What Really Causes Heart Disease

A couple of people emailed me about the article I sent out by Dr. Dwight Lundell called  “Heart surgeon speaks out on what really causes heart disease”. They were confused as to whether I was advocating the use of animal products.

(See article here)

I do not believe that the use of animal products is right for me, although I do think the Paleo diet is an improvement on the SAD Diet and seems to be working for some people. As you know I believe every body is different and that one diet does not fit all. There are many people who read our newsletter who are exploring various alternative diets.

I shared the article because I feel that the information that processed cheap oils and refined sugars are causing heart disease is important. I don’t agree nor does the good doctor say that eating animal products is the solution. Rather a raw vegan diet is still the clear solution in my view.

Although he does advocate choosing olive oil or butter over cheap oils, he is not saying that butter is the essential choice. Even if he was, I would take the valid science from the article and merge it with information garnered from my own experiences to make ever-more-informed dietary choices.

My experience tells me that raw foods are ideal for my body. However if I feel the need to choose cooked foods due to financial or other circumstances, I would like to know which cooked foods are healthiest and which cooked foods are definitively proven to be damaging.

What I hope people will take from this article is the importance of avoiding refined sugars (sugar and high fructose corn syrup) as well as the following oils:

Corn oil

Soybean oil

Sunflower oil

If you are eating a cooked food diet after a long time of eating raw you may not realize that most packaged and processed food items now contain these and other cheap oils. Try to find foods made with olive oil instead, and support these products to send a message.

Dr. Lundell ends the lengthy article with “By eliminating inflammatory foods and adding essential nutrients from fresh unprocessed food, you will reverse years of damage in your arteries and throughout your body from consuming the typical American diet.”

I would not call animal products “fresh food”. You can bet he is referring to fresh fruits and vegetables!

As for me, to clear up any confusion, I am for health, not for dogma! I am on a continuous journey of discovery. And as I find information that I learn from I like to pass it along to you! :)

In Joy!

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5 Responses to What Really Causes Heart Disease

  1. Andria Vallier says:

    Hi Jinjee! I just wanted to tell you that I have a gorgeous Calico Cat that I named “Jinjee” after you!! I love your name and I love your family!!

  2. Chillo says:

    Hi Jinjee! This may not surprise you but it might others. This article talks about how the arteries of raw vegans are clear as compared to athletes and couch potatoes on SAD. http://www.vegsource.com/news/2013/12/do-vegan-couch-potatoes-have-better-arteries-than-marathoners.html

    The interesting part is that the raw vegans were not low fat. They were eating, “a wide variety of raw vegetables, fruit, nuts, seeds, sprouted grains and cereals, and olive oil and strictly avoided processed and refined foods”. They were getting 42% of their calories from fat. http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/84/6/1456/T1.expansion.html

    I’ve done some research on nuts and seeds. I’ve ony found good things as they relate to cardiovascular disease, cancer, and mortality in general. It’s when these fats are separated from the whole food and then processed that they become bad.

    I was one who went 80/10/10 because of my fear of fat and it ended up ruining my health. Some people may do well on low fat but it’s nice to have healthful options for those who don’t. :)

  3. Alexandra says:

    Thank You. I understad well. I’m for raw food also but sometimes only coocked veg. diet or this diet is better than whan most people are eating. I’m working in the hospital and what I see there is shocking. Most of the problems are wrong diet. Some people are do not drink water only Pepsi also with pills.

  4. DeAngelia Johnson says:


    Thank you so much for not allowing prejudice or dogma keep you from sharing information that is beneficial for us. After years of subscribing to your newsletter, there can never be a doubt for me where you stand on food. Thank you for continuously providing the health community with research and articles that could possibly move each of us to make wiser food decisions.

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