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  What Is A Stroke? - Narration and Animation

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What is a Stroke?

When a blood clot blocks the circulation to a part of the brain, this is what we call a stroke. The affected part of the brain fails to receive a sufficient supply of oxygen-enriched blood. This results in paralyzation of the part of the body that is controlled by the afflicted part of the brain. The statement, A man is as old as his arteries, is so true and not to be carelessly ignored!

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(13) Importance of Low Blood Cholesterol Levels

Understanding Cholesterol

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Every nation that lives on a modern commercial diet is eating its way into the high cholesterol danger zone of heart attacks. Evidence from studies conducted by the greatest medical authorities around the world indicates the shocking dangers of high blood cholesterol levels, see chart on inside front cover.

 

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List Of Food That Lower Cholesterol

 

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Free Radicals Are Cancer Producers

Most risk factors for coronary heart disease, such as high blood pressure or smoking, create free radicals that prevent the inner walls of blood vessels from producing nitric oxide. This is necessary for proper blood vessel expansion and contraction. A free radical is an unstable molecule, which reacts with other molecules in destructive ways! An excess of free radicals causes premature ageing and serious medical conditions, depending on which tissues are being attacked. The free radicals may attack DNA (your genetic inheritance) causing cancer or even birth defects; in the pancreas they can cause diabetes; if in the eye they can cause cataracts, and in the blood and blood vessels they can cause cardiovascular disease.

 

Don’t be a passive victim of destructive free radicals! Take heart; avoid the unhealthy foods. Living Healthy Lifestyle helps arrest free radicals and ageing, and earns you a healthier heart and body for enjoying a longer, healthier life! Faithfully guard and protect your precious body and health!

Play it Safe – Know Your Cholesterol Levels

There are many simple home cholesterol tests now widely available. These FDA approved tests are over 97% accurate and require only a finger prick. The test kit cost is between $10 to $20, and available in most drug stores.

When you have a complete cholesterol panel ask your doctor for a copy of your HDL, LDL and triglyceride levels. These readings determine your main risk factors for heart disease. HDL good cholesterol helps protect you from a heart attack. You can help raise your good HDL by eating healthy foods, exercising and losing any excess weight and quitting smoking. An HDL less than 35 mg-dl puts you at a health risk. The LDL or bad cholesterol should not exceed 130 mg-dl. To lower undesirable LDL levels, seek a low-fat, low-cholesterol, low-saturated fat diet. Triglyceride levels over 200 mg-dl, are dangerous and associated with obesity, sweets, fats and alcohol intake.

The American Heart Association recommends the following guidelines to a healthier heart:

Consume less than 300 mg of cholesterol per day.

Consume 30% or less calories from fat.

Consume 10% or less saturated fat calories from.

If you want to keep your daily cholesterol count, you may purchase a fat gram counter which counts cholesterol, total fat and saturated fat in foods. We personally don’t count calories, fat grams, etc. We live our Healthy Lifestyle and it keeps us healthy. But while you are learning this healthy lifestyle you can count grams if you have the time. Be aware that cholesterol can accumulate in the skin and tendons, as well as the arteries, to form small flat yellow plaques and lumps called xanthoma. The plaques found on the eyelids produce a condition called xanthelasma. Follow these golden rules for maintaining safe cholesterol levels: eat only healthy, natural foods; get plenty of exercise; breathe deeply and fully; drink 8 glasses of pure distilled water daily; and get 8 good hours of sleep nightly. Those of you who are at any high risk of cardiovascular problems – caution, please take extra care to be aware of your current blood cholesterol levels.

Experts State “120 to 180” Cholesterol Best

Top medical scientists and researchers agree that a person’s blood cholesterol level should not be over 180. Here are some professional opinions:

• “150 to 180,” according to Dr. W. D. Wright of the University of Nebraska College of Medicine.

• “170,” was the opinion of Dr. A. G. Shaper of the Makerer College Medical School in Uganda.

• “180 as a maximum,” stated Dr. Bernard Amsterdam in the New York State Journal of Medicine.

• “150,” according to famous Dr. Louis H. Nahum of the Yale School of Medicine.

• “120 to 180,” is optimal normal range stated Dr. William Dock, Professor of Medicine, State University of New York.

Fasting – Quickest Way to Lower Cholesterol

In our opinion, fasting is the quickest, easiest, and fastest method of lowering the cholesterol level. We check our blood cholesterol twice a year. If it tops 180, we fast from 3 to 7 days and it soon drops below 150. Fasting is an easy way to give the heart and cardiovascular pipes a good cleansing. That’s why faithfully each week we fast for a 24-hour period on 5 to 7 glasses of distilled (purified) water and also three Bragg vinegar drinks.

Cholesterol and Your Lifespan

One thing that will unquestionably shorten the lifespan is a body that is overburdened with blood fat, an excess of cholesterol. To reiterate: some cholesterol is important to our body processes. The body even manufactures it as extra fuel in emergencies. Chole means bile and sterol means fatty. Much of the fat we eat is broken down by the liver into cholesterol and excreted into the bile, later to be re-absorbed into the bloodstream for distribution to our tissues.

How Much Fat Are You Stowing Away?

Too many people today eat a diet overloaded with the high cholesterol content of saturated (hard) animal fats. When these people increase the burden on their bodies by not exercising enough to burn up even the normal - much less the excess - amount of cholesterol as fuel, their bloodstreams become choked. Waxy cholesterol particles lodge in the arterial walls and clog them. These chunks of waxy cholesterol can eventually block an artery and cause heart failure, stroke or death!

It has been clinically established that the amount of cholesterol deposited on the walls of the arteries has a direct relationship to the amount of cholesterol in the bloodstream. Thus you can see how clogged the arteries must be when the blood cholesterol level rises to 270, 320, 380 and even higher! Yet these excessive levels are not uncommon today, especially in American men.

Deadly Killer – Artery Clogging Cholesterol

Remember that the amount of cholesterol in your blood tells you of the risk you are running of developing a coronary ailment or having a heart attack. It is the barometer of your life-span. It is very wise, therefore, for every adult to see to it that they do not raise their blood cholesterol above a safe, normal level.

Most people know little or care nothing about their cholesterol levels. They merrily go on using large quantities of butter on their bread, toast, potatoes, and vegetables. They drink great quantities of milk and gobble gallons of ice cream and meat, fish, poultry, eggs, chips, French fries, doughnuts, bacon, ham and sausage

– All fill their bloodstreams with excess fat! Little do they realize their high levels of cholesterol are leading them to disaster, and that they may be literally eating themselves to death! Millions of people consume as many as 4 or 5 cups of saturated fats daily. Then they wonder why they end up with a heart attack, stroke, or some other form of heart trouble - its clogged arteries!

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 How cholesterol clogs your arteries (atherosclerosis)

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Atherosclerosis – A Fat Hardening Disease

The clogging of the arterial system by excess cholesterol - the deposits of heavy, waxy fat on the artery walls - is called atherosclerosis.

The components of the word, atherosclerosis, are of Greek origin. Athere means porridge or mush and refers to the soft fatty material in the core of the plaque; skelros means hard and refers to the hard scar-like tissue formation involved in the development of a plaque, and osis is a greek suffix meaning a diseased condition. Therefore, it’s a fat hardening disease.

The term arteriosclerosis is a group of diseases that cause thickening and blocking and loss of elasticity of the artery wall. Both atherosclerosis and arteriosclerosis are often used interchangeably. Atherosclerosis most frequently affects the aorta - the largest blood vessel in the body, the coronary arteries and cerebral arteries which supply the brain, the legs and abdomen. Atherosclerosis is initiated by high blood pressure, smoking and increased concentration of fats in the bloodstream.

World Death Rates Due to Heart Diseases From Fat in Diet

Country -Women Death Rate Per 100,000 - % Fat in Relation to Total Calories

Finland-314-39.2

United States-323-31.1

Canada-229-38.0

Australia-250-37.9

New Zealand-389-39.8

United Kingdom-354-38.4

Germany-299-35.6

Denmark-306-38.3

Sweden-235-39.4

Austria-311-31.3

Switzerland-167-33.6

Belgium-225-35.0

Norway-266-38.0

Italy-213-22.3*

France-131-29.5*

Portugal-312-24.5*

Japan-161-7.9*

This data illustrates the striking difference between Finland and Japan, the death rate varying by more than 250%.*Lowest 4 countries use less saturated fat.

-American Heart Association

Shocking Heart Facts About the #1 Killer

Cardiovascular diseases claimed over a million lives in the United States last year, accounting for almost half of all deaths!

Every 33 seconds another American dies from cardiovascular disease!

Heart disease doesn’t just kill the old; 1 out of every 6 is under 65!

Heart disease affects both men and women; lately men accounted for 49% of heart related fatalities, while women accounted for 51%.

Don’t let cardiovascular disease affect you! Protect your heart!

CHOLESTEROL COUNT OF COMMON FOODS

FOOD FROM ANIMAL

Cholesterol Count (mg)

Brain, 3oz.......................1,749

Liver, chicken, 1 cup.....883

Liver, beef, 3oz................331

Kidney, beef, 3oz............329

Butter, 1 pat......................250

Egg, whole........................213

Cream cheese, 8oz.........120

Ice cream, 12 cup..............88

Lamb, 3oz............................78

Beef, sirloin steak, 3oz.......77

Pork, 3oz...............................77

Chicken breast, 3oz..........73

Chicken leg, 2oz................48

FOOD FROM PLANT

Cholesterol Count (mg)

All beans.......................0

All fruits........................0

All grains.......................0

All legumes...................0

All nuts.........................0

All seeds........................0

All vegetables................0

All vegetable oils...........0

Sources:

1. J. Pennington, Food Valuesof Portions Commonly Used

2. Family and Consumer Service,University of Georgia: http://www.fcs.uga.edu/ext/food/

Rich American Diet is a Killer

Atherosclerosis is not brought on by age, but by diet! Autopsies of the American soldiers killed in battle in the Korean War revealed the shocking fact that 77% of these soldiers (average ages 18-22) already had atherosclerosis! In contrast, the Koreans and other Asians who died on the same battlefield, under the same conditions, had only an 11% incidence of this disease. It’s well known, the traditional Asian diet is low in saturated fats.

The U. S. is a nation of fat-eaters. Saturated fats make up 40% of the caloric intake of the average American diet. Most of these are the commercial, hydrogenated fats - the most clogging, deadly of all fats and are not natural in any sense of the word. It’s such a solid fat that it cannot be broken down by the body’s 98.6°Fheat.

The best natural, unsaturated fats break down at body temperature and don’t cause clogging problems. These are perishable foods and don’t have a long shelf life. In time, these unsaturated fats take on oxygen and become rancid, which gives off a strong odor and bitter taste.

Beware of Saturated, Hydrogenated Fats!

Hydrogenated, saturated fat remains stable because it’s impervious to oxygen. In reality, it is embalmed fat! The American consumer has been brainwashed by the greedy, large manufacturers into believing that they are permanently fresh and healthy! A container of this processed fat will keep in the house for years, because it’s impossible for it to turn rancid. Clever advertising says these saturated, hydrogenated, snow white, processed (erroneously called vegetable) shortenings will not smoke. They also make other clever sales claims which have no relation whatsoever to good nutrition. The same applies to unhealthy margarine made to imitate butter.

So - instead of the natural, unsaturated fats that will aid health - Americans consume deadly hydrogenated, saturated fats, high in cholesterol that coats and clogs the bloodstream, especially the vital arteries. All this clogging eventually causes fatal or crippling clots (thrombosis) into the bloodstream, causing strokes.

 

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 Effects of High Blood Pressure

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Blood Pressure & Heart Attacks

The Silent Killer – High Blood Pressure

What happens when you blow too much air into a balloon? If it doesn’t pop, the overextended balloon becomes thin and delicate. Properly inflated, the balloon can be safely bounced, bent, and moved around. A balloon with too much air becomes a pop waiting to happen. Don’t let this happen to your vessels and heart.

We need blood pressure for our blood to circulate. Too much pressure makes the heart and blood vessels thin and delicate. Increased pressure on the arterial walls makes them more susceptible to fatty deposits.

High Blood Pressure is Often Symptomless

The dangers of untreated hypertension can be deadly! If left untreated, the arteries can become hardened, scarred, and less elastic, unable to carry adequate blood to the organs. The heart, brain, and kidneys are most vulnerable. High blood pressure is the highest risk factor for stroke and heart disease. High blood pressure causes the heart to enlarge and become less efficient, known as left ventricular hypertrophy. This dangerous condition can lead to heart attacks. Many connect stress with high blood pressure. Some studies have suggested that chronic stress can lead to permanent increases in blood pressure and heart rate. Example: Air traffic controllers, who have high-pressure jobs, have a two to four time’s higher rate of hypertension and heart problems.

For a healthy, fit heart, it’s wise to keep your blood pressure within the normal 120/70 range. You can manage this with simple dietary and lifestyle changes. Exercise, deep breathing, ample sleep, and a healthy diet help keep your blood pressure under healthy control.

Don’t eat salt or add salt to food, and avoid prepared foods with high salt, sugar and fat contents. Especially avoid simple sugars like refined sugar and keep your fat intake to a minimum! Never use highly saturated fats. Avoid the fast, nutritionally empty foods so common in our on the go culture. Eat nutritious foods!

What Blood Pressure Measurements Mean

There are two types of blood pressure readings. Systolic pressure (first figure in reading) refers to pressure exerted by the blood while the heart is pumping; this reading indicates blood pressure at its highest. Diastolic pressure (second figure) reads the blood pressure when the heart is at rest in between beats, when the blood pressure is at its lowest. Both readings are important; neither should be high. A normal pressure reads 120 over 70 to 80 (120/7080), with the systolic pressure measuring 120 mmHg and the diastolic pressure measuring 70 to 80 mmHg.

High Blood Pressure in Adolescence

New Millennium Studies presented at the Scientific Session of The American College of Cardiology in Anaheim, California, found that children, who are overweight at ages as young as six or seven, are more likely to have high blood pressure by adolescence! Researchers studied 200 children for ten years, examining blood pressure, obesity, and metabolic abnormalities. The results showed the body mass index (overweight) correlated strongly to higher blood pressure in the children, even after they reached young adulthood. The finding strongly suggests primary overweight prevention may need to begin even before the first day of school, promoting good nutrition as well as exercise and fitness.

High Blood Pressure Linked to Mental Decline

High blood pressure can lead to declines in some mental abilities, according to researchers at the University of Maine (www.docguide.com). Elevated blood pressure is a strong predictor of changes in brain structure and related cognitive functioning. The researchers examined blood pressure and mental function in 140 men and women age 40 to 70 years old. They found that higher levels of blood pressure were associated with greater declines in intelligence tests, visual-spatial abilities, and speed of performance.

Harvard School Public Health Study found 84% of those who sought a second opinion after scheduling heart bypass surgery, were told they didn’t need it! Many patients who undergo heart bypass surgery suffer a significant and long-lasting loss of brain power.

Lowering Blood Pressure Reduces Heart Risk

The International Society of Hypertension unveiled results of the largest hypertension study ever completed, called the Hypertension Optimal Treatment (HOT) study, they found lowering diastolic blood pressure level of 90 mmHg, can help reduce major cardiovascular risk! The study also found that patients with diabetes, who lowered their diastolic blood pressure level to 80 mmHg, lowered their risk of cardiovascular problems. This study amassed 18,790 patients in 26 countries over a five-year period. According to Dr. Claude Lenfat, director of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, if physicians lower blood pressure beyond traditional levels of 90 mmHg, there’s reason to believe that cardiovascular morbidity and mortality can be diminished. The study found that patients with coronary artery disease had a 43% reduction in strokes with those whose blood pressure level was a healthier 80 mmHg and lower. High blood pressure (hypertension) is the most common heart disorder and a leading cause of death in America. Over 300,000 deaths per year in persons age 65 to 84 are due to cardiovascular disease and more than $259 billion dollars are spent for their medical care!

AHA Says Diet Lowers High Blood Pressure

Individuals with high blood pressure should not only put away the salt shaker, but eat more fruits, vegetables and fat-free or low-fat dairy products, announced the American Heart Association’s nutrition committee. They also recommend potassium, calcium and magnesium rich diets. Dr. Theodore Kotchen, AHA nutrition committee member stated, this indicates that dietary components other than salt are also important in the control of high blood pressure. Diets which are high in potassium such as bananas, dates, potatoes, and raisins tend to lower blood pressure. One in four American adults has high blood pressure, which increases their risk of stroke, heart attack, and kidney failure. Avoiding a high-salt diet, not being overweight individuals, and restricting alcohol intake are very important, notes Dr. Kotchen.

 We tend to think of advances in medicine as being a new drug, a new surgical technique, a new laser, something high-tech and expensive. We often have a hard time believing that the simple choices that we make each day in our diet and lifestyle can make such a powerful difference in the quality and quantity of our lives, but they most often do. My program consists of four main components: exercise, nutrition, stress management, love, and intimacy – these promote not only living longer, but living better.

– Dean Ornish, M.D.

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