When you have pain or a headache, do you take over the counter pain medications? Do they help? If you answered yes to both questions, then chances are that you have a fatty acid imbalance, which increases inflammation. These pain medications, known as NSAIDs (Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs), reduce inflammation by inhibiting the metabolism of a particular fatty acid. They do work, but not without risks. They deteriorate the lining of your digestive tract, cause ulcers, intestinal bleeding, and liver damage.
The good news is that you can decrease inflammation and manage your fatty acid balance by consuming a certain combination of Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids. These may include evening primrose oil, flax seed oil, wheat germ oil, sesame seed oil, or fish oil. Which ones do you need to take and how much of each should you take? Everyone is different, so the answer is different for each person. D. John W. Phelts, D.C., in mid-town Manhattan, performs a simple non-invasive applied kinesiology test to determine which fatty acids you should be taking and how much of each.
Call our office at 212-286-2012 to schedule an examination. We serve the 10016, 10018, 10017 zip codes.