By: Donna Byrne
Chronic inflammation feeds our chronic diseases. If you don’t have a chronic disease yourself, you know someone who does. An estimated 80 percent of visits to doctor’s offices are for issues relating to chronic disease. Chronic inflammation gradually destroys an otherwise well oiled machine. If you hit your thumb with a hammer, the resulting swelling and inflammation is obvious, painful, and does not last too long. Your immune system sends white blood cells and other hormone-like substances to help start the healing process. This type of Inflammation serves a healthy purpose. Inflammation is the life-saving component of your immune system that helps fend off bacteria, viruses, fungi, and other microbes. Without inflammation we would be unprotected in a very hostile world, with no way to repair the damage caused by these invaders.
Inflammation becomes chronic when there is an ongoing stimulus. The stimulus might come from an army of free radicals when we eat foods made with processed vegetable oils such as french fries, fried food, non-fat dried milk, powdered coffee creamer, most salad dressings, crackers, cookies, chips, and most processed and convenience foods. The stimulus might be an allergy to wheat (gluten) which inflames the gut or a low-grade, lingering infection or a growing body burden of heavy metals, pesticides, and chemicals. There is a lot of opportunity in today’s contaminated, junk food-filled world for a combination of factors to constantly irritate the body’s normal functions. With chronic inflammation you don’t think you feel sick, but a slow fire is quietly smoldering within you. This upsets the delicate balance among all of the major systems such as endocrine, central nervous, digestive, and cardiovascular/respiratory. In a healthy body, these systems communicate with each another. With chronic inflammation, that communication becomes distorted.
Chronic inflammation has a damaging effect on arteries which can lead to high cholesterol, heart attacks and strokes. Microorganisms cause inflammation within blood vessels. The inside of the arteries come under attack. Immune cells are dispatched to fight the inflammation, and then cholesterol is laid down over the wound like a Band-Aid. However, the inflammation is still active under that Band-Aid. In time, the Band-Aid bulges. In time, maybe a small part of the blood vessel gives way. Now the body has to stop the bleeding. It uses a blood clot to do that. But if the clot breaks loose and goes to the brain, you have a stroke. If it goes to the heart, you have a heart attack.
Statin drugs, the best selling drugs worldwide, were developed to limit cholesterol. Cholesterol seems to have a role to play in fighting inflammation. Recently, we are hearing that statins’ best asset may be their anti-inflammatory properties. This may be a better use for them but there are better ways to reduce inflammation. Statins’ side effects include muscle weakness and mental problems. And, although drugs can suppress the inflammation, they do not put out the fire. They don’t bring a cure. Chronic inflammation depresses the immune system and helps promote the formation of cancerous tumors. A substantial body of evidence supports the conclusion that chronic inflammation can predispose an individual to cancer as demonstrated by the association between chronic inflammatory bowel diseases and the increased risk of colon carcinoma. The longer the inflammation persists, the higher the risk of associated carcinogenesis.
Chronic inflammation destroys nerve cells in the brains of Alzheimer’s patients. The inflammation in a joint can eat away at cartilage and one might be left with a serious case of arthritis. In Rheumatoid Arthritis, the inflammation is systemic, eating away at the entire body. Inflammation of kidneys is known as nephritis and may cause kidney failure or high blood pressure. Unchecked inflammation in the pancreas can cause pancreatitis, a potentially fatal disease, and type 1 diabetes, in which the pancreatic islet cells that produce insulin are destroyed. Inflammation of the small airways that transport air to the lungs may cause an asthma attack or chronic bronchitis.
What determines how inflammation will affect you? Your genes play a part. If arthritis runs in your family, then you very possibly have a genetic weak link in that regard and you are likely prone to arthritis. For someone else, the genetic weak link may make them prone to cancer or Crohns Disease. Our bodies have become virtual dumping grounds for the tens of thousands of toxic compounds that invade our everyday world, setting the stage for a slow decline in health. There are more than 20,000 chemicals that our bodies cannot metabolize. Chemicals find their way into our liver and then migrate to fat cells throughout the body where they are stored. Studies show that most of us have between 400 and 800 chemical residues stored in our cells.
Are you convinced yet that chronic inflammation may be harmful to your health? I am. Now what to do about it? I have to tell you, one more time and probably many more to come, how we are witnessing the anti-inflammatory effect of our Magnesphere therapy. People using it are more relaxed, sleeping better and having less pain. Translation to me is that they are less inflamed. Not a so called “scientific study” yet but real to those of us that experience it.
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