Arterial Disease

Some Topics


Fat Is Not the Only Pathogen in Food

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 inflammation?

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

3. Homocysteine

4. Vitamin Deficiencies

5. Inflammation

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 molasses.

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 develop some 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 15% 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.

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