OUT WITH GOUT!

Gout is an inflammatory disease. It is a painful form of arthritis that develops in some people who have high levels of uric acid in the blood. In vulnerable people, when levels are too high, crystals form in vulnerable joints and cause sudden, severe episodes of pain, tenderness, redness, warmth and swelling.   Who gets gout? Your chances of getting gout are higher if you: are genetically vulnerable are overw...

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UNDERSTANDING INFLAMMATION

Inflammation affects millions of people in a number of ways.Inflammation can be good for you, or bad for you. When one is dealing with an acute injury, such as a virus or a broken bone, it is good and necessary for healing. However, when inflammation goes on too long, inflammation can be very damaging to our bodies and mental function.In fact, most chronic illnesses such as arthritis, diabetes, gout, Alzheimer’...

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Mindfulness Versus Arthritis

1. What is mindfulness in the context of arthritis pain as well as other forms of pain? What is its importance to patients with chronic conditions?  In the context of pain, mindfulness is a state of mind which enables one to step back and simply observe, without judgment, how one’s mind, and body are behaving at the moment. As a consequence, one can separate pain-a purely physiological response to a noxious sti...

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Nutrition and Depression: Nutrition, Detoxification, and Depression, Part 4

Nutrition, Detoxification, and Depression An additional avenue through which nutrition can help mood disorders is via liver detoxification, which can influence mood via the modification of steroid hormone metabolism (e.g., DHEA, testosterone, estrogen, cortisol).Detoxification occurs in two phases: In phase one the CYP 450 enzymes are supported by a variety of nutrients (B2, B3, B6, folic acid, B12,Glutathione,...

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