Dr. Julia’s Inn: Heart health is not just for Valentine’s Day

Dr. Julia Whipkey-Michniewicz

By Dr. Julia Whipkey-Michniewicz, N.D.
Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine

It is well documented that omega 3s are beneficial for your heart. In foods, this mainly is in fish such as salmon, sardines and herring. In a recent study through the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, healthy elderly individuals who regularly ate these types of fish lowered the risk of heart attacks, and as an added bonus, lowered their risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.

Vitamin C and heart health go hand in hand. People who have low Vitamin C levels not only have a hard time healing from sores and bruises but have a higher risk of complications as a result of heart failure. Low Vitamin C levels were also linked to more emergency room visits and hospitalization because of these low Vitamin C levels.

Studies have shown that people drinking two or more dead, sugary, processed drinks a day developed more of a risk of heart disease. Sugar is the culprit in high triglyceride levels. When patients come to me for help because of high triglycerides, the first thing I do is educate them about the foods they are eating that are causing high triglycerides. All foods that are high in sugar or turn into sugar are the culprits in this. Taking Lipitor or Crestor is not the answer. Diet is, and heart health and diet go hand in hand. Another issue I have to educate patients about is that heart problems and diabetes go hand in hand.

I have been doing my own clinical research on the statin drugs, and they truly scare me. Our brain is composed of cholesterol, and what I have found clinically is that statin drugs and Alzheimer’s go hand in hand. This, again, is what I have documented over at my office. Our brain is made up of cholesterol, and to take a drug that removes cholesterol never made any sense to me. But doing chemical therapy when I found out I had breast cancer never made sense to me, either.

If I can help you with unsolved health issues that you know are causing heart and blood sugar issues, please call my office. Let’s get 2012 to be a healthy, happy year for you and your loved ones.

Dr. Julia is celebrating 12 years cancer free by not doing chemical therapy and radiation. If she can help you with your health issues naturally, please call her office at (815) 962-3326 to schedule an appointment.

From the Feb. 22-28, 2012, issue

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