Heart surgeon tells about the real causes of heart disease

Dr. Dwight Lundell says that the real cause of diseases - not cholesterol and fatty foods, like for a long time believed most of his colleagues. Studies have shown that cardiovascular diseases occur due to chronic inflammation of the walls of arteries. If this inflammation is not present, the cholesterol will build up in the blood vessels, and will be able to circulate freely in them.

We doctors have a substantial training, knowledge and authority often differ too high self-esteem, which prevent us to admit that we are wrong. That's the point. I openly admit that I'm wrong. As a heart surgeon with 25 years of experience, who spent more than 5,000 open heart surgeries, today I will try to fix the error associated with a medical or scientific fact.

As I trained together with other prominent physicians for many years, are now "doing medicine." By publishing articles in the scientific literature, constantly attending educational seminars, we endlessly insisted on the fact that heart disease is only a result of high cholesterol levels in the blood.

The only acceptable treatment was a prescription medication to lower cholesterol and a diet that severely restricts fat intake. The latter, of course, we are assured, it was to lower cholesterol and prevent heart disease. Deviations from these recommendations were considered heresy, or the result of medical negligence.

All this does not work!

All these recommendations are no longer scientifically and morally justified. Several years ago the discovery was made: the real cause of heart disease is inflammation in the artery wall. Gradually this discovery leads to a change in the concept of the fight against heart disease and other chronic diseases.

Applicable for centuries dietary recommendations contributed to the spread of the epidemic of obesity and diabetes, the consequences of which dwarf any plague in terms of mortality, human suffering and severe economic consequences.

Despite the fact that 25% of the population (US -.! Live up) receives expensive statin drugs, despite the fact that we have reduced the fat content of their diet, the percent of Americans who die from cardiovascular disease is higher in this year than when before-or.

Statistics of the American Heart Association shows that 75 million Americans currently suffer from cardiovascular disease, 20 million have diabetes and 57 million have prediabetes. These diseases are a "younger».

Every year Simply put, if there is no inflammation in the body, cholesterol does not accumulate in the blood vessel wall, and thus lead to heart disease and strokes. If there is no inflammation, cholesterol moves freely in the body, as originally conceived nature. This inflammation causes cholesterol deposits.

The inflammation is not unusual - it is simply a natural defense the body from external "enemies" such as bacteria, toxins or viruses. The cycle of inflammation is perfect to protect your body from these bacterial and viral invaders. However, if we chronically expose your body is exposed to toxins or eat products for processing where it does not fit, there is a condition called chronic inflammation. Chronic inflammation is just as harmful as curative acute inflammation.

What reasonable person would be constantly consciously eat foods, or other substances that injure the body? Perhaps smokers, but at least they made this choice consciously.

The rest of us just stick to the recommended and widely promoted by a diet low in fat and high in polyunsaturated fats and carbohydrates, not knowing that by doing so we are repeatedly traumatized their blood vessels. These repeated injuries provoke chronic inflammation, which in turn leads to heart disease, stroke, diabetes and obesity.

Let me repeat: our trauma and inflammation of the blood vessels caused by a diet low in fat, recommended for many years traditional medicine

. What are the main causes of chronic inflammation? Simply put, it is the excess consumption of foods high in simple processed carbohydrates (sugar, flour and all products made of them), as well as excessive consumption of vegetable oils in omega-6, such as soybean, corn and sunflower that are found in many processed foods. < br>
Take a moment and see what would happen if some time with a stiff brush to rub the soft skin, until it becomes completely red, until the bruising. Imagine that you are doing it several times a day, every day for five years. If you could endure this pain, there would be bleeding, swelling of the affected area, and would be aggravated by trauma each time. This is a good way to visualize the inflammatory process that may occur in your body right now.

Regardless of where the inflammatory process occurs outside or inside, it proceeds equally. I saw thousands and thousands of the inside of the arteries. Patient artery looks as if someone took a brush and constantly rubbed on the walls of the arteries. Several times a day, every day we eat foods that cause slight injuries, which is then transformed into a more serious injury, causing the body to constantly and regularly respond to inflammation.

When we enjoy the exquisite taste of sweet buns, our body reacts with anxiety, as if the foreign invaders arrived and declared war. Products with excessive sugar and simple carbohydrates, and foods processed with a view to long-term storage of omega-6 fats, are the foundation of the American diet for six decades. These products are all slowly poisoned.

How does a sweet bun can cause inflammation, which makes us sick?

Imagine that the keyboard poured syrup, and you will see what is going on inside the cell. When we consume simple carbohydrates such as sugar, blood sugar rises rapidly. In response, the pancreas secretes insulin, whose main purpose is the transfer of sugar into each cell, where it is stored for energy. If the cell is full and does not need glucose, it does not participate in the process, to avoid the accumulation of excessive sugar.

When your full cells reject the excess glucose, the blood sugar level rises, it produces more insulin, and glucose is converted to fat accumulation.

What has all this to inflammation? Blood sugar level is extremely narrow range. More sugar molecules are attached to different proteins that, in turn, damage the blood vessel wall. This repeated injury turns inflammation. When you raise your blood sugar levels several times a day, every day, there is the same effect as from the friction of sandpaper on the walls of blood vessels fragile.

Although you can not see it, I assure you, it is. For 25 years I have seen it in more than 5000 patients who were operated on, and for all of them characterized by the same thing - an inflammation in the arteries

. Let's go back to the sweet bun. This innocent-looking treat not only contains sugar: baked bun using one of the many omega-6 oils, such as soybean. Chips and fries are soaked in soybean oil; processed foods are produced using the omega-6 to increase the shelf life. Despite the fact that the omega-6 are essential for the body - they are part of every cell membrane, which controls everything that goes in and out of cells - they must be in the correct balance with omega-3

. If the balance is shifted towards omega-6, the cell membrane produces chemicals called cytokines that directly cause inflammation.

Existing today in the US diet is different extreme imbalance of these two fats. Imbalance ranges from 15: 1 to 30: 1, and more in favor of omega-6. This creates conditions for a large number of cytokines that cause inflammation. The optimal and healthy food in a modern environment is a ratio of 3:. 1

What's worse, being overweight, which you get by eating these foods creates overloaded fat cells. They secrete a large number of pro-inflammatory chemicals that contribute to the harm caused by high levels of blood sugar. The process, which began with sweet buns, eventually turns into a vicious circle, which causes heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and finally, Alzheimer's disease, and inflammation persists ...

The more we consume ready-made and processed foods, the more, day by day, little by little, causing inflammation. The human body can not process food, rich in sugar and cooked in oil, rich in omega-6, - he was not suited for this

. There is only one way of eliminating inflammation, and a transition to consume products in their natural form. Choose carbohydrates such as colorful fruits and vegetables. Reduce or even eliminate from the diet, causing inflammation of the omega-6 fats, such as corn and soybean oils, and processed foods made with their use.

One tablespoon of corn oil contains 7280 milligrams of omega-6; Soy contains 6940 milligrams of omega-6. Instead, use olive oil or butter made from cow's milk, reared on vegetable food.

Science, which indicates that saturated fats increase blood cholesterol levels is also very weak. Since we now know exactly what cholesterol is not the cause of cardiovascular disease. Concerns about saturated fat is even more absurd.

cholesterol theory led to recommendations defatted food consumption, food with low fat content, which in turn led to the creation of most foods that currently cause inflammation epidemic. Advanced medicine made a terrible mistake when he advised the people to abandon the saturated fat in favor of foods that are high in omega-6 fats. Now we are faced with an epidemic of arterial inflammation leading to heart disease and causing other silent killers.

Therefore it is best to choose whole foods that our grandmothers used, rather than those that our mothers bought in grocery stores full of food factory. Excluding the "inflammatory" foods in the diet and adding essential nutrients from fresh raw food, you start to deal with the damage, which over the years has caused your arteries throughout the body, and the typical American diet.

* Dr. Dwight Lundell - a former staff director and head of the department of surgery at Banner Heart Hospital, Mesa, Arizona. In the same town was his private clinic Cardiac Care Center. Recently, Dr. Lundell left the surgery, to focus on the treatment of cardiovascular diseases with diet therapy. He is the founder of Healthy Humans Foundation, which promotes the improvement of the population. The emphasis is on helping large corporations to strengthen the health personnel. He is also the author of "Cure for Heart Disease" and "great cholesterol deception."


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