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Chronic Inflammation:

The Causes and the Cures

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has named chronic disease control as the public health challenge of the 21st Century.  In 2005, it was recorded that 1 out of every 2 adults in America had at least one chronic disease.[4]  This is a staggering statistic that should cause us to ask, why?

All disease states involve inflammation and inflammation is the cause of nearly all disease states. Inflammatory diseases include atherosclerotic plaque in the arteries, autoimmune disorders, Alzheimer's, fibromyalgia, Lupus, and Rheumatoid Arthritis, diabetes. [5]

Inflammation is the body’s way of protecting us from infection or something foreign. When we injure ourselves, the injured areas become swollen, hot, and red. This is acute inflammation; this type of inflammation happens almost immediately after injury and can last from several hours to several days. First, it is the body’s way of providing immediate protection to an injured or infected area while the second part of the process is repair. Infection is not inflammation; infection is an invasion of the body by a foreign entity such as bacteria, yeast, or a virus.  While infection is considered injury to the tissue, inflammation is the defense against that infection.

Chronic inflammation is when the inflammatory state continues for months or years.  This type of inflammation is unhealthy and is the major contributor to chronic diseases. Inflammation becomes chronic when there is a constant catalyst; the catalyst itself can be any item the body views as foreign.[3] It could be toxins from environmental chemicals or from mercury fillings. This stimulus could also be a food allergy to items such as processed foods, chips, cookies, candy, wheat, corn, dairy, or soy. Remember that even if it is marketed as healthy, it might be something that your body has an aversion to and every time you eat it, your body triggers an inflammatory response.  

Unfortunately, unlike acute inflammation, chronic inflammation is usually silent because there isn't any initial pain associated with it.  However, damage is being done to the inside of your body.  Diseases like atherosclerosis are the direct result of inflammation and not cholesterol like the media, large pharmaceutical companies and many in the medical community would have you believe.[1] The bottom line is that it is unhealthy to be chronically inflamed, as many disease states have been linked to chronic inflammation.  

Many people believe that they can take over-the-counter or anti-inflammatory prescription medication like NSAIDS or a baby aspirin and this will cease the inflammation.  Unfortunately, this is not a very viable answer.  While these drugs may be effective at stopping inflammation, they can also carry side effects. They increase chances for heart attacks, strokes, and high blood pressure. They can harm the lining of your stomach and intestines, and can cause serious problems such as ulcers, bleeding, hives, and asthma attacks. Finally, taking any anti-inflammatory drug makes tendons and ligaments weaker, and stops muscles from getting stronger.[4]

Although chronic inflammation is very common, it is also preventable and can be reversed by identifying what is causing the inflammation. When the initial stressors are removed and the body's systems are balanced, the inflammatory fire can be extinguished.  

To begin the journey, one does not have to look any further than what they are eating. By changing nutrition habits and eating nourishing foods, a body can re-balance.

At Educated Nutrition, we believe in the work of Weston A. Price; our diets should be made up of unprocessed, unadulterated foods in their whole state, just the way Mother Nature designed them. Ideal foods include vegetables from organic sources, pasture-raised farm animals, fats from healthy sources, such as cold-pressed extra virgin olive oil, and coconut oil.

It is our goal to help clients achieve lasting health results by finding the macro nutrient ratio that works best for them and their bio-individuality. We partner with our clients to make lifelong sustainable changes to both diet and lifestyle. These changes begin the healing process from autoimmune disorders and chronic diseases. The benefits of reducing inflammation are immediate and long-term. We look forward to hearing from you!


1. Campbell-McBride, N (2012). Put Your Heart in Your Mouth. United Kingdom: Mediform Publishing 

2. Connizzo, B., Yannascoli, S., Tucker , J., Caro, A., Riggin, C., Mauck, R., Soslowsky, L., & Steinberg, D. (2013). The detrimental effects of systemic ibuprofen delivery on tendon healing are time-dependent. Clinical orthopaedics and related research,

3. Sashwati, R Raychaudhuri, S.P, & Debasis, B (2012). Chronic Inflammation: Molecular Pathophysiology, Nutritional and Therapeutic Interventions. United States : Boca Raton : CRC Press, c2013.

4. The power of prevention . (n.d.). Retrieved from

5. Underwood, A. (2005, June 10). Quieting a body’s defenses-researchers are linking inflammation to an ever-wider array of chronic illnesses but treatments that block the inflammatory response can backfire.

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