The Deadly Disease Lurking Inside of Us

by Graham Simpson, M.D.

Imagine being sick for years – decades – without feeling a thing. Your blood vessels are constantly being worn down, putting you at risk for a heart attack, stroke, cancer, Alzheimer’s, osteoporosis, diabetes, and countless other serious conditions. By the time you find out the extent of the damage, it can be too late. Welcome to the global epidemic of the twenty-first century: Cardiometabolic disease.Silent-Inflammation2

If I tell you that your lifestyle – the foods you eat, the sedentary nature of your day-to-day routine, too little sleep, and many other factors that are mainly in your control – are the reason you are going to one day get sick, would you want to do something about that?

We tend to take a passive approach to our health. If we don’t feel anything, we don’t do anything. And when we finally do go to a doctor, we are rarely involved. We simply wait for the diagnosis and the medications, and off we go.

It is an approach to medicine that has until now been pretty much the only approach. That is, treat or reduce pain and other symptoms but ignore the underlying cause.

In today’s day and age this no longer works. In fact, it has never fully worked. But given the new appreciation and understanding of this epidemic called “silent inflammation,” our ignorance is far too clearly on display to be ignored.

What is silent inflammation?

It is what makes us sick, it is what ages us, and it is what severely lowers the quality of our lives. In medical terms, silent inflammation is when our bodies overproduce anti-inflammatory chemicals. These chemicals go to work on the walls of the blood vessels throughout our bodies – essentially “scratching” and damaging the inner lining. This will eventually lead to restricted blood flow and a myriad of devastating problems.

Now let’s take a step back for a minute and clarify that the inflammatory response is – in a healthy body – a good thing. It is part of a healthy immune response that helps your body fight, among other things, bacterial and viral threats.

But the term “silent inflammation” describes the very unhealthy, chronic inflammation that takes place in our bodies because of what we do to our bodies every day. It happens when we eat the wrong foods and deprive ourselves of essential nutrients; when we do not work our heart and other muscles through exercise; when we smoke; when we drink too much; when we work long hours and get little sleep; when we have unhealthy levels of stress in our personal and professional lives.

In other words, it is happening to most of us reading this because life today is putting tremendous demands on us. And it must be stressed that diet is “Public Enemy No. 1” – with the Western diet and Western eating habits simply out of control. Without a strong knowledge and awareness of nutrition it is almost impossible to maintain vibrant health today.

Taking control

First off, let’s debunk the myth that cholesterol is the root of all evil. As a medical professional, no single theory has caused me so much frustration throughout my career. Conclusions surrounding cholesterol and health have led the medical science world to declare war on dietary fat. The result? An approach to eating that encourages the consumption of simple carbohydrates – which is the key cause of silent inflammation and the epidemic of cardiometabolic disease.

Ok, having got that off my chest, let’s take a look at how to take control of silent inflammation. It starts with a proper health examination. While the traditional annual physical has served us for decades now, more modern programs exist that will give us a better picture of the inflammatory response going on in our bodies. Tests such as CR-P, fasting insulin, HbA1c, homocysteine, ICG, etc.

The next step is to find a “health partner” you feel comfortable with. You need to be working with a physician you trust is looking at the underlying cause of modern day illnesses. Prescribing medications is fine when needed, but if we are simply stopping there and not addressing the lifestyle issues that ultimately are the reason we are unwell in the first place, we will continue to get sicker until it is simply too late.

But the final and most important step has to do with your role in the entire picture. No longer can you take a passive approach to managing your health. No longer can it simply be in the hands of your doctor or doctors. No one should have a better understanding of your health and what you need to do to reach optimal health than you. Yes, you need guidance from your trusted physician, but he or she cannot force you to be disciplined enough to do what you need to do to get healthy and stay healthy.

And so we come full circle. Your lifestyle will determine whether you live well or not. Aging gracefully is a lot easier than you think. Adhere to the Paleo Diet, exercise, get enough sleep, avoid toxins, and manage stress as best you can. Your inner health and outer beauty will be all the motivation you need to continue on your path to optimal health.

Graham-150x150About Dr. Simpson

Graham Simpson, M.D. is the Chief Medical Officer of West-Martin Longevity. He is also the Founder & Medical Director of the innovative Intelligent Health Center, Dubai, UAE.

Dr. Simpson graduated from the University of Witwatersrand Medical School in Johannesburg, South Africa and is Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Emergency Medicine, and Age Management Medicine (A4M). He is a founding member of the American Holistic Medical Association (AHMA) and is a licensed homeopath. Dr. Simpson has also taught as an assistant professor of medicine at the University of Nevada, Reno.

He is the author of WellMan (Live Longer by Controlling Inflammation); co-author of Spa Medicine with Dr. Stephen Sinatra; and the forthcoming Reversing CardioMetabolic Disease.

Dr. Simpson was the Founder of PrimalMD; the Founder of the Eternity Medicine Institute; Paleo4me; and the Inflamaging Physician Network. He is a Consultant to Cenegenics, Inc

He has practiced I.N.T.E.G.R.A.L. Health for many years and remains committed to delivering Proactive Health to physicians and clients around the world.

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