The Three-pronged Toxic Food Avoidance Strategy For Optimal Wellbeing

The Three-Pronged Avoidance Strategy

Ketchup

 Top:Pour the ketchup ! Reports confirm that ketchup is at least 25 percent sugar in the form of corn syrup and high fructose corn syrup, which is quite damaging to the pancreas, the liver and the heart.

In Holistic & Happiness Medicine, one of the many imbalances that promote degenerative diseases is based on an excess of toxins and the deficiency in healthy nutrients. In biological reality, what a human being refuses to eat can be more important than many of the foods that are healthy to ingest. This is another situation where “less is more”, in terms of physiology, homeostasis and wellbeing optimization.

Avoidance of refined substances like white sugar, HFCS, Flour, Dairy and Vegetable Oils

In naturopathic medicine, we speak about the “three white angels of death”, refined and processed white sugar, white flour and homogenized pasteurized white dairy. While this saying is a bit reductionist and there can be exceptions with quality organic honey, cane, grains and dairy (See below), the scientific validity for characterizing these three refined “foods” as toxic rests on the havoc that  they create when they are processed and  adulterated.

 High-Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS), White Sugar &  Substances like Sodas/Ketchup are not Healthy

Unbeknownst to many, refined white sugar and high fructose corn sugar or syrup (HFCS) are some  the most addictive (surpassing cocaine) and deleterious junk food substance, the addictive effects of which leads to immune system paralysis (16), inflammation, diabetes, obesity, cardio vascular events and more. (17)

People are consuming HFCS and refined sugar in pharmacologic quantities never before experienced in human history, 140 pounds a year versus 20 teaspoons a year 10,000 years ago. Furthermore, High fructose corn syrup is always found in very poor-quality foods that are nutritionally deficient and filled with all sorts of other disease promoting compounds, fats, salt, chemicals, MSG  even mercury.  Dr Hymans, nine times New York TImes best author, describes “5 reasons high fructose corn syrup will kill you” (Source)  Below an excerpt from his blog.

“….Since there is there is no chemical bond between them, no digestion is required so they are more rapidly absorbed into your blood stream. Fructose goes right to the liver and triggers lipogenesis (the production of fats like triglycerides and cholesterol) this is why it is the major cause of liver damage in this country and causes a condition called “fatty liver” which affects 70 million people.The rapidly absorbed glucose triggers big spikes in insulin–our body’s major fat storage hormone. Both these features of HFCS lead to increased metabolic disturbances that drive increases in appetite, weight gain, diabetes, heart disease, cancer, dementia, and more.But there was one more thing I learned during lunch with Dr. Bruce Ames. Research done by his group at the Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute found that free fructose from HFCS requires more energy to be absorbed by the gut and soaks up two phosphorous molecules from ATP (our body’s energy source). This depletes the energy fuel source, or ATP, in our gut required to maintain the integrity of our intestinal lining. Little “tight junctions” cement each intestinal cell together preventing food and bacteria from “leaking” across the intestinal membrane and triggering an immune reaction and body wide inflammation.
High doses of free fructose have been proven to literally punch holes in the intestinal lining allowing nasty byproducts of toxic gut bacteria and partially digested food proteins to enter your blood stream and trigger the inflammation that we know is at the root of obesity, diabetes, cancer, heart disease, dementia, and accelerated aging. Naturally occurring fructose in fruit is part of a complex of nutrients and fiber that doesn’t exhibit the same biological effects as the free high fructose doses found in “corn sugar”.
The takeaway: Cane sugar and the industrially produced, euphemistically named “corn sugar” are not biochemically or physiologically the same.” (Ibid).

Furthermore, HFCS contains contaminants including mercury that are not regulated or measured by the FDA. It has been shown that HFCS often contains toxic levels of mercury because of chlor-alkali products used in its manufacturing. (18)

Artificial sweeteners and white refined sugar also contribute to sickness. An expert from the daily mail corroborates some of these claims comparing normal white sugar to hard alcohol and tobacco.

“And with overconsumption of sugar now deemed as harmful to our health as alcohol or tobacco – contributing to rising rates of obesity, type 2 diabetes, cardio-vascular problems and some cancers – cutting back on the white stuff could just be one of the best things you do to improve your health and weight this year. (Source)

Still another piece of confirmation from the Guardian Journal.

“And that’s why our children now get the diseases of alcohol (type 2 diabetes, fatty liver disease), without alcohol. Because sugar is the “alcohol of the child”. Also similar to alcohol, sugared beverages are linked to behavioural problems in children”. (Source)

Soft sugary drinks, in association with processed foods kill millions of people each year from CVD. Heart disease sets in because people who drink many soft drinks tend to gain weight, become diabetic, and suffer premature heart blockages. Soft drinks also elevate blood sugars, which coat proteins and fats, rendering them into a harmful from that damages  arteries. Refined carbs, sugar (especially fructose) and trans fats are contributing factors that increase the “small” LDL, which contributes to plaque buildup and artery clogging.

With white sugar, blood sugar rises quickly. Then the pancreas pumps out massive amounts of insulin very quickly. As a result, IGF-1 and lots of circulating insulin are produced and increase triglyceride and cholesterol formation, while additionally promoting inflammatory pathways (Source).

While High fructose Corn Syrup does not spike insuline like white sugar, it’s nonetheless quite deleterious in that if produces fat droplets that are accumulated in the  liver and skeletal muscle tissues, that which contributes in insulin resistance and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD).  With insulin resistance, there is progression toward metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes (Source)

Take Ketchup for example, in one bottle, there is around 25 percent sugar, notably corn syrup and high fructose corn syrup sugars(Source) Not only is any high fructose corn syrup liver and endocrine toxic, but it’s all the more addictive that it’s mixed with trans-fat and animal fat-rich junk foods.

Junk greasy foods and sugar flood the reward system with dopamine, particularly a brain area called the Nucleus accumbens, which is strongly implicated in addiction. (Source).

On the other hand, when taken holistically, certain sugary foods like whole sugar cane or honey, can be beneficial for  certain patients, but in small amounts and in combination with other strategic foods like fiber-rich plants or roots. The best sugary substance however are fruits like dates, oranges and figs.

White Flour

Just like with white sugar, when people eat refined white flour, the body also releases insulin accompanied by the release of IGF (Insulin-like growth factor). Thanks to the insulin, glucose does enter cells to both feed and stimulate cell growth, but in the process inflammation is spurred. Furthermore and among other biological complications, insulin and the release of IGF stimulate the growth of cancer cells (19) and make conventional cancer therapy fail even more. (20).

These complications occur even with organic white flour. The problem stems from the processing of the grains. By removing the lipid-rich husk, fibers and  the germ from the grain berry (be it wheat, rye, oat or others), the endosperm-based starch is transformed into a high glycemic food, that which triggers the release of an abundance of insulin as it weakens the pancreas. 

Furthermore, much of the grain industry adds multiple additives in flour that make it even more toxic.  Among others, the Industry adds bromide. This molecule is mixed in flour in order to avoid “caking”, this way, it remains easy to work with. However, bromides tend to bond on the Thyroid’s iodine receptors. As a result, many people have iodine insufficiency and thyroid diseases.

Still another “additive” is alloxan, which is a byproduct of the bleaching process of flour. (21). Among other deleterious effects, alloxan is a chemical that contributes to the destruction of the insulin-producing cells (beta cells) in the pancreas. This occurs because alloxan causes free radical damage to DNA in the beta cells of the pancreas, causing them to malfunction and die. When they fail to function normally, they no longer produce enough insulin. As a consequence, blood sugar is not well controlled, that which leads to metabolic syndrome and diabetes. (Source)

For the majority of grains,  in particular for wheat, corn and soy, there is the toxicity that comes from the GMO grain itself and its counterpart Round-Up. GMO grains have been genetically modified to be able to withstand highly toxic pesticides like BTx and glyphosate-based round-up. As a result, these pesticides, in particular glyphosate, remain in the grain. And all the more so that the Industry uses gylphosate as a grain drying (desiccation) agent. Glyphosate has been shown to be carcinogenic by multiple labs and organizations including the International Cancer Research Institute in France and the State of California. (Source). Glyphosates and GMOs foods have been linked to other serious diseases, including but not limited to infertility, auto-immune problems like celiac disease, accelerated aging, faulty insulin regulation and gastrointestinal dysfunctions. (Source)

“Glyphosate is known to inhibit cytochrome P450 enzymes. Deficiencies in iron, cobalt, molybdenum, copper and other rare metals associated with celiac disease can be attributed to glyphosate’s strong ability to chelate these elements. Deficiencies in tryptophan, tyrosine, methionine and selenomethionine associated with celiac disease match glyphosate’s known depletion of these amino acids. Celiac disease patients have an increased risk to non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, which has also been implicated in glyphosate exposure. Reproductive issues associated with celiac disease, such as infertility, miscarriages, and birth defects, can also be explained by glyphosate. Glyphosate residues in wheat and other crops are likely increasing recently due to the growing practice of crop desiccation just prior to the harvest. We argue that the practice of “ripening” sugar cane with glyphosate may explain the recent surge in kidney failure among agricultural workers in Central America. We conclude with a plea to governments to reconsider policies regarding the safety of glyphosate residues in foods”. (Source)

To add insult to injury, when the endosperm of the wheat is removed from the  wheat germ and the bran (which are crucial for proper digestion), many nutrients are depleted including magnesium.

On the other hand, when grains are organically produced and holistically prepared, including but not limited via sprouts, these grasses, evolutionarily intended for ruminants and herbivores, can be healthy for certain patients, in particular wheat grass juice, which is one of the Pyrenean Center’s speciality.

Milk and Dairy Products

Animal milk is a perfect food, but for the animal babies. Humans are the only mammals that use milk after being weaned from mother’s milk. Humans are also the only mammals who massively steal milk from other species to use it as “food” and who acquire dozens of chronic diseases as they age. While there are healthy milk products that can be used therapeutically under certain Mediterranean-like conditions, (see below), in most cases, dairy is a “food” that creates more metabolic problems than nutrition.

First off, while the process of pasteurization may help to keep the milk from spoiling for a longer period,  pasteurization harms its nutritive value by removing and-or destroying enzymes, vitamin A, B 12 and C.  To make matters worse, hormones and antibiotics are usually added, that which destroys beneficial bacteria found in raw milk. By destroying the natural enzymes and its phosphatase, calcium is not well absorbed. And the milk can not be properly digested.

One of the strongest pieces of evidence that shows that we were not designed to eat dairy products,  especially the disease-causing industrial dairy products of today, is the long list of diseases that are linked to dairy.  First off research has proven that milk promotes osteoporosis, bone loss,  brittle bones and fractures including hip. (22)

Cancer has also been associated with milk, especially for those cancers that are hormone and casein sensitive, like Breast, Ovarian and Uterus cancers. (23) Likewise with Prostate cancer (24) and Colorectal cancer (25). For cardio-vascular events, it has been especially the saturated fat from Dairy products that have been implicated in heart diseases.. (26)

Furthermore, while milk causes digestive problems for the 75 percent of people with lactose intolerance, it also promotes autoimmune problems like irritable bowel syndrome and allergies. (27)   (Source) Milk often promotes conditions like Sinus problems, Ear infections while it continues to wreak havoc with Type 1 diabetes (28) and Chronic constipation. (29)

For juvenile diabetes, the more dangerous one where the pancreas’ insulin producing beta cells are destroyed, not only is there an association with molecular mimicry in relation to  casein, but the Cow’s own antibodies that are destined to protect baby cow (calf) damage the pancreas of a subgroup of humans.

“An enhanced humoral immune response to various CM proteins in infancy is seen in a subgroup of those children who later progress to T1D. Accordingly, a dysregulated immune response to oral antigens is an early event in the pathogenesis of T1D” (T1D = Type 1 Diabetes and CM = cow milk) (Source)

To add insult to injury, estrogenic mucus rich milk deregulates one’s endocrine and testosterone homeostasis while increasing early sexual maturation in prepubescen adolescents. (30) and multiple sclerosis (MS), where the immune system attacks the nervous system’s insulating sheath, resulting in a variety of difficult-to-treat  neurologic problems. (31)

On the other hand, when we are dealing with smaller animals like goat, sheep and donkeys and when they are compassionately respected and organically grass fed and their milk is raw and fermented, under certain conditions and within the context of Mediterranean cuisine, live pure dairy foods in small amounts can be beneficial for certain patients and mammilian microbiomes. (See Clinical workshop)

Vegetable Oils

Oils, in particular PUFA’S (polyunsaturated fatty acids) are key for brain and cellular function. However, when most oils are refined, not only are they more susceptible to oxidation, but they are also more inflammatory, especially the vegetable oils that tend to be high in omega 6 oils. The ratio should be one to one, or at most one to three, yet, in most industrial countries, the ratio of omega 3 to omega 6 is 1 to 20. While it is better to get one’s  lipids needs met via wholefoods, in particular, eating lots of seeds, nuts and fruits like coconuts, olives and avocados, a small quantity of omega 9 based oils, like olive oil, or omega 3 based oils like flax seeds or walnut oils can be ok if these are fresh and not oxidized.

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The Avoidance of Processed foods, red meat, eggs and most animal foods

Most processed foods and meats are highly toxic, inflammatory and cardio-vascular clogging. Futhermore, when animal foods are mixed with vegetable refined oils, trans-fats in association with loads of sugar and refined devitalized salt, all common to processed foods and the “SAD” (standard American Diet), the evidence shows that this type of diet creates cellular havoc that leads to multiple degenerative diseases. (See workshop on clinical nutrition).

This above-mentioned claim is especially true when animals are fed omega 6 rich grains and injected with hormones and antibiotics. When this happens, their flesh becomes extremely inflammatory and toxic, all of which increases prostaglandin E2 and inflammatory mediators that cause massive amounts of free radicals and tissue damage, including within the endothelial lining of vessels. (Source).

In general, there are  nine  aggravating factors that amply shows that humans are not carnivores, let alone “eggivore”, meaning when they eat like a carnivore, they are setting themselves up for multiple diseases.

1). Saturated fats lead to heart attacks and vascular events: Saturated fats are a group of fatty acids found primarily in animal products. These lipids are well established in the literature as promoting cardiovascular disease (CVD). (32) While 5 to 6 percent of saturated fat is normally found in vegan diets, this type of saturated fat is vegan and combined to many other phyto-nutrients that are healty for the cardiovascular system, while animal trans-fat and saturated fats tend to be unhealthy.

2). Animal Dietary cholesterol promotes CVD. In this realm, only animals have cholesterol, this molecule comes from the liver, plants have sterols. As for human bodies, these produce enough cholesterol for adequate functioning. Although evidence suggests that dietary cholesterol may only be a minor player in elevated serum cholesterol levels, high intakes are linked to increased susceptibility to low-density lipoprotein oxidation, both of which are associated with the promotion of CVD. (33)

3). Animals’ Insulin-like growth factor-1 spurs inflammation and cancer: Insulin-like growth factor-1 is a hormone naturally found in animals, including humans. This hormone promotes growth. When insulin-like growth factor-1 is consumed, not only is the added exogenous dose itself taken in, but because the amino acid profile typical of animal protein stimulates the body’s production of insulin-like growth factor-1, more is generated endogenously. The end results of this is that humans experence more inflammation and cancer. (34).

4). Heme iron, that which favors multiple chronic diseases: Although heme iron, found in animal products, is absorbed at a higher rate than plant-based nonheme iron, (35) research suggests that accumulated iron is pro-oxidative (36) and may increase colorectal cancer risk (37)and promote atherosclerosis (38) and reduced insulin sensitivity. (39)

5). Carnitine and CVD: Carnitine, found primarily in meat, may be converted in the body by the gut bacteria to produce trimethylamine N-oxide (TMAO). High levels of trimethylamine n-oxide are associated with inflammation, atherosclerosis, heart attack, stroke, and death. (40)

6). N-Glycolylneuraminic acid (Neu5Gc) and degenerative diseases: This compound is found in meat and promotes chronic inflammation. (41)

7). Choline promotes heart diseases and cancer: Similar to carnitine, choline also feeds certain macrobiome bacteria that metabolize this molecule into TMAO (42). Meats and Eggs are especially high in choline, and high choline intake has been linked to cardiovascular disease, (and even more so with diabetics) (43). And to make matters worse, choline promotes different cancers, in particular prostate cancer, and colon cancer. (44)

8). Antibiotics wrecks havoc on both animals and humans: The vast majority (70% to 80%) of antibiotics used in the US are given to healthy livestock animals to avoid infections inherent in the types of environments in which they are kept. (45) This is, therefore, the number one contributor to the increasingly virulent antibiotic-resistant infections of the type that sickened 2 million and killed 23,000 Americans in 2013. (46)

9). Chemical contaminants formed from high temperature cooking of cooked animal products: When flesh is cooked, compounds called polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (47) heterocyclic amines (48) and advanced glycation end products (49) are formed. These compounds are carcinogenic, pro-inflammatory, prooxidative, and contributive to chronic disease and accelerated aging.

On the other hand, when animals are fed the way they have been designed to (i.e., essentially grass fed) without cortisol producing captivity and its concomitant antibiotic and hormone assaults, the health damage is lessened. However, there are still deleterious effects in eating even organic lamb, chicken or eggs, if only because humans have not been designed to eat animal foods (See workshops).

At best, small wild fish  within a Mediterranean diet context can be acceptable as a transition diet and-or for  certain people who have allergies and certain digestive conditions. Since recent Research has shown that eggs’s choline feeds both cancer and part of the microbiome’s plaque producing bacteria, the Institute can’t be favorable to eating eggs. However, under certain conditions, there can be exceptions here too. Furthermore, with the increased heavy metals  toxicity of  fish,  these animal foods, when ingested, need to be accompanied with a chelation-friendly diet.

When designed holistically and correctly, a plant based diet is clinically safer and more nutritious. (50) But when  certain patients assert that they can’t be happy without some animal foods eating, then the Institute recommends a transition improved Mediterranean diet that is richer in fats than the vegan diet. (51)

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Avoidance of rampant Environmental  Toxicity

Be it in the air, water and food, toxicity lurks everywhere, from one’s bedroom where beds are full of thyroid damaging fire retardant chemicals to one’s back yard where more and more soils are contaminated with round ups’ glyphosate, arsenic and other deleterious toxins. To these problem areas are added  many other toxins, like cancer causing formaldehyde in glued wood particles, lead in paints, heaving metals in plumbing, the wiring of one’s house often generates dirty electricity while smart meters and wireless technology perturb the ions channels of our delicate cellular machinery, that which invites multiple long term diseases. (Cf workshops).

In addition to allopathic medicine (the third biggest killer, see Link), smoking tobacco causes  blood vessels to narrow and thicken. It also causes blood clots to form that may lead to blood flow blockage to one’s heart. Many prescription drugs also cause toxic effects including cardiovascular events, from the drugs used in stress tests to vioxx and cholesterol lowing statins, a drug that also depletes Co-Q-10.

Plastics, coffee cups and canned food items are lined with BPA. Researchers have shown a link between this hormonal disruptor and heart disease. In 2011, scientists found BPA changed the natural heartbeat signaling in female rats. This led to arrhythmia, an erratic beating that sometimes causes sudden cardiac death. (Source)

To these toxins must not be forgotten the toxins we breath from the air, drink from tap water and ingest, notably with regard to non organic foods, in particular processed junk foods which contain an abundance of heavy metals, synthetic preservative and many toxic additives that promote heart disease, metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes (Source A)   (Source B). Foodborne milk pathogens and  Organochlorine Pesticides as well as Polychlorinated Biphenyls are also contributing factors to Nature’s destruction (over 50 percent of all species destroyed in the last 60 years).and human premature death. (Source) (52)

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 Discussion

A while ago, the editor-in-chief of the American Journal of Cardiology admitted that animal carnivores don’t build plaque when they eat the way they were designed to eat.  No matter how much fat and cholesterol carnivores eat, they do not develop atherosclerosis. We can feed a dog 300 eggs worth of cholesterol and ten sticks of butter, yet,  they just wag their tail for more, without showing any signs of heart disease. That’s because they were designed to eat animal foods,  their bodies evolved from wolves, who  are used to eating and getting rid of excess cholesterol via a short digestive tubing system. In humans, our digestive tracts are much longer, hence, when humans eat cholesterol rich animal foods,  their arteries, like those of other primates, get clogged up, notwithstanding Evolution. (53)

On the other hand, when carnivores and omnivores like dogs and cats do eat processed foods, refined carbs and high fructose corn syrup, they also get the same diseases humans get. By eating and living holistically and in the way we were designed, we can therefore not only prevent most heart diseases, but also treat and reverse them. (54)

Today more than yesterday, we benefit from hard evidence that comes from our own gut. Multiple studies have shown that what we eat determines which species of bacteria thrive in our digestive tract. Healthful, fiber-rich foods feed healthy gut bacteria, whereas high red meat and egg intake may promote unhealthy gut bacteria. The gut microbiome (a community of intestinal bacteria) interacts with the cells  of the intestinal wall to exert profound effects on our health. Beneficial microbes produce vitamins, protect us against disease-causing microbes, promote healthy immune function, facilitate energy extraction from food, and break down fiber and resistant starch into beneficial short chain fatty acids, which protect us against colon cancer, leaky gut, digestive disease and autoimmunity.

Conclusion

Today, heart diseases are still the first cause of premature death, in particular, coronary artery disease (CAD) (55). It is estimated that by 2030, 40.5% of the US population will have some form of cardiovascular disease (CVD) and the real indirect medical cost relevant to CVD is expected to increase by 61% (ibid)

Preventing heart disease with a Holistic Lifestyle and early detection is the priority. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, said the spiritual father of the American Nation, Ben Franklin. However, when pro-active vigilance fails and there are signs of CVD issues, including diagonal earlobe crease (s),  a medical check-up is recommended. In this perspective, an EKG and a coronary calcium CT imaging with blood work is indicated. Some of the newest tests include the PLAC test for stroke risk, and electron-beam computed tomography (EBCT) and computed tomography (CT) for assessing arterial health. If affordable,  genomic testing may also be useful.  (56)

But the most important is to change one’s lifestyle ipso facto. Indeed, by improving one’s diet, exercising, managing stress via meditation, prayer and deep breathing, and by putting in practice some of the recommendations i’ve outlined, the healing process starts to kick in.

Arteries have the ability to transfer oxygenated blood from the heart into various organs and tissues of the body. Having healthy smooth endothelial-lined inner arterial walls is essential if one wants to be healthy and live in good shape, with vitality and passion, well beyond 120 years, a human design that both the  Bible and hard Science assert to be true.

But one of the keys is to take  care of one’s blood quality. When well oxygenated anti-oxidant and nutrient rich blood efficiently removes wastes and  irrigates all tissues, wellbeing and Joie de Vivre are able to be fully expressed.

Christian Joubert HMI’s CSO

As we teach in our holistic cardiology workshop,

Exhibit A

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The participants’ DELC status was classified as bilateral DELC (right). DELC, diagonal earlobe crease

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The participants’ DELC status was classified as bilateral DELC (left). DELC, diagonal earlobe crease

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The participants’ DELC status was classified as without DELC.

Grading DELC

A grading system has been developed for DELC that indicates the severity of current cardiovascular risk: Unilateral incomplete – least severe: Unilateral complete – moderate:  Bilateral complete – most severe. Like a canary in a coal mine,  if a permanent crease in someone’s ear is visible, it may be a good idea to get a full CVD work-up.

In Holistic & Happiness Medicine, one of the many imbalances that promote degenerative diseases is based on an excess of toxins and the deficiency in healthy nutrients. In biological reality, what a human being refuses to eat can be more important than many of the foods that are healthy to eat. This is another situation where “less is more”, in terms of physiology and homeostasis.

Ketchup

 Top:Pour the ketchup ! Reports confirm that ketchup is at least 25 percent sugar in the form of corn syrup and high fructose corn syrup, which is quite damaging to the pancreas, the liver and the heart.

Avoidance of refined white sugar, HFCS, Flour & Dairy

In naturopathic medicine, we speak about the “three white angels of death”, refined and processed white sugar, white flour and homogenized pasteurized white dairy. While this saying is a bit reductionist and there can be exceptions with quality organic sugar cane, whole flour and raw grass-based dairy,  the scientific validity for characterizing these three refined “foods” as toxic rests on the havoc that  they create when ingested.

 High-Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS), White Sugar &  Substances like Sodas/Ketchup are not Healthy

Unbeknownst to many, refined white sugar and high fructose corn sugar or syrup (HFCS) are some  the most addictive (surpassing cocaine) and deleterious junk food substance, the addictive effects of which leads to immune system paralysis (16), inflammation, diabetes, obesity, cardio vascular events and more. (17)

People are consuming HFCS and refined sugar in pharmacologic quantities never before experienced in human history, 140 pounds a year versus 20 teaspoons a year 10,000 years ago. Furthermore, High fructose corn syrup is always found in very poor-quality foods that are nutritionally deficient and filled with all sorts of other disease promoting compounds, fats, salt, chemicals, MSG  even mercury.  Dr Hymans, nine times New York TImes best author, describes “5 reasons high fructose corn syrup will kill you” (Source)  Below an excerpt from his blog.

“….Since there is there is no chemical bond between them, no digestion is required so they are more rapidly absorbed into your blood stream. Fructose goes right to the liver and triggers lipogenesis (the production of fats like triglycerides and cholesterol) this is why it is the major cause of liver damage in this country and causes a condition called “fatty liver” which affects 70 million people.The rapidly absorbed glucose triggers big spikes in insulin–our body’s major fat storage hormone. Both these features of HFCS lead to increased metabolic disturbances that drive increases in appetite, weight gain, diabetes, heart disease, cancer, dementia, and more.But there was one more thing I learned during lunch with Dr. Bruce Ames. Research done by his group at the Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute found that free fructose from HFCS requires more energy to be absorbed by the gut and soaks up two phosphorous molecules from ATP (our body’s energy source). This depletes the energy fuel source, or ATP, in our gut required to maintain the integrity of our intestinal lining. Little “tight junctions” cement each intestinal cell together preventing food and bacteria from “leaking” across the intestinal membrane and triggering an immune reaction and body wide inflammation.
High doses of free fructose have been proven to literally punch holes in the intestinal lining allowing nasty byproducts of toxic gut bacteria and partially digested food proteins to enter your blood stream and trigger the inflammation that we know is at the root of obesity, diabetes, cancer, heart disease, dementia, and accelerated aging. Naturally occurring fructose in fruit is part of a complex of nutrients and fiber that doesn’t exhibit the same biological effects as the free high fructose doses found in “corn sugar”.
The takeaway: Cane sugar and the industrially produced, euphemistically named “corn sugar” are not biochemically or physiologically the same.” (Ibid).

Furthermore, HFCS contains contaminants including mercury that are not regulated or measured by the FDA. It has been shown that HFCS often contains toxic levels of mercury because of chlor-alkali products used in its manufacturing. (18)

Artificial sweeteners and white refined sugar also contribute to sickness. An expert from the daily mail corroborates some of these claims comparing normal white sugar to hard alcohol and tobacco.

“And with overconsumption of sugar now deemed as harmful to our health as alcohol or tobacco – contributing to rising rates of obesity, type 2 diabetes, cardio-vascular problems and some cancers – cutting back on the white stuff could just be one of the best things you do to improve your health and weight this year. (Source)

Still another piece of confirmation from the Guardian Journal.

“And that’s why our children now get the diseases of alcohol (type 2 diabetes, fatty liver disease), without alcohol. Because sugar is the “alcohol of the child”. Also similar to alcohol, sugared beverages are linked to behavioural problems in children”. (Source)

Soft sugary drinks, in association with processed foods kill millions of people each year from CVD. Heart disease sets in because people who drink many soft drinks tend to gain weight, become diabetic, and suffer premature heart blockages. Soft drinks also elevate blood sugars, which coat proteins and fats, rendering them into a harmful from that damages  arteries. Refined carbs, sugar (especially fructose) and trans fats are contributing factors that increase the “small” LDL, which contributes to plaque buildup and artery clogging.

With white sugar, blood sugar rises quickly. Then the pancreas pumps out massive amounts of insulin very quickly. As a result, IGF-1 and lots of circulating insulin are produced and increase triglyceride and cholesterol formation, while additionally promoting inflammatory pathways (Source).

While High fructose Corn Syrup does not spike insuline like white sugar, it’s nonetheless quite deleterious in that if produces fat droplets that are accumulated in the  liver and skeletal muscle tissues, that which contributes in insulin resistance and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD).  With insulin resistance, there is progression toward metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes (Source)

Take Ketchup for example, in one bottle, there is around 25 percent sugar, notably corn syrup and high fructose corn syrup sugars(Source) Not only is any high fructose corn syrup liver and endocrine toxic, but it’s all the more addictive that it’s mixed with trans-fat and animal fat-rich junk foods.

Junk greasy foods and sugar flood the reward system with dopamine, particularly a brain area called the Nucleus accumbens, which is strongly implicated in addiction. (Source).

White Flour

Just like with white sugar, when people eat white flour, the body also releases insulin accompanied by the release of IGF (Insulin-like growth factor). Thanks to the insulin, glucose does enter cells to both feed and stimulate cell growth, but in the process inflammation is spurred. Furthermore and among other biological complications, insulin and the release of IGF stimulate the growth of cancer cells (19) and make conventional cancer therapy fail even more. (20).

These complications occur even with organic white flour. The problem stems from the processing of the grains. By removing the lipid-rich husk, fibers and germ of the grain berry (be it wheat, rye, oat or others), the endosperm-based starch is transformed into a high glycemic food, that which triggers the release of an abundance of insulin as it weakens the pancreas. 

Furthermore, much of the grain industry adds multiple additives in flour that make it even more toxic.  Among others, the Industry adds bromide. This molecule is mixed in flour in order to avoid “caking”, this way, it remains easy to work with. However, bromides tend to bond on the Thyroid’s iodine receptors. As a result, many people have thyroid diseases.

Still another “additive” is alloxan, which is a byproduct of the bleaching process of flour. (21). Among other deleterious effects, alloxan is a chemical that contributes to the destruction of the insulin-producing cells (beta cells) in the pancreas. This occurs because alloxan causes free radical damage to DNA in the beta cells of the pancreas, causing them to malfunction and die. When they fail to function normally, they no longer produce enough insulin. As a consequence, blood sugar is not well controlled, that which leads to metabolic syndrome and diabetes. (Source)

For the majority of grains,  in particular for wheat, corn and soy, there is the toxicity that comes from the GMO grain itself and its counterpart Round-Up. GMO grains have been genetically modified to be able to withstand highly toxic pesticides like BTx and glyphosate-based round-up. As a result, these pesticides, in particular glyphosate, remain in the grain. And all the more so that the Industry uses gylphosate as a grain drying (desiccation) agent. Glyphosate has been shown to be carcinogenic by multiple labs and organizations including the International Cancer Research Institute in France and the State of California. (Source). Glyphosates and GMOs foods have been linked to other serious diseases, including but not limited to infertility, auto-immune problems like celiac disease, accelerated aging, faulty insulin regulation and gastrointestinal dysfunctions. (Source)

“Glyphosate is known to inhibit cytochrome P450 enzymes. Deficiencies in iron, cobalt, molybdenum, copper and other rare metals associated with celiac disease can be attributed to glyphosate’s strong ability to chelate these elements. Deficiencies in tryptophan, tyrosine, methionine and selenomethionine associated with celiac disease match glyphosate’s known depletion of these amino acids. Celiac disease patients have an increased risk to non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, which has also been implicated in glyphosate exposure. Reproductive issues associated with celiac disease, such as infertility, miscarriages, and birth defects, can also be explained by glyphosate. Glyphosate residues in wheat and other crops are likely increasing recently due to the growing practice of crop desiccation just prior to the harvest. We argue that the practice of “ripening” sugar cane with glyphosate may explain the recent surge in kidney failure among agricultural workers in Central America. We conclude with a plea to governments to reconsider policies regarding the safety of glyphosate residues in foods”. (Source)

To add insult to injury, when the endosperm of the wheat is removed from the  wheat germ and the bran (which are crucial for proper digestion), many nutrients are depleted including magnesium.

Milk and Dairy products

Animal milk is a perfect food, but for the animal babies. Humans are the only mammals that use milk after being weaned from mother’s milk. Humans are also the only mammals who massively steal milk from other species to use it as “food” and who acquire dozens of chronic diseases as they age. While there are healthier milk products that can be used therapeutically under certain conditions, in particular when they are organic, fermented and  raw and  when they come from smaller animals than cows (i.e., sheep, goats, donkeys etc), in most cases, dairy is a “food” that creates more problems than nutrition.

First off, while the process of pasteurization may help to keep the milk from spoiling for a longer period,  pasteurization harms its nutritive value by removing and-or destroying enzymes, vitamin A, B 12 and C.  To make matters worse, hormones and antibiotics are usually added, that which destroys beneficial bacteria found in raw milk. By destroying the natural enzymes and its phosphatase, calcium is not well absorbed. And the milk can not be properly digested.

Perhaps the strongest piece of evidence that shows that we were not designed to eat dairy products,  especially the disease-causing industrial dairy products of today is the long list of diseases that are linked to dairy.  First off research has proven that milk to osteoporosis, bone loss, promoting brittle bones and fractures including hip. (22)

Cancer has also been associated with milk, especially for those cancers that are hormone and casein sensitive, like Breast, Ovarian and Uterus cancers. (23) Likewise with Prostate cancer (24) and Colorectal cancer (25). For cardio-vascular events, it has been especially the saturated fat from Dairy products that have been implicated in heart diseases.. (26)

Furthermore, while milk causes digestive problems for the 75 percent of people with lactose intolerance, it also promotes autoimmune problems like irritable bowel syndrome and allergies. (27)   (Source) Milk often promotes conditions like Sinus problems, Ear infections while it continues to wreak havoc with Type 1 diabetes (28) and Chronic constipation. (29) To add insult to injury, estrogenic mucus rich milk deregulates one’s endocrine and testosterone homeostasis while increasing early sexual maturation in prepubescen adolescents. (30) and multiple sclerosis (MS), where the immune system attacks the nervous system’s insulating sheath, resulting in a variety of difficult-to-treat  neurologic problems. (31)

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Processed foods and red meat

Most processed foods and meats are highly toxic and inflammatory. They lead to multiple degenerative diseases, including CVD.  Vegetable refined oils, trans-fats mixed with loads of sugar and refined devitalized salt, all common to processed foods, are part of the “SAD” (standard American Diet) which create cellular havoc, collective suffering and millions of premature deaths each year.

To such processed foods are often associate animal processed foods which further damages endothelial vessels, arteries and just about all biological processes. In particular, when animals are fed omega 6 rich grains and injected with hormones and antibiotics, their flesh becomes extremely inflammatory and toxic, all of which increases prostaglandin E2 and inflammatory mediators that cause massive amounts of free radicals and tissue damage. (Source)

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Avoidance of rampant Environmentl  Toxicity

Be it in the air, water and food, toxicity lurks everywhere, from one’s bedroom where beds are full of thyroid damaging fire retardant chemicals to one’s back yard where more and more soils are contaminated with round ups’ glyphosate, arsenic and other deleterious toxins. To these problem areas are added many other toxins, like cancer causing formaldehyde in glued wood particles, lead in paints, heaving metals in plumbing, the wiring of one’s house often generates dirty electricity while smart meters and wireless technology perturb the ions channels of our delicate cellular machinery, that which invites multiple long term diseases. (Cf workshops).

In addition to allopathic medicine (the third biggest killer, see Link), smoking tobacco causes  blood vessels to narrow and thicken. It also causes blood clots to form that may lead to blood flow blockage to one’s heart. Many prescription drugs also cause toxic effects including cardiovascular events, from the drugs used in stress tests to vioxx and cholesterol lowing statins, a drug that also depletes Co-Q-10.

Plastics, coffee cups and canned food items are lined with BPA. Researchers have shown a link between this hormonal disruptor and heart disease. In 2011, scientists found BPA changed the natural heartbeat signaling in female rats. This led to arrhythmia, an erratic beating that sometimes causes sudden cardiac death. (Source)

To these toxins must not be forgotten the toxins we breath from the air, drink from tap water and ingest, notably with regard to non organic foods, in particular processed junk foods which contain an abundance of heavy metals, synthetic preservative and many toxic additives that promote heart disease, metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes (Source A)   (Source B). Foodborne milk pathogens and  Organochlorine Pesticides as well as Polychlorinated Biphenyls are also contributing factors to Nature’s destruction (over 50 percent of all species destroyed in the last 60 years).and human premature death. (Source) (32)

 

 

 

Reference and Precision Notes

(1). Cardiovascular disease including many heart dysfunction challenges like Coronary Artery Disease,
Arrhythmias, Atrial Fibrillation, Heart Valve Disease, Congestive Heart Disease, Congenital Heart Defects, Pericarditis and more
(2)  The pathogenesis of the apparent relationship between DELC and CHD was not studied; therefore, although a statistical relationship appears to exist, the biological plausibility of said relationship remains unproven and warrants clarification in future studies. Furthermore, large-scale studies would be warranted in order to substantiate these findings and all the more so that the exact mechanism underlying this relationship was not studied http://bmjopen.bmj.com/content/6/2/e008558
(3). Regarding the pathogenesis, several mechanisms have been proposed to link ELC with CAD.It seems that the prevalence of ELC increases with advancing age, the same is true for CAD. The ELC is absent at birth and usually appears later in life. Recently, a study involving Japanese male patients with an ELC and metabolic syndrome (a risk factor of CAD) demonstrated the presence of shortened telomeres (extreme ends of chromosomal DNA; the shortening of telomeres implies ageing) in peripheral white blood cells. Other authors have shown a link between the ending of the coronary vessel system and the ear. In a case report, Sapira suggested a link between macrophage activity (which is involved in atherosclerosis), aging and maintaining ear lobe collagen. (Cf. Sapira JD. Earlobe creases and macrophage receptors. South Med J. 1991;84:537–8. [PubMed]
The ELC and CAD are apparently related to the loss of elastin and elastic fibrin. In a subgroup analysis of 421 patients with myocardial infarction (MI) and 421 controls, biopsies of the ear lobes (n = 12) revealed tears of the elastic fibres in all subjects with ELC, but not in the 2 subjects with neither MI nor ELC (Cf.  Shoenfeld Y, Mor R, Weinberger A, et al. Diagonal ear lobe crease and coronary risk factors. J Am Geriatr Soc. 1980;28:184–7.[PubMed).  Lack of blood flow to the ears will cause the lobe to wrinkle. If the blood can’t get through to the ears, there’s a blockage somewhere.  Elastin and collagen fibers weaken in the ears, indicating a  similar weakening of coronary arteries. (Cf..
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(4).  Breathlessness can be secondary to many diseases. Most cases of shortness of breath are due to heart or lung conditions. The heart and lungs are involved in transporting oxygen to tissues and removing carbon dioxide, and problems with either of these processes affects breathing. Shortness of breath that comes on suddenly (called acute) has a limited number of causes, including: Asthma (bronchospasm), Carbon monoxide poisoning Cardiac tamponade (excess fluid around the heart Hiatal hernia  Low blood pressure (hypotension) Pulmonary embolism (blood clot in an artery in the lung) Pneumothorax (collapsed lung) Pneumonia (pulmonary infection) Sudden blood loss Upper airway obstruction (blockage in the breathing passage)
In the case of shortness of breath that has lasted for weeks or longer (called chronic), the condition is most often due toAsthma COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) Deconditionin Heart dysfunction Interstitial lung disease Obesity A number of other health conditions also can make it hard to get enough air. These include Lung cancer Pleurisy (inflammation of the membrane lining the chest)Pulmonary edema (excess fluid in the lungs) (scarred and damaged lungs) Pulmonary hypertension (high blood pressure within the lungs’ blood vessels)  Sarcoidosis (collections of inflammatory cells in the body)Tuberculosis Cardiomyopathy (problem with the heart muscle) Heart arrhythmias (rhythm problems) Pericarditis (swelling of the membrane surrounding the heart) Anemia Broken ribs, Choking, Epiglottitis (swelling of part of the windpipe) Foreign object inhaled
Generalized anxiety disorder  Guillain-Barre syndrome, Myasthenia gravis (condition causing muscle weakness) among others. (Source)
(5). . Other health problems causing palpitations are thyroid disorders, anemia, electrolyte abnormalities, certain medications, sleep apnea, and heart valve disorders.
(6). However, chest pain does not always mean that you have clogged arteries. Sometimes, it can be caused when you have a stomach ulcer, muscle spasm, bladder disease, indigestion or upper respiratory infection.
(7). Besides clogged arteries, this problem can also be caused by low testosterone, depression, some medications and nerve problems.
(8).  Besides, other popular reasons causing baldness are certain cancers, heredity, thyroid conditions, medications, and anabolic steroids
(9) In atherosclerosis, plaque – which is made of cholesterol, fat, calcium, and other substances – starts building up inside the blood vessels. With time, this plaque becomes calcified, limiting the elasticity of the arteries and the supply of blood to the heart and other vital organs in the body. If untreated, atherosclerosis may cause serious heart conditions including stroke, heart attack, and even heart failure. One of the main cardiovascular events connected with atherosclerosis is coronary artery disease, also called coronary heart disease. This disease occurs as a consequence of plaque building up inside the coronary arteries – the two main blood-supplying arteries that start from the heart’s aorta.
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(11). Sweating too much can also be caused by anxiety, stress, nutritional deficiencies or obesity. It may also be an early sign of menopause in older women.
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(12). In this study, atherogenic diets enriched in saturated, n-6 polyunsaturated, and monounsaturated fatty acids were fed to African green monkeys for 5 years to define effects on plasma lipoproteins and coronary artery atherosclerosis.  Cf. atvb.ahajournals.org/content/15/12/2101.full
(13). The mitochondria are the energy powerhouses of every cell.  When someone has heart disease or an abundance of small-dense lipoproteins and triglycerides they have dysfunctional activity going on in the mitochondria
(14). It’s the natural counterpart of an intravenous drug called Dobutamine. When congestive heart failure approaches terminal stages, cardiologists sometimes opt to administer Dobutamine, although they must hospitalize the patient for half a day in order to closely monitor the individual for dose-related adverse reactions.  If badly dosed,  side effects can include rhythmic muscular twitches, heart palpitations, lightheadedness, nausea and vomiting.
(15) L-dopa dosages need to be determined and carefully adjusted for each patient, so patients should not self-treat on this one, they will need to work with a holistically educated physician.
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(50). There are infinite advantages to the vast array of nutrients found in plant foods. Phytochemicals and fibers are the two categories of nutrients that are possibly the most health promoting and disease fighting. Plants are the only source of these nutrients; they are completely absent in animals. Plants contain thousands of phytochemicals, such as carotenoids, glucosinolates, polyphenols and flavonoids, all of which perform a multitude of beneficial functions, including, but not limited to Antioxidation, neutralizing free radicals, Anti-inflammation, Cancer activity reduction via several mechanisms, including inhibiting tumor growth, detoxifying carcinogens, retarding cell growth, and preventing cancer formation,  Immunity enhancement, Protection against certain diseases, such as osteoporosis, some cancers, CVD, macular degeneration, and cataracts and Optimization of serum cholesterol. (See Clinical Nutrition Workshop for corroboration)
(51). The essential fatty acids are polyunsaturated and include both omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. Omega-3 fats are found in their shorter chain form as alpha linolenic acid and are used as energy. They are also converted by the body to the longer-chain eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and then docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). Because this conversion process can be inefficient, some people may require a direct source of these longer-chain EPA and DHA in the form of a microalgae supplement. Alpha linolenic acid can be found in flaxseeds, hemp-seeds, chia seeds, leafy green vegetables (both terrestrial and marine), soybeans and soy products, walnuts, and wheat germ, as well as in their respective oils. A direct plant source of EPA and DHA is microalgae, through which fish acquire them. Plant sources may be superior because they do not contain the contaminants that fish contain, including heavy metals, such as mercury, lead, and cadmium, as well as industrial pollutants.Also, plant sources are more sustainable than fish sources. Monounsaturated fats are not essential but have been found to impart either a neutral or slightly beneficial effect on serum cholesterol levels, depending on which nutrient they are replacing. When swapped for saturated fats, trans fats, or refined carbohydrates, monounsaturated fats may lower low-density lipoprotein and raise high-density lipoprotein cholesterol. These fatty acids are found in olives, avocados, macadamia nuts, hazel-nuts, pecans, peanuts, and their respective oils, as well as in canola, sunflower, and safflower oils. Saturated fats, as mentioned above, are not essential in the diet and can promote CVD. They are found primarily in animal products but are available in some plant foods, mostly in tropical fats and oils, such as palm and coconut, and also in other high-fat foods, including avocados, olives, nuts, and seeds. If a vegan diet contains an average of 5% to 6% of kcals from saturated fat, which is what the American Heart Organization recommends for a heart-healthy diet, any added serving of animal products will significantly increase the total intake. Trans fatty acids are laboratory-made via hydrogenation and are found in processed, fried, and fast foods. Although they were originally developed to be a healthy alternative to butter and lard, trans fatty acids were found to significantly increase CVD risk. In November 2013, the US Food and Drug Administration issued a notice that trans fatty acids were no longer considered safe, (there are nonetheless small amounts found naturally in meat and dairy products). Be aware that a nutritional label can state a food product contains “0 g trans fats” even if it contains up to 0.5 g per serving. Thus, there’s a need to focus on the ingredient list on food products and to avoid anything with the words “partially hydrogenated.” Dietary cholesterol is a sterol that is found primarily in animal products. Although cholesterol is required for the production of hormones, vitamin D, and bile acids, the liver produces enough cholesterol on its own. Excessive intake of dietary cholesterol is associated with increased risk of CVD. Phytosterols, which are similar to cholesterol, are plant-based sterols found in all plant foods (especially wheat germ, nuts, seeds, whole grains, legumes, and unrefined plant oils). Phytosterols reduce cholesterol absorption in the gut, thereby optimizing lipid profiles. Together with viscous fibers, soy proteins, and almonds, phytosterols have been found to be as effective as statins in some studies in lowering low-density lipoprotein cholesterol. It is crucial to note that all whole foods contain all three macronutrients. It is a pervasive misunderstanding to identify a food as a “carb,” “protein,” or “fat.” Instead, these are all nutrients within a complex of other myriad constituents that are beyond the oversimplification perpetuated by the media and trendy diet fads. Ideally, a healthful diet is loaded with wholesome carbohydrates, moderate in fat, and temperate in protein. The emphasis must be on the quality of the totality of foods coming from whole plant sources as opposed to calculations and perfect ratios.
(52). There’s also the problem with white rice and white salt. The process of refining rice leads to the removal of the outer layer and germ from it. The rice is left with endosperm, only. This layer contains starch in a huge quantity, which can increase your blood sugar or glucose levels to a great extent. Furthermore, because of over-farming with chemicals, most rice, even organic, has arsenic and other residues like DDT as for refine salt, this is an unbalanced salt promoting high blood pressure. Toxins like fluorides can be added during the process of refining salts among other problems (See blog on “The Salf of Life”).
(53). Even if our bodies were designed by natural selection to eat mostly fruit, greens and seeds for 90% of our evolution, why didn’t we better adapt to meat-eating in the last 10%, during the Paleolithic? We’ve had nearly two million years to get used to all that extra saturated fat and cholesterol. If a lifetime of eating like that clogs up nearly everyone’s arteries, why didn’t the genes of those who got heart attacks die off and get replaced by those who could live to a ripe old age with clean arteries, regardless what they ate? Part of the answer lies in the way we and primates were designed. Moreover, anthropologists have confirmed that still in the Paleolithic, humanoids were still predominantly plant-based, as we were during the Mycene period.
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(55). Heidenreich PA, Trogdon JG, Khavjou OA, et al. Forecasting the future of cardiovascular disease in the United States: a policy statement from the American Heart Association. Circulation. 2011;123:933–44. Heart disease is an umbrella term for a range of disorders that affect the heart, of which coronary artery disease is the most common. Every year, about 610,000 Americans die of heart disease, the majority from coronary artery disease, where plaque builds up in the walls of the arteries that supply blood to the heart.
(56), New research shows that scanning people’s DNA profiles to compile a genetic risk score can improve the prediction of heart disease compared with traditional clinical risk scoring. The researchers say this should increase the opportunity to intervene early and help affected people reduce their risk – for instance through lifestyle changes. This study, published in the European Heart Journal, is the work of an international team, including members from the University of Melbourne in Australia. The authors explain that at present, doctors calculate people’s risk of developing heart disease by assessing a range of clinical and lifestyle factors, such as blood pressure, smoking, and alcohol consumption. Family history is also included in the assessment. However, despite advances in genomic technologies, genetic information based on an individual’s DNA profile is currently not used to assess risk for heart disease.
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Arteriosclerosis is the stiffening or hardening of the artery walls. Atherosclerosisis the narrowing of the artery because of plaque build-up. Atherosclerosis is a specific type of arteriosclerosis
To reinforce the conclusion that heart diseases are minimized with a plant-based diet, consider  this study from the prestigious International Journal of Epidemiology which reprinted a landmark article from the ‘50s. This paper concluded as follows:
“In the African population of Uganda, coronary heart disease is almost non-existent.”
This study looked at village indigenous people who ate a mostly plant based diet made from plantains and sweet potatoes, other vegetables, corn, millet, pumpkins, tomatoes, and green leafy vegetables. (Source). Many other studies that examined healthy longevity zones also noted this association between long health spans and plant-strong diet. (See Optimal Longevity workshops).
Dr Burkitt and Schweitzer also..Avoidance is not Deprivation. Even better. See clonal…Raw pizza cachew milk…white bread, pizza dough, cookies and cakes, or anything made with bleached flour…The guidelines from the early 1990’s promoting the consumption of 6-11 servings of bread and cereals daily led to the pasta, carb, sugar generation and led to the largest epidemic of obesity in the history of our species.

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Warning: L-dopa dosages need to be determined and carefully adjusted for each patient, so patients should not self-treat on this one, they will need to work with a holistically educated physician.
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