The presence of inflammation is what opens the door to most chronic disease. It can and often does occur for years before it exists at levels sufficient to be apparent or clinically significant.
More than half of Americans suffer from chronic or recurrent pain, and nearly half (46 percent) of poll takers reported pain in the last two weeks. Is it any wonder that chronic disease is such a big issue? Inflammation is now recognized as an overwhelming burden to the healthcare status of our population and the underlying basis of a significant number of diseases.
How long it has been smoldering really determines the degree of severity of a disease and often the prognosis assuming the inflammation can be controlled. One could also argue that without inflammation most disease would not even exist.
Take a look at this list of diseases and their relationship with inflammation:
|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|
It is now widely believed that chronic inflammation that goes undetected for years is the underlying cause of many dreaded illnesses such as type II diabetes, heart disease, stroke, some cancers (e.g. colon cancer), neurological diseases (e.g. Alzheimer’s and dementia), autoimmune diseases (e.g. rheumatoid arthritis), inflammatory bowel diseases (e.g. Crohn’s disease), as well as other diseases which have unknown causes, like allergies, fibromyalgia and migraines.
Emerging science continues to show the need for reducing the amount of inflammation in our bodies to protect against disease. In fact, those not even dealing with the everyday aches and pains associated with growing older should heed this research as a wake up call and control inflammation before it does any damage.
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