non surgical orthopedistDr. Hector L. LopezMD, CSCS, FAAPMRWith advanced higher education in nutritional biochemistry and exercise science, Dr. Hector Lopez integrates nutritional medicine with orthopedic medicine to ease pain, reduce recovery time, and enhance the recovery process. He is a respected consultant to the nutritional supplement industry and has developed his own line of powerful neutraceuticals.

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Nutrition for Pain Relief

Key Nutritional Strategies for Heart Health and Chronic Pain Relief

(February 25, 2011) While basic human nutritional needs – lots of fruits and vegetables, fewer refined starches, and saturated fats and sweets in moderation – are similar for almost everyone, some individuals have special medical conditions that can actually be improved by modifying the diet with synergistic supplementation. Careful dietary planning with an expert can significantly improve quality of life for a heart disease patient, in addition to addressing the symptoms of someone with chronic pain.

While having completely different causes, symptoms, and treatments, these two conditions share certain nutritional needs. Board-certified physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist Dr. Hector Lopez, MD, CSCS, FAAPMR holds a Masters degree in nutrition and has extensive knowledge of the human body’s needs for all manner of health-related situations.

Dr. Lopez describes heart health as very centrally dependent on the right intake of fats. There are many fats that raise unhealthy serum cholesterol fractions and have a negative impact on the heart – such as the trans-fats, high-fructose corn syrup and non-fibrous, high glycemic load carbohydrates in highly processed foods, and certain hydrogenated oils. A healthy heart depends on limiting the intake of these bad fats and balancing the intake of essential fatty acids – the “good” fats necessary for life on a molecular level which cannot be produced by the body.

It is most important to balance the intake of omega-3 and -9 fatty acids (found in finfish, shellfish, chia seeds, flaxseed oil, dark leafy greens, and certain nuts, olives and avocado) and the intake of omega-6 fatty acids (found in refined vegetable oils, many processed foods, and meat). The American diet tends to be deficient in omega-3’s and overloaded in omega-6 fatty acids, causing a number of chronic health conditions – including heart disease. A good diet for heart disease prevention and treatment would attempt to rebalance omega-3 to 6 ratio.

Dr. Lopez offers nutritional counseling, regenerative injection therapy, transforaminal epidural injections, and PRP therapy at his practice. By using nutrition to treat chronic pain, patients can enjoy fewer symptoms, better heart health, and a longer life.