Heart disease. Cancer. Diabetes. Alzheimer’s. Fibromyalgia. Rheumatoid arthritis. Lupus. Crohn’s disease. The list goes on and on: chronic, debilitating diseases that suck the joy out of life and keep their victims in a constant state of varying degrees of worry, pain, and disability. Once known as “diseases of affluence,” these stealthy killers now affect all strata of society as the Western diet and lifestyle has spread worldwide.
The statistics are alarming. According to the CDC, 6 out of 10 U.S. adults suffer from chronic disease; 4 out of 10 have two or more[i]. The Public Health Agency of Canada estimates that at least 44% of Canadians suffer from one or more of 10 common chronic conditions[ii]. Globally, the picture is no better. The World Health Organization predicts that by 2020, almost 75% of deaths will occur as a result of chronic disease[iii]. Chronic disease is literally and systematically killing us—stealing years of precious life away from the majority of people all over the planet.
The Root Cause of Chronic Illness
Chronic illness is notoriously difficult to treat using conventional medical means. It’s not surprising, therefore, that it has become one of the hottest topics in biomedical research. But if you take the time to sift through the hundreds of thousands of peer-reviewed articles that have been written on various chronic diseases, and start looking for patterns, you will discover something very interesting:
Virtually every type of chronic disease, no matter what body system or segment of the population it targets, correlates to one thing: inflammation[iv].
And in fact, our clinical experience in helping thousands of patients overcome the debilitating effects of all kinds of chronic disease has led us to firmly believe that inflammation is not just a side effect of chronic illness, but is in fact its root cause.
What Is Inflammation?
Inflammation is, simply put, the body’s response to injury or threat. Understanding why inflammation occurs in the first place sheds a lot of light on its role in chronic disease.
When a part of the body is injured or a threat (such as a virus or invading bacteria) appears, the immune system responds by dilating blood vessels and sending more blood to the area, along with a small army of immune cells, hormones, and other immune responses. These measures provide a strong defense against bacteria and other pathogens that might take advantage of the injury to gain a toehold in the body. This process is called acute inflammation, and normally it is a short term affair to provide protection for that area of the body so it can heal.
So inflammation is actually not a bad thing in and of itself. It’s an important part of the healing process. Sometimes, though, the inflammation just doesn’t die back down when it’s supposed to. It persists in the body and rather than being the short-term condition it was meant to be, it becomes chronic.
This can occur when the body becomes hypersensitive to threat and either doesn’t shut down on cue after an acute immune response, or simply starts perceiving threat where there isn’t any. When this happens, the body can start attacking itself instead—and the result is chronic disease.
The Role of Inflammation in Chronic Disease
A hyperactive inflammatory response causes a lot of problems in the body. Often, persistent pockets of inflammation will form. Over time, the tissues in these pockets start to degenerate and begin to leak toxic breakdown products into the blood and lymph. These can then carry them into organs and tissues of the body that may be far removed from the original site of inflammation. Depending on a person’s genetic profile, diet, lifestyle, and other factors, this process can give rise one or more of the almost 4,000 named chronic diseases that are devastating the physical, mental, and/or emotional health of individuals worldwide.
In other words, it is not out of line to say that from asthma to arthritis, diabetes to depression, nearly all of those thousands of chronic disease are really just variations of one root illness: chronic inflammation.
When we look at it that way, we can start to see the light at the end of the tunnel when it comes to treating chronic illness. Rather than having to figure out how to treat thousands of diverse and often confounding different illnesses with apparently unrelated symptoms, we can then laser-focus on the root cause of all of it.
It stands to reason, then, that a therapy capable of hitting chronic disease at its root—the underlying inflammation that gives rise to it all—would be the key to bringing relief to the millions of people all over the world who are currently suffering from chronic disease, wouldn’t you agree?
Microcurrent Therapy: A Root Solution to the Root Cause of Disease
It would be simplistic not to acknowledge the differences between the various manifestations of chronic illness. But there are root solutions to the root problem of inflammation. Over our many decades of clinical experience, we have found the proper application of microcurrent therapy to be the most powerful root solution we have come across to date.
Microcurrent interfaces directly with the body’s own electrical communication network – the very network that initiates the inflammatory response in the first place, to send commands to shut it down. When used properly as part of a well-designed protocol tailored to the needs of the individual, microcurrent therapy has proven over and over again to be effective at reducing and/or resolving inflammation at its root, and helping patients of all ages and from all walks of life overcome chronic pain and disease to live healthy, happy, productive lives again.
Want to know more about the connection between inflammation, chronic pain, and chronic disease? We’ve answered all these questions and more in our new report, Inflammation: The Hidden Source of Chronic Pain, including specific information on:
- The role of inflammation in eight common chronic illnesses
- How inflammation impacts mental health
- The Seyle Pouch theory of inflammation and its role in chronic disease
- Why stimulating the vagus nerve can flip the switch on pain