The link between inflammation and diseases is well know. On my self treatment page, I have two links (the two at the top of the list) near the bottom that clearly indicate the connection between diabetes, gastro-intestinal diseases and acidosis (medican report dating back to 1915). Acidosis, that chronic high level of acidity, is one of the major triggers of inflammation. My self-treatment is so successful that on the fifth day of starting my Phase Two, I spent the entire night completely sleepless. I was so awed by feeling normal that all I could think of was "I remember this is what normal feels like". The pain in my abdomen had been so severe and constant that I could barely tolerate the weight of my own pyjamas while in bed. When my wife turned over and put her arm across my stomach, I had to move it up (or off of me). That night while she slept, I took her arm and put it on my stomach and held it for hours. I hadn't been able to do that for years.
I have found many websites that discuss inflammation and the diseases that are caused by chronic inflammation. One even distinguishes between "acute" and "chronic" inflammation and describes the process by which it causes pain, redness, heat, and discomfort. And, for the nth time, I have read about Alzheimer's described as "type 3 diabetes".
I know without doubt that reducing inflammation has helped me tremendously. Since my last release from being hospitalized with severe pain, I made it my mission to find the causes of the pain and make some serious life changes to eliminate those causes. The result is described throughout this website.
Without any further delay, here are a number of websites that describe diseases caused by inflammation. They do not offer solutions, though ... for that, read my self-treatment and note my own experiences.
- This website published by MediLexicon International Inc. in the UK describes what inflammation is and the causes. Most notable, it discusses the effects of inflammation on sleep, healing wounds, our immunity, chronic vs acute inflammation, and pain. Some of the diseases it attributes to inflammation include: include: asthma, chronic peptic ulcer, tuberculosis, rheumatoid arthritis, chronic periodontitis, ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease, chronic sinusitis, and chronic active hepatitis (there are many more).
- Another scientific look at inflammation describes this as a missing piece of the puzzle. They look at two recent published studies in Lancet and discuss the cause-and-effect of inflammation based on studies involving 135,000 people. They appropriately describe inflammation as a "fire" within our body and look at the symptoms and signs of inflammation. Signs include a large waistline, high triglycerides, low HDL (good cholesterol), high blood pressure, and high fasting blood glucose levels. In this article, they also discuss the impact of inflammation on Alzheimer's.
- Dr. David M. Marquis, DC, DACBN, in this article discusses how inflammation controls our lives. He specifically mentions pain, obesity, ADD/ADHD, peripheral neuropathy, diabetes, heart disease, stroke, migraines, thyroid issues, dental issues, and cancer. He goes on to describe that inflammation starts in the stomach with high levels of gastric acid and the impact our food choices has on these elevated levels of acid. The diseases he discuses on this website and describes in detail are comprehensive. Under Pancreatitis, he says "Inflammatory cytokines induce pancreatic cell injury ". His article addresses the issue head on and he focuses a portion of his article on why inflammation has to be dealt with head on -- and again, particularly focuses on the "gut".
- On the website Life Extension Foundation for Longer Life they describe chronic low level inflammation as one of the top ten leading causes of mortality. They specifically mention heart disease, cancer, chronic lower respiratory disease, stroke, Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, and nephritis. Their distinguish between acute inflammation (short-term response to tissue injury) and chronic inflammation triggered "by cellular stress and dysfunction" and describe "such as that caused by excessive calorie consumption, elevated blood sugar levels, and oxidative stress". "It is now clear that the destructive capacity of chronic inflammation is unprecedented among physiologic processes" ... (with citation). They further state "stress-induced inflammation, once triggered, can persist undetected for years, or even decades, propagating cell death throughout the body" ...
So was I. That led to a considerable amount of research over a span of several years. The results have been phenomenal and I feel totally normal today. As I continue my research, supported by citations including medical reports and scholarly texts only, it is clear that inflammation is at the root of the health issues I have researched. The websites above extend my research project into diabetes and pancreatitis to a level I had considered -- but this puts it in a context that is much larger than I had thought possible. Please review these websites and decide whether this applies to you. Consult with your medical advisors and get an action plan in place.
I also need to make one more point: my self-treatment costs me only pennies per dose (phase two) and is overall significantly less expensive and less obtrusive than anything offerred by prescription. It is far more effective and treats the cause, not the symptoms. I wish I had done this research many years ago when my pancreatitis went undiagnosed for many years (likely more than one decade undiagnosed). Now my pancreas is nearly 100% irreversibly destroyed and cannot be "fixed" ... but I can and will diligently follow my self-treatment and avoid that 100% mark. (PS. Unlike others, I refuse to consider removal of my pancreas, gall bladder or any other organ unless it can be proven as life-threatening -- I would much rather keep what God gave me and work at living as healthy a life style as possible with both self-treatment and prescriptions that I need ... it is the food choices that I made and old lifestyle that caused this).