Inflammation: Quenching the Fire Within

Natural Solutions for Inflammation

As a primary defense system of the body, inflammation is critical in both healing and repair following exposure to a wide array of diverse stimuli. These stimuli can include UV radiation from excessive sun exposure, dietary factors like foods with a high glycemic index foods or high in saturated fats, various allergens like pollen, animal dander, certain foods or cosmetics, harmful chemicals, tobacco, alcohol, stress, microbial infections, cuts, burns and many more (See Figure 9).Short term inflammation is self-limiting and stops as quickly as it starts once healing and repair is under control. However, serious problems arise when inflammation continues

Inflammation and Disease

More and more studies are showing the potentially damaging effects of chronic inflammation and its link to the development of various serious chronic diseases. Research has now identified chronic inflammation as a factor in the progression of cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and Alzheimer’s disease, along with many others! The link between inflammation and these diseases is discussed in the following sections. Inflammation and Cancer In his 1971 State of the Union address President Richard Nixon pledged “I will ask for an appropriation of an extra $100 million to launch an extensive campaign to find a cure to cancer. Let us

Inflammation:A Double edged sword

Understanding InflammationInflammation is a double-edged sword; it plays an important and beneficial role in the body, but it can also be very dangerous, causing damage to the body and ultimately leading to disease and even death! Whether inflammation will be beneficial or harmful depends on its type and duration. In general, there are two distinct categories of inflammation: acute or short term inflammation and chronic or long term inflammation. While short term inflammation plays a beneficial role in the body, long term or chronic inflammation can be very harmful. These harmful effects will be examined in more detail in a

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