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Question:My partner had a micro-decompression operation on his back earlier this year. Despite regular physiotherapy, he still has a lot of pain with minimal movement. Any suggestions?
Answer:By following a simple, healthy diet with absolutely no additives or processed foods, he may be able to reduce the nerve inflammation and kick start his recovery. Start by removing all sugars, milk and dairy foods, farmed meat, refmed foods like white pasta and white rice, and gluten grains, especially wheat (although you may be able to introduce oats, barley and rye once the pain has subsided, but note his responses to these).

Get him to focus on eating oily fish like sardines, mackerel, wild salmon, herring andtrout, organic lean chicken and game, nuts, seeds (especially flax seeds or linseed, which should be ground to aid digestion), brown rice, quinoa, millet, lots of organic fruit and vegetables of all sorts, and organic eggs. He must not smoke or drink alcohol, tea or coffee, as these rob valuable minerals from the bone and make the body acidic. He should drink up to 2 litres of filtered or bottled water a day to cleanse the cells and assist repair.

Good and bad prostaglandins (hormone-like substances) that govern pain responses are produced from the breakdown of fats from digestion. The essential fatty acids he' ll be getting from flax seeds and oily fish are a step towards producing more of these good anti-inflammatory prostaglandins, but supplementing alongside is even better. I recommend supplementing the essential omega-3 and 6 fatty acids - GLA, EPA and DHA - together with a good quality multivitamin and mineral.

Your partner should keep up the changes in his diet for as long as possible, although it may take some weeks to become pain-free.

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