Whats Wrong with The Mummy Study

Whats Wrong with The Mummy Study

If you believe the latest news in heart disease, then heart disease is something you will just have to live with or should I say die with.  Studies coming from CT scans that were done on a 137 mummies reveal that 34 percent of them had atherosclerosis, hardening of the arteries.  Since this study involved a wide range of different cultural groups, coming from ancient Egyptians to ancient Peruvians, the researchers concluded that heart disease is just a problem of aging and has not much to do with diet.  They made this conclusion on the basis that they used different cultures, which would have different diets.

The Question that Needs to be Asked.

So what is wrong with this assumption?  In order to make that conclusion the mummies would have to reflect the diet and lifestyle of those living at the time.  So, do these mummies really represent the populace of their time? I would have to say no.  For the most part it was the rich or ruling class that were mummified.  These are the ones that have been preserved down to our modern day and these are the ones that are being looked at.  Would it be correct to say that they reflect the eating habits of the people of their time?  I highly doubt it.

Basically, what this study tells us is quite the opposite of what they have concluded.  In my humble opinion it says just the opposite.  A diet and lifestyle that is unrestrained will lead to heart disease and death.  Why do I say that?  For the most part the rich and ruling class have always had a lifestyle that has been unrestrained, and it is this type of living that leads to heart disease.

Research which has been done by Dr. Dean Ornish and other medical professionals has shown that a reversal in diet and lifestyle modifications can have a huge impact on your cardiovascular health.  According to the American Heart Association lifestyle changes, which would include your diet, are your best defense against heart disease.  They focus on three areas of life, pollution like tobacco, exercise or being active, and choosing good nutrition.  Time and time again these are the suggestions that are the foundation for having a healthy heart.

My Doctor Says Medication

Many good meaning physicians have recommended statin drugs to improve the cardiovascular health of their patients.  The truth is Statins are a drug and require your blood to be monitored regarding their toxicity.  However, there is no doubt about it, statin drugs do lower cholesterol. The question that comes up regarding Statins, is that the reason why they are effective?  Statin drugs also reduce inflammation and it is inflammation that most researchers recognize as the real cause of heart disease. So why is the body inflamed.  Inflammation is a result of either one or two things.  To put it simply, inflammation is brought about by either damaged tissue or an allergic reaction.

Before Medication

There are healthy supplements that can help with your cardiovascular health.  We use a supplement called Cardio 5000.  We have seen first hand, using a dpa machine the benefits of this supplement.  If you measure your arterial elasticity with a dpa machine then take a serving of Cardio 5000 and wait about 15 to 20 minutes you will see an improvement in your arterial elasticity.  The company is so confident of their product that they invite people to try it for three months and if their is no improvement in your cardiovascular health they will provide a refund.

Glucose Spikes

February is usually recognized as heart month. This month our friends at Life Extension Foundation have included many articles in their magazine about cardiovascular health. One article that caught my attention had to do with glucose spikes. That is the blood sugar response coming from your body after you eat a meal. Your blood sugar usually spikes between one and two hours of food consumption. What scientist are finding out is that if your blood sugar spikes to high it is very damaging to your cardiovascular system. This is been of interest to me ever since I witnessed something that took place at an airport.

Many years ago, in another life, I used to work at the airport. One day while I was on my way to work I noticed a huge pipe that had busted. The workers had taped off the area and there seem to be this goo oozing from the pipes. Since it was not an extremely cold day I asked one of the workers what caused the pipe to bust? He said to me, “you see that goo oozing from the pipe”? And of course, I said, “yes”. He said, “that is coming from the sugar drinks that have been poured down the drain and have blocked the pipe.”

That got me to thinking. If sugar could do that in a large drain pipe, what is it doing to our bodies? The answer, of course, is it is doing a lot of damage. This is being seen in what is called glucose spikes. Glucose spikes, or sugar spikes, along with insulin spikes are very damaging to the lining of our arteries. Not only are they damaging to the lining of our arteries, but they also cause our blood to become thick as well.

What is causing these glucose spikes? Well of course it is eating too much sugar. Having a high carbohydrate diet and eating foods that have a high glycemic value. What is a glycemic value? It’s how quickly a particular food will raise blood glucose levels after it is eaten.

Not only are glucose spikes harmful to arteries in tissues it also promotes weight gain and can make you insulin resistant. This is where you have plenty of insulin, but your cells just cannot use it. Therefore, your blood sugar remains high and the cells can I get the sugar they need for fuel. All of this is coming from foods and drinks that have a high glycemic value. The solution is, of course, eating foods with a low glycemic value and keeping the linings of your arterial cells healthy.

There are supplements that are showing promise with regard to controlling insulin levels. Some of those supplements include chromium picolinate, green tea, and green coffee bean extracts.  Of course, they are no substitute for a healthy diet.  Diet is the first place to start when we are talking about health.  Learn how to cook and prepare healthy foods that have a low glycemic index and are beneficial for your health.

Arginine is vital for endothelium health. Arginine helps the body produce nitric oxide and nitric oxide keeps the inner lining of our arteries healthy.

Research Shows Benefit of Statin Drug?

Statin drugs…  The most prescribed type of medication for lowering “dangerously high” cholesterol levels.  It is also the most controversial.  Side effects include  (not limited to) severe muscle aches, memory loss, liver damage, and suicide.

A recent research article published in Proteome Science (http://www.proteomesci.com/content/10/1/43/abstract), discussed the benefits of statins on the arteries.  In the research they state that they know that the medication helps produce nitric oxide, but not sure of the mechinism in which the artery is benefitted.

Here is what we know here at The Arginine Doc:  You can increase beneficial nitric oxide (NO) levels, and get your arteries healthy, flexible and clean naturally.  That’s right.  With none of those dreadful side-effects listed above.  And as a side benefit keep your cholesterol numbers in the healthy range.  How?  L-argininine, L-citrulline, vitamin D and specific antioxidants.