Does Red Meat Cause Heart Disease?

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Posted on 9th April 2015 by admin in LivingFuelTV

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You’ve noticed that the past few times that you’ve eaten an apple, oddly enough your cat wants to go outside.  Hmmm…. so, your apple eating causes your cat’s sudden urge for fresh air.  Sound silly?  Indeed it does!  However, it is these types of sweeping correlation equals causation conclusions that pervade much of the recent media reports on studies looking at certain foods and nutrients and their effect on the body.  Why?  Well, the answer is multi-faceted, but such dramatic reporting does indeed attention!  But is it the truth?  That’s the real question! 
Today, we take a close look at a study published online in the journal Nature Medicine linking the L-Carnitine in red meat to heart disease.  So then, does correlation equal causation here?  Let’s take a close look on today’s episode of LivingFuelTV.  You also learn great tips on which meats to enjoy and which to avoid.  Click on the graphic below to watch.

Does Red Meat Cause Heart Disease?

HealthAlert: Avoiding Heart Attack and Stroke

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Posted on 5th September 2013 by admin in Health Alerts |LivingFuelTV

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The examination room is uncomfortably cold and the tissue paper on the exam table is sticking to the underside of your legs.  You’ve waited impatiently for your doctor, who finally arrives and delivers sobering news from your routine physical and blood test.  He tells you in no uncertain terms that you must make significant changes to your weight, diet, and lifestyle, or a heart attack, stroke, or early death is imminent.  Thousands have used this exact scenario as a catalyst to alter the trajectory of their health for the good.

In today’s LivingFuelTV HealthAlert, KC and Monica Craichy explain what heart attacks and strokes are, why they are so dangerous, and how you can help yourself and those you love avoid these often-tragic events.  Also, learn today that heart attacks and strokes are not the inevitable consequences of age and genetics.

Click on the graphic below to tune in.

SuperHealth Challenge Tip!

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Posted on 25th January 2012 by admin in Super Health

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New research from the University of Western Australia and the University of Montpellier (France) reported in Free Radical Research in June 2010 indicates the heart health benefits of omega-3 fatty acids EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) may actually reduce oxidative stress by reducing levels of a compound called F2-isoprostanes. Scientists report that daily supplements of four grams of either EPA or DHA for six weeks were associated with reductions of about 20 percent. Led by Dr. Emilie Mas, the authors of the study wrote, “The data suggest omega-3 fatty acids reduce oxidative stress, which is likely related, at least in part, to their anti-inflammatory actions and the expected reduction in leukocyte activity. These findings give further support for supplementation of the diet with omega-3 fatty acids for cardiovascular risk reduction.”

Holiday Health Challenge: Protecting Your Heart

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Posted on 1st December 2011 by admin in Holiday Health Challenge

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The goal of the Holiday Health Challenge is to be healthier on January 2nd than we are today. Last week was a big
test as we navigated the food land mines of Thanksgiving. The next part of our challenge is to get through
December with all the cookies, candies and other sweets offered during Christmas parties at home, work, school,
and community events.

Today on LivingFuelTV, join renowned surgeon and natural health expert Leonard Smith, MD and me as
we look at the impact food has on heart health.  Click on the graphic below to join us!

KC Craichy’s SuperHealth Podcasts: Heart Health with Dr. Leonard Smith (Part 2)

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Posted on 23rd August 2011 by admin in Super Health |SuperHealth Podcasts

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KC Craichy talks with Dr. Leonard Smith about the danger of heart disease and what you can do now to prevent it.

Audio Transcript


KC Craichy’s SuperHealth Podcasts: Heart Health With Dr. Leonard Smith (Part 1)

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Posted on 22nd August 2011 by admin in Super Health |SuperHealth Podcasts

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KC Craichy talks with Dr. Leonard Smith about heart health and food.

Audio Transcription

KC: Welcome to Living Fuel TV. I’m KC Craichy with special guest, Dr. Leonard Smith. Welcome back, Leonard. It is always a joy to have you.

Dr. Smith: Thank you, KC. It’s a pleasure to be here.

KC: Thanksgiving is coming up. You’re looking forward to the apple pie and the pecan pie and the stuffing and the turkey.

Dr. Smith: Tell me about the pumpkin pie.

KC: And the pumpkin pie. So this is fun, fun, fun. But, Leonard, there’s some dangers associated with that, aren’t there?

Dr. Smith: Oh, absolutely. We know of a cardiac stress test, but most people don’t think of a food stress test, but both Thanksgiving and Christmas are definitely food stress test times. And so what we’re talking about there, and as a surgeon for many years, if you happen to be on call either Thanksgiving, Christmas, or even the day after, you know you’re going to get ER calls, and it’s people coming in with pain right in there. So the question is, is it the gallbladder or is it the heart, or is it both?

KC: Or is it just indigestion?

Dr. Smith: Or is it just indigestion? Exactly.

KC: So the differential diagnosis is the number one cost, or the liability associated with the differential diagnosis of heart disease versus dis-ease in the emergency room, correct?

Dr. Smith: Right.

KC: So people think they’re having indigestion, but what could be going on here?

Dr. Smith: Well, yes, you come into the emergency room. Now, we have sophisticated enough equipment to tell just by measuring blood enzymes if your heart is losing oxygen and the pain is coming from there. But there have been people operated on to have their gallbladder removed and had trouble during surgery because, in fact, they’d had a heart attack. So they really do need to differentiate between these. But the connection to food is there for both the heart and the indigestion obviously, and the gallbladder because when you eat a high saturated fat diet, there may be too much protein in the meal, and top it off with a bunch of sugar, you’re actually creating inflammation that will start in the intestinal tract and immediately go to the blood and then go throughout the body. It’s been very well documented. People that are on more of a basic meat diet most of the time have a higher population of gram-negative anaerobic bacteria in their intestinal tract. Now, these bacteria at all times are doing what? They’re living, they’re being born, and they’re dying, so as they die, a part of their cell walls have a trigger in them called LPS. It stands for lipopolysaccharide. It’s sort of a lipid and a sugar together that’s part of the cell wall. So we always have a little in our blood, and we pretty well deal with that, but when you have, what we said, that kind of a dinner that we talked about, a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner, or even – this broke my heart when I heard this one – just a little bowl of Haagen-Dazs ice cream could do it because you’ve got, again, the fat, then the sugar.

KC: A single blast of sugar can triple the inflammatory response.

Dr. Smith: With the fat and the sugar. And this is how it does it. Those bacteria that are more likely to be involved in that, when that gets there, the door of the intestinal tract opens up to allow the fat and the sugar to get through. But if you’ve got a lot of the dead anaerobic gram-negative bacteria, their cell walls get through quicker, too. So, they’ve actually shown, that kind of a meal will increase the blood lipopolysaccharide level. So it’s like bacterial products are waiting to get through, but you open the door by what you fed it, then your body got tricked in opening it up. Those lipopolysaccharides then go in the bloodstream, and your monocytes and macrophages and even your white blood cells get up-regulated. They start producing, again, the IL-6, the IL-1, the TNF-alpha, all the inflammatory markers that cause endothelial dysfunction. It means your blood vessels stop working well, and there’s a test for that. It’s where they put a cuff on your arm and blow up the cuff longer than you would for blood pressure, and it squeezes on the artery hard enough that the artery senses danger. It releases more nitric oxide, if it can, and then when the cuff comes down, they actually ultrasound the artery, and normally it’ll do like this. It has nice pulsatile flow. After eating a fatty, sugar meal, within 30 minutes later, it’s this. So if you happen to already have some arterial disease in your heart and you lose that natural distensibility due to the diet…

KC: Plus you have inflammation closing it down.

Dr. Smith: That’s what I’m saying. The inflammation has been there. Everybody has got some element of atherosclerosis, most everybody I’ll say, but if you’ve got significant amounts – you may not even have enough to have ever had heart symptoms – but too much fat and sugar at one time could actually cause enough endothelial dysfunction, artery dysfunction, it’s not delivering blood as well as it should, it’s hitting blockages, and now you get chest pain. Now, chest pain from the heart is the same thing as chest pain from doing too many curls. It’s lack of oxygen.

KC: Right.

Dr. Smith: Now, it could be just that. Hopefully, that’s all it is.

KC: Ischemia.

Dr. Smith: But it could be the start of a heart attack.

KC: Wow.

Dr. Smith: In the gallbladder, that same fatty diet hitting the duodenum releases a hormone called cholecystokinin, and it causes the gallbladder to really squeeze out harder than ever. It says, “Boy, he’s really loaded me up with fat. We’ve really got to get the bile down there.” If you’ve already got gallbladder disease before, whether it’s silent stones that you don’t know about or, let’s say, you’ve had an attack or two, when you put it under the stress test of a high-fat diet, the high cholecystokinin will squeeze that gallbladder down, push the stone in the cystic duct, now the gallbladder gets swollen, can’t come down, and you’re looking at an operation.

KC: Overeating is a big problem. To your body it’s a major, major stress, particularly if you’re not already in good health, and you don’t have to be obviously obese to have a problem. There are many people who look skinny who have the same issue as a result. So we just want to have you be careful, take your time, plan what you’re going to eat, and don’t overdo it this holiday season. God bless you and have a great day.

LivingFuel Recipe! Super Oatmeal

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Posted on 30th March 2011 by admin in Super Recipes

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Do you know that you can enjoy the taste and nutrition of LivingFuel superfoods beyond your favorite smoothie recipes?  For example, check out the quick and easy Super Oatmeal.  This powerful and delicious bowl fuels your day with 480 calories, 20 grams of protein and 14 grams of fiber.
LivingFuel Super Oatmeal
 Prepare 1 serving (½ cup) of oats with water as directed
Let sit about 2 minutes for the oatmeal to absorb water
Add 1 scoop of  LivingFuel SuperBerry Ultimate and stir
Stir in ½ cup SoDelicious Coconut Milk
Stir in or sprinkle 1 packet of Living Fuel CocoChia Snack Mix
This recipe is as versatile as our LivingFuel superfoods!  Try Super Oatmeal with organic steel cut oats instead of conventional oats, or try almond milk instead of coconut milk.  Add one or more of these nutrient-dense foods for added variety, taste, sweetness, texture, protein, fiber and other beneficial nutrients: 
Organic raisins
Organic blueberries, cranberries, strawberries or raspberries
Organic egg
Organic almond butter
Organic ground cinnamon
Organic dark chocolate chips
Raw honey
Celtic Sea Salt
Do you have a favorite recipe with any great Living Fuel product?  Share it with us and we’ll post it to our enhanced Recipes page!  E-mail us at or post to the Living Fuel Facebook Page.

You’ll find other great recipes (including 23 amazing SuperSmoothie recipes) in Living Fuel Founder KC Craichy’s new book The Super Health Diet: The Last Diet You Will Ever Need!  
The past two weeks on LivingFuelTV, we’ve been discussing the misunderstood subject of protein, using excerpts and principles you’ll read about in The Super Health Diet.  Tomorrow we wrap up the three-part series with the best sources of protein for your diet.  If you missed the first two episodes, click on the graphic below.
For more information, visit our website,, or call us at 1-866-580-FUEL (3835).

LivingFuel HealthAlert: Heart Health with KC & Dr. Smith Part 2

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Posted on 2nd December 2010 by admin in Health Alerts

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Vitamin E, Omega-3, Green Tea Extract, Ginkgo Biloba, Garlic

These nutrients are likely those that your doctor will advise you to avoid several days prior to surgery as they are known to be natural blood thinners. While conventional medicine often discounts the effectiveness of dietary supplements, this counsel is an acknowledgement of the power and potency of these nutrients. It’s also a clue to some of the nutrients that you should consider adding to you and your family’s regimen for your overall well-being and specifically, for your cardiovascular health.

Today on LivingFuelTV, join renowned surgeon and natural health expert Leonard Smith, MD and me for Part Two in our special series on heart health. Click here to join us!

KC Craichy
Founder & CEO
Living Fuel, Inc.

LivingFuel HealthAlert: Holiday Heart Attacks

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Posted on 15th November 2010 by admin in Health Alerts

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Dear Living Fuel Family, 

Food is fun, but overeating can be extremely hard on your heart–especially if you are not as healthy as you would like to be. This is an urgent message that we hope you’ll forward to all your loved ones.

Next week’s Thanksgiving Day launches us into the annual holiday eating season. Food is an integral part of holiday festivities with the likes of roasted turkey, stuffing, cranberries, green beans, mashed potatoes and of course, pumpkin pie!

Join us today as Leonard Smith, MD and I discuss just what happens in the body during a typical holiday “splurge” dinner. And join Monica and me later this week, when we’ll present The Holiday Splurge Diet–practical tips to make this holiday season one that advances you and your family toward Super Health! Make it your goal this holiday eating season to incorporate The Holiday Splurge Diet into your lifestyle during the 2010 holiday season! 

Click here to watch and get started 

Here’s to your SuperHealth! 

KC Craichy
Founder & CEO
Living Fuel, Inc.

LivingFuelTV: Get Fit, Flexible & Fast – The Demonstration

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Posted on 23rd September 2010 by admin in LivingFuelTV

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Dear Living Fuel Family,

Today we conclude our series Get Fit, Flexible & Fast with elite performance coach Dave Herman. Dave’s revolutionary resistance training programs incorporate large rubber bands, exercising and strengthening the body through natural movement. This week on LivingFuelTV we bring you a fun and interesting demonstration of this program that’s designed for anyone — from the world-class golfer to the high school quarterback to the busy working mother.

Click here to watch and learn more.

Here’s to your Super Health!

KC Craichy
Founder & CEO
Living Fuel, Inc.