Start living your best life!

Get Dr La Puma's Healthy Bites & Weekly Wows in your inbox to help you feel your best inside and out. Insights, healthy recipes and recommended household, culinary, literary, botanical and natural products to make your life easier, healthier and more fun.

Get Your 2 Free Downloadable Mini-Books When You Sign Up!

Green Rx & Real Age Excerpt


Free Healthy Recipes

Chef MD



Healthy Bytes

Generic filters
Exact matches only
Filter by Custom Post Type

Personal Food Revolution #1: Hot Dogs Make My Knees Hurt! (Osteoarthritis)

By DrLaPuma 14 years agoNo Comments
Home  /  Culinary medicine  /  Personal Food Revolution #1: Hot Dogs Make My Knees Hurt! (Osteoarthritis)
Dr John La Puma

One of the best ways to help people transform their lives and create their own food revolution is to write my patients’ stories: this is #1 of 7.*

Peggy had severe osteoarthritis. Except for the few blocks walk to the market, and the weekly shuttle to a matinee, she was virtually housebound.

Peggy said she usually ate pastries for breakfast, tuna for lunch and strawberry shortcake for dessert.

I explained that osteoarthritis was an inflammatory disease. Its pattern of pain and stiffness are predictable, so we could use food to prevent and even treat the pain.

I prescribed an analgesic food for breakfast (berries), an anti-inflammatory food for lunch (fish, soy, ginger or avocado) and an omega-3 food for dinner (fish, walnuts or flax meal).

She avoided foods with trans fats (they are inflammatory), starches and added sugars (they produce irritating cytokines) or red meat (the saturated fat fans inflammation).

Three months after our first meeting she walked into my office without her cane. “My daughter took me to a baseball game last week, and I had a hot dog. My knees

were killing me for three days afterwards. But I went back on my program, and you know what? I feel so good I’m going to move North, where I can get some land.” And

she did.
*adapted from ChefMD’s Big Book of Culinary Medicine.

  Culinary medicine, Wellness and Mental Health

Get Dr La Puma’s Healthy Bites free newsletter designed to help make your life easier, healthier and more fun.

Simply add your email below and we'll send you a confirmation.