Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease by Caldwell B. Esselstyn - Weston A Price Foundation
and if you think his work was so good and true why aren't you following his guidelines?Esselstyn ran a five-year trial in which he put heart disease patients on his diet, treating them with cholesterol-lowering drugs if necessary to bring their cholesterol down to 150 mg/ dL.6 There was no control group. Twenty-two percent of those who began the intervention dropped out of the study within the first two years; thirty-five percent of those who completed it did not submit to the follow-up analysis of their cardiovascular health; of the twenty-two patients who began the trial, only eleven remained in the final analysis. Of these eleven, occlusion of the blood vessels became better in five, stayed the same in one, and became worse in four.
Despite the inconsistent results, the average change in the width of the blood vessels was an increase in 0.08 millimeters. This represents an apparent reversal of atherosclerosis—on average. Likewise, on average, the degree to which blood vessels were constricted decreased by seven percentage points. Six of the eleven dropped out of the study after the first five years; in the following five years, there were ten heart attacks among the six that dropped out while there were none among the five who remained on the program.
Since there was no control group and there was such a high drop-out rate, it is difficult to make much sense of the study. Did the people drop out because their health was not important to them? Or did they drop out because the vegetarian diet made them feel fatigued, unsatisfied, and even less healthy than their original diet full of meat and junk food? Were the people who completed the study but did not submit to the final measurements of their blood vessels reluctant for no reason, or were they reluctant because they were afraid of the results they would obtain based on how the diet made them feel?
It is possible that an extremely lowfat diet would provide some benefits simply because it is extremely low in PUFA. Since the plants are so low in fat, the body will produce its own fat from carbohydrates. The primary product of this biochemical pathway is palmitate, which is a saturated fatty acid. Because it is saturated, it is not vulnerable to oxidation. Ironically, one of the benefits of eating a diet so low in fat is that a much greater portion of the total fat obtained is saturated.
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In asbestos's case, yes we do just ignore the fact that exposure poses no problems to some. It mightn't be honest but it saves lives.
I think basically we all should know the worst case scenario and then make our own decisions from there. With Wheat the majority of society just aren't aware of what might be happening to them.
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As long as arguments are based upon intelligent and/or scientific ideas I will enjoy reading the threads. The problems arise when people pin too much of their self worth to these ideas...if I'm wrong maybe I'm stupid? No you're just in the process of learning or adjusting your viewpoint. It's interesting to watch how people jump all over any comment trying to exaggerate and undermine the meaning. I compared wheat to cigarettes like I might compare a horse to a motorbike...they have similarities, they are not the same. I don't get on a motorcycle and say giddy up and I don't put petrol (gas) in a horse because I am not mentally deficient.
Debating is fun and informative and I have learned a lot on here, let's not take it personally eh?
I'm not arguing that a lot of people get serious problems by eating wheat. I'm just saying that if you do, that is YOUR problem. Don't go projecting that one everybody.
And, it seems that a lot of people are forgetting the main reason for people to eat wheat. It's not because they're addi ted. It's because it's CHEAP. Let people eat whatever they want, not everyone has the patience, time OR money to worry about their nutrition. Should they? Probably, but trying to "eat healthy" is a full time job. To the majority of us, this is our hobby and it's a looooong journey. But to somone completely new to this it's extemely confusing. He could pickup The China Study first, and end up spending 3 to 4 years being vegan because that was convincing enough.
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Which is why I now cook practically everything from scratch.
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You've only been on the forum a couple of days but feel it is okay to call a major contributor a troll? Bad form.
Starting Weight: 197.5
Current Weight: 123
Lost 75# eating low carb (20-40 g) and then MDA primal low carb. Tried many other options but only LC helped me lose weight and improve health. Now at a good weight, I find my body can tolerate a few more carbs but rarely go over 100 g.