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8th Edition of International Conference on

Traditional Medicine, Ethnomedicine and Natural Therapies

June 05-07, 2025 | Rome, Italy

Traditional Medicine 2024

An anti inflammatory food index

Speaker at Traditional Medicine, Ethnomedicine and Natural Therapies 2024 - Hal M Switkay
Goldey-Beacom College, United States
Title : An anti inflammatory food index


Inflammation is increasingly believed to be one of the main drivers of chronic disease, including cardiovascular disease and cancer. It is urgent to learn and to teach people how to reduce the causes of inflammation. An anti-inflammatory lifestyle is likely to lead to better health outcomes, including the prevention of disease, and the saving of unnecessary expenditures on the management of chronic disease. One of the major sources of inflammation is a poor diet. Multiple dietary sources of inflammation have been identified. In the present work, we take a quantitative approach. We grade many popular basic foods, including as many staple foods as possible, on the various dimensions of inflammation. We combine these variables to create a new composite index that assigns a number, on a scale of 0 to 100, to a food. This index does not measure a food’s nutritional value, but rather its anti-inflammatory value. We find that the best scoring foods on this index correspond to the recommended foods of some of the most respected diets. Above all, the most anti-inflammatory foods resemble those recommended in Dr. Mark Hyman’s pegan diet.

Audience Take Away Notes:

  • The audience should get a better understanding of the connections between diet and disease.
  • This presentation should assist practitioners in designing a diet conducive to their patients’ well-being.
  • There is an opportunity to do further research to quantify the anti-inflammatory properties of popular food staples.


Dr. Hal M. Switkay earned his B.A. and M.A. in mathematics at the University of Pennsylvania, including a minor in philosophy. He earned a Ph.D. in mathematics at Lehigh University, and later a M.S. in applied statistics at West Chester University. He is a certified facilitator of Tai Chi Easy™, and certified in Thai massage and reiki. He considers himself a syncretic panendeist.