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What foods complement each other well nutritionally?

What foods complement each other well nutritionally?

Whole foods: If you want the best nutritionally rich diet, stick with whole foods, fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and grain. Avoid animal protein and dairy. ...Read more

Complement (Definition)

The complement system is an important effector mechanism of both humoral and innate immunity. Its functions are to promote phagocytosis of microbes, to stimulate inflammation, and to induce lysis of these organisms. The system is highly complex and comprised of over 50 effector and regulatory molecules. It is activated via one of three pathways: antibody, lectin, or by ...Read more


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Can you tell me about immunobiology - complement cascade?

Can you tell me about immunobiology - complement cascade?

Textbook: This is a subject which should be studied with a textbook. Briefly complement is a system whereby the body kills off offenders. However there are check-and-balance system to make sure that it does not go too far leading to unwanted tissue damages. ...Read more

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Anyone have lupus or know any information on C4 complement?

Anyone have lupus or know any information on C4 complement?

Low levels = bad: Rheumatologists measure c4 and c3 levels in lupus because low levels are seen in active disease. ...Read more

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My blood work came back with elevated ssa auto antibodies, high jo-1 autoantibodies and my complement total was high, what does this indicate?

My blood work came back with elevated ssa auto antibodies, high jo-1 autoantibodies and my complement total was high,  what does this indicate?

Need more info: You need tell why the tests were ordered in the first place. What symptoms do you have? Test results cannot be accurately interpreted in a vacuum as ssa and jo-1 antibodies can be positive in normal on occasion. In general elevated complements mean nothing, jo-1 can be positive in anti-synthetase syndrome (look it up) and ssa positive in sle or sjogren's. ...Read more

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What's a good resource for trace elements and heavy metal toxicity?

What's a good resource for trace elements and heavy metal toxicity?

Be VERY careful: Most of the outfits offering "heavy metal testing" are scams, charging outrageous prices for"tests" intended to get you to buy their nutritional supplements, have your fillings removed, and generally suck you into a expensive racket. They exude warmth and this is the one thing that may make you feel better. ...Read more

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Is whipple's disease usually deadly?

Is whipple's disease usually deadly?

No, but must dx & rx: Whipples disease is a very rare condition, often found in middle age men, that is also called lipodystrophy. It a bacterial-caused disease that leads to malabsorption of mostly fats and certain sugars into the bloodstream. It will lead to nutritional deficiencies among other problems. Need rx with antibiotics, usually at least a year, herbs and supplements. If left untreated, it can be fatal. ...Read more

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Painful bumps on both shins. Now one swollen ankle. Had a strange rash a few weeks ago. Dr. Is at a loss. Had a blood panel done. Not abnormal. Help!

Painful bumps on both shins. Now one swollen ankle. Had a strange rash a few weeks ago. Dr. Is at a loss. Had a blood panel done. Not abnormal. Help!

Erythema nodosum????: You need to see a rheumatologist. Looka like- erythema nodosum ( painful bumps), rash, arthritis involving ankle --- several infectious and non infectious diseases can do this. ...Read more

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What does a high complement 3 (c3) blood test result mean?

What does a high complement 3 (c3) blood test result mean?

What are other: Findings. C3 is an acute phase reactant and will increase in many situations associated with inflammation. It would be usual to see isolated increase in c3. ...Read more