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Jane's Blog Coronary Artery Disease Prevention

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Jane's Blog Coronary Artery Disease Prevention

According to the CDC Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men, women, and people of most racial and ethnic groups in the United States. One person dies every 36 seconds in the United States from cardiovascular disease. About 655,000 Americans die from heart disease each year—that’s 1 in every 4 deaths Heart disease is preventable, even when heart disease runs in your family. Sadly though most people don’t think it will ever happen to them until they are being carted off to the emergency room by an ambulance. Also most people think if they have their cholesterol in a normal range they are safe....

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Jane's Blog Eliminating Gout

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Jane's Blog Eliminating Gout

Gout is a type of inflammatory arthritis. It happens when the body makes excess uric acid, a normal waste product. About two thirds of the uric acid in your blood is naturally made by your body. The rest is produced when your body breaks down substances called purines, which are found in many foods. High-purine foods include seafood, red meat, and alcohol. Normally, your kidneys get rid of uric acid. But if they can’t properly flush it out, the uric acid accumulates and forms crystals in your joints. These uric acid crystals, called monosodium urate cause irritation, inflammation and swelling. This is...

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Jane’s Blog The Importance of Sleep

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Jane’s Blog  The Importance of Sleep

Sleep is essential for overall health and repair of the body including development, energy conservation, brain waste clearance, modulation of immune responses, cognition, performance, vigilance, disease, mood, and mental health. Sleep is important to several brain functions, including how nerve cells (neurons) communicate with each other. The brain and body stay remarkably active during sleep. Many studies suggest that it plays a housekeeping role that removes toxins in your brain that build up while you are awake. Research has shown that regions of the brain that are highly active during intensive learning tend to show more activity during subsequent sleep. In 2017 a study...

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Jane's Blog Giant Cell Arteritis

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Jane's Blog Giant Cell Arteritis

Giant cell arteritis (GCA), or temporal arteritis, is an inflammatory disease affecting the large blood vessels of the scalp, neck and arms typically affecting women over the age of 50 and most often between the ages of 70 and 80.  It is an autoimmune disease in which the body’s own immune system attacks the blood vessels, including the temporal arteries, which supply blood to the head and the brain and is often associated with polymyalgia rheumatica. The lining of arteries becomes inflamed, causing them to swell. This swelling narrows the blood vessels, reducing the amount of blood and sometimes blockages....

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Jane's Blog Cancer and Holistic Medicine

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Jane's Blog Cancer and Holistic Medicine

Holistic Medicine (also known as Complementary and Alternative) treats the whole person: mind, body, and spirit. According to the National Cancer Institute: “Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is the term for medical products and practices that are not part of standard medical care. People with cancer may use CAM to: Help cope with the side effects of cancer treatments, such as nausea, pain, and fatigue Comfort themselves and ease the worries of cancer treatment and related stress Feel that they are doing something to help with their own care Try to treat or cure their cancer Integrative medicine is an approach...

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