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Detoxification for the Entire New Year

Detoxification for the Entire New Year

The year-end celebrations are in full swing and, despite the best intentions to observe a healthier transition through the busy days, most people, to some degree, overindulge in rich food and drink, experience more stress, and undoubtedly get less exercise and sleep. By January, many folks are left feeling tired, bloated, moody, achy, and resolving to do better in the New Year. (more…)
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Environmental Pollutants and Immunity

Environmental Pollutants and Immunity

The immune system is particularly vulnerable to toxic pollutants. Numerous herbicides plus pesticides, fungicides and insecticides impact normal immune function, both in animals as well as in humans. A pesticide is any substance used to kill, repel or control unwanted insects or animals that are considered to be pests. Hundreds of pesticides are used regularly, and only a fraction have been tested for safety. Humans are exposed to herbicides and pesticides through their diets due to widespread agricultural use, as well in homes, schools and workplaces. Many of these toxic chemicals include ingredients that persist in the environment, meaning that they do not breakdown over time. This allows them to accumulate to levels that can cause physiological damage and result in disease. Although toxic environmental chemicals have been shown to cause numerous adverse physiological changes including hormonal abnormalities, reproductive difficulty, DNA damage, liver and kidney disease, and many others, this article will focus on the immunological impacts of these chemicals. (more…)

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LDL Oxidation: The Smoking Gun Behind Heart Disease?

LDL Oxidation: The Smoking Gun Behind Heart Disease?

Cholesterol, which is known to be associated with the formation of atherosclerosis and plaque in arteries, is actually an important component of the structure of our cells1 and even contributes to the formation of many hormones in the body. While it is clear that cholesterol provides a critical component to many tissues, high cholesterol’s link to atherosclerosis indicates cholesterol levels that are too high may pose a problem. The medical literature is now suggesting, however, that elevated cholesterol is not the sole link to formation of atherosclerosis and artery blocking plaque.2

Most of us are familiar with HDL, known as “good” cholesterol and LDL, known as “bad” cholesterol. Part of the reason that HDL is known as “good” cholesterol is that it carries an antioxidant enzyme (HDL-PON), which helps in cell repair and preventing the oxidation of cholesterol.3 While research shows that LDL cholesterol is a major risk factor for developing atherosclerosis, there is new information that suggests it is the oxidized form of LDL (oxLDL) that appears to be a significant trigger in the chain of events that accelerates atherosclerosis and plaques in the arteries.4-6 (more…)

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The Heart-Harming Effects of Elevated Cortisol

When we consider heart disease risk factors, we often think of cholesterol, homocysteine, C-Reactive Protein (CRP) and

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