Pain and inflammation are common presentations at our clinic. Inflammation can present with symptoms including aches and pains, joint deformity and swelling, fluid retention, hormonal imbalances, digestive conditions (inflammatory bowel disease, IBS, constipation or diarrhoea); autoimmunity, allergies, cognitive decline and a host of others.
Low grade, chronic, unresolved inflammation is a driver for many health conditions including cardiovascular, diabetes, cancer and cognitive decline.
A common test we recommend is hsCRP (High sensitive C-Reactive Protein), a marker of inflammation available through your GP. Ideal levels are below 1, however levels even as low as 2 or 3 are potentially within ‘range’ but indicate low grade inflammation is present. There are other fancier tests available through functional labs like Nutripath Inflammatory markers, but costs around $165
Whilst the traditional approach is to use anti-inflammatory therapy – drug based (e.g. non-steroidal anti-inflammatories like Voltaren, Ibobrufen) they aid the symptoms, but actually inhibit the transition to resolution of the inflammation. More natural alternatives (turmeric based supplements, fish oils, anti-inflammatory herbs like Boswellia or Devil’s Claw), don’t inhibit the resolution phase, but they, too, act on the symptoms without addressing the ‘drivers’.
Before implementing a treatment protocol, there is a need to identify the cause. We can caught up in the latest ‘trends’ of something like Lyme’s disease being the root of all evils, but the logical approach is to consider the more common drivers first, and work through in a systematic way the to least likely culprits last. This 4 layered approach can be summarised as:
Tier 1:Micro or macronutrient deficiencies or excess (e.g Vitamin D or Magnesium); Circadian rhythm disruption (e.g. shift workers, chronic insomniacs; long-haul travellers)
Tier 2: Under active thyroid; dysbiosis (excess bad bugs or insufficient good bugs (see my blog -https://alldegreesofhealth.com.au/how-to-support-a-healthy-microbiome-2/); or excessive stress or poor stress response;
Tier 3:Biotoxin illness from mould effected/water damaged buildings or Mast cell activation syndrome (MCAS), where excess histamine response leads to a wide variety of conditions ranging from allergies to endometriosis See: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mast_cell_activation_syndrome
Tier 4:Stealth infections (like tick-borne Borellia/Lyme disease); environmental toxicity (heavy metals, pesticides); and electromagnetic radiation.
So the message is, it’s a good idea to not only treat symptomatically (and naturopaths now have an extensive armoury of natural anti-inflammatory support that does not have the detrimental effects of traditional medications), but also looking at and addressing at the underlying cause. This is done by extensive case-taking, observations and judicious testing.
If you’d like a complimentary chat about how we can help you, don’t hesitate to call the clinic on 9331 0951 or booking online