The “dark side” of tissue repairAdvanced Supplements
When scientists examine the most deadly, disabling maladies to which people succumb as they age—including heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes, kidney disorders and arthritis—similar underlying causes can be found: All of these conditions are characterized by insidious sclerosis and fibrosis that is caused by the over-secretion of growth factors.
Sclerosis is defined as a hardening of a bodily tissue or part (such as the coronary arteries, i.e., arteriosclerosis) or an increase of connective tissue or the like, at the expense of more active tissue. Meanwhile, fibrosis is very similar to sclerosis, involving development of excess fibrous tissue in an organ (such as kidney fibrosis). Fibrosis can be detected in a number of ways. These conditions are often marked by high inflammation.
Health experts have different ways of measuring the progression of these unfavorable bodily processes. For example, Dr. Bannock used digital video blood microscopy (see pictures in following pages). Digital microscopy shows doctors whether blood has excess fibrin and is clumping or fatty. Such sluggish blood almost always goes with rheumatoid and osteoarthritis, as well as other negative health conditions.
Dr. Bannock used C-reactive protein (CRP) measurements to determine bodily inflammation levels of the patients in his clinical study. High or high-normal CRP levels are often an indication of unhealthy fibrin activity, causing the blood to clump, increasing risk of heart attacks and strokes. The test is still relatively new but widely accepted in the medical community.
You might have to ask your own doctor for this test. But in any event, doctors clearly associate high CRP with increased risk for heart disease. Another test used in the study was measuring erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR). According to an online medical information site, a blood sample is taken and put in a tube with some chemicals to stop the blood from clotting. The tube is left to stand upright. The red blood cells (erythrocytes) gradually fall to the bottom of the tube as a “sediment.”
The clear liquid plasma is left at the top. The ESR measures the rate at which the red blood cells separate from the plasma and fall to the bottom of a test tube. The rate is measured in millimeters per hour (mm/hr). If certain proteins cover red cells, these will stick to each other and cause the red cells to fall more quickly. So, a high ESR indicates that you have some inflammation, somewhere in the body.
Have you ever seen fibrosis?
You might not think so. But leathering, wrinkling and elastosis (loss of skin elasticity) are all outer signs of fibrosis. Yet, what most people don’t realize is that what is happening on the outside of the body is happening on the inside, too—to their arteries, kidneys, lungs and other tissues and organs. Both sclerosis and fibrosis proceed with almost uncanny determination by the time a person reaches 40 and eventually affect virtually every tissue and organ in the body.
There is, however, an answer.
According to Arthur Andrew Medical, the manufacturer of the Neprinol formula used by Dr. Bannock’s patients, “the formula uses individually enterically coated enzymes to increase pH range and resistance to stomach acid.” Neprinol contains “the purest form of serrapeptase, nattokinase and CoQ10 available.” In helping the body to maintain normal fibrin production, fibrinolytic enzymes, such as nattokinase and serrapeptase, appear to lower C-reactive protein levels, the inflammation marker linked to heart attacks and a marker for overall health.
Unlike taking daily aspirin, which is an over the-counter drug, Neprinol is a nutritional supplement that helps the body to maintain already healthy fibrin expression and inflammation levels, and Neprinol does not generate gastrointestinal distress, and does not put stress on the liver. In experimental studies, nattokinase has been shown to remove arterial blockages by helping the body to maintain natural fibrinolytic processes.