Recommended Diet CAUSES Heart Disease
Dr Michael Colgan 25 August 2013
Another prominent heart surgeon, Dr Dwight Lundell, has joined the thousands of physicians urging the US Government to reverse the huge error in current treatment of cardiovascular disease.
Using obsolete classical chemistry, 20th century medical science wrongly concluded that most heart disease results from high cholesterol and high intakes of saturated fat.(1,2) This error spawned American dietary recommendations resulting in our current high-carbohydrate, high-polyunsaturated fat diet, plus massive overuse of statin drugs.
It’s not working. America is a lot sicker, and fatter than 20 years ago. In 2013, more of us will die of heart disease than ever before. The American Heart Association reports that 75 million Americans currently suffer from cardiovascular disease, which is affecting younger and younger people in greater numbers every year.
The new molecular chemistry, which became available about 2001, shows definitively that inflammation of the artery wall is the basic cause of cardiovascular disease.(1) Cholesterol, an essential body chemical, does not cause the inflammation, but simply gets caught in it. We know now that cholesterol does not accumulate in walls of blood vessels unless there is chronic inflammation to stick to.
Inflammation is your natural defense to foreign invaders such as toxins, bacteria, and viruses. The cycle of inflammation is perfect to protect you. Once invaders are destroyed, the inflammation dissipates. But, if you continually eat foods the human body was never designed to process, the inflammation is continuous, and becomes chronic.
The biggest problem is the overload of processed carbohydrates (sugar, cereals, flour and all products made from them). Also at fault is excess consumption of processed omega-6 vegetable oils such as soybean, corn, and sunflower, allowed in processed foods to increase shelf life. Eating these foods is a slow form of poisoning.
A diseased artery is rough. It looks like someone rubbed a scouring pad against its inside wall. Processed carbohydrates and processed fats scour in the same way, albeit more slowly. The repeated tiny injuries cause the body to respond continuously with inflammation. If you spike your blood sugar several times a day, say with cereals in the morning, bread at lunch, and a sugary dessert at dinner, it’s like giving your arteries a pull-through with a Christmas tree.
You get fat too. Whenever you eat processed carbohydrates, blood sugar spikes. In response, your pancreas secretes insulin aiming to drive the sugar into cells to store it for energy. Once cells are full they reject more sugar. The rejected sugar then causes blood sugar to rise further, thereby producing even more insulin. The extra sugar and extra insulin are promptly converted to body fat and stored in order to protect you from injury. Follow the recommended American diet and you will grow plump as a goose.(2)
Fortunately the human system is dynamic. It changes beautifully in response to the right stuff. You can reverse chronic inflammation, and remove chronic fat from everywhere, simply by dumping all the processed grains and sugars, and all foods with processed polyunsaturated fats.(3,4)
Use virgin olive oil, organic butter, and a good dose of the premium anti-inflammatory, curcumin, every day.(5) Base your diet on wild fish, and organic meats, seeds and nuts, organic veges and fruits. Not to say you can’t have a bit of flour. It’s apple and blackberry season again and the fruit just doesn’t seem right unless it’s in a crust.
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