“Inflammation” is one of those health and wellness buzzwords that gets talked about a lot. But it has become somewhat overused and perhaps even a little misused too. How so? Well, certainly you can point to a sore knee joint or a headache and say that there is inflammation there… the area is inflamed. This is what most people, and medical professionals too, think of when they think "inflammation". But according to Anthony William, The Medical Medium, inflammation occurs for one of two reasons: injury or invader.
Physical injury is the inflammation that many of us are most familiar with, but inflammation can also occur because of pathogens lurking about.
If you lead an active lifestyle, you have no doubt experienced injury-related inflammation at some point. The common remedy is R-I-C-E (rest, ice, compression, elevation). But this inflammation doesn’t just result from a long run or too many bicep curls. A deep dental cleaning, slipping on ice, cutting your finger, or spraining your ankle will also cause injury-related inflammation.
There are many different types of pathogens that can wreak all kinds of havoc on your unsuspecting body. Rashes, stomach issues, and unexplained body aches and pains are examples of the other kind of inflammation. These are reactions. This inflammation is the product of how your unique body, with all its bacteria and pathogens (good and bad), reacts to stimuli from the world it is living in.
Maybe you know someone who can eat anything they lay eyes on. But lately, almost anything you eat causes stomach upset. There is a possibility that you’ve got an invader creating issues in your gut, and the food you’re eating is triggering those pesky invaders.
Now that we know there are two different causes of inflammation, it’s important to see how many of those are invader-related. In fact, anything that isn’t exercise-related (or repetitive stress), is thought to be invader-related.
Many people suffer varying levels of brain inflammation. Nerves that connect to the brain run throughout the entire body, branching out into every nook and cranny. When those nerves become inflamed in some way, neurological inflammation can occur. Because we are talking about literally every part of your body, numerous pathogens can play a part in this kind of inflammation, since they can lurk almost anywhere too.
This is extremely common in people. Because the liver is an organ that filters everything that we put into our bodies, it is an easy place for pathogens to set up camp. These invaders can cause a host of problems. If enough damage is seen on an MRI or CT scan, a hepatitis C diagnosis may be on the horizon, even if that isn’t the real culprit.
This is another very common ailment, which can occur for a very common reason: bacteria known as streptococcus, living inside the sinus linings. It can hang out in there for years, creating persistent mystery sinus inflammation.
Some health practitioners believe that certain foods, such as wheat, cause inflammation in certain individuals. But the emerging school of thought is that gluten itself doesn’t inflame the body. It feeds the invading pathogens in your gut, and that is what causes the inflammation.
As the Medical Medium puts it: “There’s a tremendous amount of misinformation surrounding celiac disease. Celiac isn’t hereditary. It’s an inflammatory illness where pathogens in the body are feverishly feeding on any gluten that’s consumed. Fueling these pathogens can lead to a host of negative reactions in the body, but the gluten isn’t directly responsible.”
If your aim is to reduce inflammation, the more anti-inflammatory foods you add to your diet the better. Anti-inflammatory foods help kill off the pathogens responsible for so much inflammation.
Look out for these foods, which are known to create problems in people who are trying to heal from inflammation:
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Some of you may already know, years ago, I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis.
I can still recall what it felt like to have my life change overnight…
I went from an Executive Director of a non-profit organization, running marathons, rock climbing, hiking canyons and kayaking to being completely bedridden and staring at a wall for 15 hours a day.
Of course, I went to see many doctors but unfortunately I didn’t find the help I needed. So, I had to set off on my own journey to learn my true path to healing.
I’d pretty much turned-over every rock trying to find relief for my pain, sleep issues and a myriad of other symptoms…
Fast-forward 18 years.
I was determined to climb one of the true wonders of the natural world, Machu Picchu, the mystical home of the Incas in Peru.
It was there, after a grueling day when my feet, knees, legs, and lower back hurt so bad, that I thought I would have to abandon hopes of our next climb which was Rainbow Mountain! That night I pulled out a little spray bottle of “aceite de magnesio” that a friend had given me before I left on my trip.
What the heck, I thought. I was desperate. And I applied it all over my body before bed.
Because of the grueling day, I woke up expecting to be immobilized, but instead we were off to climb Rainbow Mountain and…I was totally pain-free!
I know it sounds impossible, but it’s 1000% the truth.