Heart Disease

Heart Disease is the number one killer in the US and the number one cause of disability. You can reduce your chances of heart disease by taking steps to control the factors that contribute to heart disease.

There is No Single Best Diet for Everyone

It is generally accepted science that over the last several thousand years, humans thrived equally well on diets ranging from pure vegetarian (people with origins in Asia or Far East cultures) to essentially meat-only diets (people with origins in northern cold climates such as the Inuit) with most ancient cultures subsisting on a mixed vegetarian-carnivore …

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Intense Stress Can Damage the Heart

There is growing scientific evidence that a stressful emotional or physical event can damage how the heart functions and can lead to a variety of different heart problems including having a heart attack, developing an abnormal heart rhythm pattern, or developing congestive heart failure.  Any of these problems can result in broken heart syndrome and …

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Nighttime Potty

Many patients I see have difficulty sleeping because they have to go to the bathroom multiple times during the night. Men are often told it has to do with their prostate being enlarged while women are often told they have a distended or prolapsed bladder. While these problems may cause people to urinate more frequently …

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Coat Hanger Neck Pain

Many individuals with chronic or intermittent neck tightness and pain are misdiagnosed.   They are told their vertebrae are out of alignment, have muscular injury from an accident, have a pinched nerve, “carry their stress there”, or have arthritic changes noted on an x-ray. While certainly some individuals may have nerve compression from a serious …

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Inflamm-Aging

Aging is associated with low-grade chronic inflammatory state referred to “inflamm-ageing” or inflammaging.   Inflammaging is abnormal and unhealthy. It is associated with a chronically increased level of inflammatory chemicals within the blood stream called cytokines, and looks as if there is a chronic infection within the body but none exists. Inflammaging accompanies virtually all …

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Stop P.O.T.S. (Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome)

Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome, called “POTS”, is a relatively new and growing diagnostic label.   Individuals with POTS experience a very rapid increase in their heart rate when they stand up which is often accompanied by orthostatic symptoms of heart palpitations, altered balance, lightheadedness or dizziness, and syncope (passing out). They may also suffer from …

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Are you AGE-ing?

You might be aging too fast … from how you cook your food. The manner and the temperature in which we cook our food has a large impact on our brain and body.  Higher cooking temperatures results in the formation of unnatural and unhealthy substances referred to as advanced glycation end products. These substances are …

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High Omega-3, Low Omega-6 Diets Help Brains Recover

A growing body of scientific studies are suggesting that omega-3 fatty acids found in nuts, flax, wild fish, and grass fed beef can lead to the reduction of abnormal inflammation and restore a wide variety of cellular functioning within the body. A recent study has shown that long term omega-3 fatty acid supplementation coupled with …

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What is your HRV? (Heart Rate Variability)

People think their blood pressure reading is the biggest indicator of their overall health, but a more important number is their Heart Rate Variability (HRV). Your HRV is not your blood pressure and it is not your pulse rate. Technically, HRV is the variation of time between each heartbeat. The average time is one beat …

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Menopause is Permanent PMS

Some women suffer for decades after menopause. But what if we approach it like a traumatic brain injury or a concussion? What if relief lies in repairing the brains and nervous systems of these women just like repairing the brains and nervous systems of male pro-athletes? There are new treatments for postmenopausal women, turning off …

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Choosing How You Die, One Meal at a Time

Too tired to fight with the kids over healthy food and snacks? Too tempted by tasty sugars and carbs to cut them from your diet? Let’s call your diet what it really is, it is your choice of death. Everything would be easy if we could really walk on the treadmill 30 extra minutes to …

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Heartburn and Heart Attacks

Two totally different conditions, right?  Heartburn is a mild nuisance that can be easily remedied with antacids from the store.  Heart attacks are the number one killer of Americans that requires the emergency aid of skilled cardiologists to prevent death. Yet as different as they seem, their origins are deeply intertwined and understanding why is …

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Fish Oil and Flax Improves Your Metabolism

The cells of your body are extremely complex and are composed of a variety of fatty acids that help the cells preform various functions.  Fatty acids are classified into 4 groups, saturated fatty acids (SFA), monosaturated fatty acids (MUFA) and polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA). Your body produces many fatty acids from other molecules with the …

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“What is Wellness?” – Listen to Dr. Nemechek’s Lecture to Find Out!

This is the first of Dr. Nemechek’s eight talks that comprise his 2012 “Wellness Through Science” lecture series.  In it, he discusses the false premise of modern corporate wellness, the weak health benefits of many common medications and outlines how metabolic inflammation is rapidly being understood as the common cause of many illnesses. [youtube]https://youtu.be/onPPVd4_HCo[/youtube]   …

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More Confusion: Is Red Meat Really That Bad?

Too Much Advice I was asked recently about the repeated news from Harvard’s Public Health Department that eating red meat, especially processed red meat (i.e., sausages and salami) is bad for one’s health. The constant stream of conflicting headlines is causing confusion of the general public. First you have to understand the source. The Harvard …

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Heart Surgeon Speaks Out On What Causes Heart Disease

Dr. Dwight Lundell Prevent Disease Thu, 01 Mar 2012 21:58 CST We physicians with all our training, knowledge and authority often acquire a rather large ego that tends to make it difficult to admit we are wrong. So, here it is. I freely admit to being wrong. As a heart surgeon with 25 years experience, …

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In Older Adults, A Higher Cholesterol Level Is Associated with a Lower Risk of Death

Yes that’s correct; it’s not a typo! A recent study has demonstrated that a higher total cholesterol level is associated with a lower risk of death from cancer and non-cardiovascular (heart attacks and stroke) disease in older healthy adults (over 55 years of age). Researchers studied 5750 older people (age range, 55–99). At the beginning …

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Salt Might Not Be A Villian After All

There Doesn’t Really Seem to Be a Consensus About Salt The growing conflict surrounding health consequence of dietary salt (sodium; table salt) intake continues to get more interesting.  It reminds me of the emotional/quasi-scientific rhetoric that still surrounds “low-fat” dietary recommendations. A recent medical review by the Cochrane Collaboration has determined that a reduction in dietary salt (sodium) may …

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Niacin Supplement Doesn’t Prevent Heart Disease

A recent NIH study assessing the effectiveness of Niaspan (a niacin supplement used to decrease triglycerides and raise HDL cholesterol) was terminated early because of concerns it may actually be harming patients.  This also puts into question whether Tricor, another triglyceride lowering agent actuallys prevents heart disease. I follow a simple rule with patients when …

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Mummies and Atherosclerosis

A Brief Overview of Atherosclerosis Atherosclerosis is a process of chronic inflammation of the cells lining the arterial walls.  Overtime, scar-like tissue builds up with some deposition of calcium and small dense cholesterol molecules in the tissue.  Ultimately, the inflamed atherosclerotic lesion can rupture, a blood clot suddenly forms and an individual will experience a heart …

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Obesity Does Not Cause Heart Disease

The Problem According to the American Heart Association, more than 910,000 Americans still die of heart disease annually.  And more than 70 million Americans live every day with some form of heart disease which can include high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, stroke, angina (chest pain), heart attack and congenital heart defects. The Myth “Being overweight or …

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Low Fat Dieting Can Increase Heart Disease in Women

The Study The Women’s Health Initiative was a massive study launched in 1991 to evaluate the health benefits for women if they ate less fat in their diet. This is one of the largest nutritional studies ever done. The study involved almost 50,000 women, some of who were placed on a low-fat, high fruit, vegetable …

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It’s Time to Worry If Your Child Has Heartburn

Are You Poisoning Your Children? Believe it or not, if your child has heartburn it’s because they are slowly being poisoned by the excessive amounts of carbohydrates in their diet. Their excessive carbohydrate intake is toxic to their nervous system and is directly responsible for increasing incidence of heartburn, fatigue, headaches, abdominal pain and frequent urination. Heartburn, the Most Obvious …

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Monitoring Triglycerides is Important in HIV Disease

The Importance of Elevated Triglycerides Insulin resistance is the cause of type II diabetes, heart disease, chronic kidney disease and most cases of high blood pressure.  These conditions are dangerous and occur much more frequently in patients with HIV Disease than in the general population.  The main reason for this is insulin resistance. Triglyceride elevation …

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Reduce Carbs to Lower Triglycerides

Excess Carbohydrates Cause Elevated Triglycerides Overweight patients commonly have elevations of their small LDL cholesterol and triglycerides as well as decreases of their HDL cholesterol; all of these changes  correlate with an increased risk of heart attacks.   This pattern is collectively known as atherogenic dyslipidemia and is associated with the narrowing of arteries called atherosclerosis. …

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How To Prevent Cancer, Diabetes, Heart Attacks and Strokes

In a recent study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, researchers identified 4 factors tied to reduced disease risk: never smoking, having a body mass index (BMI) lower than 30, performing at least 3.5 hours per week of physical activity, and following a healthy diet. Participants with all 4 factors had a 78% lower …

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A Reply To Comments About ‘Saturated (Animal) Fat Does Not Cause Heart Disease’

My recent post,  Saturated (Animal) Fat Does Not Cause Heart Disease has generated numerous e-mails and comments that seem to focus on the connection between our dietary cholesterol intake and the fact that vascular plaques that lead to arterial blockage also contain cholesterol. One read wrote, “If dietary fat intake doesn’t lead to increased cholesterol …

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Saturated (Animal) Fat Does Not Cause Heart Disease

Ever since 1953 when a physiologist named Ancel Keys, Ph.D. compared fat intake and deaths from heart disease in seven countries including the U.S., the American medical establishment has clung to an unproven belief that saturated fat was evil. But in 1957, Jacob Yerushalmy, Ph.D. established this research was false and that Keys was guilty of only …

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How Much Fish Oil Should I Take And Why?

Many patients I see  in my practice are taking fish oil supplements and don’t really understand why they are beneficial  but just that everyone seems to recommend taking them. Fish and certain plant and nut oils are common natural sources of omega-3 fatty acids.  Fatty acids are special molecules that have a wide array of …

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