Why should you be aware of Inflammation?
Many researchers from completely different fields of medicine seem to be independently coming to the same conclusion – inflammation plays a key role in the development of what seems like completely unrelated diseases. Arthritis, Asthma, Parkinson’s Disease, Osteoporosis, Heart Disease, Cancer and many other seemingly unrelated diseases all seem to have chronic inflammation as a key underlying mechanism. Chronic Inflammation is a systemic problem, affecting multiple organs in the body and is starting to be acknowledged as a major issue that many of us struggle with, especially as we age. The Standard American Diet is a prime cause of chronic inflammation – sugar, processed foods, dairy, gluten grains and grain fed factory farm animals being huge factors.
Why has Western Medicine been slow to recognize the many problems that result from Inflammation?
Unfortunately the way our medical system is set up, a specialist only looks at the symptoms as they relate to the organ system that he/she has the expertise in. This proves to be an ineffective approach as the symptoms and signs of chronic inflammation are systemic and affect many parts of the body at once. The tools of Western Medicine are drugs and surgery. Surgery obviously can’t address such a systemic problem and there are no drugs that treat the underlying problem, although some may help various symptoms.
What about Anti-Inflammatory drugs?
Although the anti-inflammatory drugs do work, they don’t address the underlying causes and, as we’ve recently learned, can have serious side effects. So although short-term use of anti-inflammatory drugs may be advised in some cases, long-term use can cause serious problems. Instead, I suggest taking fish oil and other anti-inflammatory nutrients like Turmeric and Boswellia. It’s important to get to the source of the inflammation so you can take the necessary steps to alleviate it, not mask it with medications.
Is there any way to test for Inflammation?
Unfortunately, there are not any accurate tests to measure this chronic problem as of yet. The only commonly available test at the moment is the High Sensitive CRP (C-Reactive Protein). CRP is an enzyme made in the liver, which becomes elevated with inflammation. An optimal level would be less than 0.7.