Tag Archives: immune system

A Heart Surgeon Speaks Out

Despite decades of telling people that eating a low fat diet and substituting polyunsaturated oils (such as corn or safflower oil) for saturated fats (like butter) so that their risk of heart disease will be less, doctors have seen a rise in heart disease instead of a drop.  “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. ” (see article link)

Dr. Dwight Lundell has left his surgery practice to focus on nutrition treatment for heart disease based on  “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 inflammation is actually being caused by the low fat diet that we have been encouraged to embrace over the last 50 years.

This very interesting (and easily understood) article can be found here.  Food for thought.

 

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Bacteria: Good or Bad?

When you hear about bacteria, isn’t your first reaction to think “Yuck!  Bacteria bad, anti-bacterials good!”

Well, one of the newest fields in biological research today (only 10 years old) is focused on the importance of good bacteria that we are exposed to throughout our lives.  Recent research has shown that the more we try to avoid bacteria, the worse off we are in regards to our immune systems.  It turns out that the more bacteria we are exposed to early childhood, the stronger our immune systems will be as we grow older.

Here are two articles that I think you might find interesting.  The first is how bacteria and allergies are related.  The second is an episode from NPR’s Science Friday about the interaction of the bacteria in your body and its affect on your brain and your behavior.  Download the podcast and have fun learning!