Episode 29 | Chronic Inflammation – The Silent Killer
Hello again and a warm welcome to episode # 029 of Elmar´s Tooth Talk – The missing link to total health. I am Dr Elmar Jung.
So, before we start, let me tell you What’s in it for you in this episode:
We talk about:
- WHY chronic infection is a silent killer
- WHY we have different immune systems
- Acute vs chronic inflammation
- WHY Omega 3 fatty acids are so important
- HOW you know you suffer from chronic inflammation?
- WHAT supplements your body requires on a daily basis
Looking back in history infectious diseases were always the ones that caused sickness and death. This dates back until the early 20th century.
With improved sanitation and some boldly claim the advent of vaccination, as well as the invention of antibiotics, infectious diseases were on their way out.
But they are making a remarkable comeback.
Antibiotics lost their effectiveness due to their overuse because they were thrown at everybody all the time, even if it was just normal and vaccinations have never worked in the first place as some bright minds suggest.
Both, antibiotics and vaccination however have left us with serious side effects such as destroying the natural gut biome in the case of antibiotics and even worse are the potential consequences of vaccination.
That is why pharmaceutical companies, politicians and some philanthropists are here to help and find the holy grail of vaccination against the supposedly deadliest virus mankind has ever encountered.
A man on a mission
Luckily, a man on a crusade is donating or shall we say investing huge amounts of his money to save mankind from this alleged deadly virus. He brings to us the long awaited, long needed and long anticipated medical cure in form of a vaccination that will eliminate COVID-19 for ever. A big Thank you to Bill Gates and his friends.
Some well-informed people claim his motives are anything else but philanthropic, but then that is a different story all together.
Our immune systems, yes immune systems, we have two immune systems as you will soon hear. Our fascinating immune systems have developed over thousands of years to keep bacteria, viruses and other critters at bay.
Unfortunately, as usual mankind is fiddling around with just another part of our life namely the immune system by feeding a nutrient-free diet, plugging hazardous waste in teeth, injecting toxins, polluting water, air and soil and on top many embark on lifestyle choices detrimental to a healthy life.
Despite the fact we humans have evolved in a dirty environment for thousands of years where disinfectants, soap, and other hygiene products were unknown until a few generations ago, we see an almost irrational hysteria of excessive cleanliness where kids are not allowed to get dirty anymore, play with soil or eat dirt and adults walk around with antiseptic handwashes to make sure they don’t catch a bug.
Therefore, the immune systems have become less capable to protect us and what is even worse, our own immune system has started to turn against us.
Just look around and you see an epidemic-like increase of allergies, auto-immune diseases and yes inflammation and infection are on the rise too.
But there is light at the end of the tunnel. We can turn this around again. We can undo the damage. At least partly. We can rebuild our immune system and strengthen our protection and again live a healthy life.
This episode tells you the “WHY we got here and HOW TO get back.”
Let’s start with the two different immune systems I mentioned earlier.
Two immune systems
We have two immune systems which are interconnected. One is called the innate immune system and the other is called the adaptive or acquired immune system.
The adaptive immune system has a memory and is therefore involved in immunisation and allergy. When I say immunisation, I mean natural immunisation not the one you supposedly acquire from questionable chemical cocktails shoved into your body called vaccines.
The adaptive immune system’s key cells are the lymphocytes, a type of white blood cells.
Once the adaptive immune system has been in contact with an enemy, it remembers its characteristics and with the second contact to this enemy the memory cells recognise it and generate antibodies.
The adaptive immune system is responsible that we rarely get measles twice.
To respond quickly to an enemy’s attack the adaptive immune system must have been in contact with the enemy beforehand. Otherwise, its response is rather slow.
However, if the enemy changes just a little as for example the flu virus does every year, this might be enough to bypass the adaptive immune system.
The adaptive immune system is also called our second line of defence.
The innate immune system is our first line of defence and works totally differently.
The cells of the innate immune system are constantly active and looking out for things that don’t belong there. The cells of the innate immune system swallow or kill infected cells to stop them from spreading.
And what does all this have to do with inflammation?
If antibiotic-resistant bacteria increase, stress levels soar and the quality of our food degrades, the likelihood of developing inflammation in our body heightens and this has a major impact on the effectiveness of our immune systems.
Acute vs chronic inflammation
We distinguish two kinds of inflammation. Acute and chronic.
Acute inflammation can generally be seen as a positive reaction. It is a short-lasting process that helps with healing.
Acute inflammation has five distinct signs SHIRP: Swelling, Heat, Immobility, Redness, and Pain,
If the healing cannot be completed because some factors keep coming back or cannot be eliminated, acute inflammation progresses into chronic inflammation.
Chronic inflammation therefore is always negative. Rather than helping the healing process it lingers on, often for years. And in the beginning, you might not even be aware of it because all tests come back ok and often you don’t have any obvious signs.
What does this have to do with Omega 6 and fatty acids?
Omega 6:3 ratio
If your diet contains more Omega 6 than Omega 3 fatty acids, you are more likely to suffer from chronic inflammation because Omega 3 fatty acids such as from oily fish break down into anti-inflammatory compounds whereas Omega 6 fatty acids break down into pro-inflammatory compounds.
I am not saying that all Omega 6 is bad.
However, the typical Western diet tends to contain significantly more omega-6 fatty acids than omega-3 fatty acids, particularly because omega-6 is in a lot of unhealthy foods, such as salad dressings, potato chips, pizza, pasta dishes and processed meats such as sausages.
Having an imbalance in Omega 6 to Omega 3 leads to a destructive process in the cells which causes tissue damage.
Recent tests on more than 550.000 people show that only about 3% of them have a healthy Omega 6 to Omega 3 balance of 3:1 or lower.
The interesting part is that even people who swallow fish oil and other omega 3 supplements are rarely doing any better in the test because most of the products don’t deliver what they promise.
Periodontal disease is one example of a chronic inflammation. It produces and releases large amounts of pro-inflammatory enzymes in the oral cavity.
Some of these enzymes are absorbed locally, while the rest is swallowed with your saliva and absorbed in the small bowel before entering the blood stream.
This helps to explain why periodontal disease is associated with an increased risk not only of local disease such as oral cancer but also disease far away from the source such as heart disease, hypertension, pancreatic and kidney cancer.
When it comes to chronic inflammation in the large bowl, we must consider another key factor, namely the overall balance of the microbiome.
Processed food is depleted in prebiotic fibres, and consequently the gut microbiome becomes inflamed.
Chronic inflammation is everywhere, and chronic degenerative diseases are the main cause of morbidity and mortality all over the world. And it is steadily getting worse. Life expectancy is declining again and so is the IQ.
The main reason for this dramatic worsening of people’s health is due to lifestyle and diet.
Do you suffer from chronic inflammation?
You are almost certainly suffering from chronic inflammation if you are
- Over 50 years of age or
- Overweight or
- Smoking or
- Living in a city rather than rural area or
- Eating lots of baked, deep-fried or fast-food products or
- Diagnosed with high blood pressure or
- Diagnosed with anything ending in “itis” or
- Constantly stressed or
- Lacking in proper sleep
Chronic inflammation can cause a huge variety of symptoms such as problems with your brain, heart, immune system, joints, metabolism, mood, skin, stamina or focus.
Other reasons why our immune systems are less effective than they used to be
One reason is that our environment nowadays is too clean. Mankind has always lived in a dirty environment, and our immune systems were constantly challenged by bacteria and viruses which made it stronger.
Today with our excessive hygiene there is not much exposure to these threats which leaves the immune systems less active and therefore less capable to respond appropriately.
This is has contributed to the increase in allergies, asthma and autoimmune diseases.
Other reasons are our reduced physical activity, the way we prepare our food and how we eat.
Modern day malnutrition
Looking around, we can state that people are getting fatter and fatter their calorie intake is more than adequate but they are still mal-nurtured because their intake in vitamins, mineral and phytonutrients is totally inadequate.
This causes metabolic starvation and chronic inflammation, triggering tissue damage and in the longer term chronic degenerative diseases.
This kind of malnutrition, it is also called dis-nutrition, has become the leading cause of early and preventable death all over the world.
Most people lack even the minimum intake of any micronutrients.
What to do
There is evidence that chronic inflammation is reduced or inhibited by a diet rich in anti-inflammatory nutrients such as omega 3’s, vitamin E and lycopene, the carotenoids and various polyphenols.
The most effective natural immune enhancers are 1-3 and 1-6 beta glucans from baker’s yeast.
These beta glucans activate macrophages, which are white blood cells that digest cellular debris, foreign substances, microbes, cancer cells, and anything else that does not have the type of proteins specific to healthy body cells on its surface.
Beta glucans also stimulate regeneration of white blood cells, raise resistance to infection, slow ageing of the immune system and have powerful anti-allergy effects.
Another natural immune enhancer are pre-biotic fibre and probiotics. The more pre-biotic fibres we eat the more the health promoting probiotic bacteria such as lactobacilli and bifidobacterial will thrive which reduces inflammation in the gut.
Ideal food sources for pre-biotic fibres are Jerusalem artichokes, oats, green bananas, twice-cooked potatoes, legumes and pulses.
If you suffer from any kind of gastro-intestinal problems such as SIBO (Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth) try carrot soup. It must be boiled long enough to allow a sweetness to emerge.
There are many more natural immune enhancers such as Lactoperoxidase which you get from brassica vegetables, apple pips or bitter almonds, fucoidans and funorans from kelp, wakame and kombu and quorum sensor inhibitors from vanilla, clove, ginger, cardamon, horseradish and garlic.
Daily Supplementation Protocol
How do you go about this all?
Ideally you start with testing your Omega 6:3 ratio.
From experience I know, most people are totally out of balance. None of my patients has been in the healthy range of 3:1.
Therefore, I recommend a specific Omega 3 fatty acid oil. This oil is a combination of Omega 3 and polyphenols. It is these polyphenols that make the difference.
Without these polyphenols the Omega 3 gets in the blood but not where we need it which is in the cells. This means that any Omega 3 oil without Polyphenols is most likely a waste of money.
Have a look around to find an oil with this combination. We however recommend Balance Oil from Zinzino which so far has tested very well with most of our patients
One of the advantages with this product is that you can choose from different flavours and even if you don’t like fish oil or are vegan there is a product for you.
The next supplement I recommend is a prebiotic blend, which switches the balance of the microbiota back to gram positive which are the good bacteria. In this way you lower the toxin levels in the gut, boost butyrate production and thus reduce inflammation.
One such Pre-biotic blend is Zinzino’s ZinoBiotic.
And the third pillar is a daily nutritional supplement which includes optimal levels of all classical vitamins and minerals, plus a range of polyphenols, carotenoids, xanthophylls.
The one we use is Zinzino’s xtend +
The reason I opted for Zinzino is that their products work synergistically together, with the test we can proof that they work, and the company is constantly adding more tests and products to their range. And the products are very affordable.
With this three-part protocol you will do very well. To change your gut microbiome, you take the supplements for at least 120 days which will reduce your chronic inflammation and you will feel much healthier.
And the best thing is – you can test how good the supplements work.
After four months you take the second test which will show that you now have a much better ratio of Omega 6:3 or you are already balanced.
This is proper evidence based pharmaco-nutrition.
One of the brains behind this pharmaco-nutrition evolution is a very bright spark by the name of Dr Paul Clayton who graduated summa cum laude in Medical Pharmacology. A former Senior Scientific Advisor to the UK government’s Committee on the Safety of Medicines. Why did they let him go, one is inclined to ask?
Dr Clayton writes easy to read books about nutrition and how to strengthen your immune system which is actually the title of his latest book.
Check out his brilliantly written and always referenced blogs on www.drpaulclayton.eu as well as his YouTube clips. He is definitely worth looking up and following.
After you have achieved your balance, whether this is after 4, 6 or 8 months you could stop taking your ant-inflammatory protocol and within another 4-6 months or so you are back to square one, where you started.
Hardly a clever approach.
For me, these three products are THE baseline protocol to reduce chronic inflammation, achieve and maintain a healthy gut, boost your immune systems and therefore live a much healthier life.
Just to give you an idea what patients have already achieved by being on this protocol.
One patient could stop his anti-inflammatory medication, has regained normal bowl function, and got rid of his joint pain he was suffering from for many years in only four months on the protocol.
Another one is losing weight like never before without changing anything else. Others report from disappearing skin problems, being in a better mood and being able to focus much better again.
Other doctors report from similar extraordinary results with their patients.
What else can you do?
There are many more things you can do to support your immune systems. Eating a healthy and varied diet, have adequate sleep, exercise regularly, keep a good oral hygiene and the obvious ones such as stop smoking, maintain a healthy weight and blood pressure, keep alcohol consumption in moderation and your stress levels at bay.
Another great way to enhance your immune system is bouncing on a small trampoline to activate your lymphatic system.
For the more courageous ones alternating cold and hot showers are a brilliant way to boost your immune system and I can guarantee you will be wide awake after a series of three.
Okay, that’s it for today.
If you want to know more about this Supplementation Protocol, check it out here: https://tryzinzino.com/2007785755/EN/English/
This is Elmar’s Tooth Talk – the missing link to total health.
All the best. See you next time. Bye for now
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