Everyone knows that heart disease is the number one killer in America, but who knew that E.D could save your life? For many victims of heart disease, the very first symptom they experience is a heart attack followed by the second symptom…death. Since the first attack doesn’t happen for most people until they are fifty or older, we naturally assume that the disease is associated with aging…and there’s nothing we can do about it, right? Wrong! On both counts.
What about the relationship between heart disease and erectile dysfunction? They are essentially the same disease; restricted blood flow due to the build-up of plaque in our arteries. Neither is the natural result of aging; both are the natural result of eating the rich western diet for many years. Autopsies of fallen U.S. soldiers in Korea revealed that 80% of these young men had advanced heart disease; whereas the arteries of the plant-eating Korean soldiers were largely clean, free of fatty deposits. USA Today reported (in the Tim Russert article) on June 16, 2008, these alarming statistics from a National Health and Nutrition Survey that took place from 1999 to 2004. These are the percentage of Americans, by age group, that has cardiovascular disease:
- 11% for ages 20 to 39
- 39% for ages 40 to 59
- 73% for ages 60 to 79
- 88% for ages 80+
According to these numbers, almost 90% of the people over 80 have some form of artery disease; not just because they’re old, but because they’ve been consuming a destructive diet for sixty years longer than the young adults.
Studies show that men don’t usually worry a great deal about developing a chronic disease, but they do worry about E.D. Many physicians acknowledge that if a man has cardiovascular disease, then he is very likely to also suffer from E.D. Conversely, a diagnosis of E.D. is a pretty good indicator that you also have the other one. So, you cure one, you cure the other, right? That all depends on the treatment you choose. The standard treatments for heart disease are statin drugs and bypass surgery. Obviously, neither of those is going to do much for your love life.
But if you address the root cause of heart disease, you are likely to also address the root cause of E.D. The root cause for both is the consumption of the wrong food for our species. Animal foods that are high in fat and cholesterol contribute to the build-up of plaque in our arteries that lead to restricted blood flow, high blood pressure, and a host of other physical problems.
My friend Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, Jr., of the Cleveland Clinic, conducted a 20-year study (ongoing) of terminal heart patients. His treatment consisted only of diet modification. For the 17 patients who adhered to the guidelines, there were a total of 49 cardiac events in the 8 years leading up to the study. Over the next 11 years, there were a grand total of zero. That’s right, 49-0; sounds like a lopsided football score.
The study proved that heart disease can be arrested and reversed with a simple change of diet. Further, Dr. Esselstyn reports that the diet that reversed heart disease in those 18 patients, is the same diet that can solve most of our chronic disease problems in the world. As he said, we could easily save $2 trillion in health care costs in the U.S. simply by shifting to a totally plant-based diet. It’s that simple.
So if you’re lucky enough to get E.D. before your first heart attack, let it be your wake-up call to take action — NOW. Doing so will not only take care of your E.D. but will almost certainly take care of any heart problems that you may have. You are also likely to lose weight, eliminate most prescription medicines, sleep better, have more energy, live longer, enjoy vibrant health for more years and probably never have to suffer the indignity of a nursing home.
Got E.D.? Get rid of it by taking charge of your health, with saving your life as a convenient by-product — along with effortless weight-loss.
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