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5 Common Kitchen Foods to Reduce Inflammation Naturally

5 Common Kitchen Foods to Reduce Inflammation Naturally

Our kitchens may hold the keys to combatting inflammation in a safe, natural, and effective way.

It has been established that inflammation is an underlying contributing factor in multiple diseases that afflict Western society. Unfortunately, the Standard American Diet, as well as poor lifestyle choices such as inactivity, contribute to the wide-spread presence of inflammation in the population.

6 Bodily Tissues That can be Regenerated Through Nutrition

6 Bodily Tissues That Can Be Regenerated Through Nutrition

It may come as a surprise to some, especially those with conventional medical training, but the default state of the body is one of ceaseless regeneration. Without the flame-like process of continual cell turnover within the body - life and death ceaselessly intertwined - the miracle of the human body would not exist

A New Way to Treat Arthritis

A New Way to Treat Arthritis

"Itis" means inflammation, thus any disease with an "itis" at the end, has an inflammatory component. "Autoimmune disorder" essentially means that the body begins to attack itself. As far as arthritis is concerned, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, and others have been designated as autoimmune, where osteoarthritis has been recognized as general wear and tear, void of an autoimmune component. It is becoming more apparent that all inflammatory arthritis conditions have some sort of immune element related to it, including osteoarthritis.

The immune system reaction is a perception; it perceives what it believes to be a foreign object and attacks it by sending pro-inflammatory components as well as toxic chemicals to destroy. Such "foreign objects" can include foods, proteins, pathogens, and the body's own tissue "perceived" as foreign.

Arthritis conditions are cascading, they might begin small, but continually grow, and here you will see why using the breakdown of cartilage as an example.

Cartilage lines joints, provides protection, lubricates, cushions and preserves joints. Collagen is the protein that is in cartilage and reduces friction from movement and keeps joints healthy and mobile.

Whether due to injury, or general wear and tear, collagen can be exposed through breakdown of the cartilage and the synovial lining. When this happens, the body perceives it as foreign, and then mobilizes what are known as Killer T Cells to attack the "foreign invader." Cytokines are also released which are pro-inflammatory. This creates the cycle of inflammation > more attack > oxidative stress > and accelerated joint breakdown. Over time the cartilage and local tissue is further eroded and destroyed.

Conventional anti-inflammatories help with palliative support (although come with digestive issues, nutrient depletions, and immune challenges.) Immune suppressers such as corticosteroids can provide tremendous relief, although over the long term can lead to weight gain, further immune suppression, gastric ulcers, elevated blood pressure and blood sugar, and an increased risk of bone fractures.

In lab animal studies, when researchers want to induce inflammation or arthritis, they inject collage into the blood stream; the collagen is recognized as foreign, which then incites inflammatory chemicals such as killer T Cells and cytokines to mobilize. Thus when collagen is in the blood it leads to and triggers autoimmune attack.

The exposed collagen is then believed to be the chief cause of the inflammation, leading to the immune cells to mistakenly identify it as an invasive, foreign molecule.

So this leads to the question?

"Is there a way to change the body's response to exposed collagen, thus putting a damper on the auto-immune attack, while providing complementary support for the health of the tissue, cartilage and joints?

Yes!

In steps induced oral tolerance and desensitization of the immune system. Let me explain what this is about.

Back in 2000, the University of Nebraska noticed in a study that people with osteoarthritis, who consumed chicken soup, experienced a decrease in the mobilization of immune cells to the inflammatory sites. It turns out that the collagen from the chicken bones was responsible for this anti-inflammatory effect.

This led to researchers to begin working with what is known as un-denatured collagen, also known as UC-II. Regular collagen that is found in many hair, skin and nail products, is denatured, does not have the same 3-D structure, and does not provide the desensitization of the immune system that the un-denatured collagen does.

UC-II has been found to activate a pathway known as "induced oral tolerance", which trains the immune system to correctly recognize exposed cartilage proteins as its own tissue, not a foreign body, thus this is how it helps regulate the immune system in auto-immune inflammatory disorders, such as arthritis.

UC-II is believed to "work its magic" in the lower end of the small intestine in the Peyer's Patches. Peyer's Patches are forms of immune tissue, which act as training centers for the Killer T Cells. This is believed to influence and desensitize the immune system to develop a natural tolerance to new foods, and proteins (i.e. - collagen) with the end result being that Killer T Cells are not mobilized.

There have been numerous studies on animals and people which have shown benefits of utilizing UC-II including; a significant decrease in number of swollen and painful joints in patients with osteoarthritis and juvenile arthritis, significant enhancement of daily activity and quality of life, a significant reduction in measurable pain in horses, and moderately arthritic dogs are able to place more weight on sore limbs and use limbs more naturally.

Acupuncture: Calling the Defense

An article in the British Medical Journal asked whether doctors should recommend acupuncture for pain and then presented the argument for both sides. However, the argument against acupuncture suffered from three important flaws

FLAW #1: MISREPRESENTING THE CONCLUSIONS OF THE RESEARCH

Are Your "Side Effects" Symptoms of Illness or Healthiness?

Are Your "Side Effects" Symptoms of Illness or Healthiness?

Our current medical paradigm is incomplete and insufficient. Clinical studies treat symptoms* as 'bad', to be 'treated' or minimized. This failure is at the core of many of the systemic medical problems we face today. It is a reason we have 'given up' trying to cure many chronic illnesses. It is also a reason we don't test conventional nor alternative medicines adequately.

Most medical studies completely ignore symptoms of health and healing. All medications list 'side effects' on the packaging.  Every medicine has a design effect. Other effects are listed as 'side effects'.

Side effects can be symptoms of healing and healthiness.  They might be symptoms indicating further, or different, unhealthiness or illness. The packaging, and our current medical systems do not distinguish between these two - and other symptoms.  We will have a better, more effective, medical system when we learn this distinction.

When we have an illness, there are many symptoms to consider:

a) There are symptoms caused by the illness, or the damage it is doing. If you have a bacterial infection, the bacteria could be releasing toxins that cause pain or discomfort.  Discomfort from an illness is immensely varied, and can range from a minor feeling of unease, to unrelenting pain from a serious cancer.

b) There are symptoms that indicate your body is fighting the illness.  Inflammation, pain, swelling, vomiting, etc.

c) There are symptoms of healing, when your body is replacing cells that were damaged by the illness. These may include itching, swelling, even discomfort and pain. When your body is clearing out toxins from the illness there may be many more symptoms.  These symptoms might start - as soon as the illness is present. When your body detects an illness, it starts to feel the illness, to fight the illness, and to heal from the illness - all at once.

d) There are also symptoms that appear when you have recovered.  If you were sick for a while, your body might feel agitated, eager to get moving, stretching, etc.

Study Type : Animal Study
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Pharmacological Actions : Osteoprotective : CK(20) : AC(6)

Arthritis Linked to Gingivitis Bacteria

Arthritis Linked to Gingivitis Bacteria

A growing body of research is confirming that the bacteria that infect our gums may well be the cause of many cases of arthritis.

Dentistry researchers from Germany's Martin-Luther University Halle-Wittenberg recently analyzed the synovial fluid of 42 patients - average age of 54 years old - with rheumatoid arthritis. They compared this information with 114 control subjects around the same age who had no arthritis and no other rheumatoid conditions.

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