Acute and Chronic infections
Infections are an invasion and multiplication of microorganisms such as bacteria, viruses, fungi, yeast, and parasites that are not typically present within the body. An infection may be present without signs and symptoms, or it may be obvious and cause symptoms. An infection may persist locally, or it can spread via the blood or lymphatic vessels to become systemic (whole body). Microorganisms such as bacteria that normally live within the mouth and intestine are not regarded as infections.
There are two types of infections: acute infections and chronic infections. An acute infection refers to microorganisms living inside a host for a short period of time, typically less than six months. However, research is emerging to suggest that acute infections have long-lasting effects, predisposing a person to later onset of chronic diseases1. Common examples of acute infections include the cold or flu, acute appendicitis, acute respiratory tract infection, acute kidney infection, and acute bladder infections. Chronic infections develop when the immune system fails to respond to the infective microorganism. It can cause inflammation of tissues, nutritional deficiencies, stress on the adrenal glands and on the entire immune system. Some typical chronic infections include Lyme Disease, mold toxicity, Hepatitis C, HIV/AIDS, Epstein Barr Virus, HPV, and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.
At Ananta Health, our objective is to strengthen the immune system so it is able to combat infection. BioMeridian assessment is performed to determine the overall inflammation and state of the immune system. Followed by making an individual plan for the patient addressing inflammation and immunity by incorporating an anti-inflammatory diet, Chinese herbs and supplements needed to treat the infection. If you feel you have an acute of chronic infection, please contact our office.
Listen to some of Dr. Risk's shows on infections (more shows, including Lyme, can be found here):
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