A Plan To Stop And Reverse Heart Disease!

"The importance of heart health became very real for me when my father died of heart disease seven years ago. Having experienced the loss first hand, I am inspired to do everything I can to break the cycle and prevent families from losing loved ones to this preventable disease."  Monica Potter

You can stop and reverse heart disease.  If you act quickly enough you can even avoid it altogether.  With so many health variables, imagine being able to avoid the number one killer of men and women in America.

I can completely understand the urgency found in those words from Monica Potter, which you just read in the sub-headline.  As you saw on our home page, my Dad also died suddenly from heart-related issues.  So I too am inspired and in fact driven to promote all four quadrants of heart health.  You'll find an image in the right margin of every page showing those quadrants.

Dr. Chauncey Crandall has written a fantastic book that will help you reach the goal of stopping and reversing heart disease.  "Fix It" is one of the very best books I've ever read. 

He breaks his subject into three parts.  In part one subtitled "Learn it," he explains the various afflictions that affect the cardiovascular system.  I've posted several pages drawing from content in this edition.

The First Step in Defeating Heart Disease Is To "Learn It"

Dr. Crandall begins with atherosclerosis, also known as arteriosclerosis.  He states that 75% of all deaths from heart disease can be traced back to arteriosclerosis.  Tim Russert of "Meet The Press" and Cardinal pitcher Darryl Kile are two notable victims of this hidden and deadly disease. 

Dr. Crandall goes into detail on the causes and what to do to fix them.  That is one of the many great parts of this book.  He gives solid medical details but comes from a viewpoint that everyone can understand.  He is very blunt about what will be required.  Which is what we need to hear.

This link to the Centers For Disease Control And Prevention provides some sobering facts and even a geographic breakdown of heart disease numbers. 

Dr. Crandall also describes conditions specifically related to the heart muscle itself.  Arrhythmia and Bradycardia are explained.  He then details what you can do to avoid them.  This is the theme of the book.  Here is the challenge.  Here is the way to beat it.

Dr. Crandall reports that next to smoking, diabetes contributes most to the development of coronary heart ailments.  He gives startling statistics on the number of people in the U.S who either have diabetes or are listed as pre-diabetic.  I posted a page from another source that backs up this number.  This particular area is so important that we have added a navigation button to the left margin, specifically about defeating type 2 diabetes.

He once again gives excellent detail on what is happening and how to fix it.  He describes type 1 and type 2 forms of diabetes.  Dr. Crandall is always looking to get his patients off medication whenever possible.  His plan for solving the problem is traced back to preventative medicine.  Medication when necessary, but proper cardiac diet first to help the body heal itself.

Dr. Crandall devotes an entire chapter to heart attack symptoms in women.  As the number one killer of women in America, heart disease deserves a full chapter.

You'll also find a chapter discussing what to do if you think you or someone near you is having a heart attack.  Maybe you will save someone.  Maybe it will be yourself!

"What are the biggest culprits of chronic inflammation? Quite simply, they are the overload of simple, highly processed carbohydrates (sugar, flour and all the products made from them) and the excess consumption of omega-6 vegetable oils like soybean, corn and sunflower that are found in many processed foods."  Dr. Dwight Lundell

Inflammation is the very well camouflaged villain behind most of the conditions we've already mentioned as well as digestive diseases and even brain disorders.  More and more evidence is pointing to inflammation as a contributor to dementia related illness.

I've added this very informative link to the words of another experienced heart surgeon.  He will give you an interesting admission of bad advice given out for years about heart disease.  He will also present some clear explanations of inflammation and the things that cause it.

Step Two Is To "Treat It"

Part two of his book is subtitled "Treat It."   I posted a page about the statin controversy.  Since then, I've talked to quite a few people about this topic.  The common theme was the hesitancy to get on them in the first place and the desire to be able to be free of them.

Not everyone can be statin free.  They do work.  But Dr. Crandall does give a great plan to be one who can get off statins.  I feel this is one of the best chapters in the book.

Another excellent chapter deals with the causes of high blood pressure.  Once again, we are given in black and white, why we get high blood pressure and how we can reduce it.

Toward the end Dr. Crandall gives us a look at his cardiac diet.  When I say his, I do mean his diet.  He experienced a heart attack at age 48.  He is very forthcoming in what he did wrong, even as a top rated cardiologist. 

The Third Step Is to "Fix It."

Finally he provides us with his 90 day plan to reverse heart disease.  This is the epitome of smart goals.  I'm not saying it will be easy to do. It will take a big lifestyle change.  Of course the result may be worth it.  If you consider avoiding heart disease or stroke or kidney disease or diabetes as "worth it."

You'll even find a 14 day menu plan in appendix 2.  It gives you some variety but keeps the focus on a heart healthy diet.  I think you'll see a very close resemblance to the Mediterranean diet.

It should be noted right here that since writing his book, more information has come out about the dangers of excess grain.  Dr. Crandall has recommended a reduction in all grain consumption and has suggested both "Grain Brain" and "Wheat Belly" as good sources of information.

I cannot recommend strongly enough that you get a copy of "Fit It."  This book is exactly what books-empower.com is all about.  Providing quality information to improve your lives.  My review is just a general look in.  It would take pages to give all the good ideas from "Fix It."  Don't delay in picking up this edition.

About The Author

Dr. Chauncey Crandall is the Director of Preventive Medicine at the Palm Beach Cardiovascular Clinic and Chief of Interventional Cardiology at Good Samaritan Hospital in Palm Beach Florida.

He is also a heart attack survivor, having suffered his trauma before he reached age 50.  He is the author of "Fix It" which gives a clear pathway to avoid or reverse heart disease.  I've placed this book in our list of new classic books and have recommended it as a "must read." 

Dr. Crandall has performed over 40,000 heart procedures in his quarter century career.  But he is a leader in promoting the benefits of preventative medicine and proper diet to avoid the need for major surgical procedures.

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Just below is a quote from "Don't Sweat The Small Stuff" by Richard Carlson.  The chapter title is "Open Your Heart To Compassion." 

"Every day we are given hundreds of opportunities to practice compassion in action.  We can learn to be less reactive and live with more patience.

We can smile when others are serious.  We can drive our cars more carefully, pick up litter on the streets, recycle, and reduce our consumption.

We can resolve conflicts rather than create them, and we can become less judgemental and more inclusive.  When someone is aggressive, we can teach them to be more peaceful.  Instead of waiting for an example, we can be the example.

The more compassion that enters your heart, the happier and more peaceful you will become.  By knowing that you are doing your part to create a better world-whatever form that takes-you will fill any void that exists in your life, and you will begin to find the peace you are looking for."

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