chronic inflammation vs. acute inflammation

Our bodies do an amazing job of preventing disease.  We have built in defense mechanisms that fight off infections and viruses.  Our skin has many bacteria like staph and strep that keep the bad bacteria from entering our bodies.  If we get a cut our bodies go into full battle mode to fight and kill any intruders.

On the inside of our bodies these defense mechanisms are at work all of the time.  We may be exposed to a virus and never know it because our macrophages will eat the virus up before we even get a symptom.  But, if our bodies are in a state of constant battle they may not be able to kill the virus, and in some cases the defense mechanism  turns on itself and begins to attack its own tissue, as is the case in rheumatoid arthritis and Lupus.  When our bodies are in the fight mode for long periods, chronic inflammation can lead to other disease states like metabolic syndrome, type II diabetes, depression, hypertension, heart disease, cancer.

New evidence is out there that would suggest that diet, exercise, sleep and stress can contribute to this state of chronic inflammation.  A diet low in carbohydrates, rich in nutrients will help to lower this inflammation along with strenuous exercising at least 30 minutes a day, getting 8 hours of good sleep every night,  and reducing emotional stress, through meditation or deep relaxed breathing will lower your risk of chronic inflammation and reduce it if it exists.

Acute inflammation will help prevent a cold or heal an injury, chronic inflammation can destroy our organs.  Make steps today to help your bodies do the job they are so good at doing.   Eliminate all sugar, especially high fructose corn syrup.  Go through your cupboards and through out all white four and refined grains.  Fill your refrigerators with vegetables; if you must have fruit, make it only berries.  Get up and move, buy a pedometer and get your 10,000 steps in every day, listening to music makes the job much more fun.  make sure to get 8 hours of sleep, that is when your body is trying to repair and rejuvenate.  Get together with family and friends, talk out the stressors in your life.  Be mindful of what you eat and why you are eating, maybe you are just bored or thirsty.

We only live once, make the most of every moment!!!!!!!!!

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Dr Stephanie Seneff

Dr Stephanie Seneff

Watch this youtube video,  Dr Seneff does a great job of explaining what some of the complications that can occur when eating grains that are genetically modified.

 There is an epidemic of obesity, diabetes, and heart disease linked to an abundance of corn, soy and wheat produced on industrial farms; widespread bacterial, viral, and fungal resistance from antibiotic and pesticide overuse and nutrient depleted food supply from over treated soil is causing a rise in cancer, lung disease, and chronic ailments associated with chemical by-products of industrial farms and pharmaceutical companies.

We have become a nation that treats symptoms with band aides like statin, antidepressants, and other Rx”s.  We are willing to do surgeries like hip and knee replacements on obese people who could get better results from weight loss. Diabetes type II is a curable disease; weight loss, exercise and a change in diet will often eliminate the decease, but instead we just medicate. 

High cholesterol is seen as bad; our bodies make cholesterol and it has a vital purpose in our immune systems.  Instead of looking at the cause of high cholesterol, which is a symptom of an inflammatory problem caused by the consumption of excess carbohydrates. Carbohydrates are a harsh irritant to our blood vessels and cholesterol is the part of our immune system that comes in to repair the damage caused by the sugars.  Why do we medicate people with statins and take away our bodies natural defense mechanism.   Research shows that those with a cholesterol level at 250 or greater are at a smaller risk of developing heart disease and stroke.  It is The triglyceride level and fasting glucose levels that we should be focusing on. Triglyceride levels are a blood level that is an indication of how much excess carbohydrates we are consuming.  The worst case I saw was a lady with a TG level of 800, her liver was totally sclerosed like that of an alcoholic.  Sugar does the same damage to the liver as alcohol.

 I have seem many patients come in withe fasting glucose levels in the 200-300 range and still the only focus is on the cholesterol level.  Everyone should know what their fasting glucose level is.  The healthy range is 70-90, above 100 is considered high and steps should be taken to reduce the level; research shows that levels that are on the high end of normal for long periods of time can increase your risk of stroke, Alzheimer’s, heart disease and other neurological diseases.  There is early research being done that may link high glucose levels to children with seizure disorders, Autism, ADD, ADHD.  There may even be a link to high glucose levels and cancer; cancer cells need fat and glucose to survive.  Some schools are going to ketogenic diets to treat their children with neurological disease.  Cancer institutes are researching the use of a ketogenic diet to kill cancer.  For recipes that are in the ketogenic diet try “The Charlie Foundation”.  There  is a youtube video by Dr Attia who lives the ketogenic diet and is an triathlon athlete. 

egg yolks

Eggs have been given a bad rap over the years, especially the yolk.  I used to throw away the yolk and just eat the white; they still offer egg white only omelets in restaurants.  The yolk is the most nutritious part of the egg; throw away the white and just eat the yolk for the most nutrition.  When cooking eggs you will get more nutrition from the yolk the less it is cooked.  Go for a couple of easy over eggs today, or when hard boiling them leave the yolk more on the runny side….Boil for just 3 minutes and cool in water.

Good book on nutrition; Eating on the Wild Side:The Missing Link to Optimum Health  by Jo Robinson  (Kindle Book)

Sue’s passion

I am new to blogging, I have had a passion for health and preventing disease since I was a teen.  I work in the health profession and see so much hardship as a result of living a life that leads to disease.  I have read “There is no money in prevention”.  Prevention is what I hope to accomplish; epigenetics.  I wanted a way to educate people about the research and reading that I have done over the years, that I believe could prevent much of the disease that we see today; such as diabetes, cancer, Alzheimer’s, obesity, metabolic syndrome, heart disease, stroke etc.

I hope to post on my blog some advise that I live by, recipes for healthy eating, life style changes people can make, and books, videos, and web sites that will provide people with the information that can help them start, or continue their journey to a healthier, longer life.  I am open to input and encourage all to keep an open mind to change.  Not all advise is good for everyone, it is important to make choices that suit ones own condition.  Science is ongoing, we need to keep more up to date in our health care.