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The Root Cause of Heart Disease

 

For more than 40 years we have been told that high cholesterol causes heart disease, while studies proving otherwise have been ignored. Although the truth is finally coming out, it is still confusing and controversial. I believe that the cause of ALL disease, including heart disease, is mental, emotional or physical STRESS.

 

The Nature of Stress

 

When facing a (real or imagined) threat, your body automatically goes into self-protection mode. Cortisol, adrenaline, norepinephrine, dopamine and other stress hormones increase in order to maintain and protect your vital systems.

These hormones give you necessary tools (more blood, oxygen, sugar, etc.) to cope, fight, or run in order to survive. When the threat is over, your body returns to normal. The problem with stress, however, is that our reaction to it can keep us stuck in “fight or flight” mode.

 

Adverse Reactions

 

When an event triggers a high level of stress response, or when your system is constantly stressed, you are more likely to experience the following:

  • Elevated levels of HDL cholesterol
  • High blood pressure
  • Increased risk of diabetes
  • Autoimmune disease
  • Increase in abdominal (visceral) fat
  • Sleep disturbance
  • Increased risk for heart disease from diabetes and the increase in abdominal fat
  • Hypothyroidism from decreased thyroid function
  • Decrease in lean muscle mass leading to muscle wasting
  • Osteoporosis because of decreased bone formation
  • Decreased collagen synthesis leading to weak bones and fragile tissues
  • Slower wound healing
  • Susceptibility to infections and recurrent illness due to immune system suppression
  • Irregular or no menstrual cycles
  • Low testosterone, low sperm count and erectile dysfunction is men
  • Impairment in concentration, short-term memory and focus

 

The following factors are known to increase your susceptibility to stress, which can lead to illness and dis-ease. 

  • Too much sitting and not enough exercise
  • Vitamin, mineral, and essential fatty acid deficiencies
  • Smoking and excessive alcohol
  • A diet high in white sugar, white/wheat flour, high fructose corn syrup and trans-fats (most vegetable oils)
  • Synthetic additives in our food such as MSG, aspartame, etc.
  • Toxins from drugs, vaccines and the environment
  • Not balancing work with recreation
  • Negative emotions: worry, anxiety, resentment, anger, etc.
  • Sleep deprivation or poor quality of sleep
  • Low-grade bacterial, viral and fungal infections

While some stress may be inevitable, you can minimize its damage to your body. Implement deep breathing and other relaxation techniques, observe how you react to stressful situations, and seek to live a more balanced life.

 

The Cholesterol-Stress Connection

 

To understand why cholesterol is often blamed for heart disease, and how it is part of the stress-response, read The Lowdown on High Cholesterol and watch the video below.

 


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