Heart Health And Cholesterol

On this week’s Healthy Diet Podcast we cover cholesterol and how it contributes to heart disease. We talk more about Dr Esselsten’s book, Prevent And Reverse Heart Disease.

Show notes:

  • February was American Heart Month. Did you wear red?
  • The most significant factor in heart disease is your diet, period. However, the medical profession has no incentive to let people know this. Why, because they get most of their revenue from heart procedures.
  • The national healthy plan could be very simple – Eat a plant based diet. Now if we could only get the politicians to work towards that.
  • Heart disease in people with a cholesterol level lover than 150 is nearly non existent. Dr Esselstyn cut out all oils in his diet to get his cholesterol to go from 158 to below 150 because the evidence for health was so compelling.
  • So why in the world does the American Heart Association still recommend a cholesterol level of 200 being okay?
  • Cholesterol is found only animal products. Our body produces all we need and eating animal products add cholesterol to our blood and cause our body to produce even more cholesterol.
  • A high fat meal injures the endothelium, the interior lining of our veins. Even a single high fat meal can injure the endothelium and possibly cause a heart attack.
  • What if we ate low fat meals 365 days a year, how healthy could we be?
  • Stay tuned for our contest where 5 of our listeners will have the chance to win Prevent And Reverse Heart Disease by Dr Esselstyn.

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Alan LeStourgeon

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The Secret To Heart Health

The Healthy Diet Podcast for this week covers what you can do to prevent heart disease. Yes, you really have control over this disease.

Show notes:

  • We were reminded of how important it is to take care of your health this week when Alan’s mom was taken to the hospital.
  • We also share the number one secret for preventing heart disease after reading the book Prevent And Reverse Heart Disease by Dr Caldwell B. Esselstyn, Jr.
  • Dr Esselstyn works and the Cleveland Clinic and became disillusioned when he and his colleagues weren’t doing anything to prevent the diseases they were operating on people for.
  • Some of his colleagues weren’t interested in prevent heart disease.
  • In Dr Esselstyn’s research he found that the United States was actually in the minority when it comes to heart disease. In other words, world wide heart disease is not common.
  • People that live in countries that eat a plant based diet don’t have heart disease.
  • The evidence for what may be causing most heart attacks has been changing. They are thought to be caused by a clot rather than blockage from cholesterol. However, they ultimately are cause by cholesterol, but in a different way.
  • The good news is that you can do something about it by eating a plant based diet and keeping your cholesterol below 150, not 200. We reference the famous Framingham Heart Study.
  • Getting your cholesterol below 150 will eliminate heart disease according to Dr Esselstyn’s research.
  • We are going to give 5 of our listener’s the chance to win Prevent And Reverse Heart Disease by Dr Esselstyn.
  • Visit his web site at www.heartattackproof.com

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Raw Almonds And The California Almond Board

On this week’s Healthy Diet Podcast we have breaking news about The California Almond Board, or actually the Almond Board Of California, and their mandate cooked up with the USDA and FDA to pasteurize almonds so they will no longer be raw.

Show notes:

  • As of September 1, 2007 it is very likely you will not be able to get raw almonds any longer thanks to the FDA, USDA and the Almond Board of California.
  • We were informed of this by Jinjee & Storm of The Garden Diet from The Daily Raw Inspiration
  • The mission of the Almond Board of California is to promote the best quality almonds, really? They oversee California’s 6,000 almond growers.
  • We thought this was a voluntary program, but further investigation proved otherwise. The Almond Board of California is misleading people on their web site. They say this ruling has not been mandated by any government organization such as the FDA or USDA, but if you read the actual ruling, it specifically states that it is mandated by the USDA – “The Department of Agriculture (USDA) is issuing this rule in conformance with Executive Order 12866.” It can’t get any plainer than that!
  • The almond growers don”t have a choice in the matter though.
  • The reason for this ruling is because of 2 outbreaks, one in 2001 and one in 2004.
  • They say that pasteurization does not alter the nutritional content of the raw almond. This is pure bunk! Plant a pasteurized almond and see if it grows.
  • The pasteurization process involves using Propylene Oxide a known human carcinogen. Pasteurized almonds will not have to be labeled, they can still be called raw when in fact, they are not!
  • You can’t make almond milk with pasteurized almonds. Almond protein is changed during the pasteurization process. This is bad news for the raw vegan community.
  • Salmonella is definitely a problem, but it can be taken care of by better quality control.

Sign the petition and / or contact the Almond Board of California about this.

Alan LeStourgeon

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What’s In Your Bread?

On this week’s Healthy Diet Podcast we talk about what is in bread today and how to make or choose a healthy bread that still has some nutrition left in it.

Show notes:

  • We talk about a brief history of bread. Wheat is one of the most important and oldest grains in the world.
  • Bread has been around since Bible times and Egyptians were probably the first people to bake bread. Bread rained from Heaven when the Israelites were in the desert for 40 years.
  • White bread first appeared in the Middle Ages probably used for communion. White was a sign of purity.
  • There is a lot of nutrition in the whole grain of wheat. One quarter cup of whole wheat berries contains 8 grams of protein and 6 grams of fiber.
  • However, whole wheat products are not what they appear today. Most wheat products contain a large amount of white flour with added grain or coloring to make it look brown.
  • There is no substitute for the whole wheat berry.
  • What about wheat allergies? Wheat has been adulterated from the seed by herbicides, fungicides, fumigation and more. More information from Dr Mercola.
  • We make our own pizza crust and bread and we make a sprouted grain bread.
  • If you eat bread, choose 100% whole wheat, sprouted wheat of grind your own wheat berries. We buy our sprouted grain tortillas from Food For Life which we discovered at The Jungle restaurant in Indialantic Beach, Florida.

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