Today, Dr. Marcela offers us precious wisdom on cancer prevention. She discusses:
- why inflammation can weaken YOUR BEST DEFENSE against cancer
- how you determine your inflammation levels
- what can be done to strengthen your most important defenses
The Dangers of Inflammation
Many of you may be aware that underlying chronic inflammation in the body fuels all health ailments. Cancer is definitely allowed to develop and grow in an environment of chronic inflammation. The inflammation can come from any source, such as allergies, food intolerances, infections, injuries, toxin exposure, and poor lifestyle habits. During an acute inflammatory response, such as a cold, your immune system stimulates the fight to combat the infectious agent. Then after the infection is handled, the immune system should return to a more normal surveillance mode for our optimal health. What happens frequently is our immune system stays on stimulated mode because of the above-mentioned triggers, and over time, immune dysfunction occurs. This is a big reason why autoimmune disorders are ever increasing in patients; often patients can have multiple autoimmune disorders because of the common underlying theme of a dysfunctional immune system.
There are ways to determine whether you have chronic inflammation. One way is ongoing symptoms, even if they are subtle and not causing you much distress. I use allergies as an example, because many patients have either intermittent or constant year round mild nasal drainage, sinus congestion, itchy/red eyes, itchy skin, and/or sneezing. Patients will often take an over the counter antihistamine and say their allergies are "under control". However, all of these symptoms indicate that something in your body is stimulating your immune system in an abnormal way. I consider allergy symptoms the tip of the iceberg. It's up to us to find the underlying causes, remove them, and help restore normal immune function.
Protecting Your Best Defense
As I mentioned before, your healthy immune system is your best defense against getting cancer, so it is critical, in my opinion, to evaluate your level of inflammation and your immune system function.
The best way to do this is through a quick and easy test called the Holman Omega-3 Test by Lipid Technology. We offer this test to measure your inflammation level through your Omega-3:Omega-6 ratio. Most Americans have an excessive amount of Omega-6 and are deficient in Omega-3s, which leads to chronic inflammation. This explains the array of health issues we see among Americans today. Are you at risk for chronic inflammation? Taking the Omega-3 test will help you determine the state of your immune function and give you the tools to prevent further inflammation. At Health in Balance, we will walk you through taking the test and analyzing your results to determine the best steps to take for optimal health.
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I highly encourage you to think about whether you might have some ongoing nagging symptoms that haven't resolved on their own, are becoming more frequent, and/or are worsening over time. You likely have underlying inflammation, and you should consider taking the Omega-3 test and further investigating where the problem lies. Unless your symptoms have resolved and you're feeling great, we need to continue searching and supporting proper balance and optimal bodily function. We look forward to seeing you soon to help you removed unwanted inflammation.
To your optimal health,
Dr. Marcela Dominguez and the Health in Balance Team
Your immune system is your best defense against cancer. Inflammation in the body weakens your immune system and creates a higher risk for cancer. Be proactive and discover your inflammation levels through the Omega-3 test. Meet with our doctors to determine how you can decrease your inflammation and strengthen your immune system.
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