Because give [rats] human junk foods and out the window goes their interest in any boring diet pellets and nom nom nom (some more than others) and obese they get. Due to their physiological reaction to the unique foods in combination, and not the components thereof. There is nothing, not even the disapproving look from a momma rat, to stop them and they just keep on eating.
[Gary] Taubes is easily exposed and debunked. That he’s still even in this game and hasn’t returned to something he presumably knows a little more about, is a testimony to the power of… persona… And more than anything else, the incredible draw to the messenger who is telling people what they want to hear.
But if Taubes has his way, and the doctors and scientists actually DO listen to him, the lives of many stand to be impacted through…treatments based on truly flawed science. Where medicine goes wrong today, it will not be righted by the likes of Gary Taubes.
Is a Very Low Fat Diet Required to Reverse Atherosclerosis?
Is it really the 10% fat content of the Ornish/Esselstyn diet which causes the regression of arterial plaques? Or is it, instead, the type of fat eaten that makes the difference rather than the fat percentage?
Is it actually the reduction of LDL and inflammation of a whole foods, plant-based (WFPB) diet that reverses the disease process?
Revelatory research done by the Cleveland Clinic with high dose statins (80mg) and intravenous ultrasound (IVUS) gives us the answer:
Coronary plaques were verified with IVUS to shrink when LDL was lowered to 60 mg/dl or below. In addition, the anti-inflammatory properties of the statins contributed even further to the reversal process. Even more plaque improvements were made with blood pressure reduction and blood sugar control in diabetics.
Of course, they could have tested a whole foods, plant-based diet, too, but what can one expect from an interventionist medical profession which has so little faith in supporting lifestyle change as the answer for most patients in a pill-popping culture and an obesegenic environment? These drug trials and IVUS technology at least confirm that actual atheroma regression is FACT, not fiction. Nor is it mere vegetarian/vegan propaganda. And that’s VERY exciting!!
So how does a whole foods, plant-based diet reverse coronary vascular disease AND reduce cardiac mortality?
(1) Dramatic reduction of LDL.
(2) The anti-inflammatory and anti-thrombotic properties of copious and synchronous phytochemical compounds such as salicylic acid and others in their natural state, plus the absence or limitation of inflammatory endotoxins from animal foods.
(3) The blood flow enhancement of nitric oxide generated by leafy green vegetables (a process which is augmented, btw, by sun exposure).
(4) Lowered blood pressure lessens the constant physical trauma to arteries.
(5) Natural blood sugar control and increase in insulin sensitivity.
(6) Weight reduction further contributes biochemically to the decrease of endogenous saturated fat, LDL, blood pressure, insulin resistance, and inflammation.
So this begs the question about the percentage of fat in the WFPB diet. Obviously, the less total fat in the diet, the less LDL-raising saturated fat there will be in the body. However, it seems that the inclusion of whole food polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fat sources like nuts, seeds, and avocados may help lower LDL and inflammatory CRP’s even further [possibly speeding up atherosclerotic regression], as mentioned in this video by Dr. Joel Fuhrman:
Drs. McDougall, Mills, and Esselstyn also weigh in on the subject.
Dr. Fuhrman expounds further in this video clip:
Of course, it’s Drs. Ornish and Esselstyn who have the clinical studies behind them, but my personal lipid panel seems to favor Dr. Fuhrman’s and Dr. Greger’s approach…
Low-Fat or Whole Food?
Nuts May Help Prevent Death
Your mileage may vary.
IVUS is fascinating technology. Unlike thallium stress tests or angiograms which are two-dimensional and really show just blood-flow, intravenous ultrasound is 3D and images the actual plaque itself! IVUS reveals the amazing reason a person can have a heart attack days or weeks after plaques have NOT been detected by current diagnostic imaging in common use:
Plaques begin by growing outward first before they ever encroach on blood flow inside the artery! Unstable plaques can kill without a single visible stenosis. Can you say Sudden Cardiac Death?
Check out the Cleveland Clinic videos on this subject:
Intravascular Ultrasound Insight into the Pathophysiology of Coronary Disease
Factors Driving Progression and Regression of Coronary Plaques
New Targets for Anti-Atherosclerotic Therapy
Caveat: The HDL-raising drug mentioned in the 3rd video was pulled by the manufacturer due to increased mortality.
GO PLANTS INSTEAD!!!
Can someone please take Justin Bieber out of here? I’m looking at you, Canada. He is your native son, please welcome him back with open arms. Or closed arms. Look, I don’t really care, just take him. Don’t make us catapult him across the border. The rest of the world, can you all take a Kardashian? Please? You can split them all between you. Just take them.
Evidently [Gary Taubes] instructed Dr. Willett to go read a chapter in a textbook titled Modern Epidemiology and learn how the “best epidemiologists” conduct real research. As it turns out Dr. Willett actually wrote the chapter in question.
Does this show, as the titillating headlines suggest, that saturated fat is unrelated to coronary disease? No, however we might wish it to be so. It merely shows there is more than one way to eat badly — and from my perspective, our culture seems committed to exploring them all.…
But the headlines we are getting, while much more exciting, are entirely misleading. There was no suggestion at all here of any health benefits of saturated fat, and some hint of harmful effects.
Chew carefully on headlines before choosing to swallow the hyperbole.