Overview of Atherosclerosis
Atherosclerosis, or hardening of the arteries is an inflammatory process [Ross1999]. The source of the inflammation is subject to continuing debate, but some authors have suggested that one cause of inflammation may be recurrent infections associated with a immune system compromised by hypothyroid function [Barnes[Starr2005]. Indeed, there is considerable evidence dating back as far as 1877 that hypothyroidism accelerates the process of atherosclerosis [CSL1883], [Ord1877].
Complimentary and alternative treatments for atherosclerosis that are considered below include:
- Neurotransmitter Balancing