The suffix “itis” is indicative of inflammatory disease. Arthritis, colitis, cystitis, and so on are all examples of inflammatory disease which is the main reason people visit a physician! Even cancer spreads by means of inflammation: one of its treatments is the use of steroidal anti-inflammatories to control the pain and swelling that often accompany the disease. A migraine is inflammation-related, as are Alzheimer’s disease and obesity. Allergic reactions and autoimmune diseases of all kinds are caused or exacerbated by the inflammation response. In addition, irritable bowel syndrome, diabetes and asthma are all treated with anti-inflammatory drugs. Clearly, many of the chronic conditions that plague us today, including obesity, are related to chronic inflammation.

Unfortunately, many of the drugs used to treat chronic inflammation have undesirable side effects. NSAIDS (Non- steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) can be hard on the gastrointestinal tract; drugs used to treat rheumatoid arthritis can suppress the body’s natural immune system, making it difficult to fight infection. The chemical agents used in chemotherapy take their toll on the liver and other organs. None of these medications actually address the root cause of the disease and have potentially disease-causing side effects in and of themselves.

The underlying cause of the conditions treated with anti-inflammatory medications is inflammation itself. To reverse the disease trend, we need to break the cycle of inflammation that our bodies have become accustomed to. Neither drugs nor surgery are the ideal choices for treating inflammatory disease; we would do better to stop filling our bodies with substances that the immune system recognizes as antigens. Only then will the inflammation process truly reverse itself.

It is unfortunate that so many physicians continue to use drugs to fight these diseases when a natural alternative—one free of undesirable side effects—is readily available. That natural alternative is diet modification.

The Achieve True Health 21 Day Program is all about this natural, side effect-free means of addressing inflammatory disease. My experience as a gastroenterologist bears out the notion that any and all of the chronic inflammatory diseases that so plague us today may be healed through a modified diet. The Achieve True Health 21 Day Program puts the power of natural disease-reversal in your hands. It will show you precisely how to modify your diet and add dietary supplements to reverse any “itis”—any inflammatory condition— you may be struggling with.

About 70% of our immune system is in the gastrointestinal tract—it’s all about “the gut!” Whether your trouble is heart disease, arthritis, or asthma, the place to fight them is in the gut. What you eat has a powerful effect on your immune system, your ability to fight disease, and the presence of chronic inflammation in your body. Some foods are natural anti-inflammatories, while others actively promote inflammation.

The chief causes of inflammation are toxicity, infection, nutritional deficiency, allergy, trauma, and injury. Many of the toxins our bodies must fight are found in our food. We may have a variety of undiagnosed food allergies, and either deficiency or excess of certain nutrients can cause inflammation as well. Three of the six causes of inflammation are directly related to diet!

If you eat processed foods, there is plenty of non-food in your food! Artificial sweeteners, colors, additives, and preservatives abound. Studies have shown that these non-food items cause inability to concentrate, irritability, and sleep disturbances, especially (but not exclusively) in children. Some of the better-known offenders are sodium nitrite, monosodium glutamate, and all the artificial colors (such as Blue #1 and Red #40). Read the labels; protect yourself and your family.

You can begin your new anti-inflammatory diet by eliminating all of the above; plus alcohol, caffeine, sugar, artificial sweeteners, gluten-containing grains, and dairy products for about a month. You may be so pleasantly surprised by how you feel that you’ll be motivated to keep these out of your diet indefinitely!