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C-reactive Protein (CRP) and Inflammation

August 2, 2009

Another chemical that has been associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease is C-reactive protein.

High C-reactive protein (CRP) is associated with increased coronary heart disease risk even in the absence of traditional cardiac ‘risk factors’.[1]

Many studies have demonstrated a strong link between levels of CRP and 10-year risk of a heart attack.[2] Raised CRP means a higher risk.

Indeed, a study of 27,939 apparently healthy American women followed for eight years showed that C-reactive protein level was a much stronger predictor of cardiovascular events than LDL.

But CRP is not a cause of coronary disease; it is a marker for inflammation and systemic infection.

References
1. Cushman M, Arnold AM, Psaty BM, et al. C-reactive protein and the 10-year incidence of coronary heart disease in older men and women: the cardiovascular health study. Circulation. 2005; 112: 25-31.
2. Albert MA, Glynn RJ, Ridker PM Plasma concentration of C-reactive protein and the calculated Framingham Coronary Heart Disease Risk Score. Circulation. 2003; 108: 161-5.

Doc here: Make sure that every blood test you ever have includes testing for this inflammation marker. And if it’s the heart that you specifically want to know about – then ask for Cardio CRP. Remember, cholesterol is not the enemy – inflammation is! So do everything in your power to have your medical doctor take you off these very destructive anti-cholesterol drugs.


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Cholesterol Scare

July 21, 2009

So many patients come to the office concerned about their cholesterol level, both chiropractic and nutrition patents, that some proven facts are in order for your consideration. Perhaps these will help assuage your fear of high cholesterol and, hopefully, make some more fearful of low cholesterol. Because of one simple truth – Cholesterol is not your enemy! So – here goes:

1. Total Cholesterol should be above 200.

2. Lowering cholesterol can make heart disease worse. A review of medical studies on cholesterol and mortality in heart patients found that lower cholesterol levels led to death ––not survival, like the drug companies want you to think.

3. Low cholesterol can trigger the deadliest kind of stroke. It’s called a massive stroke and it happens when blood vessels in your brain are so weak, they burst open. Any cholesterol count below 200 is a red flag for this kind of stroke.

4. Low cholesterol may raise your cancer risk. Yes, a new study actually links low LDL levels with an increased risk of developing cancer. And it’s not the first one. In fact, more than 20 studies have been done on cholesterol and cancer. And the overall majority linked cancer with low cholesterol!

5. HIGHER cholesterol may improve your memory, stave off depression and even protect you from Alzheimer’s. Believe Believe it or not, healthy brain cells are chock full of cholesterol. Yup, 25% of your body’s cholesterol is in your brain. It fuels the electrical impulses that make thinking possible.

6. Low cholesterol impairs brain function. It’s been linked to depression. And cholesterol-lowering drugs have been shown to trigger memory loss . (Drug companies want us to forget this — and we may – if we keep taking statin drugs!)

7. Low cholesterol is linked to Alzheimer’s. The eminent researcher Iwo J. Bohr recently published a peer-reviewed paper on the subject. He points out that Alzheimer’s patients typically have lower cholesterol and suggests that a great way to prevent the disease may be to eat a high cholesterol diet .

8. Low cholesterol is even linked to suicide — and it’s not just because folks are fed up with celery and tofu! The real reason is probably that low cholesterol literally makes you crazy!

Look – if you’re worried about your cholesterol because of your heart, cardiovascular disease, stroke and such, the be very afraid of something called ‘inflammation’ becasue the studies show that this is the ‘real’ killer. Instead of checking your cholesterol, think again, and check the state of your inflammation by asking for a ‘Cardio CRP’ test.

And remember that cholesterol is your friend. It protects you in more ways than you know – and it is the base chemical your body requires to make hormones. Hey, maybe God did really know what he was doing – ya think?