Anti-Inflammatory Diet

All health care starts with diet. My recommendations for a healthy diet are here:
Anti-Inflammatory Diet and Lifestyle.
There are over 190 articles on diet, inflammation and disease on this blog
(find topics using search [upper left] or index [lower right]), and
more articles by Prof. Ayers on Suite101 .

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Inflammation Causes Disease

Human diets have changed dramatically over the last few hundred years, and as a consequence so have our diseases. The most recent shift in diet over the last hundred years has resulted in a shift from infectious diseases to degenerative diseases. This trend is summarized in the following Wikipedia entry.

Lifestyle diseases, from Wikipedia:

"Lifestyle diseases (also called diseases of longevity or diseases of civilization) are diseases that appear to increase in frequency as countries become more industrialized and people live longer. They include Alzheimer's disease, atherosclerosis, asthma, cancer, chronic liver disease or cirrhosis, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, nephritis or chronic renal failure, osteoporosis, acne, stroke, depression and obesity.

Death statistics in the United States
In 1900, the top three causes of death in the United States were pneumonia/influenza, tuberculosis, and diarrhea/enteritis. Communicable diseases accounted for about 60 percent of all deaths. In 1900, heart disease and cancer were ranked number four and eight respectively. Since the 1940s, the majority of deaths in the United States have resulted from heart disease, cancer, and other degenerative diseases. And, by the late 1990s, degenerative diseases accounted for more than 60 percent of all deaths.
Reference:
National Center for Health Statistics, National Office of Vital Statistics, 1947 for the year 1900 (page 67), for the year 1938 (page 55)."

My point here is that all of the so-called lifestyle diseases are also based on inflammation. I checked the research literature for studies of the response of each of these diseases to diets supplemented with omega-3 fish oils. Studies had been performed in each case. Reduction of inflammation by fish oil treatment was uniformly effective in reducing symptoms of all of the degenerative diseases. Other diseases that can be added to the inflammatory list are spinal disc problems and hypertension. It is interesting that disc dislocations are associated with coeliac, an inflammatory/autoimmune disease. It is also interesting that acne and depression are listed. Acne is indirectly associated with diet, but if sufferers shift to an anti-inflammatory diet, acne symptoms disappear. Depression associated with childbirth is particularly responsive to anti-inflammatory drugs, diet and exercise. Most of the symptoms associated with aging are just due to inflammation and are similarly responsive to anti-inflammatory lifestyle changes

To summarize:
  • Modern degenerative diseases are caused by modern inflammatory diets (and insufficient exercise.)
  • Anti-inflammatory diet and lifestyle reduce degenerative diseases.
  • Aging is predominantly mismanaged inflammation.

3 comments:

Alida Cornelius said...

Can you please tell me where to find an anti-inflammatory diet? Is Diet Rosso's site which says to eat meat etc, correct?
I am confused on what to eat.
Thanks.

Dr. Art Ayers said...

-Alida, I didn't mean to make it so hard to find my guidelines for an anti-inflammatory diet. If you check the tags or the end of my blogs for September under "anti-inflammatory diet" you should find it.
There are also many books on the subject. I think that the most important point is to avoid most vegetable oils except olive oil. Here in the US, the use of corn and soy oils are making a big impact on inflammation, because of the high omega-6 fatty acid content. The other point is to supplement with fish oil capsules if you still have symptoms of inflammation.
I know that my site is a big mix of subjects for many different audiences, but I am just try to put together a very large picture of disease by writing down what comes together.
If you have other suggestions for articles, just make them. Good luck.

Tanya said...

Sorry for commenting on an old post, but this is the only one with a 'stroke' tag.

This is Tanya...I've been commenting/reading for a short while. I have been doing the anti inflamm diet as well.

I am writing this from the hospital...I've suffered a stroke...an almost complete blockage of the left vertebral artery. I should not be able to type,walk,talk...but I have no deficits...just a bad headache. I am thankful for God's protection, and believe this to be a miracle.

They don't know the cause...I am leaning toward a migraine causing constriction and clot, as it was proceeded by three days of headache similar to the kind I have been bettling the last several months. They are thinking cardio or lupus or clotting disorder. They are sending me home on aspirin and painkillers and waiting on tests to come back.

Preceeding the headache this time was a dental visit which revealed a tooth that is resorbing and possibly infected. I am wondering if this is the underlying infection that has been haunting me...so many questions right now. Thought I would post to give an update and record my medical miracle. :-)