LINKS BETWEEN LIFESTYLE AND HEART DISEASE

Research has shown that heart disease is a degenerative disease linked to lifestyle factors. A degenerative disease means that the problems have been building up for a number of years. It is not just ‘one of those things’. Dr Weston Price, an American dentist, wrote a wide ranging book entitled Nutrition and Physical Degeneration, published in 1970. His starting point was curiosity as to why dentists could not discover the cause of the dental decay and gum disease that are so common in the West. His researches took him all over the world and he looked at different cultures as they changed their traditional diet to a more Western diet. He traced cultures and individuals over periods of ten years or more, watching the start and progress of many degenerative illnesses including heart disease. He was one of the first people to realize that many modern illnesses are caused by our way of life.

We now know that heart disease can be prevented by adjusting what we eat and drink and our lifestyle. Unfortunately many of the health messages we receive arc negative – encouraging us to avoid this, that or the next thing. This is important. But it’s equally important to realize that the modern diet deprives us of essential nutrients that protect the body – and those nutrients need to come from the food we eat.

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