In 2004, Time Magazine called inflammation “The Secret Killer” and each day we make choices that affect this so called “secret killer.”

Now more than ever before we are seeing an increased avalanche of very serious health issues.  These health issues put us at risk for our very lives.

 In 2004, Time Magazine called inflammation “The Secret Killer” and each day we make choices that affect this so called “secret killer.”

Why do I say that? 

It is because inflammation is the hallmark of virtually every disease you can think of, from diabetes to cancer, and when chronic, it stresses your system, your adrenals and your entire body.  This of course leads to a vicious cycle of serious health issues, which is exactly what we have today.

Every action we undertake either contributes to health or promotes disease.  So I hope you take note and if you find unhealthy actions in your life, you change those actions to healthy ones.The following are some examples of what promotes inflammation or are anti-inflammatory. A few examples I found are…Working 90-hours a week at a stressful job with no sleep?  It is Pro-inflammatory.

Eating a processed high-carbohydrate, low-fat diet filled with grains and sugar?  Again it is Pro-inflammatory.

Drinking a few beers each night?   Pro-inflammatory.

Taking Fish Oil?  Anti-inflammatory.

Getting a full 8 hours of sleep?  Anti-inflammatory.

Avoiding all grains (especially gluten)? Anti-inflammatory.

Year after year your choices will add up, either making you healthier or unhealthier, which means it’s all up to you.

How do I know if I have an inflammation problem?  Why not ask yourself, do I have any indication of any of the following health issues?

Do I have issues with chronic inflammation displayed as cardiovascular diseases (CVD), diabetes, respiratory diseases, mental disorders, autoimmune diseases (AID) and cancers?  And realize that all of these have increased dramatically over the last three decades. The increasing rates of these chronic systemic illnesses suggest that we have a continuing increase of inflammation across our nation, in the majority of our population today.

Are there any tests to show we have a build up of inflammation?

CRP, those initials stand for C – Reactive Protein is one of the tests designed to inform us of our level of inflammation.

Here are more common inflammatory markers you might want your doctor to check out for you.

SED RateHigh levels of HomocysteineElevated Ferritin in the bloodElevated HDLElevated Monocytes can be a secondary indicator of inflammationElevated Blood Glucose is a leading indicator of inflammation 

What foods contribute to chronic inflammation?

Factory processed foods



White flour

Highly processed vegetable oils

Processed meat

Which Conditions promote Inflammation?

Being overweight


Living an inactive lifestyle

Cardiovascular issues




What happens when Ingest Grains?

There are chain-reactions created by grain consumption which are shown to increase your risk of:

Various cancers including, pancreatic, colon, stomach and lymphomaAutoimmune diseases like Hashimoto’s ThyroiditisInfertilityDiabetesObesityArthritisAutismDepression,AnxietySchizophreniaAllergies 

What anti-inflammatory foods should we include in our diet?

Consuming good fats or oils is a key component to success in an anti-inflammatory diet.Besides eating healthy oils be sure to eat a rainbow of healthy fruits and vegetable: All fruits and vegetables, due to their rich nutrient and fiber content, help to combat chronic inflammation, so make sure to include liberal amounts of these foods daily. Some types of fresh produce, however, are even more potent than others.  You will benefit yourself when you learn which ones they are.

A few terrific anti-inflammatory fruits and vegetables to include in your meal plan are apples, berries, broccoli, mushrooms, papaya, pineapple, and spinach.

Notice how one doctor reversed her own serious health issue with a nutritious diet using these same foods.  Be sure to go here:

As you can see, it is in our power to either be healthy, or to die prematurely, barring an accident or some other epoch event.

Our lifestyle, meaning each and every action, including our nutrition, our sleep, our relationships everything surrounding our lives creates either health or disease for us.So, yes, it does seem as if chronic inflammation is a silent killer, just as Time magazine stated, but, now that you know about it you have the opportunity to do your own research.  That will enable you to control the inflammation in your life.Both you and those you love will be happy you did.Carmel Aaron lives in Heber Springs has a degree in biology and has been certified by Proevity in Nutrition and Glycemic Indexing. She can be reached at