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Jane's Blog Free Radical Damage, Antioxidants and Glutathione

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Jane's Blog Free Radical Damage, Antioxidants and Glutathione

Research has shown that inflammation & oxidative stress is the root cause of over 260 diseases. Oxidation is a normal process that takes place in your body, such as when immune cells use free radicals to fight infections. Oxidative stress, on the other hand, occurs when the number of free radicals outnumber the number of antioxidants. “Oxidation” is the chemical term that describes removing electrons from an atom. Your cells are made of molecules that contain electrons, and these electrons can be “stolen” by an unstable atom that needs another electron to be stable. When oxygen molecules split into single...

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Jane’s Blog Dental Health Important at Any Age

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Jane’s Blog Dental Health Important at Any Age

Groups including the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Dental Association suggest children start dental care when their baby teeth emerge, or by 12 months of age. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that more than 40 percent of children have decay by the time they reach kindergarten. It is estimated 59% of 12 to 18 year-olds have had cavities, with about 20% of those cases being untreated. Bacteria forms on the teeth and grows down into the space between the teeth and gums.  These pockets become breeding grounds for bacteria and cause inflammation, tenderness, bleeding,...

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Jane’s Blog Inflammation

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Jane’s Blog Inflammation

You hear the word inflammation for most health-related problems, but what is it? Think of inflammation as the body's natural response to protect itself against harm. When your body encounters an offending agent (like viruses, bacteria or toxic chemicals) or suffers an injury, it activates your immune system, which then sends out its first responders: inflammatory cells and cytokines (substances that stimulate more inflammatory cells). These cells begin an inflammatory response to trap bacteria and other offending agents or start healing injured tissue. The result can be pain, swelling, bruising or redness. But inflammation also affects body systems you can’t...

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