EASE YOUR "-ITIS" by Dr. Bill Sears

EASE YOUR "-ITIS" by Dr. Bill Sears

MAY 2023

If you or a loved one suffer from an “-itis”, here are my top nutritional tips to support your healing.  An “-itis,” also called inflammation, is caused by an imbalance of your immune system.  In normal daily living your body experiences tissue wear-and-tear (also called “oxidation”) and repair (called “inflammation” or “anti-oxidation”).  When the wear-and-tear overpowers the repair, you suffer an “–itis”, such as aches and pains after exercise and sore muscles.


The good news is there are foods you can eat and supplements you can take to get your body back into inflammation balance.  The diet I teach and eat is based on my favorite inflammation-balancer, Dr. Mom: “Put more color on your plate.”  I’m going to upgrade that to: “Put more color in your mouth.” 

During my fifty years (and still counting) in medical practice of helping persons with “itises” heal, I came up with a simple, delicious and nutritious diet I call Dr. Bill’s 6-S “–itis”-easing diet:

  1. Seafood: primarily wild pacific salmon
  2. Smoothies: a medley of dark-colored fruits, berries, kiwi, organic yogurt and kefir, kale, avocado, Hawaiian spirulina, pumpkin seeds, and more. (See references for my smoothie recipe.) 
  3. Salads:  go as deeply colorful as you can: kale, spinach, tomatoes, red peppers, and black beans.
  4. Spices:  turmeric, black pepper and ginger
  5. Satisfying snacks: graze to your immune system’s content to our “rule of two’s”: eat twice as often, eat half as much, and chew twice as long.
  6. Supplements based on science:
  • Omega-3 supplements containing DHA and EPA
  • Astaxanthin, the natural inflammatory-balancing nutrient that makes salmon pink. In my medical practice I recommend Hawaiian astaxanthin.
  • Hawaiian spirulina, a blue-green algae. In counseling our patients with “-itis” issues, we doctors teach: “Eat more algae and plant food. Spirulina enjoys both qualities.  It’s a microalgae. That’s why I think of spirulina more as a food rather than a supplement.  Like Hawaiian astaxanthin, spirulina is naturally high in balancing antioxidants. 

To help keep your inflammation in balance, eat at least ten fistfuls of colorful fruits and vegetables daily.  This advice is true for all ages, from baby fists to big-guy fists. 


Consult your healthcare provider before starting a new diet, exercise or health program. 

*These Statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.  This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.


Park, J.S., et al. (2010).  Astaxanthin decreased oxidative stress and inflammation and enhanced immune response in humans. Nutrition and Metabolism. March 5; 7:18.

Natural Astaxanthin, Hawaii’s Supernutrient, by William Sears, M.D., 2015.