Evolving Health

Monthly Archives: September 2010

Unfortunately, getting older comes with a common consequence affecting up to 16 percent of elderly people – gradual reduction in brain size, which is associated with problems in learning and memory. However, a new study reports that daily supplementation with high doses of B vitamins may help slow the rate of brain degeneration. Oxford researchers gave 168 individuals over the age of 70 supplements containing high doses of folic acid (0.8 milligrams… Read More

About 2.5 million people in North America have active epilepsy, leaving them susceptible to seizures. However, not all epileptic seizures are the same. They can range in intensity from non-serious to seriously life-threatening. During a seizure, a person may lose a certain degree of consciousness, called impaired consciousness, and may also experience an episode of intense, widespread motor activity called a convulsion. A convulsion can occur without loss of consciousness, but not… Read More

If there’s one thing that will give you a headache, it’s trying to remember all of the different kinds of headaches are, and what are their causes or what are they associated with, which can involve simply drinking too much, smoking, stress or fatigue to food poisoning, fever, carbon monoxide poisoning, hypothyroidism, and so on. Basically, any headache is generated pain originating from structures in the head such as the venous sinuses,… Read More

Unfortunately, getting older comes with a common consequence affecting up to 16 percent of elderly people – gradual reduction in brain size, which is associated with problems in learning and memory. However, a new study reports that daily supplementation with high doses of B vitamins may help slow the rate of brain degeneration. Oxford researchers gave 168 individuals over the age of 70 supplements containing high doses of folic acid (0.8 milligrams… Read More

The way the Atkins Diet or any low-carb diet for weight loss works is by limiting the presence of glucose so as to encourage fatty acids to be converted by the liver into ketone bodies. When ketone bodies accumulate in the blood, they lower the pH of the blood. This is a state called ketosis, which is basically when glucose use for energy is slowed down and fatty acid use for energy… Read More

Fatty acid oxidation is dependent on entry of fatty acids into the mitochondria, which provides substrate for beta-oxidation in the mitochondrial matrix. The fatty acids are transported in as acylcarnitines. Step 1 in beta-oxidation happens when a fatty acyl CoA that’s made at the inner surface of the inner mitochondrial membraine is oxidized by acyl-CoA dehydrogenase. The flavoprotein enzyme uses FAD to accept an electron to complete the reaction. The products end… Read More

You’ve heard that spinach has a lot of iron, right? But what you may not know is that spinach is a poor way to get iron because of its content of phytate. Some of the iron in spinach is bound to phytate. Most of the iron you get is absorbed in the small intestine’s duodenum. It comes into the mucosal cell as either a free ion or as heme. If iron is attached… Read More

Our arteries are origins of potential disease and death. Most of arterial disease happens through sclerosis, or a hardening of the arteries. Previously we called this arteriocleoris, but that’s too general. So now, sclerosis is defined as either medial calcific sclerosis, hypertensive vascular disease or atherosclerosis. Hypertensive vascular disease, in particular, is also called arteriosclerosis because it involves arteriole’s intima and media thickening as a result of cumulative amounts of plasma proteins,plus… Read More

When there’s a problem in normal blood flow, we call it a hemodynamic disorder. They are caused when there’s an overcoagulation of blood forming a thrombus in side a vessel. The process is called thrombosis, which can also result in embolism or infarction. When a thrombus forms, it’s made up of platelets, erythrocytes, leukocytes and fibrin. It doesn’t form outside a blood vessel as clots do, but instead forms at a blood… Read More

Blood is a fluid that is made up of plasma and elements, which includes erythrocytes, leukocytes and platelets. At times the plasma volume and concentration can be affected as in fluid and electrolyte imbalances, but other times blood coagulation can have its disorders. When elements are produced in the blood, we call this hemopoiesis. Hemopoiesis takes place through mitosis and differentiation of daughter cells. The cells specialize to produce a specific function…. Read More