Inflammation Causes Disease Part 2

How can I find out if I have inflammation in my body?

Do you hurt? Then that body part most likely has some form of inflammation.

Have you been labeled with some kind of disease, like diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and more? Then you have inflammation in your body.

Oh, but you’re interested in a laboratory test for inflammation too.

In her book, Stopping Inflammation, Dr. Appleton describes laboratory tests that you can ask your doctor to order to test for inflammation in your body. The screening test for inflammation is C – reactive protein (CRP) levels in the blood. CRP will not tell you what is causing the inflammation. If it’s elevated you can proceed with other tests recommended in Stopping Inflammation to help find the causes.

Isn’t it great there are tools to find out the cause of your illness? Then YOU can do something about it.

Dr. Appleton asked Dr. Carolyn Dean, a medical doctor and naturopath to write the chapter on toxicity and detoxification in her book. That chapter is the most concise, clear, simple, yet brilliant description of toxicity and detoxification that I have ever read. You may want to take a look at Dr. Dean’s web site .

Knowledge is the antidote to deception. Reading Dr. Appleton’s book will give you a very knowledgeable overview of what’s going wrong or right in your body. What she and Dr. Dean recommend is also what I recommend. Having two or three perspectives on these truths will give you the bigger picture and will be empowering.

For more about Dr. Appleton’s books, lecturing schedule and other resources, visit her website, .

Without knowledge you will continue in complacency, inaction or non-productive action and victim consciousness. What is victim consciousness? “The disease is going to get me. It’s inevitable” Or, “I can’t lose weight.” Or, I will never get over this pain.” Or, “I’m just getting old”.

Whoa there, no excuses. Especially the one about “I’m just getting old.” I’ve never bought into that idea nor the one that “there isn’t anything you can do about your disease, you just have to live with it”. I always helped people look for answers to what ailed them.

Basically the answers involve eating right, getting detoxified and getting the unfriendly organisms under control.

Once you have knowledge are you going to take action or remain complacent? If you decide to stay in the deceived lifestyle even though you know the truth, then don’t whine to me about feeling bad and having no energy. And don’t blame God or the devil for your health problems. Because you are living with the consequences of your choices at that point. Now, I can sympathize when you are ignorant, but I have trouble sympathizing with you when you know and choose not to do it. But I will still love you anyway.

OK, Ok, I know it’s hard to change your mind set, hard to change your habits. I know you feel overwhelmed in trying to implement this new found knowledge. Everyone feels that way at first and rightfully so. It is overwhelming.

That’s where Dr. Dean comes in. She’s developed a way to help us make healthy changes very gradually.

First of all, she’s an amazing woman. Dr. Dean’s not only a medical doctor, but also a naturopath, herbalist, acupuncturist, nutritionist, lecturer, consultant, and author. Dr. Dean has been in the forefront of health issues for over 30 years. Can you imagine how long she went to school to get all of those credentials?

So I decided to take a look at her web site .

After reviewing it I thought, “I can learn a lot from this amazing doctor of the future.” When you look at her web site, you will probably understand why her work impresses me – we think alike.

I am always open to learning more. After all I listened to my patients. When they came to me wanting to be able to have chelation therapy locally instead of driving 150 miles to receive it, I said ok, I will take the course on chelation and then decide. Well, the course convinced me that it was very beneficial, and I then set up chelation therapy in my office.

And now I listen to you and learn a lot from you too.

So now I am very excited to learn more from Dr. Dean. How about you?

Let me know what you think of the information on her web site.


Dr. Jo

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So she writes this blog to keep you up to date with information that may undermine your health if you are not aware of it. She also provides tips on healthy living, how to reverse degenerative diseases, delicious recipes, and ways to enjoyably change your habits to healthy ones.

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2 Comments On “Inflammation Causes Disease Part 2”

Roberta Mcleod

Roberta Mcleod

26 October 2012

I have Multiple Sclerosis. Pretty much since the beginning (2005) when I began to read about the disease and decided not to take the disease-modifying medication, I changed my lifestyle drastically. I stopped eating beef, drinking soft drinks, cut sugar way back, stopped dairy fat, cut processed foods and preservatives as much as possible, all pretty much cold turkey. I haven’t stuck to that diet 100%, but maybe 95%. I have a vegetable (greens) and fruit smoothie every morning. I have salads at least 3-4 times a week. I eat only lean chicken and turkey. I eat nuts and seeds, and only whole grains. I have been doing this for 7 years. Lately I heard a video of a woman with MS who was able to turn her symptoms around. She recommended 9 cups of fruits and vegetables a day. I have become discouraged. My symptoms haven’t changed in 7 years. The good news is I haven’t progressed either – no flare-ups. I know I need to cut out sugar altogether and probably stop the meat. This woman even recommended going gluten free (even if you aren’t allergic). If I cut wheat and meat, where will I get my protein? Beans cause inflammation for me. That leaves fish. I can’t afford to eat fish every day. We usually cook salmon on a weekends and have left overs for 2 or 3 days. Sometimes I cook another fish during the week. What do you recommend? How can I get past the place where I’m at now – just treading water – not going backward, but not going forward either.
Thanks for your help. Roberta

Dr. Jo

Dr. Jo

27 October 2012

First of all, I would really encourage you to seek out an alternative healthcare practitioner to help you. Often mercury toxicity is associated with MS. He/she will also help you fine tune your diet. You might be able to locate one near you from the Resources tab at the top of this page. Click on “Resources to help you Find a doctor” from the drop down box.

Wow! It’s great that you have not progressed in the disease, so you are on the right track. Take a look at my cookbook. It’s a good way to get an idea about the foods that serve the body the best and a way to fine tune what works for your body.

I would agree that you should cut out sweets completely and eat more vegetables – my cookbook makes that easy to do. As for meats you might want to review the Swank Diet for MS – do an Internet search.

Let me know about your progress.

Dr. Jo

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