The Center for Disease Control states that 7 of every 10 Americans die of a chronic disease. What exactly is “chronic disease?'”
The medical dictionary states: “Any persistent or recurring disease that lasts for three months or longer.” These diseases include allergies, anxiety, Alzheimer’s, arthritis, asthma, cancer, COPD, Crohn’s, chronic fatigue, cystic fibrosis, depression, diabetes, emphysema, fibromyalgia, Gulf War Syndrome, heart disease, high blood pressure, Lyme disease, lupus, multiple sclerosis, obesity, osteoporosis, PTSD, stroke and more.
Chronic diseases are generally caused by some form of environmental contamination, diet related, stress induced, poor lifestyle choices and from toxic relationships. Chronic diseases are considered manageable but incurable by the mainstream medical profession.
Medical schools don’t teach much about inflammation and its effect on chronic disease. The medical profession has been slow to connect the two. “Researchers are linking inflammation to an ever-wider array of chronic illnesses,” reported Newsweek’s Anne Underwood in 2005. “Suddenly medical puzzles seem to be fitting together, such as why hypertension puts patients at increased risk of Alzheimer’s, or why rheumatoid-arthritis sufferers have higher rates of sudden cardiac death. They’re all connected on some fundamental level.” Even though this information has been out there for many years, very little has been done to find the cause as opposed to treating the symptoms.
Some intuitive doctors have known about the effects of inflammation on disease for hundreds of years. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Ayurveda, aka Ayurvedic Medicine, have known about it for thousands of years.
The difference between modern “discoveries” and ancient treatments is we now have the ability to look at molecules, give them, and our “newly” discovered diseases, names. Once they have names and we’ve categorized the symptoms, we can promote new drugs and treatments.
Chronic inflammation and chronic disease go hand in hand. Chronic inflammation is a major contributor to most diseases. Surveys indicate that 80 percent of visits to doctor’s offices are for issues relating to chronic disease. If you don’t have a chronic disease, you probably know someone who does.
Inflammation, and chronic inflammation, can be caused by many things. Foods made with processed vegetable oils, fried food, non-fat dried milk, powdered coffee creamer, most salad dressings, particularly salad dressings made with GMO oils, crackers, cookies, chips, all GMO foods and other processed and convenience junk foods. The more highly processed the food, the more likely it is to cause a problem.
When we consume these types of so called foods, we’re bombarded with free radicals. Gluten intolerance can inflame the gut and cause or contribute to a low-grade, lingering infection. Other low-grade lingering infections can be from poor quality dental procedures, root canals and even old injuries. Heavy metals, pesticides, herbicides and all sorts of chemicals can cause inflammation at the cellular level.
Chronic inflammation usually falls below our perceived pain threshold. We don’t really feel sick, but we don’t feel as good as we believe we should. When this is the case, the delicate balance between the major systems of our bodies aren’t working in harmony with each other. In a healthy body these systems: endocrine, central nervous, digestive, and cardiovascular/respiratory, communicate with each another on a very subtle level. Chronic inflammation distorts that delicate balance of communication.
We’ve all heard that “we’re all different and no one treatment fits all.” The best way to find out exactly the cause of our specific problem is to keep an accurate daily written log. The log needs to be updated at various times during the day. Thinking that we can keep the information in mind when our life is full of constant changes is folly. With the advent of the computer and portable pocket sized devices, that task may be able to be simplified.
A pocket size notebook and a pen or pencil has always proven effective for me. They require no batteries, special apps are inexpensive and can be taken almost anywhere. Over the years, I’ve been able to pinpoint different foods, chemicals, lifestyle choices and even barometric pressure changes that have been problematic for me.
Once the suspected problem is found, and I use suspected because often there is more than one cause, you need to eliminate it from your life for a month. If the problem still lingers or is diminished but not eliminated totally, you need to eliminate other suspected items from your life. Do not add the original suspected cause back into your life. If, by eliminating a second, third or more items, the problem is completely gone, try reintroducing the other suspected causes back into your life one at a time. If the problem reoccurs, even slightly, eliminate that item for good, and “for good” is an apt description.
Barometric pressure changes are impossible to eliminate. Years ago, I found by using a log book I was able to track the changes, be aware of what was causing the problem and take appropriate measures. Now, I can tell by the way I feel that a change is about to happen, usually two or three days in advanced of the barometer reading.
Toxic relationships can be a part of the problem and need to be listed in your log. More than one friend has told me that when they were in a relationship that caused upheavals in their lives, they suffered from flare-ups of fibromyalgia. The flare-ups would coincide with their contact with the person and chronic fibromyalgia was the case when the other person was their significant other. Stress can cause chronic inflammation and toxic relationships are stressors. If you display a symptom or experience stress after involvement with the person, consider it a sign that something needs to change if you want to experience true well being.
During the past 30+ years of my personal search for health and wellness, researching, writing and teaching classes on the subject, I’ve found many things that can promote well being by listening to others experiences and anecdotal information, through personal experiences and clinical research studies. Many of the discoveries lodged in my brain for future use but have long since disappeared as far as noted sources and references. All my writings and classes are for information, information for the recipient to use as they see fit.