(Natural News) “We’re not trained in prevention,” warned cardiologist and author of The Paleo Cardiologist: The Natural Way to Heart Health, Dr. Jack Wolfson, DO, FACC in a recent interview with NaturalNews editor, Mike Adams. “They never teach [cardiologists about preventive measures for heart health such as good nutrition and exercise]. And that’s why [conventional cardiology] is killing millions of people… because they’re giving people the wrong information.”
“That’s a pretty strong claim [you just made],” cautioned Adams.
“I can make those claims because I’ve been there, I’ve done that,” responded Dr. Wolfson who also claims that cardiologists today are more focused on prescribing aspirin and statin drugs as early interventive procedures rather than attempting to cure the problem at its core. He likens the process to offering “bandaid solutions” to a much deeper problem.
These, perhaps, are not new ideas. If you’ve been a reader of this site for some time now, you understand that we’ve been reporting on these topics consistently. Nevertheless, mainstream media and Big Pharma still insist that popping a pill (or several) can manage any disease, especially those related to heart function.
But where does management end and treatment begin?
Since the early 2000s, studies have proven that preventive medicine is not only more cost-efficient in terms of medical expenditures, but more effective in keeping patients away from hospitals. Diet, regular exercise, proper sleep, sunshine, and mind-body practices all contribute to a stronger well-being and cardiovascular health. So why is it that more people are dying from heart disease than ever before? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported that heart disease deaths increased by at least three percent from 2011 to 2014. The group estimates that this number is expected to increase annually, despite medical analyses concluding that life expectancy for American adults has increased.
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The problem, Dr. Wolfson claims, may be with how traditional cardiologists view heart disease. He believes that not enough focus is given on preventing heart problems, but in creating a community of drug-dependent patients. It makes sense, considering how many doctors are on the payroll of pharmaceutical companies to push their products.
However, not all blame can be placed on doctors. Patients share some responsibility as well. We often delude ourselves that there is a “magic” pill for overall health. We refuse to accept that nutrition and exercise is a choice — one that we have to make each and every day of our lives. These steps are not easy, but repeated practice does make this easier.
The first step is to accept that where you are in terms of health — be it good or bad — is your own doing. There is no need to place blame on your current state; just acknowledge that this is where you are. This will serve as your baseline.
From there, you can begin taking small steps to improve your heart health. Here are some you can try for yourself:
- Eat your calories — Cut back on the sugar-laden drinks. People often forget that a large part of their calorie intake comes from their beverages and not their actual meal. Nutritionists say that simply swapping your soda with water can result in an instant 10-pound weight loss over a year.
- Just walk — It is recommended that you walk briskly for at least 40 minutes a day. This might be too much for some, especially for those who are morbidly obese. What is more important, say wellness experts, is just to move. Do something. Get out there and move your legs. A sedentary lifestyle significantly impacts cardiovascular health.
- Breathe — There’s no doubt about it. Excess stress can cause you to keel over. Learn to love your heart and practice deep breathing exercises. Try breathing slowly for a few minutes every day. Even just this small exercise will lower your blood pressure.
Dr. Wolfson says that while these practices can be cumbersome at first, their benefits are inherently priceless. Exercise addresses illness at its root cause and does not merely “solve” symptoms. Watch the full video below.
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