Archive for April, 2012

Heart Surgeon Explains What Really Causes Heart Disease

Heart Surgeon

We physicians with all our training, knowledge and authority often acquire a rather large ego that tends to make it difficult to admit we are wrong. So, here it is. I freely admit to being wrong. As a heart surgeon with 25 years experience, having performed over 5,000 open-heart surgeries, today is my day to right the wrong with medical and scientific fact.
– Dr. Dwight Lundell, M.D.

Big thanks to Ryan Chan () for pointing out this article: Heart Surgeon Speaks Out On What Really Causes Heart Disease

I know, I know. This isn’t what I said my next blog post would be on. But… I went to the dog park today and overheard this elderly looking woman talking on her cell phone. I am going to go out on a limb and say she was on the call with her husband (or someone of a similar age). I caught her asking, “Did you check your cholesterol today?” And just minutes before, Ryan had posted this link on a Facebook comment for this blog, as well as in the comments of my second blog post. It was this moment where everything seemed more serious and more real than it had before. I mean obviously I want to prevent the disease in myself, but it was just one of those “duh” moments. The epiphany was that people have these issues right now and that people died today and are going to continue to die of these causes. I know… dramatic. Was just in one of those moods I guess.

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What Lies Ahead

The Journey Ahead

I’ve been sitting around debating, “What is my next post going to be? In what order do I want to write these topics?” I really want to hit on a lot of the key points in science in the early posts to really set a strong foundation before I jump into lighter stuff. But I don’t want it to get so heavy that I’m boring everyone to death. I’ve been getting lots of requests for recipes, typical meal plans, etc. And that is something I’m planning on doing very soon. So I think naturally, the next few blog posts will be some order of these things:

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The Longest Fad Diet in American History

The Fad Pyramid

In 1955, President Dwight Eisenhower suffered a heart attack and survived. At the time, he was at a healthy weight and had normal serum cholesterol levels. The president’s medical advisors then instructed him to decrease his fat intake and increase his carbohydrate intake. In response to the intense dietary intervention, his blood cholesterol levels increased as well as his weight. Naturally, he decreased his fat intake even more to try to counteract this unexpected result. He soon became obsessed with these numbers. So, you can guess that he followed the medical advice to a tee.

How do you think this story ends? Well, President Eisenhower had 6 more heart attacks in the next 13 years along with other diet related issues (persistent digestive issues for example). The last of the 7 total heart attacks killed him in 1969.

Now let’s take a step back and look at the bigger picture. This is just one person. The same advice that was given to Eisenhower is being given to us every single day. Whether it be via advertisements on TV telling you to “go ahead. cheat on butter” or news headlines telling you red meat will kill you (based on faux science).

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The Journey To Blogland

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The Beginning

This is my coming out of the diet closet…

The first article. I guess it is only appropriate to explain the reason for this blog (if you will take the time and read it), and how I got here. So instead of bantering, I’ll just get right to it.

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