Inflammation

In simplistic language, inflammation is the body’s response to the presence of an irritant. What represents an irritant can vary widely. Examples of offending irritants may include:

  • Pathogens such as viruses, fungi, bacteria
  • Chemicals or radiation
  • Toxic Exposures
  • Injuries like cuts and abrasions
  • Heavily processed foods with preservatives and added chemicals
  • Stress

The major problem with inflammation is….it develops insidiously. Meaning, the damage and havoc to our bodies develops very slowly and subtly. Unbeknownst to the host, the body is increasing pro-inflammatory cells and molecules such as free radicals, histamine, and prostaglandins. Unfortunately, a great deal of damage has already occurred by the time a patient presents to a medical office with pain and fatigue, for example. A chronic increase in these cells is a contributing factor to auto-immune disease.

An extensive health history along with thorough physical exam and laboratory bloodwork are essential to managing chronic inflammation. Blood testing for inflammatory markers can be performed on-site. Everyone can benefit from reducing toxic burden, and thus, reduce inflammation.

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mind, body, and soul.