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How inflammation works

Inflammation triggers an immune response when the body is injured or sick. The proteins & enzymes secreted to facilitate an inflammatory response signal where your body should send nutrients & white blood cells. Inflammation is a process designed to keep our bodies healthy—and it generally works.

Exposure to toxins is one way that inflammation is triggered in the body. Our environment includes toxins that humans should not be exposed to—processed foods, chemicals, plastics, pesticides & more.

Causes of chronic inflammation

Constant exposure to toxins causes our cells to become inflamed. Some inflammatory triggers have an affinity for fat—one of the main components of cell walls. Substances such as hydrogenated fats stay in the body long-term and cause plaque buildup on the cell wall.

The cell cannot function properly because of the buildup so it becomes inflamed to trigger an immune response. This is called chronic inflammation. Reducing exposure to triggers can help prevent chronic inflammation. Chronic inflammation may be linked to a number of diseases including:

  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Lupus
  • Rheumatoid arthritis

Help your body combat chronic inflammation

Our holistic practitioners can help you understand the level of toxicity in your body & isolate the substances causing inflammation. Then we will use a variety of approaches, including naturopathic medicine, to help you eliminate these toxins so your body can function normally. Now serving Southeast Wisconsin, including Milwaukee, New Berlin, Waukesha, Menomonee Falls & beyond.

Schedule a free initial phone consultation with one of our clinics in Menomonee Falls or New Berlin.

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Our team of holistic practitioners determines the best way to alleviate your symptoms based on non-invasive testing and your wellness goals. We target the root cause of inflammation & heavy metal toxicity at the cellular level so that you can take back control of your health instead of managing symptoms. Our most popular clinical services include:

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Additional Resources

Reducing Inflammation through Nutrition with Paige

Listen in as Clinical Nutritionist Paige Welsh shares with you what inflammation is, how you become inflamed, why addressing it is important, and how to reduce inflammation through nutrition.

Reasons People have Inflammation with Marty

Reasons People have Inflammation with Marty

Listen in as Marty Johnson, owner of Total Health Nutrition Center and Naturopathic Practitioner, explains why people have inflammation and how to decrease it naturally.

Cellular Inflammation: The Basics

Cellular Inflammation helps protect us from bacteria, viruses, and parasites. But our environment has evolved to expose us to new "threats" faster than our bodies have to protect us.

The Root Cause of Most Modern Diseases and Illnesses

Inflammation: Root Cause of Modern Disease

It is now well known that inflammation is a root cause to most modern day diseases and illnesses, and by understanding how you become inflamed and the implications of such, you can take back your health, and prevent drea...

REAL Customer Testimonials & Reviews

What was it like before you came to see us? I have been a healthy eater yet I had been up and down in weight for 3 years. I had been losing and gaining in Weight Watchers. I realized when I ate sugar, I craved it more and ate it often. My lower abdomen was usually distended and painful for a long time. I would eat and I would bloat. I felt very tired and stressed most of the time. I slept often and had low energy during the day. I was feeling somewhat depressed and frustrated with feeling so lethargic and stressed. How is it now? After 3 months of following the eating plan and supplements, I a... Read More

- Ann P.

What was it like before you came in to see us? After surgery for diverticulitis three years ago. I have had stomach and intestine issues. I havge been back to the doctors several times but didn’t get any answers. I decided to try natural medicine so I came to Total Health to see Dr. Johnson. How is it now? I have been seeing Dr. Johnson for about six months since starting my program. I’ve got my energy back, my stomach and intestines are feeling much better. I have eliminated wheat from my diet and that has helped also. Read More

- Carlos

What was it like before you came to see us? I felt terrible all the time. My stomach was consistently bloated. I was had arthritis on my feet, knees, and fingers. By the end of the day, my ankles would be swollen and hurting. I had shortness of breath when going up a small flight of steps. I ate way too many carbs and sweets. I always craved salty and sugary foods. Bread was one of my favorite staples. My heart was bad, I had thyroid issues, I was anxious and my health was not balanced at all.  How is it now? I feel great. I have always been into taking supplements but probably not the right o... Read More

- Cindy

What was it like before you came in to see us? From age 28 until 58, I had been sick and miserable. My stomach bloated all the time like a woman who was 9 months pregnant. I felt ill after everything I ate and was totally constipated. I had back pain all over. Some days I laid all day on a heating pad. I had seen several doctors over the years but they only treated the symptoms. How is it now? I came to Total Health in July 2009. Marty Johnson found several food allergies. Within two days, I was off of all stomach medication and could eat once again. My constipation was gone, and my back pain ... Read More

- Eileen K.

What was it like before you came to see us? I was overweight and had aching joints. I had gout and plaque buildup in my arteries as well. How is it now? I have noticed an 80% improvement. I feel younger and have more energy. I have lost weight and improved my health. Read More

- Irene

What was your health like before you came to see us? I came to Total Healthy looking for answers and root causes of my poor health which was very low energy, depression, inflammation, dermatitis, and many health issues. Itchy skin! Marty has been instrumental in finding answers for many of my problems. I am about 30% improved and am looking forward to an increased improvement. Judy and Kristin are a great blessing with a lot of encouragement in their attitudes and tender hearts. How is it now? I have more energy and improved in less inflammation and dermatitis, not as much itchiness. Read More

- Jon S.

What was it like before you came to see us? Before I came to see Dr. Johnson, I was miserable. I was stuffy and congested, had shortness of breath, my eyes burned and itched, and I was tired all the time. I felt my allergies were getting worse as days went by. I was also bloated, constipated, had frequent headaches, muscle aches and stiffness. My diet was not balanced and had too much sugar. How is it now? Dr. Johnson helped me with new eating habits and supplements. I felt so much better. In two weeks I could breathe better, my eyes felt 100% better. I was not bloated and constipated anymore.... Read More

- Sandra

Meet your practitioners

Martin Johnson

DHM, Owner and Natural Health Consultant


Martin has spent over 30 years researching and educating people how to take back their health. He can be found guest lecturing throughout the year on natural health topics. He has a passion to help identify root causes of health conditions and help turn the momentum of his client’s health in a positive direction.

Cindy Welch

BS in Human Nutrition and MS in Clinical Nutrition


Cindy has a passion for nutrition which led to her career as a functional nutritionist. She received her bachelors degree in Human Nutrition and Masters degree in Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics. Cindy has worked for over 20 years with clients on improving their nutrition and positively empowering them to make lasting lifestyle changes that improve their health.

Elizabeth Johnson

BS, Certified Red Light Therapy Practitioner


Elly's background in tennis & bodybuilding, combined with her passion to help people, has led to her career here helping people become the best version of themselves through natural approaches. Red Light Therapy has changed her clients lives significantly, being a non-invasive solution for fat loss, pain management, skin rejuvenation, and so much more.

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