A few days ago, Dominic Andriacchi, a 25-year-old law student living near Detroit, told me that he mentioned some of my self-experimentation (my discovery that postponing breakfast reduced insomnia) in an Amazon ebook (Law School Livin’) he’d just published. He added that something he read in this blog really helped him:
Thank you for introducing me to flaxseed oil. Recently, I re-injured my back (a injury that occurred during college football). While I’ve never seen a doctor for the injury, I did a little internet searching and figured that I had herniated a disk in my lower back. I also had pain in my leg due to, I presume, pressure on the sciatic nerve from the herniated disk.
He re-injured his back pulling a small tree uphill.
Usually, it takes at least a week for the pain to go away. I have trouble sitting, walking, and so forth. That day, because I [had] read the post of Tucker Max’s ankle injury and flaxseed oil, I immediately upped my flaxseed oil to a total of 15 1000mg capsules. The next day, there was nearly no pain at all. I could bend over and touch my toes with only the slightest pain. The day after that, I was back to normal.
Later he added some details:
I took 15 capsules of flaxseed oil [the day of the injury] to see what would happen. There was no immediate benefit that I felt that day, but the next day it was great. Even sitting or the slightest bending can cause a lot of pain, but I was able to bend over and nearly touch my toes. I took another 10 capsules that day as well. The day after that, I was completely pain free. I took more flaxseed oil capsules even though I was experiencing no pain at all. I expected the pain to come back, but it didn’t. From then on, I would just take my normal two flaxseed oil capsules [per day]. I was spacing them out, 5 at a time in between meals.