The Inflammation Model

Oh yes, you shaped me first inside, then out;
    you formed me in my mother’s womb.
I thank you, High God—you’re breathtaking!
    Body and soul, I am marvelously made!
    I worship in adoration—what a creation!                                                                                                                                Psalm 139:14 (The Message)

I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvelous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.

Psalm 139:14 (KJV)

Our bodies are “fearfully and wonderfully made” as the Bible states in Psalm 139. That means that our bodies are engineered in an incredible way. We still do not fully understand many of the ways that our bodies work, despite vigorous and detailed research, especially over the last two centuries.   

The theory of the inflammation model of disease, and our robust immune response to invaders, has been the object of intense research over the past decade or more. Indeed, COVID-19 seems to bring forth an over-robust immune response, leading to serious problems.

In a larger sense, the concept of the body’s inflammation response to invaders of any sort calls into mind the fact that our immune system is a strength which, to an extreme, is a weakness. Sound familiar? I noted in the past that this is the basis of “Strength Theory” which says that our strength to an extreme becomes a weakness.

As we respond to threats to our well-being, whether they be physical or mental, we may end up “over-responding”, and causing problems by the very remedy itself. Our bodies may do this with COVID-19, and the body may do this with stress as well. Our over-response to stress may cause more problems than the trigger event itself.

Think about anxiety. A threatening event may cause us to have some fears which can trigger anxiety.  This is a defense which calls us to respond by gearing up to defend ourselves. Taken to an extreme, the defenses may persist long after the threatening event has passed. We keep thinking about the event, even when it is no longer a threat. This, over time, causes a chronic state of alert and a sense of threat. That chronic state of anxiety can cause widespread inflammation in various parts of our body, which over time, can ruin our health.

Ultimately, we need to find ways to regain peace, in order to let the inflammation die down, and restore long-term health. We need to find ways to seek peace to let the inflammation subside.

We’ll discuss this more in future blogs.

Prayer: Lord, we are incredibly made, more than we can imagine. Help us to find peace in the places that may cause worry and anxiety, Amen.

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