Mankind has known the classical symptoms of inflammation for hundreds of years, which include redness, pain and swelling, but what about the symptoms that result from chronic inflammation?
Emerging literature suggests that inflammation operates as a much more sophisticated system than ever thought. At the cellular level, the food that we eat can trigger inflammatory mediators, which result in symptoms not short of the following:
IRRITABLE BOWEL SYNDROME
DEPRESSION/ MOOD DISORDER
ATTENTION DEFICIT DISORDER
CHRONIC FATIGUE SYNDROME
What is inflammation?
Inflammation is considered as an ‘adaptive response’ to any harmful effect threatening the integrity of the cellular homeostasis, an example being food. The longer this response persists, the more damaging the consequences.
What is the mechanism?
Activation of pathogen-specific receptors induces the production of inflammatory mediators such as cytokines.
These mediators accelerate the progression of inflammation by modifying the vascular endothelial cell's permeability. Prostaglandins are produced as a result. These are hormones that can contribute to pain and are primarily responsible for the onset of symptoms through their effects on the central nervous system.
Drugs, such as Aspirin, block prostaglandins to reduce pain, but you may be able to lower inflammation with some simple dietary changes as well.
MRT FOOD SENSITIVITY TESTING (MEDIATOR RELEASE TEST)
After drawing blood, the test measures the amount of mediators released when incubated with an individual food, additive or chemical. Released mediators produce physiologic effects leading to the symptoms listed above. The results of the mediator release test will determine which foods cause the most inflammatory response. By eliminating these foods, the chronic disease that resulted from the inflammation will cease it's symptoms.
Antigen (pathogenic food/chemical/additive) is consumed --> activates cells, lymphocytes/basophils/neutrophils--> rather than being tolerated, T-cells react to antigen--> mediator release of cytokines/histamine/prostaglandins--> various symptoms arise