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Controlling inflammation with autoimmunity. The reason I bring this up is because this is an interesting topic relative to the point that, it’s kind of out there in the literature. It’s kind of out there on these presentations and it’s that inflammation is a big player in everything. I mean, I talk to my patients from the perspective of what causes the inflammation, but just for a foundation, autoimmunity, there are a lot of triggers. There are triggers of having a baby, can trigger autoimmunity. Having an injury, having a surgery, having a overwhelming infection. Having an overwhelming traumatic experience, stressful experience. These will all trigger autoimmunity. In the end, what they do is they trigger these pathways that are inflammatory pathways, but life is broader than that. Okay? The bottom line is, I mean, life is inflammatory. If you don’t sleep enough, it’s inflammatory.
If you sleep too much, it’s inflammatory. If you overexercise, for the autoimmune patient, it’s inflammatory. If you have a stress, it’s inflammatory. If you drink out of plastic water bottles without getting into that whole thing at the BPA, it’s inflammatory. Okay? If you’re always on your phone and it’s starting to bother your neurology, it’s inflammatory. Everything creates inflammation because inflammation is the very first reaction of our immune system to everything. Even when you get a cut, it becomes inflamed first, and then all of the cells come, start to heal it and so on and so forth. I’ve been massage therapist, and she’s kind of ethereal and I love her. She says, “It’s all about inflammation, right? Take turmeric and take resveratrol.” It’s a little bit more than that.
Inflammation and autoimmunity, you have to dig in and go, “What’s causing the inflammation? Where is it coming from?” Yes, the inflammation is a big player. If you have inflammation in your brain, you’re not going to feel good. You’re going to have headaches. You can have a short fuse. You’re going to have anxiety on a low level just from inflammatory processes. The issue is, is what’s causing it? The thing is, what’s causing inflammation? If you take turmeric, you take resveratrol, you take CBD oils, you take fish oils. These are some of the most effective natural alternatives to medical anti-inflammatories, and you have to take them at a proper dose. For turmeric, you have to hope that the proper dose doesn’t have you on a toilet all day with diarrhea. But you have to look beyond that, okay? Because as you are putting out the fire, all of these other things are still creating inflammatory responses that eventually your dosing of CBD oil, or your dosing of turmeric may be covering up.
You may be taking the CBD oil, which is now, from the last classes I took, is now ranked above turmeric, resveratrol, and essential fatty acids as far as bringing down inflammation naturally. And it does, okay? But you don’t want to be doing that, and ignore the fact that inflammation could be coming from you having a food sensitivity. Every time you eat a food that you’re sensitive to, it creates an inflammatory response. Inflammatory cytokines are produced. They can flare up, they can create inflammation, they can attack your skin. If it’s Sjogren’s, they can attack your salivary glands. If it’s Lupus, skin. If it’s Hashimoto’s, it’ll attack your thyroid. If it’s MS, it will attack your myelin sheath, and on and on. From the perspective of inflammation, even brain. Even if you’re looking at brain symptoms, if you’re looking at seizures, if you’re looking at any of the mood disorders, there is an inflammatory base to all of those.
I have a colleague who teaches at [inaudible 00:04:49] and he says, “Don’t make it complicated. It’s about inflammation,” which I’m a little disappointed in listening to when I’ve attended those classes. Because you want to go, “No. It’s about what does my diet look like? Am I developing food sensitivities? Do I have chronic infections from some sort of a chronic viral infection or something like that? Do I have small intestinal bacterial overgrowth?” Which is a chronic infection. At all of these things, everything that you read about online relative to what’s triggering autoimmunity, every single one of these trigger this sirtuin pathway, this inflammatory pathway first. When I have patients who want to know, “What should I take for my autoimmunity?” I have four or five things that I, four for sure, four to five things that I tell them, “Look, when you’re done and everything is good and you’re feeling good, there’s four, five things that you want to take to try to create a barrier, so that you don’t trigger your autoimmunity anymore.”
Well, the number one thing thing is some sort of a natural anti-inflammatory, either like the CBD oil or the turmeric or the resveratrol, the omegas. Those happen to be the ones that I use, because those are the ones that have been researched as either separately or in combination being the best natural anti-inflammatory. But I only recommend that after we have searched and found, “Well, is it chronic stress? Is it that you have a ton of food sensitivities? Is it that you got a leaky gut? Is it that toxins are getting out of your leaky gut? Is it that your gallbladder?” All of these things should ultimately be tracked down to try to find out where is the source of inflammation coming from? As opposed to just because even though you’re taking nutrients to dampen that inflammation, eventually, the fact that you’re triggering inflammation all day long, you’re either going to have to start taking more of that nutrient, or eventually it’s going to stop working.
I hear it all the time, “I took it for a while and really worked, but then it stopped working.” It didn’t stop working. You just overwhelmed it because you never really took the effort, or maybe you didn’t understand that you needed to look for what’s causing the inflammation. And the question and the answer of, “Well, life’s inflammatory,” isn’t enough. You got to find out what parts of life are inflammatory for you. That’s kind of what I wanted to present on inflammation, to give people a little bit better perspective on it. There’s a radio program that I listen to, and they have this, I won’t say the name of the product because some of you might be using it going, “It’s great,” but it’s basically an inflammatory product. Its basically got turmeric in there and resveratrol, and fish oils and one other thing.
They have a lot of people who’ve given positive reviews on it. When I hear that, I just think, “Okay, so you’ve taken that and it’s helped your pain, but what’s creating the pain? What other things are those broken down functions doing other than creating the pain that’s causing you to take this natural anti-inflammatory?” When you feel like you have inflammation, you want to look a little farther. You want to look and see, try to find out what’s causing it, and attack that as opposed to better covering it up with turmeric and CBD oils, and resveratrol, and the anti-inflammatories. But nevertheless, that’s kind of how I think relative to inflammation and autoimmunity. And treating my patients relative to that particular aspect of their presentation.