Scientists report that systemic inflammation underlies most disease processes of the human body. Inflammation is the body’s natural response to injury, and in that context, it is a healthy reaction. For example, a cut in the skin triggers inflammation, and your body produces white blood cells that rush to the site of the cut to heal the skin. But when inflammation persists, it can cause problems such as arthritis, diabetes, heart disease and cancer.
Scientists have made a breakthrough discovery in understanding multiple sclerosis (MS), a disease that attacks the central nervous system. In a study published in Frontiers in Neurology, researchers from the University of Surrey have found a misfolded, or “rogue” protein in MS. This discovery indicates MS has more in common with Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, and ALS than previously recognized, as earlier research has demonstrated a similar rogue protein plays a role in those diseases. They hope this discovery will lay the groundwork for greater insights into MS, and new treatments for neurodegenerative diseases.
The origin of the word “inflammation” is the Latin word for “set afire.” The link is apparent for people who have some conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis. People suffering from RA experience heat, pain, redness and swelling of their tissues. But in other health conditions in which inflammation is complicit, the connection is not obvious. The inflammation only reveals itself through blood tests.
If you’re throwing a backyard party this summer, you know your guests will be excited about a red, ripe watermelon. But after the melon is cut and served, don’t thrown away those seeds! In an earlier article, we highlighted 10 healthy benefits of watermelon seeds, which are surprisingly packed with nutrients. But there are more – in fact, here are 10 more health benefits of watermelon seeds.
In the Amish community, natural remedies are an important part of the culture, and health is highly emphasized. The Budget weekly newspaper offers information about diagnoses and treatments. Prior to the availability of modern medicine, most people relied on poultices, teas, tinctures, and tonics, and their use continues today.
In our last article, we cited 50 health advantages associated with using coconut oil. Even beyond those, coconut oil is believed to protect from breast. colon and other cancers; prevent premature aging; and protect against liver disease. It also kills the bacteria that causes pneumonia, as well as the bacteria implicated in earache, throat infection, food poisoning, urinary tract infections, meningitis, gonorrhea, ringworm, and diaper rash.
Millions of people throughout Asia, the Pacific Islands, Africa and Central America have been including coconuts as a significant food source in their diet for millennia. Before modern foods were introduced, some communities were almost entirely dependent upon coconut. In those cultures, diseases such as heart disease, cancer, arthritis, diabetes and other degenerative disease were largely unknown.
Probiotics, the good bacteria present in yogurt cultures, are known to aid digestion. But scientists have discovered that these valuable bacteria do more than just support intestinal health . They now know probiotics offer a whole range of health benefits.
Nutritionists have been evolving in their assessment of fats in the diet. There are several schools of thought, and people disagree about animal fats, seed oils, and other sources of fat. But almost all health experts agree on the benefits of extra virgin olive oil.
Avocados are unique among fruit. While most fruits are composed primarily of carbohydrates, avocado is higher in healthy fats. Research has also proven they are an exceptionally healthy food.