And Cholesterol is Not the Cause
Those who pay attention to the research know now that the cholesterol theory is well and truly disproven. In spite of the low-fat, low-cholesterol drive in western society, heart attacks are not decreasing. When saturated fats were an accepted part of our diets, around 1900, heart attacks were statistically rare – unlike today. Limiting cholesterol has also caused new health problems. And the statin drugs are causing many health problems!
Doctors Are Gradually Waking Up
Dr. Dwight Lundell performed more than 5,ooo open-heart surgeries over a period of 25 years. He once believed that heart disease was the result of elevated cholesterol levels. He treated his patients with medications that lowered cholesterol, and a diet that limited fat intake.
Eventually, however, Dr. Lundell came to see inflammation in the artery wall as the true cause of heart disease. He writes: “Without inflammation, cholesterol would move freely throughout the body as nature intended. It is inflammation that causes cholesterol to become trapped.”
What is the Cause of This Inflammation?
Inflammation is a defense mechanism. However, when inflammation becomes chronic, it causes many health problems. Dr. Lundell points out the two main reasons that so many Americans suffer from chronic inflammation:
- Over-consumption of Omega 6 vegetable oils (corn, soybean, palm, canola and sunflower oils – the very oils that were supposed to save us)
- A diet containing too many processed carbohydrates (flours and sugars)
How These Foods Cause Damage
Dr. Lundell explains how these two foods – simple sugars and omega 6 oils – cause damage in the blood vessels:
- Refined carbs break down quickly and the body is unable to process the excess of sugar in the blood. Sugar molecules attach to proteins and cause injury to the wall of the blood vessel. This repeated injury sets off a cycle of chronic inflammation.
- Excess sugar is stored as fat, and overloaded fat cells then produce pro-inflammatory chemicals.
- Omega-6 should be balanced with Omega 3 in a ratio of about 3:1. The overload of Omega 6 in processed foods is between 15:1 and 30:1. This imbalance causes cell membranes to produce cytokines, chemicals that cause inflammation.
Dr. Lundell cautions that inflammation can end in:
- High blood pressure
- Heart disease
- Alzheimer’s disease
To reverse chronic inflammation: “There is but one answer to quieting inflammation, and that is returning to foods closer to their natural state.”
Practical ways to reduce heart attack risk:
- Eat more protein
- Add complex carbohydrates to your diet by eating colorful fruits and vegetables
- Reduce omega-6 oils like corn or soybean oil; use olive oil or butter (from grass-fed beef) instead
- Choose fresh, whole, unprocessed foods