High cholesterol and heart disease aren’t the same thing.
I’ll start off with a metaphor. There was a women on the street who lost her keys. She starts searching for the keys and some people walking by stopped and offered to help her find her keys. After about 10 minutes the people stopped and one of them said, we have searched this whole area and couldn’t find them. Are you sure you dropped the keys here? She replied, no I dropped them over there. Then why are we searching for your keys here? The lady replied, because the light is brighter here. The reason for this story in relation to obesity, diabetes and heart disease is, I think we have been looking in the wrong place. We have been looking where the light is instead of looking where the solution is.
Fat does not make you fat. Conventional wisdom on saturated fat is wrong. The conventional wisdom on low carbohydrate diets are wrong. The demon in the diet is sugar, not fat. Sugar isn’t the only problem. There is a host of products that get converted to sugar after you ingest them. These are in the form of cereals, flour, bread, grains, soda’s, potato chips packaged and fried.
The only reason you have been told to reduce your fat, is because you were told it raises your cholesterol. To a certain extent it does. It raises the light fluffy cholesterol and decreases the small dense that can be lodged in the arterial wall after inflammation has occurred. We are currently measuring cholesterol the wrong way. If you are worried about your cholesterol, you can see your doctor and order a particle test. Statins are a drug that get prescribed to lower your cholesterol. Statin drugs are being wildly prescribed when they shouldn’t be prescribed at all. Some of the side effects that come with taking statins are, muscle pain, fatigue, loss of libido, CoEnzyme Q10 depletion and loss of memory.
Our genes have adapted wonderfully over the 2.4 million years we have been evolving. The food we haven’t adapted to very well is the food we have available to us on a daily basis, like KFC and Mcdonalds plus all the heavily processed foods we can buy at the supermarket. They have a saying in nutrition, “genetics loads the gun and the environment pulls the trigger”. Early man didn’t die from heart disease. They died from things like exposure, conflict with other tribes and run ins with wild animals. When nutritional anthropologists looked at the bones of our paleolithic ancestors they didn’t come across any signs that would point towards the start of any diseases like we have in our modern world. The foods they ate would have been anything they could hunt, fish gather or pluck.
Dr Bowden had one particular client who had a lot of belly fat and he went on the Atkins diet. To Dr Bowden’s surprise, not only did he lose weight, his blood lipid test were better and his blood pressure had dropped. Everything they say about high fat high protein diet, they should be coming back so much more unhealthy. This doesn’t seem to fit with conventional thinking. So Dr Bowden started to think, maybe some of the things we were taught weren’t 100% accurate. He became a cholesterol skeptic, and over the next ten years Dr Bowden went on a quest to find out that some of the things I learned conventionally was not quite right.
Does the percentage of fat in the blood correlate with heart disease? Walter Willet, lead researcher of 2 of the longest and most important studies ever undertaken on nutritional epidemiology. The nurses health study and the health professionals follow up study. Walter said after thirty years. the relationship of fat intake to health is one of the areas we have examined in detail over the past twenty years in our 2 large cohort studies, the nurses study and the health professional followup study. We have found virtually no relationship between the percentage of calories from fat and any health outcome.
George Mann was one of the researchers on the Framingham study. He said dietary fat is not the determinant of either high cholesterol or coronary heart disease. He also called the diet heart hypothesis the greatest scam ever perpetrated on the American public.
The Lyon heart study. They had 605 people took part, mostly men. Some of these people already had cardiovascular disease, high cholesterol, smoked, high blood pressure and so on. The study was divided up into 2 sections. A Western diet and a Mediterranean diet. On the Mediterranean diet which is fairly high in fat, mainly olive oil, macadamia oil, nuts fruit salads, meats and seafood. The people on a western diet were on the low fat prudent diet. After that clinical study got about half way, they had to stop it, because they thought it was unethical. The people on the Mediterranean diet weren’t dieing, so they put everyone on the Mediterranean diet. What do you think happened to the cholesterol of the people on the Mediterranean diet? It didn’t budge. They just stopped dieing.
Back on to cholesterol. There are about 10 different types of HDL and LDL. Because there is so many different types of cholesterol, they all behave differently in the body. In the past you either had good cholesterol, or bad cholesterol. That is now obsolete. The only test you should have now is a test called a particle test. With this test, it shows up the LDL that is very small and bb gun like that can lodge in the arterial wall after inflammation has occurred. The consumption of fat also reduces those small particles.
What are the real causes of heart disease? There are a lot them. Have you noticed lard and fat was replaced by hydrogenated vegetable oils. Yes, cotton seed oil, vegetable oil, sunflower oil and canola oil are pro- inflammatory. Unfortunately we consume far to many of these oils and not enough anti-inflammatory, omega-3. The ideal ratio for these 2 types of oil is 1 to 1. For most people that don’t buy salmon is to supplement with omega-3 fish oil. The real cause of heart disease are the things that create the inflammation. “The conditions that are present to start the ball rolling”. The things that are responsible for heart disease are sugar and junk food. The food to the left are a perfect for causing inflammation .
1. Eat an anti inflammatory diet.
2. Reduce grains, starches, and sugar and omega-6′s(vegetable oils). We consume way to many vegetable oils. Get the book..Wheat Belly. It explains why you shouldn’t consume wheat.
3. Manage your stress.
4. Exercise.. Don’t exercise to lose weight. “It is not very effective”. Exercise for overall well being.
5. Drink in moderation.
6. Supplement intelligently. Omega-3, magnesium, Co Q10 is a energy nutrient for the heart.. needed especially if your doctor has you on statins. Statins depletes Co Q10.
7. Don’t smoke.
8. Supplement vitamin D. We don’t run around naked anymore, so it makes sense, since we spent a lot more time in-doors.
9. Cholesterol doesn’t cause heart disease.
10. The old test, “GOOD AND BAD CHOLESTEROL IS NOW OBSOLETE”
11. The conventional wisdom on saturated fat is wrong.
12. The demon in our diet is sugar and junk food.
13. The true causes of heart disease is, inflammation, sugar and stress.
Source: Dr Jonny Bowden video..