Inflammation vs. Infection: "Doc Talks" with Dr. Daniel Nuzum
Jonathan Hunsaker: Have you ever wondered if there’s a connection between inflammation and infection? Stay tuned to find out.
Jonathan Hunsaker here with Organixx. Thanks, again, for watching. Today we’re talking about inflammation and infection. Let’s go over to Doc Nuzum, and make sure you take notes when he talks about the three “I”s.
Dr. Daniel Nuzum: Alright, well, what is the difference between inflammation and infection?
They’re both caused by different things. What’s interesting, though, is that inflammation can be caused by infection.
Inflammation is the body’s response to irritation. Something has to irritate the body for it to have an inflammatory response. The more widespread the inflammation in the body is due to either more diffusion of those inflammatory irritants or more exposure to those inflammatory irritants.
If you step over here on the infection side, infection is caused by an overgrowth of microorganisms. We can become contaminated with different microbes, but until they hit a certain number and they’ve overgrown into our system to sufficient numbers, we don’t have an infection. There may be the presence of a virus, or a bacteria, or a fungus, or a parasite, or something like that in our system. If the numbers don’t grow into sufficient numbers, it never becomes a problem. Our immune system contains it and expels it.
Do you realize that we’re all born with strep throat? Did you know strep in our throat, that particular bacteria in our throat, plays a function in our digestive process? Our ear, nose, throat, upper respiratory microbiome, as long as that is in balance, we never have “strep throat.” Because the strep never overgrows into such numbers that it causes a problem.
The response our body has to infection, to overgrowth of microbes, is inflammation. We have an inflammatory response. Because those microbes, when they get to sufficient numbers–they either start eating our tissue, number one, or they produce waste that irritates our tissue or both. And that’s how they create septic conditions in our body, and so on and so forth.
Our body’s response to infection is an inflammatory response. The wisdom in that is the body tries to wash out the waste produced by these bad “bugs,” or bad microbes, or infectious microorganisms, by way of swelling up. And by adding fluid to the waste that’s being produced, it dilutes the waste, making it less toxic. As long as our body’s filtration systems and drainage systems are working properly, the infection will clear quickly.
If we have plugged up lymphatic systems, if we have plugged up kidneys, if we have plugged up livers, with toxic substances, if we have an infectious overgrowth, our body will swell up in a response to that, but there’s no place for that stuff–that swelling and that extra fluid to drain out of our system and we end up staying sick for a lot longer period of time.
So, the difference between inflammation and infection is basically that they’re caused by different things, but infection can cause inflammation, and inflammation can set the stage for infection.
The three “I”s. This is something you need to understand here. We’re not talking about the third eye in your forehead, we’re talking about the three “I”s. We have irritation, inflammation, and infection.
Irritation always leads to inflammation. Inflammation then sets the stage for infection.
Think of this real quick. If we took a pail of pure, clean water and we set it out on your front porch and left it there for two weeks, would something grow in that? Most likely, something would get into that, it would get contaminated, and we’d have some sort of microbes growing in it.
Water that’s stagnant in our body, just like water that’s stagnant outside, or in the pail that we’re talking about on your front porch, water that’s stagnant becomes breeding ground to microbes. Water in your body our water outside your body, the same thing happens.
So, if you get a lot of swelling in your system, you have a lot of inflammation in your system, it predisposes you to become infected because you have the right environment to start growing stuff.
So, the three “I”s are extremely important to understand, in inflammation and infection, and those are irritation always causes inflammation, and inflammation leaves you open to infection.
If we focus on consuming anti-inflammatory foods, like real high antioxidant foods, and we focus on things like turmeric and ginger, and other things like proanthocyanidins from grape seeds are very good. Even your medicinal mushrooms are very good at mitigating inflammatory responses. By dealing with inflammation, if you have an infection, we can speed up how fast your immune system deals with that infection by reducing the level of inflammation in your system.
Another thing is to detoxify. By detoxifying, you eliminate some of the irritants in your system. By eliminating the irritants in your system, or toxins in your system, it reduces the necessity for an inflammatory response in your body.
While you reduce the toxins, your body starts to settle down. That whole inflammatory response starts to settle down. As that happens, there’s more energy that can be spent on fighting infection. Also, the white blood cells, your troops, your white blood cells can actually mobilize better in a system that’s not inflamed.
You want your white blood cells to swim in a swimming pool. You don’t want them swimming in a swamp. Because in a swimming pool–they can differentiate between who’s their friends and who’s not their friends.
But to recap on this whole what’s the difference between inflammation and infection, the difference is that inflammation is caused by irritation. Infection is caused by an overgrowth of microorganisms. And sometimes, they are even beneficial microorganisms, other times they’re just “nasty bugs.” When the numbers hit certain ratios, that’s when it becomes an infectious condition.
So, you have to have an overgrowth of microbes to create an infection, and you have to have irritation in order to have inflammation.
Jonathan Hunsaker: Thanks, Doc. And really, the big takeaway from this video is to eat more anti-inflammatory foods, foods that are high in antioxidants. It’s really going to drive that inflammation out of the body and just have you feeling night and day different.