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The Inflammation Cure : How to Combat the Hidden Factor Behind Heart Disease, Arthritis, Asthma, Diabetes, & Other Diseases Hardcover – August 1, 2003

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"...readable, scientifically sound, and well-referenced ... a levelheaded approach, weaving the latest research on various diseases into a broad picture." -- Library Journal, September 2003

From the Back Cover

As part of our immune system, it's one of the most basic human processes. We can easily recognize its telltale signs--redness, heat, pain, and swelling--every time we get a bump, bruise, or rash. Yet the role of inflammation isn't just skin-deep. In fact, as revealed in this eye-opening book, discovering inflammation's function is a far-reaching, giant leap forward in our understanding of disease prevention and treatment.

While inflammation is your first line of defense against bacteria and viruses, long-term or severe inflammation can cause serious health problems. Both the New York Times and CNN have recently reported that inflammation is the common thread in heart disease and other major illnesses, as well as a host of diseases related to aging, including arthritis, Alzheimer's disease, osteoporosis, and some forms of cancer. It's now suggested that the key to good health may lie in finding the right balance between the body's intricate pro-inflammatory and anti-inflammatory forces.

Not long ago, most inflammation research was tied to particular medical specialties such as rheumatology or cardiology. When pioneering doctors began to look beyond the narrow confines of specialization, they made the "inflammation connection." It was discovered that rather than being disease-specific, inflammation is an underlying factor in many diseases previously thought to be unrelated.

The Inflammation Cure is at the forefront of this bold new movement in inflammation research. In clear, everyday language, William Meggs, M.D., originator of the inflammation-related theory of neurogenic switching, explains what causes inflammation, its critical relationship to disease in the body, and--most importantly--what steps you can take right now to minimize your inflammation risk.

The Inflammation Cure:

  • Defines inflammation and how it works to protect or harm the body
  • Features an Inflammation Risk Quiz designed to assess your personal risk factors
  • Uncovers how inflammatory processes contribute to the big killers--heart disease, stroke, and diabetes--and how these same processes might put you at risk for other inflammation-related disorders
  • Explains why inflammation and aging are so interconnected
  • Helps you manage your body's inflammation responses through exercise, diet, lifestyle changes, medical tests, and new anti-inflammatory foods and medications

Inflammation affects us all--especially today, when our nation is grappling with the healthcare implications of an aging population added to an explosion of inflammation-related health problems such as obesity and asthma. The simple truth is: the more we understand the link between inflammation and our health, the closer we come to effectively treating, and possibly eradicating, some of the most deadly diseases ever known. Shouldn't inflammation control be a major part of your overall personal health plan? Let The Inflammation Cure be your guide.

Know the Facts. Know Your Risk. Make the Inflammation Connection.

Think of the last time you got a scrape or cut. The swelling and redness that resulted is inflammation in action, protecting us from serious infections and healing our injuries.

But inflammation processes can and do malfunction. Just as inflammation destroys germs, uncontrolled inflammation can, over time, destroy the organs of our own bodies. The pivotal role of inflammation in heart disease, as well as diseases tied to aging such as Alzheimer's and arthritis, has been little understood. Until now.

The Inflammation Cure opens a window on what is arguably the most dynamic concept in disease prevention and treatment today. As research continues, the link between inflammation and seemingly unrelated health problems--touching on all areas of medicine--gets stronger and more compelling. In a clear, easy-to-understand tone, William Meggs, M.D., and Carol Svec help you guard against the life-threatening dangers of severe or long-term inflammation.

This much-needed, comprehensive guide reviews:

  • The inflammation connection and its impact on your health and aging
  • The physiological factors that trigger inflammation
  • The link between inflammation and fatigue, obesity, depression, and insomnia
  • A lifestyle, diet, and medication program that lowers your risk and promotes wellness
  • And much more

A more complete understanding of inflammation ushers in an era of great possibilities--a revolutionary era when treating diseases such as asthma and diabetes will be akin to treating the common cold. Today, you can take the first step toward controlling your inflammation risk and assuring life-long health by discovering the power of The Inflammation Cure.


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 1 edition (August 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071413200
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071413206
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #954,377 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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234 of 240 people found the following review helpful By Kate McMurry TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 1, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Dr. Meggs is professor and chief of the division of toxicology at the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina. He has been instrumental in the development of the theory of neurogenic switching, which is related to the study of inflammation. As such, he is definitely an expert on the subject of this book.
Dr. Meggs states that a growing body of medical research points to the process of inflammation in the body as a primary contributor to (if not an actual cause of) the major killer diseases: heart disease, stroke, diabetes and cancer (in particular, colon, stomach, esophageal, lung, breast and ovarian cancer). Inflammation is also implicated in chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, obesity and sleep disorders. It plays a major part in the bodily degeneration of aging, especially Alzheimer's and osteoporosis, and it is strongly implicated in the progression of autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, Hashimoto's thyroiditis, asthma, dermatitis, lupus, and scleroderma.
Dr. Meggs provides clear, easily understood explanations of what inflammation is, how we get it, and how to avoid it. He also offers an inflammation quiz to allow you to self-screen for inflammation. His writing (and that of his co-author Carol Svec, an award-winning health writer) is accessible throughout the book, and the flow from subject to subject is so smooth, it invites the reader to study every word. In addition, the book contains a detailed table of contents, an index, and 21 pages of references for those who wish to pursue this subject further.
I found it extremely helpful that after making an extensive, well-documented case for the ravages of inflammation in the body, Dr.
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157 of 167 people found the following review helpful By Thumbtack on March 21, 2004
Format: Hardcover
The Inflammation Cure by Meggs and Svec, and The Inflammation Syndrome by Challem, both appeared in 2003 and both discuss the role of inflammation in the major diseases of our time, and the things that one can do to limit the risk of diseases related to inflammation. Both books are easy to read. Which to choose? According to the prestigious Library Journal, "While Jack Challem's The Inflammation Syndrome covers similar ground [to the Inflammation Cure], his approach leans toward the faddish and sensationalist, while Meggs takes a more levelheaded approach, weaving the latest research on various diseases into a broad picture." The thing I most prefer about Meggs' book is that it takes a comprehensive approach (including diet) to the things that affect inflammation, rather than spending the whole book just discussing the role of diet as is done in Challem's book. Challem is a health reporter who writes and publishes The Nutrition Reporter newsletter; it is natural that he would stress diet and its consequences. But diseases are caused and controlled by much more than our diet. Meggs is a practicing physician who has a great deal of clinical experience with all aspects of inflammation, and who has woven many real-life cases into the book as illustrations. So, which book should you buy? I have little doubt that you will find The Inflammation Cure by Meggs and Svec more informative and much more useful as a reference on your shelf.
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82 of 85 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 10, 2003
Format: Hardcover
This is a good book. It's an easy read and the author clearly understands the connection between inflammation and lifestyle choices. His advice is interesting and helpful.
I agree with the reviewer below; this book is broad-based and really doesn't address specific inflammatory issues. The point of the book is to recognize how pervasive inflammation is among various health issues and to learn to make beneficial changes in our lives.
My one criticism is: the author states, "There is no need to take supplements for vitamins B6 or B12". I absolutely disagree. As many vegetarians (especially vegans) have learned the hard way, sometimes vitamin B12 supplements are essential. The author recommends a vegetarian diet, yet apparently doesn't recognize that one of the most common risks of a vegetarian diet is insufficient vitamin B12 intake. The author is potentially putting people at risk by not recognizing the possible need for vitamin B12 supplements (totally supported by research on vegetarians and vegetarian diets).
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140 of 152 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 7, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This book is "all right"...but I much prefer "The Inflammation Syndrome, by Jack Challem, which came out first. Both books cover much the same material, but I think The Inflammation Syndrome does a better job of connecting the dots between dietary imbalances (caused by eating too many junk foods) and inflammation. It also recommends a very clear anti-inflammation diet plan, with easy to follow guidelines and recipes, as well as a number of well-documented anti-inflammatory supplements, such as the omega-3 fish oils, gamma-linolenic acid, antioxidant vitamins, and B vitamins. In addition to describing the big picture of inflammation, The Inflammation Syndrome also focuses on the top 20 or so inflammatory diseases, including heart disease, cancer, and arthritis, as well as inflammatory athletic injuries -- each with specific recommendations for eating habits and supplements. At the very least, you might consider getting both books and synthesizing their advice to suit your needs.
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