THE NEW SCIENCE OF HEART DISEASE: SUNSHINE AND CHOLESTEROL MAY BE SAVING YOUR HEART
Let’s begin by dispelling a tenacious myth: “Cholesterol is bad for your heart.”Although cholesterol does play a role in heart disease, it is not the culprit. In fact, the human body unceasingly produces cholesterol because it is essential to survival. Without cholesterol our bodies would be unable to produce cortisol, sex hormones, and neurotransmitters. Without cholesterol, our immune systems and digestion would be compromised. 20% of the body’s cholesterol is contained in the white matter of our brains. Without it, our brain function would cease!
HOW DOES ACUPUNCTURE WORK?
We’re in the midst of a remarkable medical renaissance. Recent discoveries are redefining our understanding of the human body and shedding light on the mysterious effects of acupuncture. Modern surgeons have been investigating the living body with new imaging equipment. They’re exploring seemingly mysterious structures that collapse after death. One such structure, which has been called a new organ, is now known as the interstitium. This is a fluid-filled connective tissue matrix found beneath the skin and surrounding organs and blood vessels. It plays a role in conducting electrical signals as the cells move and stretch. Although there is a controversy about whether or not this constitutes an actual organ, the structure does indeed exist and scientists are working to understand it.
The interstitium was well known to ancient Chinese doctors. Classical medical texts documented an intricately detailed model of the body including physical structures, flow of fluids and energy, and functional relationships of all the organs.
IS CHRONIC DISEASE OPTIONAL?
Aging is as inevitable as the seasonal change, but did you know that conditions such as heart attack, stroke, and cancer are not the inevitable result of growing old? They're strongly correlated with lifestyle choices. Simple and enjoyable practices can add decades to your life and reduce the need for medical intervention. It's easier to take full responsibility for our bodies once we accept the profound impact our daily choices have on our lifelong health.
With the sea of healthcare advice out there, most people don’t have the time or training to sift through all the conflicting evidence. Some of the advice is downright harmful! Even the most dedicated people may find it difficult to know which changes to prioritize. Fortunately, the foundations of health are well established. I will show you why a few specific changes are worth incorporating into your daily routine.
OVERHAUL YOUR METABOLISM WITH INTERMITTENT FASTING
Conventional wisdom has encouraged us to eat regular meals with breakfast placed on a particularly high pedestal. However, periodic fasting is one of the easiest ways to reprogram your metabolism and dramatically improve overall health.
If you typically eat soon after waking, and continue to eat at regular intervals throughout the day, perhaps even enjoying a snack at bedtime, your body remains in a fed (anabolic) state. Insulin and other digestive hormones will be constantly produced telling your body to store any excess as fat. If this goes on year after year, you will gradually gain weight regardless of the content or your food. Chronic high insulin levels contribute to high blood pressure, fluid retention, arthritis, inflammation, diabetes, and other types of degeneration.
Over the past 50 years, experts have struggled to understand the relationship of diet to health and disease. Many doctors disregard nutrition. Others look to national organizations such as the American Heart Association for guidance. Unfortunately, these large bodies are slow to change their recommendations even when contradictory evidence mounts. It can be difficult to sort through all the conflicting advice. Who can you trust? Which changes are the most important? By observing how actual bodies respond to different foods, researches are gaining a solid grasp on which foods, and in what quantities, promote health and which promote disease.This article contains guidelines based on the latest nutritional science. Many of the recommendations run counter to established advice. This is a TON of information and may seem overwhelming. Rather than attempting to make a massive shift, commit to gradual sustainable change. Eventually you will accomplish your goals.
ARE YOU OVERFED AND UNDERNOURISHED?
Nutrition science is in its infancy. Many standard medical texts have a small section covering nutrition. They generally mention the same handful of essential vitamins and minerals and include a brief summary of what happens when a person consumes an excessive quantity or experiences severe deprivation. However, there are innumerable subtle processes constantly occurring in the body and these rely upon specific substances which must be obtained through food. It is increasingly evident that Americans are overfed and undernourished. By satisfying our appetites with processed foods, which have been stripped of nutrients through refinement and improper cooking methods, we’re unwittingly starving ourselves in subtle ways.