Recurring Inflammation

What Causes Chronic Inflammation?

To successfully treat and prevent recurrence of chronic inflammation we need to understand and — if possible — remove the underlying causes and risk factors.  We need to ask: "What else is going on inside the body that might allow chronic inflammation to develop?"

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Accurate diagnosis of the factors behind chronic inflammation consists of three steps:

Step 1: List the Possible Causative Factors

Identify all disease conditions, lifestyle choices and environmental risk factors that can lead to chronic inflammation.  Here are two possibilities:
  • EFA Need
  • Adrenal Fatigue

Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist

Identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
breast soreness during cycle
hyperthyroidism
very tender muscles
probable miscarriage
low systolic blood pressure
major fatigue for 3-12 months
occasional sore throats
short-term cortisol use
severe vision disturbances
excessive thirst
hot flashes during period
red palms/fingertips
... and more than 50 others

Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause

A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of chronic inflammation:
Cause Probability Status
Adrenal Fatigue 92% Confirm
EFA Need 62% Possible
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process

Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis

The Analyst™ is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.

In the General Symptoms section of the questionnaire, The Analyst™ will ask the following question about recurring inflammation:
Chronic inflammation. Have you been suffering from inflammation (pain, redness, warmth, swelling) that lasts for weeks or more, or keeps coming back?
Possible responses:
→ No / don't know
→ Minor, for one condition
→ Minor, for more than one condition
→ Major, for one condition
→ Major, for more than one condition
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate either minor chronic inflammation or major chronic inflammation, The Analyst™ will consider possibilities such as:
EFA (Essential Fatty Acid) Requirement

In order to maintain proper balance of the antispasmodic and anti-inflammatory prostaglandins (PGE1 and PGE3) with the pro-spasmodic and pro-inflammatory prostaglandins (PGE2), it is critical to have the proper balance of essential fatty acids.  Without adequate amounts of both Omega-3 and Omega-6 oils in the diet, prostaglandin production will be reduced and problems may result.

Low Adrenal Function / Adrenal Insufficiency

The adrenal glands produce hydrocortisol, the major natural anti-inflammatory steroid in the body.  Without enough circulating cortisol there may be a tendency to become easily inflamed.

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