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The Inflammation Guide: Definition, Process, Treatment, and More

There are large white blood cells in the human body called Macrophages. Among several tasks, these “big eaters” (Greek) are responsible for both triggering inflammation as an immune response, and causing an anti-inflammatory response for repairs. But what is inflammation? What does it look like when systemic inflammation goes unchecked? We’ll look at the types of inflammation, how it works, where it is found to influence other conditions and ways to fight it. Table of Contents Inflammation 101 Types of Inflammation Acute vs Chronic Inflammation Cell signaling Cytokines Four Measurable Markers Inflammatory Response Arachidonic Acid Pathway Cardiovascular Inflammation Digestive Inflammation Metabolic Inflammation Brain Inflammation AD and Parkinson’s Link to Depression Other Disorders Cancer and Inflammation Inflammation promotes cancer Inflammation and...

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There is no secret to losing weight

Decades have passed with the continual cycle of the latest fad diet or “weight loss pill” bursting into public awareness then fading away in a few years. Breathless testimonies of amazing results then silence. Super secret diet details claiming to finally have cracked the code to weight loss. Those desperate to lose 10, 20, 50 pounds spending hard earned money to access this “miracle” breakthrough. Secret ingredients, water pills, paid pre-planned delivery programs, slimming pills, exclusion diets, fat burners, special food combinations.   If it seems confusing, that is not an accident. Only by telling you the answer to weight loss is outside your control, can they sell you their product or program. The reality is that the answer to...

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Immune Senescence – or how your aging immune cells put you at risk

Immune Senescence is the decline of effectiveness of our immune system as we age. This puts us at greatly increased risks of chronic diseases of aging such as cancer, autoimmunity and chronic infections. Aging brings decreased levels and activity of T cells and Natural Killer Cells. Production of these crucial white blood cells from our bone marrow slows, and our Thymus gland, where T cells mature, shrinks as we age until it basically stops functioning by the time we are in our 70’s. So we have immune cells that are less vigilant and less effective. This is one of the reason latent virus infections can re-emerge in late life, such as the varicella-zoster virus, which caused chicken pox as a...

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