The Foundational Cause of Heart Disease
By: Dr. Skip Hellen ND, CNC (Health Doctor)
Despite the fact
that nearly 30% of Americans currently take expensive, extremely dangerous statin
drugs combined with
attempts to reduce saturated fat consumption, more Americans will die this year
of heart disease than ever before. Heart disease has recently fallen behind
cancer as the number one killing disease in America. According to the
American Heart Association, nearly 80 million Americans currently suffer from
heart disease, over 20 million have diabetes, and around 60 million are
These so-called diseases are affecting younger people in greater numbers each year. The unhealthy chronic behavior habits causing
the problems are becoming worse and more widespread. In fact, this health destructive behavior (standard American diet - SAD) is
becoming a widely accepted lifestyle results in the current epidemic of degenerative disease like, obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and
cancer. Yes! Mainstream allopathic (drug based) medicine is loosing the battle on
not only heart disease but degenerative disease in general. The one modern measure
that has made a remarkable difference with heart disease is advanced surgical techniques designed to restore blood flow. Unfortunately these surgical
advancements do nothing to mediate recurrence of the heart disease problem which
is largely behavioral in nature. In fact most who undergo heart surgery experience a
recurrence of the same problem within ten years. The reason is, surgery only solves the symptom
of the disease not the foundational cause of
the disease unhealthy behavior habits). So, what is heart disease, how does it develop, and how can we avoid becoming victims? This article answers
these questions in a simple and understandable way. The best place to start is, what is heart disease?
What is Heart Disease?
Simply put, heart disease is a structural or functional problem of the heart, or of the blood circulatory system supplying the heart,
that impairs normal, healthy function. Frequently this is a restriction of blood flow which deprives the health of essential things
(oxygen & nutrients) required for proper function.
What is the Primary Cause of Not Only Heart but Other Degenerative Diseases - Chronic Unhealthy Behavior Habits
Now you might ask, would knowledgeable people intentionally expose themselves to foods or other substances that are known
to cause health degenerative injury? The answer is a profound YES! It might come as no surprise that smokers are not the only
group of consciously health destructive people. Most know that that excessive consumption of sugar, saturated fat, and salt are
unhealthy. Lesser known health destructive foods include nearly all cooked and processed so-called foods. These foods contain
little or no nutrients required to maintain health. Unfortunately these extremely popular unhealthy products are currently flying
off the shelves at an ever increasing rate in spite of the fact that they are scientifically proven to be serious health threats.
It is crystal clear that short term pleasure overwhelmingly overrides long term health benefits when it comes to American consumptive
and behavior habits. In fact, significantly more money is spent each year on vanity (make-up and appearance related products) than
health related products. This is overwhelming evidence that most folks are currently vastly more concerned about their appearance than
their general health. Health generally stays off the radar screen until illness or disease occurs. Unfortunately the problem is much
more difficult to To make things worse, heart disease is not caused by just unhealthy consumptive habits alone, the lack of regular
exercise and effective emotional management is partly to blame for the current heart disease problems in America. More on this later.
Common Health Destructive Consumption - Standard American Diet (SAD)
Most Americans simply follow the standard American diet (SAD). The SAD diet is fraught with ill health generating
problems. It is loaded with excessive calories, sugar, saturated fat, protein, highly refined fast foods, while extremely low in
fiber, essential fatty acid (EFA's) balance, enzymes and nearly devoid of natural health sustaining micronutrients. Many health
professionals believe that SAD is responsible for most of the current degenerative ill health (cancer, heart disease, diabetes,
osteoporosis) epidemic in America. This chronic unhealthy consumptive behavior perpetuates chronic inflammation leading to obesity,
diabetes, heart disease, stroke and cancer just to name a few. YES! The inflammation and injury in our circulatory system is almost
entirely self inflicted through the SAD diet and chronic unhealthy habitual behavior.
To illustrate, let's examine some of the most damaging unhealthy foods currently habitually consumed by Americans.
1. Candies (all)
2. Baked treats (pies, pastries, cakes, cookies etc.)
3. Fried foods (all)
4. Highly processed, largely unnatural foods
All the above so-called foods contain excess amounts of dangerous agents the
body doesn't recognize as food. First, hyperglycemia (high blood sugar) from
excessive sugar consumption causes internal biochemical havoc causing a wide
range of ill health problems including circulatory and systemic inflammation.
Second, fat (lipid) imbalance results in many other biochemical imbalances
cascading into many ill health problems. Finally, excessive protein results in
systemic acidosis which causes a plethora of ill health problems as well.
Perhaps worse, is the SAD diet contains is nearly devoid in micronutrients
which are essential to maintain health and vitality.
Essential Fatty Acids (EFA's)
Behind sugar, the lack of essential fatty acid (EFA) balance causes a cascade
of ill health problems. One of the big problems is omega oil imbalance. While omega-6 oil
is essential, it is part of every
cell membrane controlling diffusion (what goes in and out of every healthy cell). If
omega fat balance shifts by consuming excessive omega-6, the cell membrane
produces chemicals called cytokines that directly cause inflammation.
mainstream SAD diet has produced an extreme imbalance of omega
fatty acids. The ratio of imbalance with SAD ranges
from 15:1 to 30:1 favoring omega-6 over omega-3. A 3:1 omega-6 to
omega-3 ratio is optimal for health.
The excess fat carried by many Americans and chromic consumption of
inflammatory encouraging foods creates overloaded fat cells that pour out enormous
quantities of pro-inflammatory chemicals that add to systemic biological injury caused by
hyperglycemia (high blood sugar). The process that began with SAD turns into a vicious cycle over
time that creates chronic hyperglycemia and high blood pressure (HBP), heart disease, diabetes as well as other
neurological degenerative conditions like Alzheimer's, as the chronic
inflammatory process continues its destructive effects on health. the simple
fact is, the more processed foods consumed, the more pressure is applied to
systemic (widespread) inflammation each day. The
human body was not designed to consume, nor can it process foods with excess
refined sugars or excess omega-6 oils.
The best way to mediate the insidious nature of SAD consumptive habits
that perpetuate inflammation is returning to a predominant diet of foods closer to their
natural state (raw).
How to Develop Healthier Behavior Habits
The following are ideas on how to develop habits more aligned with mans natural optimal health requirements.
1. Eat only when hungry (excessive calories causes many health problems)
2. Reduce or totally eliminate processed food consumption (this means cooked foods as well)
3. Reduce or totally eliminate inflammation causing simple sugar in favor of raw, fresh colorful fruits and vegetables
4. Reduce or totally eliminate inflammation causing omega-6 fats like corn and soybean oil favoring omega-3 oil foods like cold water fish
5. Exercise regularly
6. Build muscle to achieve optimal body mass index (BMI)
7. Consume prudent amounts of protein
Oil use (1 tablespoon = omega-6 oil)
- 1. Corn oil = 7,280 mg
- 2. Soybean oil = 6,940 mg
Instead of the above, use extra virgin olive oil for salads and other low
If you must cook, use extra virgin coconut oil only. Coconut oil
is a healthy medium chain saturated fat. recently, coconut oil has been found to
be very healthy in fact cure some health (fat imbalance) problems. Interestingly, animal fats contain less than 20% omega-6 and are much less likely to cause
inflammation than the reportedly healthy polyunsaturated oil fats. A good practice
(rule of thumb), never consume polyunsaturated oil. Forget the "science" that
you have been conditioned to believe for decades. The science that saturated fat
alone causes heart disease is not only non-existent, the statement is simply
false. The science that saturated fat raises blood cholesterol is also extremely
weak. Since we now know that cholesterol is not the cause of heart disease,
the concern about saturated fat is even more false today.
The Cholesterol Theory
The so-called high cholesterol epidemic has lead to an industry with $29 billion annual
revenues for big pharma. The profit incentive alone is reason for significant concern if not the health
aspects. The cholesterol
theory of heart disease led to the no-fat and low-fat recommendations that resulted
in the very foods that are causing the real current epidemic of systemic inflammatory related
diseases. Mainstream medicine made a colossal mistake when it advised people to
avoid saturated fat in favor of foods high in omega-6 fats. This
mistake (if it was a actually a mistake) is
currently resulting in literally thousands of people suffering from early degenerative diseases and
death. We now have an epidemic of arterial inflammation leading to heart disease
along with other silent disease killers. Was this a mistake or engineered design
to increase profits, power and control???
The simple reality is, absent inflammation, cholesterol would not accumulate
along the internal wall of the arteries causing heart
disease. In short, absent inflammation, cholesterol would flow freely
throughout the body as nature intended. Yes! It is inflammation that causes
problems referred to as heart disease. Inflammation is not really a complicated subject, it’s
a natural defense response to stress, the presence of toxins like unnatural chemical
accumulation causing biochemical imbalance, creating an environment ideal for pathogenic colonization
(fungus, bacteria, and virus) commonly called disease. The cycle of inflammation is perfect in how it protects
your body from stress and foreign chemical accumulation. If we chronically expose the body
to toxins resulting from an unhealthy toxic environment combined
with unhealthy behavior lead by consumptive habits (unnatural chemically toxic,
biochemical unbalancing foods)
of which the human body was not designed to process, inflammation encourages
blood flow to clean out toxins and repair damaged tissues. Chronic inflammation
is extremely insidious because it
goes largely unnoticed for years even decades inflicting its wrath on health and
Cause of Inflammation
What are the main causes of chronic inflammation? Excess consumption of the
following in this order.
1. Highly processed carbohydrates (SUGAR,
flour and all the products made from them) - especially high fructose corn syrup
2. Animal based protein (meat, dairy) and their associated
3. Omega-6 vegetable oils like soybean, corn, and
sunflower that are found in most processed foods creating an
imbalance of omega
3-6-9 fatty acids
In short, the main cause of heart disease is the chronic excess consumption of sugar,
fat and animal proteins combined with the lack of
regular exercise. While we
enjoy the taste delight of these sugar and fat rich products, the bodies
chemistry responds alarmingly with an aggressive immune response as if a foreign invader
arrived declaring war, it's leukocytosis on steroids. Foods loaded with simple sugar carbohydrates
and processed with omega-6 oils for long shelf life and saturated fat ladened
animal proteins have become an extremely popular, large
part of the American diet and highly profitable for over 50 years now. The
chronic consumption of these unhealthy foods is in direct proportion to the
epidemic amount of degenerative heart disease and other serious inflammatory
Chronology of Heart Disease (Arthrosclerosis -
Hardening of Arteries)
Heart Disease – The Silent Killer
Heart disease is progressive, meaning it takes time to develop the layers of
circulatory degradation. Below are the health compromising steps on which
circulatory heart disease accumulates.
1. Chronic unhealthy behavior habits (lifestyle).
2. Compulsive unhealthy consumptive habits - excessive consumption of
sugar, fat and animal protein.
3. Unhealthy consumptive habits causes advanced glycation end products (AGEs),
a result of hyperglycemia (high blood sugar) and oxidant stress which is an ugly form of
rapid aging and tissue/skin hardening (protein crosslinking). AGEs is a biochemical response
to excessive sugar consumption which results in systemic inflammation.
4. Excessive emotional stress contributing along with diet to hyper tension (high blood pressure
- HBP) is circulatory inflammation.
5. High blood pressure causes artery damage (microscopic tears in the
artery walls requiring a cholesterol patch healing response and scar
tissue. Damaged artery walls are uneven surfaces and trap/accumulate more fat (cholesterol and plaque).
6. Lack of regular exercise (lethargy) results in general lower
blood total flow and oxygen levels causing systemic biological and biochemical
degradation. This general health degradation allows systemic biological degradation
(rapid aging), illness and disease to progress
7. Sclerotic (calcified) arterial plaque formation (hardening of arteries)
and occluded/blocked blood flow which causes heart attach, stroke and many other life
threatening ill challenges (advanced arterial, HEART
Hopefully the above explanation of progressive heart disease illustrates that
most in not all is a direct result of chronic unhealthy behavior habits. In
short the progressive degenerative diseases common today are totally preventable
by simply changing chronic unhealthy behavior to predominantly healthy behavior.
It is called the silent killer because heart disease can go unnoticed for literally years until death occurs.
Arteries up to 90% occluded
(closed) many times are non symptomatic. Even standard physical exams can fail
to recognize advanced heart disease. These realities make heart disease perhaps
the most dangerous of all degenerative diseases as it can strike a deadly blow
According to the US Center for Disease Control (CDC) the below are the 2012 statistics relating to heart disease in America.
- Non institutionalized adults with diagnosed heart disease = 26.5
- Percentage of non institutionalized adults with diagnosed heart disease = 11.5%
- Visits to physician offices with heart disease, excluding ischemic, as primary diagnosis = 12.4 million
- Visits to hospital outpatient departments with heart disease, excluding ischemic, as primary diagnosis = 2.0 million
Hospital inpatient care
- Discharges with heart disease as first-listed diagnosis = 3.7 million
- Average length of stay = 4.6 days
Home health care
- Current patients with heart disease as primary diagnosis = 9.3% - 135,700 (2007)
- Discharges with heart disease as primary diagnosis = 11.2% - 117,400 (2007)
Nursing home care
- Residents with heart disease = 42.6% - 635,000
- Number of deaths = 597,689
- Deaths per 100,000 population = 193.6
- Cause of death USA rank = 1
2012 Cost of Heart Disease
- Nearly $110 billion
Yes! Heart disease is not only responsible for enormous suffering it cost much more
than money in the form of lost economic and social productivity.
Prudent Corrective Action
What can be done to correct this problem? Prudent corrective action comes in
the form of changing consumptive habits from unhealthy SAD to one of a
predominately whole, raw, non processed and cooked foods. Yes! Start shopping
predominantly in the produce section and avoid the grocery store aisles filled with manufactured
foods. By eliminating inflammatory foods and adding essential nutrients in rich
supply in natural, fresh unprocessed food, you can eliminate inflammation, reverse years
of circulatory damage throughout the body, and restore the body’s
natural healing properties. The common diseases currently plaguing humans are
simply natural responses to biological imbalance. In short, they are outward
expressions (symptoms) of inward health problems (biological imbalance - illness
and disease). Since these problems are self inflicted, they are entirely self correctable
should one develop predominantly healthy lifestyle complete with healthy
consumption, regular exercise and emotional stability.
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Millions of Americans are currently suffering from degenerative coronary
heart diseases. Many will needlessly die each year from this disease. The foundational cause
of coronary heart disease is chronic inflammation resulting from unhealthy
consumptive habits (excessive refined sugar and fat consumption – SAD).
Fortunately, contrary to what we are lead to believe by the high profits medical
and drug industries is, degenerative heart & circulatory disease can be reversed,
even cured by changing to a
predominately whole, raw, non processed food diet. All humans will
eventually die, but illness and disease are not necessary if we adopt healthy
behaviors and consumptive habits.
"Illness and disease are
optional, choose not to participate" ~ Dr. Skip Hellen
It’s important to understand that optimal health can only
be achieved and maintained when nutritional, physical, and mental requirements
are met resulting in systemic biological balance (homeostasis).
The following are the cornerstones of success with anything
in life, make these qualities an important part of your life strategy and you
will achieve excellence in anything you do.
character requires personal
commitment advances positive
tenacity promotes success
~ Dr. Skip Hellen
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