The Inflammation Tidal Wave

Because of our 21st Century diets and lifestyles, inflammation is running rampant.

“Suddenly, inflammation has become one of the hottest areas of medical research. Hardly a week goes by without the publication of yet another study uncovering a new way that chronic inflammation does harm to the body.

It destabilizes cholesterol deposits in the coronary arteries, leading to heart attacks and potentially even strokes. It chews up nerve cells in the brains of Alzheimer’s victims. It may even foster the proliferation of abnormal cells and facilitate their transformation into cancer. In other words, chronic inflammation may be the engine that drives many of the most feared illnesses of middle and old age.

This concept is so intriguing because it suggests a new and possibly much simpler way of warding off disease. Instead of different treatments for, say, heart disease, Alzheimer’s and colon cancer, there might be a single, inflammation-reducing remedy that would prevent all three.”

Christine Gorman, Alice Park and Kristina Dell, “Health: The Fires Within”, Time Magazine, (Feb. 23, 2004).,9171,993419,00.html

It’s not like I’ve uncovered some deep dark secret. Even the mice torturers are starting to deduce that inflammation may be responsible for innumerable diseases and ailments that were never considered before.

“Most allergy and asthma sufferers are all too familiar with inflammation, but you may not realize that inflammation also plays a key role in arthritis, diabetes, heart disease, irritable bowel syndrome, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and many others. Over the past few decades, scientists have realized that the process of inflammation is virtually the same in different diseases, and a better understanding of inflammation may lead to better treatments for numerous diseases.”

“Chronic Inflammation & Chronic Disease” Allergy Consumer Report (February 2007)

If all these devastating, highly complex diseases and ailments are now being linked to inflammation, how could anyone say with any certainty that RLS does NOT have a relationship with inflammation?

“It’s fascinating to watch the medical establishment discover inflammation. In the past few years there have been studies suggesting that chronic inflammation lies at the root of heart disease, cancer, osteoporosis, Alzheimer’s, autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis and psoriasis, and many other immune disorders. Many of the diseases and complaints associated with aging — including aging skin — can also be attributed to chronic inflammation.

We’ve long recognized that inflammation plays a central role in disease and aging, and that controlling inflammation is critical to your health. But what’s remarkable is that conventional medicine still has no definitive tests for, or diagnosis called chronic or systemic inflammation. There is even no consensus in medical science about what this kind of inflammation really is or how it undermines your health.

This simply means we’re in the middle of a medical revolution — a radical advance in the understanding of the body and how to keep it healthy.”

Marcelle Pick, OB/GYN NP, “Inflammation — the key to chronic disease?” Women to Women (April 21, 2010)

It IS fascinating to watch. Still, the profound resistance makes me scratch my head? With the mounting evidence supporting the idea that lessening one’s inflammation may lessen their RLS, why wouldn’t someone be moved to at least give it a try?

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