- TOP 10 Diseases & Conditions Part 1 of 10: Heart Matters. 633,842
- TOP 10 Diseases & Conditions Part 2 of 10: Cancer Wars. 595,930
- TOP 10 Diseases & Conditions Part 3 of 10: You Take My Breath Away 155,041
- Top 10 Diseases & Conditions Part 4 of 10: Accidents Happen (unintentional injuries; 5.2%)
Stroke (cerebrovascular diseases): 140,323 That’s a lot of pressure.
- About 795,000 Americans each year suffer a new or recurrent stroke. That means, on average, a stroke occurs every 40 seconds.
- Stroke kills more than 137,000 people a year. That’s about 1 of every 18 deaths.
- On average, someone dies of stroke every four minutes.
- About 40 percent of stroke deaths occur in males, and 60 percent in females.
- Stroke costs the United States an estimated $34 billion each year.
- Stroke is a leading cause of serious long-term disability
- Risk of having a first stroke is nearly twice as high for blacks as for whites.
- While some risk factors are outside your control – like race, age and gender – there are many of you who do have the power to control, such as diet, cigarette smoking, cholesterol, and blood pressure.
- Age. Anyone could have a stroke, even babies in the womb. Generally, your chances go up as you get older. They double every decade after age 55.
- Race. Strokes affect African-Americans and nonwhite Hispanic Americans much more often than any other group in the U.S. Sickle cell disease, is a genetic condition that can narrow arteries and interrupt blood flow.
Because stroke is the No. 5 cause of death and a leading cause of disability in the United States, you probably have a friend or family member who has suffered from it. We have a nation under pressure. Are you under pressure?
Health Care Reform
Our health care system is not caring for health. It is makes sick people stay sick and is costing an “arm and a leg”. Our health care system is a big money-making business. Every drug used is doing more than keeping you sick. Statins are one of the most highly prescribed drugs in the US and designed to prevent heart disease, the number one killer in the US.
Drug sales are lining the pockets of pharmaceutical companies.
High cholesterol definition from critically acclaimed experts with changed new markers are below:
Blood Pressure Standards with No Scientific Basis
- The Eighth Joint National Committee (JNC 8) – (1994) 120/80 (2004) – 115/75 (2014) – 160/90
- American Heart Association (AHA) – (2007) -130/80 (Advises the use of vegetable oils such as canola, safflower, sunflower, sleeping, and olive.)
These markers look like more money for statins drugs.
Take a look at the statin drug side effects: Is it worth it to take it? A recommended documentary called “The $tatin Nation” The Great Cholesterol Cover-up. Here is the first 13 minutes of the documentary. www.statinnation.net
- Acute Kidney Failure
- Liver Dysfunction
- 10X Erectile Dysfunction
- “Full blown type 2 diabetes in females”
- Triple risk of coronary artery and aortic calcification
- Statin’s also blocks cholesterol and induces COQ10 molecule deficiency. The Heart Muscle contains the highest concentration of COQ10.
- Most famous: Statin Induced Myopathy (disease of all muscle tissue)
- Memory fog
Hmmm, what is the heart? A very important muscle!
If you have knowledge in how the body functions, you are better off for it. You can keep your money and use it on things that you enjoy and make you feel better.
Ben Franklin said, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”
Prevention starts with knowing the facts.
Some Cholesterol Myths
- Myth: Most heart attacks are caused by the blockage caused by plaque buildup in the four major coronary heart arteries.
- Myth: These plaques are composed of cholesterol built up in the artery that cause of heart disease.
- Myth: Lowering cholesterol with statin drugs will prolong your life.
- Myth: Saturated fat is dangerous.
- Myth: The higher your cholesterol, the shorter your lifespan.
- Myth: The healthiest diet is one that limits all fats or saturated fats.
- Myth: Stroke cannot be prevented
- Myth: vegetable oils are good for you
There have been a number of studies conducted regarding cholesterol levels. One such six-year, ULCA study was conducted with findings that 75% of 136,000 people, all heart attack patients, had normal to low cholesterol. What?
The majority of cholesterol-lowering studies don’t show any difference in death rates between patients who take statins and patients who don’t. One such study the PROSPER study.
In another study, the researchers wrote, “Intake of saturated fat was not associated with an increased risk of coronary heart disease or stroke, nor was it associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease.”
Strokes are linked to the medications for High Blood Pressure, Cholesterol Proton Pump inhibitors, and Aspirin. According to University of Alabama at Birmingham. “Blood pressure medications lead to increased risk of stroke.” ScienceDaily, May 29, 2015. Scientists found the risk of stroke went up by a third for each blood pressure medication taken. People who needed three or more medications were at a 248 percent higher risk than those whose normal systolic blood pressure was less than 120mmHG.
The jargons and dogma we have been sold don’t add up. Yet, Lipitor is at the top of the list for cholesterol drug sales in the U.S.
Cholesterol in your arteries is not the bad fat that we have been told it is.
- Since the invention of the fat-free craze, we have become sicker. The Annals of Internal Medicine revealed the results of a very large study announcing, “Saturated fat does not cause heart disease.”
- A major cholesterol research project called the Framingham Study demonstrated the opposite! Those with the highest levels of cholesterol lived the longest.
- The real culprit is not saturated fat but *sugar and man-made trans fats. *More on this later.
- Hypercholesterolemia (above normal cholesterol in the blood) is an invented disease. From who you may ask. Pharmaceutical companies GlaxoSmithKline and Pfizer asked Dr. Gregg C. Fonarow to conduct research on cholesterol levels and come up with guidelines. Abbott, AstraZeneca, Merck, and Schering Plough companies helped fund the research. Who funds the beautiful medical textbooks? The pharmaceutical companies.
Fortunately, with the mountains of observable evidence we have available to us today, we can debunk the cholesterol myth. Thankfully also, stroke victims can reverse this condition through Epigenetic’s. We can change the way our genes express themselves, so we are not stuck with genetic aspect. With some knowledge and action, the symptoms are reversible if we make the right choices.
What is a stroke?
A stroke is sudden interruption in the flow of blood to the brain, especially through local coagulation or clotting of the blood in a part of the circulatory system. When a blood vessel cannot carry oxygen and nutrients to part of the brain, cells begin to die, and quickly.
Ischemic Stroke (accounts for 87% of strokes). Ischemic means lack of oxygen into tissue. In 8 out of 10 strokes, a blood vessel that takes blood to your brain gets plugged.
Hemorrhagic stroke (accounts 13% of stroke cases). It’s less common than an ischemic stroke but can be more serious. Taking too much blood thinner medicine can lead to this kind of stroke.
A retrospective study in a 1997 British Medical Journal (BMJ) shares about the influence of cholesterol on survival after stroke. It states that low cholesterol levels are associated with decreased survival even from ischemic stroke.
Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA), is caused by a temporary clot. This type should more rightly be called a warning stroke. 50% of ischemic stroke cases and increases your risk of hemorrhagic stroke.
Function of Arteries
Arteries (from Greek ἀρτηρία (artēria), meaning ‘windpipe, artery’) are blood vessels that carry blood away from the heart. They deliver oxygen and nutrients to all cells, as well as the removal of carbon dioxide and waste products, the maintenance of optimum pH, and the circulation of proteins and cells of the immune system.
They can constrict and dilate. If your blood pressure is low they constrict and therefore increase the pressure. This keeps the brain alive.
What you need to know about LDL. You need it!
Most people think of cholesterol in a negative way. However, cholesterol actually plays a very important role in the functioning of the body. According to The Mayo Clinic, cholesterol is found in every cell in our body and without it our bodies would not function properly.
There are two types of LDL which are really made up of the same thing just in different percentages: They are both GOOD.
HDL (LDLA) – large and buoyant
LDLB – small and dense
LDLB is a protein carrier that carries this valuable fat molecule through the blood. This gets trapped at the site of the arterial wall injury due to oxidative damage and inflammation increases, ultimately creating a kind of toxic brew that can turn into plaque. Only oxidized, small-particle LDL cholesterol is a problem, when toxic particles collect under it and cause it to stick to the endothelium layer of the artery which creates inflammation. Inflammation is the mechanism of how the body heals itself. What the body needs is antioxidants like cocoa (chocolate) and pomegranates. If the injury doesn’t heal before the HDL sweeper can transport it away, another endothelium layer traps the LDL bandage inside the artery wall. This is the cause of Atherosclerosis. LDL is the precursor to cortisol a stress hormone. More importantly, the thing to check for is the level of toxic waste that cling to the LDL. If you cholesterol is high you have either stress or tissue damage due to inflammation. Harmful oxidative stress, such as that which occurs in hypertension, hypercholesterolemia, diabetes, cigarette smoking, and the aging process itself inactivates nitric oxide, thereby contributing to endothelial dysfunction. The release of nitric oxide signals the surrounding smooth muscles of the arteries to relax and dilate, which increases healthy blood flow throughout the body.
High Density Lipoproteins (HDL) cholesterol decreases your risk of stroke because it helps remove Low Density Lipoproteins (LDL) from the blood stream and takes it back to the liver to be recycled. If you have inflammation or some kind of damage in your body, your cholesterol is going to increase.
- High Blood Pressure is a clue that you have damaged arteries.
- High Blood Pressure does not cause stroke.
- Toxic blood causes stroke.
- A better indicator of your overall risk for heart disease is the triglycerides to HDL ratio. People with the highest ratio of triglycerides to HDL had 16 times the risk of heart attack.
Why We Need Fat and Cholesterol
Cholesterol plays vital roles in the body for our health and well-being.
- Without cholesterol Vitamin D cannot be produced.
- Every cell in the human body contains cholesterol as an essential component of proper cellular function.
- Cholesterol serves as a “building block” a protective barrier for each cell.
- Cholesterol and fat help repair cells and tissues.
- When cholesterol levels fall, the cells are negatively affected.
- Cholesterol aids in the production of hormones that regulate digestion, bone health, sexual function, weight, and emotional status.
- Cholesterol also monitors the flow of those hormones, fats, and proteins in and out of the cells.
- Cholesterol in the body creates bile to help digest fats. When fats go undigested they can get into the bloodstream and cause additional problems such as blockages of the arteries and cause heart attacks and heart disease.
- Sixty percent of the brain consists of fat and cholesterol.
- Cholesterol is essential for proper brain function, especially in the transmission of nerve impulses and memory.
- Insufficient cholesterol is associated with decline in memory, cognitive skills, and neurotransmission. In fact, one of the unfortunate side effects of statin drugs that lower cholesterol is loss of memory and cognitive function.
- Cholesterol is a key cellular component for protecting the immune system, when our cells are healthy, our organs are healthy, and healthy organs translate to a healthy person.
- Cholesterol strengthens our immune system. Our immune cells rely on cholesterol to fight against infections.
- It is also vital for inflammation.
- Your brain is 70% cholesterol fat and is therefore important for memory.
- Your nervous system carries messages to and from the brain and spinal cord.
It is the body’s intelligent natural response to repair tissue damage. It treats this damage like a bandage, covering the arterial wound until it is healed then the HDL comes along and takes the LDL bandage away as waste material.
Why would we take away or reduce the body’s ability to repair itself? Why would we want to reduce memory? Why would we want to lower our immune system?
What causes strokes then?
If cholesterol is not the problem what is?
- Low stomach acid which results in digestion problems
- Sticky Blood – The Sticky Truth
- Nutritional Deficiency
Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPIs) are a group of drugs whose main action is a pronounced and long-lasting reduction of gastric acid production. PPIs are among the most widely sold drugs in the world. By the low acid in the stomach they produce, this creates sticky blood cells. This happens because you cannot get the amino acids broken down for the proteins. If you lower stomach acid, you’re lowering your body’s ability to brake down the nutrients for use like magnesium which results in:
- muscle spasm
- irregular heartbeat
- cognitive decline
- decreased DNA production
- type 2 diabetes
- increased risk of fractures of hip, wrist, and spine.
- Indigestion is not from high stomach acid it is from stomach acid being so low it cannot digest the food.
What causes sticky blood?
At the turn of the last century (1900), the average American consumed around 20 to 30 pounds of sugar per year. By the year 2008, the average American consumed 150 to 250 pounds of sugar annually. Around 1990, sugar consumption skyrocketed; and so too did diabetes and heart disease. Right now the average American eats 140 pounds of sugar per year.
Sticky blood is caused by low stomach acid leading to poor digestion and polyunsaturated fats (vegetable oils – trans fats).
On polyunsaturated oils provide a source free radicals which can damage the arterial walls and start the plaque-building process. In DART trial doubled stroke mortality.
Vegetable oils constricts blood vessels and increases platelet stickiness which raises blood pressure and causes further damage to arterial walls.
Omega-6 to Omega-3 ratio:
- Healthy Diet 1:1 to 3:1
- Disease start at 8:1
- American Diet 20:1
- Corn Oil 60:1
- Safflower Oil 77:1
- Profile for soybean, sunflower, corn, peanut, cottonseed, grape seed, and canola 200:1
Avoid Processed foods: They doubled stroke mortality in the Diet and Reinfarction Trial (DART).
Avoid: donuts, crackers and cookies. They contain “partially hydrogenated. Even if the label claims zero trans fats, the serving is still allowed to have 0.5 grams of trans fats.
Avoid “white” processed foods. Biologically, they turn into sugar in your body. Simple carbohydrates are associated with atherosclerosis of the large arteries within the brain. Simple carbohydrates are sugars which digest quickly. Choose complex carbohydrates, rather than simple carbohydrates. Complex carbohydrates still have their fiber, like brown rice or brown bread, rather than white rice or white bread, from which the fiber has been stripped away.
The Coke Conspiracy:
In 2015, for instance, Coca-Cola Co. was outed for secretly funding and supporting the Global Energy Balance Network, a nonprofit front group that promoted exercise as the solution to obesity while significantly downplaying the role of diet and sugary beverages in the weight loss equation.
The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND), was funded by Coca-Cola until 2015.
The American College of Sports Medicine, also funded by Coca-Cola, suggests that while water should be your first choice of beverage, “there is no harm in drinking juice or even soda in moderation.”
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), receives funding from Coca-Cola via the CDC Foundation, also promotes “energy balance,” assuring that: “Healthy eating is all about balance.
But independent studies have suggested insulin resistance, caused by overconsumption of sugars, especially fructose, may, in fact, be a primary cause behind metabolic syndrome. Research suggests sugary beverages are to blame for about 183,000 deaths worldwide each year, including 133,000 diabetes deaths, 44,000 heart disease deaths, and 6,000 cancer deaths. Coca-Cola recently released its latest enhanced water product called “Fruitwater.” Despite its name, the product does NOT contain any juice. Rather it is sweetened with the artificial sweetener sucralose and synthetic chemical “natural fruit flavors”. By focusing on obesity and physical activity, the soda industry very carefully avoids bringing attention to the role sugar and insulin resistance play in this increasingly common chronic condition.
Sugar historians consider the drug comparison to be fitting in part because sugar is one of a handful of ‘drug foods’ reported in Gary Taubes’ excellent book, “The Case Against Sugar,” expertly documents sugar’s link to chronic disease and much more, including whether sugar should more aptly be described as a drug instead of a food. Watch this video about The Case Against Sugar.
- The contents of coke (caffeine, salt 55mg like drinking a pizza, sugar) create an atmosphere in the body to want more.
- Coke contains caffeine a diuretic.
- Salt is added to make you thirstier.
- The added sugar is to hide the salt and creates a desire for more because of dopamine. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter chemical in your brain that affects your emotions, movements and your sensations of pleasure and pain. Consequently you need more to create and satisfy this pleasure.
- Your stomach has a hormone called ghrelin to suppress your hunger for more food. Fructose triggers the feel good hormone and suppresses ghrelin. Therefore gherlin does not suppress your hunger, it makes you think you are starving.
The Consequence Of Sweetness: There’s No Such Thing As ‘Just A Little Sugar’
With the cultural acceptance of “a little sugar” – a little in our coffee, a little on our cereal, a little here, a little there, and it all adds up.
Sugar is hidden all kinds of places that you least expect (sugar is hiding in 74% of packaged foods) –
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requires food producers to list all ingredients in their foods. But added sugar comes in many forms – which is why it’s so hard to find on the ingredients label.5 There are at least 61 different names for sugar listed on food labels. Sugar is commonly added to processed foods. Manufactures often use several different kinds of sugar so they can hide the real amount.
Not all sugar is inherently bad, but one should be aware that not all types of “sugar” are created equal. Yet, something important to point out here is that added sugar is the real problem, not sugar in the form of fructose found in things like fresh fruit.
Read Food Labels Without Being Tricked. Don’t Be Duped By The Claims on The Front
Ingredients are listed by quantity, from highest to lowest. Try looking for products that list whole foods as the first three ingredients, and be skeptical of foods with long lists of ingredients.
Types of sugar: beet sugar, brown sugar, buttered sugar, cane sugar, caster sugar, coconut sugar, date sugar, golden sugar, invert sugar, Muscovado sugar, organic raw sugar, raspadura sugar, evaporated cane juice and confectioner’s sugar.
Other added sugars: barley malt, molasses, cane juice crystals, lactose, corn sweetener, crystalline fructose, dextran, malt powder, ethyl maltol, fructose, fruit juice concentrate, galactose, glucose, disaccharides, maltodextrin and maltose.
Fructose, the type of natural sugar found in modest amounts in real foods like fruits and even vegetables, is generally not something to worry about when consumed as part of a balanced diet because it’s metabolized differently than when ingested in high amounts from processed foods. Commercially, fructose is frequently derived from sugar cane, sugar beets, and maize and is crystalline fructose. Processed foods supply lots of sugar in the form of ingredients like high fructose corn syrup or maltodextrin, without also providing you with fiber, healthy fats or protein to slow down sugar absorption.
Condiments such as salad dressing and ketchup, peanut butter, and of course juice and soda. (Choosing whole fruit instead of juice) To be competitive and make things taste better, food companies have added more and more sugar. [S]ugar was, and still is, a critical ingredient in the American blended-tobacco cigarette, the first of which was Camel.
How is sugar damaging?
Sugar in your blood is like shards of glass scraping, cutting, nicking the inner lining of your arteries causing a wound which needs repair. Then before the cholesterol heals the wound, the scrapes are covered with scar tissue and cause blockages. When the coronary arteries scar, this causes heart attacks and strokes. These sugar shards damage kidneys so severely they shrivel and die and patents often wind up on dialysis.
The symptoms are reversible if we make the right choices.
First Step: Replace BAD FATS with GOOD FATS
Avocados – a good saturated fat, contains vitamin E that prevents cholesterol oxidation along with potassium that helps lower blood pressure.
Extra-Virgin Olive oil – It is rich in antioxidants called polyphenols, as well as monounsaturated fats. The unique combination of antioxidants and healthy fats help reduce LDL and improve your level of HDL. This in turn helps reduce plaque buildup in your arteries.
Nuts & Seeds – They provide good fats
Second Step: Remove ALL Refined SUGARS and GRAINS from your DIET.
1/3 of sugar comes from soft drinks
2/3 of sugar from hidden sources.
Unsuspected sources: White rice, white pasta, white bread. These turn into sugar in your body.
Sugar is an anti-nutrient that robs your body of its precious nutrient stores.
Third Step: Take 10 Deep Breaths. Start breathing intentionally. This will add more oxygen to your blood and also lower your stress levels. It changes the physical and emotional responses to stress (e.g., decreases in heart rate, blood pressure, rate of breathing, and muscle tension). Deep breathing increases the supply of oxygen to your brain and stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system, which promotes a state of calmness. Breathing techniques help you feel connected to your body—it brings your awareness away from the worries in your head and quiets your mind. Please visit TOP 10 Diseases & Conditions Part 3 of 10: You Take My Breath Away to refresh your memory on breathing properly.
Clean up your blood?
Flavonoids from fruits and vegetables prevent cholesterol from sticking to the artery walls, and reduce the oxidation of LDL’s.
- Water – The best blood thinner.
- Walk fast every day – get your blood moving
- Berries – Eating whole fruit with the fiber is different, but if you have high blood sugar, you are better to limit your whole fruit intake to low sugar fruits like berries.
- Garlic – prevents hardening of the aorta
- Pomegranate – stimulate the production of nitric oxide, which helps keep blood flowing and arteries open. It also reduces existing plaque formations in the arteries.
- Watermelon – the amino acid L-citrulline found in watermelon helps lower blood pressure. It helps widen the blood vessels by stimulating nitric oxide production. Eat 1 cup
- Chia seeds – they contain 8.6 grams fat, 10.6 grams fiber. Chia seeds’ ability to reverse inflammation, regulate cholesterol and lower blood pressure make it extremely beneficial to consume for heart health. (5) Also, by reversing oxidative stress, someone is less likely to develop atherosclerosis when he or she regularly consumes chia seeds.
Drink: Mix about 1.5 tablespoons chia seeds in one cup of water. Let sit for about 30 minutes to 2 hours. Add cinnamon and drink.
Cracker Snack: Mix 2 T. & 1/4 cup water with whatever spices you like. Spread on parchment paper greased with olive oil and put mix in 350F oven for 15 mins. Prepare another parchment paper, greased, turn over cook for another 10 mins. You can use a dehydrator at 115 degrees also.
- Almonds – the magnesium in almonds also prevents plaque formation and keeps blood pressure steady. They also contain high vitamin E. One serving is equal to a handful of soaked raw almonds or roasted. 3-5 servings per week.
- Broccoli – eating at least 1 cup of broccoli daily can prevent clogging of arteries. its high vitamin K content, broccoli prevents calcium from damaging the arteries. Moreover, it is rich in fiber, and studies have shown that a high-fiber diet can help lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels. 2-3 serving a week. A 1/2 cup is a serving.
- Asparagus – It helps boost your body’s production of glutathione, an antioxidant that helps fight inflammation and prevent damaging oxidation that can lead to clogged or blocked arteries. it contains alpha-linoleic acid and folic acid, both of which prevent hardening of the arteries.
- Turmeric – The spice turmeric is a powerful anti-inflammatory agent that can help keep arteries free from any kind of blockage. It contains curcumin, which lowers inflammation, a major cause behind hardening of the arteries.
- Tomatoes – High levels of lycopene, which is found in tomatoes, may be associated with a significantly reduced risk of stroke.
- Coffee and green tea – one cup of coffee a day had a 20% reduced risk of stroke
- Potassium-rich foods – greens, bans, and sweet potatoes
- Magnesium-rich foods – Beans, leafy greens
- Pink Himalayan Salt/Sea Salt: Salts that have color contain minerals.
- Honey – Honey is now reintroduced in modern medicine as part of wound and burn man-
agement. Honey has antioxidant, anti-inﬂammatory, and antimicrobial activities. More studies are exploring other aspectsof honey activity such as its effect on blood sugar, body weight, lipid proﬁle, C-reactive protein, nitric oxide, proin-ﬂammatory prostaglandins, and homocysteine. Growing evidence and scientiﬁc data support the use of honey in patientswith diabetes, HTN, dyslipidemia, obesity, and CVD. Honey and Cardiovascular Risk Factors, in Normal Individuals and in Patients with Diabetes Mellitus or Dyslipidemia (PDF Download Available). Available from: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/259313913_Honey_and_Cardiovascular_Risk_Factors_in_Normal_Individuals_and_in_Patients_with_Diabetes_Mellitus_or_Dyslipidemia [accessed Dec 14 2017].
You need salt to get fluid into the cells. The American Journal of Hypertension found no strong evidence that cutting salt intake recedes the risk for heart attacks, strokes or death in people with normal or high blood pressures. People in senior centers are dying from Hyponatremia a low sodium level in the blood.
See a larger list of foods at https://draxe.com/healing-diet/
Every 128 days (4 mo.) every blood cell is brand new. Start today.