Inflammation & Oxidation – Disease Double Whammy

Chronic diseases like cancer, heart disease and diabetes are leading causes of death in modern life.

A huge amount of time and money is thrown at these diseases. Even so, modern medicine has not come up with successful treatments. At best, they are able to manage some of the symptoms.

Less well known by most people is the fact that all of these problems have two things in common. They share the traits of inflammation and oxidation.

One way to think of these two traits is to compare them to fire and rust. Imagine what fire and rust would do to your car. This will give you a good idea of what they do to your body.

Inflammation and oxidation are very closely related. And each has an important role in keeping us healthy. The problem comes when they get out of control. Here is an overview of each:


There are three types of inflammation. Acute inflammation is the first response to tissue injury. You get a cut or a bruise and the body rushes resources to the area to start the healing process. This is a good thing.

The second type comes from reactions to antigens. These are anything foreign to the body. Foods, microorganisms and parasites are in this group. Anything toxic to the body belongs here. The body creates inflammation to fight foreign invaders. This is also good.

The third type is chronic inflammation. If the body is overwhelmed by either injury or antigens, it can go into this state. This is where disease and damage happen. This is the stage where chronic problems show up.

Inflammation is the body’s attempt to heal and fight invasion. But when there is too much damage or relentless toxic exposure, inflammation goes out of control.


Without oxidation we would die. This is because it helps create energy in the body.

At the same time, if it gets out of balance, oxidation causes damage. This happens when free radicals form. As they circulate, they create oxidative stress. In this negative state, many toxic effects happen.

For example, excess oxidation speeds aging. It also damages cells and tissues. When cholesterol is oxidized, it becomes dangerous to health.

The Connection Between Inflammation and Oxidation

Both oxidation and inflammation create free radicals. Because oxidation causes damage to cells and tissues, it can trigger inflammation. And when inflammation creates free radicals, it can trigger oxidative stress. The two go hand in hand.

What can you do to decrease this disease double whammy? There are a number of things.

First, make sure the food you eat is fresh, unprocessed and natural. Processed food contributes to these two health issues.

Second, make sure you are getting enough antioxidants in your diet. Antioxidants are measured on the ORAC scale. The higher the ORAC number, the more antioxidant activity. Foods with a high ORAC number include blueberry, pomegranate and blackberry.

Third, reduce inflammation naturally. Fish oils, turmeric and enzymes all help take down inflammatory activity.

By taking these simple steps, you lower your odds of being hit by this disease double whammy.

All the best to you for your health and happiness,

Dr. Bruce Eichelberger

Dr. Bruce

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