One of the most common topics that is discussed in my office on a patient to patient basis, is the topic of high cholesterol levels. Many people have come to me stating that they take cholesterol lowering medications (statins), yet their cholesterol number and HDL/ LDL ratios do not change. 1 in 4 Americans over the age of 40 is currently taking a statin drug under the illusion that it will decrease their risk for heart disease. Dr. David Diamond is a neuroscientist with a PhD in biology. He's also a Professor of Psychology, Molecular Pharmacology, and Physiology at the University of South Florida and a Research Career Scientist at the Tampa VA Hospital. He ended up investigating both diet and statins as a result of having to address issues with his own health, and his conclusions are very different from the current status quo in medicine. “Well, the very first paper I looked at indicated that triglycerides are primarily produced from excess carbohydrates, particularly glucose and fructose,' he says. 'And as far as HDL levels, you see an association of low HDL levels in people who have high blood sugar. There was an obvious connection of carbohydrates in the diet to triglycerides and HDL. I was astounded by this. This was the first of many epiphanies I've had while studying cholesterol, diet, and heart disease. I figured that what I needed to do is not to avoid the fat; I should avoid the carbohydrates! I actually talked to my doctor about this. And of course he said to me, 'Well, you're going to take a bad situation and make it worse, because by going on an Atkins-type diet, you're increasing the likelihood that you'll have heart disease.' Nevertheless, from a few studies that I read at first – and it has now become a few thousand studies – I've learned of the linkage between carbohydrate consumption, elevated blood sugar, and triglycerides." Counter to his doctor's advice, Dr. Diamond dramatically reduced non-vegetable, processed, starchy carbohydrates. He substituted the carbs with vegetables, proteins and healthy fats. After stubbornly remaining at nearly 800 for five years, his triglycerides plunged to 150 — without any drugs whatsoever — and his HDL increased dramatically, from 30 to 50. “Indeed, I've treated many patients with high triglycerides, including people with levels upwards of 1,500-2,000, and I've seen patients' triglyceride levels plunge in as little as five days when cutting out carbs and increasing healthy fat.” So the really good news about high triglycerides is that you can achieve rapid reversal by changing your diet. Start a program where you eliminate carbohydrates and sugars and replace them with vegetables, nuts, beans, lean proteins and healthy fats like olive oil, walnut oil, fish oil and coconut oil.
Thought for the Week: Don't dig your grave with your own knife and fork. ~English Proverb
Chiropractic Thought for the Week: Ancient Egyptians and Greeks knew of the body’s continual striving to heal itself. During the Renaissance, learned men theorized of “vital forces” within the body that helped it resist disease. The “vital force” they spoke of is what chiropractors refer to as the body’s innate intelligence. Chiropractic is based on a vitalistic philosophy that recognizes that there is an innate intelligence that uses the brain and nerve system to control and maintain the body in health. Interference to the nerve system can lead to a change in health most easily seen as disease or loss of function. But more than that, this interference can affect performance on multiple levels, some easily observed and others more subtle.
Covid-19 Update: It’s been quite awhile since I have written about covid-19. It was announced earlier this week that the Biden Administration has made a deal with the Pfizer drug company to purchase 105 million doses of the covid-19 vaccine for 3.2 billion dollars of taxpayer funded money, with the option to purchase up to 300 million doses if needed for the upcoming fall season. This transaction is happening as the covid-19 virus continues to mutate and weaken in strength. The majority of people who are contracting covid-19 are reporting very mild symptoms with illness lasting 3-4 days. According to Dr. Ryan Cole an anatomical pathologist and Ph.D in immunology who has been operating a nationwide pathology clinic for over 20 years, Dr. Cole expressed dismay when the covid-19 vaccine was first announced. He said, "I thought, wait a minute, you can't vaccinate against corona viruses! This family of viruses is not amenable to vaccination, based on mutation rates. So, my concern was very high, early on." And as time would tell, his statement on coronavirus has appeared to bear fruit. The virus continues to mutate and the vaccine has become less effective at preventing reinfection. Statistics now say that over 50% of all reinfection cases of covid-19 are occurring in people who are fully vaccinated and boosted. And the vaccine is not without risks. One of my patient’s recently had the booster shot and with in 5 minutes passed out and within four hours her entire body broke out in the most horrible rash and hives. It has now been over two weeks and the young women is in and out of the hospital with little change in her condition. The adverse vaccine reaction was reported to the CDC and they are dealing with covid vaccine experts to try and resolve this issue. This week, the CDC on its website released the lasted adverse covid-19 vaccine reaction statistics. Since December 20th, 2020 through June 24th 2022 there have been 1,314,594 reports of adverse events from all age groups including 29,162 deaths and 241,226 serious injuries. These stats are never reported on the news and people continue to get vaccinated for a weakening virus that, like the common cold or the flu, will never go away. Worse, the CDC adverse vaccine reaction statistics for children are scary. In the 5 month year old to 5 year old category there have been over 1700 reported adverse events and 3 deaths. In the 5 -11 year old age group there have been 11,638 adverse events and 7 reported deaths. In the 12 -17 year old age group there have been 32,472 reported adverse events and 44 deaths. Please note that covid-19 experts worldwide have repeatedly told us that children are the least effected by the covid-19 virus and it is very rare that there is a serious case of covid-19 in healthy children without preexisting health conditions. In the pregnancy category, there have been over 5000 reported adverse reactions and over 1500 reported miscarriages. As a pregnancy, prenatal care doctor, we continually talk to our pregnant patients about dangers of taking drugs and medications during pregnancy. The long term effects of the covid-19 vaccine on the unborn fetus have never been studied and it is way to early to document negative health issues as this vaccine program for pregnancy only 2 and 1 half years old.