Inflammation is a major problem in chronic illness. In our country, inflammation like diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, autoimmune disorders and cancer always occur in degenerative conditions and it is more problematic when the inflammation is prolonged. We also see the problem of inflammation in autism, especially neurological inflammation. There are many markers that can signal inflammation that can affect these children neurologically, tumor necrosis factor and interferon gamma two.
Many children with autism may have digestive inflammation and especially inflammatory bowel disease. But any kind of inflammation whether it is in the intestines, in the bloodstream, whether it is from a virus or from a vaccine reaction or from a sensitivity to food, it has a negative effect on the brain. Inflammation of the brain can affect children globally and even locally, and can be particularly effective on the temporal lobes. The temporal lobes are found on the side of the head and the part on the left is where there are some language areas. When you have inflammation in those areas, blood flow may be reduced which impedes the ability of the blood to deliver oxygen. You can see that it can be very problematic.
But the good news is that there are many remedies that have been applied that can bring about a positive change in neurological inflammation. Actas is a drug that has been used with great success in individuals with autism to help reduce neurological inflammation. Actos was a drug for diabetics to control blood sugar and was later found to have a positive effect on the way the body’s cells produce inflammation. Spironolactone is another drug to help control inflammation, the first to be used to treat other conditions. It can be used to treat hirsutism which is an excessive production of testosterone in women and to regulate potassium and sodium which are especially useful in lower extremities, edema or swelling. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is also an effective treatment for inflammation in autism and helps in two different ways. It increases blood flow and carries oxygen to the brain but chamber pressure also seems to be helpful in treating inflammation. Turmeric is a very interesting herbal remedy for inflammation. It is an Indian spice with an active ingredient called curcumin. It is showing good results in children with ischemia for both bowel and neurological inflammation. As you do more research you will definitely hear more about inflammation, which is a big problem not only in today’s chronic illness but also in the thymus community. But, as discussed in this article, there are remedies that can help.