Monday, August 23, 2010

How Inflammation Occurs in the Body and How It Can Go Terribly Wrong

How Inflammation Occurs in the Body and When it Goes Terribly Wrong.

How Inflammation Works
Researchers believe that the same system that causes inflammation around a wound
can, when the response becomes chronic, play an important role in a broad range
of illnesses, from heart disease to Alzheimer's.  Here is a very simplified, and
much magnified, look at the basic mechanism.

A splinter slices through the skin, damaging cells and allowing bacteria and other
pathogens into the body.  In the world in which our bodies evolved, pain almost
always signaled a microbial invasion.

A Body's Cry For Help
Mast cells release histamine and cytokines, which alert the body that something
is wrong.  Tiny blood vessels respond by developing leaks that allow other
immune cells to rush to the field of battle.

The Counterattack
Even before reinforcements arrive, prestationed macrophages start attacking
bacteria and damaged cells, using toxic chemicals like nitric oxide.

The Inner Battle
Specialized immune cells migrate to the wound.  Neutrophils engulf and destroy
bacteria and damaged tissue, more macrophages appear, and lymphocytes intensify
the immune system's repower.

The Healing
As the pathogens are eliminated, a new series of molecular messengers signals
victory.  A group of irregularly shaped cells called platelets, along with other
substances, forms clots and closes the wound.

How Inflammation Goes Wrong
If the inflammatory flares refuse to die down or are up for prolonged periods,
permanent damage may result.

Continuous Activation can occur.  
A long running, low grade infection, like gum disease, may keep immune cells
flared up, or there may be a breakdown in the complex series of checks and
balances that regulates the immune system.

Friendly Fire
Certain parts of the body are mistakenly selected by immune cells for attack.  
Macrophages start chewing up cholesterol deposits in the coronary arteries,
or glial cells begin destroying neurons in the brain.

Chronic Illness
The body's efforts to heal the damage it created end up only making matters

source: Time Magazine - Inflammation, The Secret Killer.
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Pathogens - An agent that causes disease, especially a living microorganism such as a bacterium or fungus.
Histamine - An important protein involved in many allergic reactions.
Cytokines - Produced predominantly by activated immune cells such as microglia and are involved in the amplification of inflammatory reactions
Macrophages - Help destroy bacteria, key players in the immune response to foreign invaders such as infectious microorganisms.
Neutrophils - A type of white blood cell, filled with neutrally-staining granules, tiny sacs of enzymes that help the cell to kill and digest microorganisms
Glial Cells - Non-neural cells that perform "housekeeper" functions such as clearing out debris and excess materials.


Friday, August 20, 2010

Trivita Nopalea Natural Anti-Inflammation Health Alternative

We often make medicine a lot more complex than it really is.  We see chronic diseases like heart disease, cancer, alzheimer's as separate diseases.  However,, in reality, they are just simply different manifestations of inflammation.  We know about classic inflammation, when we feel pain, that's why you go see a Doctor.  However, we now know that there is a second type of inflammation, silent inflammation.  Silent inflammation is inflammation that goes below the perception of pain, and since there is no pain, there is nothing to stop it.  This type of inflammation can attack your organs every cell in your organs, over periods of years if not decades.  Until there is enough internal organ damage that is  called, chronic disease.

Now, how do you know if you havesilent inflammation?  There is a blood test, but if you are like me, you probably hate to take blood tests. Is there any other indication that you may have high levels of silent inflammation? There's no one factor, but there is a litany of questions you can ask, and if you can answer yes to 3 or more of these questions its quite likely you have high levels of silent inflammation. 

The first question is, Are you overweight? Well there are 2/3 of Americans right there.
Another question might be.. Are you taking cholesterol lowering drugs like statins?
Are you taking drugs for hypertension like beta blockers or diuretics?
Are you constantly groggy from wakening?
Are you constantly craving carbohydrates throughout the day?
Are you fatigued throughout the day?
Are your fingernails brittle?

If you can answer yes to 3 or more of these questions, you probably have high levels of silent inflammation.

There's no drug known to science that can reverse silent inflammation but there are natural properties in the Nopal cactus that can.  Those who have incorporated Nopalea, a natural juice derived from the whole nopal cactus, included in their diet have seen
significant reductions in silent inflammation and chronic inflammation.  Controlling that, opens up your pathway for wellness.

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