Everything in Moderation? How about heart disease?

by richard on October 30, 2015

  • Dr Caldwell Esselstyn, the famous cardiologist and researcher, is quoted as saying, “When it comes to heart disease, moderation kills.”
  • What disease is the number one killer of Americans? Heart Disease. Easy answer, I know. We all know that the level of cholesterol in our blood is the way the risk of Heart Disease is measured with a total cholesterol of 200 or below considered normal. We all trust that number and assume that if our number is 200 or below we are safe and healthy. Yet in cultures around the world where heart disease is unheard of (which is kind of weird, right? Isn’t heart disease the number 1 killer everywhere?) levels of total cholesterol are below 150.
  • In the famous Framingham Heart Study and the 26 year follow up when cholesterol levels were below 150 hardly anyone developed heart disease and no one died from it. However, 35% of people with a cholesterol level of between 150 and 200 developed heart disease. This means if your cholesterol is above 150 but below 200 you are at significant risk for Heart Disease. How much (more) medicine would we as a nation have to take to get cholesterol levels below 150? The amount, and the cost, is mind boggling. What would the side effects of all that medicine be on us?
  • There is a way to lower cholesterol without drugs. It has been around for a long time and has been scientifically proven to work. I am talking about a whole food, plant-based diet. (To read a spot on description of what a whole food plant based diet is click here.) This diet does not have to be totally devoid of animal products. Many cultures in the world whose cholesterol is below 150 are not strictly plant based, but they eat very little meat and little or no diary. However, the less animal products you eat the faster your cholesterol numbers go down.
  • Why hasn’t your doctor or “the powers that be” told you about this proven method? Good question. The reason they give is that you, that all of us, would not do it. For what ever reason, we would find it too hard and would not comply. So rather than tell us what would save millions of us from suffering the effects of heart disease, the nation’s number one killer, doctors decided to not tell us and “the powers that be” decided to water down the science. Not all doctors are like this currently, but the number of doctors who know about whole food plant based eating and recommend it to their patients is miniscule. Wouldn’t you want your doctor to at least tell you there was a way to eliminate your risk of heart disease and to often  reverse it without taking drugs?
  • To find out more about whole food plant based eating click here. Or just contact me and we’ll talk about it.
  • Good luck my friends! I’m pulling for you.
  • Richard


Richard Maas is a Licensed Massage Therapist and Certified Lymphatic Therapist, drummer, and gardener. He and his wife Dianne started practicing massage in 1990.

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