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Dr. Dale Brown: Heart Disease, the medical myth you don’t want to fall for
Posted By News Staff On Saturday, February 9, 2013 @ 12:00 pm In Commentary | No Comments
For the past 40 years prevention measures and treatment strategies for heart disease have basically remained the same while this almost ‘completely’ preventable disease continues to devastate Americans.
Heart disease remains the number 1 killer in America, killing nearly one person every minute and every 25 seconds someone has a heart attack. Now for those that are lucky enough to survive a heart attack they will feel the financial burden of our medical system.According to the journal Circulation, by the American Heart Association, even a “minor” heart attack will cost upwards of $760,000 for direct and indirect medical costs!
So why then after all this time and billions of dollars invested to research this, does heart disease remain the same? Well, for the past 40 years we have relied on medical myths to guide us in our attempts to prevent and treat heart disease. Americans have been told to reduce their cholesterol, saturated-fat intake, and to take lipid-lowering medications.
Unfortunately, these recommendations have actually been shown to increase the risk of heart attack, stroke, depression, suicide, Alzheimer’s/dementia, congestive heart failure and even premature death.
Myth: “High cholesterol causes heart disease, and cholesterol lowering medications save lives.”
Reality: Cholesterol itself is NOT the cause of heart disease! In fact it is well documented through the current medical literature that cholesterol is a transport protein used by the body to repair damaged tissues, along with many other physiological functions. But before we look at the research ask yourself this, “Could God make a mistake by allowing our bodies to produce almost 90% of the cholesterol in our blood stream?”
So what about cholesterol medications? Do they “help?” If you want to know the truth, just read BusinessWeek from 2008 “Do Cholesterol Drugs Do Any Good?” As reported by Dr. Wright in the article, cholesterol medications have “no overall reduction in total deaths or illnesses requiring hospitalization—despite big reductions in “bad” cholesterol.”
Let’s not forget though that roughly 10 to 15% of statin users will suffer side effects, including muscle pain, cognitive impairments, depression, stroke, liver failure, and sexual dysfunction.
If you wanna ask me, we’d be far better off eating an apple a day than taking a pill a day.
See the problem that arises when we fall for these medical myths is that it draws our attention and efforts away from the things that could be truly “life-saving” without all the “side effects.”
The fact is though if we are truly going to make a dent in heart disease that equates to reducing the death toll from this disease and reducing the overall financial burden, there has to be a paradigm shift. That shift must go from a focus on symptoms to a focus on the restoration of health through applicable changes in lifestyle and the increase in proven treatment strategies!
Dr. Dale Brown, Maximized Living Chiropractor
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