Rarely found before World War I, chronic diseases are now accounting for 70% of all deaths in North America. For years, people fatalistically accepted the idea that coronary heart diseases, stroke, cancer, diabetes, diverticulosis, arthritis and other ailments were diseases of old age and therefore to be expected. The fact that an increasing number of younger people are suffering from them refutes this, as does their increase in near epidemic proportions despite everything science can do.
Coronary artery disease and cancers of the breast, prostate, colon and lungs are now responsible for every third and fourth American death, respectively. While some 100 years ago, fewer than 5% of deaths in the United States were attributed to coronary artery disease, today it is the number one killer.
In spite of newer and refined forms of insulin and a plethora of bioengineered medications, the incidence rate of the common form of diabetes in North America has gone up 900% since World War II, and especially since 1975 when diabetes began to inexorably advance, doubling every 15 years. The chance of becoming a diabetic in America for a new-born baby is now one in three. And we have no medical cure.
Concurrently, we have seen an enormous rise in the prevalence of excess weight, making it necessary for manufacturers to super-size everything from shirts to pants and from gurneys to coffins.
Most of these modern killer diseases are LIFESTYLE-RELATED.
Fifty percent of the calories we eat in America today come from preprocessed engineered foods, these are not really foods, and these are taste sensations made for profit. Then you have another fifty percent of calories that come from dairy and meat, and again when you look at these products they’re largely high calorie foods.
We have moved towards a culture where the basis is convenience food, we have been marketed to death.
Heart disease is becoming a pediatric problem, then it progresses until you have about seventy percent narrowing of the coronary the heart arteries. And then you might have your first symptom that’s angina pain, pain in your chest and traveling down your left arm. That’s usually angina pain upon exertion, and many people they can have eighty to ninety percent narrowing and they will not know it because it’s a very stealthy killer it’s very insidious it doesn’t give any warnings, And most people over forty five have already fifty percent narrowing and hardening of the major arteries going to their brain, going to their heart, going to the male sex organ, going to the legs.
Everybody should know cholesterol and they should know that it should be below 160 that is safe. Our so called normal cholesterol is 200. That is only a normal cholesterol for people who only want to die from heart disease.
You can drive the cholesterol down with a simple diet in four weeks. Just as much you can do driving high cholesterol down with statin drugs, the most powerful of all, the most prescribed in America today, where you spend $1200 a day for the drugs, plus the medical care, plus you have to worry about the side effects and so on and so forth.
Then you have to be concerned about high blood pressure. It is related to a high salt intake and not enough potassium that is commonly found in bananas, vegetables, and fruits. High blood pressure is very important in driving atherosclerosis as is the cholesterol. Then you have smoking, then you have diabetes, that accelerate heart diseases significantly. Then you have obesity, and where you have obesity, there you also have diabetes, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure. Obesity is kind of the maker for the chronic diseases. And of course, these are the kind of factors that we can do
IT IS ALL ABOUT FOOD!
The moment you forget to take your pills you blood pressure swells up again, and yet eighty percent, eighty three percent to be exact of all people with moderately high blood pressure, most of them are now using medication, will be off medications in less than four to six weeks. And all they have to do is to make some choices, one of the most important choices when it comes to high blood pressure obviously is the amount of salt in our diet. We only need one gram to be in good health, most of us take ten plus grams of salt. Eighty percent salt come from restaurant foods, and it comes from processed foods. That’s where we need to start. We need to begin to look at food differently, it’s all about food, especially food that doesn’t need nutrition labels or danger, or safety seals.
We must go beyond the medical management of the symptoms of these chronic diseases. We can and must do more than merely treating the symptoms of diseases such as coronary artery disease, type 2 diabetes, essential hypertension, obesity, gallstones and erectile dysfunction. The answer is not a magic pill or procedure. As valuable as these high-tech modalities may be in improving the quality of life, they don’t provide a cure. The remedy is dispensed most often in the form of a more low-tech approach: implementing a whole food, plant based diet coupled with a sensible and consistent exercise program.
Both cholesterol and blood pressure levels can be powerfully affected by making some simple dietary changes, such as moving toward a more whole-foods, plant based diet, losing weight and getting into a daily exercise program.
Cholesterol is food, 85% is food.
High blood pressure, 83% is food.
And you’ll be able to lose weight, cut down on sugar, and fat.
Then diabetes, that’s all about food too largely.
You will begin to reverse your chronic disease:
You can open those coronary arteries again, they can melt all the plaque in your arteries.
You can turn the diabetes off in four to eight weeks by making some simple changes like more fiber in your diet.
You can do something with people with high blood pressure because eighty three percent can be off their medication when they have moderately high blood pressure problems.
You can do something about weight, how to eat more and weigh less, by making some healthier choices.
- Food as grown
- Good attitude towards life
Implementing a diet of simple whole foods (lots of fresh fruits, vegetables, whole-grain products and legumes, and some seeds and nuts), devoid of any animal products, offers the greatest clinical benefit and the potential to reverse disease.”
As we treat heart disease with diet we also help to prevent strokes, fragility, dementia, blood pressure, and the common cancers like breast and prostate. It's probably one common disease that expresses itself in different ways.
Try to select more foods that don’t need nutrition labels, you know like cherries and apples, and bananas, spinach, potatoes and tomatoes. Those kinds of thing that we used to eat, seventy percent of our food used to come, a hundreds of years ago from these kinds of sources, today’s its only seven, percent!
Be careful with the food that has safety seals on them. And these are the meats, the fish, the chicken there’s always bacterial contamination that people worry about so there’s safety procedures in place. And always need to be careful of the high fat dairy products like cheeses. You should cut back on foods that are animal base foods, and foods that are processed and engineered.
You can go more on fruit and vegetables and whole grains and legumes - beans and lentils and so on, maybe a few nuts, and you will see a dramatic change.
1. Try to get your cholesterol down to less than 160. You can do that very easily without medication, by following a high fiber diet. It’s very low in fat and very low in cholesterol.
2. Try to lose weight, by eating more food as it comes to us in nature, and less refined food from animal products because it’s too high in fat, and therefore too high in calories.
3. Try to lower blood pressure, by cutting our salt to less than 5 grams a day. People are getting about 10 plus of grams a day. So really cut back more, especially in restaurant food, processed food.
4. Try stopping smoking and reducing alcohol, and alcohol is actually good to reduce when you have heart disease. It’s toxic to a struggling heart.
• Cutting back on cholesterol that is only found in animal products.
• Cutting back on saturated fat that is only found in animal products in large.
• Cutting back on some of these trans fats that are found in cookies that help products stay on the shelf for at least 95 years.