It seems that there are many aspects that affect heart health. Exercise, diet, stretching, etc. What is most important to start with? I recommend to get diet in order first. Drink more water, keep moderate carbs and lean protein, cut out as much fat as you can except for omega-3 (fish oil especially). Then work stretching and identifying tight spots in the body(these are roadblocks to overall vascular flow). Then add in moderate cardio exercise. Too much exercise at first will throw hunger pangs and muscle stiffness your way. Heavy weight training can also lead to tight muscles. Slowly add longer and more intense workouts as it becomes easier and more fun. Over time(maybe years), these will turn into habits. Perhaps you will find in the off season(too hot, too cold, too wet) is a good time to address diet and stretching, while exercising outdoors as much as possible during the good seasons. I find a good balance of all three throughout the year to be best.
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It seems that by increasing your fitness, you can decrease your chances of most degenerative diseases. How is this you ask? Perhaps a closer look at how the bodies vascular system works is important to understand how critical even the smallest blip in vascular health creates a ripple effect that leads to everything from diabetes, to cancer, to arthritis. The cells of the body need a constant supply of blood nearby to bring needed nutrients and oxygen to the cells, while also removing carbon dioxide and toxins. This doesn’t necessarily happen naturally. The vascular system can be compromised as we know, most famously in the vessels supplying the heart. But every cell in the body needs a healthy supply. This is vastly overlooked in medicine today. It is well known already in medicine that every cell in the body needs to be within 6-9 nanometers of a capillary to be healthy. As capillarization is compromised from poor diet, dehydration, and lack of exercise, then the distance becomes greater from capillary to the cells. At 10-20 nm (nanometers) the cells are seriously compromised, not only from the distance (and resulting slower transit time, extra toxin buildup), but also having to compete with over three times the number of cells per capillary. At 20-25 nm, the cells die. The modern diet and lifestyle guarantees that this is happening in nearly everyone to a certain degree.
So what does this have to do with the diseases that have not been linked to vascular disease? All degenerative diseases have a list of symptoms that usually include a specific organ or gland that is malfunctioning. A list of accompanying symptoms may of may not be present. The idea that this malfunctioning organ creates the outlying symptoms is much more clear when thought of simply being affected by the same vascular insufficiency that is creating the original organ to malfunction.
Get a good amount of cardio exercise, drink a good amount of water, limit dietary fat(perhaps supplement with fish oil/omega-3), stretch. Take care of yourself! Then help take care of others.
One of the big questions I’ve been getting involves inherited disorders (different from hereditary disorders like Down’s Syndrome). Many people accept to live with a disease or ailment because it runs in the family. There are two main reasons why we inherit these problems. One is the response of vascular density programmed by the DNA. The second is the tendency for poor diets to be passed down the family line. If your parents tend to eat high fat, unhealthy food, it is hard to change later in life. Thankfully, the reverse is true with healthy families.
The DNA carries with it the ability to differentiate each cell in to exactly what it was meant to do (mainly controlled by the stem cells). Part of the cells that are masterminded by the DNA are the blood vessels. When we don’t exercise growing up or eat too much carbs(what kid doesn’t), the body doesn’t have a chance to keep building new blood vessels. Early vascular development is very important to long-term health and abilities. But the modern diet for kids is giving them the short end of the stick for the rest of their lives. They emulate their parents, and if the parents don’t make a concerted effort to keep them healthy(through activities and being a healthy role model themselves), the poor diet choices continue for life. P.S., thanks mom for making sure I went out and rode my bike every day!
So we are taught bad health? Yes. But it is inherited too. The mastermind that is the DNA also picks and chooses where blood vessels are strongest. Giving a great diet, lot’s of water and exercise, all blood vessels can grow and branch easily as needed in development. But how many kids get it perfect? So defects show up. Areas where blood vessel development is compromised. So the conclusion is? Get cardio exercise, eat healthier, eat a bit less, work on flexibility and strength. All the usual. Always work towards a solution, don’t get caught up in the details. Bad knees run in the family? Work on strengthening the muscles of the entire leg, as well as keeping the muscles loose with massage, yoga and trigger therapy. Diabetes run in the family? Get out there and exercise, sweat, balance carbs and water, eat less fat, etc. The solution for better health is the same for everyone, we just have to target personal problems and weaknesses. Now get out there and get moving!
After studying cellular respiratory, human anatomy, and the mechanisms of disease, a question popped up in my mind. What happens if there is not enough blood flow an area of the body? What if that area was a vital organ? What if it was only partial occlusion? What would be the result? And then it lead the idea that maybe their is another disease that mimics all known diseases. Vascular disease. It would certainly lead to the same exact symptoms of known diseases. It would even fit in with the known preventative modalities (exercise, healthy diet , no smoking) that are known to greatly decrease the incident of known degenerative diseases.
Then, as I explored this idea, I found a total lack of study on vascular diseases links to other diseases. It was almost as if the medical community shunned this idea all together. It would be one thing if some studies came back inconclusive, or negative. But no significant studies. There is certainly a strong connection between vascular health and overall health. But the idea that vascular health is THE determinant of disease progression has been ignored. Bingo! It makes total sense and is an idea that fits perfectly into all we know about disease. The medical research is heavily based on the RESULTS of unhealthy cellular activity, and what needs to be done to supplement or erase the consequences RATHER than what needs to be done to restore healthy cellular activity programmed into our DNA.
The coolest thing is that by attacking vascular disease from all angles, you can easily prevent and reverse many health problems on your own. Start exercising, eat less fat, eat less carbs, drink more water, eat more natural green leafy foods(to prevent calcification of the vascular system), take care of bodily hygiene and the digestive tract (the protective barrier that keeps bacteria and excess undigested food out of the bloodstream). Sound like a new years resolution doesn’t it? Well hopefully these ideas can motivate you even more! Don’t run scared from disease, run towards health (or in my case bike towards health). Happy New Years!
Diabetes mellitus is a disease characterized by the inability of the pancreas to produce enough insulin to deal with rising blood sugar levels. Type 1 diabetes starts in childhood, usually thought to be the result of a virus or nutritional factor that causes the immune system to attack the insulin producing cells of the pancreas. Type 2 diabetes usually involves a fairly normal amount of insulin being produced, sometimes even more than normal. But the body develops a resistance to insulin. Leaving blood sugar levels too high. 80-90% of people who have this type are obese. Chief complication of diabetes are said to be atherosclerosis, damaged blood vessels of the eyes, blood vessel damage to the kidneys, nerve damage from improper glucose uptake as well as inadequate blood supply, damaged nerves of autonomic nervous system, impaired white blood cell function and so on.
So how can atherosclerosis be the cause. Maybe I am dense, but most of the symptoms of diabetes seems to be vascular impairment. Maybe, just maybe, the atherosclerosis that is said to be a symptom of diabetes is actually the cause. The virus or nutritional factor that is thought to be the cause of type 1 diabetes is true. The combination of poor childhood nutrition combined with the formative immune systems (especially digestive tract irritations and vascular development) makes it almost certain that viruses can easily take hold. The body’s response to a virus causes massive inflammation. If the pancreas is damaged, it can easily shut down temporarily. But the poor diet often persists throughout life, never letting the pancreas regain proper blood flow. Think about it, when we are not feeling good, we go for the comfort foods(ice cream, milk and cookies, basically excess sugar, fat, and calcium), shutting things out also means shutting vital organs down. If your kid is getting sick, give them lot’s of fluids, protein, vegetables, not comfort foods.
Type 2 diabetes, the resistance of the cells to insulin, is almost certain as atherosclerosis takes hold. The capillaries are where the cells get their nutrition. If the 8000 miles of vascular system (composed primarily of capillaries) in your body aren’t open, the insulin can’t be used. The larger arteries and arterioles of the body are the freeways of the blood transport system. The freeways(arteries) take the trucks to the boulevards and avenues(arterioles). You pull off a smaller, slower exit, into the driveway, and pull up to the factory to load and unload necessary substances. Same for the vascular system, those small driveways are where things happen. Sure if there is a crash on the freeway, the driveways can’t get filled, but both are important for the transportation system to work. The same ideas come into play to get healthier and prevent diabetes. Sugar and carbs are OK, but you need water to balance it, and drastically less than is typically consumed in 1st world countries. Say you drink a soda, sure it is fluids, but it is typically around 20% concentration. You actually need to drink a glass of water with that soda to keep the blood-fluid balance correct. Compounding the blood fluid level problem, is the fact that any of the excess carbs you eat are turned into triglycerides, causing the buildup of fatty deposits on the arteries. Excess sugar and carb intake causes the driveways to close(dehydration closing capillaries) and landslides covering the freeways(buildup of triglycerides on arteries and artioles).
Start some good long cardio exercise (90 minutes 3 times a week). Exercise opens up the capillaries, and makes the factories (mitochondria of the cells) use up their stores of glucose (carbs). This makes them open and receptive to any carbs they get. They need some, but not huge amounts. A 15 mile (at 6 minute mile pace) run will consume your bodies reserves of carbohydrates(about 1500 kcal worth). Slower exercise starts to pull more energy from fat, but less calories per hour burned than more intense exercise. Any exercise is beneficial, just increase the amount and intensity as you get stronger while eating less carbs, more magnesium, etc. We all have an athlete hidden in all of us, channel you inner Bruce Lee, Lance Armstrong, Prefontaine, whoever gets you motivated. For me it is simply trying to keep up with Neil Pert’s drumming as I pedal along to work.
We have always been told to exercise, stay trim, and eat healthy. But how exactly does this pertain to staying healthy? The answer lies in the thousands of miles of vascular system branching to every cell in your body. The human vascular system has been understudied and ignored when researching potential causes of disease. By simply learning about how the human body works, and what we know about each disease, you too will be convinced that vascular disease is the main culprit in todays diseases. Degenerative diseases, arthritis, cancer, multiple sclerosis, eczema, etc. are all caused by vascular disease. Seems like a radical notion, perhaps? Not really if you think about it. Vascular disease is already implicated as a symptom of many diseases. But if you swap cause and effect around, you get a clearer picture of how most diseases are caused (and prevented, and cured). All I am asking is to consider that heart disease is not the result of other diseases, but the cause. It is my hope that this blog can change how we look at disease, and that prevention is the real cure . By dissecting what we know about each disease, and then discussing the effects of atherosclerosis and inadequate capillary density, it is easy to see the connections. This website is going to be under constant revision to the point where maybe it will be published. Of course it is my hope that people will become more concerned with their own health and their children’s. Another benefit is that we could reverse our nations financial problems since it is really up to us to keep ourselves healthy, not a billion dollar government subsidy.
Let’s start with the basics. Heart disease is really vascular disease of the heart. The slow loss of blood flow supplying the heart muscle of vital nutrients. But what happens when one of the hundreds of other arteries in the body become hardened or clogged? Or if poor eating habits keeps a lot of the arteries and capillaries from fully developing through childhood and early adolescent? There are 60,000 miles of vascular system in the average human body. Most of this is made up by a web like network of capillaries that are the real exchange points of oxygen and nutrients into, and waste and carbon dioxide out of every one of the cells in your body. These capillaries need to be within 7-40 nm of a cell for the cell to live. As capillary density is reduced, the distances between functioning capillaries is increased. The result is an exponential decrease in the health of the surrounding cells. Double the distance means 6 times the number of cells to service. As these vessels are lost, so are cells. Dead cells are not out of the ordinary, but large areas of insufficient capillary supply mean an increased risk of tumors (mutated cells have an easier time of growing if they don’t have to compete with healthy cells). All categorized diseases and their symptoms are a result of this loss of cellular health. The manner in which is manifests itself is different in every person, resulting in different diseases, symptoms, severity of disease, and ease of recovering. The human body is remarkably adaptive and can prevent disease, but only if the cells that constitute it are properly nourished with good vascular support. But we have a lot more in common with one another than is commonly given credit for. The same “cures” are used for everyone. Whether bedridden or striving to win set a record for your sport.
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