Numerous studies have shown the link between inflammation inside the body and human health. There is a link between your oral health and heart disease but did you know that there is a link between your oral health and cancer? Science continues to focus on inflammation not only as it relates to heart health but your overall health. Before anyone can even begin to understand the implications of inflammation they really need to wrap their head around what causes inflammation. The chain reaction is a real eye opener and hopefully one that is easily understandable.
Over the last few years as I have researched and reported what I have learned and have also observed that people generally do not put themselves in the ‘this is me or this going to happen to me’ category. We all feel invincible yet the scary reality is inflammation happens to all of us but to what degree? The way you feel daily may give you an idea of how much inflammation you have or maybe you have noticed things happening to your health that were not there before.
This ‘not so new’ information linking your gums to cancer and inflammation needs to be revisited because there are more and more people being diagnosed with cancer each year. Cancer touches everyone in some way; a loved one or someone else close to us or maybe through a friend. There are many causes of cancer. Some you may be aware of are from exposure to toxins in the environment, how food is grown to the foods we choose to eat. I’ve heard people say ‘I don’t care, I am going to eat this anyway because everything gives you cancer these days.’ The cold reality is cancer sucks and maybe by revisiting this information and bringing it to the surface, shedding new light on the topic will help people think and become a bit more proactive in their food choices because this is at least one area we do have control over.
In 2007 Harvard reported that Pancreatic Cancer was the fourth leading cause of death. A quote from the publication states, ” “Our study provides the first strong evidence that periodontal disease may increase the risk of pancreatic cancer. This finding is of significance as it may provide some new insights into the mechanism of this highly fatal disease,” said lead author Dominque Michaud, assistant professor of epidemiology at HSPH. Periodontal disease is caused by bacterial infection and inflammation of the gums that over time causes loss of bone that supports the teeth; tooth loss is a consequence of severe periodontal disease.
Chocolate is very high in phenolic phytochemicals that have been shown to help protect cell damage from oxidation and are a natural anti-inflammatory compounds. Dentists and doctors are beginning to understand the role that raw organic chocolate plays and have used it as a tool to help their patients along with a healthy diet and exercise.
Chocolate is not ever going to be the magic bullet but when used in this fashion it sure is a step in the right direction and besides it’s an easy prescription because just about everyone loves chocolate.
It’s a beautiful thing to watch doctors and dentists embrace raw organic chocolate that becomes an additional tool helping them to help their patients attain better health. Total body health is key because everything is connected together some how and some way.
When is the last time you saw your dentist? Did your dentist tell you that you have inflammation? Did that information ‘stick’ or did it pass? Listen to your dentist because there is cutting edge information that is helping them work with you to keep you healthy. It’s not just about fillings and crowns because your mouth is a direct portal to your heart. Inflammation is like the red carpet inviting disease. Be proactive so that you may never have that connection between inflammation of the gums and cancer.