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Over the past several years, it has become increasingly clear to me that inflammation in the human body significantly affects the quality of fascial tissue. At the Fifth International Fascia Research Congress, held this past November 2018 in Berlin, this theme was present in many of the speaker’s presentations. Prolonged inflammatory response is not healthy unless in direct and short-term response to injury.

Inflammation is a vital part of the immune system’s response to injury and infection. It is the body’s way of signaling the immune system to heal and repair damaged tissue, as well as defend itself against foreign invaders, such as viruses and bacteria. Without inflammation as a physiological response, wounds would fester, and infections could become deadly.  However, if the inflammatory process goes on for too long or if the inflammatory response occurs in places where it is not needed, it can become problematic. Chronic inflammation has been linked to certain diseases such as heart disease or stroke, and may also lead to autoimmune disorders, such as rheumatoid arthritis and lupus. (LiveScience.com)

More and more people seem to be suffering from chronic inflammation-related symptoms. My personal observation is that it is closely related to nutrition, surprisingly often in people that take great care with what they eat. While this link to diet was generally agreed to by the speakers at the Fascia Congress, the scientific research establishing clear cause-and-effect is not yet definitive; although evidence increasingly supports a strong link between nutrition and chronic inflammation.

Recently, I have encountered the work of two doctors that have come to similar conclusions about the effect of diet on chronic inflammation in the human body, one from treating Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, and the other from treating Cardiovascular/Inflammation-based diseases.

The first is Dr. Dale Bredesen who wrote: 
The End of Alzheimer’s: The first program to prevent and reverse cognitive decline.”

The second is Dr. Steven Gundry who wrote:
The Plant Paradox: the hidden dangers in healthy foods that cause disease and weight gain.”

In his book, Dr. Gundry has provided one explanation for the mechanism that creates the conditions that both doctors are treating with similar dietary approaches. Simply put, the health of your intestines is vital in avoiding chronic low-level inflammation, and a type of protein, lectins (gluten is one example), are a key suspect in damaging the health of your intestines.

Dr. Gundry has created a “Yes / No Foods List” which is a comprehensive list of foods based on their lectin load and also an explanation of what Lectins are and why they are a problem for humans.

While I recommend the books above, you can get a much shorter introduction to these concepts by visiting the following websites and watching the following videos:

Dr. Gundry – Plant Paradox:
https://drgundry.com

Dr. Bredesen – End of Alzheimer’s:
https://www.drbredesen.com/

Videos:

Gundry on Lectins: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=luna9RQsL1E

Gundry and Bredesen on Nutrition: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p6lkRXaQKwk

Gundry and Mercola on Nutrition/Lectins: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YgImyfAvVyM

It is my hope that sharing this information with you, proves of value to some of you…
Best wishes for a healthier and more productive Year 2019!