For some reason I’m only finding this out now, even though the research was published in January 2006. Apparently, I didn’t want to hear it then.

Here’s the link to the CBS News story:

And here’s a paragraph that smacked me upside the head: “The researchers say sustained higher-than-normal levels of certain immune system chemicals called cytokines have been linked [to] long-term inflammation implicated in a variety of illnesses, including heart disease, osteoporosis, arthritis, type 2 diabetes, certain cancers, Alzheimer’s disease, and periodontal disease. “

All I can say is, oy.