For cardiovascular health, it doesn’t matter if you cut smoking, drinking and eating red meat. This will slow down progression of heart disease but not stop it or reverse it. Studies show the cardiovascular system only improves with a diet that’s plant-based and low fat (10% or less) with exercise and stress management.
This is why the idea of moderation doesn’t work.
I love how Dr Fuhrman put it in his book Fasting and Eating for Health – if you are smoking 3 packs of cigarettes a day and feeling the consequences, do you really think you will get better on just 2 packs a day? Or even 1? When something is not meant to be in the body, it’s just not meant to be in the body. The study Dr Dean Ornish did showed that regardless of age you CAN reverse plaque in the arteries and even if arteries are completely blocked and have been for years, they can still open up with this lifestyle.
Apparently, even following a diet where 30% of calories come from fat still allows the progress of heart disease.
I always like to mention the China Study to people who question plant-based eating as necessary for all because this was the largest nutrition study that has ever been done and in the study, the comparison was made between two groups: Chinese people in rural China to Americans in the U.S. at the time of the study. The Chinese were consuming only 7% protein from animal sources while Americans were consuming 70%. Keep in mind diabetes and cancer was unknown to this group of Chinese at the time. Thanks to their diet, those issues were not a concern. The study showed that just by adding a little bit more animal protein to the rural Chinese diet, cholesterol goes up.
Studies show that populations consuming 15% of calories from fat or less have almost non-existent heart disease and diabetes cases.
If you have high blood pressure, you will be pleased to know that fasting quickly and effectively lowers blood pressure without medicine. This effect is a permanent change as long as you follow a clean eating regimen.
You may be asking yourself, “well, how long do I have to fast to see improvement?” Dr Fuhrman stated in his book that, “In a study of 638 obese patients of whom 48% had high blood pressure, it was noted that rarely did these patients have high blood pressure after two to four days of fasting…Fasting, if followed by a health supporting diet, can be a permanent cure for hypertension.”
He said it. Not me. Weight loss, vegan diets, and raw foods have all been shown to reduce blood pressure. When diet alone can’t fix it, typically a fast will so you have many options. Are you willing to support your body to do the healing work it is meant to do?
Medicine does not have a significant impact on reducing heart attacks, which is the leading cause of death for people suffering from high blood pressure. Actually, these same meds increase the risk of heart attacks. The likelihood of death from coronary heart disease is higher with thiazide diuretics than without them, so be very careful with pharma drugs. You have many options. Which will you choose – drugs or diet?
“The majority of patients with high blood pressure die of heart attacks”
~ Dr Fuhrman.
The meds have shown to have little to no effect on this. It is time people wake up to the fact that pharmaceutical drugs are not a panacea. The side effects of many of these drugs alone should compel people to experiment with a whole foods vegan diet and fasting to see what the effects are over a period of time.
If you’re interested in seeing how eating plant-based can help you reduce blood pressure, join us on the Eat Real Food Challenge over the next 7 weeks. We will then be doing Raw for Lent in March. You will get to experience over then next 2 and a half months what this lifestyle can do for your health with support from myself and others on the same journey.