I believe inflammation is the basis of all disease. An article in TIME MAGAZINE that was put together by a series of medical specialists came to this same conclusion. “The Fires Within” explains that Inflammation is the body’s first defence against infection, but when it goes awry, it can lead to heart attacks, colon cancer, Alzheimer’s, and a host of other diseases” (Time Magazine Monday Feb. 23, 2004)
Scientists are starting to see links to an old-age immunological defence mechanism called inflammation … the same biological processes that reddens the tissue around a splinter, or causes an injured toe to swell. This will radically change doctors’ concepts of what inflammation is, and what it can lead to if not treated early.
Sandy Sanderson from Elektralife sent me this article from her research on Magnesium and Immune Disorders: She says “Low magnesium status is prevalent in diabetes type II, heart disease, cancer, depression and immune system disorders, including Lupus.
“All of these degenerative illnesses have inflammation in common. Inflammation is characterized by pressure and pain, as the immune system goes into overdrive, sending lymphocytes to regions of pathogenic activity and acidic, low-oxygen environments. It is always a consequence of magnesium deficiency, and can manifest in any part of the body from fat cells to brain cells, bone cells, liver cells, nerve sheaths, ligaments – everywhere and anywhere. In World War I, the French discovered that using magnesium chloride salt solution greatly improved the healing of injuries in their soldiers – something they stumbled upon because pharmaceutical drugs were in short supply at the time. Researchers since then have discovered that a high magnesium status in cells correlates with more virulent immune cells, not necessarily more quantity being produced. In other words, magnesium gives us more ‘bang for our buck’ in immune status. That is, too many white blood cells with low virulence clog up tubules and vessels, with healing being slower and suffering and discomfort being greater.
“Modern lifestyles promote more inflammatory responses, which basically clog up the pipes. Today our soils and food supply have become very magnesium-depleted, due to industrial-chemical farming methods. Processing removes even more magnesium, as it is highly water-soluble.”
‘The Complete Guide to Nutritional Health’ by Cousins and Hartvig (London 2004) says that inflammation “is the body’s initial response to tissue or cell damage (internal or external), and the symptoms of heat, redness, swelling and pain it causes are well known.”
They continue by saying that “it is the process of inflammation that actually allows the immune system to do its work quickly and efficiently. To the naturopath physician, inflammation is not an unwelcome event, but the primary sign that the body is starting to heal itself.”
So while a doctor may offer treatment by prescribing an anti-inflammatory to suppress the inflammation, the naturopath may seek to keep the patient comfortable while allowing natural healing mechanisms to do their work unsuppressed.
Rather than treat the inflammation with anti-oxidants and EFAs, the medical fraternity have tended to give an anti-inflammatory that might then stop the body from absorbing calcium, and the next set of problems begin.
Italian Researchers recently found that EFAs reduce the frequency of intestinal attacks in people with Crohn’s disease. People who took anti-inflammatory medication were often found to be deficient in folic acid.
Let continue this conversation in my next newsletter