What really causes heart disease? Diet? Lifestyle? Does Dr. Dwight Lundell have the answer? Or is it all a sham? Can damage to the heart be reversed?
Causes of Heart Disease
Can we prevent heart disease? Can the damage be reversed with diet?
An Arizona heart surgeon’s claim that a diet of unprocessed foods – not necessarily low-fat foods – can prevent and even reverse heart disease has ignited the Internet.
Dr. Dwight Lundell has dished the dirt on ‘what really causes heart disease’ and he admits prescribing cholesterol-lowering medications, and a low-fat, high-simple carbohydrate diet for two-and-a-half decades was misguided.
‘These recommendations are no longer scientifically or morally defensible,’
I doubt if anyone will disagree with Dr. Lundell’s basic premise that diet and lifestyle are major contributors to heart disease.
Daily doses of high fat foods, processed grains and fats aren’t healthy. But who really eats like that?
He explains that this once ‘healthy’ diet actively destroys the walls of our blood vessels by causing chronic inflammation. This inflammation makes cholesterol stick to the walls, forming the plaques that eventually block them, resulting in a heart attack or stroke.
Build of up cholesterol leads to hardening of the arteries, restricting blood flow and leading to heart disease. And his comments just seem to resonate.
Don’t eat anything your grandmother wouldn’t recognize as food, eat plenty of fruits and vegetables, and lean protein, he recommends
But is he oversimplifying things? Is his Marcus Welby approach helpful?
And is he giving us the kind of advice that really works or is this all a sham?
Science or Sham?
Is Dr. Lundell a real doctor or is there something about his past we need to know?
Dr. Stephen Barrett takes a look at this approach to curing heart disease.
Dwight C. Lundell, M.D. lost medical license in 2008. Since that time he has been promoting books that clash with established scientific knowledge of heart disease prevention and treatment. His book,The Great Cholesterol Lie, invites people to “forget about everything you have been told about low-fat diets, saturated fats, cholesterol and the causes of heart disease.”
In his post, Dr. Barrett attacks the character of Dr. Lundell without really addressing the underlying issue.
Is the advice offered by Dr. Lundell factual and sound or is it quackery just to sell books?
There is nothing in Dr. Barretts post to indicate if the advice is good or not. Instead he closes with a comment stating he does not trust the advice of Dr. Lundell.
Medicare Advice – Good or bad?
When you turned 65 and went on Medicare, did you really understand how the various parts work? Or were you more confused than ever?
A simple 15 minute phone conversation with Bob Vineyard at Georgia Medicare Plans will reveal more about how Medicare works than you can gain from weeks and months of studying Medicare brochures, attending seminars, having a parade of agents in your home, talking to your friends or going online.
Over 98% of the people we talk with picked the wrong Medicare plan (based on their needs and budget) and are paying too much. On average, we save our Medigap clients more than $450 per year on the exact same coverage they have now. A simple switch in plans can add another $300 in savings.
How much can you save?