A formal apology

It takes incredible humility for someone to own up and announce publicly to
the world that they have messed up.

Not many of us like to be proven wrong.

One of the biggest traps in the human experience is righteousness. We seem to have a right-to-be-right about a lot of things; and this can often put us in a very dangerous place.

When we seek to be right about everything, we miss out on two important life lessons:

1. We become stubborn as we fail to understand that another point of view outside our own may also exist and be equally right.

2. We fail to take responsibility for all the wrong that’s going on around us.

If the government, medical authorities and food corporations claim to be ‘right’ about everything, how do we explain all the wrong  going on in the world of health today?

How do we justify the epidemic of obesity, sickness and disease that is spreading like the plague?

It takes a special someone (especially in modern medicine) to take ownership in the matter and admit to their mistake.

This was the case for Dr. Dwight Lundell, M.D, an experienced heart surgeon who openly confessed he was wrong with his views and beliefs about heart disease.

That it wasn’t cholesterol and fat that caused heart disease, it was chronic inflammation.

Here is a small sample of his in-depth apology:

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.

I trained for many years with other prominent physicians labeled opinion makers.  

Bombarded with scientific literature, continually attending education seminars, we opinion makers insisted heart disease resulted from the simple fact of elevated blood cholesterol.

The only accepted therapy was prescribing medications to lower cholesterol and a diet that severely restricted fat intake. The latter of course we insisted would lower cholesterol and heart disease.

Deviations from these recommendations were considered heresy and could quite possibly result in malpractice.

It is not working.

These recommendations are no longer scientifically or morally defensible. The discovery a few years ago that inflammation in the artery wall is the real cause of heart disease is slowly leading to a paradigm shift in how heart disease and other chronic ailments will be treated.

The long-established dietary recommendations have created epidemics of obesity and diabetes, the consequences of which dwarf any historical plague in terms of mortality, human suffering and dire economic consequences.

Despite the fact that 25% of the population takes expensive statin medications and despite the fact we have reduced the fat content of our diets, more Americans will die this year of heart disease than ever before…”

There you have it, chronic inflammation  causes heart disease, not cholesterol or a high fat diet.

So what exactly is inflammation anyway?

It is the body’s natural protection to a foreign invader, such as that of bacteria, toxins, viruses or bodily harm. It’s our body’s natural response in protecting itself from ongoing trauma.

If you were to slap your forearm for example, it would temporarily turn red and become inflamed. Slapping it once would create what is known as acute inflammation.

Repeatedly slapping your forearm every hour of every day, would result in chronic inflammation.

Not such a pleasant experience to endure.

Although acute inflammation is tolerable to the body, chronic inflammation is very harmful.

Just like slapping your forearm can create noticeable inflammation on the outside, eating certain foods can produce unseen inflammation from the inside.

Exposing our bodies to foods we were never designed to process, will cause repeated injury to our delicate blood vessels.

The top ten inflammatory foods are:

• Sugar

• Cooking oils (vegetable oils)

• Trans fats

• Dairy

• Grain fed meat

• Processed meat

• Alcohol

• Food additives

• Gluten

• Stress (not a food but also worth mentioning)

The ongoing consumption of the above foods, along with living a stressful lifestyle, inflames the body internally – like scrubbing a metal brush along the inside of your arterial walls!

When the arteries are inflamed and damaged as a result, the fats and cholesterol particles we eat get stuck and accumulate in the wall of the artery.

They begin to oxidize, form plaque and ultimately result in heart disease and stroke.

Without inflammation however, the cholesterol would move freely throughout our bodies, the way Mother Nature intended it to do so.

The amount of fat we consumed would be of no consequence.

This explains why Eskimos can eat a wheelbarrow of whale blubber every day and never die of a heart attack. They are not exposed to refined foods that cause chronic inflammation – their arterial walls would be smooth like silk.

High fat diets and cholesterol do not cause heart disease, inflammation does.

Getting cholesterol levels checked by your doctor will not tell you the full story here.

Erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR), C-reactive protein (CRP) and plasma viscosity (PV) are useful blood tests that help diagnose and monitor the activity of inflammation.

They will let you know more about your health than a simple cholesterol test, which is nothing more than an excuse to get you on statin drugs.

Treat the inflammation, not the cholesterol.

Put out the fires, not the firefighters.