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My Inflammatory Young Life

I’ve lived a pretty painful life. Not that anything super bad happened to me. I grew up in a pretty run of the mill situation. I had good intentions and was loving toward others. I was a well-behaved boy, yet I never really felt good. I rarely felt happy, except on special occasions like Christmas, but then, those events were so distracting the happiness was gone almost before I knew it.

There was something going on inside me, and I didn’t know what it was.

I always had a deep emotional pain, fear, discomfort, or depression no matter what I did. This pain led to extreme shyness (social anxiety), depression, and emotional fatigue. My inner pain kept me from talking to others. And it kept me from feeling confident and trying new things, despite my intense drive for accomplishment.

I could tell my inner pain was dragging me down. I also knew others weren’t feeling this same pain. Sure, everyone feels sadness and disappointment, but obviously, many others around me simply weren’t dragged down to the same extent because of the magnitude of inner pain I was experiencing.

I tried changing behaviors, tried being a “good” boy, tried serving others, tried setting goals, tried studying hard. You name it, I tried it. But nothing really worked. This pain lasted for over thirty years before I finally, gradually, learned to lessen it.

It wasn’t until just a few years ago that I realized that something going on inside me was a very physical, down-to-earth phenomenon called inflammation. You heard that right: inflammation. That’s probably an unexpected and surprising anti-climactic end to my story. You were expecting the healing of some deep emotional wound (I have had many of those for sure) or some spiritual breakthrough (spirituality has helped me immensely no doubt), or at least some life hack like goal setting (super important as well). But in reality, for me, the single biggest contributor to my problem was inflammation. Inflammation that affected my brain and therefore my emotions and behavior.

Now, I feel happy most of the time. I feel safe, I feel motivated, focused, calm, and confident. Sure, I have the occasional dip, but I’m nothing like that younger me because I’ve learned to address the inflammation.

There are millions out there struggling with brain inflammation of various flavors. Brain inflammation manifests as depression, anxiety, OCD, bipolar, autism, ADHD, learning disorders, Tourette’s, and many other so-called psychological disorders. Many are struggling with much worse inflammation than what I dealt with. What I was struggling with was my own unique ‘flavor’ of the same thing that causes all of those conditions, and it’s called inflammation.

So, this is why I do what I do. I’ve learned how to lower brain inflammation through various means. I learned how to figure out a person’s unique inflammation pattern and how to address that particular kind. If I can lead and guide you to lowering your or your loved one’s particular variety of brain inflammation, you can dramatically improve your mental and emotional life and, by extension, your life experience.

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About Nicholas Hundley, MS, CNS

Nicholas Hundley is a nutritional biochemist and certified nutrition specialist. He is the main author here at MindWhale.com. He practices nutrition and can be found at NicholasHundley.com

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