Understanding Inflammation

Inflammation is the root of most diseases, but still most people do not understand what inflammation is and what causes it; when it’s good and when it’s not good.

According to Robbins Pathology, which is a basic text for all medical students, the definition of inflammation is:

“Inflammation is a protective response involving host cells, blood vessels, and proteins and other mediators that is intended to eliminate the initial cause of cell injury, as well as the necrotic cells and tissues resulting from the original insult, and to initiate the process of repair.”

So the inflammation is a normal response by your immune system to attack and remove a substance, whether it be a bacteria or virus, a fungus, a mold, a parasite, even a cancer cell — these are all pathogens and can set off very strong immune and inflammatory pathways, but this inflammation is helping you heal if it does not become chronic.

The biggest causes of inflammation are chemicals or toxins — anything that is not supposed to be in the blood will be attacked by the immune system and increase inflammation. So when inflammation goes up, you know your immune system is being stimulated by some agent. So without inflammation, you would die very quickly, but with too much inflammation you’re at high risk for disease and premature death. So what is the balancing point? When does good inflammation become bad inflammation?

To answer this question you have to get a deeper understanding of what is stimulating those immune cells to produce inflammatory molecules. So when the body takes in chemicals and toxins through the air, the water, and the food, they go into the circulating bloodstream and can stimulate an inflammatory response; and if this is continuous, it becomes a chronic inflammatory response.

What’s the biggest cause of inflammation besides fighting a bacteria or a virus?

This comes from what you eat. When we eat food particles that not only have chemicals and toxins, they have preservatives, additives, and genetically modified organisms just to name a few. The other issue with the food is how it’s processed. When you eat food in its natural state, which is living or raw, it is not heat treated, which means the proteins, fats, and carbohydrates are not denatured, oxidized, and glycated — turning into free radical molecules which are seen as abnormal substances in the body. This causes the immune system to go into action, secreting inflammatory molecules to try to kill, digest, and remove any abnormal molecule in the body.

Years ago there was a study done that exposed the issue. When they fed uncooked raw food to animals, there was no rise in their white blood count, but when they took the same food and heated it, it’s set off an immune reaction and was termed digestive leukocytosis, which means a rise in the white blood count after the meal. This was deemed unnatural for animals who would usually eat food in a living or raw state, which does not set off any immune involvement. When you take the same food and heat treat it — that is, cook it — then it sets off tremendous immune reactions forming a lot of inflammation.

With all the people they studied, their white blood count would go up after meals — they all demonstrated digestive leukocytosis — and because everyone demonstrated it, they assumed this was a normal response to eating. But when they gave the same people uncooked, unheated food, there was no immune response. So the number one cause of inflammation comes from the diet, and the number one cause in the diet is cooking the food, and the number two cause of inflammation in the diet is from chemicals, toxins, preservatives, and additives.

When you breathe air, you also get chemicals and toxins directly into the bloodstream — this to sets off an immune reaction directly. The same occurs when you drink fluids that have chemicals and toxins, but they do not enter your blood quite so quickly because they have to go through the digestive system. With all of these chemicals and toxins, whether you’re breathing or you’re drinking, unless you’re drinking heated or cooked fluids, there is no denaturing, oxidizing, placating or free radical forming from the processing of the chemicals. The chemicals themselves set off the immune reaction, but not nearly so much as when those particles are heat, treated, or cooked.

So to sum up, the immune system produces inflammation, and it is a healthy and normal response to anything that’s pathogenic and can harm the body. The only issue is when you are taking chemical toxins into the body. This is unnatural and will set off a chronic inflammatory pathway. Worst is the heat treating of the foods and drinks. This is the highest cause of inflammation outside of pathogenic stimulation.

Since inflammation is the root of most disease, it would make sense that you would want to get to the root cause and clear up that cause so that it will automatically clear up the effect, meaning the inflammation is gone. Contact us to find what are the possible causes in your situation and what can be done to resolve your inflammation. Click on the box below: