Today’s the last day of the month, so I took a little time review my posts from the past 30 days.
One of August’s most popular was Heart Attack Proof? , with several quotes borrowed from world-renowned cardiovascular researcher William Clifford Roberts, MD.
Honored in 2016 with the American College of Cardiology’s Lifetime Achievement award, Dr. Roberts began editing The American Journal of Cardiology before I was born. At age 88, he’s still going strong!
He follows his own advice about avoiding cardiovascular disease by keeping his cholesterol numbers WAY down.
Dr. Roberts claims that maintaining an LDL (“bad”) number cholesterol below 70 and total cholesterol below 150, we can essentially eliminate heart disease. Unfortunately, in the USA we’re nowhere close to those numbers.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC ) reports:
95 million U.S. adults age 20 or older have total cholesterol levels higher than 200 mg/dL.
Nearly 29 million adults have total cholesterol levels higher than 240 mg/dL.
Between 2013 and 2016, the average total cholesterol for U.S. adults 20 and older was 191mg/dL.
Given those figures, is a total cholesterol level below 150 even achievable?
As a matter of fact, it is. In The China Study — published back in 2004 — Dr. T. Colin Campbell wrote that among the rural, primarily plant-based Chinese adults he studied, the average total cholesterol reading was 127mg/dL.
And not one of the 246,000 men of China’s Guizhou Province died of coronary artery disease during the three years of research. Yes, you read that right!
Not a single known case of heart disease. We could wipe America’s #1 killer completely off the charts, just by lowering our cholesterol levels into safe territory.
How can we accomplish this?
Easy! Eat mostly plant-based or vegan. Or, in Dr. Clifford’s words, become, “… pure vegetarian fruit eater[s].”