Deep Resilience: Inflammation

Kristen Sparrow • April 23, 2022

serene, misty park bench
North Lake, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco.

This Inflammation 4.15.2022 for sharing really gave me problems.  How to explain how acupuncture and other non-invasive interventions can affect something as serious and all pervasive as Inflammation?  Inflammation is linked to all the big killers, cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer’s and many other conditions.  I try to show the links, but I couldn’t do it without some tecnnical jargon.  Hopefully not too much!


“Though inflammation is a part of the immune system, it has such enormous effects on health and wellbeing,  and has warranted such a high profile and prominence in modern medicine, that it gets its own Chapter.

A condition of ongoing inflammation in the body can be detrimental to health and mood and shorten lifespans.  There’s evidence that inflammation, promoted in part by such factors as obesity, smoking, and a sedentary lifestyle, contributes to some of the most challenging and deadly diseases of our time, including rheumatoid arthritis, cancer, heart disease, diabetes, asthma, and even Alzheimer’s disease.   Moreover, chronic inflammation can lead to accelerated aging, and researchers have coined the term “inflammaging” to emphasize the point.  Recent science shows that inflammation, as measured in blood markers such as  C reactive protein (CRP), Interleukin 6 (IL-6), and Interleukin 1-B(Il-1β), is implicated in many more health issues than previously thought.  We will be looking at these markers again and again in this Chapter, part of the vocabulary of inflammation.”