Inflammation has become a popular "buzz" word in the health, medical and scientific communities. But, what really IS inflammation, and why is it so bad?
Your body needs some inflammation to work optimally. For instance, if you get a cut on your finger, your body responds with inflammation in order to heal it.
The problem occurs when there is an imbalance of inflammation in your immune system... your immune system either under-fights and you get sick and tired, or it over-fights and you get an "itis" disease (i.e. arthritis, gastritis).
Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, and MS are all examples of neuro-degenerative diseases, which are in part caused by inflammation of the brain. In fact, according to special guest, Dr. William Sears, brain diseases have overtaken heart diseases as the number-one health problem.
Dr. Sears became very familiar with the severity of inflammation when he developed colon cancer.
Prior to his cancer, Dr. Sears was overweight, ate junk food, and didn't exercise; all root causes of dangerous inflammation. After his cancer, he decided to make health his hobby. Now, at 75 years old, he has been cancer-free for 20 years, takes no Rx medications, and has the vitals of someone at least half his age.
Because Dr. Sears works with kids, he has come up with a way to describe inflammation that is easy to understand. "Sticky stuff" is the simple scientific explanation of inflammation: blood bio-chemicals that stick to the lining of your blood vessels, joints, and tissues. "You put sticky stuff in your mouth, you get sticky stuff in your body."
Listen in as Dr. Sears joins Dr. Susanne to share more about what causes inflammation, why it is so detrimental to health, and some of the ways you can address it in your life.