Inflammation and Allergies, Eczema, Asthma & Psoriasis
Although there is a large tendency for these conditions to be associated with genetics and familial patterns it is important to remember that we are not governed by our genes. Professor Bruce Lipton was a forerunner in establishing this theory and proving it when it comes to managing lifestyles through choices be it dietary or medicinal of nature.
The tendency to observe a low level of chronic inflammation remains ever present and this seems to be the key in maintaining good health balance for best disease prevention in a modern-day toxic environment riddled with increasing numbers of toxic additions to the list.
Allergies belong to a category of Immune System Responses called Hypersensitivity
responses. In allergic individuals, cells in the Immune System that normally help fend off pathogens can become overactive. Classically seen as an auto-immune response. These white blood cells circulate in the bloodstream and are supposed to alert other Immune System players when the body is under attack from invading organisms:
Th1 cells are instrumental in controlling certain types of infections.
Th2 cells help activate B cells to eliminate certain infectious agents, including parasites.
In an allergic reaction, Th2 cells may respond to substances that are not actually harmful other than in their ability to stimulate the Immune System, such as pollen and animal products -the Th2 cells then produce substances and recruit other cells—mast cells and eosinophils—that become involved in an allergic reaction. Cytokines produced by Th2 cells act as chemical messengers to orchestrate the allergic response. Th2 cell activation also stimulates B cells, another type of white blood cell essential to normal immune function, to produce immunoglobulin E (IgE) antibodies. When present in sufficient number and positioned on the surface of the mast cells, these IgE antibodies can trigger allergic reactions when they encounter the same allergen again. These initial reactions are not the only danger. Mast cells also produce other chemicals, such as enzymes called proteases that cause tissue damage.
Eczema, Atopic Dermatitis, is an inflammatory skin disease that primarily affects children, although many adults suffer from it as well. It often begins in infancy as patches of dry skin and an intensely itchy rash.
Scratching the rash leads to further irritation and chronic inflammation. Although the condition is more annoying than dangerous, it can lead to skin infections since the skin’s function as a barrier is impaired.
People with eczema have high blood levels of IgE antibodies, which are associated with allergic reactions. Many have a personal or family history of other allergic conditions such as asthma, food allergies, and hay fever. Hypersensitivity to substances in the environment seems to play a role in eczema, especially in people who have severe eczema, but it does not seem to be the cause.
Asthma is an inflammatory disease of the airways that restricts this airflow. In some people, it is an allergic disease, which acts up after exposure to typical allergens (any substance that provokes an allergic reaction) such as pollen, animal or dust particles. In so-called non-allergic asthma, symptoms
are triggered not by allergens but by irritants such as smoke or even exercise. In addition, inflammation in the lungs and airways due to viral infections may cause asthma flare-ups, especially in children. In both allergic and non-allergic asthma, the airways become swollen and inflamed, making it harder for air to pass through. The inflammation also makes the breathing passages more sensitive to certain inhaled substances, which can in turn trigger an asthma attack. When this happens, the muscles around
the airways contract, narrowing the airways further. The swelling also can worsen because cells of the airways release inflammatory chemicals, making the airways even narrower. Cells in the airways might also release mucous, which narrows the airways even more.
Mast cells are repeatedly activated, releasing chemicals that attract eosinophils, which in turn cause more inflammation. This causes the airway walls to thicken. Should the muscles start to spasm, this exacerbates the situation.
Although classified as a skin disease, psoriasis actually starts inside the body, the result of an Immune System abnormality that causes inflammation. Psoriasis is a condition in which skin cells multiply much faster than normal, building up on the surface of the skin, forming inflamed, scaly patches. Psoriasis can occur in different places on the body, with slightly different symptoms.
There is a strong genetic component to the disease. About 40% of people with psoriasis or psoriatic arthritis have a family member with the disorder.
Psoriasis often occurs with other problems, including psychological stress, obesity, smoking, alcohol use,
strep throat, and viral infections. It has also been linked with certain medications, including beta blockers (used to treat high blood pressure) and lithium (prescribed for mood disorders). Once again, the tendency is chronic inflammation resulting in this problem.
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