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Inflammation Can Cure or Kill You

Inflammation Can Cure or Kill You
October 24
19:46 2018

Most people hear the word inflammation and instantly think of something bad. You get a cut or some kind of minor skin wound and the whole area around it gets red and painful and you know you have  inflammation. You carefully clean the wound, put some sort of antibiotic cream on it and bandage it up, hoping the inflammation goes away soon.

If the inflammation doesn’t go away soon, but increases, we fear it is infected and spreading and needs more serious treatment.

In today’s more health informed world, we also hear about different forms of inflammation that can be caused by a whole host of reasons. Sometimes we can develop a silent type of inflammation that isn’t characterized by the typic red or white raised and painful swelling, but one that lurks inside. It can be caused by our diets and eating too many unhealthy foods, such as a diet rich in red or processed meats or too many sugars or bad carbohydrates. This kind of inflammation can lead to things like heart disease and strokes and even some autoimmune disorders like lupus and rheumatoid arthritis.  

Other forms of inflammation have the reputation of spreading throughout the body and if not kept under control, it will kill you.

For the most part, we think of inflammation as being bad, harmful and possible dangerous, and although it can be all of those things, inflammation plays a very vital and helpful function.

To be honest, inflammation is a sign that our immune system is working, hopefully working right.

Whenever the body gets an injury, or infection, the body sends special cells, white blood cells and T-cells, that are designed to help heal the wound and fight the infection. Without this kind of inflammation, the body is unable to heal itself, meaning the slightest wound or infection could easily be fatal.

Web MD defines it this way:

“Inflammation is a process by which the body’s white blood cells and substances they produce protect us from infection with foreign organisms, such as bacteria and viruses.”

Very Well Health gives this definition:

“Inflammation is the body’s natural response to injury. A sequence of complicated, interrelated events work to defend the body, ultimately bringing plasma proteins and phagocytes (white blood cells that engulf and consume foreign material and debris) to the injured area for the purpose of initiating tissue repair.”

“How It Happens” 

“The sequence of events that occur during an inflammatory response can vary, depending on the type or cause of injury (i.e., bacteria, trauma), the site of the injury, and the state of the body. In a localized infection, for example, the sequence of events can be summarized in 7 steps:

  1. Microbes (bacteria) enter the body.
  2. Small blood vessels become dilated to increase blood flow.
  3. There is an increase in vascular permeability to protein.
  4. Fluid moves into the tissue causing swelling.
  5. Neutrophils (a type of white blood cell) and later monocytes (another type of white blood cell) move from the blood vessels into the tissue.
  6. Microbes are engulfed and destroyed by white cells.
  7. Tissue repair is initiated.”

Yes, inflammation is important to our healing process, but as I said earlier, it can be harmful and deadly. If inflammation occurs in certain organs such as the kidneys, heart, lungs or brain, it can easily become deadly.

A doctor I once knew told me that inflammation is like voting. There’s good and bad, but mostly bad in both and sometimes it’s hard to tell which is which, but making the wrong decision can be quite disastrous.

We share this just to make you aware that sometimes inflammation is good and helpful, but also how dangerous it can be. If you get any inflammation, it’s important to keep watch on it.

 

 

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