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It was interesting that after a morning of only clear liquids, I had no appetite. Is this why everyone does those cleanses? I noticed that there’s a lot of them on the drug store shelves. The Acai berry cleanse, the Jillian Michael’s cleanse. I need to make the Nurse Barb cleanse. I know just what I’ll use, but it’s a trade secret that we used in the hospital when things were really backed up.
Most of us know that high blood pressure and increased levels of cholesterol are associated with heart disease. What we’ve also gleaned over the last few years is that there are other “markers” for heart disease that can be tested for, including High Sensitivity C Reactive Protein or hs-CRP. Don’t let the term high sensitivity throw you. It simply means that a more accurate or highly sensitive test was developed. developed. C Reactive protein is an indicator that there’s probably inflammation somewhere in the body.
If you’re like me and have a chocolate monkey on your back and are hopelessly addicted to dark chocolate, this makes perfect sense. If you’re thinking that this is a little scary and sounds like someone who needs professional help, all I can say is that there’s evidence now that chocolate is not only a great anti-oxidant, it also helps keep your heart healthy. (more…)
We’re delighted that DJ DeProspero, a woman who’s just completed chemo and radiation for Anal Cancer, felt comfortable sharing her experience with our readers. She’s an inspiring person for so many reasons including her sense of adventure and her amazing kindness.
And Now For Her Story That She is Willing to Share
A recent study from Italy showed that people who ate a moderate amount of dark chocolate had a significant reduction in a risk for heart disease. Does this mean that you should stop what you’re doing and move to Italy and eat dark chocolate? Yes!
Does this mean you should eat more dark chocolate? If you can limit yourself to 1 – 3 small pieces each week, not each day, then researchers found a decrease in CRP levels. CRP is C-Reactive Protein and high levels are associated with heart disease.