February is heart health month and it’s no wonder with statistics like these taken from The Heart Foundation:
- Heart disease is the number one cause of death in the United States
- Cardiovascular diseases claim more lives than all forms of cancer combined
- In the U.S. someone has a heart attack every 34 seconds
- In the U.S. every 60 seconds someone dies from a heart disease-related event
- Direct and indirect costs of heart disease total more than $320.1 billion
- Heart disease is the number one killer of women
- An estimated 43 million women in the U.S. are affected by heart disease
- Since 1984, more women than men have died each year from heart disease
What has happened to people and why is it that we have such high statistics? This generation of people has been tolerating symptoms like:
- High Blood pressure
- Irregular heartbeat
- High cholesterol
- Shortness of breath
- Leg cramping during sleep
- Restless legs
It’s no surprise that these things have increased since the later half of the 20th century when the medical community and dietitians began recommending low-fat diets and began saying how dangerous cholesterol is.
In the book Diet & Heart Disease by Stephen Byrnes, Ph.D. RNCP, he says:
“Saturated fats lower the blood levels of the artery-damaging lipoprotein and elevate HDL levels which are needed for proper calcium utilization in the bones and provide a good energy source for vital organs. They stimulate the immune system, protect the liver, do not initiate free radical formation and are non-irritating to the arterial walls. Omitting them from one’s diet, then, is poor advice.”
He goes on to say,
“Cholesterol is needed by the body to manufacture an array of hormones as well as contribute to the structural integrity of the cell wall. Cholesterol is also needed for the proper function of serotonin receptors in the brain. Serotonin is what makes us “feel” good. This is why low cholesterol levels are associated with higher rates of depression, suicide and aggressive behavior.”
He then talks about how important cholesterol is to the function of the brain, the health of our intestines as well as the development of our brain and nervous system.
The food we eat is definitely taking its toll on our bodies and in a way that is undeniably dangerous. What can we do? Many have found Nutrition Response Testing has allowed them to get their lives back.
Dorothy age 59 had been being treated for high blood pressure. She was overweight but not obese. She started experiencing the side effects of the drug, i.e. fatigue, numbness in her feet, dry eyes and flaking skin. She didn’t want to live with those symptoms for the rest of her life so she did some Nutrition Response Testing and agreed to a few changes. Here is what she said shortly after.
“I had high blood pressure, recorded at 186/96 and climbing. I had low energy and was tired all the time. After one week of starting the program, my blood pressure was recorded at 137/82. My energy improved. I’m not so tired even though I was getting less sleep due to working the night shift. Now I mentally want to get up and get going and exercise!”
She also lost weight as an added benefit! She took the high blood pressure as a warning sign to determine what was wrong.
If you or someone you love has suffered with the symptoms mentioned at the beginning of this article, click here to schedule an appointment with me. Many of my patients have found relief of their symptoms and have gained their lives back.