According to lifestyle physicians Joel Fuhrman, Milton Mills, Brooke Goldner and Alan Goldhamer, who use evidence-based nutrition to reverse disease, as well as cardiologists Caldwell Esselstyn Jr., Kim Williams, Baxter Montgomery and others who study the diet/disease link. , heart disease is “a food-borne illness”, a “toothless paper tiger that never needs to happen”.
More than 600,000 Americans suffer from this disease because of the SAD or “standard American diet”. Too little is being done to promote true prevention rather than treatment for profit.
Statins continue to be prescribed, even though their effectiveness, according to Dr. Pam Popper, founder of The Wellness Forum, is around 1.3%, with long-term use leading to cognitive decline.
How many people are on statins? Combine the 45+ age groups and all genders, according to Harvard Health, and one in four Americans age 45 and older takes a statin.
There are approximately 127 million Americans over the age of 45. Assuming there hasn’t been a major drop in use since 2005-2008 (the last government health survey period on which these statistics are based), nearly 32 million Americans take a statin. This is the equivalent of the entire populations of Florida and Illinois combined.
As for stents, they do nothing to end the cause of atherosclerotic plaque and damaged endothelial health. According to health.costhelper.comfor patients without health insurance, total stent implant costs are typically $11,000 to $41,000 or more, depending on the type of stent and length of stay.
That’s plenty of vegetables and fruit, what we should be eating to delay disease from the fiber-free, high-saturated-fat, animal-centric diet we grew up (and dated) on.
According to the CDC Center for Disease Control and Prevention, “Nothing kills more Americans than heart disease and stroke. More than 877,500 Americans die each year from heart disease or stroke, accounting for one-third of all deaths. These diseases also have an economic impact, costing our healthcare system $216 billion a year and causing $147 billion in lost work productivity.
This begs the question of why the CDC hasn’t taken any courses in lifestyle medicine or why the Centers for Disease Control’s $15.4 billion fiscal year 2022 budget isn’t being spent to promote the way to health, a way of life entirely centered on plants.
What is the beginning of heart disease, resulting in a heart attack, plaque, or the buildup of atherosclerosis that obstructs blood flow to all vital organs, especially the heart?
It starts with damage to the endothelium, which is made up of endothelial cells, which provide the mechanism by which the gas, nitric oxide, is produced and used to transport blood cells through the arteries.
The endothelium is the thin layer of cells lining the walls of the arteries. This coating is made up of endothelial cells.
Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn Jr., author of “How to Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease”, describes the endothelium as “the magic carpet, life jacket and guardian of our blood vessels”, and notes that it helps transport the blood throughout our 60,000 miles of blood vessels by the production of nitric oxide.
Nitric oxide inhibits inflammation and in abundant amounts prevents us from developing blockages or plaques. Nitric oxide is a “vasodilator” and is also made into pills like nitroglycerin and Viagra. The natural way to optimize nitric oxide production is to eat what makes it and not eat what interferes with its production.
Consuming foods with saturated animal fats and added oils makes blood cells sticky and clump together, making it harder for them to move properly through the endothelium. Fatty foods make LDL cholesterol sticky. The pantyhose is not good.
Ischemic heart disease is the most common form of western heart disease (and expanding with the export of western diets), caused by obstructions or blockages of atherosclerotic plaques, resulting in insufficient blood supply to the heart muscle. In the brain, it causes strokes. In the penis, erectile dysfunction, a symptom of heart disease (see “The Game Changers” documentary for more on erectile dysfunction).
Cardiovascular experts agree that this delicate thin lining in blood vessels, called the endothelium, this delicate inner lining of our arteries, when damaged by diets based on animals and processed foods, is the onset of heart disease leading to heart attacks, strokes and more. .
What wonderful news that physicians and lifestyle cardiologists who see patients with severe blockages, angina, unable to walk or exercise without fatigue, experiencing chest pain, can help them experience lasting relief, simply by changing the very mechanism they themselves used to begin the permanent process of damaging the circulatory system.
With the best prescription ever written, the whole-food, plant-based lifestyle (see dresselstyn.com/site/plant-based-nutrition), an injury to the body is reversed, just as we heal from broken bones. What a party ! The same nutritional excellence also cures other diseases associated with SAD
In his book, “How to Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease,” Esselstyn shows angiograms of patients with blocked arteries. During his flourishing career, he has helped thousands of patients regain their health, adding years to their lives in the healthiest way possible. Diseases reverse when the cause is removed.
Reducing saturated fat, primarily from animal, oil and dairy consumption, and instead eating a variety of whole plant foods as nature intended, is the journey to wellness, endothelial health and optimal circulation.
Which foods ensure optimal endothelial function?
Green vegetables. Beans. Vegetables. Fruits. Only 8-10% of the American diet consists of vegetables, fruits and whole grains. It’s a big problem. There is also no fiber in animal products. Eating green vegetables mixed with vinegar several times a day increases nitric oxide production.
So leave the SAD aside and bring the happy!
Our genes are the gun. Our diet, the trigger. This is called “epigenetics” and our bifurcation is our true mechanism for delivering health care.
The bonus is that you never have to count calories or worry about how much food you eat. The weight comes off and ends the utter cruelty to animals that no one wants to see. The environment is relieved and we learn the true cost of raising animals as commodities (see www.climatehealers.org).
To learn more about why you should and how you can adopt a plant-based lifestyle, check out these great websites:
• Classes, books and live sessions from Chef Ramses Bravo at bravopb.com/contact. Bravo is the chef and culinary instructor at TrueNorth Health Center.
• Join the five-day Nutritarian Challenge with Dr. Joel Fuhrman, author of “How to Disease Proof Your Child” at doctorfuhrman.com
Laura Slitt is owner of Taste of Life, Cooking With Plants for the Planet.