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WHAT DOES A THORN IN THE FOOT, HEART DISEASE, AND A MEERSCHAUM OF MARIJUANA HAVE IN COMMON? PART ONE OF A FOUR PART SERIES. By Chris Rasmussen MD, MS.

Inflammation, the first two generate it and the third, a bowl of cannabis (when smoked or otherwise consumed), reduces it. However, it’s a tad more complex than that. So pull up a chair next to the fire, light your pipe, and let’s talk. We hear the word inflammation all the time. But what does it […]

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CARDIOMETABOLIC RISK FACTORS Part 9 Inflammation

In addition to the Elite’s regular standard issue risk factors that I have mentioned previously (they are age, gender, family history, lipid status, hypertension, smoking) some other risk factors are strongly associated with CAD. These are referred to as the new, emerging risk factors also mentioned earlier. If you wish to stop progression of your […]

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INFLAMMATION PART 8 THE MAILLARD REACTION

INFLAMMATION PART 8 THE MAILLARD REACTION Why do diabetics age faster than non-diabetics? Well Billy, pull up a chair and I’ll tell you why. Wait, grab that (medical) pot pie out of the oven and bring it over here before you sit down. OK Billy, here’s how it works: the normal state of the diabetic […]

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INFLAMMATION PART 7 ENDOTHELIAL DYSFUNCTION continued

NITRIC OXIDE THE KEY TO ENDOTHELIAL HEALTH From the image to the left (also in last weeks blog, figure 10) the endothelium acts as a brain regulating dozens of vital functions every second. Recall angiotensin II is on the right side and nitric oxide (NO) is on the left side of the see saw. One […]

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INFLAMMATION PART 6 ENDOTHELIAL DYSFUNCTION

DIFFERENT TYPES OF LDL. From the above discussion I mentioned the different types and patterns of LDL. Let’s examine them a little closer. Basically we have two main types of LDL particle (in addition to a recently discovered very atherogenic, glycated particle). If you get a special blood test called a lipoprotein profile using NMR […]

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THE GARDASIL VACCINE IS BOTH DANGEROUS AND INEFFECTIVE

It has been revealed, much of it through the US governments own health agencies, that the Gardasil vaccine is both dangerous and ineffective.[1] FDA documents obtained by Judicial Watch reveal that, within a 16 month period, there were 16 deaths (4 suicides), 789 “serious reports” and 239 cases of permanent disability resulting from the vaccine. […]

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INFLAMMATION PART FIVE: RESPONSE TO INJURY

THE RESPONSE TO INJURY HYPOTHESIS Finally I’ll expand on the last and most accepted theory on atherosclerosis which nicely ties in the above concepts. This very concise article was taken from the emedicine website. I have paraphrased much of it for simplicity. ENDOTHELIAL INJURY AS THE MECHANISM OF ATHEROSCLEROSIS[1] Response to (vascular/endothelial) injury theory. According […]

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INFLAMMATION PART FOUR: THOSE DARN YOUNG PLAQUES

HELLO EVERYONE. WELL, FINALS ARE FINAL AND I CAN GET BACK TO POSTING OUR CONTINUED DISCUSSION ON INFLAMMATION. Right now we’ll go over blood vessel inflammation since it’s prevalent in most diseases of the first world. First I’ll cover briefly what happens when an unstable plaque ruptures. We’ll cover the the two main competing theories […]

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INFLAMMATION PART 3 OXIDATION OF LDL

OXIDATION STATUS NOT CHOLESTEROL DRIVES THE PROCESS If you ever wish to improve your health status and stop the process of heart disease from going any further then you need to understand what Junk Food TV and your doctor are not telling you. In other words if you don’t wish to have another heart attack […]

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WE NEED SOME INFLAMMATION part 2

Not all inflammation is bad. As I briefly mentioned above we need to have a certain amount of inflammation. It is vital for proper functioning of the immune system, blood hemostasis mechanism and for tissue repair and healing. What we really need is an appropriate balance between inflammation and anti-inflammation. For example when a person […]

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