THE INSTITUTE’S GENERAL PROTOCOL IN CARDIO-VASCULAR DISEASES REVERSAL WITH LIFESTYLE AND HOLISTIC MEDICINE
“Heart diseases is a toothless paper tiger that should never never exist”. Dr Esselstyn
Our genetic make-up, shaped through millions of years of evolution and connected to that of the great apes and primitive bacteria, determines our nutritional and activity needs. Although the human genome has remained primarily unchanged since the agricultural revolution 10,000 years ago, our diet and lifestyle have become progressively more divergent from those of our ancient ancestors. Accumulating evidence suggests that this mismatch between our modern diet and lifestyle and our Paleolithic genome is playing a substantial role in the ongoing epidemics of obesity, hypertension, diabetes, and atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease.
Until 500 generations ago, all humans consumed only wild and unprocessed food foraged from their environment, much of which was raw and plant-based. These circumstances provided a diet in healthy protein, polyunsaturated fats (especially omega-3 fatty acids), monounsaturated fats, fiber, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and other beneficial phytochemicals & polyphenols, all of which constitute a form of caloric restriction in terms of today’s caloric intake.(See this study on caloric restriction, intermittent fast and strokes and heart disease).
Historical and anthropological studies show our ancesters to be healthy, fit, and largely free of the degenerative cardiovascular diseases common in modern societies. Many studies show that converting to an organic, living mostly plant-based diet with proper exericses and sunlight can not only avoid most chronic diseases, but also partially treat them….To read the HM Institute’s approach to CVD, please click here
Atheromata continue to be the primary underlying basis for disability and death. According to United States data, 2004, for about 65% of men and 47% of women, the first symptom of cardiovascular disease is myocardial infarction (heart attack) or sudden death (death within one hour of symptom onset.)
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