In health as with so many things our greatest strength can be our greatest weakness.
Take our astonishingly sophisticated response to injury and infection.
Our bodies unleash armies of cellular troops to slaughter invaders and clear out traitors.
Their movements are marshaled by signaling chemicals such as the interleukins – which tell cells where and when to fight and when to stand down.
We experience this as the swelling redness and soreness of inflammation — an essential part of healing.
But when the wars fail to wind down – when inflammation becomes chronic or systemic – there’s hell to pay.
I’m looking at you arthritis – colitis and bursitis and at you diabetes – colon cancer – Alzheimer’s and cardiovascular disease.