Polyamines, A Route For Reducing Pain Through Diet?

Manipulating the diet to help reduce chronic pain symptoms remains an attractive option. However, to date there is a paucity of research on the topic. A previous article of mine addressed the key literature around low back pain and diet. However, recent research has hinted at a potential role for manipulating the polyamine content of the diet in improving chronic pain symptoms. The polyamines are spermine, spermidine, and putrescine. They are biogenic amines, similar in structure to the biogenic amine neurotransmitters, histamine, serotonin, dopamine, epinephrine and norepinephrine.  The main...

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Diet and Back Pain

Introduction Nutrition is linked with a multitude of conditions. Given the incidence of back pain continues to rise and the quality of food consumed globally continues to decline it is possible there may be a link. Could a persons diet contribute to the onset of back pain? Furthermore could specific nutrients or changes in diet help reduce back pain? This article will outline some specific studies and their potential implications. Diet As A Cause of Back Pain Perry et al (2010) examined the correlation between spinal pain and nutrition in a cross-sectional study of adolescents. In univariate...

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Low Back Pain, Modic Changes and Bacterial Infections

Modic changes are edema in the vertebral body, which can only be detected on magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and are closely associated with low back pain. There is growing evidence their formation may be related to bacterial infection. Herniated discs may be susceptible to bacterial infection and these infections may cause Modic changes. In patients with Modic changes antibiotic treatment appears to reduce symptom severity, although alternative methods of treatment could be considered. In alternative medicine fungal infections have been linked with everything from allergies to arthritis (Kauffman...

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Calcium Dumping Syndrome

Calcium dumping syndrome is a traditional naturopathic concept and not recognised medically (Plaskett 2008). In naturopathy the condition is linked with arthritis, spondylitis, gallstones, renal stones and arterial atheroma. Naturopaths state that as a result of calcium dumping syndrome the symptoms of calcium deficiency can occur in the presence of ample dietary calcium. The result is that calcium is excreted from bone and either excreted or deposited in tissues throughout the body. Dietary calcium deficiency is very rare in the western countries. In India there is far less osteoporosis despite...

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