Over the past few years I have read innumerable blog posts and articles identifying inflammation as a root cause for a variety of chronic diseases. Consider this passage written by author and Yahoo Health blogger Lisa Collier Cool:
In a medical version of the “unified field” theory in physics, many scientists now believe that most—or perhaps all—chronic diseases may have the same trigger: inflammation. This fiery process has been linked to everything from heart attacks and strokes to type 2 diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, and even cancer.
Chronic, low-grade systemic inflammation—fueled by such disorders as excessive belly fat, poor diet, lack of exercise, smoking, and gum disease—may explain why lifestyle-linked diseases have reached epidemic levels in Western countries, while remaining rare in the developing world.
“There are clear indications that inflammation explains why plaque builds up in the arteries in patients with atherosclerosis,” says Philip Schauer, MD, director of the Bariatric and Metabolic Institute at the Cleveland Clinic. “Chronic inflammation also plays a direct role in diabetes, high blood pressure, sleep apnea, asthma and many other conditions.”
Now comes word that use of NSAIDS (non-steriodal anti-inflammatory drugs) like ibuprofen during and after exercise may cause inflammation of the small intestine. According to a Daily Beast article entitled Is Ibuprofen Making Us Sick?, the intestinal inflammation caused by NSAIDS mirrors the inflammation seen in patients with celiac disease. [Continue reading]