Inflammation – What we should know and do about it
Inflammation is the body’s basic response to injury. Almost like triggers during the fight or flight syndrome, when we are physically hurt, the body uses inflammation to trigger a sequence of complicated, interrelated events work to defend the body, ultimately bringing plasma proteins and phagocytes (white blood cells that engulf and consume foreign material and debris) to the injured area for the purpose of initiating tissue repair.
In some diseases, the inflammatory process can be triggered even when there are no foreign invaders.
In autoimmune diseases, the body’s normally protective immune system damages its own tissues, as it erroneously recognizes self as foreign, and normal as abnormal.
Here’s where, and in what form, untreated or chronic inflammation can strike:
BRAIN Alzheimer’s, multiple sclerosis
GUMS periodontal disease
LUNGS asthma, bronchitis
INTESTINE Crohn’s disease
THROAT Laryngitis Acid Reflux
HEART, ARTERIES, VEINS vasculitis, atherosclerosis, heart disease
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