Inflammation is Not Always Harmful - Dec. 2019

Inflammation is Not Always Harmful | Brannick ClinicIf you have an acute injury you want inflammation. With inflammation white blood cells rush into the area removing offending factors, bringing in nutrients to begin tissue repair. Failure of acute inflammation response may predispose patients to auto-immune disorders, chronic inflammation, chronic pain, and excessive tissue damage like keloid formation. Suppression of acute inflammation with NSAIDS—aspirin and anti-inflammatory medications can prolong the healing of an acute injury.

The body knows how to heal itself; we just must allow it to happen and not interfere with this process. The acute inflammation process involves increase of neutrophils to kill pathogens followed by the influx of monocytes to remove cellular debris to allow fibroblasts to seal the wound and begin remodeling of the tissue. A complex process but effective at restoring health.

Medications that inhibit the natural healing process include:

  • Acetaminophen (Tylenol®)
  • Gabapentin
  • NSAIDS to list a few…
    • Aspirin
    • Naproxen
    • Ibuprofen
    • Celebrex
    • Indomethacin

These drugs block signals in the body’s innate healing processes. They stop tissue from completely healing causing continued chronic pain. Common side effects are nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, rash, dizziness, headache and drowsiness.

Acetaminophen (Tylenol®) can cause liver damage and when combined with high alcohol intake (i.e., hangover), results in the most serious liver damage. NSAIDS can also cause kidney and liver failure.

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NSAIDS—aspirin increases intestinal permeability (leaky gut) within 24-hours of ingestion. NSAIDS are the leading cause of drug related deaths especially in elderly.

Gastrointestinal bleeds (i.e., ulcers) from NSAIDS costs the U.S. over $2 billion per year. NSAIDS are also related to kidney and liver damage, which affects blood pressure, fluid retention and gastrointestinal lining.

Why Are Natural Anti-Inflammatory and Pain Medications a Better Option?

  1. Non-addicting vs. opioid addiction (50,000 people die a year)
  2. Effective for pain reduction
  3. Supports the body to heal faster and completely.
  4. No side effects

There are so many options with natural medicine including herbal medications, homeopathy, vitamins, omega-3’s, enzymes, diet, etc. A natural doctor can help determine what is best for you. We support the natural process of the body.