I posted to Dr Weil's board on the old website, as a response to questions people had that appeared in new forum entries on the newsletters.
WebMD dropped the newsletters, so I am less aware of new items, and now rarely contribute, especially on the exercise board.
There was also a new guy on there who was responding to nearly every post. I sometimes differed with him. He would make a point of being catty with my responses, and the moderator did not delete the inappropriate posts, which they did before.
So it got a bit tiresome. And many people ask the same things without apparently doing much research or checking for similar questions.View Thread
Folks have different responses to nuts, and different overall diets.
Raw nuts are obviously better than salted. EG's diet is so amazing, its no surprise he can eat a few ounces a day. If everything comes out good for xring, he too is likely doing the right thing for himself, but what else is he eating ?
I tried just 4 nuts a day back in September, and in a couple weeks had chest discomfort. But I can eat an ounce of pistachios a day for months without issue. They have the least fat, a better fat balance of MUFAs and PUFAs, and resveratrol. I also usually have them with green or pomegranate tea.
Some doctors will advice against nuts because of the potential for adverse outcomes. If everyone ate like EG everyday, everyone could eat 3-4 ounces of nuts daily. But his coronary arteries are good, and his carotids are vastly improved. I had a dozen inoperable blockages AFTER bypass surgery, and can't aggravate them in any way. Nuts seem a bad idea for me.
Every case is a little different, thus the "practice" of medicine. Statistically, most cases are similar. But the cases that are anomalies require different treatment. Its easier to pay attention at home and adjust things daily than rely on a doctor day in and day out.
Fats can offer nutrients and be heart neutral if the rest of the diet is good, and the person has no stress. Once stress causes arterial damage, and some fat gets oxidized and into foam cells splitting an artery wall, then diet and activities need change.
The safe way to prevent oxidized LDL, is less LDL, which means less fat in the diet, and more exercise. More anti-oxidants, too.
I've recently had to cut back exercise for a few months. My LDL is up about 25%, from 55 to 69. Still low, but bad if that becomes a trend.View Thread
Have you mosied on over to the Heart Disease forum ? I posted the last few new things I found a week or so ago there, and did not re-post on other exchanges.
What I found is that there is an enzyme group that participates in blockage regression, and, it seems, turbo charges HDL and its beneficial effects. Paraoxonase, and the varieties are known as PON1, PON2, and PON3. For example, the reason pomegranate helps with blockage regresion is that it enhances this enzyme family.
One form seems to attach to HDL, making it better at removing LDL. A 2nd can be found in cells and makes then resistant to absorbing oxidized LDL, and the 3rd, if I remember, acts more like a pure anti-oxidant, preventing oxidation of LDL.
My low fat nuts, the pistachios, help promote this enzyme family, as do Hallawi dates, beets, and foods high in quercetin, like apples and onions. Green tea, too.View Thread