Dietary Considerations

 

Humans have no requirement for animal based food. The problem is that the animal based diet has too much fat, too much protein, sodium and no fiber. Think that even large animals like elephants and giraffes are vegetarian, and one can get enough protein from a plant based diet. Eating too many calories at once creates a state where the bloodstream is overloaded with fat and/or sugar and creates oxidative stress to the endothelial tissues lining the arteries which leads to atherosclerosis, obesity and diabetes. Consuming polyphenols from wine, tea, dark chocolate protects the endothelium. It’s not fat by itself that is bad in the diet, but the type of fat consumed (avoid saturated/hydrogenated/omega 6’s), (use EFA’s, extra virgin olive oils, nut oils, avocados). Avoid foods high in omega 6 such as most cooking oils, breads, crackers, cookies cakes, chips, muffins, pies, cereals, donuts, animal fats, all fast foods, dairy products, peanut butter.

 

Good foods

Sardines, salmon, sea bass, mackerel, herring, lean red meats, chicken breast, beans, fruits and vegetables, red wine (2 glass max), olive oil, nuts, seeds, garlic/onions, oats, sprouts, whole grains, cacao, apples, cinnamon, green tea

Good supplements

B vitamins, antioxidants, minerals, DHEA, HGH, Vit D, Vit C, DHLA, resveratrol, HCL, niacin, fish oils, cacao, ubiquinol, SOD, pomegranate juice, tocotrienols, chromium, Vit K2, Vit E, oleuropein, digestive enzymes, nattokinase, multipollens, l-arganine

Adopting just 4 good habits in people over 45 reduced heart disease by 40%

Eating 5 servings of fruits and vegetables daily – exercising 2 ½ hrs/wk – not smoking – controlling weight

Also remember, sex is great for the heart.

 

Popular Drugs for cholesterol and HBP

 Statistic – 70% of heart attack victims who die, have low cholesterol

 Cholesterol – Statins – Lipitor

Lipitor is the best selling drug in the US and the world. Doctors used to recommend 10-20mg doses, now they are pushing 80mg version due to higher profit. There are some people whose heart and circulatory system is so compromised, that the statins are wonderful for them, but not the majority. The risk of side effects are not worth it and include muscle pain, joint pain, memory impairment, depression, gastro-intestinal impairment, kidney/liver injury or failure. In a major 5 yr. clinical trial study, 2.2% fewer deaths occurred with the 80mg dose rather than the 10mg dose, but only when HD was concerned. However, it did not reduce overall deaths as people died of causes of side effects, actually deaths increased slightly, yet doctors are given a major sales job to increase the dosage. More profits, obviously. In a Pfizer test, after 3 ½ years on statins, out of 100 people 3% died taking a placebo and 2% died taking Lipitor, this made Lipitor 35% more effective. Is it worth it? Statins create muscular atrophy and don’t treat the cause of high cholesterol, for that, clean the GB/liver. Both HDL and LDL  are important to the body and transport cholesterol to and from tissues. Cholesterol is a precursor to creating steroid hormones like estrogen, testosterone, cortisol and DHEA. The differences are that LDL takes cholesterol to the tissue to make new cells or repair damaged ones, and HDL takes cholesterol back to the liver. It’s not really the amount of LDL one has, but the size of the LDL that’s relevant. The larger the molecules, the less likely they are to stick to the arteries. Statins don’t modulate the size of the molecules. Statins also block Coq 10, so make sure to supplement.  Diet is the best way to regulate LDL. Eliminate sugar and most grains

Good cholesterol diet – includes exercise, no smoking, a heart healthy diet, red wine, fish oils, olive oil, raw nuts and seeds, plant sterols, ubiquinol

Calcium Channel blockers – Prescribed for HBP, arrhythmia and angina. They block blood calcium from freely passing into cells by closing off the cells regulatory channels causing them to stop functioning and the blood vessels to relax.  At first, symptoms of HBP improve but the CCB’s so poison the channels that heart failure becomes the norm.  The cells need calcium for the cell’s living operation, as without enough calcium cells cannot live, therefore, the good of reducing HBP is achieved, but they do not reduce the death rate, and interestingly, they also greatly increase the chance for getting cancer. In August of 2000, a report from the meeting of the European society of Cardiology in Amsterdam showed t\hat despite lowering BP, CCB’s did not reduce the death rate and patients who did nothing, all lived longer and had less complications than people who were on HBP meds. Why, because HBP is not a disease, and chasing HBP does not reduce deaths.

ACE Inhibitors/ diuretics – They are safer than CCB’s as they basically take sodium out of the body and interrupt the formation of the hormone angiotensin to relax the blood vessels

Beta blockers – reduce nerve impulses to the heart and blood vessels. This makes the heart beat slower and with less force. BP drops and heart works less hard

Key nutrients for HBP – ionized minerals, fish oil, 4 phosphatydal complexes, colostrum, anti-infective herbs like oleuropein (olive leaf)

Aspirin – Not a good idea to use as a blood thinner. It is hard on the stomach as it can cause gastro intestinal bleeding and risk of kidney failure, it is very acidic, and changes the way vascular events present rather than prevent, shows no difference in mortality rates.


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