Inflammation – root of disease

Posted on December 23, 2008. Filed under: inflammation | Tags: , , , |

The below information is taken from Dr. Mark Hyman’s blog:

http://www.ultrawellness.com/blog/ultramind-solution-cool-inflammation 

 Today, the fires of inflammation are raging all   over the body. That’s why we are seeing an   epidemic of diseases including autoimmunity (24  million people), allergy (50 million), and   asthma (30 million), as well as cardiovascular   disease (60 million), cancer (10 million), and
  diabetes (14 million). These, it has been   recently discovered, are primarily inflammatory   conditions.

What causes inflammation in our bodies…

    1. Our inflammatory diet, which consists of enormous amounts of sugar (158 pounds per person per year) and refined flours, as well as trans fats and saturated fats 

    2. Food allergens—mostly delayed reactions to food or hidden allergens that lead to “brain allergies” (allergic reactions in the body that cause inflammation in the brain—more about these in a moment)

    3. Imbalances in digestive function and the gut immune system that produce widespread systemic effects

    4. Toxins such as mercury and pesticides (and the 85,000 mostly untested toxins in our environment), which have been linked to immune dysfunction and autoimmune diseases

    5. Low-grade, hidden, or chronic infections such as HIV-associated dementia, syphilis, and Lyme disease, which can cause many neurologic and psychiatric “diseases”

    6. Stress—emotional or physical, such as trauma

    7. Sedentary lifestyle

    8. Inadequate sleep—less than 7 hours a night

    9. Nutritional deficiencies such as vitamin C, B vitamins, vitamin D, zinc, and omega-3 fats 

     

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Prevent Cardiovascular Disease

Posted on December 22, 2008. Filed under: Cardiovascular / Atherosclerosis | Tags: , , |

An overview of some common cardiovascular health problems and insght into prevention…

Atherosclerosis is one of the leading causes of death and disability in our society and one of them main health issues that people are facing today. Generally speaking, it is classified as heart or cardiovascular disease.

Atherosclerosis is a disease affecting arterial blood vessels. It is a chronic inflammatory response in the walls of arteries. Arteries are blood vessels that carry oxygen-rich blood to your heart and other parts of your body. Atherosclerosis is a form of arteriosclerosis. Arteriosclerosis is a general term describing any HARDENING and LOSS OF ELASTISITY in the arteries.

Both are caused by a build up of “plaque” in the walls of the arteries.
This plaque comes from:  fat, cholesterol, calcium, inflamatory response to stress and injury, and other substances found in the blood. Sugar and high insulin levels also damage arteries by the inflammatory process.

Atherosclerosis causes two main problems:

#1 First, the  plaque can ruptures and potentially cause either a stoke, heart attack or just more narrowing. It can also impair blood supply which can lead to a stroke or heart attack.  

#2 Second, the lack of elasticity in the arteries can result in an ANEURYSM.

What causes this:
unknown factors, possibly hereditary conditions, lack  of physical activity, smoking, and unhealthy eating. Unhealthy eating is the root of all of the “lifestyle” diseases in our society.

The fact that 66% of us are overweight and 33% obese, means that there is a problem in what we are eating.

Now I do not what to place “blame” or “fault” on anyone. I just want you all to be aware so you can PREVENT this from happening to you or your loved ones!

PREVENTION:

maintain healthy weight
maintain normal blood pressure
maintain helathy cholesterol and triglyceride levels
reduce homocysteine levels and chronic inflamtion
maintain healty blood glucose and insulin levels (which result from overeating and eating processed and sugary foods)

HOW:

The above can be accomplished by eating a diet that is rich in vegetables and fruits, omega 3 fatty acids. Avoid saturated, fried foods, and trans fats – also called hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated oils of any type.  Avoid all processed and refined foods such as white breads, rice etc. Read the labels on the products!!

Increase intake of fiber and whole grains. Dietary protein should come primarily from fish and plant sources (soy, beans, legumes). Do I need to say ditch the soda and sweets??  

Lastly, get regular physical exercise and keep stress levels low!!

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Trans Fat Banned in Restaurants in CA

Posted on July 28, 2008. Filed under: Foods that Cause disease, Trans Fat Dangers | Tags: |

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signs a bill that prohibits restaurants from using trans fat in any form of fat including oil, margarine and shortening!

 The State of California becomes the first state to ban the use of artificial trans fat!

 SATURDAY July 26, 2008 (foodconsumer.org) — The State of California on Friday became the first state to ban the use of artificial trans fat, long linked to clogging of arteries, in all restaurants and other food establishments in the state.

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed a bill that prohibits restaurants from using trans fat in any form of fat including oil, margarine and shortening. The bill AB97 was introduced by Assembly member Tony Mendoza (D-Norwalk).

Under the new law, the use of trans fat in all California restaurants will be phased out by Jan 1, 2010 in all foods except for baked foods which will be free of trans fat by Jan 1, 2011.

The law does not apply to school cafeteria.  California has already banned serving foods with added trans fat in schools.

“California is a leader in promoting health and nutrition and I am pleased to continue that tradition by being the first state in the nation to phase out trans fat,” Gov. Schwarzenegger said. “Consuming trans fat is linked to heart disease and today we are taking a strong step toward creating a healthier future for California.”

Trans fat, also known as partially hydrogenated vegetable oils, is manufactured by adding hydrogen chemically to unsaturated fat at high temperature in a process called partial hydrogenation.

Consumption of trans fat has been linked to the development of coronary heart disease and stroke as well as other chronic disease such as type 2 diabetes and possibly cancer. Trans fat is involved in about 100,000 deaths from heart disease each year in the United States, according to Harvard epidemiologists and nutritionists.

The New York Times cited Dr, Clyde Yancy, incoming president of the American Heart Association as saying a 2 percent increase in trans fat intake could result in a 25 percent increase in the risk of developing coronary artery disease over time.

Michael Jacobson, executive director of Center for Science in the Public Interest, a Washington-based health advocacy group, was quoted by Washington Post as saying “All the evidence shows is that trans fats are the most harmful. You can substitute anything in their place, and it will be an improvement.”

The new California law specifies that violations result in fines ranging from $25 to $1,000. But the bill allows packaged foods with less than 0.5 grams per serving of trans fat.

A health observer affiliated with foodconsumer.org cautioned that trans fats are not safe in any amount of this chemical could add up to increase health risk.

 Philadelphia, NYC, Seattle and Montgomery County, MD have already banned trans fat, but California is the first state to prohibit use of trans fat in restaurants statewide, Amy Wintefled from the National Conference of State Legislatures was cited by the Associated Press as saying.

 

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