Exercise lowers inflammation associated with heart disease

A study published in 2005 evaluated levels of C-reactive protein in sedentary men and women when placed on an exercise training program for five months. The patients significantly reduced the C-reactive proteins in the blood.  High levels of C-reactive protein in the blood indicates inflammation associated with heart disease, stroke and hypertension.  The patients whoContinue reading “Exercise lowers inflammation associated with heart disease”

What? Another possible risk factor for heart disease?

More research is needed to determine if hyperhomocysteinemia may be a risk factor to heart disease, but if it is, then that’s just another reason to eat less meat (1). Eating meat increases levels of homocysteine in the blood (1). Leafy greens and a variety of fruits in the diet supplies folic acid and B vitamins, whichContinue reading “What? Another possible risk factor for heart disease?”

Fats and Heart Disease

Just because fats don’t have a direct affect on heart disease, it doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be worried about. Saturated fats and trans fats increase LDL cholesterol in the blood (1) creating a greater situation of LDL oxidation, which contributes to inflammation that is the cause of heart disease. A diet with a high ratio ofContinue reading “Fats and Heart Disease”

Cause of Heart Disease: Inflammation? Yes, but don’t forget cholesterol’s role

The medical establishment in the U.S. has been professing benefits of controlling cholesterol since 1985, because of research linking cholesterol to atherosclerosis and coronary artery disease (1). Short sighted, however, is the regard to these diseases as based completely on excess cholesterol as often assumed (2-3).  New research has proved that an assay of C-reactiveContinue reading “Cause of Heart Disease: Inflammation? Yes, but don’t forget cholesterol’s role”

Goods and Bads of Antipyretic Therapy

Should antipyretic therapy be used at all? A fever is a natural response to infections, toxins, immunologic diseases or injury in many a warm-blooded animal (1p58). It can help enhance immune system function and filtering out of infection through phagocytosis (1p58). The elevated temperature also can interfere with bacteria’s ability to grow and reproduce (1p58). Continue reading “Goods and Bads of Antipyretic Therapy”

Don’t mix Tylenol and Motrin

I’ve got a fever right now that’s driving my head crazy. After reading my Pathophys chapters I’ve got a wet cloth on my forehead. But still it’s making it very difficult to take the dive into my exam.  Pain stinks. I’m strongly considering that Tylenol/Motrin combination. But, no…  While multimodual analgesic combinations such as TylenolContinue reading “Don’t mix Tylenol and Motrin”

Don’t take Tylenol without protecting your liver

Acetaminophen like Tylenol depletes glutathione and damages the liver (1), but chances are people won’t be getting away from using them anytime soon. What can be done is help protect the liver from damage induced through supplementation.  Silymarin (from milk thistle) may serve as a support while taking acetaminophen. In a rat study, acetaminophen decreased glutathioneContinue reading “Don’t take Tylenol without protecting your liver”

What’s the most important part of the cell?

The earliest cell is thought to have emerged at least 3.8 billion years ago at a time when the environment was anaerobic in nature (1-2). It is suggested that simple organic molecules formed and gave rise to a self-replicating RNA that found itself within a phospholipid membrane (2).    The evolution of metabolism began withContinue reading “What’s the most important part of the cell?”

Trust a biochemist

At the molecular level of life matters may be small and energy gains and losses seemingly insignificant, but a broad understanding of biochemistry leads to profound, larger conclusions of cell biology and the energy of which is ultimately the existence of life. Just as the smallest ingredient such as a dash of salt can change the flavor of a recipe, the cell can be affected by the slightestContinue reading “Trust a biochemist”

The reason why hemolytic anemia probably exists

Hemolytic anemia Within the cytoplasmic matrix of a red blood cell occurs an anaerobic pathway of glucose catabolism known as glycolysis consisting of 10 reactions (1). The enzyme that catalyzes the last reaction is pyruvate kinase (1). The reaction is one of two that produces ATP and also pyruvate, the molecule generally converted to acetylContinue reading “The reason why hemolytic anemia probably exists”