Atherosclerosis The Inflammatory Disease

“We’ve long known that atherosclerosis is an inflammatory disease. In the absence of inflammation or injury to the endothelial cell, the cholesterol would never go through the arterial wall and it would never stay there.”  – Dr. Dwight Lundell

It is the root cause of the rise in heart attacks, strokes, and cardiovascular disease.

“When we’re talking about inflammation, I like to look at what’s causing it. If the client’s C-reactive protein levels are high, I want to look for the root cause of the inflammation and what’s causing the damage. Things like smoking, excessive alcohol consumption, consuming trans fats and processed carbohydrates, having high blood sugar levels, chemical exposure, high blood pressure, and stress can all contribute to this. Everything on this list is very different than blaming inflammation on a high-fat diet, which is what many trusted professionals will point their finger at right away.”
– Cassie Bjork

When most people hear the word inflammation, they think about the time they twisted their ankle or broke their arm and the area became swollen, with heat and pain radiating from the source of the injury. This temporary condition, known as acute inflammation, is a quick, direct response to injuries and is designed to speed up the process of healing. Chronic inflammation, by contrast,
is slower and far more damaging; it happens over many years and is caused by, among other things, poor diet, smoking, lack of sleep, infrequent exercise, elevated stress, and compromised gut health. This is the inflammation that brings on heart disease.

Cholesterol cannot accumulate in your arteries without inflammation.

“Over the past decade we have found that cholesterol causality is nothing but a massive con job organized by Big Pharma. Cholesterol has nothing to do with atherosclerosis, which helps to explain why, in over half of new heart attacks, the cholesterol levels are normal or well below normal.”  – Dr. Duane Graveline

Inflammation is a good thing; it is an excellent natural defense against bacteria, viruses, fungi, and toxins. It only becomes dangerous and life-threatening when it is chronically elevated over long periods.

In the absence of inflammation, “Cholesterol would move freely throughout the body as nature intended.” Unfortunately, chronic inflammation has become the norm for most people living in America and in westernized cultures around the world.

High-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hs-CRP). This is the primary inflammation marker for determining the amount of chronic inflammation in your body—the cause of heart disease and other health complications—and therefore much more important than your low-density lipoprotein (LDL) and total cholesterol levels, the markers most commonly tested.


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