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Inflammation: The Real Cause of All Disease and How to Reduce and Prevent It

The Body Ecology Diet book addresses the sources of inflammation - one of the silent causes of aging and disease. Get your copy to read how healing your digestion can reduce inflammation in your body and help you get well!

Did you know that inflammation is the common link between such debilitating conditions as Alzheimers, heart disease, cancer, and arthritis?

Did you know inflammation is thought to be the culprit behind the visible signs of aging?

Inflammation is a wellness buzz-word these days, and for good reason. If you reduce inflammation in your body, you'll not only look and feel younger, but you'll significantly lower your risk for chronic disease!

What is Inflammation?

Inflammation is your body's response to stress - whether from your diet, lifestyle or environment. Think of what happens when you catch a cold. You may experience inflammation in the form of a fever as your body heats up to eradicate the effects of the invading virus.

This kind of inflammation is good, but the modern epidemic of chronic, low-grade inflammation destroys the balance in your body. When your body's systems experience a constant inflammatory response, you become more susceptible to aging and disease.

What Causes Inflammation?

Body Ecology believes that one of the main causes of inflammation is low-grade bacterial, viral, and fungal infections in the bloodstream and organs like the stomach and gastro-intestinal tract.

For example, H pylori is a bacteria in the stomach that contributes to inflammation and the development of ulcers. H pylori is present in 50% of adults over 60 years old and in 20% of adults under the age of 40!

As you can see, inflammation is quite common and caused by more than just pathogenic organisms.

Other causes of inflammation include:

  • Chronic low-grade food allergies or food sensitivities that may cause few symptoms.
  • An imbalance of bacteria and fungi in your gastrointestinal tract, also known as dysbiosis. This causes your immune system to overreact to bacteria in your gut and can be without notable symptoms.
  • Stress! Constant psychological, emotional or physical stress raises the level of cortisol, creating inflammation. For more on the effects of stress on your body, read How Stress Creates A Double-Whammy Threat to Your Health.
  • Environmental toxicity from our air, water, food pollutants and toxic metals like mercury and lead all contribute to inflammation and have been linked to diseases as varied as endometriosis and cancer.
  • Diet and lifestyle: too much fat, sugar, and protein in your diet, constant dehydration, consumption of too many sodas or caffeine, inactivity, and lack of sleep can all increase inflammation in your body

The Lasting Effects of Inflammation

Symptoms of inflammation include:

  • Visible signs of aging like wrinkles.
  • Susceptibility to bacterial, fungal, and viral infections.
  • Acid reflux
  • Cancer
  • Skin conditions like psoriasis and acne.
  • Arthritis
  • Bronchitis
  • Chronic pain
  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Osteoporosis
  • Heart disease
  • Candidiasis
  • Urinary tract infections

How to Reduce Inflammation

To restore your body's balance, we recommend going "back to basics" with both diet and lifestyle.

  • The Body Ecology program is perfect for eliminating viral and fungal infections, increasing your mineral intake, eliminating sugar and balancing all of your nutrients in a way that supports your health and vitality.
  • Following the 7 principles of the Body Ecology Diet allows you to heal your body of inflammation, reduce the damaging effects of aging and giving you plenty of energy.
  • Reduce stress - which is easier said than done. Read this week's article on The Healing Power of Touch
  • Get plenty of sleep. For more information read Trouble Sleeping? Why Winter is the Ideal Time to Learn How to Sleep Right!
  • Soak up the Sun - Vitamin D, available from sunlight, is an easy way to effectively stop inflammation.

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For more comprehensive information on reducing inflammation with the Body Ecology approach, be sure to read the The Body Ecology Diet.

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    Think our world is a very sick one...our food/water sources tainted. Products with substances that are cancer causing, the air, rain etc.
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    The increase of cancer in humans and animals is related with many factors but we can not ignore the human factor. Technology and medical science appear to be one such factor. We can recreate living creatures (Cloning) and have unravelled the human DNA but we can not find a cancer cure?
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    Sounds like a lot of money will be made and not just in treatments but in research and medicines as well as equipment. This is exactly what is intended. Create the disease by various means and add to the natural problem then make your self out as a saviour by treating it and if the patient is selected they may survive or get the correct treatments.
    It becomes easier to cure that which we create as we know how we created it!
    Is there a link in between other health problems and the above mentioned practices and methods?
    I will let you answer that for your selves.
    While you are thinking keep reading.
    April 2013 I purchased a bottle of Hydrogen Peroxide from our local Pharmacy. Intended for oral and wound care I tried it and compared it to a well known mouth wash. The Blue bottle brand worked like a charm and although it could not be swallowed due to the ethanol concentration of 50% it washed out the mouth and wounds like hardened skin cleared with a few applications the little oxygen bubbles worked really well.
    The yellow pharmacy brand (Gold Cross) did not and after I tried it with 3 parts water 3% VW medical grade just fizzed out? NO BUBBLES? I mixed 1 part 58% alcohol Chinese rice wine thinking this will fix it. Still no bubbles? Warm water did not work? I call up the chemist and after a while get the company that makes the stuff telephone number. Interstate call and I ask a few questions like what stabiliser do you use? As H2O2 becomes H2O after 8 to 10 hours due to the unstable Oxygen molecule. If there is nothing used to stabilise the formula they are selling people water and charging $9.98 for H2O after it is bottled.
    The girl offered me a chance to send the product back (No Refund) and after checking the contents on her computer or literature she advised me that they do use a stabiliser and it is called Phenacetin.
    I get suspicious as I have read about this somewhere. After checking it out I find that my suspicion was well founded. PHENACETIN was used as an analgesic and has been banned for oral use and digestive medical use as it caused renal(Kidney) failure. But it was also discovered to be a wait for it, A GRADE 1 Carcinogen like asbestos. According to the TGA or the health controling and pharmacy goods authority it is a safe acceptable quantity of 0.8 to 1.0 per volume and when mixed with water it is even safer.
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    Would a major pharmacy know what H2O2 was used for? Could they be making Chemo drugs as well?
    How many SAFE ACCEPTABLE doses of Toxic materials are we secretly exposed to on a daily basis?

    Was the label on the Gold Cross H2O2 Bottle clearly marked with a warning sign or that Phenacetin was used as an stabilising chemical?

    NO it was NOT on the bottle!

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    Eating lots of raw fruits and vegetables will put out that fire in your body. The American Cancer Society recommends 9-13 servings....but who can really do that ? I rep a company who figured out how to put fruits and veggies in a CAPSULE ! The science behind this is gold standard...after began in a garden . Read this research at my website

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  • Jo Koch

    Cronic inflamation in the throat area...glands, vocal cords is a constant problem for several years now. Would love to get this under control. Does anyone have a suggestion. I also have osteoarthritis in the fingers and back pain especially lower back. I need help.

  • Barbara

    This information is very helpful. I have rheumatoid arthritis and am trying to find some
    alternatives to the potent medications they try to prescribe. I am noticing benefits when I eliminate gluten. Please send any additional information of helpful alternatives.

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    i recently had inflamation from my neck,armpit,below the groin area and on m lower legs.....what is the cause?

  • JoAnn

    I went to my doctor for joint pain. I'm thinking rhematoid arthritis, I'm only 37. All my tests have not come back, but the nurse called me and said my inflammation marker is abnormal. She said normal is 0-20 and mine came back 25. Now what????

  • Rossana Cuéllar Ruelas

    Vicky, try to eat foods that are anti-inflammatory such as raw garlic and ground flaxseeds!! This website tells you which other foods are either inflammatory or anti-inflammatory: All you gotta do is "enter food name" on the top right corner and you'll get all the data you need.

    Also I would recommend you to avoid gluten containing foods such as anything with WHEAT!!
    Watch this video:

    My aunt has rheumatoid arthritis, she's regained so much health after only 3 weeks of not eating gluten.

    Hope this helps

  • Dawit

    high quality cayenne pepper with a grade of 90,000-150,000 (HU) heat units should help. there is a lot of info on how to use the pepper for this and many other ailments. Just Google cayenne as medicine.

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    I have rhematoid arthritus and I need some info on helpful things to reduce inflammation.

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