- The Different Types of Heart Disease
- Hardening of the arteries
- Collapse of an artery
- Tear in artery lining
- Faulty heart valve
- Nutrient deficiency
- Rhythm disruption
- Various Contributing Factors to Heart Disease
- Genetic influences
- Dietary factors
- Use of alcohol, tobacco or drugs
- Excess body weight
- High levels of stress
- Lack of regular exercise
- Exposure to pollution
- Over working
- Chronic inflammation
- Non-use of supplements
- Common Myths About Heart Disease
- I’m okay because there is no history of heart disease in my family.
- I get tested regularly for cholesterol, so I’m not at risk.
- I’m a woman, and heart disease is a man’s disease.
- Medical care will save me if something happens.
- Heart disease only affects older people.
- There will be plenty of sighs before I have an attack.
- If I get some indicators of heart disease, there are medicines that I can take.
- My diet is pretty good, so I don’t have to worry.
- I get enough exercise.
- Responding to the Myths
Unfortunately each of these common myths about heart disease represent flawed
thinking, that is why they are myths rather than reality. Here are some of the
scientific answers to these myths:
- Poor lifestyle and nutrition can easily override good genes.
- Cholesterol is not a very good indicator of risk. Studies have shown that 50-80% of people with good cholesterol tests still had heart attacks.
- Heart disease kills more women every year than breast, lung and colon cancer, as well as stroke and diabetes all combined.
- Over 250,000 people die every year before they get to the hospital.
- People as young as teenagers often have plaque in their arteries.
- Many people think their heart attack is just indigestion.
- Medications for heart disease only treat the symptoms and often cause heart attacks and/or liver disease.
- Only 5% of the population gets all of the nutrients they need from the food they eat.
- Only 10% of the population gets all of the exercise they need every day.
- The Indicators of Poor Heart and Circulation Health
- High blood pressure
- Elevated triglycertides
- Elevated C-reactive protein levels
- High fibringogen levels
- Low testosterone levels
- Chlamydia infection
- High glucose levels
- High insulin levels
- High iron levels
- Low levels of antioxidants
- Elevated serum amyloid
- Helicobacter pylori infection
*The primary causes of almost all of these indicators of heart attack risk are poor
diet and exposure to free radicals from pollution and radiation.
- Damage to the Arteries (the endothelial lining)
In the inner lining of our arteries is where much of the cause of heart disease begins.
This is the endothelial lining. The step-by-step damage process is as follows:
- Free radicals cause damage to the lining.
- Lipids (cholesterol) attempt to patch the damage.
- Lipids oxidize and white blood cells are sent to consume these fat cells.
- Smooth muscle under endothelial lining moves to protect the damaged area.
- Inflammation increases due to the irritation in the area.
- Smooth muscle cells produce collagen to seal off the damaged area.
- Calcium circulating in blood helps to harden the repaired area.
- A bump or protrusion forms, which is called plaque.
- Pressure builds which can cause a rupture of the lining leading to the blockage.
- Blockage can obstruct blood flow causing a stroke or a heart attack.
* Cholesterol can be circulating in the blood stream at any time due to the foods we
eat or the body’s natural production. However, C-reactive protein is usually only
circulating due to the presence of inflammation. Therefore, C-reactive protein is a better indicator of risk for heart attack or stroke.
- How One Cells Works
- Damage to arterial cells involves three key cell components. They are as follows:
- The membrane – The exterior shell of the cell.
- The mitochondria – Where energy is produced.
- The nucleus – Where our DNA is stored.
- The Five Stages of Cellular DeteriorationSome cells are damaged immediately when an electron is taken by a circulating free radical. Most cells go through five stages of deterioration on their way to becoming diseased.
- Stressed – Cell becomes agitated by a toxin, stress or lack of nutrients.
- Weakened– Cell becomes exhausted trying to function too long while stressed and cannot function normally at this point.
- Dysfunctional– Cell loses its ability to perform its duties, such as producing nitric oxide for arterial function.
- Mutated – Cell is subject to damage to nucleus from free radicals. DNA becomes flawed and cannot replace healthy replacement cells.
- Disease – Cell nucleus becomes so damaged that disease sets in and all replacement cells are diseased.
- Reducing Toxins to Reduce Cellular Damage
One way to reduce the risk of heart or circulatory problems is to reduce the bodies
exposure to free radicals. Some basic steps include:
- Avoiding pollution from chemicals at home and at work.
- Reducing radiation from cell phones, computers and TV’s.
- Reducing free radicals from foods, such as fats and sugars or pesticides.
- Reducing free radicals caused by stress.
- Consuming foods that help with detoxification.
- Consuming supplements that help with detoxification.
- Using heat, such as a sauna to detoxify.
- Using exercise (sweating) to help detoxify.
- Using massage to help detoxify.
- Improving Nutrition to Prevent Cardiovascular Disease
- Eat the healthiest foods, such as:
- Fruits 5. Deep cold water fish
- Vegetables 6. Foul
- Whole grains 7. A little alcohol (red wine)
- Some nuts and seeds 8. Low-fat organic dairy
- Avoid the unhealthy foods, such as:
- Canned products 5. Fried foods
- Red meat 6. Alcohol (except red wine)
- High cholesterol fish 7. Sweets and desserts
- Processed foods 8. Dried fruit
- Barriers to Eating Healthier
- You think you are eating healthier than you really are.
- Your childhood food preferences are difficult to change.
- You may have a food addiction to sugar or carbohydrates.
- You don’t have healthy foods available at work.
- You just don’t like certain healthy foods (i.e. fish or broccoli)
- You love red meat and don’t want to give it up.
- You have emotional issues and you eat to compensate for them.
- You don’t feel you have the time to eat healthier.
- You feel that healthy foods are too expensive.
- There is so much confusing information out there and it’s hard to figure out what is really healthy eating.
NOTE: There are many other barriers to healthy eating, but these are some of the
more prevalent ones. Each barrier has a specific set of solutions, but the bottom line is the need for more and better information or knowledge. This document, and the accompanying e-learning program, is a good starting point. More resources and
references are also available towards the end of this presentation.
- Guidelines for Better Eating
In addition to the list of good and bad foods, as well as the detailed food value
survey, the following are some general guidelines to help guide changes in eating habits:
- Food specified in the Asian or the Mediterranean Food Pyramid or the Pyramid developed by Dr. Walter Willett at Harvard.
- Take the Food Value Survey, which is part of this e-learning program to assess your current eating habits.
- Use the Commitment Form at the conclusion of this document to begin to make changes in what you eat.
- Change your brain chemistry to address craving by eating more tryptophan- rich foods and omega oils.
- Start taking healthy foods with you to work and on trips to avoid being forced to make unhealthy food purchases.
- Find alternatives to the healthy foods you don’t like or the unhealthy foods you do like.
- If you don’t like some green vegetables, buy a green drink at the health food store (powdered).
- If you eat red meat, switch to turkey or chicken.
- If you eat dairy products, switch to rice or soy products.
- If you can’t eat soy or rice products, then switch to low fat organic dairy products.
- Other Good Eating Guidelines
- Make sure you chew your food thoroughly (20-30 times).
- Take digestive enzymes to compensate for reductions in natural enzyme production as we age.
- Take probiotics occasionally to ensure your intestinal bacteria are well balanced.
- Check mineral levels with hair analysis or pH tests to ensure enough
- minerals for biochemical processes are in the body (i.e. low magnesium impales glucose metabolism).
- Check vitamin levels with hair and blood analysis to ensure enough vitamins for biochemical processes are present (i.e. B vitamins for breakdown of amino acids).
- Find surveys to help identify the causes of any emotional eating issues.
- Research emotional eating solutions and try to resolve them personally or with professional help.
- The Importance of Exercise
Exercise is crucial to the prevention of cardiovascular disease, as well as the
recovery or reversal of this disease. There are many specific reasons why exercise is so important.
- Blood flow is improved.
- Blood pressure controlled via stronger, more flexible, arteries.
- The good HDL cholesterol is increased with exercise.
- A stronger heart is achieved. It is a muscle.
- Stress and depression are reduced through the production of good hormones, such as endorphins.
- Weight is controlled through the burning of calories, as well as the development of muscle which burns calories more efficiently.
- Glucose levels are controlled since exercise stimulates the production and sensitivity of insulin receptors or cells.
- Cravings and addictions are reduced due to the productions of hormones, such as endorphins.
- Metabolism is increased as toxins are pushed out of the body via sweat and quicker bowel movements.
- Detoxification occurs, as exercise encourages lymph glands to release toxins which are expelled in sweat or urine.
- Increased temperature from exercise helps kill germs and bacteria.
- Sleep is improved due to reduction of tension and the release of hormones helpful to sleep.NOTE: All of these benefits can be achieved with at least 30 minutes of aerobic type exercise daily. Even 30 minutes of walking is helpful. The best exercise program would include at least 60 minutes of aerobic and resistance training daily.
- The Importance of Supplementation
- Nutritional Deficiencies – The average North American diet is consistently deficient in several important nutrients. These include the following: 1. Vitamin A 8. Magnesium 3. Vitamin C 10. Selenium 5. Vitamin E 12. Zinc 7. Calcium 14. Digestive enzymesNOTE: These deficiencies are due to several factors.
- 6. Omega oils 13. Iodine
- 4. Vitamin D 11. Chromium
- 2. Vitamin B 9. Manganese
- Soil has been depleted of nutrients by over farming.
- Produce is picked before it is ripe.
- Transportation distances are too far.
- Processing takes nutrients out of foods.
- Cooking takes nutrients out of foods.
- People don’t eat a healthy selection of foods.
- Digestion problems, such as inadequate chewing and lack of sufficient enzymes, cause nutrition deficits.
- The government’s Recommended Daily Allowance is grossly insufficient based on several scientific studies.
- The Food Pyramid is flawed due to blatant lobbying by the milk, dairy and sugar industries.
- Pharmaceutical companies push drugs and lobby against the use of nutritional supplements.
- Nutritional Deficiencies Specific to Cardiovascular Disease
There are thousands of clinical trials and studies which have proven, beyond a
shadow of a doubt, that our bodies need certain supplements in order to prevent or
reverse cardiovascular disease. These studies are available online at:
- The following nutritional supplements have scientifically proven benefits for our heart and our circulatory system:
- CoQ10 8. Selenium
- Omega 3 Fatty acids 9. L-Carnitine
- Vitamin E 10. Curcumin
- Vitamin B 11. Polecosanol
- Folic acid 12. Pantethine
- Vitamin C 13. Gugglelipid
- Magnesium 14. Red yeast rice
- There are over twenty-five additional nutritional supplements, which also have significant scientific evidence to support their benefits to heart health. They are available in the e-learning syllabus that accompanies this e-learning program.
- Things to Remember About Heart Disease
- Several studies over the past 30 years have confirmed that “by-pass surgery neither improved longevity nor reduced heart attacks compared to non-surgical treatment.” (Alive Magazine, Feb. 2005, pp. 44-49.)
- A study at Duke University in 2001 found that 42 percent of heart by-pass patients (261 in study) showed signs of mental impairment within five years of their operation. (Alive Magazine, Feb. 2005, pp. 44-49)
- In a study done by Pfizer, the maker of Lipitor, it was found that Lipitor only prevented one more heart attack per 100 people than a sugar pill over a three and a half year period. The other 99 people received no measurable benefit from taking Lipitor.
- Eating more fish and switching to a Mediterranean diet, brought greater declines in heart attacks than statin drugs (Business Week, Jan. 28, 2008, pp. ??? – ???)
- Statin drugs deplete levels of CoQ10 leading to fatigue, muscle pain, weakness and even heart failure. (Dr. Julian Whitaker’s Health and Healing – June 2008, p. 2)
- Harvard cardiologist, Thomas Grabeys, M.D., estimates that 90 percent of coronary artery by-pass surgeries and angioplasties are unnecessary. (Dr. Julian Whitakers Health and Healing Newsletter, June 2008, p. 4).
- A study reported in the New England Journal of Medicine reported that statin drugs lowered C-reactive protein levels by 21 percent.
– Increasing fiber intake can lower CRP levels by 41%.
– Vitamin E can lower CRP levels by 50%.
– Eating foods like soy and almonds can lower CRP levels by 28%.
(Life Extension Magazine – May 2005, pp. 7-14)