What's worse than suffering dementia? – Having a stroke and suffering from memory loss. A stroke can leave parts of your body paralyzed, including your face and limbs. Every 40 seconds, someone in the U.S. has a stroke and every four minutes a stroke ends someone's life. That means by the time you're done reading the next paragraph, an American had a stroke, and by the time you're done reading this article, an American died of a stroke.
Did you know that a stroke is basically like your brain having its own "heart attack?" A stroke can occur due to a blocked artery or even the bursting of a blood vessel. A stroke can also be the result of a temporary disruption of blood flow to the brain. Let's explain this living nightmare by defining what coagulation means, in laymen's terms: Coagulation is the process of a liquid, including blood, changing to a semi-solid or solid state. A spinal stroke can occur when the blood supply to the spinal cord is cut off. Both the spinal cord and the brain are part of the central nervous system and both need oxygen and nutrients. Are all the wrong foods preventing nerve impulses from functioning properly and allowing your organs to fire on all cylinders? This requires very careful consideration.
Researchers investigated and reported on a dramatic rise in the "blood coagulation factor" for people consuming mainly meat and dairy products. Huge surprise? Fatty buildup called plaque was observed in the blood vessels, and this plaque can become such an obstruction, also termed an "acute clot formation," that it literally blocks blood flow and can trigger a stroke. No, the study wasn't conducted on obese smokers who eat fast food every day. The research involved 18 healthy young men and was carried out over 9 months. They were fed rapeseed oil (canola oil), palm oil and butter with high-fat meals, including beef. All of the high-fat meals caused "significant increases" in the coagulation factor.
You may be thinking right now that there's no way you're cutting out all meat and oil from your daily intake. Maybe you should just cut way back. Even vegetarians and vegans can die or be maimed by strokes and dementia from consuming too many processed foods, mainly oils, regularly. Yes, we're also throwing processed olive oil and coconut oil under the bus here. Watch Mic the Vegan explain why in the short and educational video below.
#1. High Fat Meats (like sausage, deli meats, turkey and chicken skin)
#2. Canola Oil
#4. Ice Cream
#5. Whole Milk
#6. Vegetable shortening
Picture this: Every single day, an adult's heart pumps about 2,000 gallons of blood through 60,000 miles of veins, capillaries and arteries. Stretch all that out and that's almost 5 times around the earth. Now picture traffic jams, road blocks, and broken stop lights on those roads – and that's animal fat, margarine, vegetable shortening and canola oil jamming up the "highways and by-ways" of your blood, causing clots.
Atherosclerosis is the medical term for clogged arteries, and medical doctors are infamous for blaming your parents and "hereditary" genes for the problem. That's so you'll believe chemical prescription medications and expensively redundant diagnostic testing is the only way to constantly "monitor" and "treat" your problem, instead of just correcting your staple diet. How do you spot the "sat fat" (saturated fat) before you consume it? Most sat fats are solid at room temperature. Watch out for those "partially hydrogenated" oils too. Food manufacturers love to use deadly oils to "preserve" the "shelf life" of foods, but they all shorten human life in the "process" (pardon the pun). Check those food labels for saturated fat and trans fat.
The number one complaint about eating organic food regularly is the cost. That includes meat for sure. So we ask all of you now, what's the difference in cost for taking care of an adult suffering from dementia or a stroke, or both? The difference in cost between organic and conventional foods is negligible when you consider spending upwards of a hundred thousand dollars a year to care for someone who can't feed themselves and who doesn't even recognize their own loved ones.
Still want to "save money" by eating cheap canola? Research has proven that elevated consumption of canola oil shortens life spans by creating hypertension and high blood pressure. Rats fed canola oil as their sole source of fat become more prone to strokes. Fragile red blood cells can lead to stroke-related death. Though there are many oils that exist naturally and contain healthy fats, canola is not one of them – not even the certified organic kind. Not even close.
Stick to an organic, plant-based diet as often as possible and consult a naturopathic physician about your cholesterol levels. There are practical and affordable solutions to avoiding dementia and strokes.
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