Effects of Nutrition

By: Loolwa Khazzoom, Founder, Dancing with Pain

February 5th, 2008 • Nutrition for Natural Pain ReliefPrint Print

About eight years ago, I was suffering from chronic fatigue as well as chronic pain; the pain was eating all my energy reserves. I was a shadow of myself, barely able to crawl out of bed most days, dragging my body behind me all the time.

One day, I saw a flyer advertising that a practitioner, Anasuya Batliner, was doing a study on the effects of nutrition on chronic pain. She was looking for volunteers to follow a regimented nutrition routine and track its effects on their pain levels.

I signed up immediately.

Through this program, I made a lot of changes to my diet: I cut out white flour and sugar, began taking vitamins and anti-inflammatory supplements, switched over to organic foods, and emphasized protein and green leafy vegetables in my meals.

Within six months, I felt like a human being again.

I continued to work with Anasuya, and over the years (through input primarily from her but also from other practitioners) experimented with different foods, vitamins, and supplements, as well as with the regularity of my meals.

After a lot of fine-tuning, I discovered that the following vitamins/supplement cocktail (from Designs for Health and New Chapter companies, respectively) works wonders for me:

  • MSM
  • Omega Synergy
  • Zyflamend
  • Multivitamin

Most significantly, since regularly taking MSM and Omega Synergy, my pain levels have dropped drastically.

I still experience on-and-off pain; I still have limited mobility; and I still struggle with energy levels, but that psycho-killer, nasty-assed pain that used to greet me every morning is, with rare exceptions, gone.

As a result, while I once mourned the loss of Vioxx and suffered from not being able to find a safe and effective replacement, I have not felt the need for a pharmaceutical remedy for about half a year now.

I have discovered, through trial and error, that what works for one person (or even a million people) does not necessarily work for me. Similarly, you may find that these particular supplements are not what get you going.

I nonetheless believe it is well worth the effort to explore the possibility that they are, and regardless, I encourage you to look into the effects of nutrition on your pain. Anasuya offers nutrition consultations by phone, so you might consider setting up an appointment with her and asking for initial guidance.


Paula Weinstein February 27th, 2008

Hi – I was really interested to read through the Dancing with Pain site.
After living with the pain and symtoms of Ulcerative colitis (a digestive dis-
order I learned 1. to eat in a manner as described above 2. To heal the
pain through dancing. At the time I thought since its the belly that
hurt I would belly dance. (Belly dance can be started at any age without any proior experience) I very much related to Loolwa’s story of dancing
with her Iraqi grandmother-here in Tel Aviv I found a wonderful belly dance
instructor who can be truly called a spiritual healer- she transforms her
students by showing us how to bring joy to our lives.

Tracie November 11th, 2009

Ah! I followed the links about the anti-inflammatory diet. Got it!
This is great. I just started an organic, local, somewhat macro,  gluten-, dairy-, sugar-, alcohol-free diet a week ago with a nutrition counselor (Roxanne Koteles-Smith of Asheville, NC) and I am super excited about getting rid of my systemic inflammation! Hoping my RSI pipes down as a result…we’ll see in 120 days or so!

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