A close friend of mine knows a great deal about risk factors for heart disease, but even as a highly trained physician and tri-athlete, he at one time suffered from heart disease. Dr. John Koehler has been a practitioner in the medical field for over 2 decades. He is well known in the greater Rockford, Illinois area as operating numerous Physicians Immediate Urgent Care clinics. His story is of discovery, recovery and gratitude…you see he once had serious calcium plaque buildup (95%) in his coronary arteries. Serious stuff! Dr. “J” as I call him, is a great student of disease prevention.
The stark reality is degenerative diseases are preventable through lifestyle changes.
Health Care Crisis
We have a serious health care crisis in this country. A sad reality is many doctors either don’t take the time to discuss preventative strategies (such as high end nutrition and low glycemic food intake) or have limited knowledge in this arena. The fact is doctors receive very little to no formal training in the nutritional and preventative medicine arena. What doctor’s do know a lot about is drugs, and surgery. In actuality, we don’t have a “Health Care ” system in this country. We a have a sickness care system. Why? All the emphasis is targeted at intervention after the fact, after you are diagnosed. Very little if any education is offered regarding preventative strategies, which can eliminate the potential for chronic illness all together.
What We Eat, How Much We Eat
You have certainly heard the statement, we are what we eat. The average American annually consumes a whopping 200 lbs more food today than during the early 70′s. Only 4% of that intake is protein. The rest are high glycemic carbohydrates that are very damaging, which cause all kinds of problems over time. It may take years to show up, but today 4 out of 5 Americans dying from long, slow degenerating chronic illness today is proof. The rate of obesity today in adolescents has quadrupled, resulting in an epidemic of degenerative disease.
Leading Degenerative Diseases (Preventable)
* Coronary Heart Disease
* Type 2 Diabetes
* High Blood Pressure
Carbohydrate Addiction Cycle
Consuming bad carbs in the form of high glycemic foods is a major player in visceral fat buildup, which cause risk factors for heart disease. As we consume excess calories from excess fat and sugar we gain weight over time. Visceral fat is stored under the arms, around the waistline, but most damaging in and around the intestines in the stomach area. This is known as “Metabolic Syndrome, or Syndrome X. Another very damaging aspect of visceral fat is that it stores toxicity in the form of chemicals and preservatives, from the food and fluids we eat and drink, and the air we breathe. We must learn to get off the carbohydrate addiction by eating low gi foods, which never turn to fat to begin with. Daily exercise, such as simply walking, is another excellent preventative strategy in eliminating risk factors for heart disease.
Another major player in reducing risk factors for heart disease is optimal nutrition. Obtaining the essential minerals and anti-oxidants today from our nutritionally depleted soils today is nearly impossible. For most, eating optimally healthy foods is inconvenient. High quality supplementation is a key factor in overcoming, and preventing heart disease…
The bottom line is, you can take control of your health. You must be pro-active and take the actions necessary to either reverse or prevent heart disease all together.