Last week, reports surfaced claiming that the first American attempt to make genetically modified, viable human embryos was a success. At the time, details were sparse: CRISPR, the ground-breaking gene-editing technique was employed, and the embryos were terminated after a few days.
The most tantalizing missing detail revolved around the type of editing that took place. Supposedly, the team – led by researchers at the Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) in Portland – edited out a series of genes linked to an inheritable disease. At the time, the disease in question wasn’t revealed, but now, thanks to the dramatic release of a peer-reviewed Nature study, the details have been made clear.
The disease in question is a type of heart condition – hypertrophic cardiomyopathy – that often kills otherwise perfectly healthy people. It’s often symptomless until death suddenly visits the individual, which makes it particularly dangerous to leave undiagnosed.
The disease’s main effect is to thicken the muscular wall – the myocardium – to a point where it becomes stiff. Although with treatment, most people can live ordinary lives, this surprisingly common condition can lead to people getting anything from an irregular heartbeat to experiencing a sudden cardiac arrest.
These recommendations are no longer scientifically or morally defensible. The discovery a few years ago that inflammation in the artery wall is the real cause of heart disease is slowly leading to a paradigm shift in how heart disease and other chronic ailments will be treated.
The long-established dietary recommendations have created epidemics of obesity and diabetes, the consequences of which dwarf any historical plague in terms of mortality, human suffering and dire economic consequences.
Despite the fact that 25% of the population takes expensive statin medications and despite the fact we have reduced the fat content of our diets, more Americans will die this year of heart disease than ever before.
Statistics from the American Heart Association show that 75 million Americans currently suffer from heart disease, 20 million have diabetes and 57 million have pre-diabetes. These disorders are affecting younger and younger people in greater numbers every year.
Simply stated, without inflammation being present in the body, there is no way that cholesterol would accumulate in the wall of the blood vessel and cause heart disease and strokes. Without inflammation, cholesterol would move freely throughout the body as nature intended. It is inflammation that causes cholesterol to become trapped.
Inflammation is not complicated — it is quite simply your body’s natural defence to a foreign invader such as a bacteria, toxin or virus. The cycle of inflammation is perfect in how it protects your body from these bacterial and viral invaders. However, if we chronically expose the body to injury by toxins or foods the human body was never designed to process,a condition occurs called chronic inflammation. Chronic inflammation is just as harmful as acute inflammation is beneficial.
Source: Daily Occupation
Heart disease and stroke continue to be Ireland’s biggest killers in spite of improved prevention and diagnosis and more effective treatment options, a consultant cardiologist has said.
Untreated or poorly-treated high cholesterol levels – which one in 12 people in Ireland are estimated to have – are the main causes of the problems, Prof Vincent Maher of Tallaght hospital said.
“Most people are completely unaware of their cholesterol risk until it is too late,” he said.
Prof Maher said that by “too late” he meant that people ended up having a heart attack or stroke or needing treatment such as a bypass, stent, surgery or amputation.
Raised LDL cholesterol – or “bad cholesterol” – has causes atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease; the build-up of plaque in arteries. Plaque is made up of fat, cholesterol, calcium, and other substances in the blood. Over time, plaque hardens and narrows arteries which limits the flow of oxygen-rich blood.
Lowering bad cholesterol lowers the risk of heart and vascular disease (including vascular dementia, caused by problems in blood vessels feeding the brain; a risk that grows as people get older) and the outcome is best if intervention is early, Prof Maher said.
Source: Irish Times
Honey is one of Mother Nature’s biggest gifts, and it’s delicious, too. Its sun-soaked sweetness adds richness and dimension to a lot of recipes. If you have a sweet tooth, utilizing honey will give you the ability to enjoy the natural sweetness, rather than refined sugar sweetness or chemical-laden, sugar substitute sweetness.
Today, we’re going to give you access to some important information, by sharing 10 amazing benefits of using honey in your diet. Once you’ve learned just how beneficial honey is, you may want to eat it on a more frequent basis. As well, we’ll provide some useful facts about its nutritional overview, common applications and uses, and benefits, via its nutritional components.
Once you’ve read their guide, you’ll be a honey expert!
Honey comes with a lot of nutrients. For something that tastes so decadently sweet, it’s really good for you! When you eat honey, or add it to drink, you’ll access pantothenic acid, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin and Vitamin B6. As well, you’ll access a treasure trove of valuable minerals, including potassium, sodium, magnesium, sodium, manganese, calcium, phosphorus, zinc, iron and copper.
Source: The 10 Amazing Benefits of Using Honey in Your Diet
Inspired by IAM Cycling, a group of Synergy Norway Team Members assembled themselves to create their own cycling team in pursuit of better health and to share the Synergy message. And it all started with a simple challenge that Presidential Executive Mads Østvang issued to his team to complete the Trysilrittet, a well-known cycling race in Norway.
Led in part by Emerald Executive Stefan Patrik Kristoffersen, the team has developed a passion for cycling over the summer. From June to August, the team competed in three races donning IAM Cycling jerseys donated by the official Synergy sponsored IAM Cycling professional team.
A total of six Team Members completed the Trysilrittet through Trysil’s majestic mountains. Stefan Patrik said one of the stand-out individuals on their team is 70-year-old Olav Hindseth who was able to complete the 75 k Trysilrittet much faster than many of his younger competitors. The team looks forward to repeating this race again next summer, involving as many Synergy Team Members as possible to raise money for Synergy’s non-profit partner 5 Star Legacy.