Pro-inflammatory foods

SUGAR - fructose, sucrose

TRANS fats - partially hydrogenated oils

OMEGA 6 - imbalance of Omega 3 and 6 really, peanut, soy, corn, sunflower, safflower, mayo, processed salad dressings

REFINED CARBOHYDRATES - flours, clear juices, bread, crackers, rice, white potatoes

GLUTEN - wheat products

CASEIN - dairy products

ALCOHOLIC beverages - inflammation and liver stress. 

PEANUTS - a legume not a tree nut, concerns about aflatoxin and mold contamination. Natural peanut butter is not safer in that regard but it doesn't have added sugars and oils. Also, high in Omega6. And then there is the danger of peanut allergy and anaphylaxis. With so common an allergy how safe are peanuts on the continuum of human disease? 



There are many doctors and PhDs writing books, to make money. I'm not saying that's bad, people deserve to make money for their time and efforts. But withholding important information unless you buy the book? The information isn't that exclusive. No one has the corner on the truth.

There are many websites claiming to tell the real truth. 

Everyone claims to have the "truth". But the truth is there is conflicting evidence and lack of evidence, and poorly done studies and studies funded by corporations, and special interests. And sadly, and more importantly,  many studies left undone because there is no funding. Of the better studies, they show association not causation, but people mistakenly offer them up as proof. It is tempting to give up and resign one's self to fate. But there are guiding principles, and I encourage you to make a common sense effort to eat as healthy as possible given your situation. Its about living life, which is no fun when you are sick. As for me, I don't care if I live a long life, I care that I can enjoy the life I live and not be riddled with sickness and pain. There is much we can do to help ourselves. And it can be as easy as eating good food.

The truth is elusive. And complex. And does not lend itself to one liners and easy answers. 

There are some who provide at least some good  information free, and I have some links for you below. I can't say that they have a corner on the truth. But maybe they have stumbled upon some truth along the way and are willing to share. 

Inflammation.  The body's response to foreign invasion. There is a time and a place for inflammation, sometimes it is a GOOD THING, because we don't die every time we are injured or exposed to viruses and bacteria.  But here we are talking about harmful long term effects of chronic  inflammation.  Chronic inflammation leads to disease, and diseases cause chronic inflammatory states. Heart disease, diabetes, autoimmune disease, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, depression, anxiety, allergies, asthma, and IBD to name a few.

To heal autoimmune disease, the diet recommendation is more stringent than the paleo diet with only vegetables, fruits and meats. There are people who say this works. There is no scientific proof. Like just about everything. I can tell you that I have less joint pain on an autoimmune diet. There is at least one scientist physician working on the science. 

Anti-inflammatory foods

Fish, fish oil supplement  - Omega 3, lowers IL6 and CRP.

Avocado - Omega 3

Turmeric - contains curcumin, a potent anti-inflammatory compound. Dried as a spice or whole as a root. Stains yellow, be forewarned.

Pineapple - Contains bromelian. Bromelain supplements are available.

Ginger - anti-inflammatory and anti nausea, may also help with menstrual cramps. Dried as a spice or whole as a root.

Sage - anti inflammatory, improves memory, calming. Fresh or dried. 

Thyme - Carvacrol, COX2 inhibition

Nuts - walnuts, almonds, pistachios, pine nuts

Darkly colored fruits and vegetables - cherries, berries, kale, broccoli, spinach, bok choy. 

Coconut oil

​Bone Broth - leaky gut healing, full of amino acids, collagen, glucosamine and chondroitin.

Nightshades- May contribute to arthritis pain


White Potatoes (white potatoes not sweet potatoes. Sweet potatoes are in a different plant family, related to morning glories, and are not inflammatory)


Bell peppers