Angioplasty and Stent Placement is Worthless

In the most recent study, investigators reviewed 61 trials, involving 25,388 patients, in a meta-analysis comparing angioplasty and stent placement with no treatment or medications alone. A meta-analysis pools numerous studies on the same subject. The findings indicated that there was no evidence that angioplasty and stent placement for coronary artery disease resulted in fewer heart attacks or deaths when compared to patients with the same level of disease who were not treated in this manner.

Interventional cardiology and cardiovascular surgery is basically a scam based on a misunderstanding of the nature of heart disease. Searching for and treating obstructive plaque does not address the areas of the coronary vascular tree most likely to rupture and cause heart attacks. If there was never another CABG or angioplasty performed or stent placed, patients with heart disease would be better off. Doctors would be forced to educate our citizens that their heart disease risk is determined by what they place on their forks. Millions of lives would be dramatically extended. To abandon the theory of stretching and cutting out areas with plaque would shut down interventional cardiology, nearly all cardiovascular surgery, and many suppliers of the biotechnology. In many cases, interventional cardiology is the major income generator to hospitals. The ending of this ill-conceived, out-dated and ineffective technology would dramatically downsize hospitals in the United States and free up over $100 billion annually in medical care costs. Besides being ineffective, interventional cardiology places the responsibility in the hands of the doctor and not the patients. When patients finally realize they must take control of their heart problems with aggressive dietary modifications (and when needed medications for temporary periods) we will essentially solve the health crisis in America.

The sad thing is surgical interventions and medications are the foundation of modern cardiology and both are relatively ineffective compared to nutritional excellence. My patients routinely reverse their heart disease, and no longer have vulnerable plaque or high blood pressure, so they do not need medical care, hospitals or cardiologists anymore. The problem is that in the real world cardiac patients are not even informed that heart disease is predictably reversed with nutritional excellence. They are not given the opportunity to choose and just corralled into these surgical interventions.

Trying to figure out how to pay for ineffective and expensive medicine by politicians will never be a real solution. People need to know they do not have to have heart disease to begin with, and if they get it, aggressive nutrition is the most life-saving intervention. And it is free.

Representative Case Studies

The interesting part of the results achieved with excellent nutrition is that lots of these individuals were already on “healthy diets” and getting worse, before following my nutritional protocols to reverse heart disease. Some were even worsening on vegetarian diets. The other notable achievement is they do not get a small amount of reversal of atherosclerosis, they get a dramatic amount of reversal:

  • Case 1: 60 year old male, with chest pain. Height 5’ 8” weight 158. This 60 year old male had read “Fit For Life” over 10 years ago and was following a healthy “starch-based Mediterranean-type diet.” He ate mostly vegetarian foods with brown rice, potato and whole wheat, fruits and vegetables, chicken only a few times a month, fish once or twice a week and some olive oil on salads. He began an exercise program in June of 2006 and surprisingly found he had chest pain with exertion. His weight was stable at 158 for years. A stress thallium test indicated a significant coronary artery disease with an LDL cholesterol of 126. And Lipo (a) of 202. His CT angiogram done on 6/30/06 showed near total obstructive disease in the proximal LAD (left anterior descending artery) due to low density plaque. He began my careful dietary protocol for the reversal of heart disease and did not have angioplasty or bypass as was suggested by the cardiologists. After following my nutritional advice for one month the chest pains resolved and his weight dropped to 140 in the first 8 weeks (loss of 18 pounds). One year later a repeat of the CT angiogram showed the LAD with a non-obstructive mixed density plaque with a stenosis estimated at 50 – 70 percent estimated. His weight has remained around 138 – 140 since following my dietary suggestions. In August of 2008 the last evaluation of his coronary arteries was performed showing normal cardiac blood flow and no evidence of heart disease.
  • Case 2: 44 year old male weight 240 height 5’ 9” high cholesterol. Carotid artery 60 -80 percent as measured by carotid ultrasound. First year after reading Eat To Live and then following the high nutrient protocol he lost 80 pounds. His repeat carotid ultrasound in one year showed no visible plaque.
  • Case 3: Middle age male on the strict version of the Pritikin program for over 3 years while his carotid artery disease as measured by ultrasound, continued to worsen. "After a year on Pritikin, the results were same or very slight improvement. I went on very strict Pritikin for 2 years, to improve it. After 2 years on very strict Pritikin, significantly worse! The radiologist said "The lesion on the left side is stable, there is some early buildup on the right side. I got a nice picture of a lipid (fat) inclusion in the artery wall. I was recommended to Dr. Fuhrman by Jeff Novick, at the Pritikin Center. After 20 months of Fuhrman program, great results. Thinner artery walls. Radiologist comments: "Borderline evidence for evidence of atherosclerotic burden" No longer talking about a lesion or early buildup!! Barely any sign of atherosclerosis. In the 20 months, following my dietary protocol this person, Lost 10 pounds, to pinch 1/2 inch to 6'0" 157 pounds. Last 5 months no snacking, eating 3-4 oz seeds and nuts daily. Ran 2 miles/day, whereas he was running 4 miles/day during the last 2 unsuccessful years on Pritkin. Pritikin was different in that I was living on lots of whole grains, and ate 6+ meals. Much less high nutrient food.
  • Case 4: 66 year old male with a history of Wolfe Parkinson White Syndrome, which was responsible for his sensitivity to develop a rapid heartbeat with the ingestion of caffeine, alcohol and sometimes even heavy exercise. He changed his diet first to vegetarian and then to low fat vegan. After a little more than one year on the very low fat vegan diet his irregular heart beat (arrthymias) worsened and he then developed atrial fibrillation. In June of 2008 he changed his diet to my nutritional recommendation, high micronutrient intake, strict salt avoidance, but not low fat, with the liberal use of nuts and especially seeds and within three months his cardiac arrhythmias completely disappeared. Since then he has religiously kept to this program with no further heart evidence of atrial fibrillation.

Conclusion

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Lack of Vitamin D Makes You Demented!

A new study in the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease claims low blood levels of vitamin D may heighten the risk of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Scientists point out numerous studies have linked vitamin D deficiency with conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, depression and gum disease, and that all of these have been associated with increased risk of dementia. The cost of Alzheimer’s care in the U.S. tops $100 billion each year; via Nutra Ingredients.

Vitamin D deficiency is an epidemic, with c-sections, high blood pressure and heart attacks all linked to inadequate vitamin D. Vitamin D helps your body build strong bones and stave off osteoporosis and helps to prevent cancer, such as colon, breast and prostate cancer.

Many multivitamins do not contain sufficient vitamin D. That’s why Dr. Fuhrman’s Osteo-Sun is specifically designed to provide enough vitamin D, both in its vegan and non-vegan forms.

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Heart Disease Starts Before a Heart Attack

New findings in the International Journal of Clinical Practice reveal the symptoms of cardiovascular disease prior to a heart attack go largely undiagnosed. Of the 1,573 heart patients surveyed, over 50% claimed their ailment was not identified until they started showing symptoms, such as chest pain and shortness of breath or an actual heart attack, with 22% saying they were diagnosed while being treated for something else; via Booster Shots.

Listen, heart disease doesn’t just happen. In fact, in Dr. Fuhrman’s book Disease-Proof Your Child, he explains precursors to cardiovascular, like high cholesterol, start in childhood and lead to heart disease in adulthood, but the problem is, young people don’t take heart health seriously.

In related news, a recent report found people with poor cardiovascular fitness have a 56% higher risk of heart attack and eating red meat is linked to a 27% higher risk of heart disease.

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Higher Suicide Risk in Overweight Teens

New findings in the Journal of Adolescent Health reveal teenagers who are overweight or perceive themselves as fat—even if they aren’t—are more likely to attempt suicide. The study involved 14,000 high school students and determined teens who think they’re overweight are more likely to attempt suicide than kids who do not, leading experts to recommend that youth health campaigns also include teenagers with distorted body images; ScienceDaily reports.

Teens have it rough! A previous study showed teenagers carrying around excess belly fat have a greater risk of developing heart problems and stressed out kids have increased blood levels of C-reactive protein, leading to inflammation and cardiovascular disease later in life.

In related news, a report showed people living in areas with extended periods of sunlight, such as Greenland, were at greater risk of suicide during seasons of continuous day.

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Health-Points: Friday 5.22.09

  • Sex is important, especially if you’re not getting any, and for women with type-1 diabetes sex can be a real drag. According to a new study in the journal Diabetes Care involving 652 women with type-1 diabetes, completing a survey on sex and undergoing a physical examination, mood evaluation and laboratory testing, 51% of women reported orgasm problems; Reuters explains.
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Chewing Almonds May Suppress Hunger

New findings in American Journal of Clinical Nutrition claim chewing almonds increases the absorption of unsaturated fat and reduces hunger. For the study, 13 participants, average age of 24, chewed 55 grams of almonds 10, 25 or 40 times and were monitored over the next four days.
Results showed masticating almonds 40 times suppressed hunger the most and levels of an appetite-stifling hormone were the highest among the 40-chew group; Nutra Ingredients reports.

Nuts are great! Previous reports show eating nuts prevents metabolic syndrome and pistachios help lower LDL, or bad, cholesterol. In the March 2007 edition of Dr. Fuhrman's Healthy Times newsletter, he explains nuts contain nutrients and antioxidants that protect against heart disease.

Now, this is nutty. Last year, German police warned thieves NOT to eat the 660 pounds of hazelnuts they stole. The nuts were treated with hydrogen phosphate gas, making them toxic!

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Cardiovascular Fitness Means Healthier Heart

Go outside and run! Because a new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association shows people with high levels of physical fitness, i.e. cardiorespiratory fitness (CRF), have lower risk of all-cause mortality and heart disease. Experts analyzed data from more than 100,000 individuals, including 84,323 people with coronary heart disease, and findings revealed people with low CRF had a 70% higher risk of all-cause death and a 56% higher risk of heart disease or cardiovascular event than those with high CRF; HealthDay News explains.

You need to exercise! Exercise keeps you fit, builds strong bones and muscles, and more! It goes double for heart health. In March, a study showed exercising after a heart attack helps improve blood flow by 10%, but Canadians didn’t get the message. They don’t exercise enough.

In related news, a previous report found diabetic men who stay active live longer. Now, if you’re too lazy to run, cycle, swim, whatever. Check out Oscar Pistorius, he does it with no legs!

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Citrus Fruits Help Stave Off Vision Loss

Its not just citrus fruits, new findings in the journal Ophthalmology suggest older adults eating a lot of leafy greens, citrus fruits and fish are less likely to develop age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a major contributor to vision lose. Studying the diets of 4,000 adults, experts claim foods rich in omega-3s, vitamin C and E, zinc and antioxidants lower the risk of AMD. These low-sugar foods do not cause surges in blood pressure, which may harm retinas; Reuters reports.

Actually, last year researchers determined plant nutrients lutein and zeaxanthin, found in foods like spinach, kale and collard greens, promote eye health and prevent cataracts, while eating red meat 10 times week increases the likelihood of age-related macular degeneration by 47%.

In related news, a recent study showed vegetable-based diabetes offer superior diabetes control and omega-3 fatty acids, like those contained in walnuts, reduce inflammation linked to heart disease.

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Health-Points: Friday 5.15.09

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Q & A: Being a Fruitarian is Not the Most Healthy

Fruit is great. Foods like blueberries and pomegranates are known cancer-fighters and help prevent cardiovascular disease, but should you only eat fruit and nothing else? Here’s a brief discussion from Dr. Fuhrman’s member center about fruitarianism and longevity:

Question: I have been exposed to the ideas fruitarians and raw foodies. I always figured that if I had enough self-discipline to practice these dietary philosophies. I would experience superior longevity, but a while back I learned popular fruitarian advocate T.C. Fry died at age 70. What gives?! If these dietary practices reap nothing in longevity beyond age 75, what hope is there for someone who doesn’t have a family history of longevity and is by no means as dedicated as prominent fruitarians and raw foodists?

Dr. Fuhrman: Being a fruitarian diet is not most healthful! I have seen lots of fruitarian, raw foodists in poor health, including one who died in his forties because he refused to take an antibiotic for his severe pneumonia. T.C. Fry died of severe Vitamin B12 deficiency, with resultant hyper-homocystiene causing vascular disease. I saw his hospital records before he died. He taught people they did not need to take B12. There are no guarantees, in life, but fruitarianism is not the answer.

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How Healthy is Artie Lange's Poor Liver...

I’m a huge Howard Stern fan and I love sidekick Artie Lange. He’s hilarious, but very unhealthy. Artie’s a recovering drug addict and heavy drinker. He’s obese, smokes and loves cupcakes and fast food. Now, Artie knows he’s a mess and is trying to get better, but for some reason he is always worried about his liver, it’s a running joke, but I was curious. So, I asked Dr. Fuhrman what liver health might mean for somebody with Artie’s past:

The leading cause of death for obese people is heart disease, not liver failure. But, the problem is they can suffer tremendously with heart failure, circulatory impairment, swollen legs, infections and pain before they die.

Abnormalities on a "liver function" blood test occur because dying and injured liver cells give off enzymes as they die into the blood stream. Fortunately the liver is a forgiving organ and can regenerate and heal itself before something like cirrhosis sets in.

Nevertheless, if your habits are so poor to injure your liver you have most likely also damaged other organs.

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Coffee in Pregnancy Increases Cleft Lip Risk

Cleft lip is a fissure causing a gap in the top lip and findings of a new study in American Journal of Epidemiology reveal drinking coffee during pregnancy slightly ups the risk of cleft lip or harelip. Experts compared data on 573 women who had babies with cleft lip and 763 women whose kids did not. Women drinking a daily cup of coffee during the first 3 months of pregnancy were 1.39 times more likely to have a baby with harelip and the likelihood increased to 1.59 for women who drank 3 or more cups of coffee a day; Reuters reports.

Sometimes I have a cup of coffee. Luckily I can’t get pregnant. Coffee, i.e. caffeine, isn’t healthy. Drinking coffee has been shown to double arthritis risk, raise blood pressure and disturb heart function. Caffeine is a toxin, which can cause headaches, anxiety and detox symptoms similar to coming off drugs.

Recently, a study showed women drinking more than 3 cups of coffee a day had 17% smaller breasts. Oh, and instant coffee can make you hallucinate. Far out man.

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Health-Points: Friday 5.8.09

 

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Kentucky is the Saddest State

Printed in the upcoming issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, researchers claim Kentucky residents have the highest level of distress and prolonged mental health problems, but not surprisingly, people living in Hawaii were the least likely to experience mental health issues. Experts defined mental distress as 14 or more days of emotional discomfort and 14.4% of Kentuckians clocked in with difficulties. For the study, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention surveyed 2.4 million adults; via National Geographic.

Not good news for Kentucky. Dr. Fuhrman insists a satisfying emotional environment is an important part of good health. For example, a stressful job can cause angina and heart-related chest pain, and eating comfort food, i.e. bad stuff, for emotional fulfillment may lead to weight gain and obesity, both aren’t doing your mood or health any favors.

In November, the CDC named Burlington, Vermont the healthiest city in the United States, with 95% of citizens in good or great health. So take your pick, Vermont or Hawaii.

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Omega-3 Fatty Acids Lower Inflammation

New findings in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition show high blood levels of omega-3 fatty acids result in less inflammation associated with cardiovascular disease. For the study, experts divided 124 adults into groups based on the amount of C-reactive protein, a marker for inflammation linked to heart disease, in their blood and found an inverse relationship between fatty acids and C-reactive protein, greater levels of omega-3 fatty acids like DHA and EPA helped reduce the risk of inflammation; Nutra Ingredients reports.

Walnuts a great source of omega-3 fatty acids. I eat some everyday. Actually, omega-3’s also help prevent stroke, lower the incidence of prostate cancer and reduce risk of type-1 diabetes in children. Dr. Fuhrman sells his own fatty acid supplement, DHA Purity.

In February, a study showed omega-3 fatty acids help protect the liver from damage caused by obesity, reducing inflammation and improving insulin tolerance.

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News Coverage Slows Trans-Fat Purchases

Trans-fat’s been quiet lately, but for good reason. New findings in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine claim negative news reports on the dangers of trans-fat, such as heart risks, influences people to avoid foods with trans-fat. Trans-fat raises LDL or “bad cholesterol” and also lowers HDL or “good cholesterol” and is commonly found in junk foods like cookies, crackers and French fries. Researchers found shoppers in Los Angeles, California were more careful about their purchases after media coverage on artery-clogging trans-fats, but only for a short time; Reuters reports.

Not to long ago there was a great debate about banning trans-fat. Many health experts want trans-fat gone, but other say trans-fat is a market issue and consumers should decide whether or not they want to buy it. But trans-fat is unhealthy, linked to both colon cancer and breast cancer.

Trans-fat has gotten the shaft nationwide, from New York to California, even retailers and restaurants like Wal-Mart and Kentucky Fried Chicken have given trans-fat the heave-ho.

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