Inflammation: What You Can Do About It

autoimmune inflammation Oct 01, 2021

Inflammation is a normal, healthy response to an injury suffered by the body.  For example, when there is a cut in your skin, white blood cells rush to the rescue and macrophages get rid of any foreign invaders to avoid causing an infection. The outward appearance is redness swelling at the site of injury.  Beneath the surface, there is a flurry of activity for the body’s protection.

Chronic inflammation is another story. When our bodies are constantly bombarded with stress, poor diet, illness, and medications, our basic survival instinct, inflammation, becomes chronic which is now thought to be linked with developing dozens of diseases often associated with aging. These include heart disease, diabetes, cancer, stroke, and Alzheimer’s.

Because the inflammatory response to things our bodies encounter aren’t always really specific, it can persist and sometimes overreact to things that are mostly harmless – one being our own bodies. This is called...

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Cholesterol: What is it? Part 2

Last week, I wrote about cholesterol and some of the basics. If you missed it, click here to catch up.

The first post touched on some of the basics of cholesterol and why it's needed in the body. In Cholesterol: What is it? Part 2, I'll touch on a couple of the myths associated with cholesterol by pointing out some myths that are widely held with regard to eating and your cholesterol levels. But first, let's take a look at statin drugs:

 Statin Therapy to Reduce Cholesterol:  It is estimated that the statin drug industry is bringing in well over $30 billion per year. This is climbing as more and more people, even kids, are being prescribed this medication. Why are they used? Statin drugs are used to block the pathway of cholesterol production in the liver. The only problem is there are several other pathways that are blocked as well. One of them is CoQ10. CoQ10 is a hugely important nutrient for your immune system AND heart health. CoQ10 is essential for maintaining heart...

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