Inflammation – a different perspective 



It is more important to know the person who has the condition than it is to know the condition the person has.” Hippocrates

The human is body has the innate potential to be self-healing and self-regulating.   We have come to believe that inflammation is a “bad” thing that must be controlled.   Anti-inflammatory medications are one of the biggest selling over-the-counter products. However, if we look at the work of H.H. Reckeweg a German physician, we get a different perspective.

Reckeweg developed a table of homotoxicology (the intoxification of man). This is now called the Disease Evolution Table. There are many adaptations of this table available – however they all follow the same basic format. There are 6 phases – or progressions – from health to overt disease. In other words we do not “get” a disease, we develop it over a period of time. I am only going to address the first 2 phases in this article.

The healthiest place to be is on the far left side of the table – phase 1. This is where the body recognizes what it needs to maintain balance (homeostasis). Examples: something gets in your eye and your body produces tears to flush it out; a bacteria or virus is in the lungs and your body responds with a cough to help flush out the organisms. This is called the excretion phase.

The second phase is the inflammatory response. This will happen if the body is not able to take care of things by itself. Inflammation wakes up the immune system to respond to the toxins. This is a natural and physiological attempt to remove toxins from the system. Suppressing the inflammatory response will drive the toxins deeper into the body – not a good thing.

The first two phases take place in the extra-cellular compartment (outside the cells). Again, these are healthy, self-regulating responses and should not be suppressed. We need to change our outlook and regard the inflammatory response as a gift from our body.

The big question should be: what is causing the inflammation. The most likely place for an inflammatory condition to begin is in the gut. The intestinal tissue is exposed to the most toxins – from our foods, food additives, pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, genetically modified foods etc. Eating locally grown, organic foods is highly recommended. The two most common aggravants to the human gut are processed wheat and cow dairy. It was stated that over 80% of the population has an intolerance to wheat which leads to chronic, low grade inflammation. As for cow dairy, it is my understanding that there is an antigen/antibody reaction on the surface of the gut lining between the cow dairy protein and human gut protein. This reaction does not happen with goat and/or sheep dairy. Sub clinical chronic inflammation has been linked to: allergies; adult onset diabetes; depression; arthritis; anxiety and obesity.

Prevention is best. However, if you already have a condition, you may be pleasantly surprised at how much it improves with the elimination of processed wheat and cow dairy. Experiment for yourself by eliminating these foods and see if your symptoms improve. Start with the one that you use the most and eliminate it for a minimum of 3 weeks.