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Inflammation

9 ways for sufferers of carpal tunnel syndrome to find relief


Some structures in the body, for example nerves and ligaments, go through tunnels. One such busy tunnel is the carpal tunnel, through which a nerve, ligaments and blood vessels travel through the wrist and to the fingers. A healthy carpal tunnel has ample room. But repetitive use of the hands and wrists, for example through typing, knitting, carpentry and handling cash registers, can cause tissue inflammation which then compresses the median nerve, resulting in weakness, pain when gripping, plus burning, aching or tingling. These sensations could radiate to the forearm and shoulder. What can those with carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) do?

Dr. Oz suggests important food swaps to help fight inflammation


Inflammation is a normal response of the immune system designed to help aid the healing process. Acute inflammation occurs when people stub a toe, get a slight infection or even a sunburn. For a few days or so, the inflammation in the body is an indication that the system is undergoing repair. However, as many people know all too well, it's when the inflammation goes from acute to chronic that it becomes problematic.

Do you have a histamine intolerance?


On a biochemical level what may be a superfood for one individual may be poison to another. Histamine intolerance is an area where this is the case. People who are unable to effectively metabolize histamines must restrict their consumption of many foods that health experts typically recommend on a regular basis.

Dark chocolate demonstrated to improve cardiovascular health by reducing systemic inflammation


Cardiovascular disease continues to be the leading cause of death in the US and most western cultures, despite the overwhelming volumes of evidence that clearly demonstrate how this killer develops as a result of poor diet, lack of physical activity and a multitude of lifestyle digressions that have been repeatedly documented by nutritional researchers. In addition to eliminating hydrogenated fats, trans fats and processed foods from the diet, scientists have shown that natural nutrients such as omega-3 fats, resveratrol, vitamin D and EGCG from green tea all reduce oxidative stress and squelch inflammatory cytokines that wreak havoc and perpetuate many chronic disease processes throughout the body.

Combating blood pressure with herbs


Controlling blood pressure with herbs is an important option, considering that one in four people in the United States suffers from high blood pressure. Many lose their lives to this silent killer every year. It is one of the leading contributors to heart disease and is not always obvious. It is exacerbated by unhealthy living, smoking, fatty foods, excessive drinking and stress. High intake of salt and other products contributes to the problem.

Health Basics: Processed 'vegetable' oils fuel inflammation and cancer


What if you bought a brand new car or truck and you immediately filled it with used oil and ethanol-laden gasoline? How soon would you experience major engine malfunctions, and how soon compared to a new car that you gave only the cleanest oil and gas possible? Many people perceive vegetable oils as healthy, but excessive consumption of vegetable oils leads to actual structural changes within our fat stores and within our cell membranes. How are so many people fooled into ingesting large amounts of processed and pesticide-contaminated oils that kill them slowly? Is it because of the word vegetable or is it because of the term all natural that the "sheeple" (misled and uneducated people) pour in the hydrogenated rapeseed oil and the hexane vapor-laden polyunsaturated "dirty fuel"?

Predicting heart disease accurately


When it comes to predicting the chances of developing heart disease and other cardiovascular issues the crown jewel of late has been assessing cholesterol. Measuring cholesterol levels has been the "go to" approach for over 30 years now but is it all that it has been purported to be? That is to say is cholesterol what we should be assessing when it comes to determining heart disease risk and how to mitigate it? More and more the answer to that question is becoming a resounding no and a more holistic realization is coming to the forefront of predicting and mitigating cardiovascular issues.

Pyroluria: The most common unknown disorder


Pyroluria is a unique metabolic condition that is very rarely recognized in both the medical and natural health world. Some researchers in the orthomolecular medicine and orthomolecular psychiatry believe that up to 10 percent of the population has this metabolic condition. It is considered by many in the functional medicine world the most common unknown disorder. Pyrolurics need a specific diet, lifestyle and supplementation program to get well.

Yoga found to reduce inflammation and fatigue in breast cancer survivors


A recent study conducted by researchers at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center has found that practicing yoga helped to alleviate inflammation and fatigue among breast cancer survivors.

White is the new green - Discover the exceptional health advantages of white tea for cancer, inflammation and more


Green tea has received plenty of positive press over the years - and rightly so. Yet, its younger cousin is garnering significant attention as a superior brew in scientific circles. With the highest antioxidant rating of any tea - and the lowest level of fluoride - white tea offers noteworthy protection against cancer, inflammation, high cholesterol and dental plaque. It's also antifungal, antibacterial and fortifies against the ravages of aging.