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Excellent. Well-written article! Thank you! Report
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Great article. Report
Excellent read. Good need-to-know information! Report
This article needs updating.
It also needs to stop using the CDC and Huff Post as sources of facts. Report
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Now I understand more of why I am being read the riot act from my heart doctor,but I don't understand why it's all about an operation that for weight loss when so many fail. Report
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Thanks, these are issues I have concern with Report
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The missing new science is on oxidative stress and low intracellular magnesium levels and their role in heart disease. Most of the issues listed in the article are oxidative stressors that cause damage and dysregulation at a cellular, tissue and systemic level. Oxidative stress appears to lower intracellular magnesium levels which makes it difficult to maintain healthy antioxidant status and will ultimately lead to electrical problems in the heart that cause arrhythmias and heart attacks. Oxidative stress also leads to calcium loading in the cell, low nitric oxide availability in the bloodstream, and elevated peroxynitrite levels--a toxin that damages the blood vessel walls and leads to plaque formation. Oxidative stress also causes mitochondrial dysfunction, which makes muscles less able to produce energy, which given the heart is a muscle is also problematic. Mitochondrial dysfunction and insulin resistance are key to diabetes, which is also oxidative stress-driven. This is a thumbnail sketch, but pretty accurate from a high level. I supplement with magnesium and plant polyphenols to mitigate these issues. No heart attacks yet, but I should probably quit my high-stress job. Report

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