Pain worsens the situation by conditioning one to not move the area, when immobilization is the worst possible remedy for the pain! We need joint mobility or we rob the disc of its nutrition.

Basically acting like a sponge, the disc receives nutrition from physical exercise, which causes it to swell and then squeeze out fluid. However, pain can influence us to avoid physical activity, and thus prevent the much needed nutrients from washing the area.

Without nutrition washing our discs, decay begins. We are as old as our joints, so our only chance at a fountain of youth comes from drinking from the well of joint mobility.


 On one occasion, I purchased a jar of organic baby food (pureed peas) and my son, who was ten months old at the time, refused to eat it despite the fact he had been eating a variety of vegetables and legumes for two months prior. I was curious so I tried the baby food myself, and the taste and texture was nothing like what he was used to (or what I was used to), so I understood the reason for his aversion. Now, if you take that scenario and flip-flop it (only feed your baby highly-processed purees), it may be likely that he/she will be opposed to real food in its natural form as it will be very foreign. If you are going to use jarred baby food (yes, they are very convenient and time can be scarce when you’re a parent!), I highly recommend reading the ingredient labels, as many of the food titles do not accurately reflect what you will find in the jar. Even organic brands may use fillers such as water and wheat-based flours so the manufacturer can make more food with less expensive ingredients. Not only does this tactic dilute the nutritional properties of the food, it also results in the consumption of wheat- and rice-based flours. Before the age of one (and sometimes not until the age of two), infants do not produce enough amylase (an enzyme that breaks down carbohydrates) to digest certain starches and grains.

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