On this episode of Healthy Happenings, Doctors Lucille and Wolfson discuss the implications of the modern American diet and lifestyle and how it correlates to rising rates of cardiovascular disease in the US. Doctor Holly points out how there is so much conflicting information around health and diets for cardiovascular disease. For example, different doctors can recommend anything from low fat diets to vegan to paleo. While the discussion around nutrition can be very emotionally charged, Dr. Wolfson urges that the answer is simple. Human beings adapted to eating organically and to eat meat for millions of years which boils down to paleo. As a board certified cardiologist, Dr. Wolfson first recommends that the food you eat should be organic first. He created a paleo pyramid that revolves around a foundation of eating plants like green leafy vegetables, nuts and seeds and foods with good fats like avocados and olive oil. Dr. Wolfson also suggests that eating fish is very important because you get the heart healthy omega oils from them that you can’t get from flax and walnuts. Adding some high quality free-range organic meat can be good too. In his opinion, grains and gluten containing grains are not necessary for a human as well as dairy products. One way to look at it is that cow’s milk is for a baby cow, not designed for the human digestive tract. If you are going to eat dairy, Dr. Wolfson recommends eating or drinking raw milk.

Much of this is elaborated in Dr. Wolfson’s book The Paleo Cardiologist where he recommends that people see an integrative physician first who will address a patient’s overall health and not be too quick to recommend just pharmaceuticals for treatment. Our doctors also urge people to examine stress and its correlation to cardiovascular health. For treatment and prevention, there are several tests you can take including testing for “leaky gut” or hyperpermeability. In essence, people are getting chemicals into the body that don’t belong there and the immune system system activates with inflammation and it damages the cardiovascular system. When these tissues become “leaky” that’s where disease develops. Unfortunately when many doctors see this inflammation, they sometimes don’t look to see where it started from in the first place. Getting on a protocol for leaky gut can make a huge improvement in cardiovascular health.

Dr. Holly asks Dr. Wolfson what he considers as heart healthy nutrients. He recommends primarily that everyone should be on a daily multivitamin. After that a probiotic, omega 3 fish oil, daily greens drink, and digestive enzymes as a foundation. Luckily we have advanced testing available these days to look further into what other nutrients may be necessary for patients and their unique needs. Combining major diet and lifestyle changes can be all you might need to keep your heart health in check or even help combat disease.

Dr. Jack Wolfson is a board-certified cardiologist and a fellow of the American College of Cardiology. He has emerged as one of the world’s leading holistic natural cardiologists, and was a Natural Choice Award Winner in the Holistic MD category from Natural Awakenings Magazine. His ideas have been featured by NBC and CNN and covered in publications like the USA Today and The Wall Street Journal.

Prior to opening Wolfson Integrative Cardiology, Dr. Jack was Chairman of the Department of Medicine and Director of Cardiac Rehabilitation at Paradise Valley Hospital in Arizona. He was also a partner in Arizona’s largest cardiology practice.

As a trusted leader in heart health and natural heart health, Dr. Jack has taught more than 10,000 physicians his natural heart health best practices. His book, The Paleo Cardiologist: The Natural Way to Heart Health, was an Amazon # 1 best seller. He is an in-demand lecturer about natural healthy living without Big Pharma pills and invasive procedures.

Dr. Holly Lucille, ND, RN serves as the President of California Association of Naturopathic Physicians. Dr. Lucille works at the Los Angeles Free Clinic providing health education, promotion and prevention. Dr. Lucille serves as a Naturopathic physician, an expert on women’s health issues. In her private practice, Healing from Within Healthcare in Los Angeles, California, she specializes in Women’s Wellness. She has extensive education in various modalities, including homeopathy, clinical nutrition, botanical medicine, body and energy work and mind body and lifestyle counseling. She serves as a Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of PhytoPharmica Inc. She serves as a Member of Scientific Advisory Board at EuroPharma, Inc. She serves as a Member of Medical Advisory Board at Integrative Therapeutics, Inc. She served as Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of Enzymatic Therapy, Inc. She serves as Member of Naturopathic Scientific Advisory Committee at Kamedis Bio Herbal Skincare. She is the recipient of the 2004 Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine Legacy Award recognizing her incredible service and contributions to the naturopathic medical community. She is a Registered Nurse. Dr. Lucille has Doctorate from the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine where she received the ‘Daphne Blayden’ award for her ‘Commitment to Naturopathic Medicine.

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