What causes heart disease? And what can you do to stop it? For the longest time , the diagnosis of heart disease meant one thing: go see your doctor and start taking statins and start a diet that dramatically reduces fat intake.
What are statins? Well, if you have been diagnosed with heart disease you know what they are. If not, then you should know that they do help lower your cholesterol. But according to Dr. Dwight Lundell, taking statins are not going to help your heart disease. What causes heart disease is inflammation in the artery walls. Statins are not going to help inflammation at all.
What causes inflammation in artery walls? I am glad you asked. To start, I must state that inflammation is a natural process. It is your body’s natural defense to a foreign invader such as a bacteria, toxin or virus. But if your body is constantly and consistently taking in toxins or foods that our bodies are not designed to process, then we end up with chronic inflammation.
But wait. What are we taking in that we are not designed to take in? Well, there are probably a lot of things that you eat that your body is not designed to process. For instance, one of my last posts talked about artificial sweeteners in diet sodas. That is a big no no for me and should be for you, too. But as far as heart disease goes, heart disease patients have simply followed the recommended mainstream diet that is low in fat and high in polyunsaturated fats and carbohydrates, not knowing we were causing repeated injury to our blood vessels with these polyunsaturated fats. This repeated injury creates chronic inflammation leading to heart disease, stroke, diabetes and obesity.
Yes, I said it. Just like in my diet soda article, what is supposed to be ‘helping’ us is actually hurting us.
Short story? STAY AWAY FROM PROCESSED FOODS.
I could go on about how inflammation starts taking place by eating such things as a cinnamon bun and all its wonderful processed traits or how the use of omega-6 oils to extend shelf life drives the body to produce inflammation-causing cytokines, but that to me is not really that crucial because either you can take what I say as truth or follow the inflammatory path. What I bring as evidence of this is irrelevant. But the link to all that is below.
Now either this article may be totally bogus. But why? I have said it before and I will say it again: Who can you really trust on the WWW? I could say you could trust me but if I was misinformed or got suckered, then I am not much better than the humans who disillusion on purpose. But I do feel good about this one. It makes sense to me.
For the past 6 decades as we have gotten more advanced in the food manufacturing processes, we have been killing each other slowly. Maybe on purpose or maybe not. But on this specific topic, let’s stop the momentum, get the word out, and start living right.
Are you with me?