Consider these sobering statistics:
- Cardiovascular disease is the number one killer of both men and women, and is responsible for more deaths than the next nine causes combined.
- Half a million women a year are taken by heart disease, more than any other medical medical cause, including breast cancer.
- Now here’s one that’s really scary (especially for me, being black): African Americans are TWICE as likely to suffer a heart attack or stroke
The Moral Imperative:
Now, maybe it’s just me, but I have always believed that, if there’s something that can be of benefit to one’s fellow earth dweller, that it is one’s moral obligation to let AS MANY PEOPLE AS POSSIBLE know about it…which is why we do what we do.
Which is also why I find it so difficult to understand why, with a worldwide scourge like cardiovascular disease, with practically EVERYONE having been affected by it in one way or the other, that the truth about it is being suppressed so much.
Quite frankly, I think it’s just criminal. UN-human.
Then again, maybe it’s just me.
The question is: Can cardiovascular vascular disease be reversed?
In other words, once artherosclerosis has set in, and those plaques have calcified, can they be “made whole” again?
Well, some medical professionals are beginning to think so, but they still represent the over-whelming minority.
Take Dean Ornish, for Take Dean Ornish, MD, for example, who’s the founder and president of thePreventive Medicine Research Institute andclinical professor of medicine at the Universityof California, San Francisco. He says that you “absolutely can reverse at least some of the damage of even severe heart disease.”
(Check out the rest of his article on the WebMD site here)
But here’s the catch: you must switch to a very strict vegetarian diet and exercise at least five times a week, among other things.
(Wait a minute…did he say no meat…at all? I say SHOOT ME. NOW.)
Now, I think that’s a little too severe, and quite frankly, unsustainable for most people (unless, of course you’re former US President Bill Clinton, so let’s not judge here).
Other doctors like Lori Mosca, MD, MPH, PhD, professor of medicine and director of preventive cardiology at Columbia University Medical Center seem to agree with me. But she says it is impossible to actually reverse cardiovascular disease once it has set in, and that the best we can do is to delay its progression (here’s more on her take on it here)
So where does the truth lie? Is it possible to reverse heart disease without feeling absolutely miserable in the process?
(I mean, seriously, what kind of existence is one in which you can’t eat meat?)
To find the answer, we must look beyond clinical medicine to those who are involved in active research into what actually makes the cardiovascular system work.
Enter Dr Louis Ignarro: the 1998 Nobel Prize Winner in Medicine for the discovery of how Nitric Oxide (produced from L-Arginine) works in the body.
He has come out to say categorically that Nitric Oxide, produced in adequate amounts in your body, can actually, among other things, melt plaque, clean up your artery walls, inhibit blood clot formation, etc.
Dr Harry produces some of the best tasting and most effective L-arginine supplements I know of. And he has declared war on cardiovascular disease. You might want to talk to him about this: Dr Harry’s Page http://buildingstrengthwebinars.com/presenter/elwardt-harry/
Remember, as we have said before, a heart attack or stroke, in simple terms, is what happens when blood flow to a specific site is interrupted, either by a rupture, or by a blockage/occlusion of the supplying blood vessel.
Now, think about this: up to seventy percent of your blood vessel wall can be blocked without you feeling a thing. That’s right, 70% with no symptoms whatsoever. That is a risky situation to be sure, because, what usually happens with a stroke or heart attack is that a blood clot forms (or a piece is broken off a plaque) and seal off the remaining 30%, leading to death of the cells and tissues beyond the blockage.
So then the key is to prevent such clots from forming. To do this, cardiologists usually prescribe a blood thinner like aspirin or Coumadin. These obviously have their draw backs, but they’re not trying to be perfect here. They just want to save lives. The other thing is lowering cholesterol, specifically LDL, since high LDL levels have been shown to cause heart disease.
Or have they? There’s actually been a media frenzy over that in recent times. (You might have seen two doctors on opposite sides of the divide in fierce debate over that on CNN recently.)
Now, here’s the thing folks: the two things you need to look out for are Oxidation and Inflammation, the two processes which tend to worsen with age (and a lousy lifestyle). To be sure, the higher your cholesterol and triglyceride levels are, the greater the risk of a blood clot forming, or of the blood vessels being damaged, or of a plaque forming, and thus the lumen being blocked…but ONLY WHEN the person in question has high levels of oxidation and/or inflammation, and these levels can be measured.
So the key then is to focus on: 1. Increasing your antioxidant levels, and 2. Increasing your intake of anti-inflammatory nutrients.
Let’s take them in turns:
- Increasing your anti-oxidant intake. Oxidative stress is a form of free radical damage caused by oxygen. Yes, the same oxygen you breathe in (am I the only one who thinks it’s strange that the one thing that is most important to our survival is also what’s killing us?). Oxidation is actually the culprit behind the bad effects of high levels of LDL and triglycerides (which on their own are essential to your health).
Dr Joe McCord has spent over 40 years researching antioxidants and how your body can be stimulated to produce them. Watch him here: http://buildingstrengthwebinars.com/health-challenges/cardiovascularheart-disease/protandim-and-heart-disease-videos/
Dr Marvin and his wife Audine are two of our dearest friends, and they’ve done a lot to educate people on how to take advantage of Dr McCord’s breakthrough research. Here’s his information: Dr Marvin http://buildingstrengthwebinars.com/presenter/marvin-norman-g/
- INCREASING THE ANTI-INFLAMMATORY chemicals, using, no other than (yup, you guessed it), high levels of omega 3 fatty acids.
Dr Sears probably knows more about these nutrients than anyone living, so we’ll just let him do the talking:
In one of his videos he actually shows that the Japanese have very high cholesterol levels relative to Americans, and yet they have less than half the incidence of heart disease. The key, again, lies in your inflammatory state, and this can be measured.
So, in summary, to reduce your risk of heart disease, and even reverse it, you would do well to focus on increasing your intake of three things: L-Arginine, Anti-oxidants, and Omega 3 Fatty acids. And the videos above will show you how.
Why doesn’t everyone know this? Is there a conspiracy to keep the masses from taking advantage of this information?
Who knows? Besides, that’s not the point now is it? Now YOU KNOW. So what are you going to do with this information?
I suggest you use it for yourself, and share it with others.