the number 5 is the European way of measuring cholesterol which is 200 here. 6 is about 240 and the numbers in the chart go to 7 which I am guessing is close to 300. Men in the study look like they do worse the higher their cholesterol but not the women. (Possibly something to do with estrogen?) Did I miss charts of the mortality rates of those with cholesterol under 150 which Esselstyn and others claim is protective against heart disease?
Even I can't say how compliant I was. I didn't eat salmon or clams everyday. And don't forget all the years of not eating healthfully. On the other hand, my A1c was 5.4 so I do not know how hyperinsulinemic I am.
Salmon and nuts are supposed to prevent arhythmias yet I went into v fib and coded.
There are a group of Eastern European Jews who eat all kinds of fatty foods yet have no heart disease and supposedly they are lucky ducks who possess apo lipoprotein 'B and thus do not lay down plaque in their arteries.
Researchers have found that Okinawans who follow their traditional diet live long and healthy lives. Yet they use some oil to cook and eat some meat and fish. The younger generation are fat and sick on a western diet.
Sardinians are long lived but this is only some families who interbreed and in their case pass on a gene that protects them from degenerative diseases. Other sardinians are no better off than we.
My Mom ate fatty foods, not very much in the way of sweets or salt and had a heart attack and by pass surgery.
I think sometimes we are just lucky and attribute it to the diet we have chosen, whether it is vegan or very low carb.
There are many many on the McDougall group who had serious health problems and reversed them with a starch based diet. Just as I am sure there are others on totally different diets who have done the same. Kind of reminds me of super athletes who insist on wearing their lucky socks and attribute that to winning the game.
Even your own guru said to eat either the fatty no carb diet or the high carb low fat diet.
My daughter believes I am still alive because my diet is so healthful that I withstood the physical assault of a heart attack and v fib. I think it is because I happened to be in the hospital when it occurred and got cpr and electric shock immediately.
I look around and see very fat people I know who eat horrendous diets yet have no diabetes and so far no heart attacks. I have friends who are so heavy they walk with canes, have diabetes and are in their eighties and who eat the typical western diet and have no heart problems.
If I hadn't just had a heart attack, I would say that it might make a difference if your post prandial blood sugars go above 200 (or 100, or 90) if you are eating the SAD with lots of fat in the diet, or if they go high and you are eating a vegan low fat diet. But what do I know?
If you read it you will see that typically, one's plaque increases by 30 to 35% per year and this program is considered successful if the increase is only 5 to 10% per year!! This is success? I thought the program promised reversal. And it takes several years because he recommends the calcium scan involving the equivalent of several months worth of radiation in one shot be done every twelve months. Plus a diet that requires lots of protein and fats.
So when he documents success he is talking about less progress. And popping lots of supplements. I am not impressed.
Sounds good. However, I have read of similar results using seed oils and although all those numbers improved, it turns out arteries are blocked even more than with sat fats. I believe this sort of experiment with seed oils was done years ago in Israel.
Dr. Bill Davis, a vegan whose talks have been video taped by the vegetarian society of Hawaii has said he used to use Flaxseed and aspirin but stopped because it caused bleeding. He likes to parachute out of airplanes and where the straps rubbed his skin, there was bleeding. Quitting the flaxseed solved the problem.
The lesson--never, ever, ever read any health advice again.
Yeah. And oily fish are supposed to prevent sudden cardiac death. It could just be coincidence but I had been eating nuts just a few weeks before the MI. If I hadn't been in the hospital when I coded I would be finding out right now if Heretk is right about the hereafter. Not only shouldn't you believe everything you read and hear, I am wondering if you should believe anything.
What approach have I decided on? I am going to be very strict with the plant based diet, take the B12 and maybe D3 and look into K2. Eliminate all animal food and fats except the fat in oatmeal, corn, and whole grains. Not even nuts. No cheating. And if I have another heart attack and survive, I am going to eat anything I damn well please.
H, I can see why people are sent home from the ER. With me, an EKG was normal and showed no problem. A blood draw and a test for heart enzymes also was normal. If I had gone into the hospital on any of the days preceding the MI I would have had a normal EKG and the heart enzymes would have been normal. Also, I complained that the pain was worse after eating which made them think it was not heart. They gave me a maalox and lidocaine cocktail and said if the pain stopped after drinking this then it was unlikely it was heart. And the pain did stop. But four hours later, the heart enzymes showed I was having an MI and then I went into V fib. Before the v fib I was hooked up to the monitor which did not show heart attack. Fortunately they did not send me home. I would have refused to leave the ER if they had.