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Sunday, January 15, 2017

Hitherto unknown risk factor for arteriosclerosis identified

The immune system is involved in more than just infection control. Growing evidence have demonstrated its role in cancer control and, now, vascular disease. This follows mother nature's template. Rather than having a multitude of unique processes for each function the human body conducts, there are few processes which are multitasked--the gene/protein which controls one known process may also effect a dozen other unknown processes. This is akin to driving your car to different places. You don't need one car to drop your kids to school, a different car to go to work, and yet another car to pick up the dry cleaning or to go to dinner. The same car can accomplish all of that. What it does is a matter of timing in the course of the day. My hypothesis is that your circadian rhythm informs genes/proteins of what to do when. Disrupt the circadian rhythm and you disrupt bodily functions sometimes to great personal detriment.
from Rajesh Harrykissoon, MD

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