Heart disease and oils

 

How to Lower Your Risk Of Heart Disease Without Using Drugs, for Living Healthy Series
By Dr. Stewart Gillespie*, Osteopath, Functional Medicine, Clinical Nutritionist, Medical Intuitive

Some of the facts about Heart disease are shocking to read. Almost half of all Americans now have heart disease.  800,000 people die in the US alone each year. But what is even more shocking is that what used to be thought of as a disease of aging, has been proved to be no longer the case as:

60% of people between 15-19 years old now  have atherosclerosis or plaquing of the coronary arteries, and even found in kids as young as 2.

So it’s important to realize that it does not matter how old you are.  This is a lifestyle disease not a degenerative disease. What is also important to understand is that knowing this gives you the solution, which gives you the power to change, and to reverse and to prevent this.

I rarely like to single out a disease, as I do not treat disease but underlying causes in order to prevent disease. But as this is the number 1 killer in the Western world, and fast becoming the number one killer in the Far East, something has to be said, as this is one of the most preventable diseases in humans. But don’t take my word for it, this information is out there, and even in some renowned Medical Journals.

The INTERHEART study, published in the Lancet in 2004, followed 30 000 people and found that changing lifestyle could prevent at least 90% of all heart disease.”
What Lifestyle Changes:

The research clearly shows that changing how we live is a much more powerful intervention for preventing heart disease than any medication. The “EPIC” study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine studied 23,000 people’s adherence to 4 simple behaviors:

 1. not smoking,

2. exercising 3.5 hours a week,

3. eating a healthy diet [fruits, vegetables, beans, whole grains, nuts, seeds, and limited amounts of meat], and

4. maintaining a healthy weight [BMI <30] = Body Mass Index).

In those adhering to these behaviors, 93% of diabetes, 81% of heart attacks, 50% of strokes, and 36% of all cancers were prevented.

This is very powerful stuff, but so simple.

Knowing we have a disease can be paralyzing sometimes, especially as we are often told by traditional medicine that disease is genetic, or irreversible, or from unknown causes. But there are solutions, and for those people who are trying to reverse rather than prevent, there are also some very powerful substances in nature that we are going to talk about in this article.

It is because lifestyle doesn’t only reduce risk factors such as high blood pressure, blood sugar, or cholesterol. Our lifestyle changes our internal environment that actually influences the fundamental causes and biological mechanisms leading to disease: including changes in gene expression, which modulate inflammation, oxidative stress (free radical/toxin build up), and metabolic (hormone) dysfunction. Those are the real reasons we are sick.

So here are the action steps you need to take in order to reverse and prevent this disease.

1. Change the way you think about this disease

Our current thinking about how to treat and prevent heart disease is at best misguided, and at worst harmful. We believe we are treating the causes of heart disease by lowering cholesterol, lowering blood pressure, lowering blood sugar with medication. But the real question is what causes high cholesterol, high blood pressure and high blood sugar in the first place.  It is certainly not a medication deficiency, but a sign that we have an underlying inflammatory process going on. Cholesterol** is the substance that our body uses to calm inflammation and repair damage arteries, like spackle on a crack in the wall. Imagine treating a crack in the wall by giving you a drug that reduces the spackle. Do you really think that the crack is going away by doing that? That is akin to treating heart disease with a cholesterol lowering drug.

2. Change the way we test for heart disease

50% of men and 65% of women who suddenly died of heart disease had showed no symptoms of heart disease and had “normal” cholesterol on their blood work.

In other words we are not looking for the right things. Our focus on cholesterol has taken our eye off the real cause of heart disease which is inflammation.  Therefore a basic cholesterol panel is not going to cut it if you are trying to evaluate your real risk of heart disease. These tests below can be asked for, dare I say demanded for, if you feel you are at risk.


3. Genetics is a factor only in a small percentage of cases

If you say your genes are responsible, you are mostly wrong. It is the environment working on your genes that determines your risk, and changes your genetic expression, not the genes themselves. In other words, it is the way you eat, how much you exercise, how you deal with stress and the effects of environmental toxins, that are the underlying causes of high cholesterol, high blood pressure and high blood sugar. That is what determines your risk of heart disease.

4. Rule out other underlying causes

Infection which causes inflammation and toxin overload.

Stress: #1 cause of high blood pressure.

Heavy metal exposure: particularly lead and mercury.

5. Dietary Recommendations to Help Prevent Cardiovascular Disease

The first step in preventing heart disease is to eat a healthy diet. Increase your consumption of whole foods rich in phytonutrients, like plant molecules that give your body the nutrients it needs. Here are some practical tips:

·         To avoid the blood sugar imbalances that increase your risk for heart disease, eat protein with every meal, even at breakfast. This will help you to avoid sudden increases in your blood sugar.

·         Use lean animal protein like fish, turkey, chicken, lean cuts of lamb, and even vegetable protein such as nuts, beans, and tofu.

·         Combine protein, fat, and carbohydrates in every meal. Never eat carbohydrates alone. For the same reasons, avoid white flour and sugar.

·         Eat high-fiber foods, ideally at least 50 grams per day. Beans, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and fruit all contain beneficial fiber.

·         Avoid all processed junk food, including sodas, juices, and diet drinks, which impact sugar and lipid metabolism. Liquid sugar calories are the biggest contributors to obesity and diabetes and heart disease.

·         Increase omega-3 fatty acids by eating cold-water wild salmon, sardines, herring, flaxseeds, and even seaweed.

·         Reduce saturated fat and use more grass-fed or organic beef or animal products, which contain less saturated fat.

·         Eliminate all hydrogenated fat, which is found in margarine, shortening, and processed oils, as well as many baked goods and processed foods.

·         Instead use healthy oils, such as olive (especially extra virgin olive oil), cold pressed sesame, and other nut oils.

·         Avoid or reduce alcohol, which can increase triglycerides and fat in the liver and create blood sugar imbalances.

·         Don’t allow yourself to get hungry. Graze — don’t gorge — by eating every three to four hours to keep your insulin and blood sugar normal.

·         Try not to eat three hours before bed.

·         Have a good protein breakfast every day. You can start with a protein shake or may use eggs. Some suppliers offer omega-3 eggs, which are ideal.

·         Include flaxseeds by using two to four tablespoons of ground flaxseeds every day in your food. This can lower cholesterol by 18 percent. Flax is tasty in shakes or sprinkled on salads or whole grain cereal.

·         Drink green tea, which can help lower cholesterol.

·         Use soy foods such as soymilk, edamame, soy nuts, tempeh, and tofu, which can help lower cholesterol by 10 percent, as long as you do not have high estrogens or hormonal imbalance.

·         Eat at least eight to ten servings of colorful fruits and vegetables a day, which contain disease fighting vitamins, minerals, fiber, phytonutrients, antioxidants, and anti-inflammatory molecules.

6. Incorporate essential oils

In order to have profound and lasting effects on a cellular level, there is nothing more complete than essential oils.

The oils I am recommending for heart disease have profound anti-inflammatory effects, and are now being used in some hospitals, to prevent heart disease.

Circulation blend is my favorite as it combines Red Pine which strengthens the heart, Cypress, that improves circulation, reduces varicose veins, lifts confidence, and St John’s wort, to reduce the stress. Also Eucalyptus for anti-inflammation – Apply 3 drops on ankles.

Anxiety Out: with St John’s wort  to reduce anxiety often related to heart disease.

Goldenrod: very effective in treating heart conditions, acting on the muscles of the heart, as well as the arteries. Apply 3-5 drops topically through the skin.

Lavendin super which reduces stress: massage 4 to 5 drops wherever it is needed.

Ginger: add a few drop to your massage oil

*So if you would like to know more about testing please email me at drstewartg@gmail.com, visit my website at  fabinforty.com

** See my previous article on cholesterol   http://alchemistoils.com/dr-gillespie/end-cholesterol-confusion