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Focus On…Inflammation

What is inflammation? It is critical for survival. But our reaction is often to try to control this autoimmune response in an attempt to get rid of inflammation. Is this always the best answer? The body needs the active response of inflammation to heal and fight infections. Come to this series and learn how to recognize inflammation in its many forms and know what to do about it.

Call 513 569 6400 or register below to make reservations for all Focus On classes. 

1. What Is Inflammation?

From the Latin, it means to set on fire. Inflammation is the term for the body’s process that happens at the site of tissue damage. It is both defensive and regenerative body resources gathering at the site of injury or invading microorganisms. The area becomes reddened, swollen and warm/hot. It is often painful, and sometimes you can lose the use of that area. It can be acute or chronic. Inflammation is designed to limit the damaging effects, to cleanse and remove foreign particles and damaged tissue, and to start the healing process to restore tissue. Think arthritis, gastritis, bursitis and other painful swollen conditions. Come hear the experts help us sort it out.



2. Inflammation and Your Gut

The lining of your gut is incredibly large and semipermeable. The permeability fluctuates in response to a variety of conditions. For example, if you are having a fight, the stress makes your thyroid levels fluctuate, and undigested food, toxins, yeast, viruses and bacteria can pass through the intestines and get into the bloodstream. This is known as leaky gut syndrome. When the lining is repeatedly damaged this way, the microvilli become unable to process nutrients, and digestion is impaired. Then your body initiates an attack on these invaders. It responds with inflammation, allergic reactions and other symptoms. Irritable bowel syndrome, inflammatory bowel disease, Crohn’s disease, celiac and others are inflammation inside. Learn how to identify these disorders and what to do about them.


3. Does Inflammation Cause Cancer?

Inflammation has long been associated with the development of cancer. Inflammation resulting from chronic infection or irritation predisposes to cancer. For example, the body’s inappropriate response to H. Pylori (bacteria that can cause ulcers) can result in digestive cancer. Or colon cancer can result from long-standing inflammatory bowel disease. Further evidence for the role of inflammation has come from findings that the use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) can prevent spontaneous tumor formation in people with familial adenomatous cancer of the colon and rectum. Come hear expert cancer doctor and researcher Dr. James Maher tell us what happens “when good cells go bad.”


4. Inflammation of the Joints: Arthritis

Arthritis is very common but little understood. What happens to our hands as we get older? Or our elbows, knees, back — anywhere there is a joint, the painful condition of arthritis can be found. Why does our body attack itself? A combination of genetics and environment can trigger autoimmune reactions. Is there evidence now that smoking can trigger arthritis in some individuals? There are more than 100 types of arthritis. Come learn what you can do to avoid and treat this painful condition.



5. Lunch and Learn—Avoid Inflammation!

Now that we know inflammation is something to be avoided, what can we do about it? Come hear what you can do every day to dodge the causes and effects of inflammation that come from our eating patterns. Does caffeine really worsen arthritis? Sugar? Meat? Is cinnamon a natural antiinflammatory? Is licorice good for a leaky gut? There are many things to learn. Come find out!

  • Nathanael Greene Lodge
    Thursday, June 1, 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
  • Bethesda North Hospital
    Wednesday, June 7, 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
  • COST: $15 or FREE for Pathway to Wellness participants who attend three of the first four Focus On classes  



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