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Home | Free Articles | The Real Culprit of Heart Disease. And It Is . . .

The Real Culprit of Heart Disease. And It Isn't Cholesterol
Ronald Grisanti D.C., D.A.B.C.O., D.A.C.B.N., M.S.
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So What is The Most Important Risk Factor for Heart Disease?

The Ratio of Triglycerides to HDL cholesterol is probably the number one risk factor for CVD.

In other words, you want high HDL cholesterol, and low triglycerides.

What Will It Take to Convince You That You Have Been Duped?

Now I have a real shocker for you!

What would you say if I told you that eating foods high in saturated fat and cholesterol is actually a proven way to prevent heart attacks and strokes?

Hard to believe?

Remember, you have been exposed to millions of dollars worth of anti-fat, anti-cholesterol propaganda over a period of decades.

So my only hope of convincing you is to pour on the REAL medical research that the drug companies and advertising firms hope you NEVER read about.

Here is another study:

Research published in no less than the Journal of the American Medical Association, 1999; 281(15):1387-94) showed that there was absolutely no connection between eating eggs and the risk of heart disease or stroke in either men or women.

Dangerous Foods

Margarine, mayonnaise, cooking oil, salad dressings, and anything made with corn oil, soy oil, safflower oil, canola oil, peanut oil, or any of the rest of the vegetable oils (except olive, coconut oil, or palm oil) will accelerate the aging process and cause damage in the blood vessel walls and in the heart.

A study in The Journal of Lipid Research, 2000;41(5):834-39), showed that eating vegetable oils in the form of either soy bean oil or margarine raised LDL (bad cholesterol) and lowered HDL (good cholesterol).
Meanwhile, eating butter (one of those "forbidden foods" saturated with cholesterol) actually lowered LDL cholesterol and raised HDL cholesterol.

People with fat phobia and cholesterol paranoia need you to turn their thinking around.

The REAL Culprit is Triglycerides

It is triglycerides (the other blood fat), that is the primary risk factor increasing your chance of having a heart attack or stroke.

start quote25% of the population with the highest triglyceride to HDL ratio has 16 times more heart related events than the 25% whose ratios were the lowestend quote
--Circulation (October 21, 1997

Remember, as I have been saying for years, while cholesterol is not a primary risk factor for CVD, triglycerides are, and are probably the most significant.

A study published in Circulation (October 21, 1997, shows the result of Harvard research indicating that ...


And, as you have seen from countless other studies we have given you, high triglycerides come from excess starch and sugars in the diet.

So --- if it is triglycerides, not cholesterol, that is the true boogey man, what weapons are available to defeat this villainous foe?

For Starters:

  • Eliminate sweetened beverages, (including juice)
  • Minimize bread, cereal, and pasta, not to mention, of course, cakes, cookies, pie, and ice cream ---

    Any patient with high triglycerides will see a significant improvement.


    Nirupa R. Matthan, Lynne M. Ausman, Alice H. Lichtenstein, and Peter J. H. Jones Hydrogenated fat consumption affects cholesterol synthesis in moderately hypercholesterolemic women J. Lipid Res. 2000 41: 834-839

    Hyperhomocyst(e)inemia Is a Risk Factor for Arterial Endothelial Dysfunction in Humans K.S. Woo, P. Chook, Y.I. Lolin, A.S.P. Cheung, L.T. Chan, Y.Y. Sun, J.E. Sanderson, C. Metreweli, and D.S. Celermajer Circulation 1997 96: 2542 - 2544

    Fasting Triglycerides, High-Density Lipoprotein, and Risk of Myocardial Infarction J. Michael Gaziano, Charles H. Hennekens, Christopher J. O'Donnell, Jan L. Breslow, and Julie E. Buring Circulation 1997 96: 2520 - 2525

    Jeppesen J, Hein HO, Suadicani P, Gyntelberg F.Triglyceride concentration and ischemic heart disease: an eight-year follow-up in the Copenhagen Male Study. Circulation. 1998 Mar 24;97(11):1029-36. Erratum in: Circulation 1998 May 19;97(19):1995.

    Stampfer MJ, Krauss RM, Ma J, Blanche PJ, Holl LG, Sacks FM, Hennekens CH. A prospective study of triglyceride level, low-density lipoprotein particle diameter, and risk of myocardial infarction. JAMA. 1996 Sep 18;276(11):882-8.

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    Functional medicine embraces the totality of the regulatory functions of the body. It encompasses all of the biophysical, biochemical, enzymatic, endocrine, immunological, and bioenergetic regulatory capacities.

    Ronald Grisanti D.C., D.A.B.C.O., D.A.C.B.N., M.S.