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By Lindsay Wilson

Stress and adaptogensStress. Sometimes it’s insidious, creeping up on you while you’re sitting in traffic, causing your blood pressure to rise and your jaw to clench. Or it can hit you like a ten-ton truck, such as in the event of a serious illness, knocking you off your feet and leaving you feeling like you may never recover. No matter how it comes, it always comes—stress is part of the human experience. And while periods of stress are perfectly normal, and dare I say healthy, chronic stress or stress overload can lead to real mental and physical damage.

 

Humans are hardwired to deal with stress—it’s called the “fight-or-flight” response. When you are faced with a stressful event, the adrenal glands—small glands that sit on top of the kidneys—release...



By Jack Challem

Supplements and Inflammation MarkersEvery disease process involves inflammation as a cause, consequence, or complication. Over the past 15 years, many doctors have begun to routinely measure blood levels of high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (CRP), which is both a marker and promoter of inflammation.

 

Weight loss, dietary improvements, and smoking cessation are known to reduce CRP levels. So can some nutritional supplements. In the most recent study along these lines, researchers found that regular use of glucosamine, chondroitin, or omega-3 fish oils are associated with lower levels of inflammation.

 

Elizabeth Kantor, PhD, of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle, and her colleagues analyzed data from 9,947 adults who had participated in the National Health and...