In the classic
movie "The Wizard of Oz," the Tin Man expresses his
longing for the one internal organ that the tinsmith failed to
give him by
singing, "If I only had a heart..."
Maybe he ought to
to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), the top cause of death in the US continues to be heart
disease, just ahead of cancer.
includes coronary heart disease (CHD), coronary artery disease
(CAD), heart attack (myocardial infarction), congestive heart
failure and congenital heart disease.
But with the
exception of congenital heart disease (meaning you're born with
it), heart disease doesn't happen overnight.
It's created over
You see, the
primary cause of heart disease is atherosclerosis (hardening of
the arteries). And that develops slowly, steadily, day after day
and year after year.
But just as heart
disease can be created, it can also be prevented...and even
reversed. That's right. You can reverse it.
Here's what you
might not know, but must know, about heart disease and more
importantly, 4 effective ways you can help keep it far away from
The creation of heart disease
There are actually
five steps of heart disease creation:
Artery wall damage occurs
Just like the
paint on your house or your favorite pair of jeans, your
arteries endure normal "wear and tear" and over time can sustain
rips, abrasions and scratches.
pressure can also cause damage to your artery walls due to the
increased force of your blood being pumped through.
Once an artery
becomes damaged, your body's repair system (which is made up of
platelets and white blood cells) comes to the rescue to promote
healing...and part of that process includes stirring up
But if artery
damage is allowed to continue unchecked, pockets of inflammation
can form in your arteries.
pockets in your arteries are the ideal home for LDL cholesterol
to get "stuck" and begin to accumulate.
Plaque is created
Once large amounts
of LDL cholesterol have collected along the walls of your
arteries, you've graduated to plaque buildup and are at risk for
partial or complete artery blockages.
When your coronary
arteries become severely clogged with plaque, they begin to
squeeze off the blood supply to your heart...and you become part
of the statistic I quoted above.
How to stop heart disease before it stops
Now, just because
artery wall damage and plaque buildup may be quietly sneaking up
on you doesn't mean there's nothing you can do to interrupt the
In addition to the
very obvious quitting smoking and getting regular exercise, here
are four very effective things you can do to take good care of
your ticker...and help it continue to take good care of YOU:
1) Get your
Studies have shown
that short sleep duration (under six hours a night) is a
significant risk factor for stroke and cardiovascular disease.
the University of Alabama at Birmingham published the result of
a study in the American Academy of Sleep Medicine journal that
cites how sleeping fewer than six hours each night increases the
risk of stroke symptoms among middle-aged to older adults.
So, you Night
Owls--if you can't live without the Late Show, make sure to tape
it and watch it some other time. It may make the difference
between a night's rest and "rest in peace!"
2) Get your
In addition to
helping prevent colds, keeping your skin youthful-looking,
beefing up your army of antioxidants and protecting against
cataracts, Vitamin C also helps to prevent and reverse heart
Some excellent food sources of this Vitamin dynamo include:
- Citrus fruits (grapefruit, oranges, lemons
- Red and green bell peppers
- Brussels sprouts
- Mustard greens
3) Get your
Omega-3 fatty acids have shown to be an important tool to
help fight heart disease in these 4 ways:
* They've been medically proven to help lower blood pressure.
Studies show that daily fish oil supplementation alone can lower
your systolic (the top number) pressure by five points or more
and your diastolic (the bottom number) pressure by three points
* Omega-3 fatty acids have anti-inflammatory properties, which
may help counteract any inflammation you might have building up
in your arteries.
* Omega-3 fatty acids help raise HDL cholesterol levels and
lower LDL cholesterol, thereby helping to improve your HDL/LDL
* They also help keep blood clots from forming by reducing the
stickiness in your platelets and curbing the production of
fibrinogens--protein strands that can get tangled up with
platelets and result in a clot.
Problem is, our
food supply doesn't contain a fraction of the Omega-3 EFAs that
it used to (thanks to processed foods and grain-fed animals). That means most people in developed countries are seriously
lacking in this vital, heart-healthy nutrient.
So one of the best
ways to help prevent heart problems is to take a very
high-quality fish oil formula.
2-capsule daily serving packs a whopping 1,200 mg. of EPA, DHA
and other Omega-3 fatty acids in the same pure, potent form
you'd get directly from fish itself.
Plus, the oils in VitalMega-3 go through a distillation process that removes
heavy metals like mercury and PCB's--so it can be far safer than
eating lots of fish.
4) Keep your pH slightly alkaline and reduce acid wastes
Your heart was
designed to function in a slightly alkaline environment.
Your heart pumps
an astounding 13,000 quarts of blood a DAY! And acid wastes in
that blood put a tremendous strain on it to move your blood
Plus, acid wastes
in your system rob your blood of oxygen, which causes your heart
tissue to deteriorate.
So it's essential
to keep your pH as alkaline as possible and diminish the acid
wastes flowing through your blood. Your life may quite literally
depend on it.
The good news is
that it's not difficult.
Taste No Pain manuals will show you exactly what to do, step by
The GTNP manuals
will teach you the simple principles of smart food pairing which
will help prevent and reduce accumulation of acid wastes.
Plus, they'll tell
you exactly which foods are inherently acid-waste creators and
which are alkaline so there's no guesswork.
receive charts showing you what to pair with all of your
favorite foods to make them easily digested, including meats,
pastas, grains, dairy, bread and vegetables.
Eating for a more
alkaline pH couldn't be easier...or better for your ticker!
Heart disease is
certainly nothing to take lightly.
And the biggest
mistake you can make is thinking that it can't happen to YOU.
It can. It didn't
get to be the number one killer by affecting just a few people
here and there.
And the next
biggest mistake you can make is thinking there's nothing you can
do about it.
As you can see up
above, there's plenty you can do.
you'll be just reading the statistics instead of becoming one.
To your health,
PS: Carol's blood pressure is down 30 points and Scott's got a
My husband found your website and your plan following a trip to
the hospital for emergency abdominal surgery for a ruptured
colon and peritonitis. He came out with a colostomy.
During his recuperation, I began suffering from side effects
from the cholesterol and blood pressure medications I was on. I
was also suffering from acid reflux and taking Prilosec every
We started on your Great Taste
No Pain program 3 days ago. Without
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Thank you for simple, easy to follow methods. We intend to
continue to live pain free!
Scott and Carol
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