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You are only as healthy as your blood system

Blood transports and processes nutrients, fuel, oxygen and repair, defense and waste materials.  Arteries are composed of muscle cells in a cartilage/collagen/elastin 'ground substance' and are lined with sentitive skin cells.  When blood passages get infected or block, harden, spasm or burst we have a stroke, heart attack, angina, cramp, pain, or loss of muscle, nerve or brain function.  Optimum amounts of dozens of nutrients are needed to keep a happy blood system.  Prevention is easier than repair.  "Nutrition is Circulation" [R. Kunin].  Any body movement promotes circulation, including that of lymph, the stuff that bathes all cells and that outweighs blood by several times, but that does not have a pump of its own.

GREAT BOOKS --but some older ones are not up-to-date on omega-3's.

McCully K - Homocysteine Revolution '97-'00 {THE #1 choice: The Heart Revolution}
Murray/Pizzorno - Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine '99 {the best handbook}
Ottoboni A & F - Modern Nutritional Diseases '02 {like this site: prevention}

Pauling L - How to Live Longer & Feel Better '85 {2006 cheap re-issue: wonderful}
Hoffer/Walker - Smart Nutrients '94 {mental health, general health & aging}
Erasmus U - Fats that Heal Fats that Kill '93 {a little master piece book, site}
Davis A - Let's Eat Right & Let's Get Well '70 & '65 {2 still relevant oldies}
Williams RJ - Nutrition Against Disease '71 {still valid: a prophetic classic} 
Dunne L - Nutrition Almanac '95 {simplest guide and a good reference}
Papas A - The Vitamin E Factor '99 {most complete guide; full E info here}
Simopoulos A - The Omega Diet '99 {health & omega-3; book info here}
Cooney C - Methyl Magic '99 {from homocysteine to betaine; book info}
Enig M - Know Your Fats '00 {anti-trans and rehabilitates the saturates}
Ravnskov U - Cholesterol Myths '02 {the science: site, book and 2010 book}
Kendrick M - Great Cholesterol Con: The Truth '07 {Sharp, funny [yes!]}
Graveline D - Lipitor Thief of Memory '04 {The Misguided War on Cholesterol}
Cohen E - Alzheimer's Disease '99 {Helpful, with best prevention options}
Hoffer A - Adventures in Psychiatry '05 {Schizophrenia; nutritional medicine vital insight}
Kauffman J - Malignant Medical Myths '06 {each chapter makes you healthier and wealthier}
Hadler N - Rethinking Aging '11 {brilliant insight on tests and drugs by senior doctor}

WEIGHTLOSS / DIABETES / HEALTHY AGING:   Challem/Berkson/Smith - Syndrome X '00.  High-carbohydrate, high-sugar, low-nutrient foods promote insulin resistance (adult diabetes): normal to high insulin with high blood glucose (both are toxic), high blood fats, high blood pressure, high middle body weight (central-obesity), premature aging, circulation problems and heart disease: the Anti-X diet.  Read with the Whitaker book and consider "balancing" with the less stringent stages of the Atkins** book.  Then, blend in some:
Willett W - Eat, Drink and be Healthy '01 {great, but passé (wrong) about omega-6 oils, saturated fat & cholesterol}, and mix in some
Whitaker J - Reversing Diabetes '01 {superb book / rather commercial website}
BOOK SOURCES:  Abebooks.com used book search; Amazon.com new books + descriptions, or comparison shop (U.S.) at: bestbookbuys.com

      WEB SITES  --Links open on new screens.
 
Medline - Put key-words or names in search engine and click "go".   Then select numbers, choose "abstract" and click "display" [to not see rats and mice: click "limits" and select "human"].  A medical research library at home!  Superb conventional medicine consumer info at MedlinePlus.  And here, type in a food and the USDA tells you what's in it.

DoctorYourself.com - Free news letter, 2005 book & things like heart failure.
Cholesterol Myths - Swedish MD; a must-read before going the drug route.

Thincs.org - Cholesterol Sceptics: low cholesterol, a misplaced priority.
Orthomolecular- Nutritional Medicine: cure & prevent.  Free articles.
Nutrition Friendly Doctors [World-Wide] and U.S.A. and/or Canada.
Life Extension Foundation - Disease treatments, suggestions & products.
AltMedicine.com - Frank Grazian's Alternative Medicine / Nutrition site.
Arbor Nutrition Guide - Australian surfing of the nutritional oceans.
British Medical Journal - Once a most dynamic journal, now little free access.
Cardiologist Colin Rose - Refreshing and non commercial overview/blog of the real issues.
BeforeYouTakeThatPill - Light hearted yet serious blog about drugs and Pharma.
Am. Heart Ass'n - Diet & Drugs; not practical and badly needs a by-pass.
Linus Pauling Institute - Institute doing research -and nutrition overview.
The Pauling Therapy Site - Activist site -- lots of food for thought.
CforYourself - Promotes awareness of vitamin C.  Here's heart disease.
The Journal of Nutrition - Scientific; great info about individual nutrients.
Am. J of Clinical Nutrition - Top in science. Ditto for: Asia-Pacific.
Int'l Health News - Disease summaries; news letter.  Atrial Fibrillation.
Journal Club on the Web - Independent study & drug analysis - search. 
The Nutrition Reporter - Excellent web access & clearly written. 
MedlinePlus and RxList - Drug effects; use both and 'ask a fellow patient'.
Egg Nutrition Center - Good general nutrition info.  Here's CanadaEgg.ca

The Fish-Foundation.org.uk - why omega-3's are heart-healthy.
Pathology, Un. of Utah - Photos: oops --a reality check.  Great animation.
Pathology Guy - More 'fun' technical stuff; nutrition tidbits.
HeartInfo.org - Commercial site, drug ads and info.  Also: 'Heart Rhythm'.
HowThingsWork - Heart - Attack & Angina and Diagnosis for patients.
1st-Spot.net - Compact list about heart and hypertension.
Cardioglobal.com - Espag˝ol -heart site.  Multi language links: prevention.
Paleolithic Diet Page - What our "natural food" eating ancestors ate.
Canadian Health Network - Health Canada's links; also in French.
Heart & Stroke Canada - Conventional resources English & French
LifeForecast - Similar ideas to this site with different take.
I.A.H.F. - Keeping supplements legal; links.  A much needed effort.
FatsOfLife - Fats, Oils, Lipids: articles.  Also current: The Oily Press.


Sites singled out for some comments.

  Dr. Atkins was a 'low-carb weight loss' and nutrition guy.  His science about flour, sugar, glucose-fructose and supplements is excellent and his ideas about omega-3, homocysteine and refined-food mainstream.  Atkins with its supplements and food pyramid can make a balanced nutritional mix and effective low sugar-'n-starch weight-loss program (1, 2)  Like any 'diet', it has risks without the prescribed vegetables and vitamins.  Polar opposite 'low-fat' almost vegetarian Ornish also recomments supplements'Atkins' must be considered through all its 4 stages to see where it can benefit obesity and diabetes -and alleged risks of 'ketosis'.  Ketones are made in the burning of fat and are a yardstick for results in his diet.  Since body-fat doesn't just evaporate, Atkins calls ketosis: 'one of life's charmed gifts.  It's as delightful as sex and sunshine, and it has fewer drawbacks.'  Now there's a science project! Comparing 4 diets in 2007: Low-carb Atkins 'still' best for weight loss.

    Uncle Sam's National Heart, Lung and Blood Instutite promotes drugs well beyond where the FDA, another department, allows drug companies to go: '.. if you have an LDL level of over 130 mg/dl [3.3 mmol/L], you will generally need [sic] to take medicine'  This is a dangerous generalization not supported by science and one that promotes cancer, congestive heart failure and more if you use a statin.  For the record, when comparing regions in Europe, there are several where 10% less 'bad' LDL is associated with 4 times more heart disease.  Explain that Mr. NHLBI ... and how to explain the "exceptionally low" heart disease in this population with LDL at 186?  Just one ugly fact disproves an entire pretty theory ... remember Columbus?  The site hardly deals with nutrition apart from avoiding fat and cholesterol, and 'unlimited' egg substitute***.  Yet, blindly avoiding fat and cholesterol and following the USDA food pyramid is guaranteed to do little for your heart (see Harvard) as such thinking  is rapidly becoming the flat-earth theory of heart disease --apart from being the very cause of adult diabetes since that pyramid has flour as its largest food-group.
     For future historians, safely preserved, here is the 1994-2001 NHLBI / NCEP: if one parent has cholesterol over 240 (6.1 mmol/L), as of age 2 a child should have his cholesterol checked ... statins and sterols for baby?  Then the NHLBI gives you the green light for brownies, fat free mayo [?], gelatin desert, fruit leather and turkey dogs [food clones..?], safflower oil for cooking [huh], tub margarine [see below], cheese- and cup cake, lemon wafers, bread sticks [so far zero fiber] and 'ready-to-eat cereals often' [if that doesn't promote adult diabetes, nothing will].  Here's a jewel: 'Avoid fish oil pills because they are high in fat and calories'; let's hope so but apart from the fact that they would make you poor and smell like a fish before they would make you fat, they have omega-3s that prevent death by heart disease.  While avoiding saturated fats and cholesterol per se won't kill anyone (since you make both of them), avoiding omega-3 oils surely will kill many (since you don't make them).  ***For non Americans: egg substitute is colorized egg white with some vitamins to replace a few of the yolk nutrients.

  The U.S. Margarine Manufacturers own a deceptive website called the HealthyFridge.org.  These are the people who continue their century old practice of churning out hydrogenated (and thus low omega-3) margarines without honest trans and omega labels.  Their National Spokesman is a heart attack victim and Viagra expert, football coach DitkaYour fridge may well have margarine with only 0.5% omega-3 but a whopping 25% trans -and not the heart-healthy high omega-3 canola type used in Lyon and available in Canada.  Even average U.S. tub margarine has about 15x more trans than omega-3.  So avoid margarines -sorry coach and, incidentally, why the switch from Viagra to 'it works for me' Levitra and why would anyone take advice from such poster-boy of arterial dysfunction?

     95% of U.S. margarines and anything else 'partially' hydrogenated doesn't belong in a Healthy Fridge [ISSFAL] no matter how smooth the websites.  CANADA showed in 2008 that trans can be almost eliminated from fast food and margarines!  Coach Ditka and his handlers, in a deceitful defense, play with your health: never mind our trans, the bad player is their cholesterol.  All this, to mask a trans-fat doping scandal inflicted upon an unsuspecting world (sorry, coach, for being a bad-sport).  Shame on that industry since good labels and healthy spreads are truly cheap and easy to make.
     P.S. #1: Hydrogenation may be called 'partial hardening' on European labels.  In the U.S., 'zero trans' on the label may be a whopping 0.49 grams 'per serving'.  This process is much more harmful than once thought according to the current science in prostaglandins, the COX enzyme directed, 20-carbon-oil-made hormones called eicosanoids; eicosa = 20 in Greek.
   
P.S. #2: In Europe most margarines are lower in trans but excessive in omega-6 linoleic and food labels are even less informative than in the U.S.  In summary: partially hydrogenated fat is hazardous to your health and industry websites suggesting otherwise are hazardous to your health.

Prevention through nutrition is vital since the alternatives (the drug, fat and cholesterol approaches) have essentially not slowed the later-in-life diseases.  Such misfocussed thinking is fed by the drug, food, candy, margarine and medical industries.  On the other hand, Tufts researcher  Meydani: 'Inclusion of 200 IU vitamin E along with 5-8 servings of fruit and vegetables... potentially reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease and improves immune function in later life' [AJCN; 6-'00].  Add to that a multi, whole foods and some omega-3 oil and you get The Nutrition Diet, the focus and subtitle of this website.  Quoting another Tufts professor, Blumberg, at a 2001 conference about hospitalized patients: '[a] multi-vitamin is the most conservative thing one should consider.'  His concern was the universal multiple nutrient deficiencies in the elderly, possibly the group with most to lose from the inaction generated by the industry led debate.    July 30, 2012.  

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