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What is Coronary Artery Disease?
Artherosclerotic Plaque Artery Blockage
Coronary artery disease (CAD) is a condition in which the inside of the artery is narrowed by a buildup of atherosclerotic plaque between the inside lining of the artery called the endothelial lining and the smooth muscle layer. The smooth muscle layer is covered by a layer of connective tissue, providing structural containment and support for the two layers beneath.
Symptoms of coronary artery disease are generally not felt until the plaque reduces the artery opening by 75%. People who do not engage in strenuous exercise may not notice the chest pain or tightness until the artery opening is 90% closed. The reduction in blood flow deprives the heart muscle of oxygen, causing symptoms. A heart attack (myocardial infarction) occurs when the blockage suddenly increases or when strenuous exercise is attempted.
Treatment to Prevent a Heart Attack
The plaque that restricts the heart artery is a ticking time bomb because of the threat of sudden rupture. The body attempts to repair a tiny rupture by forming a life-threatening blood clot. Unfortunately, the blood clot can restrict the entire artery or break loose to flow down the artery and form a block where the artery is smaller. Plaque that is very small can also present a risk of a sudden fatal heart attack. Autopsies have shown that many heart attack victims died because of the rupture of a small plaque deposit even though much larger plaque deposits remained intact. This threat of sudden plaque rupture, block clot formation, and heart attack can be greatly reduced or eliminated by taking drugs which prevent the formation of the blood clot. Upon rupture of the plaque deposit, the drugs keep the damaged lining of the artery from forming a blood clot. The body can then heal the damaged spot without the person ever knowing that anything happened. The person does not suffer a heart attack. He feels no pain because arteries do not contain any nerve cells. He has avoided a heart attack without even changing his daily activity. The following drug treatment should be taken by anyone who has high blood pressure or is suspected of having heart artery plaque deposits.
Plavix. Take one 75 mg of Plavix with breakfast each day. Plavix is not needed when spontaneous bruising occurs.
Aspirin. Take one 81 mg of over-the-counter Aspirin with breakfast each day.
An aspirin a day could keep heart attacks away - Telegraph.co.uk - August 24, 2008.
This treatment with Plavix and Aspirin is not without side effects. The combination reduces the clotting ability of the blood as planned. Therefore, cuts or injuries bleed easier, and the body burses much more easily. The treatment must be suspended before having elective surgery.
Exercise does not prevent heart disease.
Most medical references and medical societies describe the cause of coronary artery disease by listing risk factors such as high cholesterol, smoking, obesity, diabetes, and high blood pressure. However, half of the people having a heart attack do not have any of these risk factors. Obviously, something else is the primary cause for CAD. These risk factors are not the cause of CAD. The true cause of coronary artery disease is a process called glycation. Everyone who suffers a heart attack that was caused by plaque clogging arteries has been experiencing glycation. The initiating conditions needed to cause glycation are high-insulin and high-glucose levels in the blood. This is the initiating cause for coronary artery disease. The atherosclerotic plaque is composed primarily of glycated LDL cholesterol, glycated proteins, glycated hemoglobin A1C and oxidized (rancid) polyunsaturated omega-6 triglycerides (linoleic fatty acids). Glycation occurs when polysaccharide molecule chains (complex carbohydrates also called glycans) are attached to another molecule such as LDL, protein, or hemoglobin. Oxidation occurs when oxygen, iron, or some other ion or free radical molecule attaches to the empty electron bond of polyunsaturated omega-6 fatty acids. Unsaturated fats that have been oxidized are said to have become rancid.
One test for diabetes is to measure the concentration of glycosylated (or glycated) hemoglobin usually called hemoglobin A1c. This is blood hemoglobin that has been attached to glucose molecules in the presence of high insulin levels. Since the life span of red blood cells is about 120 days, this test indicates the long-term level of blood glucose and insulin. Glycated hemoglobin is one of the causes for coronary artery disease. This is why 65% of diabetics die from heart disease.
Diabetes - The Cause, Prevention, Treatment, and Control of Hypoglycemia and Type 1 & 2 Diabetes
Hyperglycemia, Lipoprotein Glycation, and Vascular Disease
Arvindan Veiraiah, MRCP
Llandough Hospital, Penarth, Wales, UK
"Hyperlipidemia and its treatment are currently recognized as important modulators of cardiovascular mortality in the presence of disordered glucose control. On the other hand, the effects of hyperglycemia and its treatment on hyperlipidemia are not widely appreciated. Hyperglycemia is commonly associated with an increase in intestinal lipoproteins and a reduction in high-density lipoprotein (HDL). This could be a consequence of hyperglycemia-induced glycation of lipoproteins, which reduces the uptake and catabolism of the lipoproteins via the classical low-density lipoprotein (LDL) receptor. A high dietary carbohydrate load increases the glycation of intestinal lipoproteins, prolongs their circulation, and increases their plasma concentration. Hyperglycemia also leads to inhibition of lipoprotein lipase, further aggravating hyperlipidemia. Circulating advanced glycation end-products (AGEs) also bind lipoproteins and delay their clearance, a mechanism that has particularly been implicated in the dyslipidemia of diabetic nephropathy. As uptake via scavenger receptors is not inhibited, glycation increases the proportion of lipoproteins that are taken up via inflammatory cells and decreases the proportion taken up by hepatocytes via classical LDL receptors. This promotes the formation of atheromatous plaques and stimulates inflammation. Hyperglycemia increases the formation of oxidized LDL and glycated LDL, which are important modulators of atherosclerosis and cardiovascular death. The risk of cardiovascular death is increased by even short-term derangement of blood sugar control, owing perhaps to the glycation of lipoproteins and other critical proteins. Glycated LDL could prove very useful in measuring the effect of hyperglycemia on cardiovascular disease, its risk factors, and its complications. Comparing different glucose-lowering and lipid-lowering drugs in respect to their influence on glycated LDL could increase knowledge of the mechanism by which they alter cardiovascular risk."
Heart Attack Risk Because of Glycated LDL
The endothelial cells become inflamed because the glycated LDL, glycated protein, glycated hemoglobin, and rancid polyunsaturated omega-6 fatty acids in the atherosclerotic plaque are prompting an attack by the immune system. Inflammation is a normal body response and not the cause of heart disease. This inflammation can cause the endothelial lining to rupture, thereby releasing some of the plaque into the bloodstream. The body responds by releasing fibrinogen, a blood clotting factor, to form a blood clot at the sight. This is a normal body healing response. The blood clot forms more readily in the presence of hyperinsulinemia (high blood insulin level). The clot of blood can build to form a blockage of the passage, thereby causing a sudden heart attack. The blood clot can also break loose to flow downstream in the artery until the natural narrowing of the artery causes a blockage and a sudden heart attack. The buildup of atherosclerotic plaque does not need to be extensive for this type of heart attack to occur. The point of rupture can be at a location where the buildup of atherosclerotic plaque is small and not sufficient to cause symptoms. In these cases, the sudden heart attack can occur without any prior warning.
Hyperglycemia (high levels of blood glucose caused by glucose intolerance) in the presence of hyperinsulinemia (high levels of blood insulin caused by insulin resistance) causes polysaccharide chains to attach to serum proteins, artery proteins, serum hemoglobin, and LDL molecules in a process called glycation. The glycated molecules and rancid omega-6 fatty acids form a fatty deposit called atherosclerotic plaque. The serum molecules and the fatty deposits become sticky. White blood cells are called immune system macrophages ingest the glycated and rancid molecules. The macrophages swell to form foam cells that attach to the sticky artery walls to narrow the artery and restrict blood flow. These conditions are caused by a diet high in carbohydrates. The process occurs rather suddenly in people who are hyperglycemic, hypoglycemic, or diabetic. Clear arteries can become plugged and thereby cause a heart attack in as little as one year. People suffering a heart attack are frequently surprised when their doctor tells them they are also in a middle stage of diabetes. This condition is commonly seen in people who have an artery bypass operation. The replaced artery or stent (metal expandable shield that holds the artery open) can become plugged again in as little as one year. The theory that arterial plaque slowly builds through life as one ages is false.
Glycation has also been shown to be involved in carpal tunnel syndrome. In these cases, the tendons and ligaments in the wrist become cross linked to adjoining rigid tissue with glycated molecules, causing pain when the restrained tendon is forced to move.
The small, dense LDL fraction classified as pattern B LDL cholesterol is a strong heart disease risk in the presence of hyperglycemia and hyperinsulinemia. Cholesterol is a requirement in the healthy composition of all cells. LDL carries the cholesterol to all cells throughout the body. The cellular requirement for cholesterol as a membrane component is satisfied in one of two way: 1) It is either synthesized within the cell or 2) It is delivered to the cell by LDLs. LDLs are the primary plasma (blood) carriers of cholesterol for repair of vascular injuries.
Lipid Digestion and Lipoproteins
"Insulin and tri-iodothyronine (T3) increase the binding of LDLs to liver cells, whereas glucocorticoids (e.g., dexamethasone) have the opposite effect. The precise mechanism for these effects is unclear but may be mediated through the regulation of apoB degradation. The effects of insulin and T3 on hepatic LDL binding may explain the hypercholesterolemia and increased risk of athersclerosis that have been shown to be associated with uncontrolled diabetes or hypothyroidism."
Insulin, glucose and triglycerides cause heart disease.
Blood tests for measuring cholesterol are misdirected. Most doctors think total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol must be rigidly controlled in order to reduce heart disease risks, yet half of the people suffering a heart attack have normal cholesterol levels. Doctors should be measuring blood glucose, insulin, and triglyceride levels in the evaluation of heart disease risks because 65% of diabetics die from heart disease. Eating carbohydrates like fruit, whole grains, starches, and sugars cause diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. Twenty-five percent of the people with diabetes will die from cancer.
Cancer - The Cause, Prevention, Treatment, Control and Spontaneous Remission of Cancer of the Breast, Prostate, Lung, Colon, Liver, Pancreas, Brain, Bone, Lymph Gland, or Skin Melanoma
The coronary arteries are not the only ones affected by the formation of arterial plaque. Plaque can form in the arteries of the legs to cause peripheral artery disease with symptoms of severe leg pain while walking. The arteries of the neck can become restricted in the same manner, causing an ischemic stroke. The arteries in and around the penis can be affected by the formation of plaque to cause erectile dysfunctions (the inability to achieve or maintain an erection). Symptoms in these areas give a strong signal that trouble could be brewing in the heart as well and vice versa.
Books, literature, and websites are exploding with the statement, "artery-clogging, long-chain saturated fats are derived from animals." This statement has one major scientific error. The fats found in clogged arteries are primarily polyunsaturated omega-6 fatty acids obtained from eating whole grains, seeds, most nuts, and vegetable oils, not from red meat or other animal fats.
Cholesterol, Energy, Healing, Sex and Babies.
William and his wife are good examples of those who religiously followed the low-fat diet as outlined by the American Heart Association and the USDA Food Guide Pyramid. William would have loved eating eggs for breakfast and a big, fatty, medium-rare beef steak for dinner, but his wife would not let him. Yes, he was hen-pecked, and she was domineering to the max. She insisted they both eat the low-fat diet with whole grain cereals for breakfast, whole grain bread, whole grain pasta with soy protein, salads, soy veggie burgers and lots of fruit. She said, "Her diet was the best in the world." She claimed the smell of cooking meat made her sick, and she could not swallow the smallest piece of fat without gagging. She was a "health nut" who insists her diet was the best in the world, but her low-fat diet made them them both fat, just like the obesity epidemic plaguing all English-speaking countries. Their daughter became obese and was diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. His doctor put him on a cholesterol-lowering drug because his LDL was "a little high." The doctor did not measure his glucose or insulin levels. William had a heart attack followed by a quadruple artery bypass operation after being on the cholesterol-lowering drugs for five years. The cholesterol drugs did not prevent his heart disease because heart disease is not caused by cholesterol. William had two strokes after the bypass surgery, suffered terribly and died several months later. He was diagnosed with diabetes during his first treatment in the hospital for his heart attack This was a total surprise to the family. His doctor never tested him for blood glucose irregularities. His doctor agreed with his low-fat diet but totally misunderstood the disastrous health effects of the low-fat diet. Sixty-five percent of diabetics die from heart disease because insulin causes heart disease, not cholesterol or saturated fats. William's wife hasn't faired too well on her low-fat diet either. She has also been diagnosed with diabetes that has progressed to the point were drugs are not sufficient. She will soon be taking insulin shots. She has also had cancer surgery twice, had her gallbladder and appendix removed, and suffers from inflammatory bowel disease and degenerative spine disease. Wow, best diet in the world?
Diabetes - The Cause, Prevention, Treatment and Control of Hypoglycemia and Type 1 & 2 Diabetes
TEST: If you think LDL cholesterol causes heart disease, you have been brainwashed.
Recognizing a Heat Attack - The Merck Manual.
Coronary Artery Disease - The Merck Manual.
What is a heart attack?
What is heart failure?
What is angina pain, heaviness, or tightness of the chest?
What is hardened arteries?
What is hypertension, high blood pressure?
What is disturbed heart rhythm or arrhythmia?
What is heart muscle disease?
What is heart valve disease?
What is congenital heart defects?
What is a ischaemic, blood clot or blockage, stroke?
What is a haemorrhagic, ruptured, and bleeding blood vessel, stroke?
Relation of Plaque Lipid Composition and Morphology to the Stability of Human Aortic Plaques.
Relative value of multiple plasma biomarkers as risk factors for coronary artery disease and death in an angiography cohort.
Most health authorities claim that sleep apnea can lead to heart disease. This analysis is backwards. Sleep apnea is caused by an existing heart disease problem. A weakened heart function results in a reduced amount of oxygenation of the blood during slow breathing while asleep. The blood with reduced oxygen reaches the brain, where it causes the suffer to awake gasping for air and breathing heavily. A person with sleep apnea should be checked for heart disease.
Blood Tests to Evaluate Heart Disease Risk
The commonly recommended blood tests to evaluate heart disease risks are almost worthless for truly determining the risks. Doctors will obtain a common cholesterol test that measures only the total cholesterol (CT), high density lipoprotein (HDL), and triglycerides (TR). These measurements are used to calculate the low-density lipoprotein (LDL) which then becomes the main focus. Medical authorities have set the limit for LDL lower and lower as cholesterol-lowering drugs have failed to have any positive effect on the rate of heart disease. The lower limit for LDL was 100, but people continued to develop heart disease at an increasing rate. Now the limit has been lowered still farther to 70. This unreasonably low limit makes everyone in the world a prime candidate for the cholesterol-lowering pharmaceutical drugs.
The Smart Heart Page.
Lipids 201 by James Mold, M.D., M.P.H. - ppt file format.
Generally, LDL cholesterol is not measured directly. The LDL is a calculated value in most test results according to the following formula:
LDL = CT - HDL - VLDL where VLDL = TR/5
The blood tests to accurately evaluate heart disease risk must include all of the following measurements. Unfortunately, most doctors will not request all of these test, and insurance companies may be reluctant to pay for them as routine preventative diagnostic measurements. To make matters worse, many blood testing laboratories may lack the equipment and skills to perform the tests. One blood test you can perform yourself at home may be a more important indicator of your heart disease risk than the standard cholesterol test requested by your doctor. You can easily take your own blood glucose measurement at home with a simple, inexpensive glucose meter available at any pharmacy, but most doctors neglect this important heart disease risk factor unless testing for symptoms of diabetes. The glucose reading after fasting should be within the range of 70 - 110 mg/dL. The atherogenic factors below are believe to increase heart disease atherosclerotic plaque risk.
Fasting insulin - Atherogenic - This is the number one risk factor, but doctors rarely measure it.
Fasting glucose - Atherogenic - This is the number two risk factor, but doctors rarely measure it.
Homocysteine - Atherogenic - An amino acid often considered as the number one risk factor.
Triglycerides - Atherogenic - Fat in the blood that promotes plaque formation.
Fibrinogen - Atherogenic - A protein molecule that promotes clotting and thickens the blood.
LDL - Atherogenic - Low-density lipoprotein cholesterol. The total LDL reading is almost worthless as a risk factor. The LDL subfractions must be evaluated separately, consisting of the following:
LP(a) - Atherogenic - The protein shell of small, dense LDL that promotes plaque formation.
IDL - Atherogenic - The intermediate density lipoprotein.
Pattern A LDL - Less atherogenic - The larger, less dense LDL cholesterol that is not a risk factor.
Pattern A/B LDL - Atherogenic - Intermediate transitional size and density.
Pattern B LDL - More Atherogenic - The small, more dense LDL cholesterol that is the highest risk factor.
VLDL - Atherogenic - Very low density lipoprotein cholesterol consisting of the following subfractions:
VLDL 1+2 - Less atherogenic.
VLDL 3 - More atherogenic.
HDL - This is the "good" cholesterol. Values below 40 are an increased risk factor. Values above 50 are protective. High density lipoprotein cholesterol consisting of the following subfractions:
HDL2 - Protective.
HDL3 - Less protective.
Total cholesterol. This is not a risk factor as commonly claimed. "Good" HDL actually raises this value.
C-reactive protein (CRP). This indicates that previous artery damage has occurred.
My Personal Test Results
Blood test readings for kidney function and liver function were all within normal ranges in all test cases..
Blood Test Cholesterol Readings
After 5 Months on
After 2 Months on
After 6 Months on Therapy
Remember, these awesome cholesterol results require a strict dietary program.
|CT / HDL||4.23||3.53||2.3||2.3|
|LDL / HDL||2.95||2.27||1.0||1.1|
|TG / HDL||1.42||1.33||1.41||1.0|
CHD Risk where:
5.0 = 1.0 Risk
Ratios but with High LDL
|Lp(a) (mg/dl) < 30||5.0||14|
|IDL < 20||9.0|
IDL + VLDL3 < 30
|HDL-2 Most Protective > 10||22||28|
|HDL-3 Less Protective >30||42||49|
|VLDL-3 Small Remnant < 10||12 (high)|
|LDL1 Pattern A||7.9||27|
|LDL2 Pattern A||17.5||21|
|LDL3 Pattern B||28.0||10.4|
|LDL4 Pattern B||5.2||0.5|
|LDL Density Pattern
A = Good
A/B = Intermediate
B = Bad
|Lpo B (mg/dl) <60||64|
|Lpo E Genotype||3/3 Genetic Type|
|KIF6 Genotype 719||Trp/Trp Genetic Type|
|Homoscysteine <15 ATP III Goal <10||13.1|
|Lp-PLA2 (ng/dl) <419 ATP III Goal <200||249|
|CRP (hs)(mg/l) <5.0 ATP III Goal <1.0||0.8|
|Fibrinogen (mg/dl) <436 Goal <350||407|
|Insulin (microU/mg) <25 Goal <10||20|
|NT-proBNP (pg/ml) <125||41|
LDL cholesterol lowering is not supported by changes in calcified plaque progression.
Feeding the Irrational Fear of Cholesterol. News You Can Use
The International Network of Cholesterol Skeptics.
The Cholesterol Myth by Thomas J. Moore ( pdf file ).
The Cholesterol Myths by Uffe Ravnskov, MD, PhD.
Cholesterol Risk Factors Commonly Used
Total Cholesterol, CT = HDL + LDL + VLDL
VLDL = Triglycerides (TG) / 5
LDL = CT - HDL - VLDL
Total cholesterol, CT, is best between 180 and 200.
Increase the 200 number limit when HDL is above 50.
Example: When HDL = 60 the best cholesterol range is 180 to 210.
CT / HDL > 3.0 and < 5.0 Above 5.0 increase coronary risk factor.
HDL > 40 for men. Less than 40 increases coronary risk and above 60 gives protection.
HDL > 50 for women. Less then 50 increases coronary risk and above 60 gives protection.
LDL < 160 Above increases risk.
TG < 150 Above increases risk.
LDL / HDL < 3.0 Above 3.0 increases coronary risk factor. Readings near 1.0 or less is best.
TG / HDL < 3.0 Above 3.0 increases coronary risk factor. Readings near 1.0 or less is best.
Iranian Study Shows Calculations Using the Friedewald Equation Above for LDL Are Inaccurate When Triglycerides Are Less Than 100. Actual Measurements of LDL and Total Cholesterol Are Lower.
Arch Iran Med. 2008 May;11(3):318-21.
The impact of low serum triglyceride on LDL-cholesterol estimation.
Ahmadi SA, Boroumand MA, Gohari-Moghaddam K, Tajik P, Dibaj SM.
Department of Pathology, Sina Hospital, Medical Sciences/ University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran. email@example.comAbstract
Most clinical laboratories directly measure serum triglyceride, total cholesterol, and high- density lipoprotein cholesterol. They indirectly calculate low-density lipoprotein cholesterol value using the Friedewald equation. Although high serum triglyceride (>400 mg/dL or 4.52 mmol/L) devaluates low-density lipoprotein cholesterol calculation by using this formula, effects of low serum triglyceride (<100 mg/dL or 1.13 mmol/L) on its accuracy is less defined.Two hundred thirty serum samples were assayed during a one-year period. In 115 samples, the triglyceride level was below 100 mg/dL and in 115 samples from age- and sex-matched patients the triglyceride level was 150 - 350 mg/dL (1.69 - 3.95 mmol/L). In both groups total cholesterol was above 250 mg/dL (6.46 mmol/L). On each sample, total cholesterol, high-density lipoprotein cholesterol, and triglyceride were directly measured in duplicate and low-density lipoprotein cholesterol measured directly and calculated with Friedewald equation as well. Statistical analysis showed that when triglyceride is <100 mg/dL, calculated low- density lipoprotein cholesterol is significantly overestimated (average :12.17 mg/dL or 0.31 mmol/L), where as when triglyceride is between 150 and 300 mg/dL no significant difference between calculated and measured low-density lipoprotein cholesterol is observed. In patients with low serum triglyceride and undesirably high total cholesterol levels, Friedewald equation may overestimate low-density lipoprotein cholesterol concentration and it should be either directly assayed or be calculated by a modified Friedewald equation. Using linear regression modeling, we propose a modified equation.
PMID: 18426324 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]Free Article
LDL and Total Cholesterol Calculator When Triglycerides are Low as in the Low-Carbohydrate Diet - Iranian Formula.
"Friedewald (1972) Formula: LDL = TC - HDL - TG/5.0 (mg/dL) Reference."
""Iranian" (2008) Formula: LDL = TC/1.19 + TG/1.9 – HDL/1.1 – 38 (mg/dL) Reference."
Actual Test Results
Laboratory Corporation of America and its affiliate, HealthCheckUSA, will perform any of a large number of health screening tests without a doctor's prescription, and they provide a very detailed report of the results by Internet and/or mail. You can elect to have a physician interpret the results at additional cost or interpret them yourself from information on the report. Other websites as listed below provide information to assist you in understanding your test results. Any test result out of the normal range will be indicated and should be reviewed with greater concern.
The Laboratory Corporation of America Index of Services includes the VAP™ Cholesterol Test which measures all of the cholesterol subfractions.
"The VAP™ cholesterol test is a comprehensive lipoprotein analysis. It provides a direct measurement of total cholesterol, LDL-C, HDL-C, VLDL-C, Lp(a), and triglycerides. Additional reported information includes the qualitative assessment of LDL particle size, HDL subfractions (HDL2-C and HDL3-C), and VLDL subfractions (VLDL 1+2-C, VLDL3-C, and IDL-C). The VAP™ cholesterol test is in compliance with current NCEP ATP III recommendations, and the additional information provided (beyond conventional lipoprotein profiles) relates to emerging risk factors and the metabolic syndrome as recognized in the report. "
HealthCheckUSA will also have a trained professional visit your home to take the necessary samples at additional cost, if desired, and you will receive the report with your results in the mail. All of this can be done without leaving your home.
An appointment and a 12-hour fast are required before the blood is drawn. Simply make the appointment in the morning and hold breakfast until afterward.
HealthCheckUSA affiliates have nearly 10,000 centers strategically located in all 50 states. Many of these laboratories are used by doctors to conduct health screenings for their patients. Because HealthCheckUSA helps hundred of thousands of health-conscious consumers throughout the USA, they can offer health screenings at some of the most affordable prices in the nation. You simply order your tests online and take the order to your nearest testing center.
HealthCheckUSA.com | Health Screening Tests You Can Obtain Without a Physicians Prescription.
The following are website that give helpful information for interpretation of your results.
Lab Tests Online.
Blood Tests and Interpreting Blood Test Results.
Blood Test Results - Normal Ranges.
How to interpret your blood test results.
Hypertension, High Blood Pressure Control, Heart Palpitations, Arrhythmias and Blood Testing.
Breathing Exercises Reduce High Blood Pressure.
People with the experience and training in self-administering drugs can purchase drugs online without a prescription for personal use on the following International websites. The drugs must be approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the United States. The FDA does not prevent importation when the drugs appear not to present a serious risk. Previous orders placed with these pharmacies have been completely satisfactory.
InternationalDrugMart.com - Buy Online Without a Prescription
UnitedPharmacies.com - Buy Online Without a Prescription
GenericDoctor.com - Buy Online Without a Prescription
MedRx.com - Buy Online Without a Prescription
FDA - Regulatory Procedures Manual March 2008 Chapter 9 Coverage of Personal Importations.
Are Internet Drugs Safe? The manufacturer of a drug that can be purchased over the Internet should be reviewed to insure the quality of the company. Search for the manufacturer's website before placing the order. The drugs received should be packaged in special bubble wrap packages with the manufacturer's name, drug name, and dosage clearly printed. The complexity of the package and the printing indicates authenticity. Receiving tablets or capsules that are packaged loose in a plain bottle or simple box is totally unacceptable. Some of the suppliers above ship high-quality generic and name brand drugs from multibillion dollar international pharmaceutical companies such as Ranbaxy Laboratories (India), GlaxoKlineSmith (United Kingdom), CIPLA, Limited (India), Sun Pharmaceuticals Industries, LTD. (India), Surya Pharma (India), Unichem Laboratories Limited (India), Mega Fine Pharma (India), Ind-Swift Limited (India), Dr. Reddy's Pharmaceutical Company (worldwide), and Stada Arzneimittel AG (Germany). Avoid all drugs made in China.
Are Prescription Drugs Bad for Us? Most people have become extremely resistant to taking prescription drugs until they are faced with the choice between taking a drug or certain death. Most doctors hesitate to prescribe antibiotics based on the false logic that drugs create drug-resistant bacteria. The doctors would rather sacrifice the patient for what they feel is for the higher good of society. Another example is the hesitancy of most doctors to prescribe an antibiotic when the patient is suspected of having common food poisoning. The physicians use the false logic that the patient's immune system is sufficient to make him better in a few days. The doctor may also fail to test for the pathogen which could later be found to be deadly. A common e-Coli bacterial infection can cause permanent liver damage and death. Food poisoning causes 4,000 deaths in the United States every year.
Some prescription drugs have been found to cause death, and many have been pulled off the market by the US-FDA. Other drugs have serious negative side effects, but the bad drugs should not be used as a blanket to label all drugs as unacceptable. Many drugs are awesome. As an example, I ate some raw green pepper for lunch one day which was contaminated with a pathogenic bacteria, resulting in typical food poisoning symptoms. I immediately took one 500 mg tablet of Cipro. Some doctors avoid prescribing Cipro because of negative side effects; however, the food poisoning symptoms soon dissipated, and I ate a full prime rib dinner was eaten without any recurrence of the symptoms. Placing a blanket rejection label on all prescription drugs can be dangerously unhealthy.
Are Generic Prescription Drugs Safe? Generic drugs purchased from your local drugstore may not be as safe as Internet drugs even though you purchased them with a doctor's prescription. In some cases you may not know the origin of manufacture. The drugs are handled in bulk rather than safety bubble wrap. They may have come from China where impurities in food, supplements, and drugs are common. They could contain heavy metals, carcinogens or toxic trace chemicals. Don't assume you are getting the best quality drugs simply because you purchased them with a doctor's prescription from your local pharmacy on your health insurance.
The best test package is the "Men's Profile" or ""Women's Profile" that can be done at any local LabCorp facility. Although MDLiveCare uses LabCorp as their preferred laboratory, you can ask for a direct copy via fax or mail so you can go to the laboratory of your choice. Call the laboratory to see what the requirements are, but an appointment is generally not necessary. Simply find the nearest office and walk in with your prescription and insurance card. The video conferencing doctor will also send the drug prescription to your local pharmacy. You can present your insurance card when you pick up the drugs. Another good test is the LabCorp VAP cholesterol package. This test gives a breakdown which are called cholesterol sub-fractions. The reference websites are:
MDLiveCare - Healthcare - Free Webcam - Prescriptions - Medical costs.
Welcome to Laboratory Corporation of America (LabCorp).
Welcome to Quest Diagnostics Incorporated.
Reversing Heart Disease, Heart Attack, Coronary Artery Disease, Stent, HDL and LDL Cholesterol Success Stories.
If you don't have insurance, the best approach is to purchase the lab tests online at a discount through HealthCheckUSA and take your order to the LabCorp office. This procedure is much less expensive than simply walking into the LabCorp office.
HealthcheckUSA - Blood and Urine Tests You Can Order Yourself Online.
Prescription Drugs for Treating Hypertension
The following drugs may exhibit fewer and less severe side effects than many of the other drugs given to reduce blood pressure. Tekturna is a kidney renin blocker that can be taken in the morning at least 30 minutes before breakfast. Avapro is an angiotension 2 receptor antagonist or blocker that can be taken with lunch. Your doctor many suggest than be taken at separate times rather than together.
Blood pressure control medications are known for inhibiting libido (reduced sex drive). These two drugs appear not to have this negative side effect, which is rare among blood pressure reduction drugs.
Avapro ( generic name Irbesartan pronounced ihr-beh-SAHR-tan). "Avapro is an angiotensin 2 receptor antagonist. It works by decreasing certain chemicals in the body, which cause blood vessels to narrow and sodium and fluids to be stored in the kidneys." The negative side effects are generally less severe than many of the other prescription hypertensive drugs.
Tekturna (generic name aliskiren hemifumarate). "Renin is secreted by the kidney in response to decreases in blood volume and renal perfusion. Renin cleaves angiotensinogen to form the inactive decapeptide angiotensin I (Ang I). Ang I is converted to the active octapeptide angiotensin II (Ang II) by angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) and non-ACE pathways. Ang II is a powerful vasoconstrictor and leads to the release of catecholamines from the adrenal medulla and prejunctional nerve endings. It also promotes aldosterone secretion and sodium reabsorption. Together, these effects increase blood pressure. Ang II also inhibits renin release, thus providing a negative feedback to the system. This cycle, from renin through angiotensin to aldosterone and its associated negative feedback loop, is known as the renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system (RAAS). Aliskiren is a direct renin inhibitor, decreasing plasma renin activity (PRA) and inhibiting the conversion of angiotensinogen to Ang I. Whether aliskiren affects other RAAS components, e.g., ACE or non-ACE pathways, is not known."
Tekturna is also sold internationally by the manufacturer, Novartis, under the brand name Rasilex.
Foods That Cause Coronary Artery Disease
Heart disease is cause by eating plant-based foods that increase blood glucose and thereby increase blood insulin levels, and foods that contain a significant amount of polyunsaturated omega-6 fatty acids. These foods include:
Fruit and fruit juices.
Whole grains and refined grains.
Legumes (hard beans but not green beans).
High fructose corn syrup.
Sugar, glucose, fructose, and honey.
Vegetable, seed, and nut omega-6 polyunsaturated fats and oils.
Hydrogenated vegetable, seed, and nut oils, called trans fats.
Starches like potatoes and yams..
Cows' Milk, goats' milk, rice milk, soy milk, and yogurt.
Excess consumption of calories from any food.
The onslaught of carbohydrates in the diet over many years causes glucose intolerance and insulin resistance. As we can see from the list, whole grains give a double hit at causing heart disease. Whole grains are very high in carbohydrates that raise blood glucose levels and polyunsaturated omega-6 fatty acids that enter the artery walls where they become rancid and inflammatory. Whole grains and fruits are the backbone of the USDA Food Pyramid Guide and the American Heart Association diet recommendations. People shopping in supermarkets can be seen with carts loaded with whole grain products and a wide assortment of fruit. These people are at high risk of developing coronary artery disease, diabetes, cancer, and Alzheimer's disease as proven by the ever-increasing epidemic of these diseases. The USDA Food Pyramid Guide causes heart disease.
It is a scientific fact that fructose sugar in fruit causes insulin resistance that increases the risk of Alzheimer's disease, heart disease, high blood pressure, cancer, and diabetes. See the following truthful study that proves fructose as found in abundance in fruit and fruit juice is one of the root causes for metabolic syndrome, diabetes, heart disease, cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, and Alzheimer's disease. Metabolic syndrome includes high triglyceride levels, a low HDL (good) cholesterol level, high blood pressure, and a high level of glucose (sugar) in the blood.
Hypothesis: fructose-induced hyperuricemia as a causal mechanism for the epidemic of the metabolic syndrome.
Foods That Do Not Cause Coronary Artery Disease
Eating fresh red meat does not contribute to heart disease in any way. Many health professionals attempt to label red meat as unhealthy because it contains saturated fat within the tissue that cannot be easily cut away. Vegetarians label red meat as unhealthy simply because eating animal flesh is a religious issue. Vegetarians will propagate any distortion or lie about red meat in hopes it will persuade others to abstain from eating animals' flesh. These lies are successful in deceiving and brainwashing many people. However, the science against eating fresh red meat does not exist. It is all conjecture or based on falsified studies. Some studies find fault with high-salt, high-sugar deli meats and then attempt to paint fresh red meat with the same faults. These studies are a fraud. Fresh red meat is an excellent food and very healthy. Eating fresh red meat provides complete nutrition for healing and building a strong body.
Studies Prove Beef Is A Safe And Healthy Food.
All saturated fats have molecules with all of the electron bonds occupied. Because of this, saturated fats cannot be oxidized. Saturated fats cannot be attacked by other molecules or free radical ions. Saturated fats cannot be glycated. For these reasons, a saturated fat such as lauric fatty acid in coconut oil can be left on the kitchen counter without refrigeration for a full year without turning rancid or degrading. Beef fat cannot be left on the kitchen counter without refrigeration because the fat it is only 30% saturated. The primary fatty acid in beef fat is monounsaturated fat. Monounsaturated fatty acids are considered much healthier than polyunsaturated fatty acids that have multiple free electron spaces for easy oxidation. This is the reason polyunsaturated fatty acids as found in vegetable oils are unhealthy. Vegetable oils as found in grains, seeds, and nuts increase the risk of coronary artery disease.
Some studies claim that eating saturated fats increases the percentage of LDL in the blood and thereby increases the risk of heart disease. These studies fail to realize that eating saturated fats causes the LDL molecules to become the larger, less-dense variety that do not increase heart disease risk. Eating saturated fats from animal or plant sources does not contribute to heart disease in any way.
Proof Saturated Fats Are Healthy.
Cholesterol is NOT the Cause of Heart Disease - Dr. Ron Rosedale - pdf
TEST: If you think red meat and saturated fats causes heart disease, you have been brainwashed.
Nanobacteria do not cause arterial plaque or heart disease. Some researchers claim that a small crystalline molecule is a miniature bacterial 100 times smaller than regular bacteria. They claim nanobacteria are living organisms that cause plaque to accumulate in heart arteries. These claims are false. Nanobacteria are simply calcium phosphate crystals that can form in organs of the body. These crystals tend to propagate, not reproduce. Products to treat or rid the body of nanobacteria are a fraud.
Universities are Turning America into a Nation of Idiots, Fat, Drunk and Stupid.
Bacteria and Viruses May Cause Heart Disease
Evidence continues to accumulate indicating that bacterial and viral infections can cause arterial plaque heart disease. Doctors have been treating infections of the heart muscle and blood vessels for decades. However, the new studies in Germany and elsewhere have shown that bacterial and viral infections can also cause the formation of arterial plaque.
Parts of dead bacteria were found in arterial plaque in the early 1990s. The immune system fights the infection of the artery by attacking the invader. The invader that has penetrated into the arterial wall is killed and encapsulated, resulting in inflammation and arterial plaque that restricts the blood flow in the artery. This condition can also occur in other arteries including the carotid artery in the neck, which causes a stroke, and arteries of the legs, which causes peripheral arterial disease.
Some of the typical infections that may place a person at risk for heart disease include:
Helicobacter pylori, which can cause stomach ulcers.
Chlamydia pneumoniae, which can cause pneumonia.
Mycoplasma pneumoniae, which is another cause of pneumonia.
Herpes simplex virus 1 and 2, which cause cold sores and genital herpes.
Cytomegalovirus, which is another herpes virus.
Epstein-Barr virus, which causes mononucleosis.
Hemophilus influenzae, a bacteria that causes ear and upper respiratory infections.
German Study Links Infection, Heart Disease
Studies have reported associations between heart disease and chronic bacterial and viral infections.
Infectious aetiology in acute coronary syndromes - Indian Journal of Medical Microbiology - 2002.
"PURPOSE: To ascertain the relationship between seropositivity to chronic infections with Helicobacter pylori, Chlamydia pneumoniae and Cytomegalovirus (CMV) and acute coronary syndromes and association of each of these infective agent with biochemical parameters and cardiovascular risk factors. METHODS: The present study was a case-control study involving 117 patients [unstable angina (UA) n=101 and chronic stable angina (CSA) n = 16] attending cardiology clinic. The cases were aged 35-79 years and they were compared with age, sex and socio-economic status matched controls without evidence of coronary artery disease (CAD). RESULTS: Fifty seven (58%) patients with UA and 9(56%) patients with CSA were seropositive for H. pylori. Sixty seven (66%) subjects with UA and 15(94%) patients with CSA subjects were seropositive for C.pneumoniae. Two (2%) patients with USA were seropositive for Cytomegalovirus (CMV). Seropositivity in normal subjects for H. pylori, C. pneumoniae and CMV was 7(43.25%), 10(62.5%) and 1(6.25%) respectively. In linear regression analysis seropositivity of CMV showed positive association with HDL-C (P< 0.05). No significant association of infective agents and coronary syndromes was observed. CONCLUSIONS: Higher levels of lipids, lipoproteins, C-reactive protein and higher percentage of coronary risk factors in patients seropositive for H. pylori in UA suggests the role of infective agents in pathogenesis of atherosclerosis."
"Inoculation of chicken with avian herpes virus produced arterial disease that resembled human atherosclerosis. Several authors have reported association of coronary artery disease (CAD) with gram negative bacteria (Helicobacter pylori and Chlamydia pneumoniae) and with certain herpes viruses (Cytomegalovirus). Endothelial injury or dysfunction, smooth muscle proliferation, local inflammation,7 chronic inflammation, cross reactive antibodies or changes in cardiovascular risk factors are proposed mechanisms for the reported associations between infections and CAD. The possible mechanisms by which H. pylori, C. pneumoniae and Cytomegalovirus may influence cardiovascular risk are unknown. H. pylori and C. pneumoniae contain hsp 60 like sub units."
Infection and coronary heart disease - Journal of Medical Microbiology - 1997.
Endovascular presence of viable Chlamydia pneumoniae is a common phenomenon in coronary artery disease - Journal of the American College of Cardiology - 1998.
Infection's role in heart disease - BBC News - January 8, 2002.
Doctors and researchers in the United States will never seriously investigate bacteria and viruses as a cause for coronary artery disease. The constant mantra against cholesterol, saturated fats, and red meat as the causes of coronary artery disease is absolutely overwhelming. Pharmaceutical companies making cholesterol-lowering drugs, carbohydrate food manufacturers, and vegetarians swamp the media with their lies. Agents from these organizations infiltrate universities, medical societies, and government agencies in order to protect their sponsors. Medical schools fear losing research grants from the drug and food manufacturing companies. True science has been blocked, and heart disease rages as the number one cause of death.
Vegetarians spread lies about beef. An example is the common claim that protein causes gout. Many people are brainwashed in their belief of these lies. Gout is actually caused by carbohydrates in the diet.
Gout surge blamed on sweet drinks - BBC News - February 1, 2008.
"Men who consume two or more sugary soft drinks a day have an 85% higher risk of gout compared with those who drink less than one a month, a study suggests."
Heart Disease Can Be Reversed
Maryanne was 63 years of age when she felt a sharp chest pain, shortness of breath, and lightheadedness while working in her yard. She immediately diagnosed herself as having a heart attack. Unlike many others, she sought help immediately. A close friend drove her to the hospital she preferred. The initial evaluation showed nothing. The routine electrocardiogram was normal. The physician on duty suggested she return home and call immediately if anything changed. She refused to leave and insisted that additional tests be performed. She was certain she had suffered a heart attack. Further tests did show the buildup of atherosclerotic plaque. A coronary X-ray angiogram was performed in which a thin, long, flexible tube (called a catheter) is threaded into an artery in the forearm or groin. The doctor guides the catheter toward the heart using a special camera. Once the catheter is in position, dye is injected to show blood flow inside the coronary arteries and to identify any areas that are narrow or blocked. One coronary artery was 90% blocked, one 50% blocked, and the third 40% blocked.
Maryanne was treated by having a stent (a metallic spring device) inserted in the artery that was 90% blocked. She was treated with the standard assortment of drugs and given the standard low-fat, low-cholesterol diet to follow. Maryanne knew this treatment comes with no promises, and the incidence of worsening heart disease is common. Since she was interested in finding alternative treatments for her heart disease, she investigated the low-carbohydrate approach as recommended by Dr. Robert C. Atkins and Drs. Michael and Mary Dan Eades. She understood the low-carbohydrate diet was approximately 70% fat on a calorie basis, just the opposite of the diet recommended by her heart physician. Maryanne began the low-carbohydrate diet immediately. She took the blood-thinning drug and the cholesterol lowering statin drug prescribed but quickly developed unpleasant side effects she attributed to the cholesterol-lowing drug.
Do not discontinue medications without your doctor's approval if you have had a heart attack.
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Maryanne discontinued the statin drug because of horrible leg cramps and began taking the product listed below with red yeast rice (an herbal product with cholesterol-lowering properties), but she discontinued it because it raised her blood pressure. Her periodic checkups showed continued success, and her doctor was very pleased. He didn't ask what she was eating, and she didn't tell him she was eating lots of fatty red meat and eggs, those same foods he had told her to avoid. She told him she had reduced sugar, fruit, whole grains, starch, legumes, and total carbohydrate consumption. He acknowledged that reducing carbohydrates was helpful. However, his agreement was contrary to the standard high-carbohydrate diet he had recommended previously and continues to recommend to his other patients.
Maryanne did not exercise after her heart attack. She was involved in an automobile accident a few months before her heart attack and suffered from a leg injury. Her overall activity was much less than that of the average healthy person. Exercise does not prevent heart disease and does not reverse heart disease as claimed.
Top Ten Exercise Health Myths About Running, Jogging, Biking, Marathons, and Triathlons.
Maryanne had a major checkup three years following her heart attack. The results were excellent. Her heart specialist said all of her heart arteries were "perfectly clear." She returned a few days later to review the blood cholesterol test results. Her doctor was overjoyed. Maryanne is confident her special diet and supplement program will keep the stent in her artery clear. Plugging of stents is a typical occurrence.
CT - Total Cholesterol. Dropped from 209 to 176.
HDL - High Density Cholesterol. Soared from 34 to 50. Her low HDL had been a death sentence.
LDL - Low Density Cholesterol. Plunged from 140 to 96 to beat her doctor's goal of less than 100.
VLDL - Very Low Density Cholesterol. Dropped from 35 to 30.
TR - Triglycerides. Dropped from 175 to 152.
All of her cholesterol readings moved in the good direction. Her doctor asked her what cholesterol-lowering drug she was taking. She said, "None." He asked the question again as if she must not have understood the question. She repeated her answer, "None." She said, "I am taking red yeast rice that is a natural cholesterol-lowering product." He said, "Yes, I have heard of it." However, he failed to ask about her high-fat, low-carbohydrate diet that is just the opposite of the diet he had told her to eat. She eats eggs and all the fatty red meat she wants. She avoids all of the high-carbohydrate foods that were recommended by her doctor.
Proof Saturated Fats Are Healthy.
Saturated fat prevents coronary artery disease? An American paradox.
Dietary fats, carbohydrate, and progression of coronary atherosclerosis in postmenopausal women.
Maryanne gave up the two food categories most often recommended as wonderfully healthy - fruit and whole grains. Giving up the fruit was most difficult. Fruit is highly addictive, but the fructose sugar in fruit is deadly. It causes insulin resistance and raises the insulin level. Whole grains are bad because they keep insulin at a level higher than desirable. Insulin has been proven to cause plugged heart arteries. Together, fruit and whole grains are a deadly combination that is only slightly less dangerous than the famous killing duo, sugar, and hydrogenated vegetable oils.
Maryanne told friends and relatives of the wonderful reversal of her heart disease. They responded exactly like her doctor - total disinterest. People rarely bother with a follow-up question. One would think that others with partially plugged heart arteries would be most interested to know how she cleared all of the plaque from her heart, but that is not the case. They have been told so many lies about nutrition and health by "professional experts" that the general public has simply tuned out. People have given up and are resigned to suffer without any hope of improvements in their health. They just don't believe the professional experts or government recommendations anymore.
Maryanne also had a breathing test performed by her asthma specialists. He found her lung capacity to be perfectly normal. He asked which asthma drug she was on, and she responded, "None." Like her heart doctor, he was not the least bit interested in how she achieved these excellent results.
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA), Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Lupus, and Asthma Autoimmune Diet Program.
This is an update on Maryanne. She had a complete heart checkup in May, 2005, four years after her heart attack. The results show her artery stent remains perfectly clear, and all of her heart arteries are perfectly clear. She has reversed her heart disease by eating the high-protein, low-carbohydrate diet program shown below. This diet is the exact opposite of the low-fat diet her doctor initially recommended and continues to recommend. She was very wise in ignoring his horrible recommendations and those of the American Heart Association (AHA). Her attitude has greatly improved as well. She is cheerful, optimistic, and planning the future with lots of excitement.
Coronary Heart Disease, Exams, and Tests.
Computed tomography has potential to offer accurate, safer method for detecting artery disease.
Medication errors continue even in highly computerized hospital.
Coronary heart disease in women is under-diagnosed, under-treated, and under-researched.
Dr. David's low-fat diet has caused his hypoglycemia, heart disease, and degenerative disc disease.
This is the true story of an acquaintance who has been living according to the recommendations of the American Medical Association (AMA), American Heart Association (AHA) and the American Diabetic Association (ADA), but still got hypoglycemia at age 52, plugged heart arteries at age 59, and degenerative disc disease at age 62. There are millions of these cases each year in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, and Australia. This is the story of a real person.
Australians more obese than Americans, study finds - June 19, 2008.
David is a doctor employed at the local hospital. His wife, Susie, also works there. They have followed the AMA and AHA recommended low-fat diet religiously for most of their adult lives. They always picked the low-fat selections in the grocery store and ate lots of "healthy" fruit and whole grains. They did recognize the necessity of eating meat, but they always selected the low-fat cuts, removed the visible fat on their plates, and always removed the skin from chicken.
Dr. David and Susie were "health nuts." They jogged several times a week until it damaged Susie's knees. The switch was then made to hiking the mountain where they live and riding bikes on the mountain roads. Exercise was a major priority. They ran the local 10K race every year. When Susie could no longer run because of her knees, David continued to run the race religiously. It was the highlight of their health activity.
Neither Dr. David nor Susie was ever fat or overweight. They never went on yo-yo diets because it wasn't necessary. They never smoked or drank alcohol which was very much against their religion and health rules. They didn't eat many simple carbohydrates like sugar and white flour. They presented bodies that appeared to be the optimum in health, but inside they were sick, sick, sick.
By age 52 Dr. David was having blood sugar metabolism problems. His blood sugar would surge when he ate his normal high-carbohydrate meals but plunge later giving the typical symptoms of someone who is pre-diabetic. Being a doctor, David followed the recommendations of the American Diabetic Association (ADA) by snacking on peanut butter and crackers between meals in order to keep his blood sugar stable. Dr. David's biggest disadvantage was being a doctor because he believed the nonsense put forth by the above professional societies. The low-fat diet is always high in carbohydrates and produces high blood insulin levels. Dr. David is suffering because he believed the "big fat lies" about the low-fat diet.
Diabetes - The Cause, Prevention, Treatment, and Control of Hypoglycemia and Type 1 & 2 Diabetes
Dr. David was complacent about learning nutritional facts and didn't question recommendations put forth by his professional societies. He didn't do his own research into the history of heart disease. If he had, he would have discovered that heart disease was so rare in 1900 it was not listed in the medical books. He didn't realize the cookbooks of the era show people eating lots of saturated fat in the form of pork lard, beef suet, butter, eggs, and coconut oil. Eating the skin from chicken and turkey was considered the "best part of the bird." Dr. David still doesn't realize the low-fat diet is an attempt by vegetarians to discourage the eating of animals and has nothing to do with healthy nutrition. He doesn't realize how deadly carbohydrates like fruit, bread, whole grains, cereals, sugar, flour, rice, legumes, potatoes, and soy really are.
Dr. David and Susie were proud that they considered themselves health and diet extremists. They followed the popular exercise and diet recommendations to the letter. They still think the USDA Food Guide Pyramid is a healthy way of eating because it is fully supported by his professional medical societies.
Dr. David is now forced to decide which mechanical method to use to unplug his heart arteries. He doesn't believe diet and exercise can help. What can he eat? He has been on the recommended low-fat diet for many years. His exercise has been unrelenting. His lifestyle was in perfect accordance with all the recommendations. His doctors will no doubt recommend the same diet for the cure when actually it was the cause of his heart disease. Dr. David is in big trouble. What does a doctor do now? His erroneous training had double-crossed him, and he doesn't even know it.
Dr. David's declining health hasn't stopped there. He developed degenerative disc disease in his back that required the fusing of two vertebrae. He and Susie still eat lots of fresh fruit, dried fruit, and yogurt with fruit as recommended by his profession for healthy bones. Now she has been diagnosed with cancer and has had a heart pacemaker implanted in her chest. They do not realize their high-carbohydrate diet is slowly killing them.
Heart Attack (MI) - Merck Manual.
Preventing Osteoporosis, Bone Loss, Hip Fractures, and Degenerative Disc Disease.
Insulin and Its Metabolic Effects by Ron Rosedale, M.D.
Metabolic syndrome prevalent in heart attack patients.
The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) conducted the Framingham Study over a period of 20 years starting in 1948. According to NHLBI Director Dr. Claude Lenfant, This study suggests that obesity is an important risk factor for heart failure in both women and men." The study found a small correlation between heart disease and elevated LDL cholesterol and total cholesterol. The Framingham study also found that those who ate the most saturated fat, the most calories, and the most cholesterol were the most physically active. They also weighed the least and had the lowest levels of serum cholesterol. The people who ate the most saturated fat were the most healthy and had the lowest risk of heart disease.
NHLBI Framingham Heart Study.
NHLBIs Framingham Heart Study Finds Strong Link Between Overweight/Obesity And Risk For Heart Failure.
Recent Success Story From a Person Suffering From Heart Disease, Obesity and High Blood Pressure
"I find myself spending more and more time on your website! As I emailed a month or so ago, the “perfect diet-perfect nutrition” section of your site has really helped me a lot following a heart attack in 2004 and two more (clots in the right coronary artery) within the next year and a half. These were fixed with stents (4 total), and when I was told in October 2005 that the next procedure would be a bypass, I decided to explore other health remedies. I had already stopped smoking, lost a lot of weight through calorie restriction (260 lbs down to 210 lbs) and did multiple vigorous cardio workouts each week after my first (June 2004) heart attack, but I was still eating low fat and high carb until October 2005 when my last blockage occurred (by the way, my last two attacks occurred after vigorous exercise). It was at this time that I discovered your website and tried the diet you recommend.
My cardiologist was supportive (except for the high fat part, of course), and my blood work was awesome after a month on this diet, and I was allowed to discontinue two cholesterol medications, an anxiety medication and my beta blocker blood pressure medicine. I also believe the magnesium supplements, a reduction in hard cheese and the potassium chloride salt substitute have corrected my atrial fibrillation. The last three medications that I would like to discontinue are the aspirin, Plavix and Coumadin — working with my cardiologist of course. I ordered some Carlson’s Cod Liver Oil and some Co-Q10 to add to my current regimen of vitamin C, magnesium, and selenium supplements, but being on the Coumadin, I want to be cautious about the amount of cod liver oil I use, as my PT/INR is at about a 2.2 right now and beyond 6 is considered dangerous."
Notice that this gentlemen continued to suffer heart artery blockage even after following his doctor's recommendation of a low-fat diet, stopping smoking, exercise, good weight loss and taking many drugs. It just didn't work.
Recent Success Story From a Male Suffering From Angina Heart Pain, Head Pain, Malaise and a Stubborn Weight Plateau
"About 4 years ago was the last time I had a doctor check my cholesterol. My triglycerides were dangerously sitting at 1500 so I took his advice, stopped drinking so much pop, started eating what I thought was a healthy diet, and I eventually quit smoking. I'm 28 years old, and I had chest pains for at least 8 years. In the last few years I started getting the same sharp pains in my head. At one point I even quit eating meat because of the chest pains, but they were always there.
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A Medical Treadmill Stress Test Can Kill You.
The Merck Manual states that taking a treadmill or exercise stress test causes 1 in 5000 persons to suffer a heart attack or death. This is said to be "a small risk," but in fact it is an outrageous rate. If one person in 5000 had a heart attack or died while mowing the lawn, the daily death rate in the United States during summer would in the hundreds of thousands. Keep in mind that a high percentage of those taking the treadmill stress test have mild or no heart disease and are not at risk whatsoever. The test proves they didn't have a heart attack at that energy level. Others who have artery blockage severe enough to be detected by the test are at an extreme risk of heart attack or death on the treadmill. A test that shows a positive result upon death of the patient is absolutely ridiculous. The doctor tells the family members of the deceased, "Yep, he had heart disease all right."
Medical treadmill stress tests can place an enormous load on the heart. This is especially dangerous for a person who has been diagnosed with heart disease or is suspected of having heart disease. The work load on the heart is a function of the heart rate (pulse) time the blood pressure differential. The following formula shows the typical heart overload on an elderly man who was in fairly good shape. The top numbers represent heart rate times blood pressure differential during the treadmill stress and the bottom numbers represent the same at rest. The overload of the heart during the test was 8.4 times the resting load. This overload on the heart of the elderly person was outrageous.
150 pulse x (220 - 80) blood pressure
Treadmill Heart Overload = ---------------------------------------------------------------- = 8.4
50 pulse x (130 - 80) blood pressure
A massive class action lawsuit should be brought against the professional medical community by relatives of those people killed as a result of a medical treadmill heart stress test. This class action lawsuit would be similar to that brought against the tobacco industry and the asbestos fiber industry for causing cancer in people exposed to those products.
Nearly everyone has heard of a friend, relative, or neighbor who went to his heart doctor for an examination that included a treadmill stress test. In many cases, the patient is aware of a heart condition and has been suffering from symptoms of heart disease. The standard medical procedure for the treadmill heart stress test is to stress the heart to the point of damage that is confirmed by the instruments. The typical instruments are electrocardiogram (ECG) or echocardiogram. The patient is then told he has a heart problem. Well, duh! The point of damage is actually a mild heart attack. Many times the patient has a very serious heart attack right on the treadmill, collapses, and dies soon thereafter. More commonly, the patient goes home where he suffers a serious heart attack within hours or days and often dies. His death was caused by the doctor's unnecessary and dangerous test. The death is easily dismissed because the patient was suffering from heat disease. This practice is not unlike the past medical practice of draining blood from the patient until he finally succumbed. Never, never, ever take this kind of treadmill heart stress test.
A treadmill heart stress test does not rule out coronary artery disease. It does not measure the amount of plaque in the heart arteries. One or as many as four arteries of the heart can have plaque accumulation, each with an obstruction as much as 75% without any adverse indication by the treadmill stress test instruments. A person can be given a good report by the doctor while having several arteries half plugged with plaque without either of them knowing it. Treadmill stress test is not definitive, and it is dangerous.
Treadmill Stress Test
(Acceptable under certain conditions)
The name for this test is a Radionuclide Imaging or Radionuclide Angiography. This test is more predictable if the condition of the arteries has already been determined by an angiography, magnetic resonance angiography (MRA) or multislice spiral computed tomography (MSCT). Even so any treadmill stress test is dangerous for the elderly.
A nuclear isotope treadmill stress test is an accurate method for measuring blood flow to all areas of the heart during rest and under stress. A radioactive isotope is injected in a vein of the arm while the patient is at rest. The patient then lies horizontally on the table of a machine, where a detector rotates about the chest area of the body. The arms are placed above the head in a position that becomes very uncomfortable for the 20-minute duration. The device takes a 20-second exposure before rotating in increments for a total of 30 exposures. The radiation from the heart creates a picture of the blood flow. The radiology exposures give a very precise picture of the blood flow in all heart arteries and heart muscle. It shows the exact amount of artery blockage caused by plaque, artery fat, or other defects. It also shows areas of the heart muscle that may have been damaged by an earlier heart attack and the exact extent of the resulting scar tissue.
The resting test should be evaluated to determine the extent of the artery restrictions before proceeding to the treadmill stress test, but it rarely is. The report for the resting test and the stress test usually follows by a day or more. The treadmill stress test cannot be postponed because the radioactive isotopes have a very limited life. Therefore, one of the other tests should be done in advance to determine the condition of the arteries before taking this or any other treadmill stress test.
The patient is then taken to the treadmill, where ECG sensors are attacked. The treadmill starts slowly as the patient walks and increases in both speed and slope until the patient achieves a pulse rate of 85% of maximum or more. The maximum rate is calculated as 220 minus the age. The patient is injected with another shot of the radioactive isotope one minute before the treadmill is allowed to be stopped. He is then taken immediately back to the radiology machines for another 20-minute session of 30 pictures. The resting pictures and stress pictures are read (analyzed) by a radiologist who prepares the report.
This test is often used after placement of a stent or after artery bypass surgery as a tool to determine the effectiveness of the treatment and the condition of the heart. It can also be used several years later for an ongoing evaluation of the patient's heart condition. It is a tool for detecting if stents, bypass arteries and other arteries are becoming plugged. However, the test could cause the patient to have another heart attack if any artery problems exist.
Insulin is a Heart Disease-Causing Hormone
Insulin is a hormone made by the beta cells in the islets of langerhans in the pancreas. Body cells require insulin in order to use blood glucose. Insulin is a powerful anabolic hormone. The word anabolic means to build up, and insulin certain does this in a powerful way. Insulin pushes blood glucose into cells, where it produces energy in the form of work and heat. Insulin is needed to convert excess blood glucose to triglyceride fatty acid. The insulin moves blood triglycerides in body fat cells for storage primarily as saturated fat. Most people don't understand that carbohydrates in low-fat whole grain bread and orange juice can be converted by the body to saturated body fat on the tummy and hips.
Carbohydrate intake is correlated with biomarkers for coronary heart disease in a population of overweight premenopausal women.
Insulin packs glycated LDL cholesterol, glycated proteins, glycated hemoglobin, and oxidized polyunsaturated omega-6 vegetable fatty acids into arteries of the heart, neck, and legs (peripheral arterial disease), causing blockages and death. Deposits in the neck arteries cause strokes. Insulin causes heart disease. A high level of blood insulin causes many unhealthy body reactions which eventually lead to diseases of all types. Glucose from the excessive consumption of carbohydrates is turned into body fat by insulin. The insulin also deposits glycated LDL cholesterol and oxidized polyunsaturated omega-6 vegetable fatty acids into the arteries of the heart, neck, and legs causing heart attacks, strokes, blood clots, and other diseases. High blood glucose signals increasing insulin production until the pancreas becomes fatigued after many years, making diabetes seem age related. Glucose rises uncontrollably when insulin production drops. The high level of blood glucose causes diseases of the eyes, kidneys, blood vessels, and nerves.
Insulin and Its Metabolic Effects by Ron Rosedale, M.D.
"Insulin causes the blood to clot too readily."
"Insulin causes the conversion of macrophages into foam cells, which are the cells that accumulate the fatty deposits. Every step of the way, insulin's got its fingers in it and is causing cardiovascular disease. It fills it with plaque, it constricts the arteries, it stimulates the sympathetic nervous system, it increases platelet adhesiveness and coaguability of the blood.
Any known cause of cardiovascular disease insulin is a part of. It influences nitric oxide synthase. You produce less nitric oxide in the endothelium. We know that helps mediate vasodilatation and constriction, i.e. angina.
I mentioned that insulin increases cellular proliferation, what does that do to cancer? It increases it. And there are some pretty strong studies that show that one of the strongest correlations to breast and colon cancer are with levels of insulin.
Hyperinsulinemia causes the excretion of magnesium in the urine. What other big mineral does it cause the excretion of? Calcium."
Over many years the onslaught of carbohydrates in the diet causes glucose intolerance and insulin resistance. Carbohydrates drive insulin production, causing cardiovascular heart disease (CHD). Many heart attack patients first learn they are diabetic in the hospital emergency room, but they may not be told about the close relationship between their two conditions. Blood insulin reaches high levels and remains high as one progresses from hypoglycemia to Type II diabetes in which insulin production collapses. Insulin is a very strong anabolic hormone. It pushes blood glucose into cells. Insulin also pushes omega-6 vegetable fatty acid molecules into the artery wall to start the process of atherosclerosis. The omega-6 vegetable fatty acid molecule is pushed between the "gap junction" of the endothelial cells where it gets stuck. The omega-6 vegetable fatty acid molecules become oxidized and attacked by free-radicals. The immune system attacks the decaying omega-6 vegetable fatty acid molecules causing inflammation, and the body deposits cholesterol at the site in an attempt to patch up the injury. Animal research with insulin proved many years ago that the artery will plug with atherosclerosis just downstream from the point of insulin injection. Insulin turns blood glucose into triglycerides and stores them as body fat. Insulin causes glucose to be chemically combined with cell membranes, LDL lipoprotein, blood hemoglobin, and other cells in an unhealthy process called glycation. This process is similar to the caramelizing process in making candy. Insulin stimulates the unhealthy growth of artery smooth muscle cells causing arteriosclerosis (hard, thick arteries) and hypertension (high blood pressure). Insulin stimulates the unhealthy growth of fibrous tissue, forming plaque in the arteries. Insulin stimulates the unhealthy growth of fibrinogen that thickens the blood and forms blood clots. The entire process happens rather suddenly as insulin resistance peaks and insulin levels skyrocket. This sudden appearance of heart disease has been described by the author as the "Instant Atherosclerosis Cycle" (IAC).
Insulin resistance is rarely mentioned as a heart disease risk even though diabetics with insulin resistance have four times the risk for developing heart disease. Seventy-five percent of diabetics die from heart disease. Doctors rarely measure insulin resistance or the blood insulin level during a health checkup. Insulin is a major risk factor for many diseases but is mostly ignored. Carbohydrate consumption is the culprit behind most age-related diseases.
Eating a low-carbohydrate diet brings unhealthy body processes caused by insulin to a screeching halt. All humans react in the same way. People are not different from each another as the myth implies. The high-carbohydrate diet is not healthy for anybody even though some people may remain thin. The metabolic typing diet is a myth. The variable among people is the amount of damage already done to the body by carbohydrates and insulin. This damage is incorrectly diagnosed as genetic.
The scientific proof that insulin causes many "age-related" diseases is beyond question, yet the professional medical practitioners rarely measure the insulin level in patients. Most diabetics have never had their insulin level measured by their doctor. Professional heart disease organizations rarely mention insulin as a heart disease risk or promote a low-insulin diet as a method of preventing heart disease. The carbohydrate - glucose - insulin cycle is getting away with mass murder while these professional organizations are saying, "Don't eat red meat or saturated fat." A few brave individuals like Dr. Robert C. Atkins and Drs. Michael and Mary Dan Eades have promoted the science of health, while enduring a constant assault from professional organizations like the American Heart Association (AHA) and American Medical Association (AMA). Professional medicine almost universally ignores mountains of scientific evidence against dietary carbohydrates in favor of unproven myths against dietary saturated fats.
The average cardiologist will tell you that heart disease is caused by cholesterol and fat in the diet. This is because the medical establishment and the American Medical Association (AMA) think of carbohydrates as an innocent and necessary dietary requirement, when in fact the scientific and health nutritional requirement for carbohydrates in the diet is ZERO, none. Most professional nutritionists and the USDA Food Guide Pyramid falsely claim that carbohydrates are required in the diet. Studies have consistently shown that the lower the dietary intake of carbohydrates, the better the long-term health. Heart disease is caused by the excessive consumption of carbohydrates in combination with a deficiency of protein and fat from animal sources. The "dirty little secret" in nutritional health is the high rate of heart disease among vegetarians. People are continually falling away from their vegetarian diet because they realize it is harming their health. The vegetarians of Southern India eat a low-calorie diet very high in carbohydrates and low in protein and fat. They have the shortest life span of any society on Earth, and their bodies have an extremely low muscle mass. They are weak and frail, and the children clearly exhibit a failure to thrive. Their heart disease rate is double that of the meat eaters in Northern India. HL Abrams. Vegetarianism: An anthropological/nutritional evaluation. Journal of Applied Nutrition, 1980, 32:2:53-87. The optimal diet for humans can be determined by anthropological research studies that show humans have primarily been meat eaters.
Anthropological Research Reveals Human Dietary Requirements for Optimal Health by H. Leon Abrams, Jr., MA, EDS
Vegetarians and other low-fat diet proponents claim their diet reverses heart disease. However, the true effectiveness is highly questionable. The truth can be found in the forward section of Dr. Dean Ornish's book, Reversing Heart Disease, "The amount of reversal of coronary artery disease was real but relatively small." Naturally, the buildup of artery plaque will stop and regress somewhat if one goes on a low-calorie, low-fat starvation diet. The body begins to consume itself for energy and in the process halts artery plaque buildup. This diet is not sustainable and leads to other diseases. Dr. Ornish is a staunch vegetarian.
Learn the truth about the terribly unhealthy vegetarian diet at:
The Naive Vegetarian.
Vegan vs High-Protein Diet Debate.
Vegetarians develop high cholesterol and can't correct it.
Beyond Vegetarianism - Raw Food, Vegan, Fruitarian and Paleo Diets.
Animal Rights Terrorists Strike Again?
High-insulin (hyperinsulinemia) increases cardiovascular disease risks.
Insulin Resistance is an Important Determinant of Left Ventricular Mass in the Obese.
High Insulin Can Predict Heart Disease.
Insulin Resistance Syndrome Predicts the Risk of Coronary Heart Disease and Stroke.
Coronary Heart Disease Mortality Risk: Plasma Insulin Level Is a More Sensitive Marker Than Hypertension or Abnormal Glucose Tolerance.
Hyperinsulinaemia is associated with increased long-term mortality following acute myocardial infarction in non-diabetic patients.
Insulin resistance as a predictor for restenosis after coronary stenting.
The USFDA Nutritional Guidelines Are Not Scientific.
Many people think the Atkins’ low-carbohydrate diet is lacking essential nutrients because it doesn't match the results of the Food Guide Pyramid. Their references are the US Food & Drug Administration (USFDA) Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) and the Nutritional Guide for Daily Values (DV) as shown on all nutrition labels. The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food Guide Pyramid was developed by vegetarians with an agenda. Nathan Pritikin and Senator George McGovern were the perpetrators. There is no science behind the Food Guide Pyramid. It was a scam from the beginning - a make-believe nutritional plan to limit the consumption of animal products. The results have been rampant heart disease, cancer, diabetes, osteoporosis, intestinal diseases, and a medical handbook full of other ailments. The USFDA Nutritional Guide is based on the Food Guide Pyramid. This is easy to prove. Simply go to a food count book or http://www.fitday.com to enter a 2000-calorie diet exactly according to the pyramid. The results will show every nutritional requirement to be perfectly achieved. It’s all a scam. The USFDA recommended daily allowance was simply adopted because it was the result of the Food Guide Pyramid. There is no hard science behind the establishment of the USFDA daily nutritional requirements. The USFDA recommended daily allowance for carbohydrates is 300 grams or 60% of daily calories, but the scientific requirement is ZERO. Carbohydrates are not required in the diet for any essential scientific reason. Optimal health is achieved by limiting carbohydrates to a minimum, not by making them 60% of the diet. Carbohydrates cause diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and intestinal diseases.
The assumption made by Nathan Pritikin and Senator George McGovern's committee that saturated fat caused heart disease is exceedingly shallow logic with no basis in science. The study of primitive societies easily proves saturated fat is not the villain. The committee blocked the testimony of professionals who knew the low-fat diet being pushed on the public was an extremely unhealthy diet. History has proven the low-fat diet theory was not only wrong but was backwards.
High-insulin (hyperinsulinemia) increases Alzheimer's disease in mice studies.
A high fat, low carbohydrate diet improves Alzheimer's disease in mice.
"Mice with the mouse model of Alzheimer's disease show improvements in their condition when treated with a high-fat, low-carbohydrate diet. A report published today in the peer-reviewed, open access journal Nutrition and Metabolism, showed that a brain protein, amyloid-beta, which is an indicator of Alzheimer's disease, is reduced in mice on the so-called ketogenic diet."
"The report, by Samuel Henderson, from Accera, Inc, Colorado and colleagues from Belgium runs counter to previous studies suggesting a negative effect of fat on Alzheimer's disease."
High Blood Glucose Causes High Heart Disease Risk
High levels of blood glucose, caused by glucose intolerance, in the presence hyperinsulinemia (high levels of insulin), cause polysaccharide chains (complex carbohydrates also called glycans) to attach to serum (blood) proteins, artery proteins, hemoglobin (red blood cells), omega-6 vegetable fatty acids, and LDL molecules, in a process called glycation. In other words, high levels of blood glucose from eating a high-carbohydrate diet will plug up your heart arteries.
The glycated proteins, glycated omega-6 vegetable fatty acids, glycated LDL cholesterol, and triglycerides form artery-clogging fatty deposits called atherosclerotic plaques. The serum molecules and the fatty deposits become sticky. White blood cells, called immune system macrophages, ingest the glycated proteins, glycated LDL, glycated hemoglobin, and oxidized omega-6 vegetable fatty acids. The macrophages swell to form foam cells that attach to the sticky artery walls, narrowing the artery and restricting blood flow. These conditions are caused by a diet high in carbohydrates. The process occurs rather suddenly in people who are hyperglycemic, hypoglycemic, or diabetic. Clear arteries can become plugged and thereby cause a heart attack in as little as one year. People suffering a heart attack are frequently surprised by the doctor who tells them they are also in a middle stage of diabetes. This condition is commonly seen in people who have an artery bypass operation. The replaced artery or stent (metal expandable shield that holds the artery open) can become plugged again in as little as one year.
High Triglycerides Increase Heart Disease Risk
High triglycerides are a prime indicator of heart disease risk. Many people think a high level of blood triglycerides is caused by eating fat because triglycerides are fat lipids in the blood, but this is not true. The body converts carbohydrates to blood glucose first and then converts the glucose to triglycerides. The blood carries the triglycerides to the fat cells of the body, where they are converted to body fat. Insulin is the prime motivator in this process. Insulin also deposits the triglycerides in the arteries. Reducing carbohydrates in the diet stops this deadly process. The low-fat diet actually promotes the production of triglycerides and promotes heart disease. The low-carbohydrate, high-fat diet reduces triglycerides quickly and dramatically. The ratio of triglycerides (TR) to HDL cholesterol (TG/HDL) is one of the best measures of heart disease risk. Triglycerides should be below 100 mg/dL and HDL cholesterol should be above 50 mg/dL.
Triglyceride, LDL and HDL Cholesterol Concentrations on Coronary Heart Disease Risk.
Low HDL Cholesterol Increases Heart Disease Risk
A low-fat diet reduces the level of good HDL cholesterol and increases heart disease risk. The high-fat diet recommended here raises the level of the good HDL cholesterol and reduces heart disease risk. HDL cholesterol acts as a vacuum cleaner in the arteries to remove plaque buildup and prevent heart attacks. HDL removes cholesterol from the arteries and carries it back to the liver for reprocessing and discharge into the intestinal tract. An HDL level of 35 mg/dL is a dangerous heart disease risk. Many people with a normal weight and a normal reading of total cholesterol will develop plugged arteries and suffer a heart attack. Fifty percent of the people who suffer a heart attack have a normal level of total cholesterol. A blood test taken after a heart attack will generally show a low HDL cholesterol level and a high triglyceride level.
Triglyceride, LDL, and HDL Cholesterol Concentrations on Coronary Heart Disease Risk.
Hemorrhagic strokes are caused by a ruptured blood vessel or capillary in the brain. High blood pressure is not the only cause. The strength and health of the blood vessels are vitally important but often overlooked. This is the reason many people suffer a hemorrhagic stroke even though they have normal or below normal blood pressure. The low-fat, low-cholesterol vegetarian diet commonly results in dangerously low blood cholesterol, which makes one prone to a hemorrhagic stroke. Low HDL cholesterol is a risk factor for hemorrhagic strokes. The low-carbohydrate diet with high levels of protein and natural animal fats provides the nutrition necessary to build strong, healthy blood vessels.
Study Proves Eating Saturated Fat Increase Good HDL Cholesterol.
"Conclusions: A reduction in dietary total and saturated fat decreased both large (HDL2 and HDL2b) and small, dense HDL subpopulations, although decreases in HDL2 and HDL2b were most pronounced."
Saturated fat prevents coronary artery disease? An American paradox.
"In conclusion, the hypothesis-generating report of Mozaffarian et al draws attention to the different effects of diet on lipoprotein physiology and cardiovascular disease risk. These effects include the paradox that a high-fat, high–saturated fat diet is associated with diminished coronary artery disease progression in women with the metabolic syndrome, a condition that is epidemic in the United States. This paradox presents a challenge to differentiate the effects of dietary fat on lipoproteins and cardiovascular disease risk in men and women, in the different lipid disorders, and in the metabolic syndrome."
Note: A reduction in HDL is a heart disease risk factor. These studies prove eating saturated fat is healthy.
Cholesterol, Energy, Healing, Sex and Babies.
High LDL Cholesterol Increases Heart Disease Risk
High LDL cholesterol in the presence of low HDL cholesterol increases heart disease risk. The ratio is very important. A ratio of LDL/HDL above 3 is a risk factor. Many organization are insisting that everyone be put on cholesterol-lowering drugs if the LDL level is greater than 100, but what does the drug manufacturer say?
Simvastatin (brand name Zocor).
"Zocor is a cholesterol-lowering drug. Your doctor may prescribe Zocor in addition to a cholesterol-lowering diet if your blood cholesterol level is too high, and if you have been unable to lower it by diet alone. For people at high risk of heart disease, current guidelines call for considering drug therapy when LDL levels reach 130. For people at lower risk, the cut-off is 160. For those at little or no risk, it's 190."
Cholesterol is NOT the Cause of Heart Disease - Dr. Ron Rosedale - pdf
Homocysteine Increases Heart Disease Risk
Homocysteine is an amino acid that has an effect on the heart and heart disease. It is commonly included in blood test measurements. Homocysteine is required for the body to operate properly, but too much homocysteine can be destructive to the heart and artery walls. Homocysteine is known to damage blood vessels by injuring the endothelial cells that line arteries and by stimulating the growth of smooth muscle cells. Homocysteine can also interfere with the normal blood clotting mechanism and can increase the risk of clots that can cause a stroke or heart attack.
Concern for homocysteine as a cardiovascular risk factor dates back to 1969, when Dr. Kilmer S. McCully discovered that children born with a genetic error of metabolism called homocystinuria occasionally died at a very young age from advanced arterial disease. Homocystinuria is the term used when homocysteine levels are abnormally high. High levels of homocysteine are not caused from eating meat. High levels of homocysteine are more likely caused by deficiencies of protein, vitamins, and minerals. Homocysteine can be reduced by taking high levels of vitamin B6, B12, and folic acid.
Do not supplement the diet with methionine amino acid. The metabolism of methionine produces homocysteine, which is a sulfur-containing amino acid. It exists at a critical biochemical juncture between methionine metabolism and the biosynthesis of the amino acids cysteine and taurine. Homocysteine is used to build and repair tissues, but an excess of homocysteine has been shown to be a major factor in hardening and obstruction of the arteries causing full-blown heart disease.
Dr. Atkins' Vita-Nutrient Solution: Nature's Answer To Drugs is the best book for determining the correct vitamin and mineral dosage for therapeutic (disease curing) effect, excessive dosage amounts and normal recommendations. Dr. Atkins' Vita-Nutrient Solution discusses the vital function of vitamins and nutritional supplements and provides a list of diseases and complaints that the supplements can help cure or alleviate.
C-Reactive Protein (CRP) and Serum Amyloid A (SAA)
Elevated levels of C-reactive protein (CRP) and serum amyloid A (SAA) are inflammatory markers that have been associated with increased cardiovascular disease risk. They are symptoms of heart disease and not the cause. CRP is commonly included in blood test measurements. CRP and SAA levels do not change with a low-fat diet, but both CRP and SAA levels decrease with a low-carbohydrate diet, indicating a lower heart disease risk.
Greater Reduction in Inflammatory Markers with a Low Carbohydrate Diet than with a Low Fat Diet.
CPK- Creatine Phosphokinase or CK - Creatine Kinase
CPK is an enzyme catalyzing the breakdown of phosphocreatine to phosphoric acid and creatine. CPK is a measure of the breakdown of muscle tissue (muscle wasting). This enzyme is the first to be elevated after a heart attack (3 to 4 hours). It is very likely that CPK will be elevated if blood is drawn a day or two after a weight-bearing workout. However, CPK could also be elevated in cases of severe catabolism where skeletal muscle is being broken down to provide glucose to the brain and in cases of heart wasting where something is attacking heart tissue. High blood insulin levels can trigger high levels of adrenaline and cortisol in response. The adrenaline and cortisol are catabolic hormones that can break down skeletal protein to produce glucose.
Omega-6 Polyunsaturated Vegetable Fats are Inflammatory
Solid scientific research shows polyunsaturated omega-6 vegetable fatty acids are highly inflammatory and should be strictly avoided by everyone to prevent heart disease, cancer, bowel disease, arthritis, or many other autoimmune diseases. The fats found in clogged arteries are primarily polyunsaturated omega-6 fatty acids obtained from eating whole grains, seeds, most nuts, and vegetable oils, not from red meat or other animal fats. Healthy people should seriously limit these omega-6 fatty acids. Dr. Robert C. Atkins' in his book, Age-Defying Diet Revolution and Dr. Michael Eades in his book, Protein Power Lifeplan both have long sections describing the unhealthy effects caused by eating these oils.
Dietary polyunsaturated fatty acids and inflammatory mediator production.
"The pro-inflammatory eicosanoids prostaglandin E(2) (PGE(2)) and leukotriene B(4) (LTB(4)) are derived from the n-6 fatty acid arachidonic acid (AA), which is maintained at high cellular concentrations by the high n-6 and low n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acid content of the modern Western diet." Omega-6 fatty acids should be avoided. They are found in vegetable, seed and nut oils such as safflower oil, corn oil, soybean oil, peanut oil and others."
Omega-3 fatty acids (fish oils) are the essential healthy fats that help to prevent heart disease. The three most nutritionally important omega-3 fatty acids are alpha-linolenic fatty acid (ALA), eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), and docosahexaenoic fatty acid (DHA). Alpha-linolenic fatty acid is one of two fatty acids traditionally classified as "essential." The other fatty acid traditionally viewed as essential is an omega-6 fat called linoleic acid. These fatty acids have traditionally been classified as “essential” because the body is unable to manufacture them on its own and because they play a fundamental role in several physiological functions. As a result, we must be sure our diet contains sufficient amounts of both alpha-linolenic acid and linoleic acid.
Omega-3 fatty acids prevent and cure many diseases. They are found in fish oils and cod liver oil. Omega-3 fatty acids improve the flexibility of red blood cell membranes that allow blood to flow more easily and prevent clots. Omega-3 fatty acids are also highly anti-inflammatory. Everyone including babies and children should supplement their diet with Carlson's lemon flavored cod liver oil that also provides vitamins A and D.
Secrets of the Edible Oil Industry.
Dietary polyunsaturated fatty acids and inflammatory mediator production.
Cholesterol Risks Are Lower on the Low-Carb Diet
Common cholesterol - heart disease risk theories are highly suspect on the low-carbohydrate diet because cholesterol is not the basic cause of heart disease. Cholesterol does not have a connection to heart disease on the low-carbohydrate diet because the foundational causes of diabetes and heart disease are dietary carbohydrates and blood insulin levels, not cholesterol. The low-fat, high-carbohydrate diet as recommended by the USDA Food Pyramid Guide and American Heart Association causes blood insulin to skyrocket. These chain reactions cause plaque buildup in arteries, leading to a heart attack. Polyunsaturated vegetable oils and hydrogenated vegetable oils (trans fats) are also prime contributors to plugged heart arteries. These vegetable oils are highly inflammatory and contribute to heart disease, intestinal diseases, and cancer.
Anthropological Research Reveals Human Dietary Requirements for Optimal Health
by H. Leon Abrams, Jr., MA, EDS
"Michael DeBakey, world renowned heart surgeon from Houston, who has devoted extensive research into the cholesterol coronary disease theory, states that out of every ten people in the United States who have atherosclerotic heart disease, only three or four of these ten have high cholesterol levels; this is approximately the identical rate of elevated cholesterol found in the general population. (10) His comment: “If you say cholesterol is the cause, how do you explain the other 60 percent to 70 percent with heart disease who don’t have a high cholesterol?” In 1964 DeBakey made an analysis of cholesterol levels from usual hospital laboratory testing of 1,700 patients with atherosclerotic disease and found there was no positive or definitive relationship or correlation between serum cholesterol levels and the extent or nature of atherosclerotic disease."
An LDL cholesterol blood test reading is meaningless on the low-carbohydrate diet presented here because of the absence of hyperglycemia and hyperinsulinemia. Even so, the diet presented here lowers LDL cholesterol, as demonstrated in Maryanne's story above. On the other hand, a low LDL blood test reading in the presence of hyperglycemia and hyperinsulinemia gives no protection whatsoever, as demonstrated in William's story above. He discovered the sad fact that cholesterol-lowering drugs are worthless when glucose and insulin levels are high. This is the reason why 65% of diabetics die of coronary artery disease. All diabetics would have eventually died of coronary artery disease if they hadn't died for some other reason, such as accidents, cancer, or a stroke. Diabetics who switch to the low-carbohydrate diet presented here can escape this horrible destiny.
Cholesterol, Energy, Healing, Sex, and Babies.
The low-carbohydrate, high-fat, high-protein diet promotes the formation of lighter density LDL cholesterol and discourages the formation of the more dense LDL cholesterol. The HDL cholesterol is increased while reducing blood levels of triglycerides, glucose, and insulin. All of these factors move in the direction of preventing and reversing coronary artery disease. The low-fat diet promoted by the American Heart Association actually promotes heart disease, as can be seen by the current heart disease epidemic.
Hypertriglyceridemic HyperapoB: The Unappreciated Atherogenic Dyslipoproteinemia in Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus.
"This article reviews the pathophysiology of this disorder, focusing on the changes in lipoprotein particle number and composition rather than lipoprotein lipid levels. The in vitro and in vivo evidence that small, dense LDL are more atherogenic than normal larger, buoyant LDL is summarized, and the particularly high-risk state conferred by increased numbers of small, dense LDL is delineated."
For centuries primitive Eskimos lived in igloos eight months of the year on the frozen Arctic Ocean north of the Canadian Yukon Territory. They lived only on seal meat and blubber. The women huddled in the igloo with a small oil fire tending the children for months on end. The only exercise was a quick dash into the darkness at 40 degrees below zero to quickly relieve oneself. The diet was 80% fat and 20% protein with zero carbohydrates. They were trim, sexy women who gave birth easily. They did not have any signs of heart disease, cancer, or diabetes whatsoever. Upon moving to the white man's settlement, the Eskimo women became obese, and all of these diseases exploded just as with the white women.
The truth About the Balanced Diet Theory and the Four or Five Groups of the Food Guide Pyramid.
Excessive Exercise Does Not Prevent Heart Disease
Running for hours day after day does not prevent heart disease. Excessive exercise most likely increases the chances of having a heart attack. Runners tend to eat a high-carbohydrate diet, thinking they need extra glucose for energy. This is not the healthiest approach. The glucose causes insulin resistance and raises the blood insulin level, which by itself is a heart disease risk. The heart muscle burns fatty acids for energy, not glucose. The following two marathon runners are prime examples of those who exercise excessively but still develop heart disease at a relatively young age.
Top Ten Exercise Health Myths About Running, Jogging, Biking, Marathons, and Triathlons.
James F. Fixx wrote two books on the health benefits of exercise and running, but he died in 1984 from a heart attack at the young age of 52, in his running shoes, while on a daily run. Many try to cover the facts by blaming it on his heredity or smoking which he quit nine years earlier, but Fixx developed severe coronary artery disease during his running years. He had developed atherosclerosis. One coronary artery was almost totally restricted, and another was 80% restricted. There was also evidence of a recent heart attack. In addition, his heart was somewhat enlarged, a condition doctors call hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. This condition occurs when the heart muscle become thick, making it more difficult for the heart to work. Exercise and low weight certainly helped him, but that could not overcome the disastrous effects of his diet. Fixx bought into the myth that fat in the diet is unhealthy when in fact it is essential to life. He also became a vegetarian and refrained from eating meat. Fixx bought into the new philosophy that runners needed high levels of carbohydrates in their diets. He ate a very low-calorie diet to keep from gaining weight due to his excessive carbohydrates intake. He failed to take any vitamins, minerals, or other supplements on the false premise that his vegetarian diet could provide them. He undoubtedly suffered from an amino acid deficiency compounded by an essential fatty acid deficiency and further compounded by a refusal to supplement with vitamins and minerals. Amino acids from protein are the building blocks of life, and it is difficult to obtain all of the amino acids required by one's diet without eating meat, fish and fowl. The effects of these deficiencies take many years to manifest themselves, and the resultant disease can be just about anything in the book. This makes it extremely difficult to pinpoint the cause and effect of a low-fat, low-protein diet on one's health. People fail to understand that the minimum requirement for carbohydrates in the diet is zero - none.
The Myths of Vegetarianism.
The Naive Vegetarian.
Vegan vs High-Protein Diet Debate.
Vegetarians develop high cholesterol and can't correct it.
Beyond Vegetarianism - Raw Food, Vegan, Fruitarian and Paleo Diets.
Another Marathon Runner Proves Carbohydrates Kill
PowerBar founder Brian Maxwell collapsed and died at 51 years of age on March 20, 2004, in San Anselmo, California. Brian Maxwell was a marathon runner, but he died of a heart attack at a very young age. His exercise, diet and energy bar did not provide the awesome health as commonly expected, but more than likely caused his early death. A former world-class marathon runner, Maxwell reportedly collapsed in a post office, and emergency personnel were unable to resuscitate him. The PowerBar company has become a multimillion-dollar empire since Maxwell and his wife, a nutritionist, founded it in 1986. They began selling the popular energy bars out of their kitchen and over the next 10 years the company grew to $150 million in sales. In March, 2000, the couple sold the company to Nestle SA for a reported $375 million. Maxwell thought of the idea to make PowerBars while running a 26.2-mile marathon. He had to stop the race after 21 miles, the point at which experts say the body stops burning carbohydrates and starts to burn muscle tissue. In 1977, Track and Field News ranked Maxwell the No. 3 runner in the world, and in 1980, he was part of the Olympic team that boycotted the games in Moscow. He represented Canada in many international competitions as a long-distance runner.
Maxwell has proven once again that exercise does not prevent heart disease. He has also confirmed that the high-carbohydrate diet causes heart disease. His wife was a professional nutritionist and co-developer of the PowerBar, yet they created a "health product" that is pure garbage nutritionally. They both were strong promoters of conventional high-carbohydrate nutrition. She is rich, but he is dead.
Here is the list of ingredients for PowerBars that are laden with deadly carbohydrates and simple sugars:
High fructose corn syrup
Grape and pear juice concentrate
A bunch of other unhealthy junk
Marathon runners develop plugged heart arteries for a very simple reason. This occurs when the diet is high in carbohydrates over a number of years. Athletes binge on complex carbohydrates because "carb-loading" is thought to give the best performance. Over time, the body becomes insulin resistant causing the blood insulin level to rise unnoticed. The runner can stay perfectly thin while the insulin level approaches that of a person with hypoglycemia. The insulin packs the glucose into cells for energy, but it is also packs omega-6 vegetable fatty acids and LDL cholesterol into the heart artery walls, causing coronary artery disease. Athletes should live and train on the low-carbohydrate diet in order to prevent insulin resistance. Carbohydrates can be eaten before races if desired. Even so, carb-loading only lasts throughout half of a marathon race, and the body is forced to burn stored fat for energy. Burning dietary fat and stored body fat is the most healthy way to live and compete.
As a society, we are clearly in a state of nutritional crisis and in need of radical remedies. The statistics are sobering. After 30 years of seemingly solid advice aimed at lowering dietary fat, Americans have grown collectively fatter than ever. Today more than 60% of adults in the U.S. are classified as overweight or obese. So many children have become obese that pediatricians are now facing an epidemic of Type 2 diabetes and hypertensiondiseases that were unheard of among youngsters just a generation ago.
High HDL Cholesterol Reverses Heart Disease
High density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol is called the good cholesterol. HDLs are synthesized in the liver and small intestine, as primarily protein-rich disc-shaped particles. These newly-formed HDLs are nearly devoid of any cholesterol and cholesteryl esters. Natural animal fats in the diet increase the level of HDL cholesterol in the blood in a highly desirable way. The HDL cholesterol molecules function like little scrub brushes to clean the LDL cholesterol, rancid polyunsaturated omega-6 fatty acids, plaque, and other deposits from the artery walls. The cholesterol is carried within the protein shell of the HDL particle, making it swell into a spherical shape. The HDL cholesterol carries the LDL cholesterol, rancid polyunsaturated omega-6 fatty acids, and arterial plaque to the liver, where it is reprocessed and discarded in the intestines. The high-fat, high-protein, low-carbohydrate diet presented here reverses heart disease by removing deposits from the arteries. This can occur because the blood insulin level is kept at an absolute minimum. Insulin make deposits in the arteries and prevents existing deposits from being removed by the HDL cholesterol. Therefore, it is imperative that one eat a low-carbohydrate diet in order to prevent and reverse deposits in the arteries of the heart, neck, and legs. The low-carbohydrate diet presented here prevents and reverses heart disease in this manner.
Cholesterol, Energy, Healing, Sex, and Babies.
Blood Thinning, Hemorrhagic Stroke, and Blood Clot Concerns After Heart Artery Blockage Diagnosis and Treatment
Heart doctors often prescribe Coumadin, Plavix, and aspirin for patients with some heart artery plaque or after treatment for a heart attack. The most serious risks associated with Coumadin treatment are hemorrhage. A friend has been on Coumadin for years because of a stroke. She fell while on a cruise ship vacation and began bleeding internally and uncontrollably. She nearly died before getting to a hospital. If you are taking blood-thinning drugs and have any fall, bad bump, or bruising, seek medical attention before severe symptoms start. Head injuries are a very serious concern. Plavix and 81mg of aspirin are often recommended by cardiologists to prevent platelets from sticking together to form life-threatening blood clots. These drugs are typically prescribed for patients who have received a stent (device to open clogged arteries) or have had heart artery bypass surgery.
If you have been treated for heart disease, do not discontinue medications without your doctor's approval.
One should be very cautious about excessive blood thinning. Never eat garlic or take any garlic supplements while on blood-thinning drugs. Garlic is a very potent blood thinner. Be extremely cautious, too, about taking any herbal remedies and supplements. A wide assortment of herbal products--including St. John's Wort, coenzyme Q10, vitamin K, bromelains, dan-shen, dong quai, garlic, and ginkgo biloba--are known to interact with Coumadin or otherwise affect coagulation. This diet program recommends coenzyme Q10 as Coumadin is discontinued.
Vitamin K is a blood-clotting factor. A deficiency in vitamin K leads to bleeding; therefore, a deficiency in vitamin K while on blood thinners is a serious concern. Drugs such as Coumadin (Warfarin sodium) inhibit vitamin K in the blood, requiring routine blood tests to insure the correct dosage. Eating food high in vitamin K or taking a vitamin K supplement is not recommended with these drugs. A better approach is to take some vitamin K while having routine blood tests to insure the correct dosage of Coumadin.
On the other hand, Plavix (Clopidogrel bisulfate) works to make blood flow easier, and the effectiveness is not influenced by vitamin K in the diet or in supplements. Check the link below to see why taking the vitamin K supplement recommended here is important. Vitamin K is needed to prevent unhealthy bleeding. Vitamin K is necessary for the healthy healing of injuries, but it is not a blood thickener as many people claim. Taking vitamin K does not promote blood clots in healthy individuals and should not be a concern for those who are not taking blood-thinning drugs. Always talk to your doctor before taking vitamins, minerals, supplements, and herbal products in combination with prescription drugs.
Vitamin K has been shown to prevent and reverse calcification in the arteries. A vitamin K deficiency can cause cardiovascular disease known as hardening of the arteries. Vitamin K is also needed for strong bones and reduces the incidence of prostate cancer.
Warfarin (Coumadin) to help prevent blood clots by decreasing clotting proteins, blood thinner, or anti-coagulant. Drugs.com.
Clopidogrel (Plavix) to help prevent blood clots by anti-platelet effects to keep blood flowing smoothly. Drugs.com.
MedlinePlus Herbs and Supplements: Vitamin K
The low-carbohydrate, high-fat, high-protein diet presented here works because the level of blood insulin is held to a minimum. Insulin causes artery blockage, not saturated fat or cholesterol. This diet also builds strong arteries and veins, so hemorrhagic stroke and bleeding are less likely. One will notice that he rarely bruises on this diet because of the strong, healthy arteries and veins. Spontaneous bruising around the back of the hands is a sure sign of weak blood vessels. However, Coumadin and Plavix both cause easy bruising.
The Latest Heart Disease News
Study Shows the Low-Carb Diet Produces Better Cholesterol Readings Than the Low-Fat Diet
Annals of Internal Medicine, August 3, 2010
"Background: Previous studies comparing low-carbohydrate and low-fat diets have not included a comprehensive behavioral treatment, resulting in suboptimal weight loss.
Objective: To evaluate the effects of 2-year treatment with a low-carbohydrate or low-fat diet, each of which was combined with a comprehensive lifestyle modification program.
Design: Randomized parallel-group trial. (ClinicalTrials.gov registration number: NCT00143936)
Setting: 3 academic medical centers.
Patients: 307 participants with a mean age of 45.5 years (SD, 9.7 years) and mean body mass index of 36.1 kg/m2 (SD, 3.5 kg/m2).
Intervention: A low-carbohydrate diet, which consisted of limited carbohydrate intake (20 g/d for 3 months) in the form of low–glycemic index vegetables with unrestricted consumption of fat and protein. After 3 months, participants in the low-carbohydrate diet group increased their carbohydrate intake (5 g/d per wk) until a stable and desired weight was achieved. A low-fat diet consisted of limited energy intake (1200 to 1800 kcal/d; ≤30% calories from fat). Both diets were combined with comprehensive behavioral treatment.
Measurements: Weight at 2 years was the primary outcome. Secondary measures included weight at 3, 6, and 12 months and serum lipid concentrations, blood pressure, urinary ketones, symptoms, bone mineral density, and body composition throughout the study.
Results: Weight loss was approximately 11 kg (11%) at 1 year and 7 kg (7%) at 2 years. There were no differences in weight, body composition, or bone mineral density between the groups at any time point. During the first 6 months, the low-carbohydrate diet group had greater reductions in diastolic blood pressure, triglyceride levels, and very-low-density lipoprotein cholesterol levels, lesser reductions in low-density lipoprotein cholesterol levels, and more adverse symptoms than did the low-fat diet group. The low-carbohydrate diet group had greater increases in high-density lipoprotein cholesterol levels at all time points, approximating a 23% increase at 2 years.
Limitation: Intensive behavioral treatment was provided, patients with dyslipidemia and diabetes were excluded, and attrition at 2 years was high.
Conclusion: Successful weight loss can be achieved with either a low-fat or low-carbohydrate diet when coupled with behavioral treatment. A low-carbohydrate diet is associated with favorable changes in cardiovascular disease risk factors at 2 years.
Primary Funding Source: National Institutes of Health."
'New way' to repair heart damage - BBC News - Health - July 23, 2009.
"Scientists say they have found a new way to mend damage to the heart. When cells turn into fully-formed adult heart muscle they stop dividing, and cannot replace tissue damaged by disease or deformity. But a US team have found a way to coax the cells to start dividing again, raising hopes they could be used to regenerate healthy tissue. The study, carried out on mice and rats by Children's Hospital Boston, appears in the journal Cell."
"The researchers say their work could provide an alternative to stem cell therapy, which is still largely untested, and carries a potential risk of side effects. In theory, it could be used to treat heart attack patients, those with heart failure and children with congenital heart defects. The key ingredient is a growth factor known as neuregulin1 (NRG1). The Boston team envisages patients going to a clinic for daily infusions of NRG1 over a period of weeks."
Heart disease 'reversed in mice' - BBC News - Health - November 30, 2008.
"Scientists have halted the advance of heart disease in mice - and even reversed some of its effects. The study provides hard evidence that tiny pieces of genetic material called microRNA can play a key role in the development of heart disease. The therapy, featured in the journal Nature, targets and blocks microRNA in heart cells. A US specialist said that, with trials under way in other animals, human tests may be only a few years away."
Don't expect drugs which block microRNA in heart cells or daily infusions of growth factor NRG1 as reported in the above two news stories to come to market anytime within the next 20 years. The prevention and reversal of heart disease in people would extend the life of the elderly. The economic effect would be bankruptcy of all English-speaking countries and every other country with socialized medicine. Politicians want the elderly to die as early as possible in order to stop them from expending government social benefits. These governments will prevent all drugs like these from coming to market. See the "Breaking News" story at the top of this web page.
Mixed Results For Weight Loss Drug, Rimonabant, On Slowing Progression Of Coronary Disease
ScienceDaily (Apr. 1, 2008)
"The anti-obesity medication rimonabant (Acomplia) showed mixed results in slowing progression of coronary artery disease in patients with abdominal obesity and pre-existing coronary disease, according to a new study."
What if bad fat isn't so bad?
No one's ever proved that saturated fat clogs arteries, causes heart disease.
By Nina Teicholz
Updated 10:54 a.m. MT, Thurs., Dec. 13, 2007
Calcium pills 'raise heart risk' - BBC News - January 16, 2008.
Diet low in carbohydrates reduces inflammation and blood saturated fat in metabolic syndrome
Medical Research News - Tuesday, 4-Dec-2007.
"Metabolic syndrome is a condition afflicting one quarter to one third of adult men and women and is an established pre-cursor to diabetes, coronary heart disease, and other serious illnesses. Patients have long been advised to eat a low-fat diet even though carbohydrate restriction has been found to be more effective at reducing specific markers, such as high triglycerides, characteristic of the syndrome. Now, a new study indicates that a diet low in carbohydrates is also more effective than a diet low in fat in reducing saturated fatty acids in the blood and reducing markers of inflammation."
Hole-in-the-heart self repair kit - BBC News - August 12, 2007.
Ventricular and Atrial Septal Defects - Cleveland Clinic.
Low cholesterol 'link' to cancer - BBC News - July 24, 2007.
"People who significantly cut their cholesterol levels with statins may raise the risk of cancer, a study says."
GSK shares slump after diabetes drug is linked to heart attacks - May 22, 2007.
By Stephen Foley in New York
"GlaxoSmithKline, Europe's biggest drug-maker, was last night racing to shore up confidence in one of its most important medicines after a study in a respected US journal suggested that it dramatically increased the risks of having a heart attack. The drug in question, Avandia, is taken by millions of Americans and others around the world who suffer from diabetes."
Chest compressions save lives for emergency heart attack treatment - USA Today - March 17, 2007.
"Forget mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. When somebody collapses in cardiac arrest, experts now say, bystanders should not bother breathing into his or her mouth, once considered a key component of cardiopulmonary resuscitation."
U.S. study tips scale in favor of Atkins diet | BBC Health | March 7, 2007.
"The Stanford University study, of more than 300 women, rated Atkins ahead of three other popular diets. Those who followed Atkins for a year lost the most weight, and recorded the most beneficial effect on their cholesterol and blood pressure levels."
Height Loss Link to Heart Disease- December 12, 2006.
"It's common knowledge that as we get older we get shorter. But UK researchers have now found that men who lose 3cm or more of height as they age have an increased risk of heart attack and death."
"It is as yet unclear why height loss may increase the risk of death and heart attacks, although osteoporosis - a disease characterised by loss of bone mass - was already known to increase the risk of death."
British doctors don't understand the connection between height loss and heart disease because they don't understand the true cause of either. This website clearly presents the scientific facts that both are caused by a high-carbohydrate diet that causes insulin resistance and hyperinsulinemia. The high-fat, high-cholesterol, high-protein and low-carbohydrate diet presented on this website prevents both osteoporosis and heart disease.
Pill that tricks you into losing weight - December 26, 2006.
"An obesity pill which can help women drop two dress sizes in a year has been hailed by scientists after stunning test results."
"A course of one a day could have a dramatic effect on quality of life and cut the risk of heart disease, diabetes and cancer.
Many slimmers find that, after weeks of successfully losing weight, their metabolism slows down and they hit a plateau. With the pounds slower to come off, many lose their resolve and end up piling weight back on."
"Excalia gets round this by tricking the hypothalamus - the brain's weight and appetite thermostat - into keeping the metabolism running fast."
Don't expect this new drug to perform as claimed in the news report. Oh yes, the patient may indeed lose weight as claimed, but increasing the metabolism will increase blood glucose and blood insulin levels. These changes promote heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. The news reporters make the mistake of assuming a reduction in weight equates to a reduction in the risks for heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. The drug will most likely cause an increase in insulin resistance that is a dangerous signal of impending incidences of heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. A high metabolism is unhealthy. A healthy low metabolism and weight loss is the most healthy state that can only be achieved on the low-carbohydrate diet.
Heart Surgeon Dr. Michael DeBakey Saved by Operation He Developed - December 26, 2006.
Tests for dissolving heart stent - December 11, 2006.
"A new type of heart "stent" or tubular mesh has been developed to unblock diseased arteries and then dissolve without a trace. It may improve on permanent metal stents by reducing the risk of side effects, such as secondary blood clots at the stent site. Stents are used in angina or heart attack patients to hold open a narrowed artery. The new type is being perfected by Auckland City Hospital in New Zealand. At present, only metal stents are in clinical use. These remain in a patient's artery for the rest of their lives. The new BVS stent is made of a polymer that dissolves into lactic acid over two to three years. Lactic acid is a naturally-occurring substance in the body, produced after exercise. It breaks down into carbon dioxide and water, and is absorbed by the body. This is what happens to the tiny traces of lactic acid produced by the stent. Lead researcher Dr John Ormiston said: "You wouldn't want to keep a cast on a broken arm after its mended. In the same way, there is no point keeping a stent in place after the artery has healed. "I think we'll look back in 10 years' time and laugh at the idea of putting bits of metal into coronary arteries that stay there for ever.""
Panel dismisses heart-attack risks of drug-coated stents - December 7, 2006.
"WASHINGTON (AP) — Drug-coated stents that prop open the arteries of about 3 million people in the U.S. don't increase the risk of heart attack or death when used as labeled but may put patients at risk for blood clots, health advisers said Thursday.
While the panel of experts broadly dismissed the more serious risks, they split on characterizing the degree of the increased clotting risk in comparison with older, bare-metal stents. They agreed only that more study of the newer devices is needed."
FDA Issues A Stent Warning - December 6, 2006.
The Heart of the Stent Debate
"Doctors could clear his three blocked coronary arteries by cracking open his chest and surgically bypassing them. Or they could clear them from within by inflating a tiny balloon and propping them open with wire-mesh stents, coated with a drug to keep the arteries from closing again. But drug-coated stents can be risky, too. New studies show that people with drug-coated stents who stop taking their anti-clotting medication — now recommended for just three to six months — are prone to rare but potentially fatal blood clots for years."
Children need even more exercise to ward off heart disease - BBC News July 20, 2006.
"Children should do at least 90 minutes exercise each day, experts say. Writing in The Lancet, they say children should up their activity levels in order to ward off heart disease and obesity."
The above news report which blames obesity and future heart disease on the lack of exercise in children is pure nonsense. The study should have compared the amount of carbohydrates in the diet to find the true cause of obesity and heart disease. Another false claim suggests that artery deposits increase slowly year after year in people who do not get enough exercise. The true cause of obesity and heart disease is a diet high in carbohydrate foods such as whole grains, fruit, and sugar. See Maryanne's story above that shows artery deposits can be completely removed by following a very low-carbohydrate diet even though no exercise was possible. The low-fat diet proponents are using the amount of exercise as the scapegoat for their disastrous diet recommendations.
Beta-blockers Should Not Be First Line Treatment For Hypertension - BBC News June 28, 2006.
Heart disease is biggest killer in England and Wales - May 25, 2006.
Drinking lots of coffee doesn't harm heart according to a new study - April 24, 2006.
Drugs 'can reverse heart disease' - March 14, 2006.
"Intensive therapy with statin drugs may not just stall deterioration of the arteries but actually reverse it, research suggests. The build-up of fatty deposits inside the arteries - atherosclerosis - can trigger cardiovascular disease. An international study of 349 patients over two years found high doses of a powerful new statin, rosuvastatin, could break down the deposits."
Don't be a sucker for news releases like the one above. A good example was a man named Ben who ate the typical high-carbohydrate diet as recommended by the USDA Food Guide Pyramid. His wife prevented him from eating red meat and saturated fat. His doctor placed him on one of the popular statin drugs claiming his cholesterol was a little high. Five years later he had a heart attack. The doctor found that four of the main heart arteries were nearly plugged by atherosclerosis. He survived the quadruple artery bypass but developed a stroke while still in the hospital. A year later he had another stroke and died. Statin drugs did NOT prevent him from developing heart disease and certainly did not reverse it in any way. He is dead. Bypass surgery also leaves one at severe risk of having a stroke, something the doctors simply fail to mention.
Each statin drug manufacturer makes wild claims that its drug is more effective than the next. Dosage rates are increasing because the drugs are not effective as claimed. The harsh side effects increase as well, forcing a high percentage of users off the medicine. These cholesterol-reducing drugs have been used by millions of people for a decade with no decrease in the rate of heart disease deaths. One should not expect cholesterol-lowering drugs to prevent death from heart disease because a high blood insulin is the cause of atherosclerosis, not cholesterol. Don't believe these studies that are funded by the statin drug manufacturers.
Low-Fat Diet Does Not Cut Health Risks, Study Finds. February 9, 2006.
This big study costing millions of dollars was a slam against the low-fat diet, but read the above report with caution. Some of the statements made about Dr. Robert C. Atkins are blatant lies. The article states, "Robert Atkins, keeled over weighing 258 lbs." These statements are lies. Dr. Robert C. Atkins was still caring for patients in his medical practice when he suffered a fatal head injury in an accidental fall on an icy sidewalk as he walked to work at age 72. He was healthy and trim at about 195 lbs. at the time of the accident. He never regained consciousness and suffered kidney failure before his death, resulting in an excessive accumulation of body fluids. These lies are typical of those propagated by supporters of the low-fat diet dogma.
Dr. Robert C. Atkins Dies From Head Injury After Fall on Icy Walk - April 17, 2003.
Reference Books and Online Support Groups:
Good Calories, Bad Calories by Gary Taubes
This is a must-read book. Gary Taubes is an award-winning scientist who has specialized in exposing misleading, incorrect, or fraudulent science. His seven-year research in every science connected with the impact of nutrition on health shows us that almost everything we believe about the nature of a healthy diet is wrong. For decades we have been taught that fat is bad for us, carbohydrates are better, and that the key to a healthy weight is eating less and exercising more. Yet with more and more people acting on the advice, we have seen unprecedented epidemics of obesity and diabetes.
Taubes argues persuasively that the problem lies in refined carbohydrates (white flour, sugar, easily digested starches) via their dramatic effect on insulin -- the hormone that regulates fat accumulation -- and that the key to good health is the kind of calories we take in, not the number. There are good and bad calories. Taubes traces how the common assumption that carbohydrates are fattening was abandoned in the 1960s when fat and cholesterol were blamed for heart disease and then -- wrongly -- were seen as the causes of a host of other maladies, including cancer. He shows us how these unproven hypotheses were emphatically embraced by authorities in nutrition, public health, and clinical medicine in spite of how well-conceived clinical trials have consistently refuted them. He also documents the dietary trials of carbohydrate restriction which consistently show that the fewer carbohydrates we consume the leaner we will be.
With precise references to the most significant existing clinical studies, he convinces us that there is no compelling scientific evidence demonstrating that saturated fat and cholesterol cause heart disease; that salt causes high blood pressure; and that fiber is a necessary part of a healthy diet. Based on the evidence that does exist, he leads us to conclude that the only healthy way to lose weight and remain lean is to eat fewer carbohydrates or to change the type of carbohydrates we do eat and, for some of us, perhaps to eat virtually none at all.
TNT DIET - Targeted Nutrition Tactics
by Jeff Volek, Ph.D., RD and Adam Campbell, Men's Health Magazine
The explosive new plan to blast fat, build muscle and get healthy.
The TNT Diet is a great book for bodybuilders and everyone else who wants to preserve and build lean muscle while controlling body fat. This book is a must read for anyone on the low-carbohydrate diet.
Active Low-Carber Forums - Atkins & low-carbohydrate Diet Support Group
You can talk with others who have bowel diseases or Candida about their experiences. Registration is free but is required before you can post your own message or question. You can click above to visit and read posts by others. Look for the "Candida Yeast & IBS" topic link.
Life Without Bread: How a Low-Carbohydrate Diet Can Save Your Life
Life Without Bread is an important addition to the growing body of literature on the benefits and importance of low-carb diet. Written by Christian Allan, Ph.D., and Wolfgang Lutz, M.D., the book is based on Dr. Lutz's experience using carbohydrate restricted diets with thousands of patients for more than 40 years. It is based on extensive research in the medical and scientific literature and provides ample references. The book presents a unified theory of how high (and even moderate) levels of dietary carbohydrate cause or exacerbate various health problems and how carbohydrate restriction can help people to recover from those problems.
The book Life Without Bread by Christian Allan, Ph.D. and Wolfgang Lutz, M.D. has a chapter on gastrointestinal diseases. Don't be mislead by the title to believe the cure is the simple elimination of bread. Mr. Lutz's older book is out of print but has essentially the same information. It may even contain more detail than his new book above. Fortunately, Chapter VII: Gastro-Intestinal Tract of the older book can be read online.
Dr. Atkins' New Diet Revolution - Revised and Improved
The Atkins' New Diet Revolution is the best book for an initial dietary change and quick weight loss, reduced blood pressure, and reduced cholesterol. Look for the companion book for recipes. It has some very interesting case studies from the doctor's patients. It includes data from past civilizations proving the low-carbohydrate diet is the most healthy.
Robert C. Atkins, M.D. ISBN: 006001203X.
Dr. Atkins' Age-Defying Diet Revolution
This is Dr. Atkins newest book. The main topics are the cause, prevention, and cure for diabetes and heart disease which have become major health concerns in the United States and many other developed countries.
Robert C. Atkins, M.D. with Sheila Buff ISBN: 0312251890.
Dr. Atkins' Vita-Nutrient Solution: Nature's Answer To Drugs
This is the best book for determining the correct vitamin and mineral dosage for therapeutic (disease curing) effect, excessive dosage amounts, and normal recommendations. Dr. Atkins' Vita-Nutrient Solution discusses the vital function of vitamins and nutritional supplements and then provides a list of diseases and complaints that the supplements can help cure or alleviate.
Protein Power Lifeplan
This book by Dr. Michael and Dr. Mary Dan Eades has an excellent chapter on "Leaky Gut Syndrome" which describes the cause of bowel diseases and autoimmune diseases.
Why Stomach Acid is Good for You
This groundbreaking book unleashes a brilliant new plan for permanently curing heartburn by relieving the root cause of the problem -- low stomach acid. The fact is that heartburn is caused by too little stomach acid -- not too much, as many doctors profess. Book by Jonathan V. Wright and Lane Lenard.
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CoEnzyme Q10 has been shown to provide significant improvements in the heart and circulatory system, prevent heart attacks, prevent cancer, retard existing cancer conditions and greatly improve the immune system. Some advisers suggest people with health problem increase CoEnzyme Q10 from 30 mg - 60 mg capsules per meal minimum up to 300 mg per day. High doses are non-toxic. Liquid gel caps are best. The book, "Encyclopedia of Nutritional Supplements" by Michael T. Murray, listed in the links below is a must read. L-Carnitine is one of the most important supplements for providing protection and health for the brain, heart and circulatory system. One good source of reference is the book, "Encyclopedia of Nutritional Supplements." GTF (glucose tolerance factor) Chromium, 200 mcg per day for the control of blood sugar in the prevention of weight gain, heart disease, and diabetes. Do not take with zinc or meals as this prevents the absorption of the chromium. Flaxseed oil should be avoided in favor of DHA and EPA-rich Carlson's Lemon Flavored Cod Liver Oil that is packed with nitrogen to avoid oxidation. Avoid other fish oil capsules which tend to oxidize and cause the oil to become rancid. Men and menopausal women should avoid iron. Menopausal women should take calcium - magnesium tablets. Menopausal women should try natural progesterone cream. See the book by Dr. John R. Lee titled, "What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Menopause." The above nutritional program also provides a good level of vitamin D which is vital in the prevention of prostate cancer.
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