NUTRITION FOR PAIN, INFLAMMATION AND TISSUE HEALING
Author: David R. Seaman
Publisher: NutrAnalysis, Inc., Henderson, North Carolina
First, I will tell you what clinical nutrition for pain,
inflammation, and tissue healing is not – a rehash of the vitamin
alphabet, a nutrition book for the layman, or a cookbook that describes
"give supplement A for condition B."
This work is a synopsis of the well-known chiropractic nutritionist/neurologist
David Seaman's life work so far. It contains in-depth scientific discussions
of Dr. Seaman's biological models and theories of how foods can affect
the chemistry of pain, inflammation, and tissue repair. Dr. Seaman makes
an interesting association of how so-called antiarthritis, anti-Candida,
anti-heart disease, and anti-cancer diets have many more similarities
than differences including the common theme that they all tend to be anti-inflammatory
The book opens with the author's complete discussion of nociception and
the subluxation complex, bits and pieces of which have appeared in popular
chiropractic press publications like Dynamic Chiropractic, Clinical Chiropractic,
and The American Chiropractor over the last few years.
In the second half of the book Dr. Seaman has included his nutrition education
for patients lecture/slide show. It is a 40-page, step-by-step nutrition
talk for the chiropractor who performs public speaking. Finally, Dr. Seaman
includes reprints of his three JMPT articles on the science of proprioception,
joint complex dysfunction, and pain generation.
As we all know, nutrition can be controversial and Dr. Seaman does not
shy away from any controversies. For example, he attacks popular liver
detoxification programs with a very powerful and well-referenced argument.
He also makes an excellent case that many people who are diagnosed with
Candida overgrowth problems do not suffer from Candida disorders but,
in fact, have symptoms generated by excessive pro-inflammatory food choices.
In a book that includes 866 references in the 167 pages of text, I did
find it curious that Dr. Seaman advocates food combining based on only
one reference, which is cited as a "personal communication."
I recommend this book to those chiropractors who are interested in nutrition
and want a biochemical foundation for commonly encountered conditions.
Doctors who are not experts in nutrition will also benefit from this book,
especially the lay lecture in part two.
Reviewer's Note: This book contains so much information
and covers so many topics important to the average practicing chiropractor
that after my review I contacted Dr. Seaman and asked if he would be willing
to sit for an interview later this year. Dr. Seaman agreed. Look for a
three-part interview with Dr. Seaman in late summer or fall of 1999.
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