Inflammation in the Body

Dr. Kate Kuntze, ND Uncategorised

Inflammation is a fascinating process in which something marked as foreign triggers an immune response in an attempt to remove it from the body. Inflammation is at the root of many diseases and any condition that ends with “-itis” means there is inflammation.

  • – Appendicitis (appendix)
  • – Arthritis (joints)
  • – Bronchitis (bronchioles of the lungs)
  • – Colitis (colon, aka large intestine)
  • – Conjunctivitis (tissue inside eyelids)
  • – Cystitis (bladder)
  • – Dermatitis (skin)
  • – Diverticulitis (diverticuli – most often in the large intestine)
  • – Encephalitis (brain)
  • – Gastritis (stomach)
  • – Gingivitis (gums)
  • – Hepatitis (liver)
  • – Laryngitis (voice box)
  • – Mastitis (breasts)
  • – Meningitis (fluid and membranes surround brain and spinal cord)
  • – Otitis (ear)
  • – Pancreatitis (pancreas)
  • – Pharyngitis (throat)
  • – Prostatitis (prostate)
  • – Sinusitis (sinuses)
  • – Tendonitis (tendons)
  • – Thyroiditis (thyroid)

.. and the list goes on (this is not a complete list).

The 5 cardinal signs of inflammation are:

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Heat (calor), redness (rubor), swelling (tumor), pain (dolor), and impaired function (functio laesa).

 

It is important to realize that inflammation is a natural and important part of the body’s healthy response to injury and infection. It is crucial to the healing process. In this light, inflammation is a good thing. There are two classes of inflammation: acute (short) or chronic (long). When inflammation sticks around long term and doesn’t resolve, this is grounds for further investigation.

Chronic inflammation may result when:

  • – The body is unable to eliminate an agent causing acute inflammation
  • – Exposure to low levels of a particular irritant that cannot be eliminated
  • – An autoimmune disorder is present
  • – Chronic stress is present

 

Identifying inflammation by talking with your healthcare provider and getting the appropriate testing/imaging is the first step in determining the path to a healthier you.

Some testing that may be considered by your Naturopathic Doctor includes:

  • – Complete Blood Count (CBC) with differential
  • – Ferritin
  • – CRP and/or CRP-hs
  • – Fibrinogen
  • – ESR
  • – Lipid panels
  • – Liver panel
  • – Kidney panel
  • – Thyroid panel
  • – Autoimmune panel
  • – Food Sensitivity Testing
  • – Hormone Testing
  • – Heavy Metal Testing