It seems the farther we progress with medical treatment and technology, the faster we abandon addressing the root causes of disease. This is especially true in the case of heart disease, the number one killer and disabler of Americans.
As a health care system, we have certainly become exceptionally good at prescribing statins, treating hypertension, and putting in stents and pacemakers. But we do all this while failing to effectively address the underlying fundamental root cause of cardiovascular disease – poor nutrition.
Of the seven modifiable risk factors for heart disease – smoking, inactivity, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, blood sugar abnormalities, excess weight, poor diet – five are nutrition related. And simply putting people on medications to normalize their cholesterol or blood pressure readings without fully addressing what they eat is therefore not a cure – it is only a masking of risk. Paradoxically, this masking actually enables poor dietary patterns, perpetuating the underlying stimulus, creating a vicious cycle. (more…)