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Is Cholesterol the Culprit?

Is Cholesterol the Culprit?

 Probably as long as you can remember, cholesterol is “known” to be the cause of cardiovascular (heart and blood vessel) disease.  Does dietary cholesterol cause heart disease?  What about familial super high cholesterol?  Does that cause heart disease?  The short answer is – probably not.  Let’s expand.  I have written extensively on the subject in the past. Cholesterol has been studied since the early 1900s.  Initially in fits and starts. John Goffman studied cholesterol in the 1950s at Donner labs…

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Vitamin K, Calcification and GLA Proteins

Vitamin K, Calcification and GLA Proteins

Vitamin K2 is a potent anti-calcification nutrient via GLA protein carboxylation.  Let’s look at this process of calcification and the potency of these various forms of vitamin K2.   Then talk about the MK-4 vs Mk-7.    Which is best for you?   And why? Vitamin K2 forms There are currently three forms of vitamin K available. Vitamin K1 (phylloquinone) has been extensively studied. It is not the most potent form. Vitamin K2 is currently available in two forms. MK-4…

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AntiPlatelet AntiCoagulant Drugs

AntiPlatelet AntiCoagulant Drugs

Coagulation and Anticoagulatant Therapy Read part I and part II of this series for background.  So you will have a basic understanding of coagulation pathways. Yes, it is complex. Remember, coagulation or clotting starts with platelet aggregation.  That initiates the complex coagulation cascade. This causes the mature thrombus or blood clot. Aggregated platelets with a thick fibrin mesh causes the thrombus.  The thrombus causes heart attacks, strokes or thrombophlebitis.  Here is the final complete picture: So let’s discuss anticoagulant therapy…

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