Does pain take up more head-space than you would like?  I find pain highly distracting.  Focusing on work becomes a challenge; enjoyment of simple things like reading a book becomes a chore.  It’s certainly hard to stay active and exercise.  Even going to the grocery store becomes a huge and potentially dangerous endeavor.  It can totally ruin your quality of life.

What a downward spiral that can become:  you can’t cook healthy food because it hurts to stand on your feet in the kitchen, so you gain weight, so you hurt more, so now you can’t exercise, which makes you hurt more…and so on and so forth.

How nice would it be to wake up in the morning and actually have energy and feel like doing things?  When you’re not constantly thinking about pain, life can be fun.

And this is possible.

Contrary to what most MD’s will tell you, arthritis pain is not an incurable, life-long thing you have to suffer through.  I’ve seen hundreds of people reverse arthritis pain without medication.  I’ve seen hundreds of arthritis-sufferers get off their pain medications* and actually feel good.


Arthritis comes from an inflammatory response in your body. But inflammation is not the enemy.  Inflammation is a blessing in disguise that shouldn’t be medically reduced via chemicals. Along the same lines, surgery to reduce inflammation is only a temporary solution, at best.  Your genius body creates inflammation to protect itself from something it views as a danger.

Most people don’t realize that inflammation is reversible.

There are 5 potential causes of inflammation:

  1. food allergies (which often go undiagnosed)
  2. scar tissue (old injuries or surgery sites, or even episiotomy scars, piercing holes or tattoos)
  3. environmental toxins (radiation, personal care products and cleaners, food chemicals, pesticides, smoke, medications, mercury from dental work or seafood, etc.)
  4. emotional stress (via trauma or low-grade continual stress)
  5. pathogenic factors like parasites and viruses

Knowing which ones your body reacts to is empowering.  You can actively avoid things that cause inflammation, and do something like acupuncture to reverse damages from the past.

An elimination diet – where you take out potentially inflammatory foods for a period of time and then slowly add them back in – is helpful to determine what your body reacts to.


Some foods potentially cause inflammation, but there are others that have been proven to help reduce inflammation.  

Foods such as whey protein, beets, garlic, carrot, kale and the herb turmeric activate what’s known as the NRF2 pathway in your Liver which enhances its detoxification ability.  This way, toxins leave the bloodstream. Red clover, dandelion leaf, milk thistle, and burdock root also detoxify your liver and purify your blood, leaving you with clearer skin, regulated blood sugars, and reduced swelling.    

Juniper berry, in small doses, reduces pain and eases emotional stress.  Cayenne pepper is another natural pain reliever.  

Cordyceps Sinensis, a type of mushroom, improves respiratory health, increases oxygen uptake, boosts heart health, detoxifies the body, and prevents certain types of cancer. It slows the aging process, increases energy, and improves the immune system.

Collinsonia root improves microcirculation, reduces varicosities, and even heals hemorrhoids quite well.  

Spanish black radish is an amazing food:  it treats a cough, detoxifies your blood and liver, regulates blood pressure, and prevents constipation. Black radish is also believed to aid weight loss and reduce cholesterol levels.

Barley grass is a perfect vitamin source for vegans.  It even has iron and B12.  Its chlorophyll helps to heal your internal organs as well.  

Grapeseed oil is a strong fat-soluble antioxidant.  This helps reverse damage to your cells and prevent future damage.  

Herbs such as Boswellia (frankincense) and Ginger have been used for thousands of years in traditional medicine systems as pain relievers.  

Black currant seed oil is rich in gamma-linolenic acid (GLA). GLA has been used for years for its natural inflammatory response support; this fatty acid is also important for the absorption of Boswellia for reducing pain and improving circulation.  


So, what can you do about inflammation?  I would start with the basics, which includes what you’re consuming on a regular basis.  This is the foundation of your whole health.  Food.  (and other things that enter your mouth like drinks and – um – smoking apparatuses, etc.)  Get this area right, and other natural therapies that reduce inflammation like acupuncture, chiropractic, and massage will work so much better.

To jump-start healthy eating and feeling less tension in your body, I recommend the Standard Process 10-Day Healthy Inflammation Response cleanse.   It’s like a reset button for your body.  Gives you a fresh start.  

Don’t worry:  you eat during this cleanse.  You actually will eat a lot – of vegetables.  Plus, you’ll still have some proteins and small portions of healthy fats and fruit.  If this information is making you want to close this computer tab, listen up:  we will help you come up with ideas and solutions.  

You can do this!  We are here to help you through this.  

  • We do a consultation before the cleanse to make sure you’re ready;
  • we’re there for you during the cleanse to troubleshoot or answer questions, and
  • we help you transition to a permanent healthy diet after.  

The cleanse also includes whey (or pea) protein powder supplements; you’ll really have more than enough food during this cleanse, I promise!  Another crucial part of the cleanse is the nutritional supplements listed above.  All of the 20 superfoods listed above are in the cleanse package in supplement form, plus other ones not listed, that all assist with body purification and inflammation reduction.  

After the cleanse, we help you come up with a long-term eating plan that will incorporate what you learned about nutrition through the cleanse, but it won’t be nearly as restrictive.  You’ll still be able to have fun at parties and eat at restaurants and on trips.  Long-term nutrition plans should be relatively easy, fit your lifestyle, and support your health.  

What others are saying about the cleanse:

Great for Athletes

“For the most part, I have been a very healthy person. I’ve been running for about 12 years now, and eat very healthy. I haven’t had a weight issue, as I’m 6ft and weighed 168 at the time of start of the cleanse. My purpose was purely experimental, to see if the claims of the product were true.  Overall, I was able to get long-lasting energy throughout the day. Usually, I would start to crash around lunchtime, and take a quick 20-30 min nap between classes. After the cleanse I wasn’t taking naps. I wasn’t going for weight loss, but it helped me cut out some of the fat that I had, which helped me with racing, but someone with weight problems this can really help.  My mental clarity improved drastically. I was having more productive study sessions, and not having my mind wander during class during the long days.”

Nutritionist Recommended

“This is a wonderful product. My husband and I do it every January, and I recommend it to all the clients that I counsel on nutrition. My husband and I are both 60, take ZERO prescriptions, and no one can believe we have four grandchildren. Compared to: husband taking two prescriptions, and me being four sizes larger when we started two years ago.”

Sleep Restored

“On day two of the cleanse, I couldn’t get over how great I felt. I had actually slept through the night, which was a HUGE feat for me because I suffer from insomnia. My insomnia was so bad at one point I was only sleeping 45 minutes in a night. As the days progressed it got easier and easier and I was feeling good. The biggest benefit I had from the program was getting rid of insomnia. Not only did I sleep through the night it was very restful sleep, which I hadn’t experienced in years. My clothes started to get looser on me and I knew I was losing inches, which was an added benefit to the program. Overall, I would recommend this program to anyone who is considering it.”

No More Ibuprofen!

“Prior to (the cleanse), I was taking 2-3 ibuprofen pills per day, experiencing erratic sleep, morning aches/pains and gaining weight.  After the purification program, I am 25 pounds lighter, free from taking ibuprofen and sleeping better. I’ve improved my awareness about which foods were affecting my health.”

In the Long-Run, Cost Effective

“I’ve come to the conclusion that in the end, I’m actually saving money. Yes, up front the groceries themselves are more expensive, however, that doesn’t count for a) the processed groceries I’m now NOT buying (sodas, crackers, cereals, etc.) b) the Kleenex and Ibuprofen I no longer need and c) the walk around money that used to fly out of my wallet for the odd soda, pretzel here or there not to mention lunches from the food court. I just realized that I had marked down an ATM withdrawal last Thursday in my checkbook because I only had a few bucks on hand and I didn’t actually take the money out until today. That was unheard of before I started this.”

I Repeat, I Do Not Hurt

Western medicine has left me with no answers to help me manage a long standing condition of inflammation that comes and goes in various body parts and for various lengths of time.  I am not fond of taking pills and found the Natural Health Center at a point when I was feeling tired, inflamed and with no solutions in sight.  I appreciated the education about the treatment protocol.  The herbal tonics, weekly visits, acupuncture and encouragement to lose weight eventually led to a healthier, happier, pain-free existence!  My energy is back, I do not hurt.  I repeat, I do not hurt.  Such a joy!  I’m glad that I opened my mind and my heart to the possibility that health care can be provided from an alternative source.  ~Cathy C.

Never Felt Better

I found the Natural Health Center of Austin after 10 years of pain and discomfort.  I was a mixed martial artist, high school football player, and infantryman in the Marine Corps.  I had put my body through entiredly too much torture, and I was suffering for it.  When I left the Marine Corps in 2009, I had ankle, knee, hip, back, shoulder and neck pain.  I suffered from insomnia, restless legs syndrome, and post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).  I would take close to 20 painkillers a day, and I was still in pain.  I was hurting, and I was far from happy.  Kim introduced me to Nicole to try some acupuncture.  I felt instant improvement, and I’ve been coming to the office ever since.  Now I have never felt better in my life.  I’m able to live again.  Thank you.