In this series of articles, we will look at inflammation the root cause of many health and medical problems. Problems ranging from cancer to autoimmune diseases. The actual list of inflammatory conditions is quite long and the medical profession lists more than 80 medical problems as being cause by or made worse by inflammation. Some of the more common of these 80 inflammatory conditions are various cancers, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia, celiac disease, multiple sclerosis, heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, and even Alzheimer’s disease.
While it may sound like these inflammatory disorders would be hard to prevent, even harder to cure and hardest to understand, the fact is all of these are actually easy. Thankfully, acute and chronic inflammation can generally be managed by a combination of diet and lifestyle. In this series we will show you how you can make a very big dent in wither preventing or treating inflammation by simply adding a number of anti-inflammatory foods to your diet. We will also look at how even minor changes in your lifestyle, the way you live your life, the life choices you make can also both prevent and eliminate inflammation and hence both acute and even chronic inflammatory diseases.
I will start out by telling you that this article while having its roots in medical principles is not a medical article. Instead, it is written as more using healing principles, offering information that goes beyond standard Western Medicine, what I refer to as Interventive Medicine, “you first must get sick for Western medical doctors to help you,” and enters into the construct of Healing, that is preventing illness before it happens and/or curing illness once it happens. I do this here by laying out what inflammation is believed to be by Western Medicine and then how a Healer would see it.
According to Western Medicine, Harvard Medical Dictionary, defines inflammation as: “The body’s reaction to injury or infection. It is characterized by swelling, heat, redness, and pain.1” Webster adds to this definition: 1. “A local response to cellular injury that is marked by capillary dilatation, leukocytic infiltration, redness, heat, and pain and that serves as a mechanism initiating the elimination of noxious agents and of damaged tissue,” Webster then adds the following: Inflammation is also “The act of inflaming: the state of being inflamed.2”
Most medical doctors would look at these two definitions and accept the medical explanations. As a healer I would recognize the two medical definitions but look to the third definition the “act of inflaming, the state of being inflamed, and while I would be interested in the medical causes, I would ask about what inflammation means in the outer world. I then look to how we use these concepts and words in our language, hence how our body we see them and I get something like the following:
Inflammation is about anger, hatred, fear, unknown, about being attacked, about doubt, about a reaction to something negative, something attacking us in our life. Here again Webster, in its non- medical version comes to our aid: Definition of inflammatory: “1. Tending to excite anger, disorder, or tumult, seditious; 2. Tending to inflame or excite the senses, 3. Accompanied by or tending to cause inflammation.3”
In Medicine we see that inflammation is a reaction or response to a host of situations such as chronic fatigue, stress, loneliness, feeling isolated, feeling attacked, feeling that you are inauthentic, not sleeping enough or not sleeping regularly, to negative thinking, frustration, lack of
any life plan, evil, unhappiness, when you put others happiness over your own happiness and
well-being, wanting to be liked, feeling unliked, sadness, chronic inactivity and lack of exercise, to poor nutrition and poor nurturing.
Do these make sense? Only if you see them as generating a “state of becoming of being inflamed.” Where we are unhappy about something, where we feel attacked or diminished, sad and unhappy.
While diet, lifestyle changes can reduce our degree of inflammation, it is our intention and willingness to do positive things for our self that ultimately, along with the positive changes we make, actually act to heal us.
Healing not only includes the dietary and lifestyle changes we will suggest in the next articles but also the actions we take to change how we act and see ourselves in life. If you are sad (about anything), angry unhappy, feel alone and you want healing more than medical treatment then:
In our next article in this series, we will look at The Most Common Inflammatory Diseases? The foods, lifestyle situations, psychological and spiritual issues that contribute to triggering and maintaining the many inflammatory disorders and autoimmune diseases. We’ll discuss how to prevent them, treat them and cure them.
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