HOW MUCH DO YOU KNOW ABOUT THE LEADING CAUSE OF DEATH?

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Question: What is the leading cause of death?

Answer: Heart Disease

The most commonly believed and accepted measure of heart health by the average consumer is CHOLESTEROL LEVELS. What the consumer is unaware of is:

“80% of time, people who have had heart attacks have the EXACT SAME TOTAL CHOLESTEROL as people who have never had heart attacks.”

We need to begin viewing and understanding cholesterol in the same way we view and understand FEVER. When the immune system detects unwanted bacteria, it begins elevating the core body temperature (FEVER) to create an environment unfriendly to this pathogen. Doctors do NOT treat this infection by focusing on reducing the fever; they focus on the bacteria (the CAUSE of the ELEVATED TEMPERATURE) and provide drugs to kill the bacteria. The elevation in cholesterol (similar to the elevation in FEVER) is a RESPONSE rather than a CAUSE (in most cases.)

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What are some of the CAUSES of increased total cholesterol?

  1. Increased stress: this increases a hormone called cortisol that requires cholesterol to “make it.”

  2. Inflammation: High blood pressure, free radical formation, damage to blood vessels, alterations in the viscosity (thickness) of the blood (resulting in blood clots) all contribute to increased cholesterol attempting to control the body in a state of compromise.

  3. Compromised health: Diabetes, Obesity and Thyroid imbalances are conditions that contribute to ongoing states of inflammation that commonly RESULT in elevated total cholesterol.

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QUESTION: WHY IS CHOLESTEROL USED AS A MARKER FOR HEART DISEASE IF IT’S NOT ACCURATE?

ANSWER: IT IS EASILY MEASURED IN A BLOOD SAMPLE. IT IS ALSO EASILY LOWERED WITH CHOLESTEROL DRUGS CREATING AN APPEARANCE OF IMPROVED HEART HEALTH.

QUESTION: ARE CHOLESTEROL LOWERING MEDICATIONS EFFECTIVE AT TREATING OR PREVENTING HEART DISEASE?

ANSWER: NOT ACCORDING TO INDEPENDENT RESEARCH!

Chris Kresser, M.S., L.Ac is a globally recognized leader in nutrition, functional medicine and integrative medicine. In Chris’s article he references the NNT group (physicians using the highest quality evidence-based studies including the Cochrane Reviews,) who accept no outside funding or advertisements. The results of this meta-analysis written by David Newman, MD is as follows:

Primary prevention (those without pre-existing heart disease) 1

  • 98% saw no benefit at all

  • 1.6% (1 in 60) were helped by preventing a heart attack

  • 0.4% (1 in 268) were helped by preventing a stroke

  • 1.5% (1 in 67) were harmed by developing diabetes

  • 10% (1 in 10) were harmed by muscle damage

Secondary prevention (those with pre-existing heart disease) 2

  • 96% saw no benefit at all

  • 1.2% (1 in 83) had their lifespan extended (were saved from a fatal heart attack)

  • 2.6% (1 in 39) were helped by preventing a repeat heart attack

  • 0.8% (1 in 125) were helped by preventing a stroke

  • 0.6% (1 in 167) were harmed by developing diabetes

  • 10% (1 in 10) were harmed by muscle damage

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If maintaining “GOOD” cholesterol numbers ISN’T an accurate or effective method to treating heart disease (in most cases) must we resign ourselves to the fact that EACH OF US will likely be one of the 17+ MILLION people that die each year from this disease?

NOT IF YOU CHOOSE TO PREVENT IT RATHER THAN BEING THE CAUSE OF IT!

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YOU (AND YOUR LIFESTYLE) ARE THE BEST PREVENTATIVE TREATMENT FOR HEART DISEASE!

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Pills and surgery DO NOT REPLACE essential lifestyle behaviors. Pills and surgery WILL NEVER BE CAPABLE OF RESTORING GOOD HEALTH TO THE BODY. AT BEST, they stabilize a sub par level of health and DYSfunction.

TO PREVENT THE LEADING CAUSE OF DEATH (IN MOST CASES,) IT COMES DOWN TO YOU:

  1. Eating REAL QUALITY FOOD in portions that sustain the individual’s lifestyle. It is essential to minimize processed, high sodium, high sugary foods containing dyes and other chemical preservatives.

  2. Exercising to strengthen all physical and mental aspects of health.

  3. Stress reduction to help maintain a healthy internal environment.

  4. Quality sleep to provide time for healing and recovery.

  5. Proper QUANTITIES of hydration (WATER INTAKE.)

  6. Quitting smoking.

  7. Healthy social interactions with family and friends.

Now that you know the facts about the #1 killer THROUGHOUT THE WORLD,

WILL YOU CHOOSE TO BE PART OF THE 17+ MILLION, OR CHOOSE TO LIVE A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE AND EXPERIENCE THE QUALITY OF LIFE IT OFFERS?

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9 comments

  1. I got one out of the seven “prevention” steps you list. I guess the fact that I even hit the list should account for something 🙂
    Good article. Reinforces what my nutritionist has been working with me on – inflammation.

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    1. One ALWAYS beats NONE! We all have to start somewhere. It’s a process which requires patience AND persistence. Small ongoing achievements helps motivate a persistent attitude. Gradually add on prevention steps at a pace you’re comfortable with (that can be maintained FOREVER!) Although I understand the mentality for “quick” and “jumpstart,” I ONLY design processes aimed for LONG TERM SUCCESSFUL results.

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  2. My step-father died of a massive heart attack at 56. His cholesterol level tested inside a normal range. He did, however, have high BP and was morbidly obese and a workaholic. A deadly trifecta of disease.

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    1. I’m sorry about your step father. Once again, however, he proves that lifestyle plays a much more significant role concerning heart disease than a total serum cholesterol number. Thank you for sharing this. People need to see this reality and readers sharing these stories puts this reality into perspective.

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  3. I would have guess cancer.

    Regular exercise has been part of our routine for several months. We eat a lot of avocados, too. Aren’t they good for lowering cholesterol?

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    1. Yes. Specifically they can alter the LDL (bad DENSE LDL cholesterol) and lower the triglycerides as part of a healthy diet. Combining diet and exercise, helps reduce the chances of heart disease SIGNIFICANTLY. Reduce and manage stress in a healthy manner and you drop the risks even further.

      It sounds like the two of you have really come a long way in a reasonably short period of time. Keep with it!

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  4. Health Mastery Movement · · Reply

    Thanks for yet another informative post! We always learn so much from you. 🙂

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    1. Thank you so much for staying in touch and sharing your positive comments. I hope you have learned as much from my site as I have learned from yours. Keep up the good work.

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      1. Health Mastery Movement · · Reply

        Our pleasure, Jonathan! 🙂 And thanks for the encouragement. It means so much to us!

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