This brief article is a follow up from my last blog on CHD.
The most commonly accepted medical cause of heart disease to date has been elevated blood cholesterol.
“We as physicians with all our training knowledge and authority often acquire a rather large ego that tends to make it difficult to admit we are wrong.” Dr. Dwight Lundell, M.D.
The only unnatural accepted therapy for heart disease is prescribing medications to lower cholesterol and a diet with extremely restricted fat intake. The medical and scientific belief about lowering fats is that by doing this it would lower cholesterol and ultimately heart disease. The long established dietary guideline turns out to be detrimental to our well being of living.
Inflammation in the artery wall may be the true cause of heart disease. What we are finding is that the long established dietary recommendation in the U.S. might have created one of the unhealthiest society to date. For example, there is an epidemic of obesity and diabetes in the U.S.
“Obesity and diabetes are among our top public health problems in the United States today,” said HHS Secretary Tommy G. Thompson.
With at least ¼ of the U.S. population taking expensive statin medications and many restricting their fat content in their diet, more Americans will die of heart disease than ever before.
Inflammation is the body’s natural defense to foreign invaders such as bacteria, toxin or virus. Without inflammation being present in the body, cholesterol cannot accumulate in the wall of the blood vessel and cause heart disease and strokes. Without inflammation, cholesterol would move freely throughout the body as nature intended.
We were told to follow a diet that is low in fat and high in polyunsaturated fats and carbohydrates. We now know that this lifestyle causes repetitive injury to our blood vessels leading to chronic inflammation, which ultimately leads to heart disease, stroke, diabetes and obesity. The overuse of simple highly processed carbohydrates (sugar, flour and its derivatives) and the excess consumption of omega 6 vegetable oils like soybean, corn, and sunflower, which are found in many processed foods are making us a sick society.
One remedy to consider is to choose foods closer to their natural state. Choose carbohydrates that are very complex such as colorful fruits and vegies (taro is an excellent food source if you can get it) and foods high in raw fats (raw nuts, raw butter, avocado, etc.). Eliminate omega-6 fats like corn and soybean oil and processed foods that are made from these.
Ancient Polynesians were very healthy due largely in part from eating foods with high nutrient content such as fish, taro, seaweed, coconut, breadfruit, etc. Eliminate inflammatory foods and start eating fresh unprocessed food and you will reverse years of damage in your arteries and throughout your body.
“The cholesterol theory led to the no-fat, low-fat recommendations that in turn created the very foods now causing an epidemic of inflammation. Mainstream medicine made a terrible mistake when it advised people to avoid saturated fat in favor of foods high in omega-6 fats. We now have an epidemic of arterial inflammation leading to heart disease and other silent killers.” Dr. Dwight Lundell, M.D.