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Heart Disease and Magic Bullets

"Bullets cannot be recalled. They cannot be uninvented. But they can be taken out of the gun. - Martin Amis

The July 6, 2011 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) contains a study of 81,722 women which assesses the risk of sudden cardiac death (SCD).

Researchers from Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School concluded:

"Adherence to a low-risk lifestyle is associated with a low risk of SCD."

How did the scientists define a low risk of SCD? They write:

"A low-risk lifestyle was defined as not smoking, body mass index of less than 25, exercise duration of 30 minutes/day or longer, and top 40% of the alternate Mediterranean diet score, which emphasizes high intake of vegetables, fruits, nuts, legumes, whole grains, and fish and moderate intake of alcohol."

That definition describes a woman who is adept at dodging bullets.

Each portion of saturated animal fat or dietary cholesterol becomes a magic bullet which compromises one's cardiovascular system. Over the course of a lifetime, these bullets prove to be humankind's most significant weapons of mass destruction, claiming more lives than traditional warfare.

As a consequence of eating the standard American diet, pediatrician Charles Attwood, M.D. noted in his 1996 book, "Dr. Attwood's Low-Fat Prescription for Kids":

"Nearly 70 percent of children who consume a typical American diet have fatty deposits in their coronary arteries - the earliest sign of coronary heart disease --by the age of twelve."

The European Journal of Epidemiology (1999, volume 15:6, 507-515) reported:

"Animal food-groups were directly correlated to mortality from coronary heart disease, defined as sudden coronary death or fatal myocardial infarction and vegetable food-groups (except potatoes) as well as fish and alcohol were inversely correlated with CHD mortality. Univariate analysis showed significant positive correlation coefficients for butter (R = 0.887), meat (R = 0.645), pastries (R = 0.752), and milk (R = 0.600) consumption, and significant negative correlation coefficients for legumes (R = -0.822), oils (R = -0.571), and alcohol (R = -0.609) consumption. Combined vegetable foods (excluding alcohol) were inversely correlated (R = -0.519), whereas combined animal foods (excluding fish) were directly correlated (R = 0.798) with coronary heart disease death rates." In 1905, Ellen G. White wrote in "The Ministry of Healing" (page 384):

"When the children come to the table, they do not relish wholesome food; their appetites crave that which is hurtful for them."

Robert Cohen

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