As technology advances, scientists and medical professionals are finding that chronic inflammation is the root cause of many health conditions prevalent today. Questions arise then as to what is causing chronic inflammation and how to reverse it. Below you will find answers to questions concerning the causes and treatments of inflammation.
What Is Inflammation?
Inflammation itself is not a bad thing. The body is actually designed to produce inflammation to heal. In doing so the body increases the blood flow to an injured area and sends white blood cells to the area to heal it. Consider the swelling that takes place with a broken bone or an injury to a muscle or joint. These processes are a natural part of healing.
Unfortunately in our society today, and especially in the United States, the incidences of chronic inflammation have skyrocketed. Chronic inflammation happens when the body is continually trying to repair damage done to the mitochondria. It also occurs as an autoimmune disorder where the body attacks itself rather than something that is an actual threat.
Causes of Chronic Inflammation
Often people don’t know they have chronic inflammation until a disease shows up and they have to address it. It is often going on for long periods of time in the body before symptoms show up. It can be caused by the following:
- Poor nutrition
- Leaky gut syndrome
- Food allergies
- Environmental toxins
- Bacterial infections
- Viral infections
- Stressful lifestyles
- Lyme Disease
As the body continually fights to repair damage to the mitochondria, symptoms of chronic inflammation begin to appear.
Inflammation is Deadly
Inflammation is at the root of most chronic degenerative diseases like cancer, heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, high blood pressure, fibromyalgia, asthma, bowel diseases and many others.
In some cases symptoms are mild or do not become significant until you are finally manifesting a named disease.
If you think you may have inflammation or a disease caused by it, we can likely help you overcome this condition.
Symptoms of Inflammation
Symptoms of inflammation may not always be perceptible, especially in the beginning. However inflammation can manifest as:
- Weight gain
Inflammation can also show up as flu-like symptoms including fever, chills, headache, loss of appetite, and general malaise.
Effects of Inflammation in the Body
Over time inflammation can have detrimental effects in the body. As the body seeks to respond to the causes of inflammation mentioned above, inflammation begins to become the rule rather than the exception. Here are some examples of the effects of inflammation in the body:
The Common Cold
When the body is exposed to a virus, the immune system reacts with elevated levels of white blood cells that attack the virus. This causes cold symptoms such as a sore swollen throat, increased mucus in the sinuses, sinus drainage, etc. Once the virus is eradicated the immune system is supposed to stop the immune response. When chronic inflammation is present, the effect in the body can be that the immune response continues after the threat is gone.
Another effect inflammation is supposed to have in the body is to prepare us for fight or flight. When the body comes under stress, it releases inflammatory markers into the bloodstream called C-reactive proteins. Once the stress has passed, the inflammatory markers reduce and the body is supposed to return to normal. However, when the body is under chronic stress, C-reactive proteins are continually elevated in the blood, causing chronic inflammation. In effect the body does not return to normal and continues the inflammatory response.
Not only does the body react to outside stress, as mentioned above it can also begin to attack itself. The body begins to see it’s own cells and even good bacteria as a threat. It can attack the lining of the gut where a major portion of the body’s immune system cells reside. It can also attack muscles and joints as seen in certain types of arthritis.
Left untreated inflammation will become chronic and the effects in the body will be disease and disorders such as:
Diagnosis and Treatment for Inflammation
Rather than trying to mask the symptoms or attack the disease, LifeWorks Wellness Center seeks to find the root cause of the inflammation and help the body heal from the mitochondrial level. In order to detect the presence of inflammation we check your bloodwork and may also run a variety of tests such as stool and urine tests.
We treat inflammation using several therapies to treat the various causes such as:
- Ozone Therapies
- Hyperthermic Ozone and Carbonic Acid Transdermal Therapy (HOCATT)
- Ultraviolet Blood Irradiation Therapy (UVBI)
- Prolozone Therapy
- Allergy Elimination
- Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy (PEMF)
- IV Therapy
Get Help with Inflammation?
If you think you might be suffering inflammation, it's imperative to get it checked out. As we have discussed, chronic inflammation sets the stage and ultimately leads to many chronic diseases. The difficult part of inflammation is that it often times goes unnoticed until disease symptoms are present or it is brushed off as part of the aging process. If you suspect you have an inflammatory condition, you should get checked out by a competent doctor, trained in diagnosing and treating the underlying causes of inflammation.
At LifeWorks Wellness Center, we have decades of experience in treating inflammation and helping patients uncover the underlying cause of it. As you extinguish the inflammation, the body can now heal and reverse the disease process. Supported with proper nutrition and other modalities patients can recover.
Think you might have inflammation? Looking for a natural health clinic that listens to you and goes beyond suppressing symptoms? Give us a call at 727-466-6789 or submit an online inquiry.
We look forward to helping you regain your health and wellness so you can live the life you should be living.
Dr's Videos on Inflammation
LifeWorks' patient, Karen tells her story of unresolved illness which she suffered from for many years and how she finally found relief when she came to see Dr. Minkoff. Watch her video testimonial.
First, I am claustrophobic so I didn’t think I would handle the HOCATT very well. Second, I do not handle heat very well. Thank God for Amelia being the person that runs the HOCATT. She is so kind and gentle, loving and so much more.
I came here in August of 2016 very sick with Lyme disease after 15 years of misdiagnosis. I came here alone and fearful/skeptical that I would or could be helped.
My stay here at Lifeworks has been nothing but positive! My body, mind and health have been mended and I feel fantastic and have a different positive mind set moving home.
I wish to thank Dr. Minkoff and all of the staff at Lifeworks for the care and treatment I received here. Thank you for your kindness and patience with all of our situations and conditions. I had an unexpected resolution of right QL/SI joint pain after neural therapy in the belly button.
I will start by saying that what I say here is 100% true and honest. I say this because what I am about to say is so dramatic and life changing, the same as getting and being sick for the last number of years had been.
...my energy level has greatly increased and most all my food allergies are gone.
When I came to LifeWorks I had chronic fatigue and digestive issues. I have now been doing treatments for 3 weeks and have seen improvements in both areas.
*Disclaimer: Individual patient results may vary based on a patient's medical history and other factors.