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
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.
This piece is from the introduction to Resilient Heart, and it is directed toward women, though it certainly can be true for men too.
“I believe that the real metaphor in heart disease is that many of us are walking around with broken hearts. I know I was and I didn’t even realize it because it was an issue I had worked on for years. I thought I had done the work.
As women, we have had many reasons to suffer broken hearts. We have only just begun to get equal rights with men. We have been paid less, devalued, considered second class citizens and have been held back in all kinds of ways. It’s in our DNA. I also imagine that most women reading this book have had failed relationships, because our generations have been the guinea pigs for creating a new relationship model that was different than our parents and we have struggled to get it right.
Many of us have had our hearts broken and haven’t had time to grieve because we were left as single parents trying to survive and provide for our children. Who had time to mend a broken heart? I didn’t! I was in survival mode for 14 years and couldn’t think about myself. During those 14 years I had other relationships that ended up breaking my heart to compound the issue.
It is time for us to realize that we are the very essence of the Divine, that we are beautiful, have great value,are bright, creative and we are not going to be held back. It’s time to mend our broken hearts and stop this epidemic of heart disease. It is my hope that by reading this book you are inspired to take the steps to heal your heart before you have a heart attack. Women no longer need to be statistics of any kind. “
When you start to research the heart to find ways to make it healthy, like I did, you find all kinds of interesting information.
“Creating Natural Bypasses” from Resilient Heart
“When I read that coronary artery bypass surgery was not only potentially dangerous because they open up your chest and connect you to heart and lung machines, but that hundreds of thousands are done each year, and are usually unnecessary, I was worried and angry. At this point ai had already had two heart catheterizations and a bypass would probably be the next thing the doctor would want to do.
I started doing research and stumbled upon the heart’s ability to create its own bypasses. It isn’t easy but it happens.
This information blew me away! Just the possibility that something like that could happen got my imagination going. I made up my mind then and there that I was going to grow a collateral artery to bypass the stent that they couldn’t open. “
I actually did it twice during this heart journey! The second one was the length of my blocked artery but didn’t grow fast enough for me to avoid surgery. I believe if doctors were a bit more patient these bypasses could happen in a lot of cases and surgery could be avoided.
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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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