1. This article, from the PYRAMID tab of this site, can help you to better understand inflammation: http://www.zonediet.com/PYRAMID/Sil...fault.aspx
2. Too much saturated fat (or too much of any type of fat) in an otherwise Zone balanced diet will not allow you to remain in the Zone and will usually cause the body to store fat. Too much saturated fat will also negatively impact your cardiovascular system.
3. One can only guess, but many doctors are not traditionally educated about nutrition other than the bare basics.
Glad to hear you're feeling better!