It seems like every time you hear about or read about different health issues, the word Inflammation comes up. All kinds of things come to mind e.g. swelling, pain, redness, heat, infection etc. It seems to be attached to every dis-ease, or health problem and person can have.
The Webster’s dictionary tells us that “inflammation is 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.”
Generally, inflammation has a connection to infection – the result of contamination to a body organ or part after the invasion of a disease producing substance or agent such as bacteria.
So basically, inflammation and infection go hand in hand or interact with each other. Alone or together they can set into motion a sequence of events that can lead to many varied health issues.
Two such issues to be addressed today are – (1) Arterial thrombosis and (2) Venous thrombosis/Pulmonary embolism. Arterial or vascular thrombosis issues often crop up with an increase in age, and generally without outward symptoms. (1)Arterial thrombosis is the involvement of platelet aggregation which forms around the clogged points in the arterial system which can cause an irregular heartbeat known as atrial fibrillation. (2) Venous thrombosis and pulmonary embolism are major causes of disability and death. Venous seems to be the most dangerous of the two – being “the formation of a blood clot inside a vein that can obstruct flow in the localized affected part of the venous circulatory system.” The difference between the two is the Veins contain valves while Arteries do not. A venous blood clot that has traveled to the lung is referred to as a Pulmonary Embolism.
All of these conditions are problematic. All have different risk factors. I will try to break each one down to so as to be understood by the common layperson.
Arterial Thrombosis – The symptoms of arterial thrombosis include mild to severe pain in the affected arm or leg, swelling of an arm or leg, redness or color change, and warmth of the skin. People with artificial heart valves or atrial fibrillation are at high risk for developing a thrombus. A thrombus (clot) can break loose and travel up a carotid artery, where it can cause an acute ischemic stroke. As well, it can travel through the circulatory system, block the blood flow to the lungs which in turn causes pulmonary embolism issues.
Pulmonary Embolism – The symptoms are chest pain, shortness of breath, and a fast heartbeat.
Venous Thrombosis – is a condition where the blood clot travels through the veins. Most of you have heard of this connected mostly with air travel, where sitting for a long period of time reduces the flow of blood in lower leg veins. Other risk factor causes can be too much TV watching, the use of oral contraceptives, advanced age, pregnancy, severe obesity, recent surgery, trauma, and cancer. You can check your risk factor by having your personal physician do a Thrombotic Risk test which should include Inflammatory Markers, Insulin Resistance Markers, Blood Cells, and Lipid Markers. Often Compression stocking are suggested to help reduce that stagnation of blood in the lower legs. Symptoms in this case can include, pain, swelling, and heat.
Again, I sound like a broken record which plays the same thing over and over, when I reiterate a lifestyle change to set the healing process into action which will help reduce the cause for all of the above, to include; quit smoking, get more exercise on a regular basis, eating a healthy diet (Detox Diet Plan), and the use of supplements as needed. Nutrients that can help these conditions are green tea, Omega 3 (fish oil), grape seed extract, (or you can eat Black grapes), pomegranate, garlic (I recommend a Cayenne Garlic Combination in Capsules – Visit our Store), flaxseed oil, curcumin, taurine, and magnesium.
Two new supplementations being studied, and which are obtainable, are Nattokinase, and French Maritime Pine Bark. Both are products of Life Extension.
Other INFLAMMATION CONNECTIONS: Diabetes, Alzheimer’s; Ulcerative Colitis, Crohn’s Disease – which are types of inflammatory bowel disease, RA, Fibromyalgia, Cellulitis, Skin Infections and many more.
REMEMBER – Inflammation is linked to these issues. It has taken most of you a lifetime to get your body’s issues to where they are now. Repairing the damage is a slow process. Do Not expect to be healed overnight. Your body takes its own sweet time to heal itself. THE TIME TO IMPLEMENT PREVENTATIVE MEASURES IS NOW. I hope and pray that it is not too late for any of you. Take it one step at a time. Do not fall into the trap of self diagnosis because of bad experiences or because of what I write or anyone else writes about this subject. You need to consult with a knowledgeable Naturopathic physician, or Detoxification Specialist, keeping in mind that NATURAL HEALING METHODS TREAT THE CAUSE AND NOT THE SYMPTOMS!
(Sited – Life Extension Magazine)
Become a HEALTHIER YOU! May God Bless!