Heart Disease, Cancer, Even Alzheimer's Linked To One Common Symptom

Inflammation is a double-edged sword. Used by the body to combat foreign bodies, inflammation is a necessary part of our body's natural processes. However, inflammation doesn't just destroy invaders to the body... it can actually destroy the body itself.

Inflammation Studies Reveal Unexpected Results

Many studies have been conducted on the causes, side effects and even benefits of inflammation over the last several years, as the effect of inflammation on the body has become a subject of debate in the medical community of late. It is believed that over 90 percent of noncommunicable diseases have been associated with inflammation in the body. This concept came to light in a study about caffeine consumption and inflammation released by David Furman of Stanford Medical School’s Institute for Immunity, Transplantation and Infection.

As of now, over 1,000 papers have documented evidence regarding the effect of inflammation on the body. The evidence provided in these research papers details how chronic inflammation, acknowledged as persistent and unresolved, can actually contribute to the onset of many cancers, Alzheimer's disease, dementias, cardiovascular disease, osteoarthritis, and even depression.

Inflammation's primary designation is to protect the body against foreign attacks from bacteria, abnormal toxins, and molecules.

Inflammation and Chronic Diseases

Inflammation is always present in cases of Alzheimer's disease, causing scientists to believe that there may be a form of an outside pathogen involved in the onset process. Another disease in which inflammation is always present is heart disease. While there is no proof that inflammation is present prior to the onset, it is clear that is definitely involved once the disease strikes.

Scientist Joseph Rogers of the nonprofit research institute SRI International explained the benefits of inflammation in an HBO documentary film entitled The Alzheimer’s Project.

"Inflammation is always a two-headed sword,” he said. “It destroys, and that’s beneficial. When you have foreign invaders, inflammation destroys those foreign invaders. The problem is, it can also destroy healthy tissue in the process. So, you’ve got to be very careful about that.”