Douse the Flames of Inflammation

Any­one who’s liv­ing in a cave and gath­er­ing fruits and nuts can skip read­ing this.

The rest of you…read on to learn to douse the flames of inflam­ma­tion.

Com­pared to liv­ing in a cave and sur­viv­ing on roots and bark, the wealth and con­ve­nience of the mod­ern world is a bless­ing to all of us.

We’re much, much bet­ter off than our hunter-gath­er­er ances­tors.  We live longer, health­i­er, and fuller lives.  Life is con­sid­er­ably eas­i­er and more fun.

We’re spared most of the risks that Pale­olith­ic hunters faced from injury, star­va­tion, dis­ease, weath­er con­di­tions, and preda­tors.

Given the challenges those cave-dwellers faced, it’s a miracle they survived at all.

In fact, there’s only one rea­son they were able to sur­vive:  their phys­i­ol­o­gy was per­fect­ed for the con­di­tions they were liv­ing under.

It had to be.

They need­ed to extract every ounce of nutri­tion­al pos­si­bil­i­ty from the foods they ate, and store excess ener­gy when­ev­er they were lucky enough to enjoy a feast.

Their mus­cles, lungs, heart and blood ves­sels had to be max­i­mal­ly effi­cient.

They need­ed to be able to trig­ger a robust immune reac­tion to fend off ran­dom bac­te­ria and virus­es, and mount a heal­ing response to injuries.

And since you share 99.99% of your genes with these stone-agers, you enjoy the near­ly-mirac­u­lous health ben­e­fits of this opti­mized phys­i­ol­o­gy too.

Unfortunately, with all of the benefits of living in today’s world, there are some hidden pitfalls.

Because of our tech­no­log­i­cal approach to food pro­duc­tion (and to oth­er aspects of life, too) your bod­i­ly sys­tems are as con­fused and bewil­dered today as a cave-dweller would be if con­front­ed by the Inter­net.

Pale­olith­ic hunter-gath­er­ers didn’t sit in chairs ten hours a day star­ing at mov­ing pix­els on a screen, or raid the fridge for a mid­night snack.

They nev­er burned arti­fi­cial lights to stay up till 11pm, and weren’t sub­ject to screech­ing sub­way car brakes or auto­mo­tive exhaust.  They didn’t have to evolve a ner­vous sys­tem to cope with these chal­lenges.

Your stone age ances­tors nev­er ate saf­flower oil, sug­ar, or grain-fed beef, let alone tri-oxy-troxy-dimethyl-sil­ber­stethalone.  (I made that up – it’s not a real food ingre­di­ent – it only sounds like one.)  Your body isn’t designed to process this stuff either.

Your diges­tive sys­tem hasn’t been tech­no­log­i­cal­ly upgrad­ed the way each gen­er­a­tion of com­put­ers has.  Your stom­ach, intestines and ner­vous sys­tem were opti­mized over more than a mil­lion years of evo­lu­tion, and they still work much the same way.

The same is true of the enzymes sys­tems that reg­u­late your inter­nal chem­istry.  Evo­lu­tion hasn’t had time to catch up with the pace of tech­no­log­i­cal change.

In the case of your inner phys­i­ol­o­gy, what’s good enough for grand­pa (or actu­al­ly great-great-great-great times 10,000-grandpa) is good enough for you.

Your way of life is seriously out of sync with the way you’re designed.

That’s why we’re drown­ing in an unprece­dent­ed med­ical epi­dem­ic.  An epi­dem­ic that will con­tin­ue to over­whelm the resources of our sor­ry health care sys­tem until we meet the threat head on.  An epi­dem­ic of

  • heart dis­ease
  • arthri­tis
  • dia­betes
  • obe­si­ty
  • depres­sion
  • asth­ma
  • back pain
  • fibromyal­gia, and
  • cog­ni­tive decline

Sounds like a list of today’s top ten killers.

But these con­di­tions have some­thing in com­mon oth­er than being on the top ten list.  They’re all linked to a state of chron­ic, low-lev­el inflam­ma­tion.

Our mod­ern way of life and indus­tri­al­ized diet flips on our inflam­ma­to­ry response and keeps it burn­ing at a low lev­el indef­i­nite­ly.

The abil­i­ty to cre­ate inflam­ma­tion in response to injury was one of the essen­tial respons­es that allowed ear­ly humans to sur­vive.  And in the mod­ern day you still need the abil­i­ty to mount an inflam­ma­tion reac­tion.

But eat­ing a mod­ern west­ern diet is like set­ting your stove’s pilot light to burn on HIGH all day.  For one thing, it wastes gas – just like your body wastes its pro­tein stores build­ing inflam­ma­to­ry mol­e­cules need­less­ly.

And a pilot light set too high is also dan­ger­ous.  It can too eas­i­ly trig­ger a rag­ing, out-of-con­trol fire.

That’s true for your body too.  You’re primed to leap into an inflam­ma­to­ry state — and stay inflamed for an extend­ed peri­od of time — whether it’s need­ed or not.

Now researchers are final­ly piec­ing togeth­er the sober­ing fact – that chron­ic, degen­er­a­tive con­di­tions on the top ten list are all has­tened by the low lev­el inflam­ma­to­ry state that’s always cook­ing in your body.

That’s where Step 4 of Dr. Lavine’s Ten Step Pro­gram to Con­quer Chron­ic Ill­ness comes in.

Build­ing on the suc­cess you’ve already achieved in Steps 1 through 3,  you’re going to con­front your chron­ic inflam­ma­to­ry demon head on in Step 4.

First you can have your lev­el of inflam­ma­tion test­ed with a sim­ple blood test of C-Reac­tive Pro­tein (CRP).  That will tell you how high your pilot light is turned up.

Once you’ve deter­mined the degree of your inter­nal pro-inflam­ma­to­ry state, you’ll insti­tute the sim­ple diet mea­sures you need to change.  And we’ll throw in a few sup­ple­ments and anti-inflam­ma­to­ry herbs to help you too.

Soon the new diet plan will become sec­ond nature to you.  You can retest your CRP to doc­u­ment the ben­e­fi­cial health changes your body will enjoy.

You’ll have tak­en a fur­ther strong step toward alle­vi­at­ing pain, restor­ing health and immu­niz­ing your­self from chron­ic con­di­tions.

Here’s where you can learn more about Dr. Lavine’s Ten Step Pro­gram to Con­quer Chron­ic Ill­ness.



About Ronald Lavine, D.C.

Dr. Lavine has more than thirty five years' experience helping patients alleviate pain and restore health using diverse, scientifically-based manual therapy and therapeutic exercise and alignment methods. His website,, provides more information about his approach. Please contact him at or at 212-400-9663.
This entry was posted in Nutrition & Diet and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

2 Responses to Douse the Flames of Inflammation

  1. Dor Mullen says:

    Thank you, Dr. Lavine. I was recent­ly crit­i­cized because my mantra — Return to the behav­iors that pre-date the epi­demics — is too “retro”. How shall we seed a con­tem­po­rary con­ta­gion: paleo isn’t passe; the future of the species depends on it.

Comments are closed.