Cardiovascular Disease: An Epidemic
When a world-renowned heart surgeon condemns the long held idea that cholesterol causes heart disease and points to the real cause of this epidemic, you sit up and listen. After more than 5,000 open heart surgeries over 25 years, Dwight Lundell, MD, has realized the extreme error he and his colleagues have made in asserting what actually causes Cardiovascular Disease (CVD). The predominantly accepted therapy then, and still overwhelmingly adhered to today, was prescribing medications to lower cholesterol (statins) and a diet that severely restricts fat intake.
Does Cholesterol Cause CVD?
The claim that cholesterol leads to CVD is simply false. This claim was originally initiated as a marketing tool to sell oils and margarine in competition to butter, lard and tallow. Eventually, the idea became dogma as it was falsely repeated year after year.
“These recommendations are no longer scientifically or morally defensible. The discovery a few years ago that inflammation in the artery wall is the real cause of heart disease is slowly leading to a paradigm shift in how heart disease and other chronic ailments will be treated.”Dwight Lundell, MD
The Real Cause
The biggest culprits of chronic inflammation are simple: highly processed carbohydrates, i.e. sugar and flour, and excess Omega-6 vegetable oils, such as soybean, corn, and sunflower oils that are found in all processed foods (especially fast foods). A 2018 report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention bucks the notion that poorer Americans favor fast food the most. In fact, fast food consumption actually rises with income. While about 32% of lower income people ate fast food daily, more than 36% of middle-income people ate fast food on a given day, as did 42% of those with higher income. As a nation, Americans eat fast food between four to five times per week, equating to 18.2 meals in an average month.
Change Your Diet & Lifestyle
Instead, choose organic complex carbohydrates such as organic fruits and vegetables (eat the rainbow), and free-range organic poultry and beef as a source of protein. Cut down on inflammation-causing Omega-6 fats and increase good fats. Chronic inflammation induced CVD, as well as most of the chronic diseases affecting Americans today, are reversible with proper changes in diet along with improvements in environmental and personal lifestyle choices.