Commentary By Greg Zangari:
This is one of the most important articles that I have read, regarding heart health, in a long time. This is one of those articles that needs to go viral. I knew cholesterol was not the answer to what the major cause of heart disease is and now we know! To me, Dr. Dwight Lundell deserves a Nobel Prize for Guts for his courage in outting this information!
Going against the “American Medical Association” (created by Rockefeller) takes a very courageous and compassionate individual. So this information should flip cardiac practice on it’s head once patients are well informed regarding this new dietary issue. It also may make the pharma companies that manufacture statins (generic term for cholesterol and lipid/fat lowering agents), as well as other classes of medication, lose a large part of their annual revenue.
Below this article from Dr. Lundell, I’ll analyze what other drug classes could be affected once cardiac practice protocols have changed.
Heart Surgeon Speaks Out On What Really Causes Heart Disease
Dr. Dwight Lundell
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, having performed over 5,000 open-heart surgeries, today is my day to right the wrong with medical and scientific fact.
I trained for many years with other prominent physicians labelled “opinion makers.” Bombarded with scientific literature, continually attending education seminars, we opinion makers insisted heart disease resulted from the simple fact of elevated blood cholesterol.
The only accepted therapy was prescribing medications to lower cholesterol and a diet that severely restricted fat intake. The latter of course we insisted would lower cholesterol and heart disease. Deviations from these recommendations were considered heresy and could quite possibly result in malpractice.
It Is Not Working!
These recommendations are no longer scientifically or morally defensible. The discovery a few years ago that inflammation in the artery wall is the real cause of heart disease is slowly leading to a paradigm shift in how heart disease and other chronic ailments will be treated.
The long-established dietary recommendations have created epidemics of obesity and diabetes, the consequences of which dwarf any historical plague in terms of mortality, human suffering and dire economic consequences.
Despite the fact that 25% of the population takes expensive statin medications and despite the fact we have reduced the fat content of our diets, more Americans will die this year of heart disease than ever before.
Statistics from the American Heart Association show that 75 million Americans currently suffer from heart disease, 20 million have diabetes and 57 million have pre-diabetes. These disorders are affecting younger and younger people in greater numbers every year.
Simply stated, without inflammation being present in the body, there is no way that cholesterol would accumulate in the wall of the blood vessel and cause heart disease and strokes. Without inflammation, cholesterol would move freely throughout the body as nature intended. It is inflammation that causes cholesterol to become trapped.
Inflammation is not complicated — it is quite simply your body’s natural defence to a foreign invader such as a bacteria, toxin or virus. The cycle of inflammation is perfect in how it protects your body from these bacterial and viral invaders. However, if we chronically expose the body to injury by toxins or foods the human body was never designed to process,a condition occurs called chronic inflammation. Chronic inflammation is just as harmful as acute inflammation is beneficial.
What thoughtful person would willfully expose himself repeatedly to foods or other substances that are known to cause injury to the body? Well, smokers perhaps, but at least they made that choice willfully.
The rest of us have simply followed the recommended mainstream diet that is low in fat and high in polyunsaturated fats and carbohydrates, not knowing we were causing repeated injury to our blood vessels. This repeated injury creates chronic inflammation leading to heart disease, stroke, diabetes and obesity.
Let me repeat that: The injury and inflammation in our blood vessels is caused by the low fat diet recommended for years by mainstream medicine.
What are the biggest culprits of chronic inflammation? Quite simply, they are the overload of simple, highly processed carbohydrates (sugar, flour and all the products made from them) and the excess consumption of omega-6 vegetable oils like soybean, corn and sunflower that are found in many processed foods.
Take a moment to visualize rubbing a stiff brush repeatedly over soft skin until it becomes quite red and nearly bleeding. you kept this up several times a day, every day for five years. If you could tolerate this painful brushing, you would have a bleeding, swollen infected area that became worse with each repeated injury. This is a good way to visualize the inflammatory process that could be going on in your body right now.
Regardless of where the inflammatory process occurs, externally or internally, it is the same. I have peered inside thousands upon thousands of arteries. A diseased artery looks as if someone took a brush and scrubbed repeatedly against its wall. Several times a day, every day, the foods we eat create small injuries compounding into more injuries, causing the body to respond continuously and appropriately with inflammation.
While we savor the tantalizing taste of a sweet roll, our bodies respond alarmingly as if a foreign invader arrived declaring war. Foods loaded with sugars and simple carbohydrates, or processed with omega-6 oils for long shelf life have been the mainstay of the American diet for six decades. These foods have been slowly poisoning everyone.
How does eating a simple sweet roll create a cascade of inflammation to make you sick?
Imagine spilling syrup on your keyboard and you have a visual of what occurs inside the cell. When we consume simple carbohydrates such as sugar, blood sugar rises rapidly. In response, your pancreas secretes insulin whose primary purpose is to drive sugar into each cell where it is stored for energy. If the cell is full and does not need glucose, it is rejected to avoid extra sugar gumming up the works.
When your full cells reject the extra glucose, blood sugar rises producing more insulin and the glucose converts to stored fat.
What does all this have to do with inflammation? Blood sugar is controlled in a very narrow range. Extra sugar molecules attach to a variety of proteins that in turn injure the blood vessel wall. This repeated injury to the blood vessel wall sets off inflammation. When you spike your blood sugar level several times a day, every day, it is exactly like taking sandpaper to the inside of your delicate blood vessels.
While you may not be able to see it, rest assured it is there. I saw it in over 5,000 surgical patients spanning 25 years who all shared one common denominator — inflammation in their arteries.
Let’s get back to the sweet roll. That innocent looking goody not only contains sugars, it is baked in one of many omega-6 oils such as soybean. Chips and fries are soaked in soybean oil; processed foods are manufactured with omega-6 oils for longer shelf life. While omega-6′s are essential -they are part of every cell membrane controlling what goes in and out of the cell — they must be in the correct balance with omega-3′s.
If the balance shifts by consuming excessive omega-6, the cell membrane produces chemicals called cytokines that directly cause inflammation.
Today’s mainstream American diet has produced an extreme imbalance of these two fats. The ratio of imbalance ranges from 15:1 to as high as 30:1 in favor of omega-6. That’s a tremendous amount of cytokines causing inflammation. In today’s food environment, a 3:1 ratio would be optimal and healthy.
To make matters worse, the excess weight you are carrying from eating these foods creates overloaded fat cells that pour out large quantities of pro-inflammatory chemicals that add to the injury caused by having high blood sugar. The process that began with a sweet roll turns into a vicious cycle over time that creates heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and finally, Alzheimer’s disease, as the inflammatory process continues unabated.
There is no escaping the fact that the more we consume prepared and processed foods, the more we trip the inflammation switch little by little each day. The human body cannot process, nor was it designed to consume, foods packed with sugars and soaked in omega-6 oils.
There is but one answer to quieting inflammation, and that is returning to foods closer to their natural state. To build muscle, eat more protein. Choose carbohydrates that are very complex such as colorful fruits and vegetables. Cut down on or eliminate inflammation- causing omega-6 fats like corn and soybean oil and the processed foods that are made from them.
One tablespoon of corn oil contains 7,280 mg of omega-6; soybean contains 6,940 mg. Instead, use olive oil or butter from grass-fed beef.
Animal fats contain less than 20% omega-6 and are much less likely to cause inflammation than the supposedly healthy oils labelled polyunsaturated. Forget the “science” that has been drummed into your head for decades. The science that saturated fat alone causes heart disease is non-existent. The science that saturated fat raises blood cholesterol is also very weak. Since we now know that cholesterol is not the cause of heart disease, the concern about saturated fat is even more absurd today.
The cholesterol theory led to the no-fat, low-fat recommendations that in turn created the very foods now causing an epidemic of inflammation. Mainstream medicine made a terrible mistake when it advised people to avoid saturated fat in favor of foods high in omega-6 fats. We now have an epidemic of arterial inflammation leading to heart disease and other silent killers.
What you can do is choose whole foods your grandmother served and not those your mom turned to as grocery store aisles filled with manufactured foods. By eliminating inflammatory foods and adding essential nutrients from fresh unprocessed food, you will reverse years of damage in your arteries and throughout your body from consuming the typical American diet.
Commentary By Greg Zangari:
The data from the article below, lists the top 10 selling drug classes from 2010 data. What we’re looking for is how this information from Dr. Lundell may start eliminating the use of drugs in more than one class, when we find changes in nutrition may be all that is required for healing to occur.
If we take Dr. Lundell’s advice and change our diet to “what our grandmother’s fed us” before processed foods were introduced, and people strictly followed those guidelines, the Number One selling drug class for the last several years are the cholesterol and lipid lowering statins…they could go away. The Number Two drug class are the antidepressants. I wonder how many cases of depression are due to lack of energy or other concomitant issues such as body image which again would go away once they start eating correctly? If you eat better and feel better and look better and have more energy, the antidepressants will go away in many acute cases. It’s been found that chronic depression can cause increased pain in the body and now they are recommending one (Cymbalta) for people who have pain. If change in diet and therapy can bring a positive change to someone who has acute depression, some of the pain may fade which may help reduce the amount of narcotic analgesics, which are Number Three on the list!
Regarding Number Four and Five on the list, the beta blockers and ACE inhibitors, these are both used for heart disease, specifically high blood pressure. Once the diet is changed, how many of these blood pressure pills will they sell? Even less I think after introducing stress reduction techniques like yoga or meditation to the regiment! Number Six on the list are the oral antidiabetics which will also go away by removing processed foods and refined carbohydrates and once a better diet is in place and in most cases, after weight loss occurs.
I’ll stop there, but think about it – a simple change in diet can make at least these six best selling drug classes possibly go away if Dr. Lundell’s advice is followed. This means some of big pharma will lose a large part of their revenue stream, which may force them to downsize or hopefully, discover the healing properties of non traditional neutraceuticals. I was wondering what the big gun would be that would bring our current pharmaceutical giants to their knees. I think this is it folks. Open the bubbly!!!!
The Most Prescribed Medications by Drug Class
By Kathlyn Stone, About.com Guide
Almost 4 billion prescriptions for medications were written in the United States in 2010, an all-time high. Major studies that analyzed the financial impacts of increased therapeutic drug use on treatment outcomes and spending have come to different conclusions. However, it is known that many diseases can be prevented, treated effectively or cured through prescription medications.
“In some cases, the use of prescription medicines keeps people from needing other expensive health care such as being hospitalized or having surgery,” notes the Kaiser Family Foundation.
Nine-out-of-10 senior citizens in the United States and more than half (58 percent) of all non-seniors regularly rely on a prescribed drug, according to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.
All classes of drugs have seen an increase in prescriptions filled over the last 5 years except diuretics, penicillins, and hormonal contraceptives, according to the IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics (PDF). IMS’s analysis included all prescription medications dispensed through retail pharmacies, food store pharmacies, mail orders and long-term care facilities.
Generics Surpass Branded Drug Scripts
Generic drugs represented 75 percent of all filled prescriptions in 2010, up from 57 percent in 2004, according to IMS. While the number of generic prescriptions dispensed increased 5.9 percent; branded prescriptions declined by 7.6 percent.
The Most Prescribed Medications by Class
1. Lipid Regulators
Lipid regulators, mainly statin drugs, are used to prevent dyslipidemia (high blood cholesterol) and other cardiovascular problems and have been prescribed for the prevention and treatment of many other illnesses including osteoporosis and post-menopause complications. More than 255.4 million prescriptions for statins and other lipid lowering drugs were filled in 2010.
Pfizer’s Lipitor (atorvastatin calcium) was the highest selling branded statin, followed by Crestor (rosuvastatin calcium) by AstraZeneca, Other branded statins included Mevacor (lovastatin), Pravachol (pravastatin sodium), Zocor (simvastatin), Lescol (fluvastatin sodium), Vytorin (Ezetimibe/Simvastatin), and Pitavastatin.
Awareness campaigns directed at physicians and directly to consumers have contributed to the growth in this class of drugs.
Antidepressants are one of the fastest growing classes of prescribed drugs. In 2010, more than 253.6 million prescriptions were filled for antidepressants, according to the IMS report.
One of the main factors driving the increase in scripts for antidepressants is that a growing number of primary care providers and others practicing outside the field of psychiatry are writing the prescriptions for patients who have not received a clinical psychiatric diagnosis, according to a study published in Health Affairs journal in August 2011.
“Our analysis found that between 1996 and 2007, the proportion of visits at which antidepressants were prescribed but no psychiatric diagnoses were noted increased from 59.5 percent to 72.7 percent,” wrote co-authors Ramin Mojtabai, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and Mark Olfson, with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University n New York, and a research psychiatrist at New York State Psychiatric Institute.
3. Narcotic Analgesics
Narcotic analgesics are prescribed for the relief of severe pain. In 2010, more than 244,300 prescriptions were filled for these types of pain killers.
Some leading narcotic analgesics include Oxycodone (oxycodone), Vicodin (hydrocodone and acetaminophen), codeine, morphine, Percocet (acetaminophen and oxycodone), and Ultram (tramadol).
4. Beta Blockers
Beta-adrenergic blocking agents or beta blockers (plain and in combination with other drugs, are prescribed for the treatment of heart disease, particularly high blood pressure, as well as glaucoma, hyperthyroidism and migraines. More than 191.5 million prescriptions for beta blockers were filled in 2010.
Commonly prescribed beta blockers include Brevibloc (esmolol), Coreg (carvedilol), Inderal (propranolol), Lopressor, Toprol-XL (metoprolol), Normodyne, Trandate (labetalol), Sectral (acebutolol), Tenormin (atenolol) and Zebeta (bisoprolol)./
5. Ace Inhibitors
Angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors are used in the treatment of high blood pressure, scleroderma, migraines and other conditions. In 2010, pharmacies dispensed more than 168.7 million prescriptions for ACE inhibitors.
ACE inhibitors include Lotensin (benazepril), Capoten (captopril), Vasotec (enalapril), Fosinopril, Prinivil, Zestril (Lisinopril), Univasc (Moexipril), Aceon (perindopril), Accupril (quinapril), Altace (ramipril) and Mavik (trandolapril).
Other top-ranking classes of drugs by millions of prescriptions filled are:
6. Antidiabetes; 165
7. Respiratory Agents; 153.3
8. Anti-Ulcerants; 147.1
9. Diuretics; 131
10. Anti-Epileptics; 121.7
11. Tranquilizers; 108.6
12. Thyroid Preps; 107.2
13. Calcium Antagonists (Plain & Combo); 97.9
14. Antirheumatics; 95
15. Hormonal Contraceptives; 92.3
16. Angiotensin II; 83.7
17. Penicillins; 76.1
18. Macrolides & Similar Type; 73.9
19. Vitamins & Minerals; 71.9
20. Hypnotics & Sedatives; 66
Source: IMS Health, National Prescription Audit, Dec 2010
© 2012, Ready For The Shift. ™ Wendy & Greg Zangari, All rights reserved. Permission is granted to copy and redistribute these articles on the condition that the content remains complete and in tact, full credit is given to the author(s), and that it is distributed freely.