The latest science is in, and though it is being used to promote a pharmaceutical solution (is it any surprise?), there are natural ways to stop chronic inflammation in the body – a problem that is now linked directly to the top five killers on our planet – heart disease, cancer, neurodegenerative disease, and diseases of the gut, primarily.
The latest evidence of inflammation’s contributory role in disease came just months ago, when a global clinical trial of 10,000 patients who had previous heart attacks showed that an anti-inflammatory drug from Novartis reduced their risk of further heart attacks or strokes. A surprise side effect: The drug also sharply cut the risk of lung cancer. While Big Pharma would like our take-away from this study to be: “Oh, I need this incredible drug!” there’s another obvious fact we can glean.
Inflammation, as has been suggested by ancient medicine from China to South America to India, is the source of almost all disease. Stopping it would therefore stop most diseases from developing or progressing.
Here’s why inflammation is so critical to understand:
The human being has a normal inflammatory response any time we are injured or a foreign pathogen enters our bodies. While modern medicine has been trying to throw medicine after medicine at the symptoms of disease, they rarely look at the underlying cause of it.
Traditional Chinese Medicine, and Ayurveda, along with other anciently wise medicinal traditions know better. They look at the root issue, and never prescribe an antidote without first trying to find the underlying cause of a disease.
For example, heart disease is caused by inflammation of the arteries. Neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease are caused by the inflammation of the brain. Arthritis is caused by inflammation of the joints, and depression, chronic fatigue, and almost all ailments which start in the gut care caused by inflammation of the intestinal tract. Root cause? INFLAMMATION!
The body uses its natural defense, inflammation, when we need to repair damaged cells or fight against viruses and bacteria. This is how the body heals itself.
The problem is that chronic inflammation caused by a toxic diet, lack of sleep, stress, a lack of exercise, along with altered gut flora, etc. occurs. This is what happens when the body mistakes the inflammation itself for a disease, and starts to kill off its own tissue thinking that it is a foreign pathogen.
Then we start developing all kinds of weird symptoms, from brain fog to depression to irritable bowels, angry joints, and more.
Acute vs. Chronic
Acute inflammation and chronic inflammation are different. Acute inflammation starts the minute we drop a hammer on our toe or cut a finger, or even come into contact with a virus. It’s a good, natural thing.
Chronic inflammation can last for months or even years – meaning that our cells are constantly under attack. We age faster, we get sick more easily, and we can start to deteriorate because the body is fighting us instead of a real disease or injury.
The amazing reality is that we can stop chronic inflammation and allow the body to go about healing us from just about everything – from the cells to entire sets of muscle, neural tissue, and joints, by halting chronic inflammation.
Let’s start with herbal remedies:
You can heal inflammation with the following powerful, anti-inflammatory herbs:
- Turmeric (try this recipe for turmeric, cinnamon, and ginger tea)
- Manuka Honey
- Green tea (Especially Matcha)
- White Willow Bark
- Olive Leaf Extract
- Cloves (extract or the live plant)
- Chili Peppers (capsaicin)
- Black Pepper
- Frankincense (likely why it is anti-carcinogenic)
- Bark from Maritime Pine Tree
- Cat’s Claw
Of course, there are hundreds more, but just adding a few from this list will start to reverse chronic inflammation in your body very quickly.
Next, let’s talk about your diet.
An anti-inflammatory diet would eliminate refined sugar, and processed oils, namely corn and canola oil, first and foremost. These two nasty things, all alone, cause chronic inflammation to sky-rocket.
Add things like fresh organic fruits and vegetables, seeds, beans, sprouts, whole grains (not refined ones), and healthy oils that contain high levels of Omega 3s like coconut oil, or hemp seed oil.
Stress reduction is the next key.
I’m lumping exercise right in with stress reduction even though it is anti-inflammatory in its own right, unless you injure yourself playing tennis or running on a bumpy road. Exercise is part of a greater need your body has to reduce stress, though. Stress also causes an imbalance in your intestinal tract so that the bad bacteria can take over the good, causing – you guessed it – inflammation!
Stress also raises cortisol levels which depletes the immune system and can lead to chronic inflammation of all tissues in the body. This means that too many stressful days can literally kill you. The good news is that by lowering your stress levels with quality sleep, good food, herbal supplements, meditation, exercise, yoga, and Tai Qi, mindful breathing, and other modalities, you can stop chronic inflammation ASAP.
The real take-away from this study linking inflammation to chronic disease isn’t that we all need to start popping Big Pharma’s pills. The take-away is that we can address chronic inflammation all on our own, naturally, without medicines that cause side effects and likely ruin our gut flora – causing yet more chronic inflammation. By taking the steps outlined in this article, we can proactively stop the root cause of the top diseases plaguing the planet today.
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Biden to Ban Menthol Cigarettes, Citing Health Impact on Youth and Black People
The Biden administration is reportedly planning to propose an immediate ban on menthol cigarettes, a product that has long been targeted by anti-smoking advocates and critics who claim that the tobacco industry has aggressively marketed to Black people in the U.S.
On Wednesday, the Washington Post reported that the administration could announce a ban on menthol and other flavored cigarettes as soon as this week.
Roughly 85 percent of Black smokers use such menthol brands as Newport and Kool, according to the Food and Drug Administration. Research has also found that menthol cigarettes are easier to become addicted to and harder to quit than unflavored tobacco products, along with other small cigars popular with young people and African Americans.
Civil rights advocates claim that the decision should be greeted by Black communities and people of color who have been marketed to by what they describe as the predatory tobacco industry.
Black smokers generally smoke far less than white smokers, but suffer a disproportionate amount of deaths due to tobacco-linked diseases like heart attack, stroke, and other causes.
Anti-smoking advocates like Matthew L. Myers, president of Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, also greeted the move to cut out products that appeal to children and young adults.
“Menthol cigarettes are the No. 1 cause of youth smoking in the United States,” he said. “Eliminating menthol cigarettes and flavored cigars used by so many kids will do more in the long run to reduce tobacco-related disease than any action the federal government has ever taken.”
However, groups including the American Civil Liberties Group (ACLU) has opposed the move, citing the likelihood that such an action could lead to criminal penalties arising from the enforcement of a ban hitting communities of color hardest.
In a letter to administration officials, the ACLU and other groups including the Drug Policy Alliance said that while the ban is “no doubt well-intentioned” it would also have “serious racial justice implications.”
“Such a ban will trigger criminal penalties, which will disproportionately impact people of color, as well as prioritize criminalization over public health and harm reduction,” the letter explained. “A ban will also lead to unconstitutional policing and other negative interactions with local law enforcement.”
Pollution Is Making Human Penises Shrink and Causing a Collapse of Fertility, Scientists Say
With many still scoffing at the idea of rampant pollution posing a threat to humanity, a new study could drastically change the conversation: the chemicals across our environment could be the cause of shrinking human penises.
According to a new book by Dr. Shanna H. Swan, conditions in the modern world are quickly altering the reproductive development of humans and posing a threat to our future as a species.
The argument is laid out in her new book Count Down: How Our Modern World Is Threatening Sperm Counts, Altering Male and Female Reproductive Development, and Imperiling the Future of the Human Race.
The book discusses how pollution is not only leading to skyrocketing erectile dysfunction rates and fertility decline, but also an expansion in the number of babies born with small penises.
While it may seem like good fodder for jokes, the research could portend a grim future for humanity’s ability to survive.
Swan co-authored a study in 2017 that found sperm counts had precipitously fallen in Western countries by 59 percent between 1973 and 2011. In her latest book, Swan blames chemicals for this crisis in the making.
“Chemicals in our environment and unhealthy lifestyle practices in our modern world are disrupting our hormonal balance, causing various degrees of reproductive havoc,” she wrote in the new book.
“In some parts of the world, the average twentysomething woman today is less fertile than her grandmother was at 35,” she also wrote, noting that men could have only half the sperm count of their grandfathers.
Swan blames the disruption on phthalates, the chemicals used in plastic manufacturing that also have an impact on how the crucial hormone endocrine is produced
However, experts note that the proper implementation of pollution reduction measures could help humanity prevent the collapse of human fertility.
Visualizing The World’s Deadliest Pandemics By Population Impact
Humanity has been battling against disease for centuries.
And while most contagious outbreaks have never reached full-blown pandemic status, Visual Capitalist’s Carmen Ang notes that there have been several times throughout history when a disease has caused mass devastation.
Here’s a look at the world’s deadliest pandemics to date, viewed from the lens of the impact they had on the global population at the time.
Editor’s note: The above graphic was created in response to a popular request from users after viewing our popular history of pandemics infographic initially released a year ago.
Death Toll, by Percent of Population
In the mid-1300s, a plague known as the Black Death claimed the lives of roughly 200 million people – more than 50% of the global population at that time.
Here’s how the death toll by population stacks up for other significant pandemics, including COVID-19 so far.
The specific cause of the Black Death is still up for debate. Many experts claim the 14th-century pandemic was caused by a bubonic plague, meaning there was no human-to-human transmission, while others argue it was possibly pneumonic.
Interestingly, the plague still exists today – however, it’s significantly less deadly, thanks to modern antibiotics.
History Repeats, But at Least We Keep Learning
While we clearly haven’t eradicated infection diseases from our lives entirely, we’ve at least come a long way in our understanding of what causes illness in the first place.
In ancient times, people believed gods and spirits caused diseases and widespread destruction. But by the 19th century, a scientist named Louis Pasteur (based on findings by Robert Koch) discovered germ theory – the idea that small organisms caused disease.
What will we discover next, and how will it impact our response to disease in the future?
Like this? Check out the full-length article The History of Pandemics
Republished from ZH with permission.