by Ashley Eugene on October 22, 2017
Imagine, it’s a hot summer day, the sun is shining, the birds chirping and you light up the grill for you favorite foods. Burgers, brats, dogs and chicken; add a little bacon to it and walah! Its perfect!
We share these delicious things with those that we love the most, our children, our parents and our neighbors. When we do we also share with them carcinogens such as PHA’s. Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) are chemicals formed when muscle meat, including beef, pork, fish, or poultry, is cooked using high-temperature methods, such as pan frying or grilling directly over an open flame. In laboratory experiments, HCAs and PAHs have been found to be mutagenic—that is, they cause changes in DNA that may increase the risk of cancer.
Within minutes of eating dead meat bacteria toxins, the body gets a burst of inflammation, stiffening, or paralysing of the arteries. This alone shows how toxic the food we are eating is for us. Our lifestyle is what is killing us.
One study shows that atherosclerosis is not caused by old age. Examination of American casualties during the Korean and Vietnam wars showed significant atherosclerosis by age 18 or 20. Their Asian counterparts, raised on diets consisting mainly of rice and vegetables, had much healthier arteries. The elderly are more likely to have heart conditions not because of genetics, but because they may have indulged in unhealthful habits, like smoking and poor diet, for longer periods of time. Your doctor can tell you if you are one of only about 5 percent of the population with a genetic tendency toward heart disease.
Many studies show the connection between lifestyle choices and heart health. An article published by Caldwell Esselstyn Jr., M.D., in the American Journal of Cardiology explains that stenting and bypass surgeries may only be a solution for a minority of patients, while a transition to a plant-based diet free of cholesterol proves to be a more effective treatment.
At the University of California in San Francisco, Dr. Ornish tested the theory that a more potent diet, along with other lifestyle changes, might actually reverse heart disease. He selected patients who had plaques that were clearly visible on angiograms and split the patients into two groups.
Half were referred to a control group in which they received the standard care that doctors prescribe for heart patients. The other half began a vegetarian diet in which less than 10 percent of calories were contributed by fat. They were also asked to begin a program of modest exercise and learned to manage stress through a variety of simple techniques. The patients started to feel better almost immediately. After one year 82 percent of the patients who followed Dr. Ornish’s program showed measurable reversal of their coronary artery blockages. The plaques were starting to dissolve with no medications, no surgery, and no side effects.
While the control group, following the more traditional medical routine, did not do as well. Most patients’ chest pain did not go away, but continued to get worse, and their plaques continued to grow, cutting off blood flow to the heart a bit more with every passing day.
This information is shocking. These and many other studies have been done showing the direct link between eating a standard to multiple health problems such as cardiovascular disease and cancer.
As Several studies have shown changing to a vegetarian diet has immediate and long-term positive health effects. Changing your diet to a vegetarian or vegan one will have many positive side effects. In addition to healthy inside your skin will be clear your body will feel good you’ll be more energized for your busy life.
The chart above is one that shows the rate of heart disease in countries around the world. You will find that countries with the lowest rates of cardiovascular disease are those that have a diet that is more plant based or whole food based.
It’s time for America and so many countries around the world to wake up. The world is not getting healthier and these unhealthy traditions are being passed along. We can stop this now. With our children. Every meal is a choice, an investment in your life.
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