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Inflammation: Belly Aches – Leaky Gut – Dementia :012

Inflammation affects us every day

Inflammation is the body’s reaction, the “fire-alarm” (read: in-flame-ation) to trigger the helpers in the body to bring in reinforcements to help and heal the body. Prolonged inflammation can lead to everything from Belly Aches, to Leaky Gut and Dementia.


Inflammation is most commonly experienced as pain. But there are certain areas of the body that do not experience pain like others, namely the brain. The down-side to this is that when the brain is being injured and is inflamed, we don’t often notice until damage has been done.


In this talk with Dr. Rory, a Chiropractor in the greater Minneapolis area of Minnesota and Functional Medicine practitioner, we discuss how inflammation shows in our bodies and how to address it naturally and when more heavy-hitting drugs like corticosteroids may be the answer. Below is a summary of our talk.


Sign and Symptoms of Inflammation

Inflammation can occur from minor injuries like hitting the shin on a coffee table, to traumatic car accidents to long-term injury on the body from long-term digestive inflammation or environmental toxins.

No matter the stimulus, the results are similar when it comes to inflammation which is the bodies first response to injury. When this “fire alarm” goes off the body ushers in the healing forces of the body. The first signs are discoloration, swelling and usually a warming of the tissue.


Inflammation with Dr. Rory


Inflammation and The Brain

In most cases, we also feel the symptoms of pain or discomfort. Although, when the brain is inflamed we do not experience pain- rather we experience the symptoms or effects such as trouble remembering words, names and if the inflammation is prolonged, conditions such as dementia or Alzheimers. These signs and symptoms are showing up at younger and younger ages, as early as the 40’s in some people, which is a sure sign that inflammation needs to be addressed.

Because the signs and symptoms may not be evident until real damage has been done, it’s important to be familiar with how your body uniquely demonstrates inflammation.


Inflammation and The Gut

The digestive system, particularly the intestines show inflammation very readily in most people. Symptoms can include: bloating, aching, diarrhea, constipation and many more. In severe and chronic cases it manifests as Heart Burn (stomach), Leaky Gut Syndrome, Crohn’s Disease and Celiac Disease (intestines).


“I tend to work with peoples’ guts [environment] more because this seems to be the seat of inflammation.” Dr. Rory


Inflammation and Traumatic Injury

When there is a traumatic injury to the body whether it be from an accident or surgery, this can have not only a physical effect on the body, but there is often also an effect on the nervous system which can be treated with natural “calm-ers” such as rhodiola, valerian, passionflower and hops. This is true for emotional trauma as well. Retraining the para-sympathetic system helps the body to get back to a normal “rest and digest” function.


Inflammation and Stress

Did you know that symptoms of PTSD can be passed down from one generation to another? This learned programming happens as early as our time in the womb.

When you think to yourself, “This is not working for me!” this is a great point to institute change.

Does your body remember what it’s like to really relax? When’s the last time you felt the feeling of  “ahhhhh…”?

It’s important that we re-familiarize ourselves with how to turn our systems off and reboot, before we experience a crash.


“My grandpa used to say, ‘Is this a first world problem or a third world problem?'” – Dr. Rory


Pharmaceutical Drugs and Natural Alternatives for Inflammation

There is a time and place for everything. In certain cases, Dr. Rory shares that a corticosteroid can help a patient delay a hip surgery for example, until it’s a better time to have the procedure done.

It is important to note however, that too many anti-inflammatories drugs, corticosteroids and opioids (commonly used to treat pain) can impede healing response in the long-term. Working with a professional like Dr. Rory is essential to help understand if your particular situation can benefit in the short and long-term by the myriad therapies available.

For long-term health herbal remedies which are conveniently also food ingredients like turmeric and ginger (which are know for their benefits by their common constituent curcumin) are better in long-term because they aid the body in healing. While they are also anti-inflammatories like some drugs are called; these (and many other) herbs do not prevent the body from healing, but rather, help it.

By now it is well-know that Prince died from and overdose of the opiate drug, fentanyl. This  case “hit home” for many; but especially for us since many of us in this area pass Prince’s home and studio on a regular basis (I do every day on average!). But, on a humanly compassionate way, his passing affected many of us because, I believe, we innately recognize our similarities, and how real pain is for each of us these days. We have even more ability to connect, but are we really any closer?


“The biggest side-effect is that it (opiates) derail us and disengage us from life.” Dr. Rory

How to Address Inflammation Naturally

The change to reduce inflammatory responses induced by our thoughts (i.e. stress) can happen as actively as the renown techniques taught by Tony Robins or as simply as the built-in stress-reliever… spending time in nature!


Avoidance is easier than taking something…

Test lessening the burden on the body by removing gluten and other potential inflammatories (refined foods, carbohydrates, sugars.)


General Advice to Alleviate Inflammation

Taking herbal supplements with ginger, turmeric, vitamin C, calcium, magnesium, passion flower and valerian can help a lot.

Dr. Rory also believes in taking a quality Omega-3. Remember, you pay for what you get. Krill oil is a higher quality.

It is, of course, very important to work with a knowledgeable health care practitioner who is educated in the philosophy of health care that match your values. What is mentioned in this podcast and blog is for information purposes only. You should work with your trusted health care practitioner to decide which supplementation and tests and marker CRP or iGG iGA to get more specific on how to address your signs and causes of inflammation.


Also in this Podcast… What are you inflamed by?

I do my best to summarize the important points of conversations with guests, but there is so much that can not be wrapped up into words. Watch and/or listen for the full experience!



Links and References:

Tony Robbins’ recent documentary: I am Not Your Guru

Golden Milk Recipe and other healthy recipes in the Weight Free Wellness Cookbook


Supplements mentioned:

AccutePhase (Metagenics)

TranQ (Metagenics)


About Rory Faherty, D.C.

Dr. Rory is a chiropractor, and functional medicine physician with two decades of experience connecting with patients, and helping them find their journey to health.    Rory grew up on a small island off the west coast of Ireland in a large family.  Life on the Aran Islands is simple and about connection with people.  He brings the values and lifestyle he learned in Ireland to his practice and approaches to treating patients.
Dr. Rory earned a Doctor of Chiropractic at Northwestern Health Sciences University and will complete The Institute for Functional Medicine’s (IFM) Certification program in 2016 to join the less than 20 IFM Certified Practitioners in the state of Minnesota.  Dr. Rory takes the complex world of medicine and creates simplistic plans for healing.
To contact Dr. Rory call  his office: 952-474-2395
Specialties include:
* GI Health with a focus on
     * diagnostics
     * gluten sensitivity 
     * treating infection
     * improving microbiome 
     * customized food plans
* Detoxification
* Chronic Inflammation
* Nervous system & sleep disregulation 
* Applied Kinesiology
* Spinal Adjustment and body work

Rory Faherty, D.C.