Nearly 610,000 Americans die of heart disease in the United States every year, making it the leading cause of mortality in the nation. According to holistic cardiologist Joel Kahn, MD, many of these deaths are completely avoidable. (and, I couldn’t agree more with that statement)
In fact, Dr. Kahn asserts that almost 80 percent of heart disease is preventable with simple lifestyle changes. Obviously, the right nutrition (and attitude) is essential to healing the heart and maintaining a strong cardiovascular system. Yet, too many people remain in the dark about the proper way to effectively prevent cardiovascular issues. (plus, in many cases, the significance of “prevention” is often overlooked)
Plant-based nutrition slashes the risk of heart disease – without harming the body
According to Dr. Kahn, diets laden with animal products – such as conventional meat, eggs and dairy – can exact a heavy toll on the health of humans and the environment. This is largely due to the fact that commercially produced animal-based foods are often loaded with pesticides, herbicides, antibiotics and synthetic hormones – which are used within the production process. (not to mention the inhumane treatment of all these animals)
In addition, animal-based diets increase the odds of developing potentially life-threatening diseases – which is why we often hear such great health outcomes from the replacement of these toxic foods with better choices. (none of which will occur without the right information)
For example, studies have shown that replacing even a small amount of animal proteins in the diet with plant proteins dramatically reduces the risk of type 2 diabetes.
Another example: NAFLD – or non-alcoholic fatty liver disease – is characterized by excess fat in the liver, and is rapidly reaching epidemic proportions in the United States. (NAFLD can lead to more serious liver conditions, including liver cancer). Dr. Kahn notes that increased dietary proteins from animal sources can cause a 50 percent rise in the risk of developing NAFLD.
The statistics speak for themselves…
Eating cured red meat – such as bacon or hot dogs – over four times a week raises risk of asthma by 76 percent.
The World Health Organization analysis reveals that eating cured meats substantially raises the risk of colorectal cancer. (Eating plant-based foods will most definitely help to keep the colon clean and dramatically lower the risk)
And, finally, eating red meat can raise risk of stomach cancer by up to 80 percent – and the risk of head and neck cancers by 50 percent.
The good news: healthier, plant-based diets are catching on with the general population. Dr. Kahn reports that nearly 40 percent of Americans choose to avoid meat entirely when eating out at restaurants and opting for plant-based choices instead.
Forewarned is fore-armed: Learn the surprising warning signs of “silent” heart disease
While Dr. Kahn reports that his goal is to prevent heart attacks completely, he characterizes early detection of cardiovascular disease as the “next best thing.”
Underlying “silent” (symptomless) coronary heart disease can cause problems years before an actual heart attack. Catching heart disease early allows patients time to make the changes in lifestyle and medical therapies that can delay – or even prevent – the onset of a heart attack.
Keep in mind, too often, the first sign of heart disease is a heart attack!
So, let’s talk about some of the ‘lesser known’ (early) warning signs. Severe baldness at the crown of the head can be a warning sign of heart disease. And it applies to women as well. In one study of over 7,000 participants (including 4,000 women), researchers found that moderate to severe baldness doubled the risk of dying from heart disease.
Graying hair can indicate a risk for heart atherosclerosis – or clogging of the coronary arteries. Although graying is sometimes just a symptom of getting older, scientists have found that having equal amounts of gray and dark hair — or mainly gray and white hair – corresponded with incidence of symptomless heart blockages.
Another odd sign of possible heart disease is having a diagonal crease in the earlobe. This phenomenon, which may be caused by poor circulation, is associated with raised heart disease risk. Pain in the calf when walking is another possible sign of atherosclerosis that should not be ignored – particularly if the patient smokes cigarettes.
And, finally, (as I have often warned over the year) dental issues like root canal treated teeth can dramatically increase your risk of a heart attack – due to the constant toxic load of bacteria that stem from ‘dead teeth.’
Don’t become an unwanted medical statistic. Tune into the next NaturalHealth365 Talk Hour for some great advice about strengthening the heart and improving the quality of your life.
Written by Jonathan Landsman and published by Natural News ~ January 17, 2018.
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