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December 1, 2014

What is Kangen Water?

Learn more about the healing benefits of Kangen water

Kangen Water® is delicious water created from Enagic's innovative water technology. Not only does this device filter your tap water, but it also produces ionized alkaline and acidic waters through electrolysis. These waters are optimal when taking enemas and for optimal hydration.

When taking enemas, the type of water you use is crucial.

The Optimal Health Network now offers this powerful Enagic water-ionizing machine, which produces up to 5 different types of water. You will be amazed at the versatility of this remarkable, cutting-edge product.

TYPES OF WATER:

Kangen Water® (pH 8.5 - 9.5)

Kangen water at 9.0 is optimal to use for preparing the coffee enema to balance out the natural acidity of coffee.

Additionally, this water is perfect for drinking, cooking, gardening, and so much more! Drink a minimum of a 1/2 ounce of Kangen water for each pound of body weight. Even more water is better for optimal health. Do you want to take our water challenge? Drink 100-120 ounces of Kangen water by drinking 1/2 cup every 30 minutes.

Neutral Water (pH 7.0)

Free of chlorine, rust, and cloudiness, neutral water is ideal for taking the first two enemas in the enema series.

Slightly Acidic Water (pH 4.0 - 6.0)

Slightly acidic water is recognized for its astringent effects. It is terrific to use for gentle cleaning, hygienic, and beauty care, and even keeping frozen food full of flavor!

Strong Acidic Water (pH 2.5)

This water has excellent cleaning properties. Use strong acidic water to sanitize kitchen utensils and countertops to keep areas safe and clean.

Learn more about the healing benefits of Kangen water

For more information about Enagic water-ionizing products, please contact the Optimal Health Network.

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November 14, 2014

The Enema Series and Healing


Testimonial:
"I was diagnosed with Lyme disease in early 2014. Severe headaches plague me most mornings upon waking. How grateful I am for discovering Optimal Health and Kristina's protocol for colon cleansing through the 3-enema series. I devote the first 2 hours of every day to this. After that, life is tolerable. I even have some pretty good days with a lot of energy and no pain. Thanks, Kristina, you're a life saver!" ~ Julie H.

There are many ways to heal. And, there are many ways to heal from any individual set of symptoms, which is what diseases like Lyme disease, fibromyalgia, prostatitis, and irritable bowel syndrome are – a set of symptoms that commonly occur together and are thus labeled as a disease state in order to help the medical community come up with solutions for healing.

enema soap
As Julie states, the Optimal Health Network's enema series is a way that one person is alleviating her symptoms called Lyme disease. We often hear stories like Julie's and it is these stories that, for us, truly back up the little science that has been done around the enema, the colon cleanse, and using therapeutics, such as essential oils, in the colon.

In this article, Butyrate-Induced Transcriptional Changes in Human Colonic Mucosa, published by PLOS ONE**, an international, peer-reviewed, non-profit online journal, researchers report that the enema is "a safe and reliable way to deliver a specific amount of substrate to the distal [descending/sigmoid] colon" and that "other techniques, such as oral intake of dietary fibers or encapsulated butyrate, do not allow to accurately target the distal colon." The study goes on to say that the enema was chosen as a delivery method of the butyrate intervention since "the incidence of carcinomas and diseases... of the colon is rising."

Due to science like the article above, and the healing stories of hundreds and hundreds of OHN clients over a 17-year period, we have developed products and enema protocols to deliver therapeutic substances such as butyrate (which is in our made-for-enema goat milk soaps) in order to optimize the health of the colon, as well as to help the body heal the myriad aches and pains and less-than-optimal functioning that we experience by simply being alive.

Here is the outline of another customer's therapeutic program:

Female
Age 61

Physical struggles:
  • Lyme disease diagnosis
  • Mold toxicity
  • Chronic pain
  • Bloating/gas
  • Chemical sensitivities
  • Depression
  • Fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Heartburn
  • Heart palpitations
  • Intense intermittent muscle pain since childhood

3-DAY SUPPOSITORY ROTATION:

Day 1: Melrose Essential Oil Blend, 5-6 drops

Day 2: ImmuPower Essential Oil Blend, 8-10 drops

Day 3: OHN Candida Essential Oil Blend, 8-10 drops

Note: You can make a variety of essential oil suppositories as essential oils are best used in rotation. In other words, alternate oils from day to day. For example, this client used Melrose one night, ImmuPower the next night, and OHN Candida Essential Oil Blend the third night. This cycle is then repeated as long as is needed.

This client uses a suppository tray to make her suppositories.


DAILY ENEMA SERIES:

This client also did a two-day rotation with her enema series to maximize the benefits and to avoid causing her body to sensitize to any single therapeutic.

Day One:
Day Two:
This client uses 3-Quart Silicone Easy Enema Kit with Flex Tip for her enema series


TOXIN BINDERS:

Take 5 to 10 Chlorophyll Complex™ perles at the start of your enema series each day.

Chlorophyll Complex™ binds toxins tightly. Once coffee stimulates your gallbladder to contract and release toxin-laden bile into the small intestine, you want something where the bile duct enters the intestine to bind the toxins so tightly they will not be reabsorbed through the intestinal wall. Take a handful (about 5 to 10 perles) of Standard Process's Chlorophyll Complex, timed to precede the start of the enema by about 30 minutes. To order Chlorophyll Complex, contact the Optimal Health Network.

If you have a moment, please share your own healing story with us, and with those around you. Health is the best gift we can give at any time of the year!


Further Reading:

1. Scientific Literature Absolutely Supports the Use of Enema Treatments

2. Best Colon Cleanse

3. Can Diet and Lifestyle Trump Genetics?

4. Need personalized, one-on-one support? Here is a sample consultation with Kristina!

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August 22, 2014

Meeting

Kathleen Westcott and Kristina Amelong have decided to share their healing journey in hopes that others may find their own healing. Of course, you know Kristina. To learn more about Kathleen, read her biography.

By Kathleen Westcott

Kristina and I met in a break-out group with the Thomas Hubel Transparent Communication teleconference series in February of 2014. There were meant to be three to four participants in these discussion groups; it turned out to be just the two of us. Our connection and resonance was immediate. We quickly stated our goals, reviewed our trauma history and proceeded to discover that we were a match in regard to listening and being heard by one another. Since that initial meeting, I have deepened my capacity to trust myself and others and my personal sense of self-regard has become effortlessly ferocious. I attribute this to the fact that in our exchanges, Kristina simply does not ever engage in interpreting, interrupting, analyzing, advising, correcting, or labeling. Kristina celebrates, with much aplomb, my own language and courage in speaking the truth! We have truly created a sanctuary space for one another in which we are held and respected; we do not violate or abandon each other in our conversations. The opportunity for taking risk, revealing myself and actually hearing myself, while listening deeply and while being listened to, feels unlimited.

This is the foundation that we established on the phone. Then just two weeks ago, we came together in person. Kristina traveled the distance from her home in Madison, Wisconsin to my home in the Arrowhead Region of Minnesota, the Boreal Forest. Kristina arrived Friday evening for dinner and departed Monday late morning for home. She drove eight hours each way!

Kristina resided in our tiny camper. In our kitchen, she unpacked an explosion of the healthiest food on the planet: fresh vegetables, kombucha, bacon, fresh blueberries, to which we added venison, more bacon, wild rice, frozen blueberries and raspberries, and much more! We were gluten-free, sugar-free, dairy-free with low carbs, and the best protein, for the whole of her visit.

Reading to each other, going for walks, preparing beautiful meals - this was our foundation, the container that held the movement of the Kind-Hearted Great Mystery as she moved through us, revealing herself through every manner of feeling, sensation, play of plant, light, water as rain, mist, and wild rushing river falls, color, smell AND technology! Not to mention the presence of my beloved grandson on all but one of the days.

Now I must tell you something, describe something to you, that is to me wondrous and blessed and the answer to a long-held question/inquiry for myself. Kristina and I go for a walk on her last morning here. It is an ordinary walk; we do not have a plan, an intention, a focus. We nearly return to the house, walking over a small railroad tie bridge that spans a trickle of a creek where the brush of red willow, high bush cranberry and alder hang dense and low to the water, creating a thin, cool surface just above the creek, where the light filtering through is dappled - as when light filters through a lace curtain. Quite suddenly Kristina becomes  aware of an insect that she sees clearly, and I am barely able to see.

"Have you ever seen this one? Look how delicate, how beautiful!"

She is drawn by this insect to leaves which are about shoulder-high, then leaves near her knees, then at the level of the bridge. Now she is on her knees, hanging over the bridge, her upper body suspended right there on the cool, light-filtered surface of the water as its slow trickle moves around large stones partially covered with moss.

"Look, there are so many! One, two, three, four, five, six..."

I walk away now, saying, "...seven, eight, nine..." in my head and reflecting on the pristine quality of that cool, light-filtered surface, on that first delicate bug almost not visible except when its many feet touch the water and create shadow. And, I notice the intimacy of the insects' conversation with Kristina. This is between her and them. I am sure of this.

I want to call her dog to come with me, to leave them be - dogs are not allowed in ceremony spaces. I want to ask her not to take out her camera. Yet, I surrender these thoughts, knowing that to do so could disrupt Kristina's attention/awareness and possibly snap her into her logical mind. "Why?" About 20 feet closer to home, Kristina's little dog joins me! We walk home together. I just can't wait to hear her report when she returns from the creek and the insects.

In the days that follow, after Kristina makes that long drive back to her home, what happened at the creek begins to reveal itself to me. She e-mails to say that on a walk in a park the next day she discovers that her perception of the trees and plants has shifted - it is not as she has ever experienced them. I attribute this to the bug people and to those moments of her being suspended above the water in a manner similar to how the bug people live there. Then it begins to sink in. So obvious, yet not so obvious.
For an entire lifetime, it has been a mystery to me. Why is it that my grandfather decided to "work" with me and not his other grandchildren? (There were many.) Why did he tell me those stories, take me into the woods, teach me to listen to other life forms - plants, rocks, water, animals, birds? Why did he celebrate the most simple interests and curiosities that I had, value my dreams, listen deeply to my child chatter while I made mud pies and turned sticks and stones into full-blown creatures of nature? Here in those moments with Kristina, I witnessed the natural world CHOOSE her, call out to her. And I witnessed Kristina HEAR them, the bug people. She heard them. Not for one moment did she doubt what she heard. She moved toward them, dropped into her inherently innocent nature, joined them in their innocence, their wisdom, their uninhibited capacity to be fully who they are - suspended beauty, fully present.

This is one of the most endearing moments I have witnessed: creatures bathed in love, bathed in mutual regard, Kristina's acknowledgement of kinship, her acceptance, her trust of the unknown, her no-fear response, no hesitation; she moved with instant willingness and intuition to drop the activity of the mind and follow, join, merge.

So, you see, there is this profound gift of witnessing Kristina engaged with a spirit being, soul to soul, essential nature to essential nature. There is also the gift of realizing that this is likely what informed my grandfather, leading to his "working" with me. Most likely he witnessed my own porous nature, my capacity to receive, to be imprinted by the mystery as it is embodied in the natural world, to listen, to trust, to follow.

The unconditional opening of my heart toward Kristina, of her heart opening to the natural world through this delicate insect timelessly revealed the unconditional opening of my grandfather's heart to me at a time when I could not have felt more unworthy, more unlovable, isolated, fragmented; yet, precisely that timing and those circumstances rendered me accessible.

And here, in this delicate insect, is a power propelling itself to spin, silently and continuously whirling, wings colliding into one another yet never altering the flow of its flight. Catching Kristina's awareness of these insects, with their unfathomable silence combined with the living power of their wings then gathering, resting on water and rock, to appear as ordinary mosquitoes when not in flight. This subtle, aerodynamic vitality reaches into and catches Kristina's awareness, accessing her in her vulnerable emotional unraveling.

Surely this must be how it works, with masterful dexterity: the Kind-Hearted Great Mystery embodied in the natural world finds us through the openings created in our vulnerability, our woundedness. The magnetism of LOVE, the central principle of natural law, finds us.

On rare occasions, we are witnessed by another human, being found! 

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July 25, 2014

Relief from Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS)

Here is one client's account, expressed to Kristina via e-mail correspondence, of her experience of working with Kristina through the consultation process, and the resulting relief of her nightly Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS):

Dear Kristina,

I need to reorder the MediHerb Licorice Root and 2 bottles of the Standard Process Trace Minerals-B12. They seem to be working very well!

Thank you,
Katy

Hi Katy,

Great to hear from you! I am putting your order in now. What changes are you noticing with your RLS?

Kristina

Kristina,

If I remember to take the licorice root and the trace minerals the way you indicated, I do not have much trouble with RLS. I've gone from RLS being a 10+ problem to about a 2 now.

Also, the Candida essential oil seems to be helping me as well - as a rectal implant, at night. My sleep has been so much better than it was!

You have done more for me than anyone I've ever worked with!

Katy

Dear Katy,

Fantastic! I am so delighted to be a part of your healing team! Any other elements of the program that you think have been crucial in your healing? I want to write this up as so many are suffering from RLS without help, as you know.

How many other therapeutic approaches have you tried? How long did you have the RLS?

Kristina

Kristina,

A couple of things may also be contributing...

Your bone broth soup always makes me feel stabilized and grounded. I'm sure I’m getting good calcium, magnesium, and phosphorus, etc., from that.

After every BM, I put an essential oil suppository (some are the Lyme essential oils you mentioned** and sometimes I use others) back up there to fight off any Lyme and company, co-infections, parasites, and fungus. So, I may be doing 3 to 4 suppositories a day.

** Marjoram, Thieves, ImmuPower, and Frankincense

Maybe stopping using the stevia herb to sweeten my foods has helped, but hard to say.

I bought a NutriBullet and have 2-3 cups a day of veggies with fruit in it, and feel like I am getting nutrition that I haven’t had in years. My daughter is a DPT (Doctor of Physical Therapy) and she has me doing some stretching exercises and the "ball on the wall" for my glute muscles before bed. I know these aren't in your program, but I mention them because they may be helping too.

In the past, others have recommended the usual magnesium, calcium, and potassium supplements. I've tried all the home remedies like soap in the bed, drinking baking soda water, Candida diets, CALM, buying all kinds of RLS supplements that are out there, including homeopathic, etc.

I've had RLS for about 5-6 years consistently, I think. It's been torture. I've lost a lot of quality of life due to it. I do think it started here and there when I was younger.

Last night I did have RLS that lasted the whole night long, but my neighbor made a fire in his fire pit and the smoke got into our house. I shook the whole night and only fell asleep at 6 am this morning for 3 hours when I took 2 teaspoons of the licorice root and the mineral supplement you put me on. (Do you have any idea why the smoke smell would do that to me? I was shaking internally.) But that is the exception. I've been doing well with the RLS for about 3 or 4 weeks now and haven't needed Xanax to help me.

Katy

Katy,

So sorry about your reaction to the toxic smoke. The reason for your reaction is that your body struggles to detoxify without overwhelming your nervous system. As you continue with your program, this will shift. Also, you might consider adding in Neurotrophin. You'd take 2, twice daily, along with the Trace Minerals.

Also, if that experience happens again, immediately toss Purification essential oil EVERYWHERE - on door frames, in a pot of boiling water, on bedsheets, in a steaming shower - to douse the house and clear the air a.s.a.p. Also, put the Purification on your neck and drink 1-2 drops of Peppermint and 1-2 drops of a citrus oils every 20 minutes for a couple of hours.

Kristina

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May 30, 2014

Strategies to Slow Down Aging: The Power of Frankincense

If you were to find a fountain of youth, what would it look like? It would naturally have something to do with maintaining health, right? Yes, today we understand that a properly functioning immune system is a key part of maintaining good health... but what about really staying young? Finding a way to slow down the decay of our bodies?

According to researchers, viable anti-aging strategies may include:
  • consuming antioxidants, especially from fruits and veggies
  • caloric restriction to quench cell-damaging free radicals
  • a balanced diet of proteins, good fats, and complex carbohydrates
  • stress reduction or meditation (to avoid the poison of the hormone cortisol)
  • good sleep
  • regular exercise (and if you're exercising a lot, be sure to intercept those extra free radicals produced with antioxidants)
  • avoidance of environmental and food-borne toxins
  • supplementation of nutrients that decline with aging (such as CoQ10)
  • drinking lots of water
  • reducing inflammation
INFLAMMATION

Without inflammation present in the body, there is no way that cholesterol could accumulate in the walls of our blood vessels and cause heart disease and strokes. Without inflammation, cholesterol would move freely throughout the body as nature intended. It is inflammation that causes cholesterol to become trapped.

Reputable scientists worldwide are finding that inflammation may be the root cause of almost every major disease out there, from arteriosclerosis to autoimmune diseases to ulcerative colitis to allergies to cancers of all kinds.

When one looks deeper and deeper through an abundance of scientific research into the nature of many debilitating and killer diseases, the search for anti-aging strategies almost invariably points to the importance of reducing inflammation, which in turn commonly points to frankincense as an important tool in inhibiting inflammation.

FRANKINCENSE: COULD IT REALLY BE A "FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH"?

Science now recognizes that frankincense, an aromatic resin obtained from trees of the genus Boswellia, possesses therapeutic anti-inflammatory properties. (Boswellia is called Salai guggul in ancient Ayurvedic medicine, where guggul means "one that protects against diseases.")

Science specifically points to acetyl-11-keto-beta-boswellic acid, a constituent of Boswellia resin, as a key anti-inflammatory agent.

Along with the anti-aging strategies listed above, below are numerous scientific research articles validating the profound effects of Boswellia on your body, helping to keep it young by nipping inflammation in the bud. It's this simple: add Frankincense Essential Oil to your sacred medicine bag.

Couple this with ample scientific evidence that the colon is a superior delivery system for therapeutic agents, and I suggest we have a powerful anti-aging essential oil to use.

Use 4-20 drops of frankincense in the colon as often as once a day. Deliver it via a suppository, colon implant, or coffee enema.

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    FRANKINCENSE RESEARCH TO EXPLORE:

    • RESIN OF BOSWELLIA HAS ANTI-INFLAMMATORY, ANTI-ARTHRITIC AND ANALGESIC PROPERTIES

      Natural anti-inflammatory agents for pain relief.

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    • FRANKINCENSE INHIBITS ATHEROSCLEROSIS

      Anti-inflammatory and anti-atherogenic effects of the NF-kappaB inhibitor acetyl-11-keto-beta-boswellic acid in LPS-challenged ApoE-/- mice.

      "The inhibition of NF-kappaB activity by plant resins from species of the Boswellia family might represent an alternative for classical medicine treatments for chronic inflammatory diseases such as atherosclerosis."

      READ MORE
    • FRANKINCENSE INHIBITS COLORECTAL CANCER

      Boswellic acid inhibits growth and metastasis of human colorectal cancer in orthotopic mouse model by downregulating inflammatory, proliferative, invasive and angiogenic biomarkers.

      "Our findings suggest that this boswellic acid analog can inhibit the growth and metastasis of human CRC in vivo through downregulation of cancer-associated biomarkers."

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    • FRANKINCENSE INHIBITS INFLAMMATORY BOWEL DISEASE

      Acetyl-11-keto-beta-boswellic acid, a constituent of an herbal medicine from Boswellia serrata resin, attenuates experimental ileitis**.

      "Oral therapy with the Boswellia extract or AKBA significantly reduces macroscopic and microcirculatory inflammatory features normally associated with indomethacin administration, indicating that the anti-inflammatory actions of the Boswellia extract in IBD [inflammatory bowl disease] may be due in part to boswellic acids such as AKBA."

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      ** Ileitis, or inflammation of the ileum (a portion of the small intestine), is often caused by Crohn's disease. However, ileitis may be caused by a wide variety of other diseases.
    • BOSWELLIC ACIDS SHOW ANTI-INFLAMMATORY AND ANTI-TUMORIC PROPERTIES

      Inhibition of microsomal prostaglandin E2 synthase-1 as a molecular basis for the anti-inflammatory actions of boswellic acids from frankincense.

      "Frankincense, the gum resin derived from Boswellia species, showed anti-inflammatory efficacy in animal models and in pilot clinical studies... There is [also] accumulating evidence for... anti-tumorigenic effects of BAs. Pilot clinical studies have suggested some efficacy of frankincense preparations in the treatment of osteoarthritis (OA), rheumatoid arthritis (RA), inflammatory bowel diseases, asthma and cancer."

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    • FRANKINCENSE INHIBITS VARIOUS CHRONIC INFLAMMATORY DISEASES AND CANCER

      Boswellic acids: biological actions and molecular targets.

      "Gum resin extracts of Boswellia species have been traditionally applied in folk medicine for centuries to treat various chronic inflammatory diseases, and experimental data from animal models and studies with human subjects confirmed the potential of these extracts for the treatment of not only inflammation but also of cancer."

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    • FRANKINCENSE IS POWERFUL ANTI-INFLAMMATORY AND ANTI-ARTHRITIC AGENT; AIDS RECOVERING ARTICULAR CARTILAGE DAMAGE

      Cellular and molecular mechanisms of anti-inflammatory effect of Aflapin: a novel Boswellia serrata extract.

      "BE-30 (5-Loxin) and Aflapin [which contains B. serrata extract enriched in AKBA and non-volatile oil portion of B. serrata gum resin], exhibit powerful anti-inflammatory efficacy and anti-arthritic potential. In particular, in comparison with BE-30, Aflapin provides more potential benefits in recovering articular cartilage damage or protection from proteolytic degradation due to inflammatory insult in arthritis such as osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis."

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    • FRANKINCENSE INHIBITS RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS, CHRONIC COLITIS, ULCERATIVE COLITIS, CROHN'S DISEASE, BRONCHIAL ASTHMA, AND PERITUMORAL BRAIN EDEMAS

      Boswellic acids (components of frankincense) as the active principle in treatment of chronic inflammatory diseases.

      "Preparations from the gum resin of Boswellia serrata have been used as a traditional remedy in Ayurvedic medicine in India for the treatment of inflammatory diseases. Compounds from the gum with genuine anti-inflammatory effects are pentacyclic triterpenes of the boswellic acid type. Boswellic acids inhibit the leukotriene biosynthesis in neutrophilic granulocytes by a non-redox, noncompetitive inhibition of 5-lipoxygenase. The effect is triggered by boswellic acids binding to the enzyme. Moreover certain boswellic acids have been described to inhibit elastase in leukocytes, to inhibit proliferation, induce apoptosis and to inhibit topoisomerases of leukoma and glioma cell lines. A series of chronic inflammatory diseases are thought to be perpetuated by leukotrienes. In clinical trials promising results were observed in patients with rheumatoid arthritis, chronic colitis, ulcerative colitis, Crohn's disease, bronchial asthma, and peritumoral brain edemas."

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    • FRANKINCENSE INHIBITS ASTHMA, CHRONIC OBSTRUCTIVE PULMONARY DISEASE, EMPHYSEMA, REPERFUSION INJURY, PSORIASIS, RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS, CROHN'S DISEASE

      Identification of human cathepsin G as a functional target of Boswellic acids from the anti-inflammatory remedy frankincense.

      "[Cathepsin G] catG is a functional and pharmacologically relevant target of BAs, and interference with catG could explain some of the anti-inflammatory properties of frankincense...CatG, a neutral serine protease, is mainly expressed in neutrophils, stored in azurophilic granules, and released upon degranulation. After release into the plasma, it cleaves extracellular matrix proteins, including laminin, proteoglycans, collagen, fibronectin, and elastin, implying a role in local destruction of connective tissue at sites of injury. CatG also processes chemokines, functioning as chemoattractant for T cells and other leukocytes, and modulates integrin clustering on neutrophils. Moreover, catG stimulates platelets via the protease-activated receptor-4 for aggregation and secretion and acts as chemotactic agonist for the formyl peptide receptor on phagocytic leukocytes. Accordingly, catG inhibitors have been proposed to exhibit potential in treating certain inflammatory disorders such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, emphysema, reperfusion injury, psoriasis, and rheumatoid arthritis."

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