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The controversial article at the following link catches my interest. In it, Dr. Dwight Lundell, a heart surgeon, talks about what, in his opinion, really causes heart disease:
In Dr. Lundell’s opinion, your cholesterol level has nothing to do with your heart health. Cholesterol buildup in the arteries is the body’s attempt to put a kind of bandage on damage in your arteries. And what has caused that damage? Dr. Lundell says it’s the problem I blogged about yesterday: chronic inflammation.
This seems to indicate, by extension, that those “heart-healthy” oils used in food processing, and in our own kitchens – corn oil, safflower oil, canola oil, sunflower oil – are really the least healthy oils we can use for our hearts; because these oils are on the list of foods that new guidelines recommend we avoid, as part of a diet to stop chronic inflammation. Other kinds of foods, and aspects of our lifestyles, are also implicated in causing chronic inflammation, which in turn can cause damage to our arteries. According to Dr. Lundell, our bodies build up layers of cholesterol on the damaged areas in an attempt to repair the damage – and that’s what causes our arteries to get clogged, resulting in heart disease.
Depending on what you read, this is either (a) a new(ish) advance in science, or (b) something that scientists knew about years ago and which was covered up by Big Pharma and Big Medicine in order to make money from cholesterol-lowering drugs. I don’t know who’s right here. I do know that research is ongoing, and that any health professional will tell you that more studies are needed. But given the information that’s coming to light, I think it’s a pretty good possibility that Dr. Lundell may be on to something with his theory.
Whatever the newest findings are, it’s important to stay informed.