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Get Tested For CRP Soon!

Evidently, the blogs I've posted over the past week about c-reactive protein (CRP) hit a nerve, as it has finally caught the attention of conventional medicine and the mainstream media.

An article posted in my favorite newspaper in the world, the New York Times, captured the quandary many Americans are in health-wise when it comes to CRP. The problem: Doctors were aware of CRP but are uncertain whether reducing it is at all helpful. In fact, some physicians remain rather ambivalent about it.

After reading about CRP in a magazine, one man interviewed for the story had his levels checked as a preventative measure. Other than being a smoker, the man stayed trim, exercised about an hour a day, took no prescription drugs and had low blood pressure and cholesterol. However, after being tested twice, his CRP levels were a higher than normal 3.1, meaning his risk of heart disease was high. And quitting smoking would only bring his CRP levels down just one-half of a point.

I was somewhat ambivalent as well about this test until last spring, when I decided to start performing this inexpensive test on all patients who come to my clinic to measure arterial inflammation. If your CRP levels are high, I strongly recommend you begin retooling your diet based on your body's unique nutritional type (take our free online test) and limiting or eliminating your intake of grains and sugars.

New York Times January 11, 2005

Wilmington Star-News January 11, 2005

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