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I want all my patients to have a hs-CRP blood test

Elevations in CRP suggest increased risk of cardio-vascular disease. 

 

If it is elevated, I would recommend Omega-3 fatty acid (fish oil). his is a natural intervention for the treatment and prevention of coronary artery disease (CAD). Certain omega-3 fatty acids have biochemical properties that promote atherosclerotic plaque stability and thereby decrease the incidence of cardiac ischemia and  ischemic cardiac arrhythmias. An ever-increasing body of evidence supports the role for omega-3 fatty acids, i.e. fish oil, in  through a role as anti-arrhythmic agents, through anti-thrombotic effect, and through atherosclerotic plaque stabilization, probably as a result of topical anti-inflammatory action.

 

 

Dosage requirement is between 2 and 3 grams per day, in divided doses.  Generally, the preferred cardiac ratio of 3:2 EPA/DHA, but in inflammatory conditions the EPA/DHA ratio does a bit better at 6:1.

 

I recommend either EPA-DHA 720 or EPA-DHA 6:1 enteric coated. These can be purchased on the Metagenics link.

 

 

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Magnesium – Migraines & Inflammation

A deficiency in magnesium makes you twice as likely to die, according to findings published in The Journal of Intensive Care Medicine. Unfortunately 80 percent of Americans are deficient in magnesium.

Medical experts agree that magnesium is essential to a long and healthy life. A lack of this important nutrient can cause  irregular heartbeat, and in pregnant women it can cause seizures. Magnesium triggers over 300 enzyme reactions and is present in all bodily tissues. It’s critical to bones and muscle. Your cells use it to make energy and stabilize membranes. It helps improve depression, fatigue, and even kidney disease. 

Magnesium deficiency has been linked to migraines, inflammation, and high CRP levels. Most of my clients are deficient in magnesium. One recent study concluded…It is regrettable that deficiency of such an inexpensive, low-toxicity nutrient results in diseases that cause incalculable suffering throughout the world.

We just don’t get enough magnesium in our diets. Carb-rich foods like white flour and pasta have no magnesium at all. Neither does dairy. Certain  foods reduce our magnesium levels – alcohol, salt, cola, and coffee all reduce magnesium. And our modern lifestyle does the same: stress, antibiotics, and diuretics decrease our levels too.

Magnesium is hard to absorb. That’s why it’s important to supplement our magnesium intake.

Good dietary sources of magnesium include:

  • Almonds
  • Cashews
  • Walnuts
  • Shrimp
  • Green drinks
  • Leafy green vegetables

I do suggests taking a supplement. While the recommended daily amount is about 300 mg a day, I find most clients could benefit from as much as 400 – 1,000 mg a day.

Taking a hot bath in Espom salts (magnesium sulfate) helps reduce stress and allows easy absorption of magnesium.

Magnesium citrate, glycinate taurate, and aspartate are the most easy to absorb. 

Even though you are taking UltraInflamX Plus 360 which contains 330 mg per serving, you will still need to take an additional amount. I suggest Metagenics Mag Citrate 200 mg/2 tabs – take 2 am & 2 PM. Order @ www.DrJeffreyTucker.meta-ehealth.com

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Triglycerides and heart disease link

Triglyerides are blood fats and are different from cholesterol. Cambridge University researchers looked at the role of triglycerides, which is produced in the liver and derived from foods such as meat and dairy products.

They did an analysis of 350,000 people from 101 previous studies and found those with higher levels of the blood fat were more likely to have heart disease.

The Lancet medical journal reported that the analysis centred on a specific gene which is known to influence the levels of triglycerides. Those with the variation in the gene which boosted triglyceride levels had an 18% greater risk of heart disease than those that did not.

The findings suggest the blood fat could be causing heart disease in some way. I’ve been saying for years that lowering triglyceride levels is more important than reducing cholesterol in reducing the risk of heart disease.

My advice is to make simple lifestyle changes; continue to eat a Paleo-Mediterranean diet; make the transition to a healthy, whole food diet; exercise; stop smoking; replace problem meals with a healthy protein shake (use UltraMeal Plus medical food from Metagenics). These are still the best ways to tackle your heart disease risk.

Most places you look these days are saying the TG/HDL ratio is the most important test of blood lipids, and should be under 2.0, or preferably under 1.0. Beyond that there is CRP, and a bunch of different, more expensive tests: http://www.bhlinc.com/clin_test.php http://www.atherotech.com/ http://www.atherotech.com/content/files/pdfs/vap_report_sample.pdf http://www.your-story.org/spectracell-laboratories-now-offers-hs-omega-3-indexr-161378/ http://www.spectracell.com/lpp

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TG/HDL ratio

Most places you look these days are saying the TG/HDL ratio is the most important test of blood lipids, and should be under 2.0, or preferably under 1.0. Beyond that there is CRP, and a bunch of different, more expensive tests:
http://www.bhlinc.com/clin_test.php
http://www.atherotech.com/
http://www.atherotech.com/content/files/pdfs/vap_report_sample.pdf
http://www.your-story.org/spectracell-laboratories-now-offers-hs-omega-3-indexr-161378/
http://www.spectracell.com/lpp/

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