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DASH Diet Reduces Heart Attacks and Strokes

A large study followed 88,000 women over 25 years found good strong evidence that a healthy diet such as the "DASH" (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) diet provided long-term evidence of of health benefits. So the diet promoting vegetables, fish, poultry, whole grains and reduced sodium intake not only reduces hypertension and lowers bad cholesterol, but also reduces heart attacks (myocardial infarctions) and strokes (cerebral vascular accidents). The actual results were a 24% less heart attacks and 18% less strokes. Remember, high blood pressure can damage organs over time. The recent news of the anti-cholesterol drug Vytorin failing to reduce heart attacks when it was known to reduce cholesterol levels in the blood, reinforces the fact that lifestyle actions such as diet is better for your health than just taking a magic pill. My philosophy found on my website profile as an important part of health. The DASH diet can be found on the National Institute for Health'…

Anti-Cholesterol Drug Vytorin Fails To Reduce Heart Attacks

The American College of Cardiology announced yesterday that they recommend statins as a first choice over the combination drug Vytorin. A study published last Sunday found that while Vytorin was good at lowering LDL levels in the blood, it did not lower heart attack risk in decreasing plaques in the arteries. All drugs have side effects and even over the counter drugs such as Tylenol have potentially serious side effects. Statins have minor common side effects such as headaches, nausea and fever. More serious statin side effects are extreme muscle pain, muscle disease, liver problems, fatigue, sexual dysfunction, memory loss, irritability and personality changes. With statins you also must understand that they lower LDL only and have little or no effect on HDL and triglycerides in the blood. You must also take CoEnzyme Q10 (CoQ10) supplements because it is known to decrease the CoQ10 blood supply.

As a chiropractor, my philosophy is to prefer the natural approach before using drugs wh…