Creative Eldering – The Hidden Truth About Atherosclerosis And Heart Disease

Most people think (unfortunately have been brainwashed to think) that the secret to avoiding clogged arteries, heart attacks, and strokes is to be sure you take a statin drug every day for the rest of your life. NOT TRUE. That old outdated premise should have been thrown out decades ago.

Cholesterol is a natural substance in your body. It is required for life. Cholesterol is a critical building block for your body, so important that we each produce about 800 mg of cholesterol every day, aside from dietary intake. Why? Because it is the critical ingredient in the coverings and coatings of every cell membrane in your entire body.

Cholesterol is especially important for the nerve coverings of your myelin sheaths that protect all nerves in your body and allow the nerve impulses to be smoothly transmitted from the brain to the extremities and back. Erratic and sub-normal nerve conduction is caused by various demyelinating diseases, such as multiple sclerosis and Guillain-Barré syndrome. These conditions can even result in paralysis.

Cholesterol’s presence in your body is necessary to protect your brain as it covers every nerve cell in your brain and provides a cushioning protective layer to one of your most important organs. It is now known that long-term use of statin drugs potentiates Alzheimer’s disease. Cholesterol is also needed to form the basic structure of many of your hormones including estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone. Starving your body of dietary cholesterol and taking statin drugs can seriously interfere with your body’s own hormonal production and hormonal balance.

Never abruptly stop medications that your body is accustomed to taking; instead work with your team of doctors to minimize or gradually transition off medication, if that is your goal and it seems to be reasonable in your case. Depending on a statin drug in hopes of preventing clogged arteries and heart disease has proven to be ineffective.

You may find yourself asking, “Then what can I do to help myself prevent clogged arteries and heart disease?” The most effective thing you can do is to minimize inflammation in your body by improving your diet and adopting a proactive and holistic life-style. When you have excessive toxicity or inflammation in your body, your body may produce more cholesterol since it can be soothing to the inflamed tissues.

When you take away inflammatory factors in your diet and lifestyle, you no longer provoke your body to create additional cholesterol. I find that patients afflicted with heavy metal toxicity often have a higher cholesterol level. Their body is trying to mitigate the toxicity by coating the metal particles with cholesterol and hopefully prevent them from being reabsorbed from the bloodstream.

The hidden truth about clogged arteries, heart disease, and many other health disorders has been revealed. It is inflammation that is the problematic factor that here needs to be addressed. Anti-inflammatory drugs whether they are over-the-counter or prescription have a myriad of side effects and should be considered the very last resort. You can take the bull by the horns and work through this (with a little guidance) yourself. Recognize and understand that inflammation is your enemy and that your best approach is to learn how you have been causing inflammation in your body and to move away from those bad habits.

No time for guilt or remorse, this information was not available to the public until recently. Be glad you are now informed and can move forward to reverse inflammation in your body. I’ve prepared a hand book for living an anti-inflammatory lifestyle, it is Chapter 7, Inflammation: The Anti-Youthing Agent, found in YOUR AGING BODY CAN TALK. I will give you the CliffsNotes version here.

The first step for living an anti-inflammatory lifestyle is to scrutinize and consider revising your diet to be clean, pure, unadulterated and devoid of processed foods. Feeding your body plain and simple salads, steamed vegetables and organic foods will be quite beneficial. These foods have no need for the addition of preservatives, additives, or conditioners, and your body certainly has no need for them.

Use clean pure water as your primary beverage. I use a Berkey purifier to remove chlorine, fluorine and any other toxins. You may choose to buy spring water or artesian water as a good water source. Water is the best natural solvent and can flush toxins out of your body if your consumption is adequate. The use of tobacco products, especially when smoked, and drinking chlorinated water are simple actions in your daily life that can cause inflammation that reach the linings of your blood vessels.

Fat in the diet was blamed for blood vessel damage and heart disease for many years. After much of the population was convinced to go to a “low-fat” diet, which was automatically a higher carbohydrate and sugar-rich diet, the rates of cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes exploded. It is now understood that the inflammation stemming from these sugar-rich diets precipitated dramatic increases in these illnesses.

Today nutrition experts and most holistic practitioners teach that a high-fat diet helps quell inflammation and is health protective, if trans-fats are not included. Frying is what transforms a healthy fat into a trans-fat. Avoiding fried food is another way to protect your blood vessels, your heart, and your brain. An additional benefit to omitting trans-fats in your diet is that this automatically reduces your chance of developing cancer.

The intake of refined sugar, high fructose corn sweetener, or any artificial sweetener will cause inflammation and is able to form small nicks and scratches in your blood vessels. These small nicks and scratches trigger a cascade of events that your body uses in wound healing. In a similar fashion, a small cut on your skin initiates inflammation and begins the wound healing process. This provides a protective scab over the wound. Inside your blood vessels the “scab” uses cholesterol and calcium as raw materials. If the inflammation is ongoing due to your diet and lifestyle, the damage to the blood vessels is progressive and heart disease or stroke may be a long-term consequence.

Adopting a low inflammatory lifestyle and dietary pattern will pay off immensely and help your blood vessels and heart stay flexible and healthy.

Article written by Susan L. Levy, D. C.
Author of “Your Body Can Talk, 2nd Edition” and “Your Aging Body Can Talk” |

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