Few people alive today are old enough to remember the beginning of the coronary heart disease (CHD) epidemic in the 1920s and 1930s, when physicians in the U.S. and U.K. began sounding alarm bells that an uncommon disease was rapidly becoming the leading cause of death. By the 1950s, their predictions had come true. A decade later, a new generation of physicians replaced their predecessors and began to doubt that heart attacks had ever been uncommon. Gradually, the idea that the disease was once uncommon faded from the public consciousness, and heart attacks were seen as an eternal plague of humankind, avoided only by dying of something else first.
According to U.S. National Vital Statistics records beginning in 1900, CHD was rarely given as the cause of death by physicians until after 1930. It used to be uncommon and now it is such a common occurrence that it’s an epidemic. It happens so often it’s like the common cold.
Did you know that 80% of heart attacks and stroke can be prevented through education and lifestyle changes. Here we are almost 90 years later and the medical interventions still being used are pharmaceuticals, stents and bypass surgery.
Doctors aren’t taught about natural supplements and nutrition as an option. It was natural supplements that save my life as far as I am concerned. What is considered a heart healthy diet is far from heart healthy.
When I was in the hospital after one of the heart attacks, they brought me a menu and I order the things that would fit with the Paleo diet I had been on. Lots of veggies and a hamburger without a bun, no wheat and no dairy. Soon after my food arrived a nurse ran into my room and grabbed my tray and told me I couldn’t eat that and that my food needed to come from the Heart Healthy Menu.
She arrived a few minutes later with a large plate of spaghetti, covered in sauce with meatballs! I was stunned! If this was what was being fed to heart patients as heart healthy, it would appear they were trying to kill people off! This wasn’t the exception. All of the heart healthy food was like that. If it was low sodium and low fat you could eat it. Nothing else was taken into consideration.
I wrote my book to address what wasn’t being address. Things you can do to prevent heart disease in the first place .Mystick Creek Publishing
I must warn you up front that I have a strong opinion about statins because of the havoc it caused in my body in 3 short weeks of talking it. This is one of the longest chapters in the book because of how important I felt this information was. I suggest after reading this you do your own research. There are many natural alternatives to help regulate cholesterol levels.
From my book, Resilient Heart Chapter “My Statin Nightmare”
“I wasn’t thinking when I agreed to take Statins after the first heart attack. I was a vulnerable patient at that time, with little knowledge about the drug. After you have a heart attack the doctor doesn’t come in and talk to you about medication, the nursing staff just brings it to you as part of the routine. You are sent home with a bag of pills and are too sick to ask questions…
There is a lot of exaggeration and deception about the effectiveness of statins. Statins came on the scene with FDA approval in 1987 and are now the most widely-prescribe and most profitable medicine on the market. Lipitor, which I was on, was the world’s best-selling drug until its patent expired recently.
Most of the clinical trials done to prove that statins are effective in preventing cardiac events and death were done by companies with a vested interest in positive outcomes. This is where the deception comes in. For example, if 100 people were in a trail and 3 percent were taking a placebo and had a heart attack compared to 2 percent having a heart attack on a Statin, one person would have benefited from taking a Statin. One person having benefits doesn’t sound that great. To compensate for that the numbers were manipulated to read 33% of people benefited from the Statin. This is a highly quoted study about the benefits of Statins. 33% sounds a lot better than one out of 100. Drug companies are using relative risk reduction rather than absolute risk reduction to make it look like a drug is working better than it really is. “
Did you know that one in four Americans aged 45 and over are taking cholesterol-lowering Statin drugs, despite the fact that the risks are very high.
Did you know that Statins were developed for middle aged white males and don’t even work for women?
Did you know that doctors are required to prescribe Statins because it is standard protocol for heart attacks and heart disease. If they don’t follow protocol, which is set up by insurance companies and pharmaceutical companies, they could get into trouble.
I go into more depth about what I found, in my book, Resilient Heart: A Holistic Approach to a Healthy Heart for Women. Available on Amazon or from me at Mystickcreekpublishing
From my book Resilient Heart, Chapter 38, “Sometimes only Paper will Listen”
“I have been journaling almost every day for over 30 years. I buy bound journals rather than notebooks with ring binding because I feel it gives the writing a sense of importance. It feels like an actual book that you are writing.
When I first started journaling it was an exercise in emptying my mind of things that just kept spinning around. My journal has become a friend and confidant over the years. It’s the place where I can talk with my wise Inner being, learn about myself and get advice and clarity.
I journaled my way through my heart healing journey, when I was in Austria and couldn’t speak to my roommates and most of the staff because of the language barrier, I wrote in my journal. Journaling saved me from going stir crazy, gave me someone to talk to and helped me sort out what I was feeling.
Research shows a connection between creative self expression, which journaling is, and health. Now journal writing can be beneficial to your health according to scientific evidence. Studies suggest it can help in the following way:
Help reduce high blood pressure
Enhance immune function
Decrease the symptoms of asthma
Reduce arthritis symptoms
Promote wound healing
And help people quit smoking “
I think everyone can benefit from a journaling practice.
Most of you know, if you have followed my journey, that I love trees and that I even adopted a tree named Grace. This tip is about trees.
Introduction to Chapter 40 from Resilient Heart…Hug a Tree
“It used to be that hugging trees was something that only hippies practiced and that it had little value aside from how humorous it looked. Now it has been validated by science to have incredible benefits for both people, the trees and the planet. Contrary to popular belief, hugging, leaning up against or being near a tree can boost your health in several ways.
Part of the healing power of the forest is due to various oils, called Phytocide which are found in wood plants and some some fruits and vegetables. Trees emit them to protect themselves from germs and insects. Forest air doesn’t just feel fresher, inhaling Phytocide improves immune system function.”
In Japan walking in the woods is called Forest Bathing and it has been prescribed by Japanese medical practitioners for a long time.
“The scientifically-proven benefits of forest bathing includes:
Boosted immune system functioning
Reduced blood pressure
Increased ability to focus, even in children with ADHD
Accelerated recovery from surgery or illness
Increased energy levels
I experienced all of these things and forest bathing was a huge part of my recovery
Painting is from my series of 32 paintings I did to heal my heart.
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“Yoga will boost your heart health! The heart wants to stretch, breathe, move and dance and yoga helps you do that.
When you enter a typical yoga class you will often hear some reference to the heart. Backbends are often referred to as “ heart openers.” You will hear things like “lift your heart” or “shine your heart forward.” Many teachers will talk about the heart chakra, which is the energy center in the middle of your chest. This kind of metaphysical heart-language is common in yoga classes but rarely do teachers talk about the benefits of yoga on balancing the cardiovascular system.
In December 2015 the European Journal of Preventative Cardiology published a review of yoga and cardiovascular disease indicating that yoga may help lower heart disease risk as much as conventional exercise, such as brisk walking. Exercise that increases your heart rate like cardio, isn’t the only kind of physical activity that can help prevent or manage heart disease. The calming, centering, integrating exercise of yoga is good for the heart too. Combine aerobic exercise and yoga and you get even more benefits. “
Excerpt from Yoga of the Heart in the book Resilient Heart.
There are so many yoga videos on YouTube that you can start out with a 10 minute, easy practice and build up to 30 minutes or an hour from there. Even 10 minutes a day will make a difference.
All the paintings in this series of heart healthy tips is from my series of 35 paintings to heal my heart.