Thursday, January 09, 2014

Fat and Heart Disease Myth

Way back in the 1950-60's a major longitudinal  cohort study called the "7 Countries Study" was done studying the effects of diet, activity, smoking and blood pressure on rates of heart attack and stoke.  In addition to correctly correlating smoking, high blood pressure and sedintary lifestyle with disease, the study suggested a link between fat intake and health.  This was the beginning of the so-called "mediterranean diet".

So, the significance of the study was that the US governmeny decided to reduce IS fat intake by 30%.  Amazingly enough, we did it by replacing butter and lard with sugar and trans-fats (crisco and margarine).  The consequence of all the fructose and trans-fats however was an explosion in chronic disease in the US. 

For decades dietitians and doctors advocated a diet with low saturated fat and cholesterol. However, today we are now learning what we should have known all along: First, that cholesterol (like in egg yoke) has nothing whatever to do with HDL and LDL but is a major component in healtly brain tissue. Second, we now have verified that saturated fats like in natural butter and coconut oil raises HDL (protective lipoprotein) levels and lowers LDL.

[How did we allow the government and media convince us that milk and eggs were poison while artificial crisco and margarine spread were good?]

When it comes to LDL and HDL, we know that elevated LDL is bad.  But in reality, its not LDL alone that is harmful but oxidized LDL. Oxidized LDL is what causes inflammation and plaque formation in blood vessels.  So what is it that oxodizes LDL?  The major oxidizer of LDL in the American diet is sodium nitrite found in nearly all processed meats (bacon, sausage, hot dogs, lunch meat, bologne, etc).  HDL's on the other hand carry more antioxidants and therefore are protected from becoming oxidized.  

The next thing that happens is that flouride in our toothpaste further damages the LDL and plaques.  Now we also know that those who take calcium supplements and drunk calcium-fortified orange juice cause the lining of our blood vessels to become calcfied.  If a calcified plaque in the heart or neck ruptures, then a clot forms, resulting in a major heart attack or stroke.

Accordingly, I will give a current list of good and bad:

1. Saturated fat
2. HDL
3. Eggs
4. Milk
5. Butter
6. Coconut Oil
7. Vitamin D

1. Oxidized LDL
2. Fluoride
3. Sodium Nitrite
4. Any kind of bacon, lunch meat
5. Crisco and Margarine
6. Calcium Suppliments
7. Calcium fortified orange juice
8. High Fructose Corn Syrup and Sucrose  

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