Inflammation

Definition of Inflammation
Inflammation is a process in which the body's white blood cells and chemicals can protect us from infection and foreign substances such as bacteria and viruses It is a basic way in which the body reacts to infection, irritation or other injury, the key feature being redness, warmth, swelling and pain. Inflammation is now recognized as a type of nonspecific immune response.

Why does inflammation become a problem?
If inflammation remains beyond the time needed for the body to repair the damage, it can become chronic and cause pain, discomfort and damage to bodily systems. In some diseases, the body's defense system (immune system) triggers an inflammatory response when there are no foreign substances to fight off. In these diseases, called autoimmune diseases, the body's normally protective immune system causes damage to its own tissues. The body responds as if normal tissues are infected or somehow abnormal.

What diseases are associated with inflammation?
Some, but not all types of arthritis are the result of misdirected inflammation. Arthritis is a general term that describes inflammation in joints. Some types of arthritis associated with inflammation include:
Rheumatoid arthritis
Shoulder tendonitis or bursitis
Gouty arthritis
Polymyalgia rheumatica

How does Chronic Inflammation affect your health?
Inflammation can affect organs as part of an autoimmune disorder. The type of symptoms depend on which organs are affected. For example:
Inflammation of the heart (myocarditis) may cause shortness of breath or fluid retention
Inflammation of the small tubes that transport air to the lungs may cause an asthma attack
Inflammation of the kidneys (nephritis) may cause high blood pressure or kidney failure
Inflammation of the large intestine (colitis) may cause cramps and diarrhea

Pain may not be a primary symptom of the inflammatory disease, since many organs do not have many pain-sensitive nerves.

Scientists have known for some time that people with rheumatoid arthritis have a greater risk of dying from a heart attack, and a new study from Minnesota's famed Mayo Clinic points to a joint inflammation as the main cause for the trend.

"We believe that inflammation is a strong risk factor for cardiovascular disease," says the study's lead researcher.
While the experts are still unsure of exactly why rheumatoid arthritis's inflammation of large joints may lead to heart attack deaths, they say that issue is under investigation. In the meantime, they say, it's apparent that, keeping a patient's heart attack risk factor to its minimum is a matter of keeping inflammation to its minimum, too.

Reducing inflammation in the body appears to be just as important for fighting heart disease as lowering cholesterol, according to a pair of new studies that provide the first direct evidence that curbing inflammation can independently protect the heart.
Patients who reduced inflammation were significantly less likely to have their heart disease get worse or to die from a heart attack, even if their cholesterol levels were already low, the studies found.

The results suggest that doctors should consider routinely monitoring inflammation in the same way they test cholesterol and take steps to reduce inflammation in patients with high levels, especially in those already at high risk, the researchers said.

No one knows exactly how many Americans suffer from excess inflammation, which often produces no symptoms, but doctors can detect it by testing blood levels of a protein called C-reactive protein (CRP), which goes up and down as inflammation rises and falls.
In the first study, Ridker and his colleagues gave 3,745 patients who had already suffered a heart attack or severe chest pain either normal doses of the statin Pravachol or high doses of another statin called Lipitor, and measured their CRP levels.

Those whose CRP levels dropped the lowest were the least likely to suffer or die from another heart attack, the researchers found.
In fact, cutting CRP was just as important as cutting levels of LDL cholesterol, the so-called bad cholesterol, and those with low CRP levels did better regardless of whether their LDL was high or low.

What can you do to reduce inflamation?

The most effective treatment for inflammation is to use Systemic Enzymes. These digest the substances in the body that cause inflammation and work directly to reduce inflammation and speed the healing process. A special enzyme called Nattokinase, is the most effective at reducing inflammation in the arteries and blood vessels and acts as a natural blood thinner to reduce the risk of clots and clumping of the bllod cells. It dissolves fibrin that builds up on artery walls.

Other natural aids to decreasing inflammation include Phenocane with Curcumin (our choice for fast results) ,MSM, Vitamin C, and Omega 3 Fatty Acids, such as Fish oils.
Also, topical rubs containing MSM, Emu Oil and Menthol have proved very helpful in reducing inflammation and relieving pain.

Water: In order to repair the damage, you need to be drinking lots of water. Water is the lubricant that keeps the joints and disks (cushions between the bones) pliable. Without enough water, they become dried out and suffer damage from the friction of the bones and start wearing away. Your body uses the water you drink first to supply the vital organs (heart, blood, lungs, and other organs that have priority for keeping you alive) The bones and joints are the last to receive the water they need. If you're not drinking enough water your bones and joints will suffer. (don't confuse water with juice, coffee, tea, or any other liquid. You need WATER) How much water do you need? At least 8 to 10 glasses a day, minimum! Please read the book "Your Bodies Many Cries for Water" available from Amazon.com
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