Anti-Inflammatory Molecular Pathway Found in Vitamin D

We recently wrote about promising research linking Vitamin D and the reduction of chronic pain.  Now researchers have found the molecular pathway through which vitamin D inhibits inflammation. Researchers from the National Jewish Health Center in Denver reported their findings in The Journal of Immunology.  These new findings are another promising validation of the amazing properties of vitamin D.

Healing The Rusty Gate – Our Joints!

A gate is a good analogy for understanding bone joint degeneration. A new gate moves free and easy, much like healthy joints. In time, as the joint and gate hinge begin to breakdown or rust, movement becomes restricted and slower. With proper nutritional supplementation and chiropractic care, your joints can maintain proper motion. For the gate, try WD40. :-)


Inflammation Triggers Chronic Disease

The presence of inflammation is what opens the door to most chronic disease.  It can and often does occur for years before it exists at levels sufficient to be apparent or clinically significant. More than half of Americans suffer from chronic or recurrent pain, and nearly half (46 percent) of poll takers reported pain in the last two weeks.  Is it any wonder that chronic disease is such a big issue?  Inflammation is now recognized as an overwhelming burden to the healthcare status of our population and the underlying basis of a significant number of diseases. How long it has been smoldering really determines the degree of severity of a disease and often the prognosis assuming the inflammation can be controlled. One could also argue that without inflammation most disease would not even exist. Take a look at this list of diseases and their relationship with inflammation: Disease Mechanism Allergy 4 (Read More)

Digital Eye Strain Growing

All the time we spend on computer screens and smartphones is taking a toll on our eyes. A new survey of more than 10,000 adults shows that 65 percent of Americans experience uncomfortable symptoms of digital eye strain, such as headaches, dry or irritated eyes, blurry visions, and neck pain. The condition is most prevalent among Millennials, who tend to use more than one device simultaneously. Holding small screens less than a foot from their eyes reduces the rate of blinking which can lead to eye dryness, irritation and redness. Digital screens also emit blue lights, which may cause cellular damage deep inside the eye. “Our eyes are not built to stare at digital screens all day but the demands of our modern-day world frequently put us in front of a screen for hours every day,” optometrists Justin Bazan tells MedicalDaily.com. “It’s the problem everyone has but no one knows (Read More)

Migraines and Heart Trouble

Suffering from migraines could be a portent of serious heart problems, a major new study suggest. Using the Danish National Patient Registry, researchers identified 51,032 people with migraines—71 percent of them women—and 510,320 people who were migraine free. The participants were, on average, 35 years old at the start of the study, and so their overall risk of developing cardiovascular disease was small. But during the 19-year study, researchers found that people with migraines were 49 percent more likely to have a heart attack, 59 percent more likely to develop a blood clot in their veins, and 25 percent more likely to have an irregular heartbeat. They had nearly double the risk of stroke. The risks were all higher in the first year following a migraine diagnosis. “We now have accumulating evidence that migraine is a risk factor for cardiovascular disease,” study lead author Kasper Adelborg told The New York Times. There (Read More)

What is Inflammation?

Doctors in medical school learn that inflammation is beneficial – to a degree. “They taught us there that inflammation was, in a sense, a good thing for the body,” Blaylock says. “Redness, swelling, pain, and limited range of motion are important defense mechanisms and play a major role in the healing process.” But you can get too much of a good thin, he adds. Research shows that while inflammation can be caused by lifestyle factors – including high-sugar diets, lack of exercise, obesity, and other bad habits – it appears to be more common in some people for reasons that are genetic. Scientists from Stanford University have linked 25 genetic factors to coronary artery disease and found people with this common heart condition are most likely predisposed to the disease because they have gene variants linked to inflammation. Two physiological processes play a major role in inflammation: the immune system (Read More)

More Vitamin D = Less Pain

You’ve heard much from us over the years about Relevit, our amazing best-selling formula that assists in reducing everyday and sports related pain and discomfort. But did you know that the vitamin D found in our Dense Bone formula is showing promise as an effective nutrient in the fight against moderate and chronic pain? According to the British Journal of Nutrition (September 2011), older men and women suffering from moderate to extreme chronic pain are likelier than others to have decreased vitamin D levels.

Chronic & Acute Pain

Inflammation is the most common cause of pain. Relieve inflammation and you relieve pain. Inflammation is caused by the release of PGE1 prostaglandin and is sustained by an enzyme called cyclooxygenase 2 (COX2). It is interesting that cancer cells are surrounded by an abnormally heavy concentration of COX2 enzymes. If one could inhibit COX2 enzymes, they could control inflammation and possibly cancer. (This is substantiated by evidence of less cancers among chronic aspirin users). Many years ago drug companies found that aspirin inhibited COX2 but at the same time inhibited COX2 which is a protective prostaglandin for the lining of the digestive tract and blood vessels. Without adequate COX2 you can have ulcers and leaking of the blood vessels. So, for temporary use, aspirin is fine but extended use causes serious side effects. Then came the “miracle” of the COX2 inhibitors – Vioxx, Bextra, Celebrex and others in the market. (Read More)