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Inflammation, Degeneration, and Healing

I make plenty of natural health suggestions and work with people to heal themselves with natural health.

You might ask, “why?”

So, I’ll give 3 reasons why:





Getting pain all over, pain in the joints, tendonitis, bursitis, back pain, neck pain, headaches – to name a few- all can be helped by fixing and maintaining a healthy gut.

Many of you are walking around in a state of constant low-grade inflammation.

This stems from gut bacteria and inflammatory proteins traveling around in your bloodstream to your body’s tissues.

This is called “bacterial translocation” and happens when the gut lining wears down, becomes too porous, and allows bacteria, food particles, and anything else in your gut to enter the bloodstream.

Gram negative “bad bacteria” that typically live in the colon can build up in the small intestine and wear away at the gut lining.

These bacteria contain one of the most inflammatory toxins in their outer membrane, lipopolysaccharide (LPS), which causes us to have inflammation.

So, do you have pain? Without addressing one of the major causes of the inflammation it most likely will come back, get worse, and affect more parts of you.


Many of you have degeneration.

Spinal degeneration, disc degeneration (spinal and/or tmj), tendinosis which is degeneration of the of tendons waiting to snap, arthritis, and arthrosis which is degeneration of cartilage.

Not only is inflammation a huge factor here, but intestinal overgrowth of unhealthy microbes also called dysbiosis affects degenerated vertebral discs and osteoarthritic joints.

Pretty crazy to think inflammatory gut bacteria affect your arthritic fingers or spine?

Like this study:

“A cross talk between dysbiosis and gut-associated immune system governs the development of inflammatory arthropathies 2019”

-Emerging evidence suggests that dysbiosis, imbalanced gut microbial community, might be a key player in the development of various diseases, including inflammatory arthropathies, such as rheumatoid arthritis, spondylarthritis (mainly, ankylosing spondylitis and psoriatic arthritis), and osteoarthritis…

And this one:

“The relation between the gut microbiome and osteoarthritis: A systematic review of literature 2021”

- A total of nineteen articles were included. Multiple animal studies demonstrated that both obesity, and high-fat and high-sugar diets resulted in a gut dysbiosis status … and increased permeability (leaky gut). These changes were associated with increased lipopolysaccharide serum levels, which consequently resulted in synovitis and OA(osteoarthritis) severity.

And this one:

Intestinal permeability in spondyloarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis: A systematic review of the literature, 2021

- In patients with spondyloarthritis (spine arthritis), a large majority of studies reported an increase in intestinal permeability regardless of the method used.

The gut microbiota in osteoarthritis: where do we stand and what can we do? 2021.

-Gut microbiota is also the potential biomarker related to inflammation and gut dysbiosis that is able to predict OA (osteoarthritis) progression and monitor the efficacy of therapeutic intervention

-The “gut-joint” axis is established on the possibility of the crosstalk between joint and gut… bacterially produced proinflammatory metabolites, such as lipopolysaccharide (LPS), make their way from the “leaky gut” to the systemic circulation and induce systematic inflammation.

Due to the elevation of LPS levels in association with obesity and metabolic … it is easy to speculate the microbiota involvement in OA at least, by LPS-induced low-grade inflammation, metabolic endotoxemia, macrophage activation, and joint damage. …increased levels of lipopolysaccharide (LPS) and LPS-binding protein (LBP) were associated with knee osteophyte severity and abundance of activated macrophages in the synovium.

And lastly:

Cartilage-gut-microbiome axis: a new paradigm for novel therapeutic opportunities in osteoarthritis, 2019

- DNA of gut microbiota can be found in synovium of osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. This finding could result from the translocation of still alive bacteria from gut to joints through blood.


When the gut lining is “leaky” the body is being flooded with inflammation and toxins.

I speak with people every day, and I know many of you are aware that you’re feeling toxic, sick, and inflamed but have no idea that it’s coming from YOU!

To complicate matters further some of the very same nutrients your body is needing to detoxify these toxins and inflammation are the same as the ones needed to repair joints, cartilage, tendons, muscle, and skin.

Healing your musculoskeletal body will always take second place to keep you alive, the body is smart, but if you’re trying to heal from a condition or pain you need to look no further than your own gut.

So, I work to help you to heal your injuries and pain musculo-skeletally, as well as help guide you to better health internally with natural health methods when necessary.

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