Thursday, February 23, 2012

Notes on Chronic Illness and Inflammation

By Christian Wernstedt

I recently attended a series of seminars on chronic illness and inflammation. These are some notes from this event about hyper-sensitivity to mold toxins, the importance of genetics and inflammation for mercury toxicity, an online test for neuro-toxin exposure, alpha lipoic acid as a mercury chelator, phytonutrients as epigenetic triggers, and herbal anti-inflammatories in cancer-therapy. /CW

Note #1: There is a gene (or rather a cluster of genes) that makes some people extremely sensitive to mold toxins. Sensitive to the point where a minute exposure can create a cascade of inflammation resulting in terrible symptoms which are often misdiagnosed as fibromyalgia, asthma, emphysema, fatigue syndrome, etc. (If you have "inexplicable" health issues, this may be something to look into.)

Note #2: What makes some people able to live relatively unaffected with a mouthful of mercury while others cannot? 1) GENETICS: The presence of ApoE 3/3, 3/4, 4/4 makes you more vulnerable - check your genes with 23andme. 2) INFLAMMATION: Inflammation shuts down mercury detox pathways. (Chronic inflammation is in turn caused by poor food- and lifestyle choices.)

Note #3: Chronic conditions (especially those with a neurological component, such as fibromyalgia and dementia) often has an important component of neurotoxicity from fungi, bacteria, spirochetes (e.g., lyme), etc. One can determine if such a factor is likely to be present through an online test that measures the person's ability to detect visual patterns: "VCS Test" - Visual Contrast Sensitivity Test.

Note #4: Don't use the popular (and hyped) anti-oxidant Alpha Lipoic Acid if you have amalgam fillings. It chelates mercury and may put it into your brain. (When fillings have been removed, ALA can then be used in very specific dosing protocols to get mercury out properly.)

Note #5: ‎"Phytonutrients" such as curcumin (turmeric) & resveratrol (red grapes) work by flipping genetic switches that activate detox- & antioxidant systems. By taking such nutrients in effective amounts you are telling the body: "I know better than you do that you need to increase detox/anti-ox." Is such "central planning" a good idea? In today's toxic environment, I tend to think YES, but it should be done intelligently.

Note #6: Gliablastoma (a nasty type of brain cancer) may be put into remission by high dose curcumin, gingerol, and boswellic acid (these plant compounds turn on anti-inflammation genes). I think that the broad lesson is that a cornerstone of an anti-cancer lifestyle is to avoid foods and toxins that cause inflammation and oxidative stress. As the ancients said: "the cure points to the cause".

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Note: This is all for educational purposes only. Consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner to determine the applicability of this information.

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