The Common Link in Chronic Disease

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Naturopathic Doctors have long recognized the damaging effects of chronic inflammation on the anatomy and physiology of the body.  Inflammatory responses can be triggered by one or a combination of factors in our modern day lifestyles, such as:

– Poor diet

– Not enough water

– Not enough essential fatty acids (EFAs), specifically Omega 3s (Fish and Flax oil)

– Persistent stress

– Food allergies

– Caffiene

– Smoking

– Alcohol Consumption

– Excessive Exercise

– Sedentary Lifestyle

Chronic Illness is tremendously prevalent, and is affecting people at younger and younger ages.  A chronic illness is an illness that persists over a long period of time and affects physical, mental, emotional, social or spiritual wellness.

According to the Centres of Disease Control (CDC), 70% of deaths in the USA are due to chronic diseases.  Furthermore, nearly 50% of the US population have one or more chronic diseases.  What we know for sure is that a healthy diet and lifestyle can significantly reduce the risk of developing chronic illness.

Chronic Diseases can affect specific systems in the body.  Examples include:

CARDIOVASCULAR SYSTEM

– Vasculitis, Cellulitis

– Heart Disease

– Stroke

MUSCULOSKELETAL SYSTEM

– Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis

– Chronic Tendonitis

– Fibromyalgia

– Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

GASTROINTESTINAL TRACT

– Ulcerative Colitis

– Crohn’s Disease

– Diverticulosis

RESPIRATORY TRACT

– Allergies

– Chronic Sinusitis

– Asthma

– Emphysema

URINARY TRACT

– Interstitial Cystitis

CANCER

The common link between many chronic diseases is the presence of inflammation.  Inflammation is a normal physiological process that occurs when irritants, microorganisms or damaged cells trigger the immune system to respond and repair or clean up the affected area.

When the immune system responds there is:

– Pain

– Redness

– Swelling

– Loss of function (if the inflammation becomes pronounced)

The immediate inflammatory response damages surrounding cells while an area is repaired, however when the process goes as it should, the healing prevails.  As the immune system deals with the offending agents,  and the area is cleared, surrounding cells can resume normal function and the inflammatory effects (pain, redness, swelling) resolve.

However, when inflammation persists, this can create changes in the tissue that are unfavourable.  This is also when chronic pain sets in and people start to take notice, or the inflammation can start to affect parts of the body that create secondary symptoms that start to alter a person’s quality of health.

Persistant inflammation happens when irritants like poor food ingredients, food allergens, stress, the byproducts of smoking and/or alcohol, become prevalent.  Inflammation can be neutralized by enough of the good stuff, such as water, fresh food, fresh air, exercise and stress management activities.

If you or someone you know struggles with a chronic illness and feel that conventional options for treatment are limited, my colleague, Dr. Charlene Kush, and I have plenty of solutions for addressing the root cause of your illness, while also offering recommendations for symptomatic alleviation.  When we take a dynamic approach to reducing inflammation, we have seen so many people overcome their chronic illness and regain their quality of life.  To arrange an appointment to meet with us, call WIN Health & Rehab Centre at 905.354.0276.

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