Monday, March 5, 2007

Unclogging Clogged Arteries

If you’ve already got clogged arteries how do you get them unclogged? I don’t know personally, but here are some suggestions.

Dr. Dean Ornish has a program for reversing heart disease. He says it works. Check out his book, Dr. Dean Ornish's Program for Reversing Heart Disease. Apparently there is a revised edition coming out in 2008, presumably with updated information! Great! I’ve been looking forward to this. I like Ornish and I think he has a good program. The only drawback I could see was that his book was published in 1990. And although the approach detailed in the 1990 edition is supposed to work, there have been a lot of new developments since then. Presumably Ornish incorporates some of these into the revised version of his wonderful book. (BTW, the 600 page book is priced at only $7.99, which tells me that Ornish is really not trying to make any money here, but is trying to make his book affordable to as many people as possible.)

Other strategies:
This article says pomegranate juice may clear clogged arteries (see my 2/19 post on pomegranate juice).

This article says fish oils keep arteries clear.

This article says green vegetables keep arteries clear.

This article says oats keep arteries clear.

This article says eating nuts may help keep arteries clear.

As far as I can tell, the only one of these that actually claims to clear clogged arteries, besides the pomegranate juice, is the Dean Ornish program. Fish oil, vegetables, oats, and nuts are all good for you. A healthy diet includes all of them. And a diet designed by Dean Ornish might include all of them as well. I know he has written extensively about most of these foods over the past few years. When Dr. Dean Ornish talks, I listen. Whatever you might think about him, it wouldn’t hurt you to read his book. And who knows, it might help.

Note: before you start doing anything new, you might want to do further research and/or ask your doctor. For example, fish oil is good for you, but too much fish oil might be bad for you, especially if you have heart failure.

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