High cholesterol theories of vascular disease are too
simple. Cardiovascular and cerebrovascular events are thought of,
simplistically, as just one disease. We prefer a whole system's interactive
model. The total impact of the food supply must be considered. The role of the
immune system producing inflammatory events in arterial walls must be
considered. Immune attacks may be caused and/or promoted by food proteins, by
infections and by chemically altered lipids on arterial walls.
Some good questions to ask are:
What about the sugar content of foods?
What about food proteins triggering blood vessel
What food factors increase clotting and increase the
workload on the heart?
What dietary conditions predispose to arrhythmias?
What dietary factors are protective against ischemic damage
to the heart and brain?
Other Arterial Pathogens include:
1. Excess Sugars: glucose, fructose and sorbitol
2. Food proteins acting as antigens > inflammation
4. Vitamin Deficiencies
The mechanisms of arterial disease in diabetics appear to
be multiple. A cascading series of adverse events follows the onset of high
blood sugars and can only be controlled by complete, comprehensive diet and
increased exercise. The problems of diabetics can be generalized somewhat to all
people with arteriosclerosis and a prudent policy would be to reduce the sugars,
sucrose and fructose in the diet. You should not add extra sugar to food. You
never buy a bag of sugar, a bottle of syrup, a pot of honey, or a can of
Dietary Fat Ideas Need Revision
Different views of fat intake have appeared in the medical literature. Old
ideas require revision. Lundberg wrote: “The official American Heart
Association's (AHA) "Presidential Advisory" on dietary fats and cardiovascular
disease was published in the AHA's own journal, Circulation, on June 15, 2017,
with much public relations hoopla. The authors ignored the world literature and
cherry-picked four studies they considered the best, and pronounced that
lowering the intake of saturated fat, coupled with a higher intake of
polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fat, would reduce cardiovascular disease by
about 30%. A systematic review and meta-analysis of many observational
studies and clinical trials by six authors from Cambridge, England, published in
the Annals of Internal Medicine, found no evidence that low consumption of total
saturated fats and high consumption of polyunsaturated fats affected relative
risks for coronary artery disease. 11 authors from Hamilton and Toronto,
Ontario, Canada, reported, in a systematic review and meta-analysis of many
prospective cohort studies, that intake of saturated fats was not associated
with all-cause mortality, cardiovascular disease, coronary heart disease,
ischemic stroke, or type 2 diabetes, although trans fats, especially of
industrial origin, were.”
We take a middle view and
suggest following guidelines. Some vegetable oils have important health benefits. Olive
oil, for example, is protective. Ornish treated patients with a very low fat
vegan diet, similar to strict versions of the Alpha Nutrition Program but
with no meat. He demonstrated improvement in patients with established coronary
artery disease. Ornish's patients combined strict diet control with exercise,
yoga, and meditation. Fat intake was less than 10%. Ornish concluded that
corrective diet and life-style changes will reverse established blood vessel
disease and improve the quality of life. Current recommendations for fat intake
are shrinking progressively from 35% of total calories to less than 20%. Typical
American diets contain as much as 37% fat, a surplus. A total of 15-25 grams of
fat per day supplies our needs. The minimum requirement for fat intake is 1-2%
of total calories for adults and 3% for infants. If you have normal
cholesterol levels, your level of fat intake should be less than 30% of daily
calories with 70% fat as vegetable oil. If you have elevated risk of arterial
disease, your total fat intake should drop to less than 20% of total daily
calories. Canola and flax oil provide alpha-linolenic acid, the essential
omega-3 fatty acid.
Fat is Not the Only Cause of Arterial Disease
The Alpha Nutrition Program can be recommended, along with
Alpha DMX, exercise and relaxation as a rational strategy of
preventing and managing cardiovascular disease. The program is
designed to reduce sodium, cholesterol, total fat, saturated fats,
while increasing calcium, potassium, folic acid, omega 3 fatty acids
and vegetable fiber. These are all desirable measures in the effort
to prevent blood vessel diseases, heart attacks and strokes.
High Blood Pressure According to the Canadian Coalition
for High Blood Pressure Prevention and Control, non-drug strategies
should be the priority for hypertension control. Smoking cessation,
low sodium, low fat diet, weight loss, exercise, reduced alcoholic
beverage consumption, and increased calcium, magnesium and potassium
intake are the important steps to avoid high blood pressure.
Major diseases originate from eating too much of the wrong food and damage is
done to many organs simultaneously. The evidence does suggest that some
interventions are beneficial in terms of preventing heart attacks and strokes
and that disease progression can be halted by important changes in diet and
increased exercise. The occurrence of a heart attack or stroke confirms that
atherosclerosis is advanced, damage has been done and that the rules of
intervention have changed. We suggest that a prudent person suffering early
vascular dysfunction symptoms would be wise to pursue vigorous, thorough diet
revision at the earliest opportunity.
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