chicken-eggWhich came first… the inflammation or the disease?

LOTS of diseases start with inflammation (see list below).  The presence of inflammation can exist for years at levels that may not be apparent or clinically significant. However, destruction of joint tissue ultimately leads to pain, swelling and stiffness. How long the inflammation has been smoldering really determines the severity of a disease and often the prognosis.

Where does inflammation come from?

Inflammation is your immune system’s way to self-protect, detoxify, remove harmful stimuli, repair and begin the healing process. Every day at the same time you are walking, exercising, eating or breathing, your body is cleansing to eliminate the build-up of toxins and repairing cellular injury. When this system is hard at work, you will not experience any pain or even be aware it is occurring.

However, in addition to primary inflammation, you can experience secondary inflammation, or what you may know as chronic inflammation.  This secondary or chronic inflammation protects your cells from rapid destruction by allowing the tissue to change and adapt to on-going stress in an area and can cause pain, swelling, stiffness and loss of function that signals to us that there is a problem that needs to be addressed. This is when most patients self-medicate or go to a doctor for help. Unfortunately, when chronic inflammation remains for long periods of time or is not addressed adequately, it can cause the expression of genes that lead to degenerative conditions such as coronary artery disease, arthritis, cancer and others like those on the chart below.

Did you know what you eat matters?

You’ve just devoured your favorite fast food meal—a hamburger, French fries, and a 20-ounce soda. It tasted great; however, did you know that consuming a fast food meal can send your body into a state of inflammation that lasts several hours? And that inflammation has been linked to a whole host of health issues, including heart disease and Alzheimer’s.   It is particularly bad for the health of your joints.

We need to avoid behaviors that promote ill health in general, rather than fixating on inflammation.  Our body’s will repair and rebuild when we start creating a healthier life.

Take a look at this list of diseases and their relationship to inflammation.

When you look at the list, you realize that if inflammation is the underlying cause, most doctors are strictly treating the symptoms of inflammation and never getting to the root of the problem!!

Disease Mechanism
Allergy 4 Immune Mediated Types + Sensitivities, all of which cause inflammation
Alzheimer’s Chronic inflammation destroys brain cells
Anemia Inflammatory cytokines attack erythropoietin production
Ankylosing Spondylitis Inflammatory cytokines induce autoimmune reactions against joint surfaces
Asthma Inflammatory cytokines induce autoimmune reactions against airway lining
Autism Inflammatory cytokines induce autoimmune reactions in the brain arresting right hemisphere development
Arthritis Inflammatory cytokines destroy joint cartilage and synovial fluid
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Chronic inflammation causes excessive muscle tension shortening tendons in the forearm and wrist compressing the nerves.
Celiac Chronic immune mediated inflammation damages intestinal lining
Crohn’s Disease Chronic immune mediated inflammation damages intestinal lining
Congestive heart failure Chronic inflammation contributes to heart muscle wasting
Eczema Chronic inflammation of the gut and liver with poor detoxification and often antibodies against Transglutaminase-3.
Fibromyalgia Inflamed connective tissue often food allergy related and exacerbated by secondary nutritional and neurological imbalances.
Fibrosis Inflammatory cytokines attack traumatized tissue
Gall Bladder Disease Inflammation of the bile duct or excess cholesterol produced in response to gut inflammation
GERD Inflammation of the esophagus and digestive tract nearly always food sensitivity and pH driven
Guillain-Barre Autoimmune attack of the nervous system often triggered by autoimmune response to external stressors such as vaccinations.
Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis Autoimmune reaction originating in the gut triggered by antibodies against thyroid enzymes and proteins
Heart attack Chronic inflammation contributes to coronary atherosclerosis
Kidney failure Inflammatory cytokines restrict circulation and damage nephrons and tubules in the kidneys
Lupus Inflammatory cytokines induce an autoimmune attack against connective tissue
Multiple Sclerosis Inflammatory cytokines induce autoimmune reactions against myelin
Neuropathy Inflammatory cytokines induce autoimmune reactions against myelin and vascular and connective tissues which irritate nerves.
Pancreatitis Inflammatory cytokines induce pancreatic cell injury
Psoriasis Chronic inflammation of the gut and liver with poor detoxification
Polymyalgia Rheumatica Inflammatory cytokines induce autoimmune reactions against muscles and connective tissue
Rheumatoid Arthritis Inflammatory cytokines induce autoimmune reactions against joints
Scleroderma Inflammatory cytokines induce an autoimmune attack against connective tissue
Stroke Chronic inflammation promoted thromboembolic events
Surgical complications Inflammatory cytokines (often pre-dating the surgery) slow or prevent healing

 

Convinced that inflammation might be a problem?  Are you wondering how you can reduce inflammation naturally? 

Our goal is to help you enjoy your life without pain.    Read more…

 

Joint Health & YOU - Part 2
Steps to Rebuild Joint Health and Reduce Inflammation - Part 4