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: Welcome to Living Fuel TV. I’m KC Craichy with special guest, Dr. Leonard Smith. Welcome back, Leonard.

Dr. Smith: Thank you, KC. I’m glad I could be back.

KC: It’s always great to have you. Heart disease is a big issue. It’s one of the leading causes of death in the United States and I would say preventable death.

Dr. Smith: That’s true, it is preventable.

KC: So, people walk around and there in fear oftentimes because it runs in their family or they’re getting older and whatever the case maybe, and heart attacks are largely preventable. Let’s talk about that.

Dr. Smith: OK. Well, everybody sees this in the news, definitely quit smoking. Alcohol, again, if it’s maybe one glass of wine it’s OK. I question going even to two, but certainly two is the cutoff for most medical literature but certainly excess alcohol can really hurt the heart. But then the really big one is diet, the western diet, too much saturated fat, too much meat, too much sugar, too much processed foods, too many trans fats, not enough of your Omega-3 balanced, the right balance with Omega-6, the good fats, probably not enough hydration. I mentioned not enough exercise and then I think a big one is just psycho-emotional stress which, I think, people need to work on all parts of that, but it’s really pretty simple.

KC: So, everything you said is diet and lifestyle. Everything you said in that regard is choice.

Dr. Smith: Exactly, diet and lifestyle.

KC: So, right now if someone is concerned about having a heart attack, they’re overweight, they don’t really feel like exercising or they’ve already had a heart attack and they’re trying to get their life right, there are certain things that people need to do. One thing I always tell people to do is to take everything that the doctor takes or tells you not to take prior to surgery. Anything the doctor tells you not take prior to surgery is what you need to be taking to keep from having surgery. Like the Omega-3s and the Vitamin Es and the Vitamin Ds and ginkgo, exactly, all these herbs and so forth.

Dr. Smith: The reason you know, obviously, why it is those optimize blood flow and since you can’t really be sure if you optimized or if you’ve a little bit overdone it, when somebody’s cutting into you, you don’t want to have overdone it with your Omega-3 and E and garlic and what not because you really could get into bleeding problems.

KC: I don’t want to suggest that the doctor’s not right to tell you not to take these things within seven days because they are but, obviously, medicine recognizes the power of these nutrients.

Dr. Smith: Right. Absolutely.

KC: Or they wouldn’t, every single hospital on the planet tell you within seven days don’t take any vitamins, minerals, herbs, whatever. In fact, I just saw a study come out yesterday that showed that a common multivitamin reduces the risk of a heart attack by 40%. So we know that things work. We know Omega-3, fish oil, I mean, you know, so we got a couple of situations. So now someone’s totally healthy and they’re going to say wow, I get that, I’m going to start taking my broad spectrum fat soy antioxidants, Omega-3s and so on. It’s going to be a very positive thing for them because they’re going to reduce the risk of heart attack by a dramatic amount.

Dr. Smith: I think so. I really do.

KC: And if they’ve already had the heart attack and then they’re recovering and they start to do this, they’re going to recover better and reduce their risk of a secondary occurrence of a heart attack. So many people get on this Plavix or Coumadin or something like that, and so many people want to get off that stuff because aspirin, Plavix, Coumadin – speak to this – these are irreversible platelet aggregation. That means if one cuts themselves, it’s really going to be a hard time stopping the bleeding. But interestingly, the natural things like the Omega-3s and the Vitamin Es and so on, that’s reversible platelet aggregation and that means if they cut themselves, it’s going to reasonably stop bleeding within a reasonable period of time. So, tell me, if someone’s taking fish oil and Plavix, since they’re getting their levels checked, levels checked every two weeks or a month.

Dr. Smith: It depends on the doctor. At least, I would think, every one or two months.

KC: So, can they slowly elevate their fish oil and then keep checking and then have the doctor…

Dr. Smith: I think that’s an excellent idea, but they will really need to work with a doctor that has the time to understand that because the saddest thing for me is to see people get on Coumadin and then they’re told they can’t eat green leafy vegetables because of the Vitamin K. It’s the way to reverse the Coumadin. And so it’s unfortunate. I think it’s good, the platelet ones, I think, you can work with a little easier in terms of the diet, but it’s just a shame if you have to cut out some of the best nutrients we have because of the drugs. I’m not telling people to go nutrients without the drugs but I used to work with patients who would do it all the time.

KC: A lot of doctors do. In fact, I know a lot of doctors that will tell you, you got to have Vitamin K or you’re going to have another heart attack. I mean, there’s no reason to have Vitamin K in your system. There are a whole lot of things it does. You have to have all these nutrients. So what they say is go ahead and take your broad spectrum nutrients and we’ll offset it with the Plavix or Coumadin, and then as we increase the fish oils we’re going to check levels as time goes on and hopefully at some point take you off the Plavix or Coumadin and leave you on the natural stuff. So, you know, taking broad spectrum antioxidants and all these nutrients are critically important for health. We know that for a number of reasons right and we saw something recently on resveratrol with angiogenesis.

Dr. Smith: Right. That along with almost every… most fruits and some vegetables you mentioned and what they do is, it’s so beautiful, they balance angiogenesis and like, if you’re worried about a cancer you don’t want angiogenesis. If you’re worried about a heart attack, you do want angiogenesis, but if you eat the right food it balances it.

KC: Right. Exactly. Fascinating. Leonard, it’s always a pleasure.

Dr. Smith: Thank you.

KC: Hope you enjoyed it. God bless you and have a great day.

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