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Inflammation: The Duplicitous Fires Within | Cure Today

posted Jul 20, 2016, 9:08 AM by Amanda Bontempo   [ updated Jul 20, 2016, 9:08 AM ]

Inflammation is a new health buzzword everyone is talking about. As science and research delve deeper into the root causes of illness, they are constantly linked back to the age-old biological mechanism of inflammation. Inflammation is a series of complex biologic and immune responses to true or perceived harmful stimuli or irritants. Inflammare or ‘to set aflame’ was described by first century physician, Dioscorides, in a way that is still taught in medical schools: heat, redness, swelling and pain. 

While unpleasant, these hallmarks demonstrate that the body’s innate immune response is indeed working. Our bodies repel threats like microbes that could potentially make us sick while at the same time healing cells damaged in the process. This type of acute inflammation is usually localized to the area of trauma. If the agent causing the trauma persists, the inflammatory response becomes protracted and the adaptive physiologic response to injury becomes a self-destructive process.

Evidence is mounting that a subclinical prolonged smoldering inflammation is a liability with significant health costs. Chronic inflammation is the common denominator associated with many chronic diseases.

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