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No Need to be a Vegan to Avoid Heart Attacks

After the first heart attack your doctor urges you to quit eating saturated fat and cholesterol and start exercising. If that doesn’t decrease the level of LDH-cholesterol you get a prescription for one of the statins that blocks a liver enzyme that makes the so-called bad cholesterol. Why doesn’t lowering blood cholesterol prevent a second heart attack? According to several articles in the journal “Life Extension” there are sixteen other factors besides high cholesterol that can contribute to heart attacks. These include diabetes, high blood pressure, stress and inflammation.

High homocysteine is an independent factor. This is an abnormal amino acid formed in the body when it doesn’t have enough of the vitamins B-12, B-6 and folic acid. Folic acid is in green leafy vegetables. Liver and yeast are good sources of vitamin B-6. Vitamin B-12 is made by intestinal bacteria when a person eats animal foods.

Smoking is the biggest factor in heart attacks. Nicotine makes the heart beat faster but constricts small blood vessels, raising blood pressure. The lining of blood vessels can be made stiffer by eating trans-fats or too many sugars that combine with the proteins in cell walls. Stiff cell walls are prone to injury from high blood pressure. The injuries attract white blood cells, cholesterol, fat and platelets. Later calcium might be deposited forming plaque.

The average person thinks that Bill Clinton had to have another heart operation because of eating too many hamburgers. No one talked about his smoking cigars or if he used soft drinks. Just because tri-glycerides (blood fats) and LDH-cholesterol are found in plaque doesn’t mean they came from the diet. The liver makes both cholesterol and blood fats from sugars, especially high-fructose corn syrup. Humans have been eating animal fats and cholesterol for eons of time. The French, the Amish and nomadic herders still do. Any study that claims that saturated fats are bad isn’t using organic fats. The animal fats in most cheeseburgers today come from factory farms so are loaded with insecticides, antibiotics and other toxins. These are the substances to avoid, not fat per se. For what you have been spending on anti-cholesterol pills you could have bought organic eggs and meat.

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