Is Inflammation Causing Cancer, Arthritis and Alzheimer's?

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We tend to think of inflammation as synonymous with arthritis. However, inflammation can strike anywhere in your body. Harvard-trained Vijay Nair, MD has researched inflammation and found that it can cause diseases no one wants to get, like cancer, arthritis, heart disease, digestive tract diseases, macular degeneration, Alzheimer's disease, and chronic fatigue syndrome.

Inflammation is your immune system's way of protecting you from physical trauma or foreign invaders, such as viruses and bacteria. It's supposed to be a short and powerful response. Unfortunately, the body doesn't turn off the inflammation switch and it ends up destroying the very tissues and organs it was meant to protect. We tend to think of inflammation as synonymous with arthritis. However, inflammation can strike anywhere in your body. It's a major contributor to heart disease, cancer, Alzheimer's, and many more life-threatening conditions. Control inflammation and you control disease.

In her book, Prevent Cancer, Strokes, Heart Attacks and other Deadly Killers! Dr. Vijaya Nair, Harvard-trained M.D. FAMS, M.S. (Epid) says, "Inflammation is a double-edged sword. On the one hand, it protects you. When you get a splinter, inflammation makes sure that immune cells arrive at the scene of the injury to kill any bacteria or viruses that may have entered the broken skin. That's what all that redness, heat, swelling, and pain is about. Your immune system is going to war! On the other hand, inflammation can kill you. It can cause diseases no one wants to get, like cancer, arthritis, heart disease, digestive tract diseases, macular degeneration, Alzheimer's disease, and chronic fatigue syndrome."

Inflammation is only supposed to stick around as long as a threat exists. That's why your inflammation levels shoot through the roof if you have a severe bacterial infection, but, quickly go back to normal once the bacteria is successfully eliminated. When the body doesn't turn off the inflammation response -- when all those inflammatory chemicals stay in the system for a long time -- it ends up destroying the very tissues and organs it was meant to protect. Having high levels of inflammation for short periods of time is helpful, but having low levels of inflammation for long periods of time is deadly.

Through her research, Dr. Nair has found that all types of inflammation can cause cancer. Whether the inflammation is caused by an infection (such as hepatitis), a mechanical irritant (such as kidney stones), or a chemical irritant (such as stomach acid) the result is the same. Chronic, low-grade inflammation greatly increases your risk of developing cancer. Arthritis conditions see an avalanche of inflammatory chemicals being released -- and those inflammatory chemicals wear away the joint cartilage. The first step in any program to combat arthritis then isn't to stop the pain, but to stop the inflammation! With the development of Alzheimer's, inflammation plays a role and also makes it progress faster. That's because the plaques and tangles themselves are mechanical irritants to the brain. The inflammation they create causes the release of brain-killing chemicals. From these examples we can see the root cause of most disease is the body's inability to control inflammation. This is the first place modern medicine should start looking for treatment as well as prevention.

Dr. Vijaya Nair, MD, FAMS, MS is the author of Prevent Cancer, Strokes, Heart Attacks and other Deadly Diseases! Safe Goods Publishing http://www.safegoodspub.com

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