at 6:17 pm #

    Is Oat something that causes my ‘fire’ to go high and cause inflamation ???
    I dont eat pasta or bread or sugar anymore…
    But i eat oat for breakfast that has been soacked in water overnight, with some raisins and some goji-berries (also soacked).
    In the morning is cook it for about 10 minutes.
    Sometimes i also add blueberries.
    Then put some sprinkels of Dark chocolate on it. 70% Cacao.
    I thought (still think) that this is healthy stuff ?
    In the last 2 to 3 months i lost some belly-fat and weight just because i stopped eating bread. I’m 1m88cm and weight was only 90 kilograms.
    But still is lost a bit. My tummy looks better and is almost gone.
    So, short cut question: Is OAT ok ? and does it contain (harmfull?) gluten ??

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      Dr. Hyman Nutrition Staff July 30, 2014 at 6:53 pm #

      Hi Bart,
      We recommend that you look for oats that are certified gluten free to ensure that they are not contaminated with gluten during processing.
      Wishing you the best of health,
      Dr. Hyman Staff

  27. Jessica July 23, 2014 at 5:45 pm #

    I appreciate this article and have read many similar stories from doctors stating that when their patients clean up their diets, their symptoms go away. I have had massive brain fog for 4 years, hormone irregularities, thinning hair and very sparse eyebrows, stiff joints, etc. I exercise nearly every day and am not overweight, and have been gluten and dairy-free for a year now, and sugar-free for several months. I eat no processed food and very little (whole) grain – mostly I eat organic veggies and meat. I have been tested for lots of autoimmune disorders, Lyme, c-diff, and heavy metals and everything has come back negative. I am seeing a naturopath and she had me tested for IgG food allergies and only a few things came back – eggs (which I rarely eat but have avoided since the test two months ago), sunflower seeds, kidney beans and string beans. I have avoided all these foods and still no improvement. The naturopath thinks I have Lyme even though the test came back negative because so many of my symptoms are mimicking autoimmune conditions and Lyme is known as the “great imitator.” I have been on lots of supplements for months, and I meditate many times per week. I do not avoid tomatoes and peppers and did not test allergic to them…could that be the problem? Any advice?? I am so depressed after having dealt with brain fog for four years and the other symptoms for nearly two years now.

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      Dr. Hyman Nutrition Staff July 26, 2014 at 1:26 pm #

      Hi Jessica,
      Thank you for your interest In Dr. Hyman’s work. Unfortunately he cannot provide you personalized medical advice in this forum. In order to provide you the proper care you need we hope you will seek the attention of a local qualified Functional Med practitioner soon. To locate a doctor near you who practices functional medicine like Dr. Hyman, go to http://www.functionalmedicine.org/practitioner_search.aspx?id=117 and scroll down to where it says “locate a practitioner” and enter your location. Progress accordingly from there.

      You can also make an appointment to be a patient at Dr.Hyman’s UltraWellness Center in Lenox, MA. Please go to: http://www.ultrawellnesscenter.com/becoming-a-patient/.
      Wishing you the best of health,
      Dr. Hyman Staff

  28. Susan Armstrong August 17, 2014 at 9:52 pm #

    I had an IgG4 delayed food allergy test done after reading one of your articles. I believe it is the one on inflammation. Mine is in the moderate range. I’m 5 ft @ 170 lbs. My suspicion was having a leaky gut. Can’t seem to lose weight and I guess I feel bloated. Out of the 95 foods, I tested low for only 13. Everything else was moderate and avoid. Was totality shocked! There are a lot of foods that are not on there, but may be related to some on the list. If I do an elimination diet, that only leaves me fish, crab, lobster, shrimp and apples I can eat. I love all these foods, but does not leave me much of a choice for 4 weeks eating only these things. Any suggestions? Next question is, can being toxic and/or having a leaky gut be a cause for having this much food sensitivities? Will doing a detox/cleanse reduce my food sensitivities? A lot of the foods in the 10 day detox are on my avoid list. Now what? Thank you for any information.
    Susan

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      Dr. Hyman Nutrition Staff August 18, 2014 at 7:24 pm #

      Hi Susan,
      Thank you for your interest In Dr. Hyman’s work. Unfortunately he cannot provide you personalized medical advice in this forum. In order to provide you the proper care you need we hope you will seek the attention of a local qualified Functional Med practitioner soon. The right practitioner can help you heal your gut and design an elimination diet that isn’t overly restrictive. To locate a doctor near you who practices functional medicine like Dr. Hyman, go to http://www.functionalmedicine.org/practitioner_search.aspx?id=117 and scroll down to where it says “locate a practitioner” and enter your location. Progress accordingly from there.

      You can also make an appointment to be a patient at Dr.Hyman’s UltraWellness Center in Lenox, MA. Please go to: http://www.ultrawellnesscenter.com/becoming-a-patient/

      Did you know you can work with Dr. Hyman’s nutritionists virtually? For personalized nutrition coaching where you can receive 1:1 support with Registered Dietitians, please see: http://store.drhyman.com/Store/List/Coaching-Programs.
      Wishing you the best of health,
      Dr. Hyman Staff

  29. nicole sanchez October 2, 2014 at 7:40 pm #

    Hello doctor hyman my name is nicole and I have a huge problem so 4 or 5 years ago I was diagnosed with a hernia in my digestive system and then 6 months ago I went for an upper gi and ut turns iut my hernia turned into an ulcer and gasteritis and inflammtion and all I am doing is gaining weight I changed my diet completely to gluten-free yes there are times I cheat but very little and I work out consistently 6 days a week for at least an hour and a half I cannot lose weight my doctor gave me a list of infkammtion foods to stay away from and I do not have a thyroid and everything else is righy whrre I should be..what do I do? I am crying for help

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      Dr. Hyman Nutrition Staff October 4, 2014 at 10:24 am #

      Hi Nicole,
      You are on the right track! Unfortunately Dr. Hyman cannot provide you personalized medical advice in this forum. In order to provide you the proper care you need we hope you will seek the attention of a local qualified Functional Med practitioner soon. To locate a doctor near you who practices functional medicine like Dr. Hyman, go to http://www.functionalmedicine.org/practitioner_search.aspx?id=117 and scroll down to where it says “locate a practitioner” and enter your location. Progress accordingly from there.
      Wishing you the best of health,
      Dr. Hyman Staff

  30. Eugene Stannard October 3, 2014 at 7:46 pm #

    I don’t react to any food now I’ve done the elimination diet but react to nearly all supplements. Why is this? I’m meant to be treating my gut but how can I if I can’t tolerate supplements? Is inflammation causing this?

  31. kelly vancauwenbergh November 19, 2014 at 11:15 pm #

    When you say stay away from citrus (for inflammation) do you mean lemon? Thanks for all your valuable information. Because of you I now have an appointment at the Cleveland Clinc Functional Medicine group. Very much anticipating it.

    KELLY :)

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      Dr. Hyman Nutrition Staff November 22, 2014 at 11:32 am #

      Hi Kelly,
      If someone has a food reaction to citrus, they most likely will need to avoid lemons and limes in addition to oranges, grapefruit, tangerines, etc. Be sure to ask this question at your appointment too.
      Wishing you the best of health,
      Dr. Hyman Staff

  32. kelly vancauwenbergh November 20, 2014 at 9:34 pm #

    Also… When I go to the Cleveland Clinic Functional Medicine Center in Dec can I expect the same thought process from them as I get from your articles and videos Dr. Hyman? Do they prescribe to the same mentality, the same testing processes? I have eliminated almost all foods you indicate are high allergenic and inflammatory and still have chronic and acute itching, daily, hourly; cannot figure out the trigger.

    Kelly

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