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Heart surgeon declares on what really causes heart illness

We physicians with all our experience, know how and authority often acquire a rather large selfishness that tends to make it hard to accept we are wrong. So, here it is. I openly admit to being mistaken. As a heart surgeon with 25 years experience, having done more than 5,000 open-heart surgeries, today is my day to right the wrong with medical and scientific proof.

I trained for many years with other prominent physicians labelled “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.

Statistics from the American Heart Association show that 75 million Americans currently suffer from heart disease, 20 million have diabetes and 57 million have pre-diabetes. These disorders are affecting younger and younger people in greater numbers every year.

Simply stated, without inflammation being present in the body, there is no way that cholesterol would accumulate in the wall of the blood vessel and cause heart disease and strokes. Without inflammation, cholesterol would move freely throughout the body as nature intended. It is inflammation that causes cholesterol to become trapped.

Inflammation is not complicated — it is quite simply your body’s natural defence to a foreign invader such as a bacteria, toxin or virus. The cycle of inflammation is perfect in how it protects your body from these bacterial and viral invaders. However, if we chronically expose the body to injury by toxins or foods the human body was never designed to process,a condition occurs called chronic inflammation. Chronic inflammation is just as harmful as acute inflammation is beneficial.

What thoughtful person would willfully expose himself repeatedly to foods or other substances that are known to cause injury to the body? Well, smokers perhaps, but at least they made that choice willfully.

The rest of us have simply followed the recommended mainstream diet that is low in fat and high in polyunsaturated fats and carbohydrates, not knowing we were causing repeated injury to our blood vessels. This repeated injury creates chronic inflammation leading to heart disease, stroke, diabetes and obesity.

Let me repeat that: The injury and inflammation in our blood vessels is caused by the low fat diet recommended for years by mainstream medicine.

What are the biggest culprits of chronic inflammation? Quite simply, they are the overload of simple, highly processed carbohydrates (sugar, flour and all the products made from them) and the excess consumption of omega-6 vegetable oils like soybean, corn and sunflower that are found in many processed foods.

Take a moment to visualize rubbing a stiff brush repeatedly over soft skin until it becomes quite red and nearly bleeding. you kept this up several times a day, every day for five years. If you could tolerate this painful brushing, you would have a bleeding, swollen infected area that became worse with each repeated injury. This is a good way to visualize the inflammatory process that could be going on in your body right now.

Regardless of where the inflammatory process occurs, externally or internally, it is the same. I have peered inside thousands upon thousands of arteries. A diseased artery looks as if someone took a brush and scrubbed repeatedly against its wall. Several times a day, every day, the foods we eat create small injuries compounding into more injuries, causing the body to respond continuously and appropriately with inflammation.

While we savor the tantalizing taste of a sweet roll, our bodies respond alarmingly as if a foreign invader arrived declaring war. Foods loaded with sugars and simple carbohydrates, or processed with omega-6 oils for long shelf life have been the mainstay of the American diet for six decades. These foods have been slowly poisoning everyone.

How does eating a simple sweet roll create a cascade of inflammation to make you sick?

Imagine spilling syrup on your keyboard and you have a visual of what occurs inside the cell. When we consume simple carbohydrates such as sugar, blood sugar rises rapidly. In response, your pancreas secretes insulin whose primary purpose is to drive sugar into each cell where it is stored for energy. If the cell is full and does not need glucose, it is rejected to avoid extra sugar gumming up the works.

When your full cells reject the extra glucose, blood sugar rises producing more insulin and the glucose converts to stored fat.

What does all this have to do with inflammation? Blood sugar is controlled in a very narrow range. Extra sugar molecules attach to a variety of proteins that in turn injure the blood vessel wall. This repeated injury to the blood vessel wall sets off inflammation. When you spike your blood sugar level several times a day, every day, it is exactly like taking sandpaper to the inside of your delicate blood vessels.

While you may not be able to see it, rest assured it is there. I saw it in over 5,000 surgical patients spanning 25 years who all shared one common denominator — inflammation in their arteries.

Let’s get back to the sweet roll. That innocent looking goody not only contains sugars, it is baked in one of many omega-6 oils such as soybean. Chips and fries are soaked in soybean oil; processed foods are manufactured with omega-6 oils for longer shelf life. While omega-6’s are essential -they are part of every cell membrane controlling what goes in and out of the cell — they must be in the correct balance with omega-3’s.

If the balance shifts by consuming excessive omega-6, the cell membrane produces chemicals called cytokines that directly cause inflammation.

Today’s mainstream American diet has produced an extreme imbalance of these two fats. The ratio of imbalance ranges from 15:1 to as high as 30:1 in favor of omega-6. That’s a tremendous amount of cytokines causing inflammation. In today’s food environment, a 3:1 ratio would be optimal and healthy.

To make matters worse, the excess weight you are carrying from eating these foods creates overloaded fat cells that pour out large quantities of pro-inflammatory chemicals that add to the injury caused by having high blood sugar. The process that began with a sweet roll turns into a vicious cycle over time that creates heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and finally, Alzheimer’s disease, as the inflammatory process continues unabated.

There is no escaping the fact that the more we consume prepared and processed foods, the more we trip the inflammation switch little by little each day. The human body cannot process, nor was it designed to consume, foods packed with sugars and soaked in omega-6 oils.

There is but one answer to quieting inflammation, and that is returning to foods closer to their natural state. To build muscle, eat more protein. Choose carbohydrates that are very complex such as colorful fruits and vegetables. Cut down on or eliminate inflammation- causing omega-6 fats like corn and soybean oil and the processed foods that are made from them.

One tablespoon of corn oil contains 7,280 mg of omega-6; soybean contains 6,940 mg. Instead, use olive oil or butter from grass-fed beef.

Animal fats contain less than 20% omega-6 and are much less likely to cause inflammation than the supposedly healthy oils labelled polyunsaturated. Forget the “science” that has been drummed into your head for decades. The science that saturated fat alone causes heart disease is non-existent. The science that saturated fat raises blood cholesterol is also very weak. Since we now know that cholesterol is not the cause of heart disease, the concern about saturated fat is even more absurd today.

The cholesterol theory led to the no-fat, low-fat recommendations that in turn created the very foods now causing an epidemic of inflammation. Mainstream medicine made a terrible mistake when it advised people to avoid saturated fat in favor of foods high in omega-6 fats. We now have an epidemic of arterial inflammation leading to heart disease and other silent killers.

What you can do is choose whole foods your grandmother served and not those your mom turned to as grocery store aisles filled with manufactured foods. By eliminating inflammatory foods and adding essential nutrients from fresh unprocessed food, you will reverse years of damage in your arteries and throughout your body from consuming the typical American diet.
by Dr. Dwight Lundell – from: PreventDisease


  1. RN Nutrition says:


  2. Patsy Harmsen says:

    The only optimal 3:1 ratio of Omegas 6 to 3 that I know of, is that of hempseed oil.

    1. Shaun says:

      Might as well smoke the stuff while you’re at it…

  3. Ted Carley says:

    no matter what you eat these days, it’ll kill you regardless…….

    1. Simon Dawson says:

      Got to eat Ted…. otherwise you’ll defo die :-) (should’ve substituted ‘eat’ for ‘drink’ :-)

  4. Debbie Shay says:

    What really causes ‘heart illness’?? Love! Damn it! Physical issues in the body are manifested initially by the brain, not the heart, therefore how you process and swallow your thoughts are how your physical body responds to and alerts you that you have not dealt with something in your life effectively.

  5. hifiwigwam says:

    Wow, he starts by saying he’ll challenge the accepted norm with science, then proceeds to make unqualified statement after unqualified statement without once referencing a peer reviewed study or even hinting at the methodology that brought him to his conclusions. How on earth can he expect to believed if that’s how he publishes.

    It’s a shame he’s so lazy, I mean, what if he is right?

    1. Simon Dawson says:

      He’s obviously right…. open your own eyes…. look around you – at how
      many fat americans and now europeans there are, and what they’re eating
      – then look at various indigenous people around the world who have
      eaten naturally for thousands of years, and what they look like,
      health-wise…. somethings not right is it….?

      1. Michael Kennedy says:

        Whoa, he’s not obviously right, how is he controlling for GMO’s, environmental pollutions, he is not doing science, he’s hoping

        1. Michael Licari, Esq. says:

          He’s referring to GMO’s throughout the article. GMO’s are the processed food he is mentioning in the article.

          1. Diva Ex Machina says:

            When I read “processed foods”, I assume that means junk like Hamburger Helper, Velveeta, most cheap cold cuts, chicken nuggets, and the like. Things that have been processed out of their natural state and loaded with preservatives, artificial flavors and colors, and sodium.

          2. Brian Beltz says:

            Of which, upwards of 75% contain genetically modified ingredients. http://www.centerforfoodsafety.org/issues/311/ge-foods/about-ge-foods#

          3. Rachel Beckett says:

            Genetically modified is not equal to processed. The level of ignorance in this forum is astounding.

          4. cazie says:

            GMO has been banned in most of Europe. It is not good for the human body-fact, but info has been supressed by Monsanto and the big lobbyists. Foolish girl. You must be a product of the college system-spreading propaganda as fact.

          5. Rachel Beckett says:

            I’m sorry, but why am I foolish? I said that GMO is not the same as processed.
            Do you know what the term “processed” means?
            Do you know what the term “Genetically modified” means?
            Did I say anything for or against either of these things?

            You have no idea what my stance is on either!
            You should stay clear of forums of your level of comprehension is that poor.

          6. cazie says:

            Please get off your high horse and quit thinking you are smarter than everyone else. Yes I and others know the difference. Both processed and GMO foods are not good for anyone. And our tainted drinking water is also a culprit- flouride and excessive chlorine. Common sense should tell a person that the prescription drugs folks take for ailments, with side effects worse than the condition, are not the answer. Big Pharma is a multi-billion dollar lobbyist as well as the Monsantos of the world. Neither has our best interest at heart.

          7. Rachel Beckett says:

            You began with calling me foolish.

            I don’t think I’m smarter than “everybody else” but I know better than to insult strangers and make assumptions about their people’s thoughts.

          8. cazie says:

            No Rachel- you began by stating an astounding level of ignorance on this forum. People know the difference between processed foods and GMO’s. They may have not been clear to you, but anything that has been changed by processing or other methods is altered. So they used the wrong word. The bottom line is the same. Neither is a healthy choice.

          9. Rachel Beckett says:

            What?? I said people don’t know the difference between the 2 as was evident from the comments.
            Have I made any reference to what I think of either?
            Whether I think they are in the same category or not?
            You don’t even know whether or not I think exactly the same way as you do!
            And now you’ll never know as as you appear to be simply trolling for a fight with me! I’m not giving it to you.

          10. Rachel Beckett says:

            How do you know what is and what isn’t clear to me? I haven’t mentioned anything at all on my position on anything. How do you know I don’t have the same opinion as you? How do you know what I think of GMO or selective breeding or processed food or any other thing you’ve mentioned (that I, incidentally, have not…)
            You won’t know because you seem to be trolling for a fight.
            And I’m not giving it to you.
            Over and out

          11. Rachel Beckett says:

            I’ve disabled your replies because there’s no really no point in debating with people who appear unable to digest what is said to them without knee-jerking and preaching.

          12. cazie says:

            Back at ya…if you pitch, you should be able to catch. Don’t start a debate if you can’t handle someone pointing out your flaws as well.

      2. Shaun says:

        Early humans lived for 33 years on average.

        1. 4212darren says:

          The “average” was brought down by massive child mortality, once you reached adult age you likely lived into your 60’s.

          1. mikefas says:

            very true. cavemen didn’t die of heart disease or diabetes and they probably had great teeth. worse news is that the diseases a poor diet contributes to won’t be weeded out through natural selection because they afflict folks way after they’ve reproduced.

          2. Loader2000 says:

            Cavemen didn’t die of heart disease or diabetes? Do you have proof of that statement?

          3. mikefas says:

            sure do. check this book out. http://books.google.com/books/about/The_Story_of_the_Human_Body.html?id=hHWcYkRszKYC

            sugar and carbs are the real villains.

          4. Jadxia says:

            And I quote: “But they found evidence of probable or definite atherosclerosis in 47 of
            137 mummies from each of the different geographical regions.”

          5. mikefas says:

            over processed foods bad. fruits and veggies good.

          6. Jadxia says:

            On that part we are totally agreed.

          7. mikefas says:

            I should really be a bit more careful about blanket statements. this is a health site not politics. I think that over time, no matter what time period, hardening of the arteries takes place as most cholesterol is produced by the body, not diet. still, according to the book referenced above, the human body hasn’t caught up with the complex, processed foods and sugars. Hurry up evolution!

          8. Thermal Reboot says:

            I can confirm this, as I was building my family tree I found that most of my ancestors lived well into their 80’s, and at least one, who was born in 1747 and fought in the revolutionary war lived into his 90’s. His youngest son was born in 1810. Century after century I found the same thing, either you died in childhood or lived to a ripe old age. Until the late 19th century to early 20th century, then 50’s and 60’s became the norm.

            I think it had to do with leaving the farm, moving to the city and becoming exposed to more people and stress, if big city diseases killed you or working 60 hours a week did.

          9. Shaun says:

            You have of the order of 10 data points.

          10. Sanfranlin says:

            In studying my geneology, I was struck with exactly the same findings you saw. If one survived childhood illnesses and if the women survived frequent childbirth and the men survived the wars of every generation, then they went on to live until their 70’s, 80’s and even 90’s! How astounded I was to discover this when I had been fed the story that the “average” person died in their 30’s until modern times.

          11. Upende_Usipende says:

            Heart disease is the #1 killer of adults 40 years and above in the USA and other western countries. 50, 60 years ago, it was still the case. The difference is that over the past 60 years, mortality from heart attack and stroke has dramatically decreased. This is reflected in the rise in life expectancy from mid 60s 60 years ago to 75 years currently. While our diet has actually gotten worse in terms of processed food, we actually doing good in the preventative care and treatment of heart disease. These treatments for diabetes, cholesterol, high blood pressure, though not perfect, might be doing something good to to increase life expectancy. His one theory that surrounds omega-6 polyunsaturated fats needs further study.

        2. H2O Limo Florida says:

          Consider doing more research. Understand also that penicillin and surgery made modern medicine what it is. Beyond that, they can maybe help longevity and sometimes quality of life (cancer or autoimmune diseases) but other than that, they know little about preventative medicine. They don’t study nutrition in school so there is not going to be “peer reviewed studies” – Google Framingham Lipid Study for the “proof” you seek. This doctor is right.

          1. Shaun says:

            Definite proof only exists in mathematics. In terms of evidence, this guy has provided none, except some vague claims about his personal experience.

        3. Bastion says:

          Early humans also had to run from saber tooth tigers. and bears. and hunting was dangerous, because the thing you wanted to eat REALLY did NOT want to be eaten.
          And cleanliness was about, oh zero.
          And mouth hygiene was about, oh zero. HUGE amount of poor health can be related to mouth infections — direct link from blood vessels in the teeth to brain and heart.
          There were a LOT of other reasons that our ancestors didn’t live as long as us — to “pin” it on their diet would be a horrible travesty of science and statistics.
          A better way to understand diet’s affect on the health of modern humans would be to study it. And it has been, and will continue to be studied. However, the early results are promising that casting off the “factory” foods of the last 50 years or so makes you incredibly healthy. Wow, shocking.
          But yeah, if you want to justify NOT making positive change in your life, you will ALWAYS find a way to do so. That’s the difference between belief and scientific logic. Belief will always find a way to (ironically) rationalize the status quo.

          1. Shaun says:

            So referring to early humans or indigenous people to support your point is nonsense. Agreed.

            If the effect of diet on health has been well studied, that’s really good. But this article does not make it clear that his point is supported by careful trials – which, of course, it may be.

            It is common sense that not eating artificial chemicals will improve your health, and I try to avoid them too. Beyond that, I just eat what is normally considered a balanced diet, which roughly corresponds with what the government recommends. I’m not saying the way you eat is necessarily wrong, but there are a lot of competing diets out there, and I wouldn’t know how to pick any given one.

          2. Bastion says:

            Shaun, you seem to be beating the same “show the science” drum that Hifi has been, so let me refer you to a response I made to him: http://www.tunedbody.com/heart-surgeon-declares-really-causes-heart-illness/#comment-1216382094
            In short, the Dr. is NOT providing an article here that was intended for publication in a science journal. It was meant to persuade the laymen, using laymen-level references.
            But he has given anyone who wants to go look up things in science journals plenty of terms and situations to use as keys in that search…

          3. Shaun says:

            He could easily refer to trials rather than his own subjective assessment of his patients, but he does not. Laymen or non-specialists does not mean the same thing as idiots, and I for one have been turned off what might be an important advance in preventative medicine because it has been presented like just another faddish diet. If this idea really is as effective and well-supported as he and others are asserting, he is being negligent by presenting such a weak case.

        4. pazke says:

          Early humans didn’t have antibiotics, dentures, protection from weather and predators, etc…

        5. Gene Ric says:

          “The days of our years are threescore years and ten; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years.” That was written more than 2,000 years ago and is a matter of record. The average top lifespan of humans in an advanced society with decent infrastructure has been 70-80 years, pretty much what is today. As someone mentioned before, infant mortality is the #1 biggest wrecker of life expectancy averages. Go to an old graveyard and see how many infants were buried back before modern hospitals were easily accessible. It’s heartbreaking. But people still lived an average lifespan of 70-80 years. I have tons of ancestors dating back to the 1800s that lived well into their 70s and 80s. If anything, the people in my family line are dying younger – not older. Neither of my parents reached the 70 milestone yet all of their parents did. My mom’s #1 favorite food? Microwave popcorn. She died at age 67 of heart disease and lung cancer. Y’all just eat up all that processed food, see how long you live. I hope it’s longer than 67.

          1. Shaun says:

            But if we aren’t meant to eat plants why do we have molars?

        6. cazie says:

          They didn’t have guns, much medical knowledge, central heat, and so much more. Another product of our indoctrination educational system, aren’t you Shaun.

          1. Shaun says:

            Yes that’s right.

        7. just sayin' says:

          go back even farther, they actually lived into the hundreds…When they ate what God gave them, there’s reports of 900’s, 800’s, 700’s, etc….

        8. George Bauer says:

          Actually early humans lived much longer. in fact the oldest human ever was 969 years old. it wasn’t until after the Great Flood that man’s life was shortened to about 120 years old. Just FYI.

      3. matthewjsa says:

        He is not the first to discover this. In 1900 a scientist discovered this while trying to loose weight, since surname was bunt. A renowned Dr of Sports Science in South Africa has also rediscovered this a few years ago – his name is Tim Noakes. He proved it on himself for 2 years, and has since been advocating it. He runs the Sports Science Institute in South Africa and personally advises our national rugby team, as well as plenty of other athletes to use this diet – to great success I might add.

      4. hifiwigwam says:

        He is not “obviously right”, sorry, anecdotes, even from well qualified men like this, do not equate to a supported theory. His hypothesis (for that is all it is until tested) needs testing. It’s worth testing, because if he is right we need to know.

        1. Shaun says:

          You can’t test every hypothesis, there is a limited research budget and there are many factors that must be considered when allocating funding. However, you have absolutely hit the nail on the head: this is an interesting hypothesis, not to be rejected without carrying out research, but not to be lived by on the basis of authority and anecdotal evidence.

          1. hifiwigwam says:

            Quite so. My original comment was simply disappointment that he promised science then delivered opinion.

            It seems a shame that so many people accept the opinion of one, without question. His hypothesis is interesting and possibly deserves further and much closer examination.

          2. sick of it says:

            That is where you are wrong hifi. This is information that is very familiar to people who challenge the “scientific” rhetoric of the mainstream. This may be new information to you, but I assure you, it is certainly not “news” to people that already practice preventive medicine. For many of us, this article merely summarizes what we already know and this “hypothesis” is being closely examined, not to mention there are many books and articles being published on the subject now, and have been for quite some time. In otherwords, this article is hardly the opinion of “one”.

          3. Shaun says:

            I don’t have the knowledge to argue whether this diet has been thoroughly experimentally tested or not. I do have an issue with the zero evidence cited by this individual in this article.

          4. Danny says:

            sure that may be true, but he did not validate what seems to be a hypothesis to many readers with uptodate information

          5. ray nassar says:

            Thankyou sick of it. I was in this field by need for a job in the early 70’s, and studied and soaked it up llike a huge sponge. Yes many of us have like in other aspects of diet, been knowing this for DECADES. remember that the FDA forced peanut butter made with only peanuts to be labled “imitation peanut butter” and catsup woith out the white sugar “imitation catsup” we have been raised in a LIE from the definition on out.

          6. GTFO :-) says:

            Is it the same group of alternative medicine practitioners who say you can cure cancer with your diet because cancer can’t exist in certain environments? Because that’s not news to a certain group of people either. But that doesn’t make it any more or less credible. Just because something has been studied for a while or a group of people believe it is so does not make it important.

          7. hifiwigwam says:

            No. I am right.

            Your post confirms this, as you say his point is not scientific.

          8. Try again says:

            He promised science then delivered opinion? You seem to be confusing “science” and “research.” The following excerpt from the article is an example of “biological chemistry.”

            “When we consume simple carbohydrates such as sugar, blood sugar rises rapidly. In response, your pancreas secretes insulin whose primary purpose is to drive sugar into each cell where it is stored for energy. If the cell is full and does not need glucose, it is rejected to avoid extra sugar gumming up the works.

            When your full cells reject the extra glucose, blood sugar rises producing more insulin and the glucose converts to stored fat.”

            He doesn’t need to cite peer reviewed journals when he is stating something commonly known by those in his field.

          9. John2843 says:

            For peer reviewed research and other details, see the Physicians Committee for Resposible Medicine or any of Neal Barnard’s books.

          10. Upende_Usipende says:

            Who doesn’t know that theory — no these are facts! It’s already well established, the pathophysiology of atherosclerosis. That’s the science. The research that tries to apply the knowledge by generating hypothesis and testing that hypothesis is lacking here. It’s all anecdotal case series of a bunch of observation that may or may not mean direct cause and effect. He should publish after he has tested his hypothesis, be it in a small study, randomized, Show some data. Even Galileo did much better in his days.

          11. Shaun says:

            One true claim does not make a true article.

          12. Danny says:

            That quote is common medical knowledge. I think he is referring to the claims of the author’s hypothesis, not of a basic biochemistry concept.

          13. Jack says:

            http://www.quackwatch.org/11Ind/lundell.html – I’m not sure we can say that all of his ‘science’ is commonly known (or at least agreed upon) by those in his field

          14. Melissa Langley says:

            Great response!

          15. hifiwigwam says:

            Still, my point stands. Unless you struggle to understand English?

            he promised at the beginning of his article that he would use science to prove his point. And then did no such thing. Are you really suggesting his article is scientific? Ridiculous.

          16. Hukee says:

            I was also bothered by the fact that he did not include any scientific evidence. I’m not doubting what he has to say, nor is it new information. He just happened to make the mistake of writing it like a fad diet book which I find to be disappointing.

          17. Anne says:

            See “Good calories Bad Calories” by Gary Taubes. It’s actually frightening – downright, absolutely terrifying – how the “low-fat” diet began. There was no science whatsoever. And all the science that Keys and other proponents of a low fat diet DID cite actually contradicted their opinions, but the average American didn’t think to actually look into the studies (who would? we’re all busy and over-worked as it is.). If you’re interested in the science behind this stuff, then I cannot recommend the book enough.

          18. John says:

            Except that his model is very incomplete and in parts very wrong.

            And because “gumming up the works” is like, totally science, dude. Like really brah, that sugar is like syrup in your veins man, just jams everything up like rush hour traffic, amirite???

          19. Josef says:

            Peer reviewed study & methodology is what got us all into this mess. U still want more of it?

          20. Shaun says:

            What is the alternative? Old wives tales? Folk remedies?

          21. MuscatineIowa says:

            Yes, if they work.

          22. hifiwigwam says:

            That has to be the single most ignorant and ill-informed thing I have read on here so far.
            Is this basically a forum for homeopaths and other assorted morons?

          23. Josef says:


            Looks like u don’t read much. What have i have said is merely a repeat of what the surgeon said. If 5000 operations are not enough for you to consider his opinion as scientifically valid , what is? (Unless of course you have performed more!)And no, this is not a forum for homeopaths & morons( but will make an exception in your case)

          24. Upende_Usipende says:

            Joseph, in evidence based medical research, what the good doc is reporting here is called case series. Case series, in terms of strength of scientific evidence — from grade A to E, A being the highest and E the lowest, his so called research rank at grade E. They ate

          25. Cambs says:

            See my comment above your original comment

          26. Josef says:

            What is science if not opinion? Opinions of well qualified & experienced men of science. Is the surgeon not well qualified? Is he not a man of science? And if his skill had brought him more work than most of his peers, peer reviews are not practical or reliable given possible professional rivalry. Are you suggesting we await a 1000 surgeons like him to make the same conclusion before we can take him seriously? how may will die during this period? Since when was science a game of numbers like in a popular vote? I think you deserve an examination

          27. Rachel Beckett says:

            You sir need to look up the definition of the word “science”. Nothing about opinion in there.
            Honestly, give me strength.

          28. Josef says:

            I am all ears Rachel Beckett – what is your definition of it? What is
            the definition of science if not the collective opinions of a VERY small
            group of people who have subscribed to a particular way of thinking
            with a huge fan following? A possible model agreed to, within a given
            set of parameters, axioms & assumptions by some people even while
            several other people can have other models albeit less popular. Nothing
            is absolute here or set in stone. Grow out of school grade science
            please ! And yes, you do need strength…imparted to your comprehension
            of science !

          29. Rachel Beckett says:

            I use statistical techniques to examine differences in plankton populations. That’s science. Nothing to do with peoples’ opinions.
            Just an experimental design and the maths and statistics.
            I’m sure you’ve come across the terms “Rigorous experimental design” and “statistical significance”. How about “Meta analysis”?
            Opinion may stem from experience but the scientific method is a series of steps to eliminate the noise from actual cause and effect.
            If anyone is trying to persuade by opinion and not the science then I suspect devious motives. Like fleecing people for money by selling a book/supplements to people who don’t understand how the scientific method works.
            People should get sensitivity tests if they suffer inflammatory disorders.

          30. Barb Fraser says:

            hifiwigwam, you sound a pretty intelligent sort of person, so why don’t you research what he is saying…check out this site http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2013/01/27/soybean-oil.aspx?e_cid=20130127_SNL_Art_1&utm_source=snl&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=20130127 you will find some very interesting reading here with all the references. Oh and while you at it check the ingredients in some of the products in your own cupboard…check out sugars especially artificial sweeteners ….just google you might find his statements stack up. Oh and try checking things out for your self before you go spouting your mouth off about something YOU know nothing about.

          31. John says:

            This is not what science is at all… It is not opinion. You don’t understand what science is.

        2. Bastion says:

          He’s advocating an autoimmune protocol diet — look it up. AIP is basically a restricted Paleo diet — look it up. These HAVE gone through studies. Maybe not “enough”, but so far the results are positive.
          And who could be surprised? They advocate getting rid of the foods that we did NOT evolve to eat: grains, dairy, processed fats, and the other chemical additives of a food “industry” run amok.
          We ARE poisoning ourselves — even if you feel the scientific evidence of the causes is not substantial enough yet, the effect is indisputable. So, do you want to continue to ignore it, vacillating around what “could” be causing it, or just DO something about it?
          Seriously, what’s the WORST thing that could happen by returning to a diet made up of whole, natural foods?
          Why is this even a debate?

          1. disqus_6GehurTiKq says:

            I so agree!

          2. Shane says:

            Ok. This is where I fall off the wagon. Humans are omnivorous, and grains and milk have been staples of the human diet since we can reliably trace back.

            Yes, there are people who have food allergies and other issues. You will soon know if you are one of them after eating things your body doesn’t handle well. But you are trying to replace one strained, illogical, dictatorial dietary regime with another strained, illogical, dictatorial dietary regime.

            Eat in moderation and in accordance with your exercise level, trying to vary your food sources. This is all the average, healthy person really needs to know about how to eat. It also happens to be the easiest way to eat. Variety, moderation, and for crying out loud get up off the couch once a day.

          3. jungledog says:

            We can reliably trace back to before the agriculrural revolution. Grains and milk have only been staples for around 10,000 years. Examination of ancient human bones show a deterioration in health that
            coincides with the advent of grain based diet around 10,000 years ago. Man had been around a long time before that, attuned to a diet that didn’t include milk and grain.

            The explosive growth of farming grain may have been a
            necessary development in a time of drastically decreased game in the
            wild. But whatever the reason for it’s initiation, farming and living in
            larger concentrated populations (the first cities) got serious traction
            through symbiotic development of class structure and economic
            principles which are an outgrowth of concentrated population — accelerated growth of human culture: language, writing, mathematics, law, etc., also took off as a result of this environment. A grain-based diet stayed a part of our blossoming human culture not because it was the most healthy, but because of social dynamics.

          4. Shane says:

            Sources, or it never happened.

            All of the stuff you just plastered up there concerning the arch of the development of civilization as accepted truth is under constant review and debate. NONE of that is biological science. It is sociology or social anthropology.

            As for the dietary research, it is a well established fact humans are bigger and stronger now than they have ever been, and that this is largely due to dietary improvements. If bones are bigger and denser now, it makes no sense to blame farming for some temporary digression in the height and health of humans that obviously also happens to coincide with overcrowding.

            Overcrowding is rather universally considered bad. Thus the portion of the term, “over”.

            This whole post reads like total politically generated hyperventilating nonsense.

            OH. And I believe I already mentioned dietary variety as one of the things people should keep in mind. All grain diets would tend, yes, to be bad for ones health.

          5. Laura says:

            Actually, what jungledog wrote above is the accepted paradigm in archaeology and biological anthropology, and has been since the 1970s. Biological anthropology is arguably the most sensible and data-based of the biological sciences, and if you don’t understand that height increases only happened VERY recently (20th Century), NOT with the advent of an agricultural diet, then go read an intro archaeological textbook! Jungledog’s post is based on science and data, and if you want a solid reference, go back to Cohen and Armelagos’s Paleopathology at the Origins of Agriculture (1984, Academic Press). It’s an oldie but goodie, chock-full of actual data that show how lousy grain-based agriculture is for humans. BTW, fat people have stronger bones than skinny ones, and osteoporosis is due to a deficiency of weight-bearing exercise. Our bones were much heavier as hunter-gatherers than in modern osteoporotic times!

          6. Shane says:

            I thought we were TALKING about modern diets…………….

            Increases in height though appear to go back more to the 19th century. The point is not a difficult one though – grain in and of itself is not the deciding factor. Extended periods of malnutrition are.

            And, again, since Jungledog seems to have missed why I emphasized variety – you say grain based agriculture is bad for humans. I say no, but a diet that relies too heavily on grains is.

            This is the same, exact sort of over-reaction that led to people avoiding ANY ANIMAL FATS for decades.

          7. jungledog says:

            Crimony, Professor Shane. I guess I missed the part where it said I had to cite sources for this assignment. Will I still get partial credit if I turn in footnotes now?

            I could cite multiple souces for the points I made but why should I since you make it clear that you reject anything not based in biological science, even though you’re the one saying stuff like “grains and milk have been staples of the human diet since we can reliably trace back”. And I won’t even bust your chops about sources for that one.

            And where is all this hostility coming from, anyway? You seem to be the one in the room who’s hyperventilating.

            By the way, I went back and read my previous post three times and still can’t find where I said anything about an all grain diet.

          8. Shane says:

            You’re not going to cite multiple sources because there are none that refute that a diverse diet and moderate exercise are good for you.


            End of story.

            We do not need to go to the other extreme and stop eating grain and milk products.

          9. jungledog says:

            You’re a confusing guy to try to have a conversation with, Shane. I never tried to refute that diverse diet and moderate exercise are good for you. Go back and look.

            My first comment in this thread was to call you out on your statement that grains and milk have been staples of the human diet “since we can reliably trace back”, It simply isn’t true. There’s a lot we know about humans before the introduction of grain and milk which really wasn’t that long ago compared to how long our bodies have had their current form.

            Then you come at me with this “Sources, or it never happened” crap when your own posts don’t even live up to that standard.

            Laura gererously refers you to a book that will cite many sources which support what I said. And she also corrected your assertion that what I said about the development of civilization is under constant review and debate. It isn’t. Scientists have stopped arguing about it.

            But you’re still not done. You come back and tell me there no sources to refute something I never argued to begin with. And you made me giggle with your emphatic ‘Period. End of story’ which really wasn’t the end of the story because you still had more to say after that.

          10. Shane says:

            Because there are no reliable sources to tell us exactly what ancient man was eating prior to civilization.

            Laura cites A BOOK. I have read multiple books and articles on this topic, pro and con.

            I object to your assertions that we now KNOW that milk and grains did not make up a substantive portion of ancient man’s diet. This is simply nonsense. Heck, one of the first comments on this thread pointed it out. I believe in fact that your comment is in the long list of responses to HIM.


            Paleofantasy, for example. A bit pop science perhaps, but also hardly a source to be questioned based on any hidden agenda, whereas the Paleo diet is the new fad diet.

            FAD DIETS DO NOT WORK.

            This is why I am so upset. I and others who have struggled with weight and who finally develop healthy lifestyles based on simple, common sense calorie intake and BALANCE after listening to all the junk science that gets thrown around by people like you our whole lives, I think, have a right to get sick and tired of hearing that cacophony go on and on and on and on and on.

            You can eat bread. You can drink milk. You can enjoy cheesy scrumptious goodness — IN MODERATION.

            Anyone who talks any of this other nonsense is either selling you something or some politically motivated crank.

            There’s no freaking way you know what everyone was eating 10,000 years ago.

            For decades we just KNEW that either the universe was going to expand and contract, or expand to a certain limit, or expand forever and cool. Those were the ONLY LOGICALLY POSSIBLE choices. Heck they even gave themselves three possibilities. I mean cover all the bases right?

            Now we know the universal expansion is still in a state of acceleration…..

            I am sick of pseudo-science fanboys and fangirls hyping various little theories as if they were the end all be all on any given topic.

          11. Larry Schwensen says:

            When one refers to a “grain based ” diet, that certainly suggests all grain!

          12. John says:

            You literally cited zero sources, and you are now taking a stance of making ad hominem attacks and making several strawmen to try to provide self-validation for your inane argument.

          13. gardenweasel says:

            “Sources, or it never happened.”
            Oh please, Shane, you are in internet comments, not the freakin’ Encyclopedia Brittannica! That line is the sure sign of someone who has been shown upand doesn’t have a real argument to come back with. Sources?!?!? You didn’t give any sources for your assertions.
            FYI, it’s called Google, try it sometime.

          14. Shane says:

            I did Google it and it is nonsense.The Paleo rage takes its foundation from developing science, but it goes further and starts dictating all this nonsense about how modern man is destroying himself because he is not living like a cave man.

            Yet we are bigger, stronger, faster, live longer and have better lives than anywhere in history.

            It is “insipid”. Google that.

          15. John says:

            You are the exact type of person who is detrimental to the scientific community and health in the public eye. It’s called “burden of proof”. It means that the need to back up one’s statement with factual information lies on the person making the claim. So you are, utterly, and completely, wrong.

          16. gardenweasel says:

            Dear John,

            do working members of the “scientific community” spend their time in internet comment sections? Really? People make assertions and suggestions in places like these to pass along information. That’s all. You want verification, go look it up yourself. We are not responsible for your education. And just what do you call “factual information”? Peer reviewed studies and clinical trials? It is to laugh. See my comment elsewhere in this section. “Science” has become so corrupted by corporate and political interests as to be almost meaningless in the U.S. Don’t get me started on the fraud in the medical sciences. Example – Vioxx, as well as many other drugs subsequently withdrawn from the market, was approved based on “factual information”. How many people died from that? Was that good for “health in the public eye?
            As for data from any lab work done by “scientists”, we have their word that it is correct. Peer review only assesses the methodology, not the results. It takes replication of the work to verify, and that is not always done.

            if you want to verify something, do like I did – verify it yourself. I had high cholesterol all my adult life. I had my cholesterol checked. then, I avoided grains potatoes and sugar for 6 months. Had my cholesterol checked again. It had dropped 60 points. Factual enough for me. I could give you more first hand evidence but you would just call me a liar because I didn’t include my life’s medical records in this comment.

            So, you just keep eating your grains and potatoes and sugars and avoid meat and fat like the experts tell you. Makes no difference to me. The last thing I want is everyone suddenly wising up and making a run for healthy food – it would just drive up the price for me. Yes, I am that selfish.

            For the citation Nazis here are just links about the dubious validity of science: http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2010/11/lies-damned-lies-and-medical-science/308269/ This is about the subsequent refutation of most headline studies.

            http://www.courthousenews.com/2012/06/27/47851.htm This is about Pharma fraud.


          17. Kent Green says:

            Which is why the grain-driven agricultural revolution massively increased our population AND life-expectancy at the same time.

            Wait a tic…

          18. jungledog says:

            Actually, post-ag people had shorter life spans than the hunter-gatherer culture that preceded them. Their skeletons show they had lots of disease and nutritional deficiencies that weren’t afflicting people pre-agriculture.

            What killed most Stone Age people who didn’t succumb to the very high infant mortality rates was accident or infection. Our longer average life span today compared to pre-agriculture people is more because it’s a safer enfironment than because of diet.

            Prehistoric people who avoided infant mortality, accident, and infection had a real good chance of living to an age equal to our modern life expectancy but free of most of the chronic degenerative diseases that afflict older people today. This can be seen in modern HG societies.

          19. Michael Growe says:

            I know he is right. I have an autoimmune problem. Using the AIP has help tremendously. Natural foods from nature. It doesn’t havew to be just veggies. Grass fed beef is ok to have and bacon that has no nitrites or nitrates and free range chicken is all fine. It is not the meat that causes high cholesterol. it is inflammation. I guess I can call myself a test subject because modern American medicine goes against everything I am doing , but I am healing.

          20. ray nassar says:

            Yes it is the swelling of the cell itself. Find this and you will see that the cell when stressed will swell, and a swelling of cells brings muich much damage.

          21. ray nassar says:

            Bastion is greatly hitting it right on the head! Too many here are nbrainwashed by food manufacturers who now are saying “it is made with REAL sugar” wow really then I am running away.

          22. John says:

            Feel free to supply any of these studies you are talking about. Do they even exist? I am skeptical.

        3. Bradley says:

          This is what is being recommended by The American heart association right now. Lipid profiles are now essentially useless and if you visit a knowledgable GP she or he will be taking you off statins. Its backed by science, but he also adds his experience to the mix of things.

          1. Upende_Usipende says:

            What are you smoking? Can I have that too?

        4. JayJay Allison says:

          It has been tested for many years with the Atkins Diet.

          1. Hukee says:

            Dr. Atkins f had a heart attack. Atkins himself was overweight, had a history of congestive heart failure, and weighed 258
            pounds at the time of his death. He promoted the conventional beef and dairy industry – they lined his pockets.

          2. merrymac says:

            Atkins died of a brain injury from falling while walking on an icy sidewalk. He had a massive fluid overload while in the ICU, accounting for an increase in weight.

          3. Upende_Usipende says:

            Hukee, you see how much people commenting here know? Most people here think this is CNN where you puke all manner of nonsense without evidence in defense of Republicans or Democrats.

          4. Guest1111 says:

            Atkins suffered a cardiac arrest in April 2002, leading many of his
            critics to point to this episode as proof of the inherent dangers in the
            consumption of high levels of saturated fat associated with the Atkins
            diet. In numerous interviews, however, Atkins stated that his heart
            attack was not the result of poor diet, but was rather caused by a
            chronic infection.
            Atkins’ personal physician and cardiologist, Dr. Patrick Fratellone,
            confirmed this assertion, saying “We have been treating this condition, cardiomyopathy, for almost two years. He was age 72 lived in NY was walking and slipped on icy pavement hitting his head causing a major head trauma. He spent a good number of days in the ICU and eventually died as a result of this head injury.

        5. Bayu Purnomo says:

          Do some reading….”good calories, bad calories” “wheat belly” and “grain brain” would be good places to start.

          1. John says:

            I have a couple books you can add to that list! “How to Cherry Pick”, “Jump on the Bandwagon” and “How to Fool People with Studies”! Great choices to add to your knowledge base!

        6. maxmill says:

          This is also very similar to the South Beach diet, perhaps with less restriction on red meat. Sure, his hypothesis can be tested, but after Big Food, Big Sugar, and Big Beverage weigh in to the discussion, you’ll never hear about it. The public will still swill Coke and processed everything.

        7. Josef says:

          ‘ Worth testing ‘ …..?? Wow – did he not say he has done 5000 open heart surgeries for 25years? Is that not testing enough? Is there no validity for all that data? This is a case where the tests were done in advance (& without any kind of bias) and a hypothesis created purely on observations made. Such a hypothesis is a lot more roust than an arm chair hypothesis that awaits a testing where biases either for or against it are difficult to override. How many peer reviews did the wright brothers have or seek before they flew their machine ? Scientific peer reviewed opinion then was ” nothing heavier than air can fly!”

        8. Kent Green says:

          Also, he’s not so well qualified after all: http://www.quackwatch.org/11Ind/lundell.html

          1. RLM says:


            State strips Gilbert doctor of license after inquiry into deaths by Emily Gersema – Oct. 16, 2008 02:11 PM
            The Arizona Republic

            A retired Gilbert surgeon who had been disciplined and warned for poor patient care and incomplete records in the past decade has been stripped of his license after the Arizona Medical Board determined missteps led to the deaths of at least six patients.

            The 12-member oversight board took away Dr. Dwight C. Lundell’s license last week after a five-year review of his prior disciplinary history and an inquiry into allegations of poor patient care and record-keeping.

            Lundell had worked as a cardiothoracic surgeon in the Valley for about 25 years, performing more than 5,000 heart surgeries. State records show he was scrutinized in the last decade because of a series of patient or family complaints.

        9. John says:

          You’re literally one of the only people here who understand basic science and supporting statements with factual information.

          I suggest you leave this website since people like you are NOT who this website is marketed towards.

        10. Honde291 says:

          The reason there are no peer reviewed studies on this is that dietary studies (that adhere to scientific/ medical standards) are nearly impossible to perform. They either rely on surveys which result in highly skewed data that is essentially unusable or must be performed on a group in a controlled environment, which as you can imagine would be ridiculously expensive and would still only show results for perhaps 1-3 months of dietary change. Not long enough to see the true benefits.
          Studies were performed in the past on a scale appropriate to reach scientific conclusions, which ultimately led to the low fat craze, but unfortunately they were wrong.
          The dynamics have since changed and government no longer has the resources to perform such studies. Additionally, the governing body on food, the FDA, has grown to bo perhaps the most biased group in the history of government. It has been headed by the chairman or ex-CEO’s of the agri-giants such as Monsanto for decades. This has resulted in incentives based on continued profits as opposed to health. Processed food has high margins, whole foods do not.
          Lastly, even if studies did prove these facts to be true, the lobbying power of said agri-giants and food companies would sweep them under the rug. If you don’t believe me look at what the sugar lobby has been up to lately.
          Basically when it comes to diet, the best you can do is reach your own conclusions. I personally choose not to adhere to studies which have resulted in the most unhealthy generations in the history of man. Rather, I use logic and to me it is quite logical to listen to a heart surgeon who has spoken to thousands of patients about their diets and then seen their inner workings.
          Anyone who is interested in these matters should watch “Forks over knives”. It paints an interesting picture of the western diet and food industry. In it Dr. Campell and Dr. Caldwell, two of the scientists who headed the studies in the 60’s that led to the low fat craze, completely recant their work and admit it to be one of the most blatant errors in medical history. Both of them live on diets similar to the one described by this heart surgeon.

        11. Kent Green says:

          Also, the article states that polyunsaturated fats are unhealthy, but Omega-3’s are healthy; which is interesting because Omega-3’s are polyunsaturated fats: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Omega-3_fatty_acid

      5. Daradear says:

        I’m 5’8, 125lbs. I’ve had two children. I am in perfect health. My entire life, I’ve been eating animal fats. I drink whole milk. I also eat a wide variety of fruits and vegetables. I eat very little processed foods. If I have a “sweet”, I bake it myself. To most, it looks like I eat whatever I want, however, when you look closely I am following the diet this guy talks about. I don’t eat a typical American diet. So many people around me are counting calories and eating “low fat” items to try and lose weight. I do exactly the opposite.

        1. Leslie says:

          Every body reacts to foods differently. Plain and simple. I went through a spell of eating CRAP and lost 30 lbs and got lean.. so. there you go. Everyone’s body will react to different things. And will also say my numbers are perfect! So… While some people thrive on animal fats, some bodies cant digest it. So. Best thing is to eat balanced, healthy real foods.

          1. Louise Valiquette says:

            since when does lean mean healthy? you can be skinny but unhealthy

          2. Endurance Idehen says:

            Very, Very true.

          3. Leslie says:

            Since when I dont smoke, do drugs, never have, work out, eat what I want, all my lab results numbers show me 5 yrs younger than I really am, etc.. And thats what means healthy. How else do you measure it? You measure only by the food you eat? Then that is incorrect.

          4. Kitty Sutton says:

            Ah, but none of those tests will tell you if your arteries are inflamed. This would be like a silent killer. Inflammation is the cause of many other illnesses, but instead the Doctors and scientists continually treat the symptoms instead of the cause. This article is showing the cause and it would not matter how healthy looking you are, thin or fat. He is talking about something you can’t feel is going on inside of your body until it is too late. I always wondered why healthy looking people of average or thinner weight still had heart failure and heart disease. Now I have the answer.

          5. Ann Sturdevant says:

            However, if you are tuned in to your body, you can feel inflammation and when things just are not right. I sure can feel the difference when I eat anything that doesn’t agree with my body’s preferences

          6. beanielou says:

            that is correct. And to check if you have inflamed arteries you need to have your C-reactive protein levels checked. C-reactive protein is the marker for inflammation in the arteries. LPP blood tests. You can be fit and skinny but still die from heart disease if you consume to much refined crap and bad oils.

          7. Guesttttt says:

            Actually you can test C4a, MMP-9, VIP, and Melanocyte stimulating hormone to assess inflammation. But good luck getting a conventional Big-Pharma sponsored “doc” to order that panel…Functional/Integrative Doctors and practices are the way to go.

          8. Florence says:

            You don’t need the doctor to order your blood tests. You can order through directlabs.com. They will send you to regular, respected labs in your town and in 2 days you can log in to your account to get the results.

          9. d12d says:

            I agree with you, I”ve ask my doctor about tests that are not the norm and they just blow you off. They don’t want to do them.

          10. Ruth Coffman Breedlove says:

            then go straight to the lab with the exact name of the tests that need to be done. IF U have a good Dr, they will tell U & support U. If your Dr says no, then find a new Dr. I LOVE my Dr, she has no allegiance to the hospital she works for.

          11. Ruth Coffman Breedlove says:

            then U go straight to the lab that runs these tests & pay for it out of pocket, which ends up costing 10Xs less than
            what it does AFTER insurance pays for it. To have those tests ordered up by your Dr, U are paying for the Dr’s recommendation, the nurse that takes the blood, paying for sending it off to the lab (if having it done in a small clinic), & the list goes on. To have more detailed tests done recommended by my Dr & THRU the clinic, cost us $750 OUT OF POCKET AFTER insurance pd their part. My Dr wanted those same tests done 6 months later when I was still paying on the 1st set. She then told me to go straight to the lab in Omaha that runs the tests. Cost me $80 CASH OUT OF POCKET! I will never ever ever have blood tests done thru the Dr’s office ever again.

          12. Carol Carolyn Chaney-Guthridge says:


          13. Kitty Sutton says:

            Thank you Carol. I don’t know why there is even any argument. Studies show that heart disease is an epidemic. Why? Even if we do everything our doctors tell us to do, take every pill they give us, we still die of heart disease. This seems so simple now and logical. So now I am looking for natural ways to lower inflammation I found an article on this same website about the top 10 best seeds in the world. #1 is Black Seed and among many things it does, it is known to knock out inflammation. I am going to check that out and then try to get some of these bad things out of my diet.

          14. SuzQ10 says:

            WHY ARE YOU YELLING? LOL ;-)

          15. Karraspito says:

            This is a good responce you publiched here.

          16. lschelin says:

            My cholesterol has never been over 150 yet at 73 I’ve had two heart attacks…it ain’t cholesterol folks…it’s inflammation. Finally the truth is being revealed. Think of cholesterol as a Band-Aid trying to cover up he inflammation.

          17. Wil says:

            You are absolutely correct. I worked out with weights, bicycled 3000 + miles a year, ran/walk our dog 5 miles a day plus played softball twice a week at 6’2” 215lbs, 60 years old I was strong/great endurance ate fairly well but suffered a total RCA blockage (heart attach) that nearly cost my life but by God’s grace it happened in the emergency room. I had emergency surgery to remove blockage and have a stint installed. I was put on a Statin (3yr) drug and Plavex (1 yr) . I lost almost 30lbs, strength reduced by 30% as well as my endurance. I stopped taking all medication, changed my diet (work in progress) 6 months ago, regained 15% of my strength, endurance and 14 lbs muscle weight. The prescribed drugs were killing me, had a hair analysis done 6 months ago and was urgently warned that I was on the path to Parkinson’s disease, as well as Alzheimer’s.

          18. David Davis says:

            You go girl Leslie. Great point, everyone reacts differently. It’s always one industry like chicken claiming red meat , etc to be bad. Well guess what? remember when hot dogs were frowned upon? I saw a man 105 yrs on Johnny Carson who said he eat oscar meyer hot dogs 3x day, everyday since he was a boy. .

          19. Ez says:

            That is not an example of why eating processed food every day is fine for you. That is an example of a man who managed to survive IN SPITE of eating crap every day. It’s like using the lone survivor of a mass shooting to show why bullets aren’t really bad for you.

          20. Robert Burns says:

            don’t put to much stock in lab results …they are set up to get u into big pharmas clutches..research your self and find out the real truth!! don’t listen to a “NEW STUDY SHOWS” all the time ;)

          21. Ruth Coffman Breedlove says:

            unless U go straight to the labs yourself, then U will get accurate results.

          22. You could also be lucky with good genes.

          23. Destructor says:

            Lean and skinny aren’t the same thing.
            Skinny is considered low fat, low muscle mass. “skin and bones”.
            Lean is low fat but a healthy amount of muscle mass. lean = lean mass.
            I think this is common misconception though, a lot of people get confused on the “lose weight vs. lose fat” debate.

          24. Endurance Idehen says:

            That is an unqualified statement. Without knowing what your diet consisted of, and how many calories you ate, as well as how much you were moving, I wouldn’t agree with a conclusion that everyone’s body so radically different that these variables dont even matter.

          25. Lindsay says:

            I actually disagree. There are a lot of food items that I can’t eat and the rest of my family can. I have a different blood type than most of them which predisposed me to different food allergies. People with blood type “A” can eat mostly anything so they would be more inclined to see no issues with processed food. Blood type “O” has a ton of food sensitivies especially the women and would be better off on an organic food diet. Obviously for most of you, you need actual proof of the different allergies in action. There are a couple articles on this site, I recommend the second one.

          26. James Barry Chancey says:

            I have “O” and I have no food sensitivities what so ever.

          27. Leslie says:

            Im type A and I cant eat pork, dairy and many other things, which I found true after trying to eat those “no” things and ending up with bloating, constipation or diarrhea.

          28. RM says:

            Type “A” here. If I go out and have a really good steak, I enjoy it…. but I feel sluggish after. I will say that I enjoy Salmon more than a steak which growing up would be deemed “un-manly” haha. I can eat dairy, but that usually will lead to “blemishes”. Pork makes my stomach feel heavy. Chicken and fish are my staple proteins.

          29. Leslie says:

            That is exactly what happens to me. And nothing wrong with eating fish, little chicken, most veggies, no dairy since dairy is so chemically changed now a days, unless goat, and have nuts, and such. You can get tests for allergies. Me, allergic to eggs, dairy and corn.. yet “supposedly” our bodies act the same, so you are too RM lol ;)

          30. RM says:

            Is it possible that there is someone else out there that considers science and medicine, but also equal consideration to anecdotal evidence? I thought common sense was dead but there is hope! lol

            Btw, I have a certain love for fresh corn in the summer… hopefully I have an exception regarding corn allergies.. ;)

          31. Mary Mefferd says:

            Sometimes I think anecdotal evidence is more reliable that “medical science.” Medical science is tainted by “Big Pharma” who pushes what will make them the most money: treat the symptoms, then treat the side effects. NOTHING is approved that will not benefit them, no matter what it does to the people.

          32. GraffitiGoddess says:

            May I suggest that you look around for a small dairy either in your area or at a farmers’ market. A nearby dairy comes to a market that I manage. They only bottle (in glass) their own milk which is hormone and antibiotic free, and although not certified organic, they are pastured and fed only organic hay.

          33. GraffitiGoddess says:

            I think feeling sluggish after eating meat has more to do with digestion than anything else. It is heavier and takes more energy for your body to digest it.

          34. RM says:

            I am pretty sure it does have to do with digestion, but that some meats are easier to digest, and individually we may be able to digest some meats better than others. In my case I feel great after eating chicken, fish, or shellfish… Even if I eat a very large portion. Beef is fine, but I feel sluggish and bloated after. I believe there is a book called simply “eat for your blood type”. Or something like that. I read it years ago… I think there is some good information in there.

          35. GraffitiGoddess says:

            I don’t consider chicken or fish meat. When I was working I used to avoid having any beef at lunch because all I wanted to do a couple of hours later was sleep.

          36. Fay Terrio says:

            When you eat steak, what do you eat as sides? What about for chicken or fish, what sides? It may not be the beef that is bothering you, but the sides you choose with it. Many people have the meat & potatoes go together type of thinking. It would be the potato that makes you sluggish & bloated. If that’s what you have with beef.

          37. RM says:

            Fay, I should clarify some. When I say sluggish, I do not mean anything extreme like passing out on the coach, I can still get up in the morning and run my 5 miles. I am trying to say that beef never seemed to be the meat I enjoy the most, and that when I do have a good steak, I feel heavy, and more sluggish. Always have. Also I like to eat, so I will devour a 12 oz steak and the same for salmon. My point is the theory made sense for my situation. I eat salad and veggies with almost every meal regardless of the meat. I prefer rice over potato’s, I like “new” red potatoes. Some times I will cut small potato’s in boil, take fresh green beans and flash cook them, and then sear them them together in olive oil with fresh garlic, onions, and portobello mushrooms. One of my new favorite sides.. I almost never crave beef, my wife who is an AB – Loves beef… Not surprisingly her blood type supposedly is one that thrives on beef.

          38. Fay Terrio says:

            Thanks for the reply RM. I do believe that our bodies will tell us what they need for the most part, as yours does for you. The exception to this is, I think are carbs & sugar. Those things are addictive & we will crave them and we definitely don’t need them. I have to stay away from obvious simple carbs such as doughnuts as well as potatoes, rice, etc. Increasing my fat intake, limiting carbs (I eat salads & low carb veggies) & lightly increasing my protein (not too much, it can turn into sugar in the body if in excess). Not sure what they blood type study says about O types, but if it’s true, it should say that I should avoid carbs.

          39. RM says:

            Wish I had more time! I read the information quite a few years ago. I want to be clear that I am not advocating for anyone to live strictly by this book! When I read it I had several”ah-ha” moments. I believe it was titled “eat for your blood type”. I would recommend it If you can find it. Again it is a diet theory but I found it interesting and worth considering for health.

          40. Fay Terrio says:

            I remember a book like that coming out. My sister advocated it for a while, then I heard that it was debunked & never looked into it. I think I remember her saying that type O should avoid carbs. The stuff I’ve been reading & listening to is all about low carb, high fat & moderate protein. I listen to Jimmy Moore’s podcast. This way of eating makes me feel good, no more afternoon sleepys. Oh, have you tried grass fed beef?

          41. Juliet Milaka Jurkovskis says:

            I don’t feel sluggish after eating red meat. I was raised vegetarian and after I started eating red meat as a young adult, I was frankly startled by the energy it gave me. And by how much I love it:) I don’t gorge myself on it, but when I don’t eat it, I do notice feeling a little more ‘tired’ — as I felt before I started eating it. I have friends, however, who have much MORE energy since becoming vegetarian. People’s bodies just have differences.
            I don’t like chicken, though.

          42. James Barry Chancey says:

            I have type “O” blood and I have no food sensitive’s. You should always be skeptical of any info you get from someone who is trying to sell you something.

          43. Lindsay says:

            Women tend to have more immediate allergies. Men have more cortisol which decreases the inflammation and immediate reactions. Although I would be careful if you are type O. But that’s just me. You can take it or leave it, your choice. And food allergies also result in rashes. If you have eczema, I would look into the blood type diet. It helped get rid of mine.

          44. Adrian Hoyle says:

            I have blood type “O” and I DO have serious food allergies, specifically grains and beans. Seeds and nuts can be difficult as well. If I eat very much of these types of foods I feel harsh intestinal discomfort, and my immunity plummets.

          45. Jason Foster says:

            I’m type O and so was my Mother and we both suffer from food allergies and she died of heart disease at age 53. I’m 41 and already have two partial blockages. Normal LDL is 58 to 100 mine is at 47 and the doctor keeps pumping me full of Crestor which has a 40% increase in the chance of getting cancer and can cause diabetes which runs in my family as well. I’ve been on Crestor for 4yrs last week I test positive for type 2 Diabetes. Sometimes the meds cause more damage than the illness their treating.

          46. beanielou says:

            Please read Dr. Stephan Sinatra’s book “the great cholesterol myth” he is a cardiologist. Get off the statins they cause more people to die because they lower your cholesterol too much and are just bad drugs. There are many websites that tell why we need cholesterol just type in cholesterol myth. “Forget cholesterol, inflammation is the real enemy. there are many more sites that have very good info

          47. Fay Terrio says:

            What is your diet like? Are they pushing “lots of healthy whole grains & limit saturated fats”? If this is what your diet consists of you might want to read Johnathan Baylor’s book “The Calorie Myth”. It explains how this advice is killing us. He has references to scientific proof as well.

          48. Jason Foster says:

            I eat proper portion meals. “nothing fried, only baked or grilled” Lots of frozen veggies ” Nothing processed or in a can” very little fruits due to their high sugar content. I’ve only been on this type of diet for 3 weeks and I feel staved most of then time and slip and have a little extra veggies.But i’m sure that will past over time. I lost about 20lbs in the last 3 weeks and feel great. But I need to lose about 60 more pounds to be back to the right weight, height ratio. Buy following this diet my glucose level has stayed between 64 lowest and 132 highest with out any meds. It jumps higher if I splurge and have something I’m not suppose to like sweets or eating to much. I get bored and eat to many pork rinds while watching tv. lol It’s a bad habit and I’m trying to break it.

          49. Herman McMichael III says:

            carrots help me sometimes and also what I watch. If I watch something depressing or negative I’ve found that I will be less likely to be mindful of commitments I’v made.

          50. Carol Carolyn Chaney-Guthridge says:


          51. todd papianou says:

            I’m thinking that avoiding “foods” in wrappers that do not go bad is a reasonable start.. It was after the Katrina Floods that folks realized the need for ice to chill the bodies of folks that died in the flooding so that they would not begin to rot while people where dealing with the problems .. some of the workers reported back that ice was not needed as the bodies where stable.. the theory being that so much preservative from the foods was in their sytems that they where resistant to normal decay process.. SCARY..

          52. Sugarbush43 says:

            Exactly. I have type A and have a big problem with dairy and garlic. My husband is type O and has no sensitivities whatsoever.

          53. Ann Sturdevant says:

            I would rather bed that you are not recognizing the sensitivites. It is possible that your body has so many toxins that you are oblivious to them and your baseline is that and to you it feels healthy. I have seen it in many of my clients. they are visibly unhealthy and have no “problems” then they detox and clean their organs then all of a sudden they feel so great that they can’t believe that they thought they felt great previously. Just food for thought for you:)nn1

          54. James Barry Chancey says:

            “VISIBLY UNHEALTHY” Really that how you determine if someone is healthy. Anybody that would pay or use nay product to “DETOX” is stupid, because they are wasting there money for snake oil and any that promotes that is a quack. Or whole bodies are designed to detox themselves. Liver, Kidneys, and your lymphatic system are all designed to keep you body clean. I have no major health problems. I sleep well. I hold three powerlifting records, and I feel great. So I will say again I don’t have any food sensitivities. Sounds like you have a monetary interest in getting people to believe this crap.

          55. Lindsay says:

            This sounds like something my father would say and now he is pre-diabetic. It’s easier for women to figure out the inflammation because of the way we “feel”. Men are built differently. They have more hormones, cortisol, that mask the inflammation physical symptoms. I think this is what contributes to diseases or medical conditions “sneaking” up on men and might be one of the reasons why they don’t live as long. I would be very cautious.

          56. Carol Carolyn Chaney-Guthridge says:


          57. Edward Sutton says:

            Yea what does he know! He only studied health and medicine for 10+ years! Read one article and we’re all expert practitioners!

          58. Larry Schwensen says:

            You might be amazed at what proper diet and exercise can accomplish. My blood sugar was over 400 when I was diagnosed as diabetic. My doctor told me at age 70 I would have to take my metformin the rest of my life.My A1C is now about .56 ,about normal without medication. I did take some supplements based on Dr. Julian Whittaker’s formula but no longer find it necessary. Don’t believe for a second that you can’t cure diabetes. I also ended the rest of the symptoms that are known as metabolic syndrome. Un-
            fortunately some of the damage may not be reversed, such as such as the
            damage to blood vessels in my legs and feet.

          59. Larry Schwensen says:

            Also, once I got my total cholesterol down from 385 to 134, I dropped the statins even though my doctor didn’t think I should.

          60. Larry Schwensen says:

            I am using the dietary guidelines in “Eat to Live” by Dr. Joel Fuhrman. Dropped from 205 to 165 and am aiming for 15 pounds more.

          61. Juliet Milaka Jurkovskis says:

            I think that there is something to the blood type diet, because there are so many people who it applies to — and who have been profoundly and positively healed by following the specific suggestions and restrictions. But I think that blood type is only part of the puzzle. Because there are definitely a LOT of exceptions as well. As if its only one variable in the equation, and the other variable or variables have not yet been discovered.

          62. Doctor Vedic says:

            The blood type diet was proposed by Dr. Adamo in 1996. He’s now a multimillionaire shilling a diet that has been disproved (google University of Toronto blood type diet).

          63. Lindsay says:

            Doctor then why does it work for me? Can you explain that? I am literally allergic to eggs, dairy, and wheat. Just because it doesn’t work for everyone, it doesn’t mean it won’t work for people with blood type “O”.
            And you didn’t read this article (second one) because this is not Dr Adamo’s theories. This is the biotype diet which is actually proved through a study. The Dr concludes that certain blood types do have certain allergies. Instead of prescribing meds Doc… You should look into this for the sake of the health of any patient, cause I cured myself without any medical professional’s help.


          64. Kat says:

            I have type A blood but I have severe food allergies, cannot have dairy unless it is without the a1 protein marker, cannot have any soya based products such as bread and margarine, almost everything these days has soya lecithin in it so that reduces what I can eat to home made products from fresh products, even chocolate is a no go as it is full of soya lecithin emulsifiers and causes massive migraines….

          65. Lindsay says:

            I have the same issue with soy lecithin. That’s why I eat organic since I am literally allergic to all processed foods. I don’t get migraines but my stomach kills. The emulsifiers allergy might be related to my egg allergy but I think it’s also because I have an overactive immune system.
            Has elimination of the food helped improve your health? No rashes, blemishes, bloating…?

          66. Fay Terrio says:

            I am type “O” & a woman. I have no food allergies or sensitivities. Most of the food I eat is not certified organic with the exception of grass fed beef. I have recently started eating a low carb, high fat diet & have lost weight (still more to go). I have not had blood test done yet as it’s too soon for that. I will have that done in the spring or early summer. I do know that I feel better than I have in many years.

          67. Michelle Page says:

            Actually you should read up on food for your blood type. TYPE A and O both have sensitivities to different thinks. Type As are mainly vegetarians where Type Os are meat eaters so you can see the obvious sensitivity for each. Also I believe

          68. Lindsay says:

            Yeah, I’m allergic to dairy, eggs and wheat. I am better off living as a caveman lol. http://www.biotype.net/diets/articles.htm
            The second article might clear up some information. Type A’s are omnivores. They can handle chicken but I can’t (mostly due to the egg allergy).
            This society would be a lot less sicker (mentally and physically) if they ate only what agrees with their body! The body is connected. If one part is sick, it effects the other parts too! Doctors have yet to acknowledge this and because they don’t, our society will only get sicker….

          69. Leslie says:

            My diet consists of beef, chicken, fish, carbs, nuts, greens, etc.. and some processed foods if I choose.

          70. Stanimira Yordanowa says:

            That”s not crab,its a very balanced diet and “real food” that is exactly what he speaks of

          71. Guest says:

            I too, have had 3 or 4 bouts of Diverticulitis in a 10 to 15 year ago period but weight loss did not occur but twice, i did end up in hospital for a week at a time. I had a bout of Pericarditis which landed me in hospital for a week but that too was about 7 or 8 years ago. I just had surgery for a hernia that went exceptionally well. I’m also under a specialist’s care for an enlarged prostrate. Is that what me in my 60s is going to turn into 70s with more of the same, only different. LoL

          72. James Barry Chancey says:

            Everyone’s bodies DO NOT react differently. We all basically react biochemically the same way. That is the whole science behind medicine. If you ate crap and lost weight it was because you had more calories going out than coming in. If you keep eating crap I would bet money your numbers won’t stay perfect. How much you weigh is NOT a measure of how healthy you are. You can’t use anecdotal situations and make a blanket statement about every one.

          73. Leslie says:

            Really? Then how does one have Chrons and other doesnt? If they all ACTED the same then we would all have it, right? I mean right? And I never said just my weight.. I said all my lab tests and other things. What else would you judge healthy then? Food only? Then all MD’s would disagree with you.

          74. Upende_Usipende says:

            Its Crohns. Geez!

          75. dtm14 says:

            oh good, the grammar nazi has arrived…

          76. Upende_Usipende says:

            Aren’t we talking about science? There are universal rules when communicating in scientific terms. You cannot make things up. What is close to her reference is Chrome. This is not CNN comments section.

          77. Adam Harriott says:

            You still knew exactly what they meant, so what’s the point?

          78. Upende_Usipende says:

            If you claim evidence and knowledge and can’t even spell whatever you’re talking about? That is a big problem.

          79. Adam Harriott says:

            I disagree in this instance.

          80. LameBuffalo says:

            No it isn’t.

          81. EssEffOh says:

            It’s “it’s,” not its. Geez!

          82. Upende_Usipende says:

            Of course your intellectual ability is much lower in caliber.

          83. LameBuffalo says:

            Not necessarily.

          84. tridoug says:


          85. RM says:

            Thanks for bring us to 1950! haha Sorry no offense intended.

            I would argue that anecdotal situations are not given enough consideration. It is just my opinion, but I think it is borderline foolish to simply rely on medical professionals for health and nutrition. The best thing I ever did was ignore a doctor twice in my lifetime. Keep in mind that I did not simply ignore the doctor and walk away… I refused the fact that the diagnosis was complete and made changes over time.

            The calorie example you give is flawed. It is like the human body… immensly complicated to include bacteria in your intestinal tract and how the food is cooked. (It takes more energy to digest food that is less cooked… less energy to absorb well cooked food.) Those are just two variables…

            I agree that a skinny person does not simply equate a healthy person (I had a mechanic that was a skin and bones alcoholic)… The question is what is normal for you as an individual

          86. Rachel Beckett says:

            You forget that hormones play a big part in regulating stuff. They go up and down over the years and months. Sex hormones, thyroid hormones, they play a big part in our we store, transport and use up food.

          87. Ez says:

            And, speaking from personal experience, eating the wrong foods, ie. sugar and processed foods, is the root cause of a lot of hormonal imbalances. They are connected. So if someone says they can’t lose weight because of a hormonal imbalance, the problem likely goes far deeper.

          88. Prof says:

            Yes they do. That’s why some drugs kill some people but many people would be fine given the same dose (1/100000 is acceptable in pharma most of the time). Through evolution there are also varying degrees of ion/nutrient intake via importers, but the new “hot” thing in science is the fact that everyone carries their own little farm of microbes in their intestines that very clearly affect the way we metabolize food and drugs. There are literally millions of ways to explain heart disease. My bet is on inflammation as well, but how that inflammation gets started is EXTREMELY COMPLICATED unlike what is stated in the article.

          89. tridoug says:

            Calories-in-to-calories-out and “a calorie is a calorie is a calorie” aren’t true. They’re close, but still not the same. Your biological (physiological, metabolic) reaction to something you eat is different than mine, and a calorie of this vs. a calorie of that cause different reactions in your body. If what you’re saying is true then everybody eating the same diet would look the same and we know that’s not the case.

            I agree with everything else you say though, especially that exceptions don’t prove the rule.

          90. RM says:

            I sort of agree with you! Like you I have been healthy most of my life but had a bad spell about three years ago. I am 44, It has taken a year and , have lost 40 lbs. (I am now 6-1 210. I held 250 well with a ‘linebacker’ build but I was really feeling unhealthy). In my case I ran about 25 – 30 miles/week. But I do know that the bacteria in the gut can change, The more bad bacteria can breakdown food, absorb nutrients, and make the wrong fats/carbs available. So for example, you can eat a four oz piece of salmon and absorb more calories, and absorb fewer nutrients than the next person or Vice versa. There is also a theory of human evolution, blood type and how it effects the correct diet. I have found that oddly enough my anecdotal evidence supports this theory (I like a good steak, but if I had a choice I would choose a medium rare salmon over a steak any day). Apparently “A” blood types are supposedly not red meat eaters.

            In the end, I agree, but after being interested in health for half my life I have figured out that it is more complicated than “to eat balanced, healthy real foods”.

          91. LameBuffalo says:

            I recently went from 240 lbs to 165 lbs {that’s 75 lbs} during a ‘bad spell’ that hasn’t really been diagnosed as anything meaningful, despite the mention to physicians. This period was only a few months long, which is not very long, to lose all that weight. I had no appetite so i did not eat much. Eating became a problem; trying to eat enough; eating what i could. It is still quite a mystery. I was diagnosed with a B12 deficit & the list of symptoms are somewhat similar in quantity & quality & began to take B12 supplements. I am also being followed by a specialist in Psychology with a course of Cymbalta to combat an imbalance of brain chemistry; this may be a source of this ‘bad spell’ for me for the past year or two.

            Blood type is another point of contention; this is another issue I’d like to pursue further ~ for sure…

            I am 62 and was healthy until this ‘bad spell’ started. I’ve always been ‘careful’ about what/how i eat.

          92. RM says:

            I am really sorry to hear about your health problem. I have always been healthy but the few times I had unexplained downturns it was always frustrating. In my case they were always short lived.

            My father died of Colon cancer. about ten years prior to his ruptured colon (he survived but that is how he discovered he had cancer) he had a prolonged bout of poor health where he lost weight. The after the fact assumption was at that time he had Diverticulitis which may have been a pre-cursor to colon cancer. I am certainly not making the link to your situation but if you haven’t looked into that area (I assume you have) make sure to bring it up to your Doctor… Best wishes

          93. LameBuffalo says:

            I just had surgery for a hernia that went exceptionally well. I’m also under a specialist’s care for an enlarged prostrate. Is that what me in my 60s is going to turn into 70s with more of the same, only different. LoL

            I too, have had 3 or 4 bouts of Diverticulitis in a 10 to 15 year ago period but weight loss did not occur but twice, i did end up in hospital for a week at a time. I had a bout of Pericarditis which landed me in hospital for a week but that too was about 7 or 8 years ago.

          94. Pamela Cohen says:

            I’d fire the ‘Psychiatry specialist’. Anyone prescribing Cymbalta has a few ethical problems or is short of a full deck. Check out askapatient.com
            B12 deficits often come from meds, like Prilosec, etc. Prilosec was prescribed like mad after a plethora of problems and side effects from other drugs. One side effect of anti-depressants is no appetite=a set up for malnutrition and disease. There are 8 reasons for depression, at least.

            Check out ‘Medication-Induced Nutrient Deficiencies’. Very illuminating.
            I appreciate being reminded about inflammation again, but I’m w/ the first poster, in that references are best used.

            Check out FullyRawKristina on YouTube for what to eat. Pretty enlightening. And after seeing how chickens are bred and raised to ‘harvest’ within 30-40 days, complete w/ ammonia burns on their legs b/c they can’t support their weight after the food and crowding and lay in waste, absorbing it…, I’m inching towards dropping the ‘white meat’.
            And why did I have to watch the documentary on child trafficking that’s used to harvest our cocoa pods on the Gold coast? Shame on Hersheys.
            Check out MMS, Dr. Simoncini, etc. when you have signs of cancer. Cancer is fungal based, but is also about unresolved inflammation.

          95. beanielou says:

            do you know our body needs cholesterol to function properly. Studies are showing people with low cholesterol levels are dying more then people with elevated cholesterol levels. We do need low level C-reactive protein (inflammation marker)low and trygl., levels. Most Dr;s today go by total cholesterol and that is not the way to go. check out Dr. Stephan Sinatra’s book “The great cholesterol myth”

          96. Upende_Usipende says:

            How do you “lower” C-reactive protein my good learned friend? Yes, its a biological marker for inflammation. A marker is a surrogate — a “thing” that can be measured indirectly and used detect disease activity. However, there are many causes of inflammation that leads to elevated C-reactive protein, cholesterol being one. Others causes of inflammation are infection, toxins, immunoglobulins, etc. A range of C-reactive protein between 2-10 often is associated with LDL cholesterol as the trigger. Higher than 10 often suggest infection and other insults. So to lower the level of C-reactive protein, you have to target the underlying insult to inflammation i.e., cholesterol, specifically LDL-c, infectious agent, toxin, etc. Thats the way to lower C-reactive protein. Please STOP this idiocy of puking scientific nonsense when all you are saying is contradictory garbage.

          97. beanielou says:

            to lower C-reactive protein…turmeric, ginger, omega 3 omega 7, all anti-inflammitories well documented if you just open your closed mind and read. Dr. Stephan Sinatra cardiologist has studied this for years. read his book :the great cholesterol myth” these supplements address inflammation in the arteries which is caused by high LDL, refined sugars/flours/transfats. But, I guess if you want to keep a closed mind go for it. It is your lose NOT mine. DON’T be judgmental until you read and get your facts. Doctors push statins which are NOT good for people. Studies have showed people are dying from low cholesterol not high cholesterol, those who have been put on statins. Many sites out there that will back this info GOOGLE it. Why cholesterol isn’t the problem. inflammation is and it tells why

          98. Upende_Usipende says:

            You didn’t answer my questions. You seem not to understand the pathophysiology of atherosclerosis, C-reactive protein and the role of LDL-c in all this. I can’t help you there. Your so called anti-cholesterol studies and mortality from low cholesterol are mostly anecdotal accounts is not supported by poorly done studies that doesn’t even warrant mention, leave alone referencing. Look up the following pivotal trials that really with no doubt justifies the use of statins therapy for primary prevention of heart attack, stroke, and other vascular related mortality: 1) JUPITER, 2) ASCOT-LLA, 3) AFCAPS/TexCAPS, 4) PROSPER. These are very high quality GLOBAL, multi center studies consistently showing that statins, it doesn’t matter which one, decrease mortslity from vascular events. Remember, these are GLOBAL trials multitudes of dubjects5, virtually removing doubt of cross cultural, and racial differences. Look up, fresh from publication, The ATP IV recommendations which are based on these trials. These recommendations are endorsed by EVERY one; AHA, ACC, Europeans, Chinese, Japanesd, etc. If you are a doctor practicing in the western world and you don’t practice these recommendayiobs, then you’re doung injustice to your patients. There is NO trials in modern medicine that is as good as these. Agaib, atherosclerosis is multifaceted and nit pegged solely in LDL-cm individualized card is therefore necessary.

          99. beanielou says:

            by reading some of your past comments I would just respond by saying you are a smart a** think you know it all.

          100. Upende_Usipende says:

            Feeling paralysed and defeated? Common, lets get going. You cannot obviously handle the truth. You cannot argue without FACTS! You cannot give weak references based on fallacy either. What I referenced are HARD facts. Good luck pursuing quakery.

          101. Kenyan Mocker says:

            You could have lost the weight when eating “crap” because it was causing your body to reject and not absorb what you ingested.
            You also need to be careful since it’s oft said you are what you eat. (teasing)

          102. Kyle Bumpus says:

            Perhaps your “numbers” are simply measuring the wrong thing.

          103. elderlyfox says:

            Not so. It’s the carbs that fatten. Digested carbohydrate, carbs, first top up the glycogen storage in the muscle and liver. The rest is rapidly converted to bodyfat in the cells’ mitochondria via the Krebs and citric acid cycles. Digested fats only slowly convert to useable energy molecules in the liver. Fructose converts directly to bodyfat in the liver. Human physiology says so. Sorry Les..

          104. Jimmy Moroney says:

            Leslie, you lost 30 pounds because you burned more calories than you consumed.

        2. Mark T says:

          Anecdotal evidence is only proof for the ignorant.

        3. Pamela Mann Pastura says:

          Good for you! Common sense rules:) I’m 5’7 and 134# also w/ two children. I’m 55 years old. Only meat I eat is bacon (God I love a good blt!) Other than that I’m a vegetarian. I’m lactose intolerant and don’t enjoy sweets other than a really great fruit pie on the odd occasion. I’d bet many tell you you you’re too thin.

      6. dbau12 says:

        Yeah, he’s most likely right, but hifiwigwam makes a point, and you, me and everyone should demand sources if someone is going to go around challenging science and methodology and then not back that up. I’ll settle for this doctor’s empirical observations, just because while medical experts may disagree on this stuff, processed foods are definitely not what we were naturally designed to consume. So I’ll try and stay away from them whether or not this article has any validity to it or not. Better safe than sorry.

      7. CaydenSelwyn says:

        Ok, “open your own eyes…look around you” is not a way to determine truths and facts. Are you a qualified health professional? Do YOU conduct empirical studies? No? Then what possible reason is there for anyone to listen to you?

      8. Russell Eberts says:

        …because correlation and causation are exactly the same thing. Glad you’re not a scientist.

      9. ChowT says:

        Great points.

      10. Sarah Collett says:

        The pharmaceutical companies have much to lose if we all get healthy. Think they’ll give up billions a yr for us to be truly healthy? LOL!

        Hifiwigwam, 5000+ patients in over 25 years makes him qualified in my opinion. There is much that is misrepresented in medicine for the reason I stated above. If you’re looking for peer reviewed studies, then you’re only looking at the side that pharma wants to show the fda. Many studies are done and then buried. They show what they want and the fda accepts it as that. After all, who do you think gives them their biggest funding? And who do you think works at the fda? People in that industry with billion$ of reasons to keep the status quo, that’s who.

      11. Josh says:

        Well you might want to read what Quackwatch has to say about Dr Lundell.

      12. mmeno says:

        What you’re saying is about the opposite of what scientific research is about… It may well be the food they eat, but it is very probably also the amount of physical exercise they do, or it may well be the amount of sun they get.

        Without proper peer reviewed studies it is just pseudoscience and has absolutely no value and you should *not* base your decisions on it (even if you want it to be true, or if it appears “obvious” to you).

        I’m not saying that what Dr. Lundell says is wrong. What he says in this article may well be true – but the way he presents the result seems like pure speculation.

      13. Kyle Bumpus says:

        Are you implying indigenous peoples are a picture of health? Contrary to what many paleo fanatics seem to believe, malnutrition is the rule, not the exception.

      14. Karolina Jones says:

        He’s obviously right that saturated fats aren’t bad for you? Uh…

        Maybe you need to look at what’s in the average fast food burger, because that’s what’s making people fat. Of course shitty processed foods are bad for you, but saturated fat is no better. This article provides no actual research and provides no proof in the face of numerous studies done showing the adverse affects of saturated fat.

      15. WHAT? says:

        And how many of them have an average life expectancy older than somewhere in their forties? Even accepting your statement, that observation alone is not enough to substantiate the theory. Some work showing the chemical and immunological basis for the theory, much less research that it is sound, would be nice. He could very well be right, but he hasn’t shown us anything more than supposition.

      16. Joseph Vance says:

        Instead of using the word FAT people, Would it be more appropriate to use the Term overweight? You Ignorant ass

      17. therealdrag0 says:

        Do you even science?

      18. Craig Bickford says:

        OK saying things are obvious is an appeal to status qou, get a grip.

    2. sick of it says:

      He is right hifiwigwam. Do some of your OWN research before calling people lazy. I have been researching this topic for years and like so many widely accepted beliefes in the mainstream – they are DEAD WRONG. Kudos to the heart surgeon.

      1. hifiwigwam says:

        I didn’t say he wasn’t right, I am saying the article is lazy. He states that he will use science to prove his point then does no such thing.

        There is no science in this article. That is a shame. Especially if, as you say, he is correct.

        1. ScienceMan says:

          STAND BACK!!!!………I am going to attempt SCIENCE!!!!

        2. Bastion says:

          But who said this was a scientific journal? Who decided that that was the level of scrutiny required for this publication?

          You, I guess.

          The point was awareness. He’s speaking to laymen, and trying to make a persuasive argument. One does that by establishing their credentials, then including data. Whether you take that data as “fact” depends upon whether you trust the speaker.

          What he is NOT doing is making a presentation to scientific peers. If he was, then he’d cite specific research.

          Communication is tricky. You have to speak to your audience. There is a LOT of science and stats in this short article. Cited, no. But that’s not the point for the purpose. And just because it isn’t cited, doesn’t suddenly invalidate it. People make references to qualified research in speeches and whatnot ALL THE TIME.

          Go to Toastmasters. Learn a bit about communication, too. The Dr. was COMPLETELY appropriate to not cite sources. However, it would have been nice to include an “appendix” link to a scientific bibliography (which I’m sure the Dr. could prepare) for interested doubters to get their “true” science fix.

          1. Jadxia says:

            Just because I’m not a scientist, doesn’t mean I can’t understand and don’t use references. There’s a difference between making something easily readable for the average layman and treating people like easily manipulated idiots.

            Perhaps he confused “eating like a caveman” with being one.

          2. Rachel Beckett says:

            The amount of bollox on the internet means that anyone interested in biological matters SHOULD be demanding citations!

          3. Upende_Usipende says:

            Galileo’s 14th century ley person explanation of his astronomical observations is even better than the good doc’s attempt.

    3. McSorley says:

      I cut out most carbs and sugar and lost 30 pounds sitting on the couch. There is plenty of information out there explaining the same thing he is in more detail. For example the movie “the perfect human diet” gives a very detailed analysis.

    4. CommonCents says:

      you should prove him wrong, eat a ton of sugar, processed food, carbs, drink sugary drinks and see what happens to you.

      1. hifiwigwam says:

        I have made no claims that need proving.

      1. hifiwigwam says:

        Ah some sense at last. Thank you!

        1. sick of it says:

          Is this really the first time that you are hearing that sugar is a poison hifi? With your interest in “science” I am greatly surprised, but better late than never I suppose.

          1. hifiwigwam says:

            No. At no point have i said that sugar isn’t poison. Are you struggling to read my posts?

            He promised some science on the issue, then gave us opinion and anecdote. That is my only point. Not controversial. A simple statement of the facts.

      2. Sasha Patino says:

        Thank you. This is science – the good doctor mentioned in your link http://www.nature.com/nrendo/journal/v2/n8/full/ncpendmet0220.html

        The author of this article is not practicing science. Saying the earth revolves around the sun is true. Saying it does so because Apollo’s chariot is dragging us through the sky is not. A hypothesis is only as valid as its supporting evidence, and he provides none. And I find the author’s credentials lacking to say the least. http://www.quackwatch.org/11Ind/lundell.html

        And that makes me question this whole site’s credibility.

        1. Jacob Madsen says:

          While I agree that this particular source is somewhat sketchy and lacks empirical evidence to back it up, if we take the statements at face value, they present an interesting postulation for scientific study. It would seem reasonable that for 25 years of medical practice there might exist a possibility of correlation. But as the argument is presented, we cannot be certain that the nexus of the problem is diet and or prescription drugs. I’m certain the evidence exists somewhere. I mean Dr. Oz keeps beating the inflammation drum with vigor and consistency.
          The Forks over Knives guys offer a little bit more background on health through vegetarianism, though they tend to skew their data as well.
          I will say from an anecdotal point of view, my experience, as well as my friends, is that when refined flours and sugars are eliminated from the diet, several medical conditions simply go away.

      3. Upende_Usipende says:

        Real scientific research. Now we can dare argue.

    5. Lindsay says:

      Honestly, I don’t know if the medical community would look into this. It is a business. They want to promote drugs and “treatments” that don’t get to the root of the problem: the food we are eating. Besides, they make money off of people’s sickness! Many Doctor’s (not all!) are driven by money not curing people which is a complete shame. It’s up to the patient to cure themselves which should not be the case at all.

      1. Upende_Usipende says:

        Wow!! Quite an alarmist there. So how come we are not dieing and actually live to see our fifth birthdays and continue till our current 75 years life expectancy? Modern disease is not all caused by diet. We are expossed to more poisons out there in our environment than chemicals in processed food. So where do we start, and where do we stop?

    6. H2O Limo Florida says:

      Peer reviewed study? He has been inside of 5000 patients. He has attended countless AMA “peer reviewed seminars,” is a HEART SURGEON and has seen, first hand, that the lowfat, eat more wheat US Food Pyramid is wrong….So – he is lazy, huh? How many heart surgeries have your done?

    7. ##### says:

      Please review metabolic syndrome and arterial inflammation. I think he purposely stayed away from quoting too many papers due to the fact that most people never read them anyways. This article was for the common joe.

    8. JayJay Allison says:

      Dr. Atkins (of the Atkins diet fame) discovered this in the early 1990’s. It was just that no one would listen to him. And there have been studies done since then that found similar results. How can a surgeon be lazy? If he is typi

    9. Tom Akers says:

      It would seem that Arizona revoked his license to practice medicine in 2008.


    10. Tom Akers says:

      It would seem that Arizona revoked his license to practice medicine in 2008


      1. Lindsay says:

        Are you serious? Do you seriously trust the Medical field since you know of it as a business? Anyways if you are implying that we should NOT stop eating junk food that has no nutritional value whatsoever, you are seriously endangering yourself and the people around you. Get a clue and start waking up. It may be cheap but it will cost you more in medical bills in the long run. Instead of relying on websites for info, use some of your own sense….

    11. Kim Stuck says:

      I am in the health care field and it is a known fact that inflammation is a major contributor to heart disease.

    12. Jack says:

      I googled his name because I had similar thoughts, and unfortunately this is the first link that came up :http://www.quackwatch.org/11Ind/lundell.html

    13. Corey says:

      He is right: I had “High cholesterol” for 30+ years…dr.’s told me to go on statin drugs…I absolutely refused. After years of badgering by my doctors I agreed to a new test that slows down your heart and takes a picture of arteries…and guess what; I had NO plaque at all. They would have had me on Statin’s, which would have led to a heart attack as they strip the body of necesary enzyme’s…for nothing. Think about it; there is NOTHING normal about the Pyramid of Carbohydrates that we all grew up with.

      1. Upende_Usipende says:

        I got bad news for you! Coronary CT scan is one of the many “tests” used to stage patients with clinical suspicion of heart disease. Well, just because you have “clean” arteries has nothing to do with not having a heart attack within a year. The surerest way is a tress test. There are “plaques” that have low signals that cannot be picked by a CT scan. These plaques can still rapidly become unstable, rapture, and cause heart attack.

    14. parrotenchantress says:

      Read “Good Calorie, Bad Calorie” by Gary Taubes for all the substantiation you will ever need. Names of studies, real results and faked results, who were on them, bias of each individual and more.

    15. Kathie Paolini Kennington says:

      You must be on the Monsanto payroll, because it certainly doesn’t take a scientist to see common sense.

      1. Rachel Beckett says:

        It takes an appreciation of the science method to assess what is anecdotal crap and what has a significant effect. That much is apparent from a lot of the comments here.

        1. Lindsay says:

          You want science? I think a lot of the inflammation is caused by food allergies and many of them is not immediate reactions so it’s hard to identify. Blood type can help identify food allergies.
          Check out the second article which is a scientific study.
          I am literally allergic to processed due to the usage of all of the common allergens. I have blood type O. This study might help a lot of people. And a lot of this stuff does not include a lot of studies… Perhaps because it’s promoting changes of diet and not drugs and “treatments”?

          1. Rachel Beckett says:

            Yes. I want science. I am a scientist. You “think” carries no weight. That’s anecdotal. I see this Dr is a nutritionist – a term that in the US and UK can be adopted by anyone with the mind to.
            But whilst we’re on the anecdotal I think you should get some professional sensitivity tests. Anaphylaxis can kill. But I am guessing if you are in America this can cost money. I worry that a lot of these self proclaimed nutritionists prey on the worried. Her fees are not cheap. Two of the worst allergens are nickel and sulphites (my friend developed life-threatening allergies suddenly and I followed her progress). Try to avoid them as they seem to trigger more allergies. Good luck.

    16. Alex Stone says:

      Just look at our digestive tracts. Any 1st year anatomy student can tell you we are carnivores, not herbivores.

    17. ray nassar says:

      There is nothign to dispute. It is pure biochemistry. The body needs glucose in the blood. but if you give it the sugar it will not convert fat into glucose. Why not question the diet and exercise freaks that lie in every ad. You cannot “burn” fat from anywhere, you burn it equally from everywhere. If you do a million crunches, you burn the same amount of fat in your finger as you just did in your abs. That is pure biochemistry.

    18. Helen Alderson says:

      He is right. This info has been available for years. This is not the type of media that allows for journal references. Reading this article is not work. You need to do the heavy lifting and read the journals. Honestly, I looked for the date on this. I figured the post had to be a couple of years old. Best cardiac assessment is the Bale-Doneen method. Framingham study is erroneous cubed.

    19. Josef says:


      how many surgeries have you performed ?

      When someone of his stature makes a statement it is qualified. His experience stands behind him & he needs no peer support really. How many peers do you think he will have? Besides, he does not have the luxury of collect peer reviews as he & his peers are busy people. Be thankful he is open & fearless about going against the established norms to make these statements. Take his advice if u want or piss off !

      1. Rachel Beckett says:

        Why? How many healthy people who gorge on brioche do you suppose he has operated on? People who eat whatever they want and are unaffected? I daresay that the subsample of the population he bases his anecdotes on are not a representation of the populace at large.

    20. Jaberty says:

      Here is a video created by Sanja Gupta and 60 Minutes that looks like it back up his theory with research… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pxG3YiBMMZE

    21. Kent Green says:

      You mean an article with many citations like this one? http://www.quackwatch.org/11Ind/lundell.html

    22. TruckinMack says:

      I’ve no idea if this guy is right or not, but I feel much better when I eat meat, fruit and vegetables than when I eat sugar, white flour, and potatoes. My own theory for years has been that since carbohydrates are easier for the body to metabolize than protein and lipids, then if your diet is high in protein and fat your body learns how to metabolize protein and fat. If your diet is high in carbohydrates, it burns carbohydrates and stores fats. It’s a biological response to diet. (Similarly proper exercise doesn’t wear the body out, it leads to a stronger body. It’s not a mechanical response to exercise, it’s a bio-mechanical response to exercise.)

      I think an obvious fact is that people don’t get fat eating meat, butter and fat. They get fat eating snacks (sugar, flour, potato chips, soda). Reduce these and watch your weight decline.

      My cholesterol for most of my life has been in the 180-190 range. Since I started working out so much, my cholesterol has risen to the 200-210 range, which a tiny, tiny bit elevated, though my ‘good’ cholesterol is 18 points higher than normal. A side effect of intense exercise is increased ‘good’ cholesterol, so likely my ‘bad’ cholesterol levels have been stable my whole life.

      30 years ago accepted levels for cholesterol were in the 220-240 range. I often wonder if the drug companies have pushed for lowered accepted cholesterol levels so they can sell more drugs. Interestingly, statins often lead to muscle pain, which makes exercise more difficult. I’d rather work out than hurt, so taking statins seems counter productive to optimal health.

    23. gardenweasel says:

      I don’t know if you’re an idiot or a troll or both. the man is a heart surgeon with 25 years experience and he needs to cite references for your sorry ass? right. I think his methodology is 25 freakin’ years as a heart surgeon! talk about lazy, if you can’t use Google to look up any of the info he gives then you certainly don’t have much of a chance of understanding a PR study. this is an article, not a book. BTW, “peer review” and “clinical trials” are the biggest scams the pharmaceutical/agribusiness con men have ever come up with. Having a study approved by your peers is like having your parole approved by your fellow convicts. And, clinical trials were setup as a necessary requirement for all medicines – even food! – by the FDA and the pharmaceutical facists because they are the only ones that can afford them. Who will spend millions of dollars to prove a natural substance can cure a disease when they can’t patent it or get exclusive rights to recoup their costs? Nice racket, isn’t it? Oh, and to be clear, HE IS RIGHT.

    24. Ann Sturdevant says:

      We don’t need peer reviews. Any one person or company can sway stats. Proof is in what we are seeing and what has and hasn’t worked. it is obvious. Eat the way nature intended and stop messing with our food. Marketing propaganda is for whomever can afford to pay for it. When you know how the body works it really is a no brainer and this is perfectly sensible.

    25. Abby Bologa says:

      Unqualified?! He’s a surgeon.This is an online blog. Not a book. He’s analogies are great and hit a bigger audience. I am assuming that’s why he wrote it like that instead of using big science words that I don’t know because I didn’t go to 8 years of medical school. Where’s your common sense? If you are capable of going online to find this article and state your opinion you’re smart enough to seek the information out online.

      We are in the digital age. We are shifting into that world wide community where we aren’t so reliant on one person’s opinion. Plenty of scientific information on health from both ends of the spectrum. Don’t be so lazy. It’s not a matter if he is right anymore. It’s a matter of what do you want the information to do for you.

      Besides, I’ve read hundreds of blogs of people (regular housewives, to chefs, to businessman etc) being [forgive the term] “fat”, “sick” “tired” and so on where they defied their doctors prognosis that what they had was terminal or not fixable. What they did was the most simple lifestyle change…have a better diet. Move more, stress less, eat more wholefoods and less processed foods. Do you really need more science to prove this to you?

    26. herefishyfishy says:

      Maybe he didn’t refer to “studies” or peer reviews, but I’d say that a lifetime of studying heart disease and performing surgeries where his findings were consistent, more than qualifies him to speak up and tell people what he has found. When one looks at the diet of modern day America and then looks at the medical statistics, there is only one direction to point a finger. America, your diet is killing you.

    27. Ryan says:

      If he wasn’t so lazy and turned this into a scientific journal, then most of us would not have read this article and would not have benefited from it.

      Time is limited, not everyone can afford to analyse these things for hours

    28. beanielou says:

      if you don’t believe him read Dr. Sinatra’s book “The great cholesterol myth”. Dr. Sinatra is a cardiologist and says the same thing and he gives info on studies that prove this.;

    29. Bill Jeffries says:

      Or maybe you’re lazy if you’ve never read anything similar to this and have just followed the status quo.

    30. cazie says:

      I can verify what he says. If you eat non-processed, organic (whenever possible) fruits and veggies, and distilled water you’ll be so much more healthy than so many. True story. I’m over 60 and take no meds and am very healty. It’s common sense that good stuff in does the best for a body.

    31. fidalgoman says:

      It seems however that those reviews are starting to roll in. The only complaint of say an Adkins diet is the lack of fiber. Fiber is easy to obtain even if you have to add it as a supplement.

    32. Read Wheat Belly by Dr. Davis, also a cardiologist or Grain Brain by Dr. Perlmutter. Tune into the podcast called Humans are not broken or better yet get a physical and run all of the tests here: http://robbwolf.com/2011/11/23/its-in-the-blood-when-it-rains-it-pours/. Then eat veggies, meat, some nuts & seeds for 30 days and get tested again. At the end of the day it’s all about individual results.

    33. Andrew Schwartz says:

      I’m sorry so many people lash out at the slightest skepticism, even if valid. Here’s a good start: two peer-reviewed meta analyses of hundreds of studies, both of which address saturated fat.

      [1] – http://archinte.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1108492
      [2] – http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20071648

      [2] is pulled from another good resource: http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/fats-full-story/

      which, itself, is more about the low-fat diet in general. They’re less gung-ho about the saturated fats idea, but do mention recent studies that bring up this idea, and include links to both peer-reviewed studies as well as popular media interpretations.

    34. CriticalThinking101 says:

      He is only referencing basic Physiology and Nutrition Science…100/200 level college course work. It’s actually pretty shocking learning these things for ones self in school and wonder what happens when people go off to medical school…they get conditioned to treat “problems” within accepted “norms” that are based off nothing but medical and pharmaceutical special interests.nn1

    35. Thomas Burke says:

      peer review….LOL it’s the so called “peer” reviews that have created this mess.
      I solve problems all the time, and I don’t need peer review to back my findings.
      think about it, one person has the right concept and idea, but because a dozen others simply don’t agree, his work and ideas go no where. 2nd consideration, drug companies are in the biz of making money, just like any other business. if no one use’s there product they make no money and at some point will fail as a business. the simple fact, some one that makes billions on something they sell, all of a sudden some one comes along and proves, what there selling is not needed. Do You Really Think They Are Going To Back His Finding and lose all that $$$$

    36. Kristina Nadreaugift says:

      agree 100% with hifi I have cred as many years in the med device/cardiovascular industry as well as the classic western medicine training.

    37. RM4213 says:

      His Omega 6/Omega 3 claims have been tested and are well excepted in the science community. Im an immunologist.. scientists have know this for quite some time.. its about time the medical profession starts to catch up.. the only problem I have with what he said is that statins do more than reduce cholesterol..they are potent anti-inflammatories.. also Cholesterol is metabolized into pro-inflammatory mediators that drive Th/Tc17 inflammation which has been implicated as the most causal inflammation in autoimmune disorders.

    38. Betty King says:

      How do you know his statements are unqualified? After 25 years of treating patients with heart disease, I would say his base of information gives loads of credibility to his statements.

    39. Mary Mactavish says:

      Quackwatch has an opinion about him: http://www.quackwatch.org/11Ind/lundell.html

    40. Michele Hoyt says:

      He is right, actually there are many who are starting to agree with him, but as he said doctors mostly refuse to admit they might have made a mistake, let alone that they not only make a mistake but that the mistakes they made are slowly (and not so slowly) killing us. This is the basis of both the Atkins and South Beach Diets and even Paleo to a degree. Those who follow them properly have repeatedly turned their health around…reversing diabetes, high BP, High cholesterol, etc…I followed the low fat, high grain healthy diet recommended, got plenty of moderate exercise and ate less than 1500 calories a day and still gained a ton of weight. I switched to a low carb, higher fat higher protein diet, I eat an egg, 2 strips of bacon, 1/2 an avocado every I morning…I do not snack before lunch, I do not get tired mid morning, I am more focused, I feel better and eating along that same line 3 meals a day, having meat and veggies but no starches for my other meals, I am steadily losing weight. I put butter (real butter) on my veggies, I use real cream in my coffee, I eat whipped cream, cheese, cream cheese, bacon, beef, pork, chicken (with skin). I cook with olive oil, I use coconut oil, I eat nuts and veggies and cheese and olives for snacks, when I need one. I drink a ton of water, I do not get cravings, I do not cheat or snack between meals, I do not have blood sugar crashes or spikes. I limit my refined carbs to before noon so that I am sure I am working them off and balance them with protein to avoid sugar crashes.

    41. johnlo says:

      I do agree that this is not a science journal article with referenced studies, etc. and is more a representation of his conclusions from years of study and observation. That being said, all you have to do is do a little digging, and you’ll find studies that indicate just what he is talking about, going back several decades — in other words, this is not new, just delayed by the authority complex taking way to long to admit it is wrong.
      On another note, the blind acceptance of “scientific” study, and peer reviewed articles, is foolishness. Science, more often than not, exists in a linear state, whereas nature does not. Studies filled with separation of parts, processes isolated, food studies taken out of normal context, do not represent nature. In other words, science, while useful, has some serious flaws, and to lay blind obeisance to it is, once again, foolish. Nature creates all kinds of wrinkles in its ever outward expression, collection, and utilization of information, and it can’t truly be measured, as the closer you get to something, the more you see, it is not the straight line Euclidean geometry has led you to believe.

    42. Kenny D says:

      hifiwigwam,,, Get a clue doctors and the government have told us crap for 50 plus years. This guy is being honest! We need more Doctors to come clean and tell the truth.

    43. MrCHUPON says:

      Though you’re “right” in that it would be nice if he referenced / footnoted actual studies

      or scientific research, he’s not alone in his statements nor are they unqualified…

      Books you should read:
      “The Smarter Science of Slim” by Jonathon Bailor
      “Good Calories, Bad Calories” and “Why We Get Fat” by Gary Taubes
      “Death by Food Pyramid” by Denise Minger
      “The Primal Connection” by Mark Sisson

      Posts / studies you should read:
      Dr. Peter Attia’s guest post on Cholesterol citing scientific knowledge about the biochemical functions of cholesterol and their effects on the body: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/the-straight-dope-on-cholesterol-10-things-you-need-to-know-part-1/#axzz2s97R0b7S
      The Rotterdam Study that showed results where high-saturated fat intake reduced cardiac mortality: http://www.willner.com/content/561_A.pdf
      The biochemistry of storing excess carbohydrates as adipose (fat) tissue: http://ebm.sagepub.com/content/225/3/178.full
      Debunking of Red Meat Scare Study: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/red-meat-study/#axzz2s98E9rbg and http://www.proteinpower.com/drmike/fast-food/meat-and-mortality/
      Finnish Mental Health Hospital study vilifying saturated fat was criticized for poor controls: http://wholehealthsource.blogspot.com/2009/07/finnish-mental-hospital-trial.html
      Cholesterol intake vs. Cardiovascular disease correlation: http://i247.photobucket.com/albums/gg158/MDA2008/cholesterol-cardiovasc-men.gif
      Saturated Fat vs. Coronary Heart Disease correlation: http://i247.photobucket.com/albums/gg158/MDA2008/6a00d8341d0fcc53ef01156f35e74d970b-.png

      Videos / movies you should watch:
      “The Wisdom of Crowds” – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KzPnnDDCIjo
      “Fat Head” – Tom Naughton (Netflix, Hulu Plus, youTube)

      “Statin Nation” by Justin Smith
      “Is Cholesterol Truly Bad?” – Dr. David Perlmutter, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hVnyI7IRNlk

    44. Karolina Jones says:

      Yeah, here’s an actual article linking actual facts. Of course saturated fats are bad for you. This guy must be being paid off by big beef or something. He’s not saying anything new about processed foods, but he’s promoting saturated fats which is pretty disturbing.


    45. David says:

      I’m sure someone has said this. I assume that he recognizes he’s talking to Facebook folk and other regular Joes. I see articles all day long about Constitutional issues without any legal citations to relevant cases, statutes, journals, or the Constitution; but we accept the writing because it is prima facie valid and written to a nonacademic crowd. If you are really in significant disagreement, or even agreement, then get the references, it’s not that tough.

    46. Nostents4me says:

      Here is a link to one recent study strongly linking increased sugar consumption to increased heart disease. http://archinte.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1819573
      The study is no proof and likewise there was never any proof for that saturated fat was bad…. That 80% of diabetics die from cardiovascular complications may be news for some. Also that they can normalize their blood sugar by avoiding carbs, like standard practice was before 1980.

    47. Aurumgirl says:

      He is right. He does have proof–clinical proof. Every one can see that the the current theory on heart disease, and it’s “treatment” has only created more heart disease and suffering. Do a minute of reading into food cultures that existed before this “medical breakthrough” of cholesterol and heart disease, and you’ll see that people ate lots of fat, lots of red meat, lots of all the “no no” foods–they lived longer, and without heart disease. You don’t need “peer review” studies to “prove” what is readily seen in practice, universally.

    48. Jimmy Moroney says:

      eat shit idiot

    49. Rob Neff says:

      Just as a point of interest, Dr. Lundell did lose his medical license in 2008.
      I’ll agree with eating colorful vegetables and avoiding processed food, pretty much every doctor out there agrees with that part.

    50. gerona48 says:

      While his own reputation is a tad suspect (Google him), the research that he mentions is out there. I suggest that you go to Google Scholar and search “arterial inflammation and heart disease.” There are multiple journal articles that stretch back 15 years or so and support his statements. Most reputable cardiologists are aware of the inflammation research. The problem is getting patients to change their eating habits. Most patients want a pill and are unwilling to make changes in their lifestyle. Nevertheless, the inflammation argument is valid and has been upheld by research. So, to answer your last question, what if he is right? He is.

    51. Nick Alutin says:

      “Forks over Knives” the movie… Everything he relates here is proven by science in this documentary… Watch it…

    52. Lisa McNeil says:

      I agree with this entire article BUT I also agree with hifiwigwam…in order to actually create change in the status quo it is IMPERATIVE that clinical studies are cited and any chance of “opinion” be put aside. We function within an evidence based society and medical system, we need to challenge that same system with clinical evidence and stats. I think a lot can be taken from observation but if he was a true healer he would back up his opinion with proven facts. Out of curiosity I did a search on our fine doctor listed above, as a clinician I’ve been taught “know my source”….well, http://www.quackwatch.org/11Ind/lundell.html . While I agree with the premise of his article and statistics show we aren’t getting any healthier even with all our epidemiological interventions, real research needs to begin to change how heart disease is currently being treated.

    53. happyvoter1 says:

      You must be a medical doctor with the AMA that doesn’t know anything else. You need to educate yourself. Start with BellyFat or The Adkins diet book! I have followed these and now fel great without inflammation!

    54. Kim Nguyen says:

      you obviously missed his opening of the article about opinion makers. open your eyes and look around us, all the obesity, sick and medicated us. Dr. didnt try to sell us a diet pill or you would be the first to jump at it and order it all for yourself. the lazy part is more on your side, you would continue going through drive-through and order the largest size drink available, and whatever served on their menus, instead of grow your own veg n chickens, kill, wash, cook them for yourself, so you know exactly what you put in your mouth, because its too much work. American loves to eat, especially Chinese food, like their junks, we couldnt get enough.

      make a small change in your life and what the affect of it. Reading Doctor’s work history, he saves lives. I read and i think of what makes sense, and what not. I also believe in miracles and the power of prayers.

    55. Kelvin Appelgren says:

      Live comfortably in your paradigm. You are serving it well!

    56. Miki says:

      The scientific backup is undoubtedly available – what we just read is merely a soundbite (or its visual equivalent). He IS right, so you may miss out – plus, what is there to lose when looking around, all other ways are obviously NOT right

  6. terptek1 . says:

    It is my unfounded opinion based on anecdotal evidence that one day, all our hearts will cease pumping blood through our bodies. Let’s keep thinking about that, and hug our family members a bit more often – love life!

  7. Deepta says:

    At least you died all the food that you want and FULL :-) .

  8. TheZenOfLYme says:

    He’s a bit late to the party: Gary Taubes already wrote about it in Good Calories, Bad Calories and that’s just one I can think of-I’m sure there are more: and yes there are plenty of studies. These days you can find data to support just about anything and just because this numbskull doesn’t mention any doesn’t mean they don’t exist. If you’re really concerned about your diet I’m sure you’ll find evidence to support eating however you like. We have a way (as humans) of blocking out any data that doesn’t fit into our already defined belief systems. Everything else is noise to us isn’t it? Mr. Heart Surgeon: sorry you’re such a late bloomer and unfortunately you’re not alone. Hope you can undo some of the damage your dogmatic “opinions” have caused.

    1. H2O Limo Florida says:

      Just because he is late doesn’t make him wrong. If you watched Fathead….you know this doctor could be out of a job, publicly scorned and treated badly. Someone among them, the real doctors on the scene, have to give people the truth. Not many are willing to give up their lifetime kickback from Lipitor. Just say THANK YOU and lets move forward now…with doctors giving us corrected information is all I want at 51!

  9. Shari says:

    I agree that natural foods are probably the best for you, but not everyone can afford that. I’d also have to say that my kids would detest that kind of eating every day, even if the started that kind of eating from the day that they were born and knew no other way of eating. People tend to eat what they like no matter if it’s “good” for you or not. I think it’s best to eat in moderation no matter what diet you follow and just add a little bit of exercise along with it. That’s just my opinion!

    1. Dorci says:

      Heart surgery and death are even more costly than eating healthy. Not buying oreos is cheaper than buying oreos. If we’d replace all the pasta and chips and cookies with vegetables, we’d be doing ourselves a huge favor.

    2. Tania Steyn says:

      Shari, nothing is cheaper than growing your own vegetables, and you can even do that in an Apartment. Your kids will love the activity, and will definitely be happy to eat their own produce.

  10. daisy3 says:

    One thing is for sure – none of us are going to live forever. Who to believe as to what we should or should not eat? I’d say, as another poster has, enjoy everything in moderation.

    1. Lindsay says:

      It’s more about quality of life. You know what’s sad? How this generation coming up is consuming nothing but artificial crap. No wonder we have so many food allergies! People in their 40’s-50’s do not understand what the next generation has gone through with being overweight our entire lives. It kills our self confidence. At least you guys get overweight after being in your 20’s. And you know what’s worse, it’s the 40-50 aged generation that is doing it to their kids because of this “moderation” tactic. We are slowly killing the next generation and causing mental illnesses along the way. You need to understand the severity of this type of diet. This surgeon is trying to save us from a lifetime of hospital bills!! Do research!

      1. Paul says:

        Lindsay you should “Do research” because you are woefully uneducated on the scientific method. Instead of ranting at every person on this feed who happens to show scepticism on an anecdotal article, please do some research on what is required to consider something a proof in science.

        This ex doctor (struck off for killing his patients through his own negligence) is no more worth listening to than some random person you meet in the street.
        That doesn’t mean this isn’t true. But it needs to be proven beyond doubt through published research.

        And please don’t bleat the same old bullshit line about the inability to get funding. He won’t get funding because he’s a fraud, not because of some mass cover-up. There are plenty of obesity or heart disease charities that would gladly fund credible research. So your point is moot anyway.

        It’s morons like you with your “I believe anything the internet tells me” approach to life that continues to spread this fucking nonsense to other impressionable people causing long term risks to those people and yourself.

        1. Lindsay says:

          Excuse me? Okay then. You really need proof that changing your diet to not include processed food helps avoid heart disease and obesity?
          You know it’s horrible because my generation is stuck in the world of medications. Don’t start telling me that we are healthier because of them. I have seen a lot of crap thrown at me from doctors. You know what’s crazier? I have food allergies that took about 10 years to figure out. I have been miserable for a very long time with multiple rashes to only have my doctor tell me “it’s normal” and to just apply cream. Bullshit. I figured out my food allergies myself and figured out that I am in fact allergic to all the chemical additives in the processed food (also eggs, dairy, and wheat) by a process of elimination. I started eating organic food and I feel amazing and lost 15 pounds along the way. My “acne” disappeared too! Now I don’t have to use any type of acne cream anymore! It’s a miracle! Imagine all those people with chronic acne. So don’t tell me about the scientific method because I used it to cure myself. I told the doctor and she was baffled.
          There are a lot of people out there with similar problems. Stomachs, bloating, rashes. Just because you might not be one of them, it doesn’t mean that this surgeon isn’t right. I think he’s right because I’ve already proven it!!! Inflammation is caused by food allergies or any allergy. I also followed the blood type diet to cure myself which is also recommended by a lot of doctors. Check it out. The “O” blood type diet is known to help a lot of women with blood type “O” since they have the most food sensitivities.

  11. Micheal McCheese says:

    You want him to quote a “peer reviewed study”? LOL! How do you think the low fat diet came into existence? Most “studies” are total bullshit, bought and paid for by certain parties looking for specific results. Meanwhile, Sweden has officially rejected the low fat diet as having any health value.

    1. hifiwigwam says:

      I want him to do as he promised.

      How has Sweden “officially rejected” a low fat diet. This is very interesting, do you have any evidence for this?

      1. sick of it says:

        Now your just becoming a royal pain hifi. Again, if something like this article peaks your interest, look into it and do your OWN research. Threads are mostly opinion. We don’t write with sources and the APA at our sides. At least I don’t. It doesn’t mean that I don’t have the means to do so, it just means that I am not typing a flipping research paper when browsing the net! :)

        1. hifiwigwam says:

          Thanks. So you just made that up about Sweden. Well done you.

          1. sick of it says:

            What scientific method would your propose hifi. since there are many? On top of multiple classes in research and biology, physiology and anatomy, I have read enough on the subject over the years to determine that I agree with what this article asserts. If you need more information, go get it. :) Why do you assume that posters that agree with this article haven’t already done their research?

          2. kayles says:

            Thank you hifiwigwam. You’re comments are very interesting and correct. The author tells us this will be scientific and then writes about his personal experiences and belief (which, in essence, could be the beginning of a very interesting theory which could then be tested according to the scientific process). Although I agree with him, I was also expecting to see at least one article cited. However, this article is more mainstream and probably not intended for the academic audience, so if you’re looking for scientific research, may I suggest limiting your search to peer-reviewed articles based on this topic?

  12. CommonCents says:

    “modern medicine” always seems to want to treat symptoms and not the core causes. Wonder why?

    1. TexasBlonde51 says:

      Specialists are lazy and want to treat one specific organ only rather than the entire patient. That fact that a process happening in another part of the body does not fall into the narrow channel heart specialists treat. Even heart specialists need to treat the entire person and not just the heart.

  13. metamoxie says:

    I don’ t hear any mention of chlaymydia pneumoniae. A well known risk factor for cardiac events. I am still waiting to hear an explanation for inflammation. It’s just not about food.

  14. Mr. J. says:

    This worked for me years ago.. All I did ,with good advice, was I kept my carbohydrate count food intake to a max of 60 grs a day.. It’s said you need 40 grs to be healthy.. Your body manufactures carbs also.. I ate Bacon-Burger- Stakes , Any kind of meat.. Frozen veggies or fresh veggies .. I ate Fresh Strawberries with heavy cream , blueberries.. Bananas with heavy cream. etc. I lost 55 lbs in 6 weeks with this diet.. SO if YOU want to lose fat, Get a carbohydrate counter hand book & keep count.. I did not exercise or walk or any special training.. All I did was work- play- drank RUM & Diet Coke,- Played with my kids outside.. eat & sleep.. The pounds came off fast.. Try it u’ll like it..

    1. goodvalues says:

      Well, I can see your problem, Mr. J. – eating “stakes” has GOT to be not only unsavory going down, but unpleasant coming out.

      1. Mr. J. says:

        Well I see that there is a difference in Stakes & Steaks. hahaha.. My Bad.. Thanks for the reply my friend.. Have a great day.. Mr. J.

        The English language sucks at times lol..

  15. Tracy Borden Whitaker says:

    I dismiss this entire theory based on “labelled” being spelled with two l’s and
    “defence” with a “c”. Incorrect spelling, grammar and punctuation from any professional source or article gives me heart disease. I know what causes mine. I just experienced the red rubbing of my arteries from the brush he speaks of here. Now I shall enjoy a bowl of ice cream and a sweet roll to comfort me. *wink*

    Life is short if we live to be one hundred. Who wants to live long and be healthy but miserable? Laugh big, love bigger. Forgive people, be grateful and gives thanks to The Lord for all blessings rather than focusing on difficulties. Life is over too quickly for all of us. One thing is for certain. We shall all die of a heart that stops. Make peace with that and the present until then. That is my unsolicited, sage wisdom for the day. You’re welcome. :)

    1. Mick says:

      Actually, ‘defence’ is correct and ‘labelled’ is, also, correct. They are the British English spelling and mean exactly the same thing as ‘defense’ and ‘labeled’. Stop being an idiot and have a nice day.

      1. Tracy Borden Whitaker says:

        The first paragraph was tongue-in-cheek humor. I am sorry you may be one who lives long and healthy but miserable. Try and grow a sense of humor while I forgive your idiocy and enjoy my life. I will have a nice day, thank you… and hope you have an even better one.

        1. Mick says:

          Tongue-in-cheek humour? Citing words that are spelt correctly as being spelt incorrectly as the basis of that humour? Like I said, idiocy. I only picked apart your first paragragh because your second paragraph mentions ‘The Lord’ and ‘wisdom’ within a few sentences of each other and that is enough to indicate you might be a fruitbat anyway.

          1. Tracy Borden Whitaker says:

            Dear Hateful One,

            I am not particularly wise in my own eyes. If I thought so I would surely be a fool. However, I am wise enough to discern my reference to the word “Lord” is the reason your brushes are inflaming your arteries, and the “Lord” word is the “fruitbat” up your tail which is obviously impacted. It clearly plagues you to a miserable state of wretchedness in which you would be so petty as to attempt to bully me on a health site. I make no apologies for my personal belief in God. However, a colonic may provide you some relief along with a sweet roll wrapped in ‘aluminium’. Try hard to enjoy your short life. I will continue to enjoy mine by ignoring your harassment. ‘Colour’ in your ‘glamour’ ‘catalogue’ or something.

          2. hifiwigwam says:

            Hahaha I declare Tracy the winner. ( I am sure Mick will see the tongue in cheek humour (humor) in this post too. ;-)

          3. Lindsay says:

            You and Tracey can have fun being sick… You realize that food was not originally intended to be “pleasurable”, it was intended to fuel the body. Processed food is not doing that and causing lots of health issues. You want proof? Try eating healthy yourself. I would recommend the blood type diet. And there are still a ton of theories out there that haven’t been tested…. You want donate the money to test this?? It’s not so easy especially in this economy….

    2. beebee says:

      both the words “labelled” and “defence” are spelled correctly – so ….

      1. RLM says:


    3. Lindsay says:

      I would rather be healthy but thanks for your “wisdom”. I seriously don’t understand some people’s thought process. If you had the opportunity to cure yourself of sickness, why wouldn’t you? It should be about quality of life not quantity of years. Besides people that eat unhealthy are lucky to live to 70 years. With all of the health sources out there, being overweight to me is a choice! (Or ignorance).

    4. Mark R. Mach says:

      By this logic, if health means nothing and everything is pleasure based, you could just throw caution to the wind and huff gasoline, sniff glue, and shoot heroin. Putting things in that damage your body into it for the sake of enjoyment is not something I would recommend to anyone—there are plenty of enjoyable activities (and foods) that don’t require you to damage yourself.

      I have been eating a whole-foods plant-based diet for two years now, and have yet to ever regret it. I would never view my life as “miserable” or even think that my food isn’t palatable—in fact it is great! I don’t miss eating 150 pounds of sugar (average US consumption) nor the extra 50 pounds of unnecessary fats to my diet every year.

      When you eat junk food, you learn to love it. When you eat real, healthy food, you learn to love it, too. The choice is yours.

      And one more fact that may sway your stance: based on a small study that I recently performed based on a very small statistical sample, it was noted that bad dietary habits are strongly correlated with poor spelling ability.

    5. Ian Smith says:

      different people have different definitions of happiness… yes, i’m going to die one day, but i would rather live longer, have kids, meet their kids, and maybe even meet their kid’s kids. whoever said having a long life is miserable, has probably just lived most of their life in misery. sure, you may see many friends and family die, but that is also part of life. its on you to be able to grieve, move on, and continue enjoying life. I like to think there is a reason behind most of the cliche phrases that people say, and its no exception when i hear people at funerals talking about their loved ones saying “they lived a long and happy life.”

    6. Hope says:

      how is eating healthy focusing on difficulties, if it makes you more energetic and feel lighter on your feet?

  16. Susan Bingham says:

    The ten year World Health Organization’s study with countries all over the earth found that those with the lowest cholesterol had the highest rates of heart attacks while those with the highest cholesterol levels had the fewest. That study, sound, broad, long term, not influenced by the pharmaceutical industry, hifiwigwam, was enough for me. If you want more info on “studies” supporting low cholesterol check out the documentary STATIN NATION: The Great Cholesterol Cover Up.

    1. Upende_Usipende says:

      Mmmmh. Another of those crazy conspiracy theories.

  17. PrimalMex says:

    I can only speak from my own personal experience and that is by eliminating processed manufactured foods and returning to whole foods and whole fats, I feel better, look better and perform better on a daily basis. At 60 I am finally the healthiest I have ever been. Giving up on pre-packaged manufactured foods means I have had to teach myself to cook all over again. It is not expensive to buy fresh produce and proteins. You can do so much more with whole foods than you can with food in a box or can labelled heart healthy. :)

  18. Gary Cornely says:

    hifiwigwam, I can provide an answer to at least your question about Sweden rejecting the low fat diet.

    “Sweden has become the first Western nation to develop national
    dietary guidelines that reject the popular low-fat diet dogma in favor
    of low-carb high-fat nutrition advice.

    The switch in dietary advice followed the publication of a two-year study by the independent Swedish Council on Health Technology Assessment. The committee reviewed 16,000 studies published through May 31, 2013.”

    I got this from a health reporter, I have not located the SCHTA report but I have a friend (Dr.) in Sweden who confirmed that the council did change their recommendations.

    1. hifiwigwam says:

      Thank you Gary. That is interesting.

    2. Upende_Usipende says:

      Careful with meta analysis review studies. Just saying.

  19. Greta42 says:

    If you’ve paid attention over the years, you would have seen many articles about the virtues of the Mediterranean diet: Olive oil, fresh fruits and vegetables, fish and lean meats. low sugar eating. Seems to be what this doctor is now talking about.

  20. Sally Simpson says:

    He might be late to the party , but hes a heart surgeon , hes actually opened people up and looked inside , hes reporting his findings and backing up what other scientists and dieticians have been saying , it doesnt matter who joins the party , or when, as long as they do and they are loud! The message needs to get out there somehow and governments arent listening , they are still peddling the same rubbish

  21. Loader2000 says:

    80% of the beneficial effect that the author of the article proposes would be achieved by simply avoiding sugar, pastries, candy and soft-drinks. I’m guessing another 15% benefit derives from avoiding processed foods high in Omega-6. If I had to make an educated guess, based on my own experience, I would say that avoiding whole grains will not buy you much in terms of health. Humans have been eating whole grains for 10,000 years, through 100’s of famine cycles. That is more than enough time for micro-evolution to optimize, at least somewhat, our chemistry to handle whole grains. Basically, I’m just getting tired of the war on wheat. Just stop eating candy, pastries and soft-drinks and you will lose weight, have lots of energy and lower significantly your risk of heart disease.

    1. Tania Steyn says:

      There is no harm in whole grains. He was referring to processed food of any kind.

    2. Lindsay says:

      Unfortunately, whole grains are extremely processed. And people like me are allergic to gluten because of the modifications to wheat. I understand the frustration but a lot of people actually get sick from eating it. Why should we eat something that causes inflammation? That’s why the war is going on. We screwed ourselves over in laymen terms.

      1. Loader2000 says:

        Good point. I would love to buy bread based on hierloom wheat varieties that have been minimally processed. I’m not sure how much healthier they would be for me, since I’m not allergic to gluten, but they might taste better and would allow folks like yourself to eat good, healthy whole grains.

        1. Lindsay says:

          What’s interesting is that I’ve been following the blood type diet. It seems to work for people with blood type O which is proclaimed to be highly sensitive to dairy, eggs (in my case), and wheat. Anything processed does not agree with me due to the emulsifiers. I just eat red meat, nuts, veggies, fruits, and fish. I lost a ton of weight and kept it off. People with A blood type and B blood type can handle the processed food better. And that’s what the surgeon is talking about when he mentions inflammation. I think this applies highly to people with blood type O. That’s why the paleo diet works for some but not others.

  22. Bigenuff100 says:

    This surgeon is making claims, that it isn’t fat, but sugars (the wrong kind) that is causing heart disease.

    Tuned Body is not a medical journal. This guy is making naked claims and shows no links to his data that he says he “proves.”

    Usually when a person proves something they will back it up beyond an argument and point out the data, or at least where the data can be found.

    I understand the guy is writing for the layman. But I think there should be a little more than, “I saw it, therefore it is true” kind of statement. Until he presents proof beyond anectdotes, I take his theory with a grain of salt (which is supposedly bad for you too).

    Exercise and eat in moderation most of the time and someday you will die anyway. The good doctor fails to point out that people are living longer than ever before in history, so the analogy of “the consequences of which dwarf any historical plague in terms of mortality” I believe is inapt.

    To make such a powerful argument without even one cite makes me question his conclusion. Let’s see the proof he says he has…

    1. Lindsay says:

      I said this before… There’s not a lot of data to prove his theories because who would sponsor the study? Our society has gone too far to the point that healthcare is in foremost a BUSINESS. Health is no longer their highest priority, it is making money. (I really don’t think Obamacare will be helping our “health” too). A lot of food companies would lose money if this is proven to be true as well. If you want a cure, you have to do it yourself. If you want to be “treated”… Go to a Doctor… Your choice. I think this surgeon is right. Our society has never been sicker.

  23. Haring Gangis says:

    there’s something we call “due diligence”, or in cyberspace it’s called google

  24. Matthew Chrisman says:

    http://www.quackwatch.org/11Ind/lundell.html …come on people, do your homework, if webster had a pic next to “unreliable ” it would be this guy.

  25. Aiki says:

    Yep. Anyone interested in digging deeper and understanding the mechanisms more fully should watch this…


  26. laurelannb says:

    I think we’d have to go back farther than “grandmothers”. My grandmother was born in 1922, and she loved her some Twinkies. She jumped on the processed food bandwagon that became all the rage in the 50’s. I think we’d have to go back to my GREAT-grandmother, born in 1900, to find cookery closer to nature.

  27. Larry Clapp says:

    Interested readers should look into Mark Sisson @ MarksDailyApple.com, and Gary Taubes’s book Good Calories, Bad Calories; or his somewhat more approachable book, Why We Get Fat. Gary also has a blog (*very* infrequently updated) at http://garytaubes.com/. Mark’s blog is rather a bit more frequently updated. :) And for those of you that like cited studies, Mark is *all about* citing studies.

    Not to get all credulous and dewy-eyed, but they changed my life. Among other things, I lost 46 pounds in a year (male, 6ft, 226->180 lbs), and have kept it off for 3 (so far). My wife lost 40-odd and went off her blood pressure meds.

    Check it out. You have nothing to lose but your high blood pressure & statin medication. :)

  28. Robert4health says:

    Thousands of research studies have been filed on Inflammation in pubmed . gov – research inflammation (430751) to be exact. In my search to find a natural supplement to help eliminate Inflammation I found a Black Seed Soul formula that does wonders to eliminate inflammation. It has been reported that this formula is 281 times stronger than aspirin. Google ( chronic pain relief fast wakeupgethealthy ) – I had chronic left shoulder pain waking me up from sleep and now its just about all gone. I also had to get up to pee 5 time or more through out the early mornings and this is gone too. This is a 4 ingredients cold press extract that when you drink it your body will then heal it self in the process of eliminating inflammation.

    1. Lindsay says:

      Actually, you shouldn’t be getting inflammation at all. Instead of treating inflammation, avoid it by changing your diet. Look into the blood type diet. Allergies are more common now and specific blood types have certain allergies. It might really help you. It helps a lot of people with the blood type O who, in my opinion, have the most cases of heart disease.

  29. Omar Spence says:

    Congratulations, he has restated how glycosylated end products cause inflammation and increased atherosclerosis in diabetics. The role of high carbohydrate diets in obesity and heart disease is also fairly obvious. What he has described where cells are less responsive to insulin is type 2 diabetes. These are things we already know. As for dismissing the value of statins, that is unqualified, and the success of statins is dependent on the patient’s compliance with diet and lifestyle changes. Statins were never meant to be used in isolation and processed food is bad, all of it. He aso downplays the role of elevated blood lipids in inducing type 2 diabetes and the need to adequately manage cholesterol levels, statins are just one means, to be supplemented with others. Soluble fiber like chia seeds, oatmeal and flaxseed are natural bile sequestrants; chemicals that prevent the reabsorption of cholesterol in the body in the form of bile salts and encorages the removal of cholesterol to replace what is lost in the stool. (essentially allowing you to crap out the cholesterol)
    But this false eureka moment is just that. There needs to be far more aggressive screening for diabetes, we definitely do need to ditch all of these food like products we have been consuming all these years and we need to exercise a lot more. The best diet consists of far more fresh fruits and vegetables, lean meat and small amounts of complex carbohydrates. The fat in our diets should come from natural plant based sources like avocados, coconut and olive oil. Processed food is definitely poison, but claiming all of this as his own discovery is plagiarism.

  30. Sherri Sue Fisher says:

    I am definitely not a doctor and I can only speak from my
    own experience, as I did in my book TimerDiet, my cholesterol went down, my HDL
    went up, my LDL went down and my triglycerides went down when I changed to a
    well-balanced diet that included dietary fat, protein, and carbohydrates every time
    I eat!! And I make time to exercise every day—our bodies were meant to move
    daily not just a few times a week!!!

  31. Upende_Usipende says:

    This is snake oil. The pathophysiology of atherosclerosis is complex and doesn’t stop at polyunsaturated omega-6 as he claims. In fact recently research has shown that eating diet rich in olive oil and other sources of omega-3, and even taking fish oil pills (omega-3) doesn’t reduce the incidences of heart attack and stroke in high risk patients. More so, his claims are nothing but observations, anecdotal accounts. That’s so 18 century science! Show the data! Having witnesses 5,000 cases in 25 years ain’t cutting it. That’s pure observation that may not mean a direct course and effect. We know from numerous studies in laboratory animals and humans that cholesterol itself is a major contributor to the development of atherosclerosis. For instance, imaging of atheroma in animals as well as humans with familial hypercholesterolemia has consistently shown that treatment with cholesterol medications reduces the atheroma, as well as reduces the incidences of heart attack and stroke. He cannot try to debunk this fact. Again, atherosclerosis is a complex disease process that includes numerous factors including genetics (some of which are yet to be fully understood) and environmental factors — diet, infections, toxins in the air we breath (the Chinese), autoimmune etc. Is he selling something?

  32. E.w. Modemac says:

    Quite frankly, any self-proclaimed health expert who announces he has a miracle cure that goes against the scientifically proven results of thousands, if not *millions* of examinations worldwide is blowing hot air out of his butt. I’ll believe this quack when I see some actual hard data and proof. The real problem today is that people in general don’t get enough EXERCISE because our society in general, and our lifestyle, has changed. End of rant.

  33. Jennifer Harder says:

    I pull out what is logical. then make my own choices. our company makes antinflamatory caps and cream from New Zealand green lipped muscle powder pulse a powder you add to water that levels blood sugar. I will use this company’s products forever and so will my family. All natural Jennifer448@verizon.net

  34. Dennis Davis says:

    Eat what you want when you want.Our Earth has too many people in it,so do that so we can lose a few million of us..That’s right, Besides thin people are almost always self centered with little personality,that think of know one but themselves.Just kidding..But if you don’t do what you think is wright then you won’t be happy..Eat in moderation and you can eat what you want..JUST SAYING

  35. Paul McKinley says:

    I have been following Dr. Gundry’s Diet Evolution for 11 months when my doctor gave me the choice of 1. heart attack, 2. statins or 3. lower cholesterol. I had been on low fat diet for years but couldn’t lower my cholesterol. Now I eat plants and meat and have lost 37 pounds, dropped 65 points on my LDL reading and a long existing skin condition has disappeared. My energy level is through the roof. I need no more scientific research than this.

  36. Jwarneck says:

    Not sure if this has been added yet but i did see in the discussion about moving from the farms to the city…anyway, my contibution is research stress and raising cortisol levels and take into account body type, metabolism, and number and size of tge meals we eat and when we eat. On a farm, you got up at the crack of dawn, ate a fresh breakfast, physically worked all day, obviously breaking for lunch, and in the evening ate a fresh homemade dinner…and repeat 6 days a week. In the big city the typical day is skip breakfast or have a coffee, rush to work, sit at a desk, eat fast food for lunch, eat processed foods for dinner, and maybe dessert while watching tv. Just think about the differences. Thats your answer.

  37. Chris Chadbourn Powell says:

    hifiwigwam – The Dr. is absolutely correct. For years my husband has been on meds to control his cholesterol. At the same time, he had a heart attack and open heart surgery about 13 years ago. When they got in there, they found a lot of inflammation. The inflammation caused the arteries to heal incorrectly and both grafts failed. He now lives with angina. The problem was the inflammation, not the cholesterol. This doctor is not alone in his statements. I have read the same things on numerous sites and believe it 100%.

    1. Upende_Usipende says:

      No he is not! He is a quack who nolonger can practice medicine due to several number of successful negligence law suits and criminal convictions! He is trying to continue doing what he was doing, this time through quackery! You don’t need a license to be a quack!

      1. Lindsay says:

        I guess you’d call me a quack for following the blood type diet. Unfortunately, I don’t listen to doctors anymore due to their motivation for money and big pharma in their pocket. I eat organic foods and feel as good as new! I try to get to the source of sickness so that’s what I do. The doctors aren’t doing that for me. I cure myself!

        1. Upende_Usipende says:

          Good for you! Modern medicine has no answer to all that ails mankind, but in most cases, modern medicine has answers. For instance, I am yet to hear someone sell crap to the effect that don’t take your insuline, do this blah blah, and bam! Your diabetes is cured!

          1. Lindsay says:

            Yeah I agree. My cure also got rid of any rashes and blemishes. Imagine if changing your diet cured a lot of people’s acne and rashes…. Those acne companies would be out of business. But that is unfortunate about your friend. That makes me sad. It’s kind of how those vaccinations might kill me due to the egg ingredients which is why I don’t get any more of them. We as a society should start being very careful about what we eat.

  38. Cambs says:

    What he is saying IS evidence based and quite true. Cambridge is about to publish some of this in a meta analysis and some of the facts are already published FYI. Eg milk based fats have no association with heart disease. So start believing and start acting. Is there anyone here who thinks high omega 6 oils, sugars and processed foods are great? If you do, you’re killing yourself and those you feed these.

  39. disqus_6GehurTiKq says:

    I am a living, breathing testimony of these truths. Dropping sugar and wheat is the key to an anti-inflammatory diet and has saved my life! This doctor is right on the mark and in conjunction with his findings check out the book, “The Cholesterol Myth” by Bowden and Sinatra….it’s not the fats, it’s not the red meat, it’s not the eggs….it’s the sugar and the hybridized and genetically modified grains that are killing Americans, along with Monsanto’s lab poisons of aspartame and saccharin! Sugar and processed carbs are the cocaine of the masses! A 44 ounce tank of cola has almost 29 teaspoons of sugar!!

  40. Joseph Bianca Kurczodyna says:

    Interesting stats on the non-effectiveness of cholesterol reducing drugs. If those drugs were taken off the market the major drug companies would go banko. Doctors push cholesterol drugs like scum bags push Crack! Inflammation is the leading cause of all degenerated diseases. We don’t need a study fluffy! Cholesterol is needed in every cell in our body. Our brain is 80% cholesterol and Alzheimer is on the rise, do the math!!!

  41. in_awe says:

    Regarding the role of inflammation and cardio vascular disease, heart attacks and strokes, this research article in the American Heart Association Journal is a good place to start:

    “Vascular Effects of Statins – Inflammation as a Cardiovascular Risk Factor”

  42. Step back and consider says:

    Why have so many loaded up against hifi? His points are correct that the doctor didn’t include peer reviewed evidence, and despite his claimed 5,000 surgeries…it is all still anecdotal observations. If there is actual evidence to support his claims…he didn’t mention it.
    On the flip side, this was not intended for the review of physicians or health care experts, it was written for lay people to sell them on his diet and the book he wrote (or will write soon).

  43. Daniel says:

    This guy lost his medical license in 2008. He has a history of medical malpractice, bankruptcy, multi-level schemes, tax fraud, criminal convictions, and prison time.

    Here’s your scientific reference:


    Note the references at the end of the article. Feel free to investigate them.

  44. Tom Warren says:

    Its odd that he is referred to as a doctor and surgeon even though he has been neither for the past six years. His medical license was revoked after patients died due to his negligence.

    1. Upende_Usipende says:

      Not surprised! Dr. Oz wannabes.

  45. Steve Koelzer says:

    Some people will reach 100 years no matter what, smoke, drink, eat Xxxx food, etc. The rest of us have to fight our way. I have watched the goings on (evolving research) some forty years now. I’ve tried most all of it and researched the new stuff by following J. Lipids, J. Clinical Biochemistry and Nutrition, J. Functional Foods in Health & Disease, Molecular Nutrition & Food Research, Am. J. Clin. Nutr., &on &on. 1st found out about bad trans- fats in ’73. It worked! no more depression & mind kicked in. By avoiding cholesterol and with omega 3’s & 6’s got blood pressure and pulse way down; also avoiding n-14 & n-16 (myristic & palmitic acids) knocks down inflammation. There are many things to not eat and many to. DHA you can make but it’s easier to buy it in/from fish oil. Selenium I’ve taken since ’74. Well Biochemistry of Lipids is too hard to explain to the lay and the half-educated Drs. you can never convince. Be well educated and don’t take too many things too seriously. The truth is always right in front of your eyes, no lie! Once you get metabolism of essential oils you can tackle essential minerals, vitamins, and amino acids. Then nutritional genetics, epigenetics and consciousness (the route to miracles; the ghost IS the machine). Read this XLNT publication!:
    Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA): An Ancient Nutrient for the
    Modern Human Brain

  46. Debra RN says:

    His theory makes a lot of sense. Too much processed sugars leads to metabolic syndrome due to the excess cholesterol in the body…High blood pressure, increased triglycerides, chronically high glucose. Statins and hypoglycemics are only bandaids. Makes sense to decrease intake of simple sugars and add exercise to burn off sugars. Fats have little to do with it.

    1. Upende_Usipende says:

      Seriously? The info about simple sugars is not new info! People who don’t keep up with peer reviewed scientific literature shouldn’t be commenting at all! It makes people question your interlect despite your credentials. Read my previous original comment.

      1. Debra RN says:

        Look dude, clearly he is making a theoretical statement…unproven…that’s how any research starts…His claims are unfounded in research…i am saying they make sense….they are plausible…do you have a problem with that? I don’t trust every peer reviewed article that comes down the pike either…there has to be more than one researcher coming up with the same conclusion…otherwise you end up with people not wanting to get their kids immunized because of autism…remember that one? BTW…intellect is spelled as such…ironic, isn’t it?

  47. disqus_suWyPEbzos says:

    I already had one heart attack and even though I know stress was #1, the diet was certainly #2! I crave sugar and comfort foods that I grew up on as a slim child. Now the weight is around the middle…a killer. I have read health article after article and he, Mercola, Hyman, Weil will all tell you this same story!

  48. disqus_suWyPEbzos says:

    Quality of life is another issue. Do you feel good? I can honestly say that when I eat too much dairy, nuts, pkgd foods, I feel it!

  49. Ray Combs Sr. says:

    Amazing Article! When you really want to know how to be on top of your Metabolic Fitness. Get your score and advice here. http://www.metabolicpowers.com

  50. Lori M. says:

    “The China Study” by Dr. T. Colin Campbell. Read it and change your life.

  51. Skeeter McClusky says:

    For generations, no one in my family has had heart disease, obesity or any other serious milady. We simply add a pinch of cinnamon to everything we eat and wave a robins wing feather over our heads…

  52. goturner says:

    The pharmaceutical companies will consider this article heresy!

  53. Mike Reed says:

    So, we should go back to what our grandparents ate to improve our health. Back to when life expectancy was very low compared to today?

    1. Wendilynn Kerezman says:

      it was only low because they didn’t have treatments or surgeries for the various big diseases that plague the human race. Vaccines have also played a huge role in increasing life expectancy.

      1. Mike Reed says:

        Yes, yes. I know all that and figured somebody would post this way. But, doesn’t that show that we are gaining even in the face of theories like cholesterol and inflammation. This guy could be right or, at least, partly right. In a year or two there will be another theory that sounds right, too. The human race stumbles along and really knows very little.
        Pass the cinnamon bun, please.

        1. Wendilynn Kerezman says:

          There is a growing body of evidence about how much inflammation ages the body and its food related. I’ve been reading or hearing about the types of things this doctor is talking about for ten years at least. So, for me, what he talks about isn’t that much of new news.

    2. longhorndude says:

      why don’t you prove that our grandparents died young. You can manipulate the stats anytime. My great and grand parents all lived into their late ’80’s and ’90’s

  54. ray nassar says:

    I recently lost 80 pounds in about 11 months and did it by eating lots of fat and protein, and no sugars including breads etc. I know it cant be a life long diet but as long as the body has the fat coming in it will convert fats to glucose if we do not bring the sugart in through the mouth.

  55. GTFO :-) says:

    He may be a doctor, but he definitely ain’t a writer or editor.

  56. Leslie says:

    I admit I eat processed stuff as the real stuff is so freaking expensive to afford, and with what I can, I still eat very healthy, albeit. But I have 0 inflammation, perfect numbers and in excellent shape. I cant digest well pork and beef, so I limit it. Yet others holler eat more meat an less stuff, you will weigh less and be healthy. I say I am eating what I want and so freaking healthy, by just being smart. I follow 0 diet. I follow my numbers and scales.

  57. Louise Valiquette says:

    this is a given, its common sense……….i’m not sure why anyone is confused by it

  58. Peter Crunk says:

    Very interesting discovery of the real cause of heart disease that the pharmaceutical industry did out watching it all out because the love of money what you keep coming back for medicine continuously. Just look at TV commercials day after day week after week take this medicine, take this medicine, and then amazingly all the side effects from the medicines they have to tell everyone on television before the purchase or their Dr. prescribes. The elite want you to be blinded. Just Google 1933 Illuminati Deception.

  59. Paul says:

    Check out his credentials before believing:


    1. longhorndude says:

      ..interesting, the link does not show anything. Quackwatch itself is a quack web page. check it out and find it yourslelf.

      1. longhorndude says:

        To save you some time look at this link:


  60. xfjea says:

    The controversy regarding omega-6 being proinflammatory is mainly based on the fact that arachidonic acid which is involved in the early phase of inflammation can be formed from linoleic acid (the most common omega-6 fatty acid in food).

    However, controlled trials have shown that people who eat the most omega-6 have the least heart disease. Further, blood levels of omega-6 in heart patients are not elevated compared to omega-6 levels in people with no heart disease. In fact Omega-6 have anti-inflammatory effects inside the cells that line the vessel wall. As a colleague I would rather recommend reduction of total fat (and refined carbohydrates) and particularly saturated fat, which is both proinflammatory and increases cholesterol levels.


  61. Tao says:

    1. I believe many studies are inaccurate, and proposing new theories based on the anecdotal is potentially far more relevant.
    2. I believe Paleo eating has had the longest run in planetary history for bipeds, with far healthier epi-genetic outcomes.
    3. I have found the modern medical model is based more on profit (treating the symptoms but leaving the cause), than on cure. For an emergency, this model is ok, but if you want the best information on optimal biochemical and structural functioning, I would suggest looking to naturo-pathic pioneers, not the doe-eyed followers of Pasteur :)

  62. oldhunter says:

    have been several studies over the last several years that indicate
    that lowering your Cholesterol with drugs does NOT in fact lower your
    chances of having heart disease. If the treatment also results in
    lowering blood pressure, losing weight, etc, chances of heart disease
    ARE lowered…..but who listens and who bucks the “common knowledge”
    that is so often put out by the medical establishment?…..reminds me of
    the “global warming” that the established “scientists” decided was
    “fact”…even though the facts do not support such facts!…

    1. Upende_Usipende says:

      You got it wrong. Stains are not meant to prevent the development of heart disease. The goal is PREVENTION of the first and the second heart attact or stroke, the #1 killers of adults over the ages of 40 and up. This has been dublicated in studies over and over. Again, statins do not prevent the development of heart disease, but prevents primarily and secondary heart attack and stroke.

  63. katietaylor says:

    As a scientist myself, every time I see the words “scientific proof” I cringe.

  64. Pwnerade says:

    This man is not a doctor, he lost his license in 2008. And yet it says “by Dr. Dwight Lundell.” Is that even legal?

    1. LogicRules55 says:

      He’s a heart surgeon who retired from medicine in 2003 & was suddenly brought before the board in 2008 after he published a book about how to cure heart disease by ignoring conventional medical wisdom.

      Patient cases were pulled from 8 years prior to his retirement: he had the highest patient success rate in Arizona; he was voted among Top 10 Doctors many times until he wrote a book about the greed and fallacy of statin medication for heart disease.

      He was the only retired surgeon that lost his license to have the announcement broadcast by press release. The message was clear: let any other surgeon speak out like this and you’ll lose your license – even if you are retired.

      1. Upende_Usipende says:

        BS and No kidding!

  65. iriestylee says:

    Amazing…not one mention of the word “exercise” in an article relating to health and the human body. Also Dr. Lundell, seemingly, doesn’t realize is that he’s contradicting himself, to a degree with the whole “don’t eat _____, eat _______ instead.” agrument.

  66. James Barry Chancey says:

    I don’t see why what this guy is saying is so controversial. He say’s eat as little processed food as possible and refined sugar. WELL DUUUUUUHHHH. I been reading for years about inflammation being the real culprit of a lot of health problems. There have been lot’s of studies to prove that the lowering of cholesterol numbers by statins does not decrease your chance of having a heart attack. He not saying anything mind blowing just eat clean as possible.

    1. Upende_Usipende says:

      Hey buddy, show us those studies that show that statins don’t work in preventing heart attack and stroke. I know > 10 studies published from the 2000s and up that consistently show the opposite from your claims.

      1. James Barry Chancey says:

        Here is link of a study that was done on people before they got cardio vascular disease, It shows that statins do not extend life. Couple that with side effects from it and I don’t take them. Ive been able to lower my cholesterol numbers by 30% without drugs.

        http://archinte.jamanetwork.com/article.a spx?articleid=416105

        1. Upende_Usipende says:

          Your so-called anti-cholesterol studies and mortality from low cholesterol are mostly anecdotal accounts if not supported by poorly done studies that doesn’t even warrant mention, leave alone referencing. Look up the following pivotal trials that really with no doubt justifies the use of statins therapy for primary prevention of heart attack, stroke, and other vascular related mortality: 1) JUPITER, 2) ASCOT-LLA, 3) AFCAPS/TexCAPS, 4) PROSPER. These are very high quality GLOBAL, multi-center studies consistently showing that statins, it doesn’t matter which one, decrease mortality from vascular events, by at least 25%. That’s huge! Remember, these are GLOBAL trials with multitudes of subjects followed up to 5 years on average. Benefits are seen as early as the 2nd year. Therefore, these trials virtually removed any doubt of cross cultural, and racial difference that may interfere with interpretation and extrapolation. Look up, fresh from publication, The ATP IV recommendations which are based on these trials. These recommendations are endorsed by EVERY one; AHA, ACC, Europeans, Chinese, Japanesd, etc. If you are a doctor practicing in the western world and you don’t follow these recommendations, then you’re doing injustice to your patients. It’s comparable to the invention of Penicillin. If you used some funny and poorly tested therapy at that time, then that physician would be committing malpractice. There is NO trials in modern medicine that are as good as these. Again, atherosclerosis is multifaceted and not pegged solely on LDL-c. Advancement in genetic analysis will allow use to further understand less known genetic causes of heart disease, especially premature ones. More so, individualized care will therefore become necessary.

  67. Sarah says:

    take a look at this link, gives some info on Dr. Lundell http://www.quackwatch.org/11Ind/lundell.html not everything we can read is accurate, no references in this ambiguous statements!

  68. Lee Hanxue says:

    I would love to know if this is true – are there any published research?

  69. bob says:

    I need a cinnamon roll.

  70. Doctor Vedic says:

    Before everyone starts gorging on steak and eggs, please keep in mind that heart disease existed well before processed food was invented (Google Mummies heart disease). We need to recognize that animal proteins, especially in excess, are also pro-inflammatory (as well as pro-cancer, but that is a whole another bag of chips). Unfortunately for the paleo folks, grain based and meat free diets have actually been shown to reverse coronary artery disease (google esselysten tedx), hardly something you’d expect if grains were the biggest inciting factor, as proposed.

  71. grace says:

    I have type A and have 10 food allergies.. soy is horrible, and we should not be eating it. brewers yeast (no beer) are the biggest. Husband type O and has no problems. I eat butter, olive oil. Meat, veg, fruit, try to cut back on bread, but that is hard. In early 70’s and last yr, was told heart like an 18yr olds, arteries are clear. bones better than my age by 15 yrs, eyes like a 58 to 60 yr olds. rarely drink, and not much when I do. never smoked, another allergy. I went on a low fat/really a no fat, as close as possible, for a yr. because of hubby, my hair fell out, skin dry, and trigs were sky high. gained weight. my counts went up! husbands did not improve that much. then he started eatin apple cinn cherrio’s and all the counts dropped after a month. back to reg diet, and everything stayed ok and hes not had another problem with the counts. I went on Adkins lost 65 pds and dropped all the counts to normal or what is normal for me. My trig at normal is 350. I’m not sure if the blood type diet is going to be true for everyone. Doesn’t seem from these comments to be so. I do think the low fat is not so great and I know that soy is bad for you. it was not grown to eat. china did but everything the used was treated to help digestion. they did a 25 yr heart study in Hawaii, and ended up as a side study, that the people who followed the asian diet, ended up with much higher % of Alzheimer’s. They ate a higher rate of soy. NOW think of what happened in the US. we are planting and changing the soy plant, and eating it nonstop. it is in everything. It has the same hormones that females can use, but do YOU want to raise your SON’s getting a lot of female hormones in their diet???
    My Dad, who was killed at 80, but expected to live to over 100, no heart/mental, joint or anyother health and better shape than an astronut he took hiking, told me, he told the Dr.s that he ate a little of everything, but he cooked, so fresh foods , mainly olive oil. and to stay active!
    If your going to give something up! GIVE up smoking, the doc’s have that one RIGHT

  72. kim says:

    very interesting, especially since my doctor put me on Statins after my stroke at age 39!
    Also, just a tid-bit: “butter from grass-fed beef” makes no sense. Butter comes from Dairy Cows and very few of them are grass-fed. “Beef” comes from Steer (males), not Cows (females) usually.

  73. Sandy says:

    If the low-fat recommendation was introduced to battle the heart-disease rates of the 1950’s-60’s (remember when many people had a heart attack just after retirement?) what was the cause of inflammation then? People weren’t eating processed foods like they do today… just meat and 3 veg!

    1. JDL51 says:

      Cigarettes. Just about everyone in my father and grandfather’s generations smoked tobacco. My wife is from Spain. They got on the anti smoking kick 20 years after the states did. All my mother in law’s friends are widows because all the husbands smoked. All died in their 60’s, if not younger.

      1. Sandy says:

        That makes sense JD – thank you!

  74. GraffitiGoddess says:

    While it is true that our bodies all work the same, we are all different from each other. I have 3 adult children. One can’t eat clams, but can eat other seafood. One can’t eat turkey, strawberries, or eggplant. Another can’t eat any uncooked stone fruit. I am somewhat lactose intolerant, something I developed as an adult. One has type AB blood, I’m type O, and I don’t know what the others have. There are so many variables among us.

    I don’t know enough about anything to comment about the medical aspects of this article, but it makes sense that the fewer processed foods we eat, the healthier the food might be.

  75. kyle says:

    Seems pretty easy, eat fresh meat and plants and stay away from processed food n presumably you’ll be healthier, not very different from anything I’ve heard.

  76. Fairfax51 says:

    I eat pretty much only what I cook. Am old and have weighed the same for years. My blood pressure is avg 70/110. I never watch my weight and carry about 5 extra lbs advised by my doctor carry in case of illness. All my tests are normal. I eat a lot of chicken because its cheap. I make sure I get enough salt (if you don’t eat processed foods, you need salt added to your diet) or you will become dehydrated. If it comes in a can, I don’t eat much of it. If it comes in a jar, I eat it moderately (jalepenos, picante). I think stress will kill you faster than anything or lack of anything. Moderation.

  77. r0h1tp says:

    Here’s a very recent study folks. It is real but do not expect to see this here with the level of corruption we have in our Gov’t.

  78. John Schlimmer says:

    I’ll be glad when we get to Heaven. Won’t have to worry about all this. We’ll be able to eat all the Angel’s food cake we want. Happy day. Jesus loves you.

  79. Guest1111 says:

    Ask your MD to order a cardio CRP (C-reactive protein) blood test. CRP is a “marker” for inflammation, meaning its presence indicates an increased state of inflammation in the body.

  80. ChowT says:

    Americans, too much fast food, fast love, fast money, fast sex, porn and no morals.

    1. longhorndude says:


    2. Lucimorland says:

      Morality (whatever the hell that even means) has nothing to do with heart disease.

  81. debbiepritchett says:

    Great article and its soooo true Im a 57 year old from the generation of polyunsaturated JUNK it truly makes for a bad thing to substitute fake for real and naturally the body will reject in some way I believe like him that food additives in any form are making humans slowly die (sick) and faster than we should naturally!

  82. cazie says:

    Pineapple-fresh helps with inflammation. Easy to make a smoothie in the morning with pineapple, banana, cranberries, cherry juice and pro-biotic powder (keeping the good bacteria going helps metabolism).

  83. geraldshields says:

    The only problem with what he says: It doesn’t matter whether the meat and dairy is organic or not. It’s still harmful. The less of the stuff you eat, the better you’ll be. Otherwise, eat all the fruits and veggies, nuts beans and legumes you want.

  84. fidalgoman says:

    It reminds me of how they used to say that Margarine was better for you than Butter and especially Lard. Then they found out the trans fatty acids of Margarine were killers and Butter was good for you. It makes you wonder how much junk science still remains in nutrition.

    So many people I know are switching to so called “Paleo Diets” and say they feel amazing and have dropped fatty weight.

    1. Lucimorland says:

      Me and the SO did, and we’re both sexier and fitter than we were 15 years ago.

      It’s kind of ridiculous how much better I feel.

  85. madisontruth says:

    Butbutbut…what about all that money that Monsanto paid out to buy political influence and make sure their GMO branding was ingrained into mainstream America’s psyche?

  86. BryantTucker says:

    Doctors are not researchers, and should not pretend to be.

    1. longhorndude says:

      Sorry, but your comment is#$%@! Do you think only researches know the truth and the facts???!!!??

      1. rapier1 says:

        When it comes to matters of science, I’d have to say generally yes. Researchers are trained to develop experiments, analyze the results, and make use of the scientific methods. Physicians rarely received this sort of background and generally only when the decide to enter the medical research field. As such, many physicians are no better qualified to assess the scientific validity of a statement than anyone else.

  87. Radicchio ad Absurdum says:

    Gary Taubes wrote two books detailing the history of low-fat, high-carb diets, and the lack of scientific evidence that they’re beneficial (“Good Calories, Bad Calories” and “Why We Get Fat”). His meticulous research supports what the good doctor is saying here.

  88. Statin drugs are one of the biggest lies in the health world. I have done multiple articles on the dangers of statins and how important it is to supplement coq10 levels if you are on statins.

  89. rapier1 says:


    Probably worth pointing out that he had his license revoked back in 2008. His troubles with the medical boards started in 2000. I’m not saying you shouldn’t listen to the man just because he had his license to practice medicine revoked but he not a physician anymore and he shouldn’t claim any level of authority that goes with that word.

    1. Lucimorland says:

      His problems with the medical board came from paperwork issues. They have nothing to do with the quality of his research.

      Additionally, in science, we evaluate the arguments and the theories on their merits, not based on the personality of the individual or team who put together the paper.

  90. carrie says:

    The book “It starts with food’ by Hartwells explains this very idea! Great info!

  91. Karen K Anderson says:

    Dear Everybody –
    Here are Dr. Lundell’s bona fides…he is not some unscientific quack who made this stuff up:
    Dr. Dwight Lundell is the past Chief of Staff and Chief of Surgery at Banner Heart Hospital ,
    Mesa , AZ. His private practice, Cardiac Care Center was in Mesa, AZ.
    Recently Dr. Lundell left surgery to focus on the nutritional treatment of heart disease.
    He is the founder of Healthy Humans Foundation that promotes human health with a focus on helping large corporations promote wellness.
    He is also the author of The Cure for Heart Disease and The Great Cholesterol Lie.
    The reason it is written the way that it is, is because it is not an article for JAMA. It was written to be understood by the average person with limited scientific or medical expertise in words that they can comprehend.
    His biochemistry is right on target, and if you don’t believe me, get out your high school or college Basic Chemistry textbook. Or, better yet, look it up in your freakin’ Funk and Wagnall’s!

  92. Crystal Place says:

    FINALLY a doctor joining the discussion with some sense and honesty. I am humbled and shocked (because I had lost complete faith in doctors, after my own life-threatening experience caused from our “food” industry) – and I am delighted to see this. And overwhelmed with gratitude. THANK YOU Dr. 3 large cheers.

  93. Aaron Miller says:

    Dr. Esselstyn. Read his book, “Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease”. http://www.heartattackproof.com/ http://www.heartattackproof.com/ http://www.heartattackproof.com/ http://www.heartattackproof.com/

    I agree with hifiwigwam. He makes no reference to any primary research.

  94. Sarah Collett says:

    God bless you Doctor :-) We need more voices like you!! I’m sure that was a tough call to make – the decision to state your learned knowledge even when others will provably have a problem with it. That’s bravery! And humility. Both of which are quite admirable!! :-) And appreciated by patients!
    I saw a doctor speaking a few years ago who suggested the low sodium is a contributing factor as well. I have yet to find another who shares that opinion but will wait to see if that ever comes out eventually as well. Thank you for the tutorial, the knowledge and your bravery! Also for the many lives I’m sure you touched, and saved.

  95. Randy Pelican says:

    I hate when scientists claim that consuming dairy is natural to human existence. It is not – it’s a property of agrarian society, and some of our stomachs over time contain a digestive enzyme to break down lactose (thus a lot of people are lactose intolerant). The same is to be said for wheat, as some of us have digestive enzymes specifically to digest wheat and some of us don’t, or we don’t have enough of the enzyme to handle the absurd amounts that some of us consume. If you think you are truly eating a “natural” diet by consuming animals (domestically raised), their milk, and even fruits and vegetables, you are missing the fact that we evolved eating insect protein and carbs, when meat, berries, tubers, and leafy greens weren’t available or inedible! I use this information when people try to sell the Paleo Diet – apparently it’s not trendy to eat insects =) I’ll pass on the dairy, the wheat, and the domestic livestock! If you cannot hunt wild game, many state laws allow individuals allow hunters to harvest way more than they could use in a year, so buy some from locals or hunt yourself. Grow a garden with your own veggies and berries, share with your neighbors and they will share with you, and if you are so inclined to give your gut a taste of an ancient delicacy, then forage for insects, but be knowledgeable about what you consume. Leave the factory farm environmental polluters & animal abusers to go extinct – that isn’t natural, that isn’t ethical. Health is certainly physical, and we need to nourish our bodies, but we also need to understand nature and invest ourselves back into where we can from, not disassociate ourselves with it. So physically, you can do the best given the genetics that you inherited, but you can also have some mental peace when you get back to the natural environment. It’s not a lifestyle…it’s LIFE!

  96. Mavis Moog says:

    Do statins cause inflammation?

  97. flubber jordan says:

    bullshit. That guys a pedophile

  98. MartinNaskovski says:

    In addition to what the good doctor is saying, and having done this almost every year for the last 4-5 years, I recommend (of course, unless contraindicated) an annual juice fast. I do 40 days each time, but you can choose whatever you want. It will help you heal everything damaged in the body, if done once a year. Check out fasting dot com – that’s what I purchased, and it works – Dennis has mastered the juice fast.

  99. Joseph Early says:

    Simple? go check netflix – “Forks over Knives”- there will be your answers that your mind thinks of many questions that need to have the answers.. go check it out!

  100. Josh says:

    Have a look at Quackwatch for more info on this guy.


    1. Lucimorland says:

      This is an absurd attack on the doctor.

      The short version: his medical license problems had nothing to do with his research into heart disease. The problems were paperwork issues, not quality issues.

      Please stick to substantive facts when discussing the topic. Same for the dude below your post.

      1. josh says:

        Overruled. Substance of the article goes direct to the character of the “doctor”.

    2. Travis Nguyen says:


      Having his license revoked 5 years after he stopped practicing for “subpar recordkeeping” he had done 9 years prior is just the “PC” way of saying F you for the book he wrote condemning modern practices of resorting to statins and, as he says it, “Crash and Repair” method of treating heart disease.

  101. hangcat says:

    Yay! So happy to hear this evidence-based approach! Thanks! Dr. Powers

  102. jandar7 says:

    This is long, but I hope it helps………
    I was raised in the
    50’s on white bread and the common American diet, but we always had a
    garden so this most likely ‘saved’ us. Since my early 20’s I have been
    striving to eat/feed my family “as close to the whole food as
    possible”……this advice came from a beloved church leader. When it
    wasn’t well-known or popular, I was feeding my family what I call ‘word
    of wisdom foods': whole grains, legumes (dry beans/lentils), vegetables
    and fruits from a garden as much as possible, meat sparingly, and
    sugar/fats/dairy sparingly. Another idea to live by is to not have a
    ‘feast’ everyday, that is way hard on the body. We never gave up whole
    eggs or red meat, as we have a roast meat dinner every month or two, and
    often have fried eggs or omelets using olive oil and whole wheat toast
    for breakfast or a simple supper. Results? my kids never got diabetes
    even though their dad’s family had 3/4 of the family with diabetes. I
    am 65 and take no medications. We are not super strict with this diet,
    but I strive to make certain that in one day we have had: a whole grain
    with at least one meal, legumes (dry beans/lentils) with at least one
    meal, and vegetables with at least one meal. How does that translate?
    Easy. Oatmeal with fruit or whole wheat pancakes with applesauce for
    breakfast. Taco soup with grated cheese and crushed tortilla chips on
    top, or chili and stoneground cornmeal muffins for lunch. Pasta-veggie
    stir fry for dinner, going heavy on the veggies; or a family favorite:
    lentil-sausage-wheat italian stew with homemade refrigerator crescent
    rolls. For dessert: a piece of fruit, and sometimes a dessert usually
    made with fruit…..a favorite is a banana cake I made up of more
    bananas, less sugar, and a butter/brown sugar crumble on top so it needs
    no frosting. It is not hard to do this ‘diet’, it just takes some time
    to think ‘wisdom foods’ and how to translate that into meals. Also, I
    switched us over to sea salt years and years ago. A family favorite for
    breakfast is an oatmeal pancake that has only 1/4 c. unbleached flour
    and mostly quick oatmeal that tastes light n’ fluffy….amazing!! We
    put low sugar raspberry freezer jam on it that I make every year from
    garden raspberries. Just for a help if you wish more meal ideas: Pizza
    made with part whole wheat flour and a veggie tray or my own 3 bean
    salad that uses lentils as one of the beans and I add shredded cabbage
    to up the health. Burritos made with crockpot ‘refried’ beans. Red
    lentil-kale-tomato soup (oh so good). Pork taco soup with hominy and
    black beans. Whole wheat patties I call ‘big sky burgers’ with mashed
    potatoes and gravy, plus a salad or side vegetable. Chicken parmigiana
    (the chicken is breaded with whole wheat bread crumbs/unbleached
    flour…..can’t tell the difference…..and cooked in evoo) with pasta
    and a side salad of leafy greens. Homemade vegetable soup with biscuits
    (I make my own ‘refrigerator’ biscuits and add a bit of whole wheat
    flour to the mix). Blender whole wheat pancakes with real maple syrup
    and butter. Spaghetti and green beans or salad……..I strive to NOT
    have bread when we have pasta, but occasionally we have a big dinner of
    spaghetti or lasagna, homemade garlic pull-apart bread, salad with lots
    of veggies, then dessert is a yummy chocolate cake made with lentils
    with an eggwhite frosting (this cake extremely popular when made as a
    sample for my classes). We don’t keep much of processed snack foods
    around…….they are expensive and not healthy…..I do buy tortilla
    chips to use with either our own fermented salsa or as nachos with
    grated cheddar. Sometimes I buy pretzels. We make a snack bread called
    ‘biscuit cheese bread’ that is so good. We like potato chips with tuna
    sandwiches on whole wheat bread. We like fish sticks and found a
    ‘real-pieces-of-fish’-stick at Costco that we make occasionally with
    homemade french fries using coconut oil…….this meal pairs well with
    coleslaw and carrot sticks. We like hash browns using part oil/part
    butter: can go less on the oil if you just cover the hash browns for
    first part of cooking and add a bit of water, then towards end of
    cooking, uncover and let crisp up. We love tacos made with mexi-lentils
    n’ rice (brown lentils + brown rice then add mexi flavors at end of
    cooking). The mexi-lentils and rice are a great way to introduce your
    family to brown rice, you can’t even taste it, but get the benefits.
    Then the leftover mexi-lentils go into a yummy taco soup. I make a
    potato-spinach-onion-garlic-cheese omelet that is a one bowl meal.
    Crusty tuna patties, garlic mashed potatoes, green beans. Another
    dessert that is way good: apple lentil cake…..again, you cannot taste
    the lentils, but it adds fiber to the dessert. My premise for meals is
    this: balancing taste…..fiber…….nutrition. I make 100% whole
    wheat bread and ‘lift’ it with a bit of wheat gluten, sometimes also
    eggs……thus a bread that can also be used for sandwiches. We don’t
    usually buy lunchmeats, except sometimes ham; so our sandwiches are:
    tuna, deviled-egg salad, leftover roast beef or pork or chicken, peanut
    butter/homemade jam, grilled cheese. Black beans n’ sausage over rice.
    Fried rice with side of cooked carrots. Creamy mac n’ cheese (this is
    homemade, takes just a few minutes, and the kids love it) with side of
    steamed broccoli.
    And last but not least, every meal we take time to thank God for the food and ask that it be cleansed for our good.

  103. Christl Larson says:

    One of the top science reporters from Science magazine, Gary Taubes, spent 7 years and re-read all the science. It is in detailed format in the book “Good Calories, Bad Calories”. It shows why modern science actually better supports sugar, not fat, as the major cause of heart disease. Shorter version is “Is Sugar Toxic” on the NY Times web site about Dr. Lustig’s YouTube “Sugarthebittertruth” if you want to see a little science.

  104. Vicki Parrent says:

    My daughter and I were talking about this last night. I told her 20 years ago we were told to eat a lowfat diet to eliminate heart disease and then asked her what diseases have substantially increased in the last 20 years. She replied heart disease and diabetes. Seems like it is just common sense, when you don’t eat the way nature intended a host of problems happen.

  105. Elizabeth Belt says:

    Taking a high epa/dha content omega 3- fish oil will help with taming inflammation, in addition to decreasing omega 6 intake and refined sugars. Don’t forget the epidemic of alcoholism in this country- that, in itself, has contributed GREATLY to high cholesterol/high triglycerides levels in many which lead to heart illness. Be informed

    1. Ez says:

      Some doctors also believe that gut problems caused by processed food play a part in addictions too.

  106. Patsy Blackmore says:


  107. Perry Bingham says:

    A lot of argument about who is right and who is wrong. Let me help you out. They are all wrong on most things. If you listen to doctors and scientists, or take prescription medicines you are doomed. You can eat all the foods of the earth when in its natural grown state. Moderation is the key. To much of any one thing is bad for you. Variety is good, don’t get stuck in a rut. If your diet changes daily and never repeats itself you’re on the right track.

  108. Walter says:

    Amazing how often you hear “my grand pappy lived to 90 and ate eggs and bacon every day, and a steak for dinner!”. What didn’t dear old grand pappy eat? McDonalds and all that other crap they call food these days. Stuff is poison, manufactured crap for people who don’t take the time to learn what they are truly eating. If the name of the food isn’t the only ingredient you probably shouldn’t eat it.

    Grand pappy didn’t eat pink slime.

  109. Perry Bingham says:

    I agree. I think that’s what I said. You just said it with less words. Damn you. LOL.

  110. Kerwin Davenport says:

    My body reacted exactly the same way as described. I had so much inflammation the I retained excess water. my skin turned bright red and my heart was working overtime. This has happened over a long period. My experience and the changes over the last 5 weeks are dramatic, I am on medication (Prednisone) but the greatess difference has been through my diet. I have eliminated all grain and sugar. I was tested for Celiac disease which came back negative , the test is only for 1 gluten protein from over 200 types. Gluten intolerance is my main issue.

  111. T. Brunton says:

    I would like to know if any of these supplements recommended in the “test your blood sugar” or any other health article have been tested on animals.

  112. Patrick Darnell says:

    Apparently no one is looking out for the general good health of humans. Sure, there must be some altruistic good Samaritans in the world who are also in a position of authority, but modern Internet transparency shows that most authorities are just swank morons, holding onto their power with everything that is foul and immoral. We just really need some mothaf*kkers to step aside and quit gumming up our bidness.

    Dr. Dwight Lundell, it seems to me, has a valid point of view in that he has been cutting into human bodies and finding corroded arteries for 25 years [two and half decades]. That tells me more than a indecipherable medical paper that is hidden behind paywalls, and would take advanced degrees to read. Hands on up in your face advice is important.

    Yes, there are skinny fat people and fat skinny people but there are few old fat people. I think I will take his “colloquial” advice to heart.

  113. Sharia Syrah says:

    Logical enough. No Sweet Buns …..No More!!!!

  114. Mark Piland says:

    Well , I was expecting a commerical after this article , then I could jsut dismiss it . But i did not see one . Wonder if this might be true poop.

  115. Christl Larson says:

    After a 7 year review of the medical literature, Gary Taubes came to the same conclusion in “Good Calories, Bad Calories”. As he is one of the top science reporters from Science magazine, it’s is incredibly detailed and accurate. A short and sweet version was the cover article of the NYT magazine article “Is Sugar Toxic” about Dr. Lustig’s YouTube video “sugarthebittertruth

  116. Sean Leslie says:

    Just be careful in who you source info through. http://www.quackwatch.org/11Ind/lundell.html

  117. Sean Leslie says:

    Not saying hes right or wrong.

  118. […] A heart surgeon admits he was wrong and it’s the processed foods that cause heart attacks […]nn1

  119. Bob White says:

    My grandmother died in her 60’s of a heart attack.

  120. Sanjay John says:

    he is not proving anything. just proposing another theory like all the others. meanwhile he has made a ton of money, has left a whole bunch of people with a very invasive surgery, that’s it. Don’t trust “modern medicine” too much; they are not sons of Pasteurs or Watson most of these fellows. Most of the medics in private medicine countries are in it for the money, not to help humanity.

    see my blog (in my profile) for more if you like..medicine is such a disaster; you pay them to experiment on you, and if things go wrong you can’t even sue them. it is a very nice deal for the medics and AMA. Even Walmart gives you a money back guarantee for $2 hangars…but not for your heart, there is no money back guarantee..or a cure guarantee at all! What a sham!

  121. hgforfun says:

    If you want to look at some research, look at the references in the book Dr. Atkins’ New Diet Revolution. This is essentially the argument Atkins put forward, based on the results of extensive research by others, when he came up with the Atkins diet several decades ago. The research is out there, lots of it.

  122. Kaush says:

    Although I liked the article, he ignored to comment on a very important aspect which is impact of exercise on inflammation. Anyone?

  123. elderlyfox says:

    We’ve known this for decades, BUT big pharma knows that if the facts go out, they won’t be able to market the toxic and useless statins which rely on the cholesterol scare.
    The well documented causes of arterial calcification are:

    1. High blood homocysteine, that lowered with vitamins B6, B12, and folates. Vit. B6 is synthesised in the gut by the friendly bacteria, in the presence of cream, butter, & full fat milk products. Malhotra S L. Dr. et al. 1974-present. Lancet. Idiotic ‘healthy eating’ advice is to avoid cream, butter etc. Supplementing is also advised against!
    2. Lipo-protein alpha, LDL, is lowered with anti-oxidants, such as vitamins, selenium and l-cysteine amino acid. Just 2 egg yolks daily contain sufficient anti-oxidants to stop inflammation, and normalise the LDL marker, the indicator of arterial inflammation. This inflammation is what leads to calcificatiion. Statins lacking anti-oxidants cannot slow calcification. they merely alter the LDL marker by interfering with liver or gut function. Idiotic ‘healthy eating’ advice is to consume only 2 yolks a week.

    (Grass fed animal fats are high in protectve: omega3, conjugated linoleic acid, long chain fatty acids etc).
    3. High triglycerides, are blood fats elevated by too many carbs., especially sugars, and, alcohol. Idiotic ‘healthy eating’ advice is to stuff yourself with carbs all day, ie grains 6X daily, unlimited fruit, and no restrictions on sugar, HFCS etc.


  124. Joan Hartsough says:

    Thank you for writing this. I’m a nurse in the cath lab for 18 years now. After looking inside of people for so long and putting stent after stent into the same people – the revolving door of sick care – I don’t need any ‘scientific study’ that was funded by a pharmaceutical company. Almost 20 years experience has shown me that we are on the wrong track. We’ve strayed so far from nature and are paying with poor health.

  125. Nostents4me says:

    I had severe angina for 7 years. Cut out all sugar and most ffast carbs. In 6 weeks I improved beyond my wildest imagination ! Too much carbs kills, no doubt about it. I eat more butter now than I ever did and I continue to lose weight too!

  126. Zapper57 says:

    A retired surgeon who is now being paid to write articles like these without any independent clinical support or scientific verification of his OPINION (and that’s all it is at this point). Follow the money and If it’s too good to be true, it probably is are two cliches that apply here. And for additional enjoyment, read the comments about how some people actually believe that all of your allergies are determined by your blood type…lol.

  127. Himani Goyal says:

    I would be useful to have a sample of what is considered to be the “typical American diet.”

  128. Liv Karin Eikrem says:

    I wish that the wise could be agreed soon. “The ordinary man in the street” is getting more and more confused. Who and what are we suppose listening to?

  129. Joseph Vance says:

    Please just let people the hell alone and let them live there lives.There is nothing in this world good for anyone anymore,Stress,from what all these doctors say is bad enough to work people up.I have heard smoking is the number 1 factor,but then i have seen 40 percent of Americans still smoking at the age 80,I have also know people who have died at the age 30 and never smoked in there life,So just live your lives and enjoy and be happy.

  130. Mark T says:

    This article was written by a doctor who has been plagued with legal issues, ultimately resulting in the revocation of his medical license in 2008. Since then, he has been trying to sell health books to alarmist and amateur nutritionists to make a living. He has an incentive to freak people out. Be wary of where you get your information. There is a reason you rarely see articles like this written by surgeons who are respected in their field and that actually cite to peer reviewed studies.

  131. Matt Cameron says:

    A high fat low carb diet is what I believe in, and cholesterol is there to help create new cells in your body. Using healthy saturated (coconut oil, flax seed oil, hemp seed oil, avocado oil, olive oil, black cumin seed oil- plant based omegas) combined with poly-unsaturated fats (animals based omega3) such as Atlantic krill oil, grass fed beef, you can truy help maintain healthy levels of cholesterol (your best friend) that will protect your arteries from damage and reduce the inflammation within your body.

    Raw foods (Fresh organic produce) and superfoods (Maca root, hemp seeds, hemp protein, cacao beans, spirulina; just to name a few… and my favourite ”Laminine” (a food based supplement that enhances stem cell activity and regenerates every tissue in your body, every nerve, muscles, ligaments, cartilage (cushion) that is in between your joints. A stem cell can become any cell: A heart cell, a liver cell, a pancreas cell, lung cell, brain cell, bone cell, literally any type of cell with the human body and regenerate every organs. You are beaing limited by your doctor to recover from previous injuries or prevent certain diseases. Using FGF (Fibro Growth Factor) in Laminine, you are able to recover much quicker from physical activity and remove lactic acid formation in the muscles. Don’t be mistaking this term (FGF) for Growth hormones. Its not the same. Nothing is synthetic.

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    If you want to die young, take those statin drugs from your physician and pharmaceuticals and you are on your way to the dumpster with all those side effects disrupting your everyday life.

    Altough the references of this study are not here or provided in this news feed, you will soon realize that there are countless of other places you will find them. He his right, his practice was wrong all this time.

  132. Sean C. Matteo says:

    I applaud Dr. Lundell for stepping out with this article. Everything he said is correct but he left out two very important points, the oxidation of polyunsaturated fats in your body and the presence or non-presence of anti-oxidants in your body. Free radicals have been discussed for decades. The people who discovered them were right on about the dangers of free radicals. When you ingest polyunsaturated fats they become oxidized as soon as they hit open air which makes them free radicals. If your body does not have enough anti-oxidants these oxidized fats or free radicals flow freely in our bloodstream. It’s these oxidized fats that adhere to the lining of our arteries which sets in motion the inflammatory cascade that leads to plaque. Saturated fat and cholesterol have nothing to do with this process. You must have an ample supply of anti-oxidants in your body to prevent plaque buildup. Reference the September 2013 issue of The Blaylock Wellness Report for a more in depth explanation of this process.

  133. Luqman Ibrahim says:

    This guy was stripped off his medical license in 2008 for causing 6 deaths from his malpractice. And he claims he knows better about heart diseases. Yeah right.

  134. William Miller says:

    I didn’t read all the comments (there are now 511 of them), so I wonder: Did anybody notice that this doctor’s name is not listed anywhere on this page? Who is he?

  135. Brian Mulligan says:

    I love this article. It’s telling me what I want to hear and not quoting boring statistics or referring me to boring scientific papers.

  136. Craig Bickford says:

    Also in case anyone is wondering, Gnostic Media research and publishing has done some research into this and their conclusions seem to jive with what we know from the Westin A Price Foundations work, mainly that these ‘mistakes’ are not mistakes, the studies were manipulated and people knew it was happening and there was deliberate outcomes that were expected. There two possible reasons, one or both of which could be the reasoning behind these policies. I also want to preface this by saying I am no way saying that massive corruption as well as incompetence were not also at play at all levels for this to take place, and may in fact be very well built into the medical journal publishing industry and the their bed partners in the food and pharma industry and the system of peer review that apparently in inviolate and completely without fault ever if the medical journal syndicates are to be believed. Those deliberate outcomes that I spoke and the two reasons are very simple; corruption for commercial gain and population control. What was is that Plato recommended (in the Republic maybe?) for the control of slaves? Vegetarianism and contaminated wheat. It’s the same old blue print with a different name, for a different bogus reason but possibly for the same reasons. getting rich while you sicken and kill off the superfluous population. I’m not asking anyone to believe this either, do some digging, read some books, listen to some podcasts and do your own research. Over at the Tragedy and Hope community they and their friends have been doing a lot of research with a lot of primary documents to dig up this history.