Modulating The Morbidity of Inflammation
Inflammation is a necessary and critical component of the healing system and the overall actions of the immune system. The immune system is an integrated network of organs and cells that protect the host from invasion and modulate reaction once invasion has occurred. The immune system depends on self-regulation to dampen the potential for unrelenting self -destruction of autoimmune reactions. The balance in the system (immunomodulation ) is critical to the overall health of the immune system and thus the human system. Acute inflammation is modulated by the immune system to take care of an immediate problem…then it is supposed to shut itself off. Chronic inflammation is an issue that is a representation of the immune system out of control…an immune system that does not shut itself off. The immune (inflammatory) system then becomes a smoldering fire that creates significant issues throughout the bodily systems including the eye. Chronic inflammation is responsible for destabilizing cholesterol deposits (heart attack and stroke), destroying nerve cells (dementias), proliferating abnormal cells and potentially transforming them to cancer, and impacting on devastating disorders of the eye such as macular degeneration, uveitis and glaucoma.
Controversy abounds in the arena of the impact of behavior and nutrition related to all disease…including glaucoma. The following is an exercise in science to attempt to bring some organization and sense to the discussion.
HOW TO CORRECTLY MEASURE A CORNEA ANGLE IN DEGREES
With the advent of SDOCT a new world has opened for assessing the anterior chamber angle. It is now possible to measure the angle accurately with some of these instruments as well as watch the dynamics of the iris in vivo, such as watching a plateau iris actually close the angle when the lights are turned off and the pupil dilates.
However for accuracy purposes some specific guidelines have been created to assure proper initial and repeated measurement of the angle. This presentation outlines the proper method to obtain accurate and repeatable anterior chamber scans.
IS IT A MATTER OF THE EMPEROR HAS NO CLOTHES?
From Brewer and Shipley. This song is about drugs, especially marijuana. A "Toke" is a puff from a marijuana cigarette or pipe. Tom Shipley explained: "When we wrote 'One Toke Over the Line,' I think we were one toke over the line. I considered marijuana a sort of a sacrament... If you listen to the lyrics of that song, 'one toke' was just a metaphor. It's a song about excess. Too much of anything will probably kill you."