The cause of all these diseases is purely chronic, low-grade INFLAMMATION.
According to Stanford University professor of immunology and rheumatology William Robinson this association first came to light with arthritis. The studies he carried out showed that osteoarthritic joint tissues contain larger than usual numbers of inflammatory cells. These, he found, were the central driver of the progression of this disease and escalates the attack against the joint itself.
With heart disease, even conservative groups like the American Heart Association (AMA) now acknowledge the devastating role of inflammation. Studies have shown that men with the highest levels of C-reactive protein (CRP) in their blood – a major marker of inflammation – are more than twice as likely to have the condition.
There is new evidence by Dr. Patrick Kingsley, a British integrative doctor, that after treating thousands of diabetic patients he discovered that inflammation was the common culprit.
Ordinarily, inflammation is not a bad thing. Some of the signs are heat, swelling, redness and pain. this is an attempt by the body’s immune system to heal an injury, insult, allergy or infection by increasing the flow of healing nutrients to flush away harmful pathogens and invaders.
However, when it has to do with degenerative conditions, inflammation is a healing response that has gotten out of control. Chronic conditions such as joint pain, heart disease and diabetes are an inflammatory warning sign that the body is struggling to maintain health in the face of an overwhelming assault of some sort of stressor.
In the case of diabetes, usually some food-provoked inflammation that not only inhibits normal healing, but also contributes to the cycle of a continually worsening situation.
Dr. John Mansfield, author of Arthritis: The Allergy Connection, after successfully treating thousands of arthritis patients, maintains that most forms of arthritis are “environmentally induced” by an intolerance to certain foods or environmental chemicals, and that 90% of patients can be improved or fully cured just by making certain lifestyle changes.
Dr. Kingsley discovered similar results when treating diabetes. His own casebook and experience confirm that what causes high glycemic reactions in diabetics is not simply large doses of sugar, but “individualized idiosyncratic reactions to a food.” This is very interesting because it confirms that diabetes is very unique to the individual and there is not a cookie cutter approach to diabetes or any other chronic inflammatory situation.
The solution is to find the source of inflammation – it is usually one or more foods or food groups – and people are often able to drastically lower their need for insulin. This is exactly the path we follow at Sharnowski Center for Functional Health. Find the root cause of the problem, or inflammation and eliminate that stressor. That, in conjunction with the appropriate nutrient application, simple lifestyle modifications and sometimes, the right exercise or movement program for you will assure you a great outcome.
For my first official blog post I have offered you the seemingly impossible: a simple means of locating the source of your inflammation and, consequently, your condition. With just a little effort and persistence you can transform your health and you may perform your own small miracle and drastically reduce your insulin or drugs.