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Un-Inflame Me Documentary Review & How Chronic Inflammation is Killing Us!!

Hey everyone and welcome to my channel!
Today’s video is a review of the film Un-Inflame Me. It’s about chronic
inflammation. Chronic inflammatory diseases are the most significant cause
of death in the world. The World Health Organization or “whoooo!” (Sorry, I’m joking, but this isn’t funny though!) ranks chronic diseases as the greatest
threat to human health. And at least three out of five Americans is
chronically inflamed. That should scared the crap out of you, I
know it does me. This stuff is killing us. So, inflammation is part of the body’s
defense mechanism. When our immune system recognizes harmful stimuli inflammation
is the body’s answer–to remove it and then move on to healing. But when the
harmful stimuli never gets removed because we keep putting more and more of
it into our bodies, like a toxin, something we’re eating, the body never
gets a chance to heal. This is what’s called chronic inflammation. It’s when
your body is inflamed for months or for many of us years. So the documentary
Un-Inflame Me: Reversing the American Diet & Lifestyle was pretty eye-opening for me. I hadn’t really heard
much about chronic inflammation until the last few months or so, after watching
this film a couple months back. It was actually one of the things that made me–
that inspired me to want to do this, uh, this journey. This wellness journey. So I
hadn’t heard about much about it until a couple months ago, and then when I did I
started hearing it everyplace! So either it’s a current buzzword and people are
realizing just how important it is or I just wasn’t listening before. Also
possible. Overall I found the film really informative. It was a little bit less
professionally done than some of the other health or regular documentaries
out there–not glaringly so, mind you. It just had kind of a little bit more of a
home movie feel to it to me. But, you know, that’s okay! Because information is
information. Kudos to Angela Lamb, who put it together, for doing whatever
she could to get the word out on chronic inflammation after it affected her so
deeply. Angela Lamb, who put the documentary together, was overweight, but
not obese at the beginning of the documentary. She also had been diagnosed with an autoimmune condition which I don’t believe she ever specifically
names. But then rather than just treat the autoimmune condition with pills she
goes in search of what might have caused the condition. And that’s where she
stumbles acrosschronic inflammation. The film lists a strikingly large amount
of diseases that are directly linked to chronic inflammation. Not every case of
these diseases, mind you, is caused by chronic inflammation, but a good chunk
are. Type 2 diabetes, cancers (although not all types), heart disease, autoimmune
conditions, obviously, arthritis, osteoporosis, high blood pressure, high
cholesterol, COPD, Alzheimer’s, stroke, kidney disease, and more. So if you look
at the top 10 leading causes of death in the United States, seven of those ten are
linked to inflammation. The only things chronic inflammation
isn’t linked to on that list is the flu, suicides, and accidents–unless of course
you’re watching this video while driving and hurt someone. Please don’t do that! So
it’s no wonder that chronic inflammation is an important topic and something that
we need to learn how to control. “Is it all genetic? Is it environment? Is it a
combination of both? And most of the time it’s a combination, and by adjusting your
lifestyle, you can actually address the underlying cause of these problems, which
is chronic inflammation.” So chronic inflammation is killing us. Bottom line.
How do we stop it? “Oxidation and inflammation, they tend to
go hand-in-hand. The more oxidation you have, you tend to
have more inflammation. The more inflammation, the more oxidation.”
What is oxidation? It is the gaining of oxygen, the loss of electrons. It’s what
makes an apple turn brown after you cut it. It’s what causes rust. It’s our body
slowly aging and dying. It’s been directly linked to various cancers. So
you’ve probably heard of spiffy little things called antioxidants (or super
foods they’re sometimes also called now). You’ve been told they’re good for you.
And now you see why. If you can break that word down–antioxidants– into its
parts. Anti=nope not happening. Oxidants=what’s slowly killing
you. Yep, makes sense. Antioxidants are good. More of em! Bring
em on! Yes, please! I’ll take those! So we want more antioxidants. Yes, yes,
definitely. They include things like dark chocolate, nuts, blueberries, red berries
purple, red, and blue (the dark colored) grapes, dark green veggies like
artichokes, kale, spinach, & broccoli, beets, sweet potatoes and orange vegetables, tea,
beans, and fish for their omega-3 fatty acids (you can also take a pill for those
if you don’t like fish). Dr. Twyman, the cardiologist, says that we should eat WAY
more vegetables than we think that we should. Ten servings a day would be
optimal, and most Americans don’t get anywhere close to that amount. At least
50% of our meals should be colorful vegetables. Which looks absolutely
nothing like the USDA’s current food health recommendations, by the way. It’s not the food pyramid these days, but it’s like, just barely over a quarter, is what
they’re showing. And it should be half. That’s one of the things that
vegetarians and vegans get absolutely right, of course. It’s one of the reasons, I’m sure, that they feel so great on that particular nutritional approach.
Back to antioxidants. It’s these antioxidants that give your body the ability to
fight off all the other bad stuff that you might be fueling your system with. So
when you do give in to sugar and have a little bit of sugar or you have a little
bit of processed food it’s not gonna kill you, if you’re eating all these
antioxidants. Because the antioxidants actually act like the rescue vehicles
that come after an accident. The accident is the sugar and the
processed foods, and the antioxidants come and clean up the mess. And as long
as you have them they can clean up that mess. You don’t have them, the mess stays. Okay, so on top of eating antioxidants we also want to eat anti-inflammatory foods
and avoid inflammatory foods. There’s a whole diet based off of it. I’m sure you
can find information about it online, but I am reading a book by Dr. Jessica Black
called The Anti-Inflammation Diet and Recipe Book. Dr. black also suggests
adding things like turmeric and garlic to our diets and removing inflammatory
foods like gluten, sugar, dairy, unhealthy grains, and nightshade foods like
potatoes, peppers, eggplants, and tomatoes. I will get more into exactly what that
means after I have finished the book. It will be one of my next couple articles.
If not my next one, then the one after. Another interview I really enjoyed was
one with Kristen Brokaw, the founder of SLiiM, which is a group made up of a bunch of doctors that focus on the why behind your symptoms rather than just treating
and suppressing them with pills. “Over time we came up with the disease theory, which…
here’s a medicine that’s gonna fix this. And that works. That’s awesome for acute
care. But we took that model, and we developed more pharmaceuticals for
conditions that are truly lifestyle based.” How true that is! We break an arm,
we go in, we get it fixed by patching it up with a cast. Great! Trauma fixed. But we
know why we broke our arm. We fell down, maybe, or we had an accident, or maybe we were trying to update our Facebook status while ziplining. Regardless,
there’s not really an unknown why behind trauma. But when you have high blood pressure, or
diabetes, or high cholesterol, if you just get patched up by taking a pill rather
than addressing the reason behind why you have high blood pressure, or diabetes,
or high cholesterol, you’re ignoring the why. That’s just not the right response.
You’re putting a band-aid on a gaping wound. And it’s not enough. That gaping
wound is gonna come back to haunt you. “The food you eat can either be the
safest and most powerful form of medicine or the slowest form of poison.” I
love that. Unfortunately most doctors aren’t taught
this. Medical school is long, and the people that decided what courses that
the doctors need to take must not have thought that food was important enough
to put in there. So it’s not really your doctors fault. That’s what nutritionists
are for, right? But nutritionists shouldn’t be the ones treating your
life-threatening conditions, a doctor should. Thankfully, some doctors spend
their own time and money to go on and further educate themselves about food
and nutrition. If they do, and they start treating the body as a whole and
including things like food and nutrition into their approach, then it’s called
functional or integrative medicine. In case you want to, you know, change your
doctor and you’re looking for what they’re called. But before you go and
change your doctor, go ahead and take a look at the Wikipedia page for
functional medicine. Looking at it, I was kind of taken aback. They call functional
medicine “alternative medicine” and say that it has been described as
pseudoscience, quackery, and at its essence is a rebranding of complementary
and alternative medicine. Quackery. Now maybe there’s more to it. Maybe
functional medicine is much more all-encompassing than a doctor that’s
simply expanded to include food and nutrition into his or her practice. I
hope that that’s the case, because using food to cure something should not be
considered quackery. This is crazy. There’s study after study being done
right now that links food to these various diseases.
So it is science, it’s not quackery. Maybe it needs to be updated, or maybe there’s
some prejudices at play from the people that are making these quackery claims.
Maybe it’s politics, you know, who knows. Anyway, the members of SLiiM, the group
featured in the film, all seem to be actual MDs that believe strongly in the
medicinal power of food. So, there are good functional and naturopathic
doctors out there. Maybe we just need to look at their credentials. Which is never
a bad idea, right? Anyway, from a quick online search of functional,
integrative, and naturopathic doctors in my area, I can tell you right now that
there’s probably not going to be many of them that take insurance. Which is really
unfortunate. Insurance companies and “alternative medicine,” which this is
apparently considered, don’t really tend to mix well. So them not taking
insurance, that right there removes a good chunk of the American population
from having access to them, unfortunately. But that’s why documentaries like this
exist. And why books like Dr. Black’s exist. We need to get our hands on them
and educate ourselves. Nutritional choices, thankfully, aren’t something that
we need our doctors’ help with. We don’t need a prescription for food, we can go
out and buy it ourselves. We just need to educate ourselves on how to do it right.
So Dr. black emphasizes that moderation is key. Not everything has to be so black
and white or cut and dry. If you can start slow and just lower your sugar
intake, or lower your intake of dairy, or eat more vegetables, then you’re making a
positive change for the better and you are going to be healthier because of it.
“Right now, I think we have a crisis in health care, especially when it comes to
the health of children. We have a generation of children… for the first
time… whose life expectancy is going to be shorter than their parents.” Man, are
you kidding me? How crazy is that! We are doing this to ourselves! And we are
allowing this to happen. It is infuriating. Oh, and I’m one of them. Okay,
but I’m doing something about it now. I’m doing something about it, for goodness
sake. Oh, it’s just… There needs to be more education out
there on this subject, so that people know better. But they are nice to also be
some sort of regulation put on our food. For goodness sake, stop throwing sugar in
everything!! “Adopting a pessimistic attitude, some people believe that there
is nothing that can be done anyway. In reality, the major causes of chronic
diseases are known, and if these risk factors are eliminated, at least 80% of
all heart disease, stroke, and type 2 diabetes would be prevented; over 40% of
cancer would be prevented.” This is the World Health Organization. Theoretically,
they know what they’re talking about, right? So as I said earlier, this
documentary was very eye-opening for me. I recommend it, absolutely. For sure. It’s a great introductory film to chronic
inflammation–what it is, what it can do, how you can avoid it. By the way, Angela
lost weight. She looks great. She’s no longer chronically inflamed, and was told
that her autoimmune condition, whatever one it was, is under control using just
her diet. Two… three…WHOAAA!!! HI! Say, “bye everyone! Subscribe! Bye bye!” “Oh,” she says, “I got a cold today.” “My nose is snuffly. My nose is all snuffly, ohhhh! That snuffly nose!” Sub-scribe! Chronic inflammation is scary!
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