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Optimal Health Newsletter, Issue #113 - The Real Cause of Heart Disease
July 15, 2013

Keeping your heart healthy the natural way

Issue #113

July 15, 2013

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A New Attitude Toward Heart Health

We have been told for years that the secret to good heart health is eating fat free foods and keeping our cholesterol and triglycerides low. Why were we told that? Because that is what scientists believed.

But there is a new sherrif in town.

Or I should say there is a new attitude taking over the scientific community in relation to heart health. Doctors who hold to the traditional model of cardiovascular health are quickly being viewed as behind the times and even irresponsible.

What one thing is implicated in every stage of coronary heart disease? The answer may surprise you. It is the topic of today's featured article. Read on…

What Is The Real Cause Of Heart Disease?

That is one of those huge questions, isn’t it? It is not quite on par with questions like, “What is the meaning of life?” It is, however, one of the most important second tier questions we can ask.

But we already know the answer to that question, don’t we? We know what causes heart disease. It is…

  • Smoking
  • High cholesterol
  • High triglycerides
  • Eating foods high in saturated fats and trans fats
  • Diets with a high omega-6 to omega-3 ratio
So on and so forth.

There is little question that these things are contributors to heart disease. But to say that they ‘cause’ coronary heart disease might be over stating the case.

Why would I make such an outrageous statement? Because current research mandates it.

Over the last few decades there has been a major shift in thinking concerning what is the core cause of coronary heart disease. In this article we are going to briefly describe that shift in thinking and lay the groundwork for future articles.

Let’s start in 1998. It was in that year that the American Heart Association convened the Prevention Conference V. The goal of the conference: To examine strategies for identifying high-risk heart patients.

There were a number of topics on the agenda. One of those topics was the ‘measurement of markers of inflammation’. Sounds like a ‘yawner’ doesn’t it?

Basically it has to do with how we go about measuring the existence – and even importance – of indicators that a person has systemic (internal) inflammation. Why is that important?

Well, the fact that the American Heart Association was behind the conference gives us a hint that systemic inflammation might have something to do with heart disease. At least that was the suspicion at the time.

The suspicion could not have been too strong because …

The Conference concluded that many of these markers (including inflammatory markers) are not yet considered applicable for routine risk assessment.

That means that, for whatever reason, the experts did not think the topic worthy of pursuing at that time.

But the dawn of a new millennium brought with it a whole different viewpoint. On March 14 and 15, 2002 the…

CDC/AHA Workshop on Inflammatory Markers and Cardiovascular Disease: Applications to Clinical and Public Health Practice
…was convened in Atlanta Georgia. The American Heart Association was behind that one too, as well as a large number of other contributors.

The goal of the conference: To determine which currently available tests should be used to identify high-risk heart patients.

Sound familiar?

Let’s look – in passing – at a couple of statements that came out of the workshop…

A role for inflammation has become well established over the past decade or more in theories describing the atherosclerotic disease process.


From a pathological viewpoint, all stages, ie, initiation, growth, and complication of the atherosclerotic plaque, might be considered to be an inflammatory response to injury.

We don’t have space to unpack those two statements now. But what is clear from many statements that came out of the workshop is that systemic inflammation is implicated in every phase of the development of coronary heart disease.

The second statement above actually says that every stage of heart disease is an inflammatory response to injury.

That turns the traditional thinking of what causes heart disease on its ear.

Most of us are not used to thinking about heart disease as an inflammatory response to injury. But that is what current science is telling us.

We can ignore the science and go on hoping that eating low cholesterol meals – and perhaps taking statins – is enough. Or we can begin to think in terms of how to avoid those things that cause inflammation. Which do you think is the more responsible response?

Did You Know?
That heart disease is not primary a problem of cholesterol buildup?
And therefore…
Coronary heart disease does not have to be an inevitable part of aging?
That is what our next issue is about. Look for it as...
Stuck in the Traditional View of Heart Disease.
It will be here in a few weeks.

Featured Recipe

Salmon is a very anti-inflammatory addition to your meal. Really you should be eating it at least once every week.

Why is salmon so anti-inflammatory? One main reason has to do with your omega-3 to omega-6 balance. It was briefly mentioned in the article above. We will dive into it in a future issue.

BTW: If you want to do a little reading on the subject in the meantime you can use this link:

For now just know that salmon is very good for your heart and is anti-inflammatory. So with that in mind consider the recipe below.

Note: I love to grill my salmon but this one works best in the oven.

Roasted Salmon with Citrus and Herbs


6 servings (serving size: 4 1/2 ounces salmon)

  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh thyme
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon rind
  • 2 teaspoons grated lime rind
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 (2 1/4-pound) salmon fillet
  • Cooking spray

Preheat oven to 400°.

Combine first 7 ingredients in a small bowl. Place salmon on the rack of a broiler pan coated with cooking spray; place rack in pan. Rub parsley mixture over salmon. Bake at 400° for 15 minutes or until fish flakes easily when tested with a fork or until desired degree of doneness.

Concerned about inflammation?

Based on the above article – and others to follow - we all should be. Part of our response to that is the 30-Day Challenge.

The Challenge involves a whole detox, anti-inflammatory approach to eating. The 30-Day Challenge guide introduces you to a lifestyle that, simply put, helps you begin to get back your health.

It is not about triglycerides and cholesterol. It is about removing the intoxifying, inflammatory influences in your life that are robbing you of health.

Get the Guide by using the link below. It is free at

Coming Soon…

Two very important additions to our fight against heart disease are arriving soon.

The first is the Inflammation and Heart Disease guide. It is a much deeper look at the whole idea of inflammation as the primary source of heart disease and other chronic diseases such as cancer. It will be here soon. Look for it in this newsletter.

The other is our new Blog on Detox and Inflammation. The central theme of the blog is larger than heart disease. But it should be of keen interest to anyone concerned about heart disease as well as better health in general. Look for it.

We will keep you posted.

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