Summary of Chapter 26
It is better to die on your feet than to live on your knees.– Emiliano Zapata
No doubt you’ve heard the expression, “You are what you eat.” Well, your feet are what you eat, too. In other words, your diet has an impact on how your feet feel. Today, experts understand that some foods can cause inflammation throughout our bodies and that deficiencies in certain nutrients – like B vitamins and vitamin D – may cause swelling, joint and muscle pain, numbness and tingling, among other things. Certain foods and vitamin deficiencies may also be linked to some autoimmune diseases, such as lupus and rheumatoid arthritis, and trigger or worsen symptoms.
For the food and vitamin information in this chapter, I talked to Susan Blum, M.D., Assistant Clinical Professor of Preventive Medicine at Mount Sinai School of Medicine and founder of Blum Center for Health in Rye Brook, New York. Dr. Blum is a leading expert in functional medicine and the author of The Immune System Recovery Plan (Scribner, 2013). Dr. Blum is also a member of the Senior Teaching Faculty at the Center for Mind-Body Medicine in Washington, D.C.
Here, Dr. Blum provides insight into some of the nutritional issues that can cause problems for your feet (and your entire body). Dr. Blum also talks about some of the common chronic conditions that can impact your feet.
In this chapter of My Feet Are Killing Me Drs. Levine and Blum discuss:
- Food sensitivities and your feet
- Vitamin deficiencies and your feet
- Nutrition for healthy feet (and body)
- Herbs to Help Your Feet
- Health conditions that affect your feet
- Toxin related illnesses
- Stress and your feet
- Lyme Disease, RSD, Fibromyalgia & Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
- The Ondamed
- Restless leg syndrome