THE SILENT KILLER-CHRONIC INFLAMMATION
chronic lower respiratory disease
stroke, Alzheimer’s disease
The word “inflammation” originated with the Greeks and was used to indicate a fire in the body.
Once triggered, inflammation can persist undetected for years, even decades, spreading cell death throughout the body and quickening the aging process while destroying good health.
A multitude of symptoms arise as the body degenerates. If inflammation affects your joints, you will experience arthritis type symptoms such as joint pain or swelling, and degeneration of joint tissue. If inflammation affects your heart, you may experience symptoms related to heart disease such as high cholesterol, atherosclerosis or high blood pressure. If inflammation affects your brain, you may experience numbness, dizziness, memory issues, learning issues and even depression.
A study published in the Annals of Neurology found that there is immune activation which leads to high levels of inflammation in the brains of autistic children, leading to neurological, behavioral and developmental consequences. (1) This type of inflammation is found in other neurological issues as well, such as Alzheimer.s, Parkinson’s and even ADD. (2)
Inflammation Can Be a Life-Saver
“Most of the time, inflammation is a life-saver that enables our bodies to fend off various disease-causing bacteria, viruses and parasites. The instant any of these potentially deadly microbes slips into the body, inflammation marshals a defensive attack that lays waste to both invader and any tissue it may have infected.”(3)
However, chronic inflammation is a very complex process. It involves the entire body and disrupts normal immune chemistry and hormone output. It increases free radical damage and may produce a host of symptoms not usually recognized as stemming from inflammation.
Chronic Back Pain
Chronic Muscle Aches
Low Sex Hormones
Any of these symptoms could indicate cellular stress and malfunction, or chronic inflammation, and rather than supporting health, contributes to disease and age-related deterioration via numerous mechanisms.
Chronic inflammation is a condition of ongoing tissue irritation and cell degeneration and may not show obvious symptoms for decades, or until disease becomes present.