Several of you have been asking for more information about ‘inflammation’. While I have talked about it privately with many of my patients I’d like to share some additional information. 

Dr. Hyman is a practicing family physician and an internationally recognized leader, speaker, educator, and advocate in the field of Functional Medicine.  the following description of inflammation by Dr. Mark Hyman gives a great global perspective……

“Inflammation is part of the body’s natural defense system.

When your body senses foreign invaders, a specific cascade of events is set off in which your white blood cells and some special chemicals called cytokines mobilize to protect you.

This normal type of inflammation is a good thing. It helps your body protect and heal itself. However, when your immune system shifts out of balance, inflammation can run rampant — causing a chronic, smoldering fire inside your body that contributes to disease and weight gain.

The causes of this type of inflammation are all around you. The sugar you eat, high doses of the wrong oils and fats in your diet, hidden food allergens, lack of exercise, chronic stress, and hidden infections all trigger a raging, unseen inflammation deep in your cells and tissues.

And this inflammation leads to every one of the major chronic diseases of aging — heart disease, cancer, diabetes, dementia, and more. It’s also by far the major contributor to obesity.” 

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Check out his recent podcast 3 Things Causing INFLAMMATION In Your Body & How To PREVENT IT

He talks about the gut and microbiome and insulin resistance.

Updated December 2021

Initial post October 2016.