The doctor is referring to a movement, lead by a group of physicians, which includes Dr. Joel Fuhrman Dr. John McDougall The Pritikin Longevity Center Dr. Dean Ornish (President Bill Clinton is now on the Ornish diet.) Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn (Dr. Esselstyn has published the most effective treatment ever published in a medical journal, for heart disease patients.) Dr. Neal Barard and many others.
A good start is just a basic blood check for deficiencies. Work with your doctor.
Many people are deficient in Vitamin D, and the symptoms can take many many forms. Ideal blood level is 35 to 55 ng/ml. Take a vitamin D supplement for 3 months, to let the blood level reach equilibrium, and then get the blood level checked. Most people need 800 to 1500 IU of D3 to reach this level. A few people need no supplement, and a very few need a very high level of supplement.
Dr. Fuhrman has made the most progress, in my opinion, in understanding individual variation. His diet is the healthiest, and he is the best health information in the world today, in my opinion. He is great at recognizing when someone needs an adjustment in the diet, to thrive. www.drfuhrman.com
Here's an interesting clip from a VegSource conference, starting off with Dr. Fuhrman describing one individual's problem. http://bit.ly/dubOgG
If your urine is dark, your problem could be that you are not drinking enough water. The head rush that you describe, could be dehydration.
I spend most of my time at Heart Health Fuhrman Ornish exchange.
Dr. Dean Ornish was the first person to demonstrate reversal of atherosclerosis in human beings. His results were published in Lancet (1). In his experiment (1990), heart patients following his program of diet, exercise and stress reduction, without statins, showed reversal of atherosclerosis. The control group, following standard medical care, worsened. Since 1990, Ornish does, of course, prescribe statins, as they have demonstrated a valuable place in heart treatment. www.pmri.org
Dr. Esselstyn has the best results ever published for heart patients. His diet is a stricter version of Ornish. Esselstyn includes statins and other appropriate medications. Dr. Esselstyn's excellent website has references for his publications, and much more. www.heartattackproof.com
Dr. McDougall is another valuable resource, with a similar program. www.drmcdougall.com
I personally followed the Pritikin diet for 30 years (very similar to the diets mentioned). Surprisingly, my IMT (carotid artery ultrasound) showed worsening of my average atherosclerosis, after the last 2 years of strict Pritikin. I have some nice pictures of lipid inclusions (fat pockets) in the artery walls. This is surprising, since most people get much better on the Pritikin diet. See www.pritikin.ORG for spectacular published statistics. For example, 80% of people attending the Pritikin Center to avoid cardiac bypass surgery, never got the surgery, in a 5 year followup. Dr. Ornish published the same 80% figure, in a 3 year followup.
3 years ago, I learned of Dr. Fuhrman, while attending the Pritikin Longevity Center. I modified my program to follow Dr. Fuhrman. After 2 years on strict Fuhrman, my IMT cleared up entirely.
My message to you is two parts. Yes, you do need appropriate medications. But your effort to regain your health must be centered around the most effective methods to improve your health - namely following the dietary recommendations of Dr. Fuhrman, weight loss, exercise, and stress reduction. The first month or two is very difficult, requiring lots of will power and determination. After that, it's smooth sailing, enjoying your improving health and joy of life.
I spend most of my time at the Heart Health Fuhrman Ornish exchange.
Re: ...how making small, livable lifestyle changes can have a real impact on your heart health.
Moderation in everything, right? If moderation works for you, great. Moderation did not work for me. My arteries harden at a good clip, at anything near moderation at all.
Re: Many now recommend eggs as a high-protein breakfast food that may actually be preferable to refined carbohydrates and simple sugars found in many cereals and baked goods.
This was a revelation to me, about 3 years ago, also. It's not that eggs are so good. It's that refined carbs and flour are much worse than we thought. Baked goods are high calorie, empty of nutrition. Spell that "inflammation". That's a different way of looking at food, compared to earlier thought. Being low fat, no cholesterol, complex carbohydrate, high fiber, is good, but not good enough, contrary to what I used to believe.
Re: Pooled data from twenty-plus studies and nearly 350,000 participants and found no difference in the risk of heart disease between people with the lowest and highest intake of saturated fat.
The people who aren't eating saturated fat, in our society, are eating more donuts and flour products. Don't forget thousands of animal experiments, where saturated fat is highly atherogenic. Can we take these studies to say that we can eat saturated fat with abandon?
I'm following Dr. Fuhrman. We all know to eat more vegetables and fruit. Dr. Fuhrman has made a science out of it, maximizing nutrients per calorie. Based on my IMT (carotid artery ultrasound), I have reversed all my atherosclerosis, in 2 years on Fuhrman.
I spend most of my time on the Heart Health Fuhrman Ornish exchange.
I wanted to ensure that you were familiar with your treatment options. Here is an exerpt from www.pritikin.org, complete with the medical journal reference:
Lower Blood Pressure To Normal, Medication-Free Levels Nearly 60% of 1,117 hypertensives lowered blood pressure to normal levels and left Pritikin free of anti-hypertensive medications. Journal of Applied Physiology, 98: 3, 2005.
Among your treatment options, is a compete change in your diet, such as you can do at home, or at the Pritikin Longevity Center, mentioned above. This allows nearly all hypertensives to get off their medication entirely, perhaps right away, or in time.
This is genuine serious medicine. I have attended the Pritikin Center several times myself. It is a wonderful place. It is run by board certified physicians. If you can afford it, the Pritikin Center combines a wonderful vacation at a luxury spa, with diet and exercise and lectures and fascinating comaraderie. Of course, you can do it all at home yourself. It's hard at first, but what worthwhile effort isn't?
I spend most of my time on the Heart Health Fuhrman Ornish board.