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  •  It does reverse (12+ / 0-)

    Arterial plaque is not permanent. It can be reversed.

    "Societies strain harder and harder to sustain the decadent opulence of the ruling class, even as it destroys the foundations of productivity and wealth." — Chris Hedges

    by Crider on Wed Sep 25, 2013 at 09:35:23 AM PDT

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    •  Call in the next 10min, operators are standing by (3+ / 0-)
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      Tamping down your bad cholesterol etc will 'occasionally' reduce/reverse 'some' plaque buildup. Anyone who says take this supplement/try this yoga pose/eat this food/ meditate on your navel and it will clear your arteries out like Drano, restoring them to the the way there were when you were 21 is trying to pick your pocket.

      •  Not so. (10+ / 0-)

        Dr. Barry Sears, of the Zone Diet fame proved heart disease, and the plaque buildup CAN be reversed.
        He created the diet because he saw his future - both his dad and uncle had heart disease and Sears did not want to end up like them (at least one, his dad I think, died at a much too young age).
        Sears tried to create a drug that would do what he wanted. When he couldn't he turned to foods. And the Zone Diet was born.

        A turning point in his research occurred in 1982. That year, the Nobel Prize in Medicine was awarded for discoveries of the role that specialized hormones, known as eicosanoids, play in the development of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, auto-immune diseases, and cancer. Since eicosanoids are only generated from dietary fat, Dr. Sears reasoned that one could apply intravenous drug delivery principles to nutrition in order to control these exceptionally powerful hormonal responses with laser-like precision.  In essence, his approach treats food as if it were a drug.          
        This area of his research led to various patents in the area of hormonal control by essentially using food as an oral drug delivery system to modulate eicosanoids especially for cardiovascular, diabetic, and neurological patients.
        The Zone diet drastically reduces cholesterol, reverses type II diabetes and causes weight to normalize (i.e., you love weight.
        Your opinions, as a physician, are not unlike those of my dad and some of his colleagues. Of course, they were much, much old than I assume you are. It's a sad commentary on our Western medical paradigm, that food is still thought of as calories, something to end your hunger, and little more.
        After all, it was Hippocrates who said, "Let food be your medicine and medicine your food."
        A wise man ahead of his time.

        Isn’t it ironic to think that man might determine his own future by something so seemingly trivial as the choice of an insect spray. ~ Rachel Carson, Silent Spring ~

        by MA Liberal on Wed Sep 25, 2013 at 10:03:00 AM PDT

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        •  Oops. Dr. Sears may be a bit confused. (1+ / 0-)
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          How does one "apply intravenous drug delivery principles to nutrition?"

          The principle of "intravenous drug delivery" is that it's delivered intravenously, not orally - not nutritionally.  

          That's all it means.

          Intravenous drug delivery bypasses the intestinal absorption and delivers the drug directly into the blood stream.

          You can't apply that "principle" to nutrition. It makes no sense.

          "Jersey_Boy" was taken.

          by New Jersey Boy on Thu Sep 26, 2013 at 08:15:16 PM PDT

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          •  Well, considering the guy is a biochemist (1+ / 0-)
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            I think he knows what he's talking about. He's made his millions on drug delivery systems for AIDS and other maladies.
            Further, FOOD, correctly induced, delivers it's some of its nutrients directly into the bloodstream, often bypassing the intestines.
            His theory is based on hormonal responses and how food affects the hormonal delivery. It's complicated..
            Anyway, I urge naysayers to read his first ZONE book where he explains his theories in great detail. You can probably get it at your local library (if it still exists!).
            Seriously, the guy knows his stuff.

            Isn’t it ironic to think that man might determine his own future by something so seemingly trivial as the choice of an insect spray. ~ Rachel Carson, Silent Spring ~

            by MA Liberal on Thu Sep 26, 2013 at 08:39:39 PM PDT

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            •  Did a little research. (0+ / 0-)

              Dr. Sears approach is to acknowledge the effect food has on the release of intrinsic hormones. (That is not the principle of intravenous drug therapy, by the way.)

              Interesting that this should come up in the "Vegan Bubba" Diary because his "Zone Diet" is not really consistent with a strictly veggie diet.

              Here's an opinion piece from a vegetarian website:


              It's interesting, but I'll admit that I'm mostly troubled by his misleading use of medical language in publications for the layperson.

              It produces an "I don't know exactly what he's saying, but he sure sounds smart" readership that follows the precepts because they don't understand them, rather than because they do.

              "Jersey_Boy" was taken.

              by New Jersey Boy on Fri Sep 27, 2013 at 04:53:50 AM PDT

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        •  Don't forget Dr. Dean Ornish who wrote (1+ / 0-)
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          Reversing Heart Disease.  After two heart attacks in 02 and 05, Ornish program worked for me.  I walked 4 miles 6 x a week.  Seriously ate much more vegetables -- fresh ones-- and lost 35 lbs. in 8 months.  No more high blood pressure, borderline diabetes, etc.

      •  I invite you to read (1+ / 0-)
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        The China Study.

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