Inflammation… Good or Bad?

Hi, I'm Dr. Marie Starling.

At The Healing Center, we help people like you reach their full potential.

I specialize in adjunctive care for internal disorders, autoimmune conditions, IBS, thyroid symptoms, diabetes, and other complex health issues.


Inflammation is part of the body’s immune system.  It is the body’s normal, biological response when something harmful or irritating affects a part of our body.

There are two classifications: acute inflammation, which occurs over seconds, minutes, hours, and days, and chronic inflammation, which occurs over a longer period of time.

Although acute inflammation is a healthy physiological response indicative of wound healing, chronic inflammation has been directly implicated in a wide range of degenerative human health disorders encompassing almost all present day diseases including autoimmune diseases, obesity, diabetes and atherosclerosis.

 In the book, Chronic Inflammation: Molecular Pathophysiology, Nutritional and Therapeutic Interventions by Sashwati Roy; Debasis Bagchi; Siba P. Raychaudhuri, University of California, Davis, USA and VA Medical Center Sacramento, California, USA, the authors cover several pathologies associated with inflammation, including aging, allergies, autoimmune disorders, atherosclerosis, cancer, chronic wounds, metabolic syndrome, and obesity.

“For many years, chronic and acute inflammatory processes were thought to be driven by different causes, through the activity of different cells and inflammation mediators, and to result in quite different outcomes.  However, a more modern view suggests that these processes are interlinked. Moreover, in the setting of acute inflammation, well-regulated tissue healing can go awry and drive a chronic inflammation process intertwined with fibrosis and related processes.  In hepatic, pancreatic, and gastrointestinal issues, among others, this pro inflammatory pro-fibrotic environment can stimulate carcinogenesis which in turn, can lead to an altered immune/inflammatory milieu.”

Acute Inflammation (THE Good KIND)

Acute inflammation is the early stage of inflammation. The most immediate signs of acute inflammation are:

  • – Pain
  • – Heat
  • – Redness
  • – Swelling
  • – Loss of function

These symptoms are due to the increased blood flow and increased permeability of the vasculature which are bringing the neutrophils to the affected site as rapidly as possible. This protects the injured areas from further harm while the body goes into overdrive to fend off bacteria, viruses, pathogens, damaged cells, or other irritants.  It not only kills off the invaders, but damaged tissue as well, until your body wins the battle.  Without inflammation, wounds and infections would never heal.

Chronic Inflammation (the Bad kind)

Prolonged inflammation, known as chronic inflammation, leads to a progressive shift in the type of cells present at the site of inflammation and is characterized by simultaneous destruction and healing of the tissue from the inflammatory process.  It can result from:

  • – Failure to eliminate whatever was causing an acute inflammation.
  • – An autoimmune response to a self antigen – the immune system attacks healthy tissue, mistaking it for harmful pathogens.
  • – A chronic irritant of low intensity that persists

Now here’s the unfortunate part…Chronic inflammation typically will not produce symptoms until actual loss of function occurs somewhere. This is because chronic inflammation is low-grade and systemic, often silently damaging your tissues over an extended period of time. This is a process that can go on for years without you noticing, until a disease suddenly sets in.

How can the healing center help?

At The Healing Center we see many patients with chronic inflammation and autoimmune diseases.  We support each patient to reduce the inflammation or manage the autoimmunity through diet, supplements, and allergy clearings.

Diet accounts for about 80 percent of the health benefits you reap from a healthful lifestyle, and keeping inflammation in check is a major part of these benefits. It’s important to realize that dietary components can either trigger or prevent inflammation from taking root in your body.

Supplements such as fish oil, turmeric and probiotics are just a few that can reduce inflammation along with an anti-inflammatory diet. Using these products or others can ramp up the inflammation diet for faster results.

Allergy Clearings is a non-invasive elimination of food, seasonal, and environmental allergies using applied kinesiology and acupressure providing a whole body solution to disease care.

In addition, we have access to comprehensive blood lab testing through Cyrex Labs to find antibodies present in the different stages of autoimmunity.  Having these labs can provide the information needed to either stop destruction of the tissue or catch it before it begins.

The Stages of Autoimmunity:

  • Silent Autoimmunity – present antibodies, no symptoms
  • Reactive Autoimmunity – present antibodies with symptoms
  • Autoimmunity – present antibodies with destruction of tissue

Contact us by calling (303) 721-8900 today to learn more about chronic inflammation, autoimmunity and your individual plan to support you.  Or request a consultation below.

Related Posts

Functional Medicine Approach to Health

Hi, I'm Dr. Marie Starling. At The Healing Center, we help people like you reach their full potential. I specialize in adjunctive care for internal disorders, autoimmune conditions, IBS, thyroid symptoms, diabetes, and other complex health issues.   Hi, I'm Dr. Marie...

No-Bake Pumpkin Tarts

To make your Thanksgiving sweet, yet healthy, here is a tried and true yummy gluten-free, dairy-free pumpkin dessert recipe for you from Detoxinista!

The 2 Antioxidants You Need To Reduce Your Inflammation

Learning how to influence the inflammatory process is the best strategy for containing it and reducing long-term disease risks.

Akashic Healing with Suzanne

Our lives take us on crazy and wondrous paths…

Optimal Nervous System and Chiropractic

The Nervous System is in charge of sending messages to and from the brain and spinal cord to all parts of the body. The Nervous System integrates everything going on in the body. Your nervous system functioning optimally is a big deal!

Green Smoothie Recipe!

Green smoothies are an excellent way to get an array of healthy ingredients in one meal! Whether you’re short on time, or just love smoothies they are a delicious addition to your day requiring very little prep time, or clean up! Here is a recipe we enjoy at The Healing Center:


At the Healing Center Denver, we utilize the Zyto hand scan as part of our comprehensive investigation into your individual health issues, which could include autoimmune disorders such as Hashimoto’s, lupus, adrenal fatigue and more.
Just recently, Zyto technology was approved by the FDA as safe and accurate, and is the only energy scanner of its type that is fully approved as a Class II Medical Device and neurological device by the FDA!!

7 Steps to a Healthy Thyroid!

A comprehensive approach is needed to address chronic thyroid issues.

Staying Safe in the Summer Sun – Sun Exposure, Sunscreen, and Hydration

During the hot summer months, it’s important to stay hydrated and mindful of exposure to the sun. We will discuss staying hydrated, getting sun exposure for Vitamin D synthesis, and healthy sunscreen options.

Summer Recipe from Fresh Perspective!

Hello friends! My name is Sonja Miltner. I am a vegan personal chef, and my business is called Fresh Perspective. My parents converted to vegetarianism in their early twenties and raised me that way as well. In my adult life I found a passion for creating nutritious and delicious vegan meals for my family, my friends, and myself. I offer personalized, in-home meal prep for busy families, professionals, and athletes.