FOOD AS MEDICINE FOR HEART DISEASE?

Whenever I think about heart disease and nutrition I remember Joy. Joy was brought into my office by her very concerned daughter. She was in her late 60’s and had accumulated a long list of medical diagnoses including serious heart disease. Joy had already suffered 2 heart attacks and her doctor had warned her of an impending third attack which would probably be fatal. She was taking many medications including Lovastatin for cholesterol, Omeprazole for acid reflux, Amitriptyline for depression and pain and two types of inhalers. Her family history included heart disease, cancer, diabetes and stroke. Her husband was a smoker which was not good for her asthma and caused great stress in their relationship. There seemed to be so many strikes against Joy that I was concerned we would not be able to turn her situation around before her next heart attack. So, as kindly as I could, I declined to take her case, professing my doubts that nutritional intervention would be sufficient to help her at this point.   I compared my arsenal of whole food supplements to mere BB guns stacked up against her medications which were more like canons in their respective effects on the body. But when she began to cry, and her daughter politely refused to leave my office, begging me to change my mind, what could I do? Joy assured me of her unwavering commitment to follow my recommendations to the letter. It would not be easy, I told her. She would be required to change her long standing eating habits and lifestyle. She would need to check in with her MD...