Heart Surgeon Admits Huge Mistake! – By Dwight Lundell, MD

Heart Surgeon Admits Huge Mistake!

By Dwight Lundell, MD

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ITS NOT HIGH CHOLESTEROL BUT INFLAMMATION IN BLOOD VESSELS THAT CAUSE HEART ATTACK!  Without inflammation, cholesterol won’t accumulate in blood vessel walls and cause heart disease.

We physicians with all our training, knowledge and authority often acquire a rather large ego that tends to make it difficult to admit we are wrong. So, here it is.  I freely admit to being wrong..  As a heart surgeon with 25 years experience, having performed over 5,000 open-heart surgeries, today is my day to right the wrong with medical and scientific fact.

I trained for many years with other prominent physicians labelled “opinion makers.”  Bombarded with scientific literature, continually attending education seminars, we opinion makers insisted heart disease resulted from the simple fact of elevated blood cholesterol.

The only accepted therapy was prescribing medications to lower cholesterol and a diet that severely restricted fat intake.  The latter of course we insisted would lower cholesterol and heart disease.  Deviations from these recommendations were considered heresy and could quite possibly result in malpractice. It Is Not Working!

These recommendations are no longer scientifically or morally defensible. The discovery a few years ago that inflammation in the artery wall is the real cause of heart disease is slowly leading to a paradigm shift in how heart disease and other chronic ailments will be treated.

The long-established dietary recommendations have created epidemics of obesity and diabetes, the consequences of which dwarf any historical plague in terms of mortality, human suffering and dire economic consequences.

Despite the fact that 25% of the population takes expensive statin medications and despite the fact we have reduced the fat content of our diets, more Americans will die this year of heart disease than ever before. Statistics from the American Heart Association show that 75 million Americans currently suffer from heart disease, 20 million have diabetes and 57 million have pre-diabetes. These disorders are affecting younger and younger people in greater numbers every year.

Simply stated, without inflammation being present in the body, there is no way that cholesterol would accumulate in the wall of the blood vessel and cause heart disease and strokes.  Without inflammation, cholesterol would move freely throughout the body as nature intended.  It is inflammation that causes cholesterol to become trapped.

Inflammation is not complicated — it is quite simply your body’s natural defense to a foreign invader such as a bacteria, toxin or virus.  The cycle of inflammation is perfect in how it protects your body from these bacterial and viral invaders.  However, if we chronically expose the body to injury by toxins or foods the human body was never designed to process, a condition occurs called chronic inflammation.

Chronic inflammation is just as harmful as acute inflammation is beneficial.

What thoughtful person would willfully expose himself repeatedly to foods or other substances that are known to cause injury to the body?  Well, smokers perhaps, but at least they made that choice willfully.

The rest of us have simply followed the recommended mainstream diet that is low in fat and high in polyunsaturated fats and carbohydrates, not knowing we were causing repeated injury to our blood vessels.  This repeated injury creates chronic inflammation leading to heart disease, stroke, diabetes and obesity.

Let me repeat that: The injury and inflammation in our blood vessels is caused by the low fat diet recommended for years by mainstream medicine.

What are the biggest culprits of chronic inflammation? Quite simply, they are the overload of simple, highly processed carbohydrates (sugar, flour and all the products made from them) and the excess consumption of omega-6 vegetable oils like soybean, corn and sunflower that are found in many processed foods.

Take a moment to visualize rubbing a stiff brush repeatedly over soft skin until it becomes quite red and nearly bleeding. You kept this up several times a day, every day for five years. If you could tolerate this painful brushing, you would have a bleeding, swollen infected area that became worse with each repeated injury. This is a good way to visualize the inflammatory process that could be going on in your body right now.

Regardless of where the inflammatory process occurs, externally or internally, it is the same. I have peered inside thousands upon thousands of arteries. A diseased artery looks as if someone took a brush and scrubbed repeatedly against its wall. Several times a day, every day, the foods we eat create small injuries compounding into more injuries, causing the body to respond continuously and appropriately with inflammation.

While we savor the tantalizing taste of a sweet roll, our bodies respond alarmingly as if a foreign invader arrived declaring war. Foods loaded with sugars and simple carbohydrates, or processed with omega-6 oils for long shelf life have been the mainstay of the American diet for six decades. These foods have been slowly poisoning everyone.  How does eating a simple sweet roll create a cascade of inflammation to make you sick?

Imagine spilling syrup on your keyboard and you have a visual of what occurs inside the cell. When we consume simple carbohydrates such as sugar, blood sugar rises rapidly. In response, your pancreas secretes insulin whose primary purpose is to drive sugar into each cell where it is stored for energy. If the cell is full and does not need glucose, it is rejected to avoid extra sugar gumming up the works.

When your full cells reject the extra glucose, blood sugar rises producing more insulin and the glucose converts to stored fat.

What does all this have to do with inflammation? Blood sugar is controlled in a very narrow range. Extra sugar molecules attach to a variety of proteins that in turn injure the blood vessel wall. This repeated injury to the blood vessel wall sets off inflammation. When you spike your blood sugar level several times a day, every day, it is exactly like taking sandpaper to the inside of your delicate blood vessels.

While you may not be able to see it, rest assured it is there. I saw it in over 5,000 surgical patients spanning 25 years who all shared one common denominator  — inflammation in their arteries.

Let’s get back to the sweet roll. That innocent looking goody not only contains sugars, it is baked in one of many omega-6 oils such as soybean. Chips and fries are soaked in soybean oil; processed foods are manufactured with omega-6 oils for longer shelf life. While omega – 6’s are essential, they are part of every cell membrane controlling what goes in and out of the cell, they must be in the correct balance with omega-3’s.

If the balance shifts by consuming excessive omega-6, the cell membrane produces chemicals called cytokines that directly cause inflammation.

Today’s mainstream American diet has produced an extreme imbalance of these two fats. The ratio of imbalance ranges from 15:1 to as high as 30:1 in favor of omega-6. That’s a tremendous amount of cytokines causing inflammation. In today’s food environment, a 3:1 ratio would be optimal and healthy.

To make matters worse, the excess weight you are carrying from eating these foods creates overloaded fat cells that pour out large quantities of pro-inflammatory chemicals that add to the injury caused by having high blood sugar. The process that began with a sweet roll turns into a vicious cycle over time that creates heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and finally, Alzheimer’s disease, as the inflammatory process continues unabated.

There is no escaping the fact that the more we consume prepared and processed foods, the more we trip the inflammation switch little by little each day. The human body cannot process, nor was it designed to consume, foods packed with sugars and soaked in omega-6 oils.
There is but one answer to quieting inflammation, and that is returning to foods closer to their natural state. To build muscle, eat more protein. Choose carbohydrates that are very complex such as colorful fruits and vegetables. Cut down on or eliminate inflammation- causing omega-6 fats like corn and soybean oil and the processed foods that are made from them.

One tablespoon of corn oil contains 7,280 mg of omega-6; soybean contains 6,940 mg. Instead, use olive oil or butter from grass-fed beef.

Animal fats contain less than 20% omega-6 and are much less likely to cause inflammation than the supposedly healthy oils labelled polyunsaturated. Forget the “science” that has been drummed into your head for decades. The science that saturated fat alone causes heart disease is non-existent. The science that saturated fat raises blood cholesterol is also very weak. Since we now know that cholesterol is not the cause of heart disease, the concern about saturated fat is even more absurd today.

The cholesterol theory led to the no-fat, low-fat recommendations that in turn created the very foods now causing an epidemic of inflammation. Mainstream medicine made a terrible mistake when it advised people to avoid saturated fat in favor of foods high in omega-6 fats. We now have an epidemic of arterial inflammation leading to heart disease and other silent killers.

What you can do is choose whole foods your grandmother served and not those your mom turned to as grocery store aisles filled with manufactured foods. By eliminating inflammatory foods and adding essential nutrients from fresh unprocessed food, you will reverse years of damage in your arteries and throughout your body from consuming the typical American diet.

[Ed. Note: Dr. Dwight Lundell is the past Chief of Staff and Chief of Surgery at Banner Heart Hospital , Mesa , AZ. His private practice, Cardiac Care Center was in Mesa, AZ. Recently Dr. Lundell left surgery to focus on the nutritional treatment of heart disease. He is the founder of Healthy Humans Foundation that promotes human health with a focus on helping large corporations promote wellness. He is the author of The Cure for Heart Disease and The Great Cholesterol Lie.]

Dr. Dwight Lundell


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  • Wycliffe Thomas  On 02/21/2012 at 8:05 pm

    Very interesting. I would, however, like to have opinions from other Cardiac Surgeons, before believing this theory and replying further on this matter.

    • Herb Cupit  On 03/09/2012 at 10:43 pm

      I have known this for years, as have multitudes of others. Americans have been brain washed with a government food plan that is designed to keep people sick. Their aim is to “manage” sickness and disease rather than cure or prevent it. This keeps you on drugs for a lifetime and more drugs to fight the side effects.

    • guyaneseonline  On 02/25/2013 at 11:09 pm

      There has been some negative feedback on this entry regarding Dr Lundell and his theories. Also on the fact that he lost his license. However it is well known that doctors who buck the system of prescriptive medicine by Big Pharma are usually “weeded out” and/or ridiculed.

      There is another more in-depth analysis of this subject on this video below… It is rather lengthy but extremely detailed showing the bio- chemical relation to certain foods. Have a look:
      Sugar: The Bitter Truth Watch

      “The Skinny on Obesity” with Dr. Lustig: http://www.uctv.tv/skinny-on-obesity
      Robert H. Lustig, MD, UCSF Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Endocrinology, explores the damage caused by sugary foods. He argues that fructose (too much) and fiber (not enough) appear to be cornerstones of the obesity epidemic through their effects on insulin. Series: UCSF Mini Medical School for the Public [7/2009] [Health and Medicine] [Show ID: 16717]

      More UCTV videos about sugar: http://www.uctv.tv/sugar
      Dr. Lustig’s book (comes out Dec 27, 2012), “Fat Chance: Beating the Odds Against Sugar, Processed Food, Obesity, and Disease”: http://www.amazon.com/Fat-Chance-Beat

  • Vinny Angelo  On 03/10/2012 at 2:35 pm

    $$$Money$$$$ and greed keep us from better health, in the natural. God keeps us as need be for free.

    Be Blessed

    Vinny Angelo, Ph.D

  • Wycliffe Thomas  On 03/10/2012 at 5:38 pm

    I will have to see more medical facts if I am to believe this theory. Is it only Dr Lundell, who had 25 years experience in cardiac surgeries, now apologising? Let us learn more from other medical experts if this is so and then we can comment further on this topic.

  • Axel F  On 03/13/2012 at 4:32 pm

    Dr. Lundell´s article has received huge attention and it has caught the eye of the news media worldwide. It touches on a number of important issues concerning cardiovascular disease in general. To me the article unfortunately appears a bit like it is written by a preacher or a politician who has to sell a message whatever the costs. The article lacks the professional approach of a scientist who carefully examines available scientific data before drawing conclusions…

    You are welcome to read my blog on this article here


  • guyaneseonline  On 02/25/2013 at 3:26 am

    Reblogged this on Guyanese Online and commented:

    This entry was inserted a year ago, on February 18, 2012. Because of its importance we have decided to re-blog it for those persons who have not seen it before.

  • Dmitri Allicock  On 02/25/2013 at 2:17 pm

    Great debate and it is always good to hear the reviews also. Check this out.

    • GUYANA SPICE  On 02/28/2013 at 11:14 pm

      there is INTENTIONALLY wrong information on quackwatch

  • Deen  On 02/25/2013 at 3:29 pm

    And the great debate among professional goes on and it causes much confusion among the ordinary people.
    Personally, I follow basic rules to maintain my health and IT WORKS! These basic rules are eat healthy, exercise regularly, and rest adequately.
    EAT TO LIVE, DON”T LIVE TO EAT! Eat natural foods such as a lot of vegetables and fruits…… AVOID PROCESSED FOODS.
    DRINK ENOUGH WATER! Don’t confuse thirst with hunger.
    Exercise as much as you can….daily if possible.
    Get enough rest….whatever makes you feel refreshed.
    Most importantly, educate yourself about nutrition…..you are what you eat.
    Also learn about your body and how it functions and do what it takes to maintain a healthy body and a healthy mind.

  • Clyde Duncan  On 02/25/2013 at 7:03 pm

    I have read the article and comments with interest. You do not need a medical degree to get through this life, I believe. I say living life, comes down to using moderation, commonsense, and one’s discretion in everything we do. My understanding is that as we grow older inflammation plays a major role in our aging process – it is the reason for all the aches and pains we experience daily over 50, or so. Deen has provided some excellent commonsense rules, for daily living, that will combat or neutralize the effects of inflammation, I believe. The doctor may be a quack that got into the medical profession to get rich; and greed may have caught up with his evil intent, in my opinion, but I wouldn’t dismiss all that he wrote. It makes sense to me! Happy, Healthy Living to all reading Guyanese Online!!

  • Joanne  On 02/26/2013 at 9:22 pm

    I’ve known this for years, studied Natural Health, and still get reports from several natural health doctors, on various subjects, such as this one, Fast foods is NOT the answer to good health, and NEITHER is Statin drugs …Lower your cholesterol naturally by getting rid of the inflamation in your arteries…like the man said THE HOME-COOKED FOODS YOUR GRANDMA USED TO SERVE. is better for good health–..even raw foods are good too, Educate yourself on these natural facts GOOD HEALTH TO YOU ,THE NATURAL WAY JOANNE

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