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INFLAMMATION & CANCER PREVENTION

Inflammation

Inflammation is part of the body's defense mechanism. It is the process by which the immune system recognizes and removes harmful and foreign stimuli and begins the healing process. Inflammation can be either acute or chronic.

 

There are 2 types of inflammation:

  • Acute Inflammation:

 

It starts rapidly, becomes severe in a short time and symptoms may last for a few days.

  • Chronic Inflammation:

 

Chronic inflammation is referred to as slow, long-term inflammation lasting for prolonged periods of several months to years.

Chronic inflammation can result from the following:

  • Failure of eliminating the agent causing an acute inflammation such as infectious organisms including bacteria, protozoa, fungi, and other parasites that can resist host defenses and remain in the tissue for an extended period.

  • Exposure to a low level of a particular irritant or foreign material that cannot be eliminated including substances or industrial chemicals that can be inhaled over a long period, for example, silica dust.

  • An autoimmune disorder in which the immune system recognizes the normal component of the body as a foreign antigen, and attacks healthy tissue giving rise to diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis (RA), systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE).

  • A defect in the cells responsible for mediating inflammation leading to persistent or recurrent inflammation.

  • Recurrent episodes of acute inflammation. However, in some cases, chronic inflammation is an independent response and not a sequel to acute inflammation.

  • Inflammatory and biochemical inducers are causing oxidative stress and mitochondrial dysfunction such as increased production of free radical molecules, advanced glycation end products (AGEs), uric acid (urate) crystals, oxidized lipoproteins, homocysteine, and others.

 

Chronic inflammatory diseases are the most significant cause of death in the world.

 

The World Health Organization (WHO) ranks chronic diseases as the greatest threat to human health. The prevalence of diseases associated with chronic inflammation is anticipated to increase persistently for the next 30 years.

 

The prevalence of some specific chronic inflammation-mediated diseases are as follows:

  • Diabetes

  • Cardiovascular diseases

  • Arthritis and Joint Diseases:

  • Allergies: 

  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

  • Cancer

 

Cancer Prevention

 

Chronic inflammation may be caused by infections that don’t go away, abnormal immune reactions to normal tissues, or conditions such as obesity. Over time, chronic inflammation can cause DNA damage and lead to cancer.

 

Cancer is caused by changes to certain genes that alter the way our cells function. Some of these genetic changes occur naturally when DNA is replicated during the process of cell division.

 

Others are the result of environmental exposures that damage DNA. These exposures may include heavy metal substances, such as the chemicals in tobacco smoke, or radiation.

 

People can avoid some cancer-causing exposures, such as tobacco smoke and the sun’s rays but other ones are harder to avoid, especially if they are in the air we breathe, the water we drink, the food we eat, or the materials we use to do our jobs. 

 

5 Ways to Boost Your Immunity:

 

These five science-backed tips can help keep your immune system as strong as possible during cancer prevention/treatment.

 

1. Sleep Well

Aim for 7 hours of sleep a night. Research shows lack of sleep could strain your system. That means you’ll be more likely to get sick from colds, the flu, and more serious infections.

 

2. Eat Smart

 

Fruits, vegetables, and protein are all important. The goal is to get different nutrients to support your immune system and your body’s other systems.

 

3. Get Moving

 

Exercise is key for a healthy immune system. For many people with cancer, it’s also safe.

 

4. Manage Stress

Daily stress is common, and it isn’t good for you. It floods your body with chemicals that can affect your immune system, your digestive system, and more.

5. Regular health check up

Doing regular self-exams and having screenings for cancers — such as cancer of the skin, colon, cervix and breast — can raise the chances of finding cancer early. That's when treatment is most likely to succeed.

 

Treatments that can help:

  1. Pulsed Electromagnetic Field (PEMF)

  2. Hydrogen Therapy

  3. Full Spectrum Infrared Sauna

  4. Negative Ion Energizer

  5. Halotherapy

  6. Hydro Therapy

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