Bromelain & The Karate Chop

My middle finger got karate chopped…

Yep, you read that correctly, K A R A T E C H O P P E D. I wish this was some sort of Halloween prank but according to the radiating pain in my middle finger I can safely say, it is not.

You see - there I am horsing around trying to get a rise out of this handsome man and the next thing I know he dishes out a karate chop straight to my middle finger (in defense). Next thing you know, POP! A rush of gut crushing pain vibrated through my body and all I could do in that exact moment was cry as if the culprit chopped my finger off with a rusty fork. However, that shit hurt!

After the initial shock of, “did you just legit hurt me with a karate chop to the finger?” I immediately went into pain maintenance mode. Anyone who knows me has a strong knowledge that I am about as anti-pharmaceuticals as it comes. Don’t get it twisted, I do believe Western Medicine and pharmaceuticals have their place but not for something like a karate chopped finger (sorry, I can’t stop saying that). My nutritionist brain + healer tendencies kicked into high gear. Throughout the years of learning nutrition I have found fascinating and profound ways of healing the body with herbs, whole-natural foods and natural remedies. Certain nutrients in food/herbs are better healers than any over-the-counter or RX you could possibly get. The best part, it is how nature intended. For thousands of years we were healing ourselves with what glorious Mother Nature provided. This medicine still stands true today even though we are inundated with a pill for that and a pill for this.


Took this photo working in Hong Kong

Seemed appropriate

Plants not pills people

There is a point here, I promise. The point being, my now sprained middle finger needed some anti-inflammation healing fast! With a combination of Humboldt Apothecary’s Inflammation Soother (yes, again), whole foods like Pineapple, Kale, Ginger, Garlic and many others, as well as herbs like curcumin commonly found in turmeric; my sore, karate chopped middle finger started to feel better after only a few short days.

I adapted a Pineapple Curry recipe from, Yup, it’s Vegan and packed it with ant inflammatory goodness! Pineapple has large amounts of Bromelain which helps in the fight against inflammation in big ways. Bromelain is a protein-digesting enzyme mixture derived from the stem, fruit, and juice of the pineapple plant. It has a centuries-long history of being used to treat medical ailments, primarily throughout Central and South America.

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Take That Karate Chop

Curcumin lives inside of Turmeric which is a big part of making curries. Curcumin is poorly absorbed into the bloodstream. It helps to consume black pepper with it, which contains piperine, a natural substance that enhances the absorption of curcumin (added a ton of black pepper to this recipe). Curcumin is also fat soluble, so it is a good idea to take it with a fatty meal (a la coconut milk in curries). Curcumin is strongly anti-inflammatory. In fact, it’s so powerful that it matches the effectiveness of some anti-inflammatory drugs, without the side effects.

The point here, be conscious about what is healing you, be conscious of the fact that with just a wee bit of time and effort – you can heal yourself in profound ways with the power of plants. And most of all, be conscious of people who karate chop you in the middle finger.

I’M OUT ! ! !

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Mo Hopp