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Where Are The Inflammologists?

It seems every body system and even many diseases have their very own medical specialists.

  • Ophthalmologists (Eyes)
  • Gastroenterologists (Digestive organs)
  • Cardiologists (Heart)
  • Endocrinologists (Hormones)
  • Dermatologists (Skin)
  • Orthopedists (Joints)
  • Oncologists (Cancer)

But where are the “Inflammologists”? And is anyone studying “Inflammology”? The truth is, there are no inflammologists and there is no formal subject of inflammology. But...there should be. And that’s because the science is clear that inflammation is a root cause of nearly all chronic medical conditions.

So what exactly is inflammation? Inflammation is a natural immune response to injury or infection. There are two types:

  1. Acute Inflammation - You stub your toe. It hurts, swells, turns red...and eventually heals. This is good inflammation as it indicates healing is taking place.
  2. Chronic Inflammation - Imagine your stubbed toe stays red, hot, and tender for months, or even years after the injury. This is bad inflammation and it means something is seriously wrong.

Whether it’s in your toe or anywhere else in your body…It’s chronic inflammation that is most troubling. Over time this silent chronic inflammation damages healthy cells because the ongoing immune response never allows your tissue to completely recover.

Think of a leaky roof that never gets fixed…eventually you’ll find:

  • Rotting wood
  • Water damage
  • Mold
  • Structural damage

To Your Health,

Dr. Joshua Levitt