Understanding Cholesterol

The past twenty years have seen a great deal of misunderstanding about cholesterol. In order to talk intelligently with your medical professional and participate in your own health decisions, it is vital that you learn about the types and functions of cholesterol. The first thing to know is that cholesterol is a natural substance that is necessary to your health. Cholesterol is insoluble in the blood, so it is carried throughout the body by lipoproteins, comprised of a fat, or lipid, and a protein. There are two types of cholesterol:…

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What You Need to Know About Thrombosis

Thrombosis is a poorly understood condition that can have a major health impact, so it is important to know the basics. When there is an injury to a blood vessel, the body forms a blood clot to stop the loss of blood. To do this, the body uses platelets (also called thrombocytes) and fibrin. Sometimes the body forms blood clots even when there is no known injury, which reduces or blocks of the flow of blood through the body into the areas they serve. Thrombosis is the name of the…

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Protect Yourself from Osteoporosis

As women grow older, it is important to be aware of the dangers of osteoporosis, a condition that affects primarily post-menopausal females. The word osteoporosis comes from “osteo” (bone) and “porosis” (porous). Osteoporosis is a reduction in the strength and durability of bones. Over time, the patient’s bones become more brittle and less able to heal after fractures, for which risk is greatly increased to to loss of flexibility in bone tissue. The substances that keep bones strong are protein, collagen and calcium. Over time, osteoporotic bones lose these vital…

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5 Reasons You Should Enjoy Miso Soup Every Day

Hot soup is a traditional winter meal, but you may want to consider a new kind of soup, one that contains miso. This all purpose Japanese seasoning can turn a simple soup into a powerful health boost. In Japanese culture, miso has been enjoyed on a daily basis throughout history, and it is highly-regarded for its store of friendly bacteria, essential amino acids, digestive enzymes, vitamins and absorbable proteins. It is considered a powerful treatment for many diseases, including cardiovascular disease and cancer. Miso is described by Dr. Shinichiro Akizuki,…

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Stop Cancer in Its Tracks with This Nutrient

One of the best ways to combat cancer is to stop it early in its attack on the body. Because standard cancer treatment involves toxic chemicals and damaging radiation, a growing number of cancer specialists are turning their attention to natural approaches to prevent and halt cancer. One very potent cancer killer is a flavonoid called quercetin. Quercetin is a nutrient present in many fruits and vegetables, whose ability to fight disease in varied ways makes it uniquely effective as a cancer-preventive compound. Studies prove that people who consume high…

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This Cardiologist Follows One Dietary Rule

In a recent article in MindBodyGreen.com, cardiologist Dr. Robert Ostfeld says that during his education at Yale and Harvard, he never received any nutritional training. Now he understands his experience is not unusual. He rectified the situation by seeking out the information he wanted. Today, he has one cardinal rule he follows for his own health, and he shares that with his patients. That rule is to follow a plant-based diet. For many years, Dr. Ostfeld has been the Director of Preventive Cardiology at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx,…

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Inflammation: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Inflammation in the body is a two-edged sword. It can protect us, or hurt us. It is useful to understand the various roles played by inflammation. Inflammation is the body’s response to threats. Those may be stress, toxic chemicals, or infection. When one of these dangers is detected by the immune system, it activates proteins to protect the cells and tissues. Inflammation is most visible when it is working to repair an injury or fight off illness. Signs of inflammation include a fever or swollen glands, as often happens with…

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8 Signs You May Have Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia is a disease that was only recently identified, and is still controversial and confusing to many physicians as well as patients. Because of this, it is often underdiagnosed and undertreated. It can be a challenge to differentiate fibromyalgia and other chronic pain and fatigue disorders. If you have been experiencing aching pain and exhaustion, do not ignore the situation. Do not allow a doctor to dismiss your symptoms; find a medical expert who understands the disease. For most people, here are nine common signs of fibromyalgia: 1. Muscle Aches…

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How Toxic Is Your Body?

Every year, Americans are exposed to 2.5 billion pounds of toxic chemicals, and 6 million pounds of mercury. Since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution, 80,000 toxic chemicals have been released into the environment. Most of them have not been evaluated in terms of their impact on human health, and for the ones that have, the results are disturbing. The Environmental Working Group says the average newborn baby arrives in the world with 287 known toxins in his or her umbilical cord – so imagine how many chemicals may be…

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Know About Nettles

Every spring, gardeners spend time removing prickly nettles from their gardens. In today’s world, the nettle is often regarded as a weed. But in traditional medicine, the nettle, or Urtica dioica, has a rich history. For more than 2,000 years, people have been using the nettle as an invigorating spring tonic to support wellness, and for joint health. Perhaps it’s time to shift our perception, and see nettle as a powerful herb. Nettles are not easy to love. Virtually every part of the nettle is covered with tiny protrusions called…

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