Inflammation/Chronic Infection

Chronic Infection

Chronic infections in the body are now being linked to many health issues.  Take acid reflux for example.  We now know that chronic stomach infection (example: Helicobacter Pylori also known as H. Pylori) decreases the production of stomach acid.  When stomach cells are infected, they have less energy and are not able to produce enough acid for proper digestion.  As a result, food stays in the stomach longer then it should before it is ready to be passed to the small intestine for further digestion.  As the meal is churning in the stomach, it putrefies and gas forms.  The gas causes bloating and is expelled upwards towards the esophagus. Over time, this constant regurgitation of stomach contents will irritate the lining of the esophagus.  We then make an incorrect assumption that there must be too much acid in the stomach, when in fact it is the opposite.  The infection in the stomach cell does not allow the cell to produce enough acid and the symptom is being driven from a lack of stomach acid (hypochlorhydria).  In addition, stomach acid is needed to kill pathogens or unwanted microbes in foods.  If these infectious organisms are not killed in the stomach, they are able to pass down the digestive tract where they can infect other areas of the body.  This is one of many examples of how infectious organisms create havoc in our organ systems and drain our energy reserves.   This constant immune system activation is what is currently known as chronic inflammation.

Where do infections come from?

Everybody can relate to “catching a cold” when our immune system is compromised.  Common life stressors such as inadequate rest, poor hydration and food choices open the door to these acute pathogens.  Typically the body will resolve these acute infections through proper rest and fluid intake.  What is less understood is where chronic infections come from. Emerging research is aimed at stealth pathogens, namely cell wall deficient (CWD) bacteria.  These bacteria are more evolved and have the ability to infect any type of human cell.  Without a cell wall, they are able to hide inside the cells of the body and lay dormant until the host is weakened.  The lack of a cell wall also protects them from being killed by common antibiotics (since most antibiotics on the market work by inhibiting the bacteria from producing a cell wall).  When the immune system is weak, they can move around the body and cause symptoms.  One of these CWD bacteria is the borrelia burgdorferi (lyme) bacteria which was named after Old Lyme, Connecticut where the bacteria was first discovered.  This bacterial infection is currently the fastest growing infectious disease in the United States.  There are also many other CWD bacteria and more are being discovered as time progresses.  These bacteria were first believed to be passed only by the bite of an infected deer tick.  New research shows that many other types of ticks, spiders and biting flies are carriers of these CWD bacteria.  There is also preliminary research in lab animals showing the ability of these bacteria to cross the placenta and infect the developing fetus.  Current research is underway to determine if this occurs in humans. Many research scientists think it is plausible and will provide a deeper understanding of the exponential growth in autism, autoimmunity and other chronic diseases.

Supporting Chronic Infection with Herbal Medicine

Due to an overuse of antibiotics, many common bacteria are evolving genetically and becoming antibiotic resistant.  What this means is that the bacteria have figured out new strategies to resist common medications aimed to destroy them.  One of the most well known resistant strains is the staph bacteria.  The methicillin resistant staphylococcus aureus strain (MRSA) is an example of how a bacteria that was typically easy to treat is causing many issues in healthcare today.  Many other resistant strains of bacteria are emerging.

Many herbal medicines are very effective at supporting infection with all types of bacteria, viruses, parasites and yeasts.  Herbal medicines are prescribed to attack the offending organism and leave the healthy bugs alone.  Herbal medicines don’t have the unwanted side effects of common antibiotic therapy.  They support the immune system. Dr. Schilling aligns the herbal prescription for each patient by muscle testing. At Dynamic Chiropractic & Natural Medicine Clinic, we use organic and wildcrafted (harvested in their natural state) herbal medicine for infection.