Lori Jo Berg

A chronic pain epidemic?

If someone would have told me in 2010 that my chronic knee pain had nothing to do with my knee and more to do with my gut, I would have called them crazy.

The idea that chronic pain is directly tied to an impaired digestive system can be a tough one to grasp.

When you go to a doctor for knee pain, they examine your knee – not your gut.

It’s pretty common knowledge, but the standard options at this point are typically pain medications, an injection directly to the knee, or a topical anti-inflammatory of some sort.

So, I can see where the idea that pain is tied to the gut seems a little far-fetched.

But, when we look at the body as a whole unit functioning together, it’s much easier to see that localized pain is a representation of the whole body – not just the knee, or the hip, or whatever is hurting you.

Chronic pain (those aches and pains that keep you up at night and prevent you from living the life you’ve dreamed of) is the body’s way of getting our attention. It’s a strong indicator that inflammation is running rampant and a red flag that something needs to change.

But what do we change and where do we start?

It can be really overwhelming to think about, especially when living in a state of daily chronic pain.

Look no further than your diet. It’s the one thing we all have control over and consuming food is the one thing we all do on a daily basis. Changing our diet is one of the most powerful things we can do to decrease inflammation in the body.

This may not only explain why I saw such a huge improvement, but why we see transformation after transformation in our community. I personally tried anti-inflammatory supplements, physical therapy, and light exercise, but the biggest shift came when I focused on changing the food I consumed on a daily basis. [click to continue…]

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New SCD Research (apple on stack of books)

I can tell you that the Specific Carbohydrate Diet works because I’ve followed it myself. In fact, I’ve seen it work for thousands of people with all sorts of different issues.

But I also recognize that this is all just anecdotal evidence. And while anecdotal evidence (like our pages of success stories) is great, many people want more.

That’s why I’m so excited that new scientific research on the power and effectiveness of the SCD diet is being published all the time.

The research helps reiterate what we already know: the SCD diet is effective in healing the gut.

We’ve seen it help people heal from Celiac disease, put Crohn’s disease into remission and give thousands of people their lives back.

Not into reading the research?

We’ve done that part for you (and then some). [click to continue…]

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Family at table

“I’m hungry” may be the most well-known words to any mom or caregiver on the planet. I used to strongly dislike those words. And I do mean strongly.

Chaos, madness, stress, frustration, guilt…

Sound familiar, when trying to cook healthy meals for your whole family?

Before I finally figured out a better way, these words and emotions stuck with me, day in and day out.

And one particular moment sticks out in my mind (of which you might be able to relate to). [click to continue…]

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Berg

The year was 2003 and it was supposed to be one of the best years of my life. I had anticipated it for so long that my expectations were through the roof. This was the year I was supposed to see all my hard work pay off on the basketball court, living out my Division 1 college dream.

I can still recall the first day of practice. My emotions were high, masking what I was really feeling inside.

What I was really feeling was pain… A LOT of it.

My stomach was cramping. my legs felt like bricks. I was exhausted and my muscles were so sore I wasn’t sure how I was going to continue physically exerting myself for the next 2 hours, let alone the next 4 years.

I chalked it up to not being tip top shape, lack of sleep and nerves. I knew tomorrow would be better; it had to be.

But it wasn’t… not even close! [click to continue…]

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tea-tree-7-uses-for-kids-skin

Her eyes were swelling up in tears, and there I was looking at a tiny arm with a large, swollen red area. Sure enough, my daughter had been stung by a bee, and needless to say she wasn’t too happy about it.

I proceeded to do what I always do when something goes wrong – I applied ice, followed by some cortisone cream and hoped it would at least become manageable before bedtime.

Wrong. And I felt horrible.

We unfortunately struggled with the redness and swelling for several days until a friend suggested tea tree oil.

I’ll admit I was skeptical. I thought to myself, “What could THIS do for a bee sting?” as I held it in my hand and stared at the label…

I applied it just as she suggested, and within a few hours that tiny little arm was of normal color and we got some much needed rest that night.

I don’t like to use the words “miracle” or “cure,” but if there was ever a time when it might be applicable, it was that day.

Tea tree oil is one of the most powerful and well-studied essential oils on the market today, with over 300 scientific studies referring to its antimicrobial capabilities alone. Scientific research backs what we have known for a long time: tea tree oil is a powerful, natural tool for health. [click to continue…]

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