The body initiates inflammation to remove harmful stimuli
and protect itself. It is a necessary healing process and without it infections
and wounds would never heal. There are different types of inflammation: acute,
(when you cut yourself), chronic, (arthritis, asthma, acne), and what we are
concerned with here, Systemic, or whole-body Inflammation. Of massive
importance to your health and longevity is continual inflammation of your
arteries, which, as stated above, damages and irritates their lining, (the
endothelium), impedes the flow of blood and nutrients, and then like crud in your sink pipes,
you get blockage. I don’t have to tell you what eventually happens when there is arterial
blockage. This process continues and you get scarring and lesions causing further blockage and end up with an artery that looks like a worn out old garden hose. Sadly
enough, the medical establishment continues to point the blame at high
cholesterol and dietary fat as sources of the problem and prescribe statin
drugs like Lipitor, claiming they are like Drano, lowering the number and
removing the crud, when real the solution is to drop the bagel!
- Heart Disease is not about high cholesterol. It's about arteries that are inflamed, cholesterol gets stuck and lodged in its lining.
- Swollen arteries are a result of ingesting inflammatory foods.
- Excess cholesterol is produced due to the over-consumption of carbohydrate, not fat.
- Statin Drug Therapy lowers ALL cholesterol good & bad, minimally reduces inflammation but does not solve the problem, only coming with a host of side effects.
The High Carbohydrate Link
Here’s the thing, this inflammation can be directly
traced to the over consumption of carbohydrates, namely wheat, soy and other
grains, sugars, oils high on omega 6, and dairy. All of these foods are known
to be pro-inflammatory leading to a cascade of physiological disasters in your
bloodstream and continual consumption not only leads to obesity, but a host of
diseases namely Atherosclerosis, Autoimmune Diseases, Arthritis, and Cancer.
With regard to diet, health, food,
and longevity, Systemic Inflammation can be directly linked to, and caused by eating a diet loaded
with carbohydrates coming in the form of grains, sugars, and beans. Around 65%
of the Standard American Diet’s (S.A.D.) calories come from carbohydrates, and
as discussed in my articles on Insulin and The Cholesterol-Insulin Link, a diet
too heavy in Carbohydrates is definitely the road less traveled.
Chains of Pain
Glucose = Excess Insulin production = Insulin Sensitivity = Diabetes = Cancer
Glucose = Conversion to Fat = Obesity = Atherosclerosis = Heart Disease
Glucose = Excess Triglycerides = Excess small-dense LDL cholesterol = arterial
wall damage = blockage = stroke/heart attack
Glucose = Fatty Liver Disease = Cirrhosis
Glucose = Excess Cortisol = Suppressed Immune System = You get sick
Even More Scary
is widely observed in people who are obese, and a vicious circle whereby immune
cells mistake fatty deposits for intruders and attack fat similar to bacteria
and fungi. White blood cells are called into action to clean up the mess and
embed themselves into the adipose tissue. Now, once expanded, these fat cells
leak or break open, release their own inflammatory chemicals. So, in effect,
while trying to help out, white blood cells encourage and continue the damage
by releasing more cytokines into the system continuing the viscous circle.
Exercise...When Too Much is Too Much
While daily exercise is an integral and necessary part of a healthy lifestyle, excessive
exercise, such as marathons, triathlons, and daily chronic obsessive cardio
machine monotony, are promoting systemic inflammation through excess Cortisol
production, C-reactive production, and Creatine Phosphokinase. These blood
markers are an indication of too much – too often yet these excessive athletes
do not slow down, only train more while their bodies are trying to heal. And
you thought these skinny waifs were healthy!
Technical Jargon...If you are so inclined...
or if you don't believe the Caveman!
inflammation (SI) is the result of release of pro-inflammatory cytokines from
immune-related cells and the chronic activation of the innate immune system.
Cytokines are small cell-signaling protein molecules that are secreted by numerous cells and are a category of signaling molecules used extensively in intercellular communication. The term
"cytokine" has been used to refer to the
immunomodulator/immunomodulating agents, such as interleukins and interferons.
Interleukins are a group of Cytokines which are produced by a wide
variety of body cells. The
function of the immune system depends in a large part on interleukins, and rare deficiencies of a number of them have been
described, all featuring autoimmune diseases or immune deficiency.
discovery of interleukins (IL), the concept of systemic inflammation developed. Although the
processes involved are identical to tissue inflammation, systemic inflammation
is not confined to a particular tissue but involves the endothelium and other organ systems.
formerly considered a bland lipid storage disease, actually involves an ongoing
all of the research cited, not ONCE in this huge article do the mention the primary cause of the inflammation, but start at LDL!
“Dietary changes to
achieve benefit have been more controversial, generally far less effective and
less widely adhered to with success.”
Inflammation, and Atherosclerosis
Inflammation and Rheumatoid Arthritis
If you needed one more smoking gun against eating grains,
dairy, beans, and the wrong vegetable oils, this is it: Systemic Inflammation.
Believe or not, your body senses pro-inflammatory foods, like wheat, as
invaders and responds by mounting an immune system attack. Certain chemical
messengers are released and the result is inflammation and swelling of tissue.
But unlike the simple immune responses for seasonal allergies or a paper cut, swollen arteries impede blood flow and cholesterol gets stuck in the lining. This
is a bad, bad deal. Once again, a diet consisting of only lean meats,
vegetables, eggs, fruit, nuts/seeds, and good oils, coupled with consistent
exercise, good sleep, and a stress-free lifestyle are your keys to an optimally