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Diet and Inflammation Part 3

In my last post?Part 2 of this diet and inflammation seriesI discussed the cells?called macrophages?which actually affect the inflammatory response, and how the amino acid glycine is crucial in regulating the activation of the macrophages at the level of the cell surface membrane. In the present installment, I’ll be discussing the propagation and amplification of the inflammatory response,...

Diet and Inflammation Part 2

My last post?part 1 of Diet and Inflammation?left off with my conclusion that the answer to the widespread prevalence of chronic inflammation was a nutritional imbalance incurred by the typical Western diet, specifically deficiencies or imbalances in 3 key nutrients: omega-3 (v. omega 6) fatty acids, salicylic acid and glycine (v. methionine). What exactly happens in inflammation? Inflammation...

Fibromyalgia: A Disease of Low Metabolism

1. Preface Fibromyalgia is a syndrome characterized by pain, fatigue, depression, sleep disturbances, anxiety and many other problematic symptoms. According to statistics, it afflicts approximately 2-5 percent of the human population and is more common in women than men. The Medical community seems to see the syndrome in a somewhat narrow way. They usually recognize that the syndrome often...

Diet and Inflammation Part I

There’s no shortage of info out there about inflammation’s being the root cause of most of what makes people sick and die these days–from arthritis to diabetes to cardiovascular disease to cancer?and what to eat and not eat to put your body into an “anti-inflammatory” state. But there is a shortage of real knowledge about inflammation itself: What its proper role is...

Thyroid, Inflammation, and Metabolic Syndrome: The Surprising Power of Context

1. Preface It’s about five years since I started actively reading health literature. During these years, I’ve read dozens of health books, thousands of scientific articles and I’ve followed more than 200 different health blogs to gather as many good ideas as possible. There have been many interesting approaches to optimal health, but it has always been difficult to understand...