Something's not right here.
As I was cleaning up after the kids, I sat on the carpet and - OMG that Airwick automatic spray thingy just scared the daylights out of me, but wow, does it smell good! - just enjoyed sitting for a few minutes. That's when I noticed that there were an awful lot of Playmobile guys with missing limbs. I'm totally baffled as to how this happened, but I have some theories:
1) They were guests of Procrustes.
2) They all got in a gang fight.
3) One (or more) of my kids was really hungry and I wasn't able to prepare his food in time.
4) They were in a war.
5) They're actually a warrior tribe that cuts off limbs and uses them in their bloody sacrificial rituals.
6) They didn't read my diabetes post and continued on with their unhealthy lifestyle until they were forced to amputate a limb or two.
Did you see the guy with half his body missing? What's up with that?
So these poor little guys got me thinking: they can never regain their limbs. But we, on the other hand, can regain our health. Our bodies are not just incredibly miraculous creations that work in extremely complex ways. They are also capable of reversing years of damage and restoring themselves to perfect health!
This week I want to talk about heart disease. The sad reality is, that as much as we're terrified of cancer, heart disease kills more people each year than cancer. Every year, about 610,000 people in the U.S. alone die from heart disease. That's 1 out of every 4 deaths! It's also the leading cause of death in both men and women. Most of you probably know at least one person with some type of heart issue, and you also probably know one or two that have died from a heart attack.
Now as much as modern medicine has created all types of very sophisticated treatments in the management of heart disease, they have done nothing to help cure it. Now I firmly believe that knowledge is power; so Rav Brody and I are going to do our best to provide you with the knowledge you need to regain your power over your health and your life.
Let's start with the nature of heart disease. Folks, heart attacks don't occur suddenly. Just because we don't see the symptoms until it's too late, it doesn't mean that this silent killer hasn't been progressing for many years. In fact, Dr. Colin Campbell writes that it's a disease that takes a lifetime to create.
What does this mean? Well, to answer that, let's first understand what plaque is. Plaque is the waxy coating that lines the arteries. It's made from fats including cholesterol, proteins, immune system cells, and other things that I have no idea about. Over time, the plaque builds up and creates an increasingly narrow passageway for the blood to pass through the arteries. If the blockage is large enough, a heart attack will occur.
Now I want everyone to put on their common sense hats and think for a moment. If heart disease takes a lifetime to build up, and it's a result of increased cholesterol and proteins in the arteries, and it is such a prevalent killer, then why are we eating such unhealthy diets? Even mainstream medicine acknowledges that diet is a key in preventing heart disease, even though they won't give you proper guidelines.
But we at the Beams will.
If you eat a diet that's mostly animal fat and protein, where do you think all of that animal fat and protein goes? Does it magically bypass your circulatory system? Nope. Does it magically bypass your fat cells? I wish. So where does it end up? That's right! In your arteries and your internal organs.
Just like the engine of a sports car, if you fill it with low octane fuel, it's not going to run well. But if you fill it with higher quality, high-octane fuel, it will run as it's supposed to. So why do we think our bodies are any less sophisticated than a car engine?
If you fill your body with fat, empty carbs, sugar, and processed junk, then your body will not perform as it was meant to. And, it'll break down much faster than if you were to feed it properly.
So let's talk about animal protein, which I know is a very controversial topic among our readers. As I have said before, I have no problem with keto/paleo/LCHF diets. HOWEVER. IF you are getting most of your calories and fat from animal fat, I believe that this is extremely unhealthy in the long run. Like I said before, all that fat's gotta go somewhere.
I feel that it is just too easy to go from adding globs of coconut oil to your eggs to stuffing your face with a Porterhouse steak twice a week. Although the keto diet is not Atkins, many of us just don't do the whole moderation thing very well, and we can easily tend to go to extremes. Therefore, if you do want to attempt such a diet for weight loss, please be aware of how much animal protein you're eating.
In "The China Study," Dr. Campbell has shown an incredibly strong correlation between the amount of animal protein eaten and the rates of heart disease. He also cites many other studies done in countries across the world that show similar results. As Dr. Campbell, Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, and Dr. Dean Ornish (who are well-known and respected experts in the field of cardiac health) say, the key to reversing and curing heart disease is with a proper diet!
Your doctor may be able to prescribe you pills to artificially lower your cholesterol, but he can do very little to treat the cause of your heart disease. There are those who are very high risk that must use cholesterol lower medications, beta-blockers, etc., in order to keep their symptoms from spiraling into a heart attack. However, along with those medications, they need to change their lifestyle!
So here's what to do:
1) Get educated! Read "The China Study." Check out the two amazing doctors that I have given you the links for above.
2) Exercise at least 3 times a week! I know you think it's impossible because you just don't have time. But I promise, if you want to do it, you'll make the time, just like I do every day!
3) Drink plenty of water! Water helps to keep the blood from becoming too sticky and sludgy. Very important!
4) Cut out the junk! Do I really need to elaborate?
5) Eat mostly unprocessed, whole fruits and vegetables, and eat whole grains to get your carb fix. As Hippocrates wrote, "Let thy medicine be thy food and thy food be thy medicine."
Hashem gave our bodies the ability to rejuvenate and heal. He also gave us the tools to aid them in maintaining a healthy state of being - fruits and vegetables. Let's stop trying to be uber-sophisticated and get back to basics. If you want to be healthy, you've got to eat healthy. There's just no two ways about it.
We'd love to hear your feedback, and wish you a rejuvenating, happy, and healthy day!