Wow it is already the end of February! Hopefully your New Year has started off with a healthy focus. Now we are on to specifics and this is the most important health specific newsletter for everyone over 40.
Please read closely all the information below on Heart Health and take the action steps that are most important for you and your loved ones. Just having the information is not enough. It is critical that you take action to make change to get the results you desire.
Also, please email me directly if you have any questions on this topic.
February - National Heart Month
February is National Heart Health month. Heart Health should be the most important health focus for anyone over 40, as this is the one condition that has the most impact on shortening the lives of Americans.
Please read below regarding the 2 most important heart tests and be sure to follow up with me on this so we can keep you as healthy as can be in this critical area. Additionally, this is the one area where you probably have a loved one (or 2, or 3, or more) who could also be more proactive.
One great aspect of Heart Health is that with the proper steps taken, you can dramatically reduce your risk of ever dying from a heart attack. This is the number one killer in America and it is Very Avoidable when the right steps are taken.
Additionally, this is a great area for helping others. Simply either share my articles with them, ask me if I can order these tests for them, or tell them to go see Dr. Dale now, as you want to make sure they live a long and healthy life!
2 Most Important Heart Tests
Unfortunately, many doctors, and many patients, think cholesterol testing and a treadmill stress test are the most important heart tests. Let me make this perfectly clear, neither is! The first test below is far superior for detecting atherosclerosis, and the second test is critical for determining whether or not your risk of Sudden Cardiac Death is decreased by up to 90%!
The other great news about these tests is that they are very low cost for the value they provide. The Heart Scan in Santa Barbara is only $150, the lowest price I have ever heard of in the U.S., and the Omega-3 Index test ranges from $79.95 - $99.95. Come on by and we can get you set up for either the Heart Scan or the Omega 3 Index test. By the way, both of these tests are very simple processes.
Please read both of these articles to help extend or save the life of yourself or a loved one.
Why the Heart Scan is so Important
I have been studying this test and using it with patients for over 14 years, and I strongly recommend the Heart Scan for all men over 40 and all women over 45. Make that 5 years earlier if there is a significant family history of heart disease or if you exercise vigorously.
I wish I had a test this good for other key areas of long term wellness! The Heart Scan allows us to very clearly know the amount of hard plaque you have in your heart. It can determine if you don't have any hard plaque at all (which is the case for most of my patients), if you do have hard plaque, and therefore are at risk, how great that risk is, and over time if your plaque is increasing at a fast rate, average rate, slow rate, not increasing or actually reversing. Since plaque build up and/or rupture are what cause the vast majority of heart attacks, this test provides the clearest picture of your risk of heart attack now and in the future. It clearly shows if you have any calcified plaque at all in your coronary arteries and if so, exactly how much, in how many different spots and exactly which areas of the arteries.
The Omega-3 Index: The New Champion in Testing for Cardiac Risk
Your Omega-3 Index is the most important number relative to your risk for Sudden Cardiac Death (SCD). This is the type of heart attack where an individual frequently dies immediately or within a few minutes, usually with no time for aggressive intervention. It's the kind of heart attack where an apparently healthy individual, possibly only in his or her 40's or 50's, and who may even recently have passed a cardiovascular stress test with flying colors, has a heart attack out of the blue and dies. These heart attacks most commonly result from a rupture of soft plaque, causing a sudden and severe clot that dramatically blocks blood flow in the arteries of the heart. They can also be the result of a sudden, severe arrhythmia.
The Omega-3 Index test specifically measures all the omega-3, -6 and -9 fatty acids in your red blood cells and scores the index of your EPA/DHA compared to the rest of your omegas. Individuals with an index in the desirable range (greater than 8%) have up to a 90% decreased risk of Sudden Cardiac Death compared to individuals with a score in the undesirable and most common range for Americans (below 4%).
Repeat - Weird Research Warning - High Fat Diet Linked to Diabetes, Anxiety, Depression!??
In this day and age of "fake news", I feel like it is important to re-print an article I did this time last year, as it shows that fake news aside, real news can be very dangerous to your health also, especially if you believe it and follow the lead of so-called "experts/researchers". Please read my very important prior article below.
At times I come across research headlines in supposedly prestigious scientific journals that get my attention, as they make little to no sense. After reviewing such research I am left to wonder: 1. How did this research get published? 2. What is the motivation behind the researchers' conclusions?
Unfortunately, the average person reading headlines from media sources, in this case Medscape and Science Daily, can easily be persuaded that this information is "science," therefore it must be true!
This research went like this: Take 2 groups of mice. Feed one group a low-fat chow and the other a high-fat chow. By 16 weeks the high-fat chow mice had gained more weight, developed high blood sugars, high insulin levels, glucose intolerance and showed signs of emotional distress! At this point in reading the article I'm scratching my head, we know healthy fats are great food for the brain and for keeping blood sugar balanced.
They actually gave the sick mice Lexapro to see if it would help with their depression. It didn't work! I'm sure the mice were depressed after seeing their pretty figures rapidly growing in the mirror.
The study's authors concluded that high-fat diets may lead to type 2 diabetes, which could lead to depression and anxiety, which in this case didn't respond to antidepressants!
However, when you look at the details of the study, you can only question the motives behind their conclusions. They can't be dumb; these are people that are working toward a PhD or already have one.
The key details are: Yes, there was more fat in the high-fat chow. However, there were also 70% more calories, and 1,300% more refined carbohydrates, half of which were pure sugar!! The low-fat chow group had only 3% sugar, while the high-fat chow had almost 700% more! This difference in calories alone was enough to make these mice gain weight. However, it was the difference in the sugar and refined carbohydrates that drove the diabetes issues, and likely the mood changes.
Now that you have more of the facts, I think it's easy for anyone to understand how important it is to be aware that "research can be dangerous to your health" and that researchers may have a hidden agenda.
Research Updates: Prilosec, Nexium and Prevacid and Their Serious Health Risks.
Now we have Gastrazyme a Healthy Alternative.
It has been apparent for a long time the serious problems associated with the acid blocking medications that have become so popular. Both prescription and over the counter versions. And the list of health risks associated with reflux or GERD medications continues to grow. Most of these risks were quite predictable once these drugs became so commonly used. They are being prescribed for much longer periods of time than the FDA recommends, resulting in lots of drug sales (approximately $14 billion per year) and, unfortunately, increasing numbers of new complications and conditions related to their use.
These medications stop the normal physiological process of stomach acid production, and that is a big problem as stomach acid is necessary for digesting and absorbing numerous nutrients, including protein, calcium, magnesium and vitamin B-12. Additionally, our normal acid levels protect us from gastrointestinal infections.
New research has added an increased association of these drugs with dementia and the risk of Alzheimers disease. Patients using these drugs for as little as 4-5 months out of 18 months were 44% more likely to develop dementia than those not taking them. Other conditions that these drugs increase the risk of include kidney disease, fractures (osteoporosis), low magnesium levels, pneumonia and gastrointestinal infections, including Clostridium Difficile (C-Diff).
Often a very healthy diet, such as Dr. Dale's Phase One Diet, will help clear up even severe cases of reflux. However, for those who have tried diet and other alternatives, we now have a supplement that is the first I have seen have frequent success with this condition.
The product is Gastrazyme and if you want to try it, call and we can put together some samples for you to try. It's simple enough, just send me an email, let me know your symptoms and how severe they are and I can arrange for my staff to get you the right dose and sample packet of Gastrazyme to try. [email protected]
Omega Mono-Pure 1300 EC
Given this is National Heart Month, I have to make our new Omega MonoPure 1300 EC our Product of the Month. This is the single most important nutritional product for heart health and reducing the risk of dying prematurely from a heart attack. Additionally, it is one of the most important nutrients for brain health and reducing the risk of many diseases.
Buy 2 or more and get a 15% discount from now until the end of March!
Click Here for my more extensive article on this product.
Quote of the Month
"Feelings of worth can flourish only in an atmosphere where individual differences are appreciated, mistakes are tolerated, communication is open, and rules are flexible. The kind of atmosphere that is found in a nurturing family."
Please be sure to take care of yourself and loved ones in this key health area. This is such an important health system and it is very responsive to the right nutrients, as long as you don't wait too long.
Eat Well, Be Healthy, Dr. Dale