More on Calcium and Pain

For this article, the word “Calcium” will be understood to mean the Ca2+ ion. This is soluble calcium, as opposed to the insoluble calcium in bones. Also, for brevity’s sake, neuroinflammation and hyperacidity will be used interchangeably, although the real picture is actually more complicated than that.

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Tarantula toxin and pain

The bad guys are sometimes the good guys when nature makes them so. There had to be some reason for those hairy little creatures, the tarantulas, to be on Earth. Even the TRPV-1 receptor has been rehabilitated slightly by the discovery that it plays a vital role in preventing sepsis when humans are exposed to endotoxins (see Clark in current edition of FASEB).

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