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World Renown Heart Surgeon Speaks Out On What Really Causes Heart Disease

Posted by on May. 28, 2013 at 8:49 AM
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We 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. So, here it is. I freely admit to being wrong.. As a heart surgeon with 25 years experience, having performed over 5,000 open-heart surgeries,today is my day to right the wrong with medical and scientific fact.

I trained for many years with other prominent physicians labelled “opinion makers.”  Bombarded with scientific literature, continually attending education seminars, we opinion makers insisted heart disease resulted from the simple fact of elevated blood cholesterol.

The only accepted therapy was prescribing medications to lower cholesterol and a diet that severely restricted fat intake. The latter of course we insisted would lower cholesterol and heart disease. Deviations from these recommendations were considered heresy and could quite possibly result in malpractice.

It Is Not Working!

These recommendations are no longer scientifically or morally defensible. The discovery a few years ago that inflammation in the artery wall is the real cause of heart disease is slowly leading to a paradigm shift in how heart disease and other chronic ailments will be treated.

The long-established dietary recommendations have created epidemics of obesity and diabetes, the consequences of which dwarf any historical plague in terms of mortality, human suffering and dire economic consequences.

Despite the fact that 25% of the population takes expensive statin medications and despite the fact we have reduced the fat content of our diets, more Americans will die this year of heart disease than ever before.

Statistics from the American Heart Association show that 75 million Americans currently suffer from heart disease, 20 million have diabetes and 57 million have pre-diabetes. These disorders are affecting younger and younger people in greater numbers every year.

Simply stated, without inflammation being present in the body, there is no way that cholesterol would 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. It is inflammation that causes cholesterol to become trapped.

Inflammation is not complicated — it is quite simply your body’s natural defence to a foreign invader such as a bacteria, toxin or virus. The cycle of inflammation is perfect in how it protects your body from these bacterial and viral invaders. However, if we chronically expose the body to injury by toxins or foods the human body was never designed to process,a condition occurs called chronic inflammation. Chronic inflammation is just as harmful as acute inflammation is beneficial.

What thoughtful person would willfully expose himself repeatedly to foods or other substances that are known to cause injury to the body?  Well,smokers perhaps, but at least they made that choice willfully.

The rest of us have simply followed the recommended mainstream dietthat is low in fat and high in polyunsaturated fats and carbohydrates, not knowing we were causing repeated injury to our blood vessels. This repeated injury creates chronic inflammation leading to heart diseasestroke, diabetes and obesity.

Let me repeat that: The injury and inflammation in our blood vessels is caused by the low fat diet recommended for years by mainstream medicine.

What are the biggest culprits of chronic inflammation? Quite simply, they are the overload of simple, highly processed carbohydrates (sugar, flour and all the products made from them) and the excess consumption of omega-6 vegetable oils like soybean, corn and sunflower that are found in many processed foods.

Take a moment to visualize rubbing a stiff brush repeatedly over soft skin until it becomes quite red and nearly bleeding. you kept this up several times a day, every day for five years. If you could tolerate this painful brushing, you would have a bleeding, swollen infected area that became worse with each repeated injury. This is a good way to visualize the inflammatory process that could be going on in your body right now.

Regardless of where the inflammatory process occurs, externally or internally, it is the same. I have peered inside thousands upon thousands of arteries. A diseased artery looks as if someone took a brush and scrubbed repeatedly against its wall. Several times a day, every day, the foods we eat create small injuries compounding into more injuries, causing the body to respond continuously and appropriately with inflammation.

While we savor the tantalizing taste of a sweet roll, our bodies respond alarmingly as if a foreign invader arrived declaring war. Foods loaded with sugars and simple carbohydrates, or processed withomega-6 oils for long shelf life have been the mainstay of the American diet for six decades. These foods have been slowly poisoning everyone.


Read more at 
http://preventdisease.com/news/12/030112_World-Renown-Heart-Surgeon-Speaks-Out-On-What-Really-Causes-Heart-Disease.shtml


What do you think?

by on May. 28, 2013 at 8:49 AM
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tscritch
by Silver Member on May. 28, 2013 at 9:04 AM

 I do agree that we put so much processed crap in our bodies. We are trying to step away from that....but without my own farm I think doing it 100% is impossible.

I also think Big Pharma plays a big big big role into this.

stormcris
by Christy on May. 28, 2013 at 9:13 AM
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I think the idea of that magic pill to fix everything has a lot to do with the way Big Pharma got so big and thus it does indeed play a role and perhaps many roles.

Quoting tscritch:

 I do agree that we put so much processed crap in our bodies. We are trying to step away from that....but without my own farm I think doing it 100% is impossible.

I also think Big Pharma plays a big big big role into this.


Kate_Momof3
by Silver Member on May. 28, 2013 at 9:26 AM

 I completely agree.

Quoting stormcris:

I think the idea of that magic pill to fix everything has a lot to do with the way Big Pharma got so big and thus it does indeed play a role and perhaps many roles.

Quoting tscritch:

 I do agree that we put so much processed crap in our bodies. We are trying to step away from that....but without my own farm I think doing it 100% is impossible.

I also think Big Pharma plays a big big big role into this.


 

tscritch
by Silver Member on May. 28, 2013 at 9:32 AM

 I agree. Also they convince (pay) drs that they need to prescribe their pill, whether or not it's proven safe or even really effective.

Quoting stormcris:

I think the idea of that magic pill to fix everything has a lot to do with the way Big Pharma got so big and thus it does indeed play a role and perhaps many roles.

Quoting tscritch:

 I do agree that we put so much processed crap in our bodies. We are trying to step away from that....but without my own farm I think doing it 100% is impossible.

I also think Big Pharma plays a big big big role into this.


 

Raintree
by Ruby Member on May. 28, 2013 at 9:35 AM

Omega six is not good when it's out of balance with omega three. One way to get more omega three would be to ensure more grass-fed meat is available. I don't see that happening anytime soon.

The cattle are fed diets higher in omega six as well.

stormcris
by Christy on May. 28, 2013 at 9:40 AM

Yes.

Quoting tscritch:

 I agree. Also they convince (pay) drs that they need to prescribe their pill, whether or not it's proven safe or even really effective.

Quoting stormcris:

I think the idea of that magic pill to fix everything has a lot to do with the way Big Pharma got so big and thus it does indeed play a role and perhaps many roles.

Quoting tscritch:

 I do agree that we put so much processed crap in our bodies. We are trying to step away from that....but without my own farm I think doing it 100% is impossible.

I also think Big Pharma plays a big big big role into this.


 


stormcris
by Christy on May. 28, 2013 at 9:42 AM

That is a really good point. I think in some ways they are even preventing this as they recently are trying to test so many animals that are free range for various conditions in the idea of "public health". I understand that public health is important but I am not sure that many of these tests and conditions are really for that purpose.

Quoting Raintree:

Omega six is not good when it's out of balance with omega three. One way to get more omega three would be to ensure more grass-fed meat is available. I don't see that happening anytime soon.

The cattle are fed diets higher in omega six as well.


krysstizzle
by on May. 28, 2013 at 9:43 AM
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We are what we eat. 

TimetoMomUp
by Runt on May. 28, 2013 at 9:49 AM
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I think part of the issue is that we are taught that "fat" is bad instead of being taught the difference between healthy fats and bad fats.  We need fat in our body to keep it functioning properly.  Take out the processed foods, eat less carbs, and eat more healthy fats.

krysstizzle
by on May. 28, 2013 at 10:00 AM
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Good rule of thumb: if it comes in a box, don't. 

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