So Many Things We Were Taught To Believe Are Wrong!?
The Sweet Things Aren’t Always So Sweet.
One often neglected source of cardiovascular problems is sugar. A recent report in the Journal of the American Medical Association, found that the sugar industry paid scientists in the 1960’s to play down the link between sugar and heart disease and rather promote saturated fat as the culprit instead.
Five decades of research into the role of nutrition and heart disease, including many of today’s dietary recommendations, may have been largely shaped by the sugar industry. Unfortunately, we have a food supply system that cares little about health, and a health care system that cares little about food.
Evidence from epidemiological studies and experimental trials in animals and humans, suggests that added sugars, particularly fructose, may increase blood pressure and blood pressure variability, increase heart rate and myocardial oxygen demand, and contribute to inflammation, insulin resistance, and broader metabolic dysfunction.
Prescribed Drugs Versus Lifestyle and Nutrition
If we neglect the importance of nutrition, we fall victim to a drug industry that convinces regulators that their new chemical will solve the latest problem disease. Sadly, thousands of drugs have been approved for use because they were deemed as effective and safe, only to be removed years later due to serious side effects caused and hidden conflicts of interest discovered.
An example of this is cholesterol medications (the most profitable medications today). Last year, the British Medical Journal concluded: “Lowering cholesterol with medications for primary cardiovascular prevention in those aged over 60 is a total waste of time and resources, whereas altering your lifestyle is the single most important way to achieve a good quality of life.”
Cholesterol, according to Mary G. Enid, PhD, is vital to proper neurological function. It plays a key role in the formation of memory and the uptake of hormones in the brain, including serotonin, the body’s feel-good chemical. When cholesterol levels drop too low, the serotonin receptors cannot work.
Why Drugs Don’t Really Work
Health Impact News tells us that over 98% of drugs work by poisoning enzymes or blocking receptors. The human body is not designed to have our enzymes poisoned or our receptors blocked. The only possible outcome of this chemical approach, is more problems.
The sad reality for most Canadians today, is that our lifestyle is completely incongruent with health. Not only are we eating toxic processed foods, and taking multiple poisonous medications, but we are the most sedentary generation in history.
Researcher, James Levine describes our states of health this way: “Today, our bodies are breaking down from obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, cancer, depression, and the cascade of health ills and everyday malaise that come from what scientists have named sitting disease.”
Former Surgeon General of the US concludes: “More people die of a sedentary lifestyle than from smoking.” Perhaps, it’s time we ask our doctors if getting our butts out of the chair or off couch is right for us?
The good news about North America’s #1 killer is that it is preventable. We are always excited to share some amazing, simple things we can do to reduce our risk of succumbing to this dreaded condition.
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