C-Reactive Protein, the New Testing Standard

Word Count: 399 Summary: The latest factor to determine your risk of a heart attack is the C-Reactive Protein (CRP) test. A simple blood test can check your CRP level. A reading of 3.0 or higher triples your risk for a heart attack. When chronic inflammation is present, the CRP levels increase. There is now evidence that chronic low-grade inflammation causes atherosclerosis, or hardening of the arteries. Keywords: C-Reactive Protein heart attack stroke inflammation CRP Article Body: The latest factor to determine your risk of a heart attack is the C-Reactive Protein (CRP) test. CRP is a molecule produced by the liver in response to an inflammatory response. A simple blood test can check your CRP level. A reading of …

Herbs as medicines

Herbs or medicinal plants have a long history in treating disease. In traditional Chinese medicine, for example, the written history of herbal medicine goes back over 2000 years and herbalists in the West have used “weeds” equally long to treat that which ails us. We are all familiar with the virtues of Garlic, Chamomile, Peppermint, Lavender, and other common herbs. Interest in medicinal herbs is on the rise again and the interest is primarily from the pharmaceutical industry, which is always looking for ‘new drugs’ and more effective substances to treat diseases, for which there may be no or very few drugs available. Considering the very long traditional use of herbal medicines and the large body of evidence of their …