Inflammation: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Inflammation in the body is a two-edged sword. It can protect us, or hurt us. It is useful to understand the various roles played by inflammation. Inflammation is the body’s response to threats. Those may be stress, toxic chemicals, or infection. When one of these dangers is detected by the immune system, it activates proteins to protect the cells and tissues. Inflammation is most visible when it is working to repair an injury or fight off illness. Signs of inflammation include a fever or swollen glands, as often happens with…

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