New York, NY (PRWEB) February 14, 2012
In the release of her book by Square One Publishers,"Prevent Cancer, Strokes, Heart Attacks and other Deadly Killers" Dr. Vijay Nair, MD, MS links inflammation to most diseases like cancer, arthritis, heart disease, digestive tract diseases, macular degeneration, Alzheimer’s disease, and chronic fatigue syndrome. Inflammation protects the body by killing any bacteria or viruses that may have entered the broken skin. On the other hand, inflammation can kill people. Inflammation levels shoot through the roof if when a severe bacterial infection is present. But, levels 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.
Alzheimer’s disease is characterized by the development of two abnormal structures in the brain — plaques and tangles — that damage and kill nerve cells. Those structures develop because of inflammatory chemicals produced by the body. Dr. Nair states that “C-reactive protein (CRP) levels point to the link between inflammation and Alzheimer’s. Researchers with the Honolulu-Asia Aging Study measured the CRP levels of over one thousand men from 1968-1970 and followed up with them twenty-five years later to see who developed dementia (including Alzheimer’s). Compared with men who had the lowest CRP levels, men with higher levels were three times more likely to have dementia. Not only does inflammation play a role in the development of Alzheimer’s. It also makes it progress faster. That’s because the plaques and tangles themselves are mechanical irritants to the brain. And the inflammation they create causes the release of brain-killing chemicals.”
David Argus, MD in his book, The End of Illness, also mentions that “too much inflammation can be harmful. When inflammation runs rampant or goes awry, it can disrupt the immune system and lead to chronic illness and/or disease.” Harvard trained Dr. Nair reveals contributing causes of low-grade inflammation that include smoking, air pollution, elevated levels of LDL (bad) cholesterol, high blood pressure, diets high in sugars and bad fats (both saturated and trans fats), and lack of exercise and even emotional stress. A four-year study found that people who felt chronically lonely had inflammation levels 2-3 times as high as people who felt connected to friends and family. Age is another factor. The older we get the more pro-inflammatory chemicals our bodies produce.
Therefore, Dr. Nair recommends "physicians should first address inflammation when diagnosing a potential Alzheimer’s patient. She says, “natural anti-inflammatories can be helpful, including curcumin in reducing inflammation and protecting against this debilitating illness.”