Turmeric’s Healing Roots By Joshua Avritt, MS             According to a 2012 survey put out by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), 23 to 25 million people in the U.S. suffer from pain on a regular basis [1].  Additionally, chronic diseases such as depression, heart disease, cancer, diabetes, arthritis, asthma, and stomach conditions are all on the rise [2].  Interestingly, virtually all of these health conditions stem from the same root problem: inflammation.  Now inflammation is an important part of our immune system.  It is needed to fight off infections, heal wounds, repair cellular damage, and grow tissues.  However, if inflammation tips out of balance due to many various factors (e.g. toxic eating habits, environmental toxins, chronic stress, unresolved emotional/psychological trauma, lack of antioxidants, etc.), then we increase the risk of developing one or many of these chronic diseases.  Western medicine will routinely treat these imbalances with multiple drugs that