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Inflammatory Markers: CRP, hsCRP, and ESR

From Dr. Lauren Deville - Naturopathic Doctor

I wrote here on the basic theory of what inflammation is. Briefly: in initial stages, inflammation is part of non-specific immunity. It just means something hurts and your immune system calls all hands on deck to deal with it. In later stages, inflammation becomes specific: this means your immune system is carefully targeting a specific invader, [...]

Inflammatory Markers: CRP, hsCRP, and ESR

By |2018-03-02T16:42:13+00:00March 2nd, 2018|Categories: Articles, Chronic Illnesses, Conditions & Treatments, CRP, cytokine, ESR, hsCRP|Tags: |Comments Off on Inflammatory Markers: CRP, hsCRP, and ESR

Biofilms

Microbiology 101 The only thing protecting a free-floating microorganism from the outside world is its cell wall. Cell walls are very important for letting good stuff (from the organism’s perspective) inside, and expelling the garbage. As soon as that microorganism comes in contact with a surface, though, it can attach [...]

By |2017-10-19T12:12:27+00:00August 18th, 2017|Categories: Articles, Chronic Illnesses|0 Comments

Is Dairy Different in Europe?

I wrote here on the difference in European bread versus bread produced in the United States. Many of my patients (myself included) also discovered a distinct difference between the dairy in Europe versus in the States, as well. Here’s why. Different Components of Dairy There are three main macronutrients in [...]

By |2017-10-19T12:12:28+00:00July 14th, 2017|Categories: Articles, Chronic Illnesses, Health|0 Comments

A Surprising Potential Cause of Bipolar Disorder

Some 6 million people in the United States suffer from Bipolar Disorder. Research indicates that genetic factors account for about 80% of it. It is widely believed to be incurable and lifelong, able to be managed only with antipsychotic medications. But it may have a surprising cause. Iodine and Bipolar [...]

By |2017-10-19T12:12:28+00:00July 1st, 2017|Categories: Articles, Chronic Illnesses, Conditions & Treatments, Health|0 Comments

Th1/Th2 Balance in Autoimmunity and Allergies

Immunology 101 There are two parts to your immune system, called “non-specific” (this responds right away to toxic exposure, bee stings, trauma, etc) and “specific” (which takes some time, but is more targeted against specific invaders). Think of non-specific immunity like a sledge hammer, while specific immunity is more like [...]

Causes of Easy Bruising

Physiology 101 Soft tissue injuries cause the capillaries at the surface of the body to tear; when blood leaks out beneath the skin, this causes a bruise. It should take a decent amount of force to do this, though. If you notice that you’re forming bruises even when you can’t [...]

By |2017-10-19T12:12:29+00:00May 12th, 2017|Categories: Articles, Beauty, Chronic Illnesses|Comments Off on Causes of Easy Bruising

The Low Oxalate Diet

What Are Oxalates? Oxalates are organic acids (which means they are compounds that contain hydrogen and can lose a proton). They’re naturally found in some foods, and they are formed as byproducts of metabolic processes in the body, as well as byproducts of fungal metabolism.  Oxalates by themselves are generally [...]

By |2017-10-19T12:12:29+00:00May 5th, 2017|Categories: Articles, Chronic Illnesses, Conditions & Treatments, Detox|Comments Off on The Low Oxalate Diet