Inflammatory Neuro Challenge
What does it test for?
This test challenges the body to assess if inflammation is in balance. Inflammation is at the root of many diseases and is associated with almost all pain processes. This specific test looks for inflammation with regards to essential fatty acid imbalances. Essential fatty acids are the oils we consume from including omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids.
What is the test?
The patient is asked to taste a powder consisting of Aspirin, Acetaminophn, and Ibuprofen. If this powder alters a manual muscle finding, it is considered positive and we must discover why. In an optimally healthy individual aspirin, acetaminophen and ibuprofen should not alter any muscle testing findings.
The most common finding is that the NSAID mix strengthens the patient. This indicates a need for healthy fats in the diet, a need for decreased sugar intake or reducing bad fats in the diet. Butter is often a good fat that can help in this situation.
What does it mean?
NSAIDs, most OTC pain killers, are abused by society today. The body has absolutely no need for ibuprofen, thus it should not benefit from taking one. If you get amazing relief from taking ibuprofen, you can rest assured you need to work on optimizing your health and your health fats.
In my office we recommend never taking an NSAID. They block both pro- and anti-inflammatory pathways that are needed by the body. Inflammation in a healthy individual is healing and restorative, while inflammation in others can be seriously detrimental to their health!
Supplements for Inflammation
Common supplements I find in my office include healthy omega-3 and omega-6 fats, fish oils, B6, Zinc, Magnesium, Niacin and the ever popular grass-fed butter.
At Home Test
The at home test is simple, if you have ever taken aspirin, acetaminophen or ibuprofen and felt relief from pain, you likely have an essential fatty acid imbalance. You should focus on eating health fats from cold water fish, nuts and seeds and vegetables while avoiding anything fried, canola oil, margarine and refined carbohydrates.