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How Can You Prevent Heart Disease?

Edward Palank, M.D., talks about the risks and warning signs of heart disease.

Cardiovascular disease is one of the feared diseases of most people. Especially to people who don’t control what they eat, take supplements intelligently, and who don’t participate in physical activities. In a nutshell, people who are overweight or obese.

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Actually, heart disease isn’t just about obesity and overweight. For as long as you consume foods that help produce free radicals that cause way too much scaring in your arteries, cholesterol in blood will accumulate over the scar tissue, blocking your arteries. Meals like the one pictured here are sure to give you clogged arteries.

But, you can also get a heart disease if you have family history of heart disease. Aside from the fact that heart disease is the leading killer in the U.S., what else do you need to know about heart disease?

Cardiovascular disease is a disorder that impacts the heart muscle or the arteries of the heart. It impacts you whenever your heart is not working the way it should. There are various kinds of cardiovascular disease like coronary heart disease, congenital cardiovascular disease, arrythmia heart disease, angina heart disease, and more.

Even so, organic cardiovascular disease is not a common heart problem. But, it is important to learn about this problem. Organic heart disease occurs when your heart is deformed or inflamed. The heart may operate poorly in different ways, like it can become irritable which can result in rapid beating. If your heart is not functioning properly, your breathing will be affected causing shortness of breath.

Organic heart disease may show inflammation of the heart with the formation of scar tissue which results in the deformation of the valves. Or, it may consist of hardening of the muscles of the heart preventing them from functioning properly. Or the muscular cells of the heart may soften and stretch. All of these different conditions are called organic heart diseases. Many people know only of heart valve disease when in truth this is not as serious as organic heart disease.

An enlarged heart is also another form of organic heart disease. Jim Fixx, the author of “The Complete Book of Running“, had a congenitally enlarged heart. But, died of a heart attack while running. He had clogged arteries which he neglected.

Inflammation due to rheumatism may be a cause, or some other form of infection. But, it usually develops over time through the influences that exist in your life.

Symptoms such as shortness of breath is commonly the first sign of heart disease. But, it can misdirect you to blame your lungs and not your heart. A rapidly beating heart may also be a signal of heart disease. Or the heart may seem to stop at times and then continues to beat again. Or you may experience a strong sense of pain in the chest, arms, or legs.

But, the sound of the heart in a person with heart disease often requires the trained ear of a specialist to notice.

How Can You Prevent Heart Disease?

Dr. Esselstyn’s ongoing 21-year study shows that you CAN reverse and prevent heart disease and save your life. Of 20 patients sent home to die by their cardiologists in 1989, every one is still alive and healthy today, and heart-disease free, even though together they had had a total of 63 cardiac events before entering his study.

Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, MD of the famed Cleveland Clinic, gives a FULL 62 minute talk about reversing heart disease with a plant based diet, from the 2003 VegSource Healthy Lifestyle Expo

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Most heart disease is reversible. It requires a healthy lifestyle including healthy food, good nutrition, and proper exercise. But, the best prescription is to maintain a healthy lifestyle before you develop heart disease and prevent it from happening.

Are You Getting Enough Fiber? Low Fiber Medical Conditions You May Have

Fiber is the indigestible part of plants that goes completely through our digestive system without being broken down and absorbed into our bodies. Fiber absorbs water and helps make bowel movements easy.

Most Americans consume about half the fiber they should. The guidelines indicate we should consume about 14 grams of fiber for ever 1000 Calories we consume. Most people who consume about 2000 Calories a day get only about 15 grams of fiber.

Getting enough fiber means chewing raw vegetables and fruits, plant food. Consuming enough fiber is rare, especially when you consume fruit juices and fast foods.

Are You Getting Enough Fiber?

What About Fruit and Vegetable Juices?

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We all want vitamins and minerals in our diets. One way we think is helpful is by getting them from fruits and vegetables. So, many people drink fruit and vegetable juices. You might think that this is an easy way to get our recommended 5 to 13 servings of fruits and vegetables.

But, real juices (not sugary fruit “drinks”) consist mostly of the fluid contained in the fruit or vegetables. Most of the the pulp or fiber does not make it to the juice. Most people who buy juices or practice juicing at home to get the nutrients in fruits or vegetables but not the benefits of the fiber.

For example, it takes about 4 large carrots to make one cup of carrot juice. The four large carrots contain 8 grams of fiber. But only two grams of fiber makes it to the carrot juice. You lose 75% of the fiber when juicing carrots or buying carrot juice.

If you want and need more fiber, you should consider blending smoothies instead of consuming juices. Smoothies have the nutrients of fruits and vegetables plus all the fiber.

What About Fast Foods?

Most fast foods contain very little fiber. This helps you consume them faster without a lot of chewing on the bulky fiber. It gets you out of the restaurant quick and on your way!

Here are some examples

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McDonald’s

McDonald’s feeds more than 62 million people per day. About 62,500 Big Macs are sold every hour in the United States. So, do you get good fiber with a Big Mac meal?

Let’s see.

Big Mac: 530 Calories and 3 grams of fiber
Medium French Fries: 340 Calories and 4 grams of fiber
Coca-Cola Classic (Medium): 200 Calories and 0 grams of fiber

Total for meal: 1070 Calories and 7 grams of fiber. You should have gotten more than 14 grams of fiber for this many Calories.

 

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Taco Bell

About half the US population eats at Taco Bell every month.

Quesarito-Checken: 640 Calories with 4 grams of fiber
Pepsi (16 ounce): 200 Calories and 0 grams of fiber

Total for meal: 840 Calories and 4 grams of fiber. You should have gotten about 12 grams of fiber for 840 Calories. of food.

This way of eating quickly with less chewing, avoiding fiber, to get on with more important things in life is leading to many medical conditions.

4 Ways to Increase Fiber-Rich Foods in Your Diet

Have Any of These Low Fiber Diet Medical Conditions?

Here are the results of a low fiber diet. If you have these conditions, you may be in need of more fiber in your diet.

  • Constipation: Hard, dry stools with sometimes less than three bowel movements a week.
  • Weight gain: Fiber helps you feel full and help keeps your blood sugar levels from being too elevated and then crashing, causing hunger and overeating.
  • Blood sugar fluctuations: Fiber slows down digestion helping to control blood sugar levels.
  • High cholesterol: Soluble fiber binds to cholesterol helping to keep it from going into your system to give you elevated cholesterol levels.
  • Cardiovascular disease: Elevated levels of LDL cholesterol increase the risk of arterial and heart disease.
  • Cancer: Some cancers of the colon and rectum are associated with a low fiber diet.
  • Hemorrhoids: Veins near the anus are irritated and swell when pushing or straining to have a bowel movement.

The “modern” way of eating faster and chewing less is not healthy. It leads you to support the medical industry when you find yourself suffering from one of the low-fiber medical conditions.

Do You Need a Fiber Supplement?

If you are going to continue eating this low-fiber way, you need to take some fiber supplements to avoid these low-fiber medical conditions.

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Stay healthy, get enough fiber.

Reduce Your Fructose Intake to Lose Weight

In America today, we are eating huge doses of sugar, especially high fructose corn syrup. In recent history, we’ve gone from 20 teaspoons of sugar per person per year (in the form of fruit) to about 150 pounds of sugar per person per year. That’s a half pound a day for every man, woman, and child in America.

Sugar at that dose is a toxin. And high fructose corn syrup is the worst toxin.

High fructose corn syrup is the real driver behind our current epidemic of obesity, type 2 diabetes, fatty liver, heart disease, cancer, and dementia. It contains mercury and other contaminants and is a marker of poor quality, processed food.

Watch this week’s House Call with me, Dr. Hyman to learn more about this poison in our food supply, where it hides, and how you can purge it from your kitchen and your life for good.

Why You Should Never Eat High Fructose Corn Syrup


Robert H. Lustig, MD, UCSF Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Endocrinology, calls fructose a poison. He explores through biochemistry and case studies about the damage caused by sugary foods. He argues that fructose (too much) and fiber (not enough) appear to be cornerstones of the obesity epidemic through their effects on insulin.

Sugar: The Bitter Truth


Some research has suggested that fructose may stimulate a hormonal response in the body that promotes weight gain, while other studies have hypothesized that fructose, vs. other forms of sugar, may trick you into thinking you are hungrier than you should be.

The expert view is that fructose may only be one ingredient causing people to gain weight, but other factors should be looked at, and overall calorie intake is likely high in obese people. Limit your consumption of fructose sweetened beverages and snack foods just as you would any simple carb. Get your carbs from whole grains and veggies instead. They suggest reading labels carefully and when you need a sweet, try to choose fruit over artificial candy and beverages.

The fact of the matter here is that added sugars, in any form, can be a significant factor in obesity.