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As a professional health coach concerned with the health and well-being of my clients it is my intention to improve your well-being and longevity by using the principles of nutrition, fitness, diet, lifestyle dynamics, and anti-aging medicine.
Together you and I will work as a team to accomplish all of your health needs and to ensure that you practice prevention and live your life through the lens of quality.
New research provided from Langone Medical Centre at New York University has been touted as a possible breakthrough for diseases associated with high levels of inflammation. These diseases including heart disease, type-2 diabetes and Alzheimer’s collectively account for high rates of death, ill-health and escalating health care costs.
The new research indicates that chemicals known as cytokines, which are secreted by various cells of the immune system is considered to be root cause of this inflammation. The problem is that previous methods for decreasing cytokine production have prevented the necessary inflammatory reactions your body needs to repair damaged tissue and fight infections. According to the one of the lead researchers, Dr. K. Moore, if you limit inflammation, you will see a reduction in plaque formation. The results of their experimental work are leading to drug therapies which target the production of these cytokines before they become a problem.
In my opinion, chronic inflammation causes damage to the inner arteries of the neck, heart, brain and pelvis. This damage can result in increased blood pressure, increased plaque formation, LDL cholesterol oxidation, free-radical production and blood clot formation. The inflammatory process is an extremely complicated one involving many different types of cells, enzymic pathways and it is also perpetuated by many different circumstances.
Previous treatments using various anti-inflammatory drugs like Aspirin and cox-2 inhibitors have had mixed results in quelling the inflammatory response in a manner which prevents heart attack stroke and degenerative brain disease across the board. There have also been instances of adverse affects being attributed to these classes of drugs.
Although, I feel the researchers have it right regarding the impact that inflammation has upon the development of vascular disease, the methodology of decreasing cytokine production may fall a bit short. Cytokines are a large class of chemicals which are produced by many different types of cells under many different types of biological circumstances. This is the reason why previous drug therapies have fallen short in significantly decreasing the death rates from heart attack, Alzheimer’s and stroke. The other reason why these classes of drugs have previously fallen-short is they don’t address the underlying cause of the increases cytokine production.
If you look at the common reason why most people develop atherosclerosis from high levels of inflammation you can understand my point. The most frequent reason is high levels of insulin secretion propagated by aberrant lifestyle dynamics and the accompanying, resultant insulin resistance. In my opinion, it will not be enough just to try and prevent cytokine secretion if the underlying reason for it is not addressed.
For example, when working with patients who have vascular disease, I have taken a multifactorial approach. Of course my, efforts are geared toward the control of inflammation, but I also want to prevent the major symptoms of vascular disease. In addition, I would also want to measure the amounts of the chemical Homocysteine in the blood as this is a risk factor for vascular disease of the brain.
This is why I choose to use products like fish oil, garlic, anti-oxidants and green tea to lower high levels of inflammation, but you also have to look at body fat reduction, improved nutritional intakes, nutritional avoidance and regular exercise as a manner with which to achieve long-term success.
Drug therapies can be an important option but the litmus test is; do they affect complication rates of atherosclerosis perpetrated by inflammation? The jury is still out on this one.
The process of inflammation causes premature aging of our bodies from the inside-out.
It’s time that we stopped inflammation in its tracks. Otherwise the aging process will not be a particularly pleasant one for moist of us.
Control inflammation….control how you age.
Remember….your quality of life is the measurement of successful living regardless of your age.
Dr. Kevin. J. McLaughlin
Clinical Director: The Vitality Project