“I’m a Vegetarian!”
Made you look!
No, these were some famous words spoken by recently deceased Michael Clark Duncan, of the “Green Mile” fame. PETA was excited about this and featured the story on their website just three years ago. The site depicts a very fit and strong-looking Duncan proclaiming that he had never felt better. From the site:
Michael keeps his trimmer, fitter body strong by getting much of his vitamins and nutrients from plants. Instead of packing on protein from an artery-clogging steak, he eats fruits, vegetables, and legumes such as beans, peanuts, and tofu, just like vegetarian athletes Ricky Williams, Mac Danzig, and Daniel Bryan, just to name a few. Going vegetarian keeps Michael at a lesser risk of our nation’s biggest killers, including cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and strokes.”
The very popular claim made by the conventional wisdom is that eating plants and avoiding red meat will decrease your risk of heart attack because it supposedly does not clog your arteries. Why do they say this? Because clogged arteries have cholesterol in them and they mistakenly conclude that cholesterol is the reason the heart attack occurred. This is very similar to blaming the firemen for starting the fire merely because they were present at the scene of the crime.
Back in the 1950′s, Dr. Benjamin P. Stadler wrote:
“Numerous observations made by me have indicated
that abnormally low blood sugar concentrations by themselves
do not cause heart pain if there are no violent fluctuations
in the blood sugar. The rapid rate of change in
the downward direction results in a severe environmental
change for the heart muscle to which it fails to accommodate
readily and so the muscle is embarrassed and the
symptoms of pain are felt by the patient.”
This is old stuff but no one seems to be paying attention. The diet that we eat must be one that keeps blood sugar levels steady. A diet that is rich in carbohydrate foods will keep the blood sugar wiidly fluctuating and in an individual that is susceptible to heart attacks, the fluctuations trigger the event. No amount of prayer or faith will allow you to escape this fate unless you make real changes to your diet. No amount of physical conditioning will spare you from heart disease. This is the simple hypothesis that needs to be refuted. Unfortunately, it won’t be as it has been proven over and over again. Heart attacks increase or decrease with the consumption of sugar and its products. That includes the grains and the other so-called health foods found in the food pyramid. Fats and proteins do not significantly impact blood sugar and that is why they are so wonderful to eat. That is why carbohydrate-restricted diets consistently outperform other diets in controlled studies. Not just in terms of weight loss but in terms of markers for heart health as well. Despite these straightforward observations, people still continue to spout the conventional wisdom hoping for different results.
Don’t be one of these victims. Take charge of your heart health today. Eat red meat and avoid carbohydrates of all kinds. If you must eat vegetables than do it with plenty of meat and saturated fat to protect your heart and yes, your arteries too. The Masai of Kenya have no heart attacks among their population and it’s not because of all the walking they do. Their diet of meat and milk keeps them protected. They actually have very high atheroclerosis but no heart attacks. Why? Because their blood sugars remain steady. Understand once and for all that the fat on your steak does not somehow pass from your stomach directly to your arteries to clog them. In fact, the dietary fat you eat has little to do with the fat that is around your waistline. The same is true regarding choleserol and salt. The eggs you should be eating for breakfast have very little (if anything) to do with your body cholesterol. Your body makes its own cholesterol. You can decrease your salt intake all you want but if you eat sugar, your body will retain more water thus prompting your body to retain more salt. Stop eating carbohydrate-rich foods and you will lose weight and your blood pressure will come down all by itself regardless of how much salt you shake on your food.
I’ve written much about cholesterol on this site. Use my search bar to read more on the subject. Two people can have the same LDL value but one can be healthy and the other will be looking at heart disease. The number is irrelevant. It’s the makeup of the LDL themselves. The low-density lipoprotein originates in the liver and is a vehicle that transports cholesterol and fat. The size of these particles determines the health of the LDL. They will either be small and dense or large and fluffy. Large and fluffy is what we want. How do they get fluffy? (By the way, that’s the same as asking, how do we increase our “good” cholesterol?) By eating saturated fat. Yes, you read that correctly!
The miracle begins during your next meal. Stop praying and hoping for good health. Train your fork in the right direction and chronic disease will be a thing of the past. It may be too late for some of you to escape everything but I believe you’ll have a much better shot at whatever comes your way if you get your diet in order.Share on Twitter
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