Gallbladder Disease

There are two forms that gall bladder disease normally takes.  One is gallstones (cholelithiasis) whereby bilestones or calculi form in the gallbladder or in the common duct.  The other is inflammation of the gallbladder (cholecystitis), caused by chemical irritation due to the … Continue reading

Cholesterol, Elevated

High blood cholesterol levels (hypercholesterolemia) usually have little or nothing to do with the amount of cholesterol eaten.  Cholesterol is a vital bodily substance.  It is a constituent of bile; it helps to convert sunlight into vitamin D; it is … Continue reading

Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)

In women susceptible to premenstrual syndrome (PMS), the menstrual cycle brings on mood changes – such as depression, anxiety, emotional reactivity, sadness, hopelessness, tension, tearfulness, anger, withdrawal, fatigue, difficulty concentrating, insomnia, food cravings, binge eating, feeling overwhelmed or out of … Continue reading

Vasculitis

Vasculitis is inflammation of a blood or lymph vessel.  It may be an autoimmune disorder, or it may simply be caused by hidden allergies.  Almost any substance could be an offender, depending on biochemical individuality.  Common offenders are caffeine (coffee, tea, … Continue reading

Atherosclerosis (Arteriosclerosis)

Atherosclerosis (arteriosclerosis) is a term used to describe a thickening, hardening and loss of elasticity in arterial walls.  Atherosclerosis is the most common form of arteriosclerosis and involves progressive degeneration of the inner lining of the arteries (especially where arteries bifurcate) … Continue reading

Saturated Fats

MYTH:  Saturated fats cause heart attacks. TRUTH: If that were true, the population of rural North America would have died off generations ago. The first documented heart attack was recorded in 1910.  For over a century before that, saturated fats were … Continue reading

Polyunsaturated Oils

MYTH:  Polyunsaturated vegetable oils prevent heart disease. TRUTH:  Polyunsaturated oils may actually contribute to the incidence of heart disease. Contrary to popular misconception, polyunsaturated oils do not prevent heart disease.  On the contrary, they may contribute to it.  As our … Continue reading