For anyone with heart disease – even for anyone at risk of heart disease – it may seem as if time is running out. However, there is time to recover cardiovascular health in the majority of cases – all without bypass surgery or angioplasty.
The bottom line is that anyone wanting to prevent or cure heart disease, protect their heart and avoid risky and invasive surgeries must learn to avoid eating fatty foods and other dietary poisons.
There is Hope
You can see some dramatic and positive changes to your health if you make some dramatic and positive changes of your own.
Even if you are seriously ill, have already had a heart attack, or are taking medication for chest pain or high blood pressure; you can get your health under control, eventually come off your medication and continue to live a full life. To begin the path to recovery, you must do 3 key things:
- Get rid of all excess fat from your diet. Instead use fruits, vegetables and grains in place of red meat, chicken, dairy products, eggs, oils, cakes and candies and refined and processed foods.
- Begin doing daily aerobic exercise. One simple solution is just 30 minutes of daily walking. This is something most people can do comfortably without strain.
- Learn to manage psychological stress. Avoid overeating or doing some other self-destructive behavior when stressed. Instead, try relaxation techniques like massage, meditation, yoga, or group discussions to keep stress levels down.
The Skinny on Fat
The typical American gets a whopping 40% of his daily calories in the form of fat. It’s this fat that clogs the coronary arteries with the fatty plaques that cause heart attacks. Dietary fat endangers your heart by:
- Causing red blood cells to clump, which slows circulation, reduces oxygen in the blood and raises blood pressure.
- Creating new plaques and making them prone to rupture.
- Causing existing plaques to grow.
- Causing abnormally rapid clotting of the blood, which can lead to arterial blockages if a new plaque bursts.
- Causing release of hormone-like compounds called prostaglandins, which boost the clumping effect.
To keep plaques from forming, the American Heart Association (AHA) suggests limiting daily fat intake to 35% of calories. However, studies show that even at this level of fat intake, new plaques continue to form. Amazingly, the AHA stands by its misguided recommendation.
Still, heart attacks can occur even when the coronary arteries are relatively plaque-free. This is because each new round of fat that you ingest during mealtime can potentially cause a rupture of a newly formed plaque. This rupture leaves a wound on the artery wall, which forms a clot that can completely block off blood flow to the heart.
Food Plan of Action
The McDougall Program for heart disease, in a nutshell, suggests the following regimen to quickly get your heart back in good shape:
Eat to your heart’s content (no pun intended) whole grain foods (brown rice, oatmeal, corn, breads, etc. without any oils or fats), potatoes and yams, root vegetables (like beets and squash), legumes, cucumbers, tomatoes, onions, peppers and mild herbs and spices.
Eat in moderation foods like fruit, sugar, salt, alcohol and fatty plant foods (like nuts, tofu and peanut butter).
Avoid red meat, poultry, fish, seafood, eggs, dairy products, cooking oil (use nonstick pans and bake with applesauce in place of butter/oil) and sulfites. If you must have a treat, save it for the rarest of special occasions. This is a dramatic plan for dramatic results that could save your life.