Abolishing Heart Disease
The truth be told, coronary artery disease, the most common form of heart disease which is responsible for heart attacks need never exist and if it does exist, it need never progress.
How can one make that statement when coronary disease is the leading killer of women and men in western civilization?
Battle casualties from the Korean and Vietnam conflicts yielded an 80% incidence of coronary heart disease at autopsy despite an average age of 20 years. Hardly a family in this country does not have an immediate or distant relative or friend who has experienced heart disease. A study of civilian casualties between the ages of 16 and 34 who die from accidents, homicides and suicides reveal coronary heart disease in every person. Dr. Lewis Kuller, a professor of public health from the University of Pittsburg from his 10 years cardiovascular health study made the following statement in April 2006: “All males who are 65 years of age and older who have been exposed to the traditional western diet have cardiovascular disease and should be treated as such.”
Does this mean we are all destined to become ill from coronary heart disease? Not so fast. Dr. William Castelli, who directed the world famous NIH Framingham study in the mid 1980’s stated of the 5.5 billion people on earth, 4 billion will never have heard of heart disease. He meant at that time it was limited to persons living in western civilization and those populations who could afford to eat milk and dairy products, eggs, meat, chicken, white flour and processed oils on a regular basis.
World War II provided a graphic example of how the ravages of these diseases could be totally halted. Norway was one of several western European nations occupied by Nazi Germany during the conflict between 1939 through 1945. The Germans removed all animal livestock from these occupied countries. The native population subsisted on whole grains, legumes, vegetables and fruit. Almost immediately death from heart attacks and strokes in Norway plummeted. With the cessation of hostilities in 1945 animal products became available as well as an immediate return to the prewar levels of deaths from these illnesses. It is a powerful lesson in public health about the cause and cure of our most common killer-heart disease. This message was not heeded by the medical profession or the public. It has been just the reverse. The popularity and success of western culture has adversely influenced Asian and developing cultures, so they seek to emulate our toxic western diet. As a result coronary artery disease is predicated to become the number one global disease burden by 2020.
Rural China, the Papua Highlanders of New Guinea, central Africans and the Tarahumara Indians of northern Mexico adhere to plant based nutrition and are spared this galloping epidemic which is a disease of affluence.
American leadership in public health has been a total failure in its attempt to curtail this disease. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) every 5 years refashions American’s food pyramid, without ever relinquishing the very foods which cause the epidemic. The USDA leadership are all former power brokers of the beef, dairy, pork and poultry industries.
The medical profession has an even poorer record. It has taken the approach that every American must learn all the risk factors for heart disease such as smoking, high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, and strong family history. The profession’s risk factors emphasis is an unspoken concession that as Americans eat such a toxic diet, they will all develop the disease and knowing your risk factors may somehow alert you and your physician how fast it is catching you.
Modern medicine of the latter half of the 20th century and early 21st, must be condemned for its failure to share with the public the knowledge to eliminate the most common chronic killer disease such as heart disease, type II diabetes, obesity, hypertension, erectile dysfunction, and dementia all of which are a bitter harvest of the toxic western animal based nutrition.
Let us flush out further the problem of dementia. By age 85, it is recognized that 50% of Americans will have dementia. Newer research reveals that at age 50 Americans begin sustaining tiny little silent strokes, which as they continue, take a serious irreversible toll on the brain. Memory may become less astute by one’s 60’s and if these little strokes continue we now have dementia by the 70’s or 80’s. It it is the end product of vascular injury to the brain just as occurs with the heart.
The medical profession never lacking for a new expensive imaging device or procedure, developed coronary artery bypass surgery, angioplasty, and stents for blocked arteries to the heart. One has to be in awe of the delicacy of these surgical feats. But are they the answer? A most emphatic NO! The epidemic has not been altered since their inception. To be fair, in emergency situations, such as a heart attack they may be life saving or save heart muscle from damage,
Academic scholars are increasingly critical of the overemphasis of these interventions, which provide enormous financial reward to the physician.
The downside to these procedures is that many experience serious complications and die. Of 1 million stents performed this year 1% or 10,000 will die from the procedure. If we lost 10,000 G.I.’s this year in Iraq, it would be called carnage.
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