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Why does our practice focus on reducing Inflammation?
Pain and the Immune system
Many experts now see inflammation as arising from an immune system response that’s out of control. This “adult-onset” dys-ease is now affecting our children, increasing office visits for asthma, allergies and ear infections. When you catch a cold or sprain your ankle, your immune system switches into gear. Infection or injury trigger a chain of events called the inflammatory cascade. The familiar signs of normal inflammation — heat, pain, redness, and swelling — are the first signals that your immune system is being called into action.
In a delicate balance of give-and-take, inflammation begins when pro-inflammatory hormones in your body call out for your white blood cells to come and clear out infection and damaged tissue. These agents are matched by equally powerful, closely related anti-inflammatory compounds, which move in once the threat is neutralized to begin the healing process.
Acute inflammation that ebbs and flows as needed signifies a well-balanced immune system. But symptoms of inflammation that don’t recede are telling you that the “on” switch to your immune system is stuck. It’s poised on high alert — even when you aren’t in imminent danger. In some cases, what started as a healthy mechanism, like building scar tissue or swelling, just won’t shut off. This eventually leads to an “auto-immune” diagnosis, and medical intervention begins.
Chronic inflammation roots in the digestive system
At our Wellness practice we are convinced that the seeds of chronic inflammation (and a lot of other health issues) start with the gut. Two-thirds (70%) of the body’s defenses reside in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract — yet it is often the last place traditional practitioners look. Intestinal bloating, frequent bouts of diarrhea or constipation, gas and pain, heartburn and acid reflux are early signs of an inflamed digestive tract. It’s not surprising that your immune system first clicks into hyperdrive in your digestive tract — it was designed to eliminate viruses and bacteria in your food before they infect your body. It has to glean the wheat from the chaff: taking sustenance from the food you eat and ridding your body of the rest. Unfortunately, food has become our poison.
We give our digestive systems plenty of work to do. Our evolution from the hunter-gatherer diet to fast dead food is overwhelming our metabolism and GI tract. The deck is now stacked in inflammation’s favor. The modern diet offers us an upside-down ratio of fatty acids (omega-3, -6, and -9), too much sugar and carbs, and high levels of wheat, dairy, and other common allergens. This is why we focus on inflammation, especially in children.
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Dr. Richard Montes, D.C.
Functional Medicine & Clinical Nutrition Specialist
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