If you were to study all the great nations in history, you might find a disturbing pattern emerging – that as the nation rises, excess in all areas rise as well. Evidence would typically be in advances made, but has anyone ever noticed that as a nation rises, so do waistlines? Has anyone ever looked at pain or health problems rising in conjunction with the rise of a nation? I think this is especially prevalent if the nation becomes an economic super power for a good number of years.
I’m reminded of the King of Bashan in the biblical book of Deuteronomy. The name Bashan means “plenty,” or “fat.” When I read about that nation, I was reminded of the U.S. I wondered if people in that country were suffering from low back pain. I mean, even if I factor imbalances out of the picture, I still see a problem developing.
How Much You Eat Matters
Depending on how you eat, you could be causing or exacerbating the back problem you have. What do I mean? There are several factors related to diet that can affect your back. The first one is an expanded waistline.
It’s not just what you eat, but the volume or quantity that you eat as well. There are very active, slim people who don’t understand that sometimes, being overweight is a cultural thing. It’s not an excuse, but if you come from a background of an island nation, food is pushed on you in large quantities. Not eating a full plate and asking for seconds is an insult to the cook. For people with that type of family tradition, they have to have the self confidence to break tradition, and bear the brunt of perceived insults in order to try to maintain their health. This can be a battle by itself, and cause significant stress, which does not help a pain problem.
Additionally, high quantities gives the digestive system excess work, especially if proper food combining was not done, and the foods are unnatural, prepackaged foods. In such cases, the food you ate could sit in your stomach as long as 12 hours, unable to be properly digested. If that happens, the food is spoiling – rotting and fermenting in your stomach, especially because more improperly combined foods are added throughout the course of the day; so the cycle of rotting, undigested food doesn’t end.
This in turn, depletes your storage of energy. Your digestive system has to work overtime trying to get rid of this rotted food while you are consistently dumping more improperly combined foods in large quantities into the mess that your system is already fighting with. Eventually, the system becomes overwhelmed, and as a result, you’ll suddenly become very sleepy in the middle of the day.
What You Eat Matters
The amount you eat matters, but as you see above, the content matters too. Remember the words made immortal by the artist, Barry White.
“Too much of anything is not good for you, baby,”
He’s talking about love, but I see that statement as a reference to an imbalanced state in any area. Most pain is the result of imbalances first, and foremost. So if you are a meat and potatoes eater, and the question, “Eat anything green?” makes you cringe; chances are high that you are out of balance. This brings us right back to the issue of culture and tradition.
In America, capitalism rules. Companies and medical professionals only care about, and/or push real, healthy lifestyles and dietary habits, if they can find a way to make it profitable for themselves. Monsanto is proof that thus far, sickness, disease and death is more profitable than health as far as big business is concerned.
Thus far in this country, the culture is, and has been towards unhealthy lifestyles; and treated with unnatural foods and medical treatments that are symptomatic not healing. To say that our culture is imbalanced is a colossal understatement, that is evidenced by the overwhelming amount of obese people, and the rampant onslaught of disease and sicknesses that plague this country, and any other with the same culture and dietary habits.
How Does This Affect Or Cause Low Back Pain?
First, the high sodium in prepackaged foods can cause an escalation in your blood pressure. If you are overweight, that’s a real problem, because there is already excessive pressure on the blood vessels due to the excess flesh of your body compacting and basically crushing them.
This, I believe, is the reason that heavier people tend to have much more pressure sensitivity when getting a massage. Everything is so much more sensitive when it’s compacted and crushed together. It used to surprise me when I’d work on some petite person, and they liked very deep pressure.
Yet, many overweight people I’ve worked on could barely stand to be touched, because of the pressure already present on inflamed trigger points. I, myself have some sensitivities when being massaged; but for me, it’s not so much about pressure than it is the technique of the therapist working on me. I love pressure. I don’t like to be poked and jabbed. This is why I work on myself, predominantly.
The Cabbage Soup Catastrophe
My point, however, is that too much self-imposed pressure can cause pain. Case in point, my misadventure with the cabbage soup diet. Years ago, I tried the cabbage soup diet, and it did cause me to lose 15 lbs., the first week. However, upon continuing the following week, I ran into a problem.
Even now, I’m not sure if this diet works better if the cabbage is completely blended up, and the soup is consumed as a liquid only. My understanding at the time that this diet was popular, was that some was supposed to be blended up, and some cooked until soft, for easier digestion.
Personally, I love cabbage, and I also loved the cabbage soup. However, as Barry told us, too much is not good for you. In particular, too much roughage can cause inflammation in the intestinal tract. So while I was losing weight, I hit my body’s limit of roughage, and my colon became enflamed and swollen from the irritation of too much roughage from the cabbage soup.
The result was severe low back pain, that pretty much left me immobile for several days. “ Ok,” you say, “ So I won’t overdo it with cabbage.” But, let me give you another wake up call. You see, I know that some of you meat and potato folks are elated that I’ve just proven that too much vegetables can be harmful, but remember, Barry said, “Too much of anything is not good for you.” Excess in anything can be harmful.
What About Constipation?
So while you meat and potatoes people are enjoying your moment, let me provide another example to you. My sister-in-law used to have an ongoing battle with constipation. I don’t know that it is still an issue, because she increased her intake of vegetables, and eats lots of salads now.
However, her cultural background is Mexican. Her family loves cheese. They put it on pretty much everything, much like Italians and several other cultures. Diary causes excessive mucus formation, which is horrible if you have any sort of sinus or bronchial problem. It’s especially problematic if you live in a part of the country that has a high amount of pollen floating around.
In addition to mucus formation, which is also the result of meat or flesh consumption; diary not only causes inflammation in the body, but it also causes constipation, especially if you eat a lot of cheese. This sounds funny, but consuming diary products, especially eating a lot of cheese is the equivalent of plugging your anus with a large cork. The reason that I say this is because the baby calf that that milk was made for grows into an animal that weighs about a half a ton.
So what does that say about the expansion rate of our waistlines if we consume that same product? There are a ridiculous variety of “foods” containing dairy products that would result in people consuming excessive quantities of it. We’d be ever expanding, and constipated and/or impacted; thus the corking concept. And FYI, being impacted can also cause low back pain.
I had a client that this happened to. I had to advise him on his diet and some supplements that helped break up the constipation. Shortly thereafter, his bowels moved and his low back pain, which had kept him housebound on the couch for several days with ice packs, dissipated.
We were made from part earth and part spirit. We grow like plants, looking like walking trees. Many of our organs and body parts look like vegetables; the cerebellum looks a bit like cauliflower; there are “broccoli” shaped “trees” in our lungs that help us breath. So it behooves us to eat to feed the plants within…the plant we are. After all, as the saying goes, you are what you eat. Garbage in, garbage out. Toxins cause pain. Think about it.