Some say that inflammation is “the real cause of all disease.” (1)
Others are annoyed by the generalization, and would much rather be “tagged” with a diagnosis. Those same people also get hopeful when watching the commercials where the arthritis sufferer can run up a hill now after taking inflammation suppressing drugs.
“Every day on TV you can see professional athletes and others acting as spokespeople for Methotrexate, Orencia, Enbrel, Humira, Remicade, and other drugs which largely are designed to mask inflammation or suppress the immune response. None of these drugs actually have the capacity to correct the underlying condition and yet the imagery the ads leave the viewer with is that you will have your life back.” (2)
Can all inflammatory related disease be treated as one?
I feel that all inflammatory diseases can be treated precisely the same in terms of the approach to healing. And I think a lot of that has to do with nutrition. I’m not suggesting that every food will have the same benefit or drawback for every individual, but I can comfortably put a “nutrition blanket” over inflammation as one of the main avenues of healing.
But that certainly isn’t conventional thinking.
A friend of mine’s doctor (Rheumatologist) attempted to prescribe him a drug based purely on symptoms, not as the result of any bloodwork. He asked why she didn’t suggest lifestyle changes as the first line of defense, and her response: Lifestyle changes DO NOT have a direct impact on this disease.
So he left and chose a different path.
Not certain what “disease” he actually has, he is convinced that it is inflammation related, and has decided to look at it from that standpoint.
In his research, though, he did uncover a lot of the potential names to describe what he might have… but still feels that the approach to healing (for himself at least) is the same regardless.
Let’s take a look now at some of the inflammation-related diseases.
List of inflammatory diseases:
- Alzheimer’s – Chronic inflammation can destroy brain cells
- Asthma – Inflammatory cytokines may induce autoimmune reactions against airway lining
- Perhaps controversially…. Autism – Inflammatory cytokines may induce autoimmune reactions in the brain arresting right hemisphere development
- Arthritis – Inflammatory cytokines may 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
- 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
- Lupus – Inflammatory cytokines induce an autoimmune attack against connective tissue
- Multiple Sclerosis – Inflammatory cytokines induce autoimmune reactions against myelin
- … and lots more.
So, perhaps it’s time to consider inflammation, regardless of what’s going on?
Maybe it should be on the forefront of our minds for every single morsel of food that we consume, and serve (to our children especially!!)
By: Raw Michelle
Raw Michelle is a natural health blogger and researcher, sharing her passions with others, using the Internet as her medium. She discusses topics in a straightforward way in hopes to help people from all walks of life achieve optimal health and well-being. She has authored and published hundreds of articles on topics such as the raw food diet and green living in general.
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While it is a collaboration of knowledge from many experts in their respective fields, it is written by a nutritionist that is now on the other side of this common issue. Naturally, she addresses treatment from a nutritional standpoint, and shares recipes and diet tips. She does consider the emotional side of the equation, among other reasons behind inflammation, as well as different approaches for treatment. The link above is an Amazon affiliate link that generates a commission, on any purchases made.
Sources for this article include:
(1) [BodyEcology] Inflammation: The Real Cause of All Disease and How to Reduce and Prevent It
(2) [Mercola] How Inflammation Affects Every Aspect of Your Health, by Dr. David M. Marquis, DC, DACBN