While in college and not knowing any better, I drank seven glasses of whole milk with every meal for a total of 21 daily. I ate a half dozen eggs every morning on top of a dozen slices of bacon and another half dozen pieces of sausage. I inhaled a half dozen slices of toast with butter and jam. For lunch: pork chops, French fries smothered in cheese, gravy on mashed potatoes, green beans smothered in butter, etc. At dinner, I devoured several plates of meat, endless slices of cheese, vegetables and bowls of ice cream along with sugary desserts. Back then, no one knew the importance of a high fiber diet of 35 to 40 grams daily.
I lifted weights, played racquetball, tennis, team sports and pedaled my bicycle all over campus to classes. I burned a lot of calories that gave me enormous hunger.
In 1971, I became a cardiac catheterization medical technician while working on a post graduate degree and teaching certificate. That operation shows a doctor how badly a patient suffers from heart disease. Heart disease arrives in four classes that lead up to total blockage of a persons arteries feeding his or her heart. Within weeks, I witnessed deaths on the operating table from heart attacks right before my eyes. I saw angina-plagued men and women and other problems from obesity such as diabetes. It stunned me.
What did they possess in common? Answer: overweight by 20, 30, 50 and 100 pounds. They registered cholesterol levels of 220 mgs per deciliter unit measure of blood (American average), 250, 300, 350 and higher. Their fat (triglyceride) levels ranged from 200 to 400 mgs. (Please, note, you can be lean and still suffer an overload of cholesterol by consuming too much of it.)
Forget statin drugs like Lipitor and Zocore to lower cholesterol: they destroy your heart muscle tissue as well as muscle tissue for the body. You cannot cheat your way out of a poor diet and lack of exercise.
Healthy levels for cholesterol must be under 160 mgs per deciliter unit measure of blood. Anything over 160 mgs exceeds the saturation level in the body and thats where a person starts packing plaque onto the inside bore of his or her blood vessels all over the body. Its like dripping candle wax inside the arteries and veins. It hardens into place to cause little dam-stops throughout the body.
Anything over 80 mgs of fats begins to clump red blood cells so they cannot function efficiently. In their clumped situation, the red cells cannot feed oxygen, transport food or take away waste efficiently. When a person is born, their thin blood races around the body like Colorado Rocky Mountain white waterfeeding and energizing the heart and cells of the body. On the American junk food diet, a person consumes high cholesterol and fats to the point where the blood morphs into something like Mississippi River sludgeslow moving, thick with sediments, poisoned with wastes, deoxygenated and muddy.
Such persons lose their zip, their energy, their zest and their vibrancy. They counter it by endless cups of caffeine-loaded coffee, Coke, Mountain Dew, Pepsi and other liquid poisons. Notice all the energy drinks today offer high amounts of artificial stimulants and something like 13 teaspoons of sugar per container. With the new diet sodas, you ingest synthetic sugars like aspartame which disrupt your neural connections.
When I watch couples walk out of the grocery store with two cases of diet soda, I want to rush up to them and plead with them not to drink it or serve it to their kids. I attended a lecture by Dr. Nancy Markle on the horrors of aspartame. Sickening and disgusting that the makers of soda pops would make their product even more lethal to the general population!
Coca-Cola is guilty of more dental decay around the world than any other company. They push it all over South America where few of the citizens know about a toothbrush or dental floss. Those folks get hooked on the sugars and caffeine. The syrup sticks between their teeth and rots their teeth. Thus, you see toothless smiles on most folks over 25 years of age in all those third world countries around the world.
At one point, I asked Dr. Fierens, the cardiac cath doctor I worked with, this question: Sir, my father died of a heart attack at 46 and everyone says heart disease runs in the family. Does that mean I dont have any alternatives to an early death?
He said, You were born with a healthy heart. It has nothing to do with heart disease in your family. What you inherit are the eating patterns of your family and that ultimately gives you heart disease.
What can I do to change my fate? I asked.
Dont eat anything with a face on it and avoid dairy products milk, cheese, butter, yogurt and ice cream, he said. Eat fruits, grains, vegetables, nuts, legumes and everything green. Also, maintain at least 35 grams of fiber daily in order to keep your colon clean and free flowing at all times.
Within three weeks, I became a vegetarian. At the time, friends thought I had become cultish and crazy for not eating meat and dairy products. My cholesterol dropped to 138 mgs within 18 months. My fats dropped to 40 mgs. I dropped to 185 pounds on a 62 frame. Today, my coronary arteries are as clear as a babys. I dont take any meds, no headaches, no diabetes, no hemorrhoids and I enjoy playing like a 21 year old.
Years later, I discovered the vulgarity of our treatment of the animals we eat. We inject or feed them with at least nine different chemicals to make them grow faster and keep them alive as they stand in their own feces in feed lots or penned up in tiny cages. This is one of the best ten minute videos to expose their plight: http://www.yidio.com/movie/forks-over-knives/33925/full-movie/98704?y=1
How can you apply this knowledge in your own life? You may enjoy the best monthly magazine for vegetarian cuisine in www.VegetarianTimes.com. Also, for a free guide and education: www.tryveg.com and www.exploreveg.org. Additionally, if you are really in trouble with heart disease, a book published in 1978, The Pritikin Program for Diet and Exercise remains the benchmark for reversing heart disease, lowering high blood pressure and returning your optimum health. Buy a copy at www.half.com.
Additionally, my wife Sandi and I eat organically grown foods. Most vegetables and fruits are grown with chemical fertilizers, herbicides, pesticides and GMOs. We avoid all GMO foods and eat exclusively organically grown foods. As you will discover, you obtain plenty of protein in your daily vegetarian eating regimen.
We filter our water. We blend 10 fruits every day into an energy drink that fulfills all our antioxidant needs. We consume flaxseed, psylium husk, wheat and oat bran and prune juice. We eat high fiber cereals like Swiss Museli, Kashi and others. How do you know that you are ingesting 35 to 40 grams of fiber daily? You will visit the bathroom two to three times daily.
As a certified Personal Trainer and lifestyle coach, I will run over an exercise program in Part 3. I will also discuss the best weight loss programs. I seem to have run out of room in this column.
Are you afraid of contracting cancer? In part 3, we will show you how to change your body chemistry from the usual acidic PH diet of most Americans to alkaline PH which makes your body chemistry toxic to cancer cell production. How do I know? I had cancer cut out of me in 1995. I researched how to make sure I never got it again, or a least give me the best opportunity for not contracting it again.
Part 3: If youre in trouble as to cancer or heart disease, I will suggest two books that will change your health picture like no others. This information will change your life toward a healthy, long one. Avoid waiting for doctors to prescribe synthetic chemical pills to alleviate your pain or problem. You will discover how to take charge of your body temple.
Frosty Wooldridge has bicycled across six continents – from the Arctic to the South Pole – as well as eight times across the USA, coast to coast and border to border. In 2005, he bicycled from the Arctic Circle, Norway to Athens, Greece. In 2012, he bicycled coast to coast across America. His latest book is: How to Live a Life of Adventure: The Art of Exploring the World. For copies call 1 888 280 7715.