Your doctor covered it already: to avoid stroke and heart attack you need to lower cholesterol. Hmm.. if only things were so simple…
Here is a surprise: low cholesterol does not get you to avoid a stroke or heart attack.
There is no correlation between cholesterol and strokes neither between cholesterol and heart attack. So, your efforts to avoid strokes and heart attacks by lowering cholesterol may be futile. 75% of heart attack victims have either normal or low LDL (bad cholesterol)? 1 That’s why…
Lowering cholesterol won’t prevent a stroke or heart attack
Your hopes that lower cholesterol will save your life may not be valid any more. Rcent studies pointed out that:
- Low cholesterol is linked to shorter life span 2
- High cholesterol reduces overall mortality 3
- High cholesterol may protect against atherosclerosis 4
- Lower cholesterol can increase risk for stroke
- Lower cholesterol can prevent recovery from strokes, and
- Low cholesterol increases chances of death from stroke
The above may sound shocking and confusing, but the statements are not my opinions. These are conclusions made by emerging scientific studies. The evidence that lowering cholesterol may cause more harm than good is mounting. If you want to know more, grab a copy of The Cholesterol Trap! You may never look at cholesterol lowering practices the same way again.
Can a gastroenterologist give you a stroke?
Let’s talk bout digestion for a minute. Why? Because the gut and heart are connected. Nobody seem to be connecting bloated stomach with strokes or heart attacks, yet this is the best way to avoid them, because a whole lot of cardiovascular problems start from poor digestion.
Do you have heartburn? Where does heartburn come from? Too much acid? Wrong!
Heartburn stems from inflammation[i] and is is linked to low, NOT high stomach acid. Why would that matter? Because a concerned gastroenterologist that keeps on writing prescriptions for antacids, can give you a stroke. Did you know that prescription meds for heartburn increase the risk for stroke by 21%?[ii]
Although neither heartburn nor bloated stomach gives strokes or heart attacks directly, they increase the chances for cardiovascular disease. Indigestion, whether heartburn or bloated stomach, is nothing else, but an indicator of decreased digestive capacity. And that matters more for the heart than your cholesterol.
Perfect blood flow, a sure way to avoid a stroke and heart attack
Life is flow. When flow stops so does life. Such is the case with circulation and blood clots. Blood clots stop blood flow and that’s how strokes or heart attacks happen. The best way to prevent the two is to ensure perfect blood flow.
Blood flow depends on two forces: clumping and dispersing. The more red blood cells clump, and less disperse, the thicker the blood, and poorer the flow. Thus the more clumping and less dispersing, the slower the blood flow. To avoid strokes and heart attacks you want less clumping and more dispersing.
Blood flow 101
You know that red blood cells carry iron, but you may not know that this iron has magnetic forces. What follows is that every single red blood cell acts as a mini-magnet that can attract and repel.
To complicate the matters, besides the magnetized core, each red blood cell is surrounded by a magnetic cloud. Both the core and the cloud decide whether the neighboring red blood cells are going to stick together or disperse. In other words, whether they will form a clot or not.
How not to form clots
That’s easy: don’t let red blood cells clump together. But how?
There are red blood cells that clump and ones that don’t. The ones that don’t are surrounded by a thick cloud made of electrons. Electron clouds repel each other like magnets with the same polarity. These repelling forces prevent red blood cells from forming clots. Nothing could be more straightforward than that: to prevent strokes and heart attacks you want to have each and every one of your red blood cells be surrounded by a dense electron cloud.
The only way to avoid a stroke and heart attack is to..
..are there any pills for that? Is there a supplement, a herb, or a magic elixir that boosts the cardiovascular force field?
Not too many. There are no meds, snake oils, or injections that magically recreate clot-preventing force fields. The only way to build a massive electron storage in the body is through expanding the body’s antioxidant reserves.
Think of antioxidants as electron donors. These electron donors are your natural protection against free radicals, those ill-intended DNA vandals. Free radicals are implicated in accelerated aging, chronic diseases, and general frailness. The bottom line is.. you don’t want them.
In case you want to experiment with novel antioxidant from a bottle here are a few:
What bloated stomach has to do with CVD?
Do you have a bloated stomach? Heartburn? Indigestion? Then listen up!
…because the above correlates with inflammation, and inflammation correlates with cardiovascular disease. Digestive enzymes are anti-inflammatory, and lack of them (aka digestive symptoms) promote inflammation. Due to anti-inflammatory properties of digestive enzymes, supplementing them (while your digestion is down) to curb down systemic inflammation and thin the blood makes good sense. Here are three commonly-prescribed enzyme supplements. They work in three different ways, so if one isn’t working well, then the other one may.
Check fibrinogen and hsCRP to avoid stroke and heart attack
Also, it would be smart to check for two clotting markers: fibrinogen and hsCRP. These are not standard tests and you may have to coax your doctor to order them for you. If you have digestive troubles you should check them regularly, because they correlate with the presence of blood-sludge that initiates strokes.[iii]
These two also correlate with changes in the gut flora, which means that your bloated stomach can be a priceless informant. It can tell you about potential blood changes that may lead to stroke or heart attack.
8 points that can help you avoid stroke and heart attack
- Heart disease does not start with a diagnosis of high blood pressure, but decades earlier when the body signals chronic inflammation.
- Don’t ignore your heartburn and bloated stomach. Indigestion is usually the first sign of failing health.
- Take a good look at your environment, diet and lifestyle. If you have heartburn or bloated stomach something is off. Don’t fool yourself thinking that Gas-X or antacids would cure your health. They won’t. They will only make you feel more comfortable while your body accelerates towards poorer health.
- Stop relying on lowering cholesterol meds; They don’t prevent strokes or heart attacks.
- Change your menu. Ditch junk and processed food. They are major contributors to free radical damage.
- Focus on nutrient-dense food. You will find awesome recipes in 69 Pleasures cookbook
- Go organic, if your budget allows for it
- Focus on antioxidants. They are known to reduce cholesterol and heart disease.