Oh, You Gotta To Have Friends

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By Kac Young PhD, ND, DCH

saladheartsmallA close friend or relative has just had a heart attack or a cardio vascular incident. You try to be helpful. You want them to start making changes so they live a longer and healthier life. Do you tell them?

• You shouldn’t eat that; it causes heart disease.

• You should have more willpower and resist eating unhealthy foods.

• If you don’t change your lifestyle, you’ll die.

• You have to give up your favorite foods and eat only vegetables and beans.

What they hear is that you are trying to parent them. They feel failure and guilt. They become resistant and even defiant. However, your concern can have the opposite effect on them to actually inspire and encourage them. What if you said:

• Eating more healthfully will give you more energy and vitality to support better heart health.

• Healthy eating is a pleasurable and exciting way to experience life.

• You are your own best doctor. You’re the one in charge of making heart-healthy eating decisions for yourself.

• Physical activity raises your heart rate and exercises your heart muscles making you strong and resistant to cardio incidents. You’ll feel great when you exercise.

• You deserve a vibrant, heart-healthy life and you have all the power you need to reverse this condition.

• You don’t have to be perfect to be heart-healthy, just conscientious.

• Let me help you find the information you need to begin your new life.

Using the second approach you offer your loved one a partnership in healing that will help them become more heart aware and to make choices that will support and nurture their health. We all respond more favorably to a helping hand offered with a generous spirit. Be the friend you would want to have in your corner if you were the one on the other side of the fence. Two heart-healthy minds are always better than one.

Kac Young , a former television director and producer, has earned a Ph.D. in Natural Health and is a Doctor of both Clinical Hypnotherapy and Naturopathy. She is the author 10 books. Heart Easy is a system of nutritionally sound, delicious meals that promote heart health, long life and taste great. Traditional recipes are turned into heart healthy meals that anyone can make. The health results are outstanding.

The Smart-Ass Guide To Heart Health

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By Kac Young PhD, ND, DCH

applevectorIf you want someone to take notice of you, you’ve got to stand out in the crowd. When it comes to heart disease I think we have to be loud, noisy and a bit of a smart-ass to get the attention we need for this curable epidemic that’s killing us at the rate of one million per year. Isn’t that just a stupid statistic when we know we can stop it, already? Here are some smart-ass tips to get your attention.

Take the combo platter approach. Your health is a mixed bag of interrelated causes and effects. Stroke, heart disease and Type 2 diabetes are related. All three are incited by a high fat, high sugar and high sodium diet. These unwelcome conditions are 90 % preventable when we eat a low-fat (or the right fat) low-sodium and low-sugar diet packed with whole grains, fruits and vegetables in all colors, shapes and sizes. What that means is that you forego the cheese-smothered, jumbo beef burrito, with lard-cooked refried beans and overly-salted rice. Instead, you choose a bowl of brown rice and beans that you can smother in fresh salsa and add a melted topping of soy, almond or rice cheese. That’s the difference between inviting heart disease, stroke and diabetes, and enjoying your natural health. It’s your call. What you pick, sticks.

Outsmart the tricksters. Food manufacturers are notoriously sneaky. They want to sell, sell, sell you their products and make the most money for their shareholders and their shareholder’s yachts. To do that they cut costs, scrimp on nutrition and create products that have a long shelf life so they don’t go bad on the store shelves until you buy them and then they really don’t care what happens to them, or you, for that matter.

myplateYou’ve got to read those labels if you care about what you put into your body. Cheez-Its (1) may taste snappy, but a small serving of 27 crackers contains 8 grams of fat, 2 grams of saturated fat, and 250 mg sodium. Look at what’s in the box or package. If you see the word “hydrogenated” put it back. If you spot high sodium and sugar levels, put it back. Shop on the outside of your supermarket where all of the fresh stuff is. Reach for the apples, carrots, zucchini and celery before you reach for the cupcakes and cookies. Otherwise, you’re inviting conditions like clogged arteries which leads to heart attack, stroke and diabetes.

Stop acting your age. Be a bit of a wild child. As adults, we sit on our smart-asses way too much. We have to start acting like kids again and get out there, play hard, romp, frolic, carry on with athletic abandon and be active. Get that oxygen flowing in and out. Computer games and passive television shows do not stimulate the digestive system or activate the blood to flow. They keep our systems stagnant instead of alive. You want to open those flood gates of vibrant circulation, muscle activity, and pump action to help the body function and flourish. That’s what it is designed to do. You’ve seen a pond that’s been left to rot. It gets all gooey, sticky, covered with scum, smells and is home to disease-infected mosquitoes. That’s what you’re doing to your sweet bod when you lounge around all day, inactive, scarfing chips. Get up, get out, and get moving. Give your body a fighting chance to ward off disease by creating a healthy pond that breathes, circulates and is renewed and refreshed all day long.

familyfunIt’s really that easy. It is so uncool to get heart disease, have a stroke or harbor Type 2 diabetes when we know what causes it and how we can stop it. Be a smart-ass. Pick the right foods to go into your body and enjoy yourself while you’re at it. Kick up your heels a little, or a lot, and celebrate how healthy you are! More smart-ass tips next week!

Learn more: www.HeartEasy.com

(1) I’m not picking on Cheez-Its per se, it’s just one in the line of many artery-hardening snacks that Americans ingest by the millions which leads to health consequences over the long term.

Maintaining Heart Health Is A Year-Round Job

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obeseeatingFrom Your Health Journal…..”An excellent story by Mark Huffman of ConsumerAffairs.com via The North Jefferson News called Maintaining Heart Health Is A Year-Round Job. Research has shown that heart attack deaths are 36% higher during the winter months than in the summer, although experts are not quite sure why. They used to think that
the increase in winter heart attacks was due to over-exertions during cold weather activities, like shoveling snow, but this latest research shows a similar death rate in warm climates as well as cold. But, as the article suggests, getting a little physical activity each day, eating nutritiously with portion control, getting adequate sleep, and proper hydration will all be your best prevention, whether in the hot or cold weather. Always get your doctor’s approval before starting any exercise program. Please visit the North Jefferson News web site (link provided below) to read the complete article.”

From the article…..

Heart deaths spike in winter but a healthy lifestyle is your best defense

Researchers at Good Samaritan Hospital in Los Angeles have found that heart attack deaths are 36 percent higher during the winter months than in the summer. Just why is not exactly clear.

Researchers had always assumed the increase in winter heart attacks was due to over-exertions during cold weather activities, like shoveling snow. But this latest research shows a similar death rate in warm climates as well as cold.

Your best defense is a healthy heart all year round and in nearly every case, the power to improve heart health rests with the individual.

“When I tell people that almost 80 percent of heart disease is preventable, they are surprised,” said Mayo Clinic cardiologist Martha Grogan, M.D., medical editor-in-chief of Mayo Clinic Healthy Heart for Life. “Better yet, there are daily things we all can do that can make a big difference in our effort to keep our hearts healthy.”

Move it

Grogan encourages people to move 10 extra minutes each day. A sedentary lifestyle may increase your risk of heart attack almost as much as smoking does, recent studies show. Movement, she says, provides a significant pay-off.

“Moving even 10 minutes a day for someone who’s been sedentary may reduce the risk for heart disease by 50 percent,” Grogan said.

Getting a adequate sleep is also important since it reduces the chances of obesity and high blood pressure, two major risk factors for heart disease. For women, the risks are especially high.

“The latest American Heart Association statistics reveal that heart disease is more deadly than all forms of cancer combined, killing one woman every minute,” said Liliana Cohen, MD, a board-certified cardiologist with The Robert Wood Johnson Medical Group. “Yet, these same studies show that relatively few women believe that heart disease is their greatest health threat.”

Women at risk

Cohen says 90 percent of women have one or more risk factors for developing heart disease. She says these misconceptions could be putting women’s lives at risk every day.

“The symptom many women focus on is chest pain, but the reality is that women are also likely to experience other types of symptoms, including shortness of breath, back or jaw pain, and nausea or vomiting,” she said. “This misperception may lead many women to ignore or minimize their symptoms and delay getting life-saving treatment.”

Other symptoms of a heart attack for both women and men include dizziness, lightheadedness, or fainting; pain in the lower chest or upper abdomen; and extreme fatigue.

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Demise And Heart’s Delight

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By Kac Young PhD, ND, DCH

chip7 years ago the FDA began requiring all packaged foods to list trans fats on nutrition labels. We are beginning to see the results of the demise of trans fats now.

Most trans fats in our food supply are synthetic, created when unsaturated vegetable oils are infused with hydrogen. This gives the oils a semisolid consistency which helps sustain the shelf life of many processed foods. Synthetic trans fats raise LDL (“bad”) cholesterol and can dramatically increase the risk of heart attack and stroke.

To comply with the FDA requirements some fast-food restaurants voluntarily removed trans fats in French fries, while legislature in California and New York City banned artificial trans fats in restaurants altogether.

And here’s where we observe the heart’s delight. According to a large study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, blood levels of trans fats decreased nearly 60 percent between 2000 and 2009, thanks to the removal of trans fats from many processed foods. Such a dramatic drop in blood trans fats “should help lower the risk of cardiovascular disease,” says Dr. Hubert Vesper, the study’s lead author.

According to a large study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, blood levels of trans fats decreased nearly 60 percent between 2000 and 2009, thanks to the removal of trans fats from many processed foods.

This is thrilling news. Be aware that some supermarket and restaurant foods still contain harmful trans fats. Here are some examples to watch out for: cake mixes, biscuit, pancake and cornbread mixes, frostings, cakes, cookies, muffins, pies, donuts, crackers, peanut butter (except fresh-ground), frozen entrees and meals, frozen bakery products, toaster pastries, waffles, pancakes, most prepared frozen meats and fish (such as fish sticks), French fries, whipped toppings, margarines, shortening, instant mashed potatoes, taco shells, cocoa mix, and microwave popcorn. Be sure to read the labels and look for partially hydrogenated fats or oils. Keep in mind those products containing trans fats tend to be junk foods anyway, often high in calories, fat, and sodium. Eat fresh instead of packaged.

The American Heart Association advises that you get no more than 1 percent of your total daily calories from trans fats (that’s less than 2 grams a day for someone eating 2,000 calories a day).

You can make dramatic changes in your heart health by eliminating foods that contain trans fats, using only mono or poly unsaturated fats in your cooking, reducing the amount you use to 1-2 teaspoons per day and cutting back two- thirds of your daily use of sugar and salt. For more information about heart health and great foods go to: www.HeartEasy.com

– Kac Young , a former television director and producer, has earned a Ph.D. in Natural Health and is a Doctor of both Clinical Hypnotherapy and Naturopathy. She is the author 10 books. Heart Easy is a system of nutritionally sound, delicious meals that promote heart health, long life and taste great. Traditional recipes are turned into heart healthy meals that anyone can make. The health results are outstanding.

While earning her Ph.D. in Natural Health and a Doctorate in Naturopathy, she completed 36 courses in nutrition from Baylor University.

She also earned a doctorate in Clinical Hypnotherapy. Her practice includes, weight control, smoking cessation, behavior modification, stress reduction, past-life regression, meditation training and phobia management. Her books include: “Heart Easy, The Food Lover’s Guide to Heart Healthy Eating,” “Discover Your Spiritual Genius,” “Feng Shui the Easy Way,” “Dancing with the Moon,” “21 Days to the Love of Your Life,” “Gold Mind,” “Cheese Dome Power,” The Path to Fabulous,” “The Quick Guide to Bach Flower Remedies” and “Supreme Healing.”

Going, Going, Gone Red For Women

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By Kac Young PhD, ND, DCH

girlIt’s human nature not to pay attention to something until it breaks. Prevention just isn’t sexy. And yet, many of us have been affected by a friend or family member having a heart attack. Heart attacks are not just for men anymore. Chest pain does not necessarily define a woman’s heart attack but nausea, shortness of breath, lightheadedness, and even lower back pain can indicate a cardio vascular incident.

My heart attack in 2006 was signaled by shortness of breath which I chalked up to the summer heat and too much activity. I thought the nurse on the phone was being dramatic about my symptoms, so I waited 8 hours to go the the ER. Fortunately, I was given a second chance and avoided serious consequences, thanks to the efficient hospital staff. Now I know better.

Like I was, you may be unaware of serious matters of the heart. If you have a heart attack or a stroke you could lose your mobility, you could be paralyzed, you could be dependent on full time care, you could rack up extensive medical bills and you could die. 47% of people who have heart attacks die. But, there is good news and you have the power to prevent a cardio incident. What I have learned since my Cardio Vascular Incident is that diet, exercise, and awareness are the key factors to preventing heart disease.

According to a 2005 report by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment there are seven preventable causes that can lead to a heart attack:

* High Blood Pressure: Get it measured so you know what yours is. The make changes to lower it if needed.

* High Cholesterol: Have your levels tested and adjust your food choices accordingly.

* Tobacco Use: If you smoke. Stop now.

diabetesglucose* Diabetes: Learn how to manage food choices to avoid negative heart conditions.

* Overweight / Obese: If you have a Body Mass Index (BMI) between 25.0 and 29.9 you are overweight and if you have 30.0 or more you are obese. Change that.

* Physical Inactivity: Means you don’t participate in regular physical activities at least three times a week. Become active.

* Inadequate Nutrition: Means you consume less than five servings of fruits and vegetables per day. Eat fresh fruits and veggies instead of saturated fats, sugars and salt.

African Americans are prone to high blood pressure. Caucasians are prone to high cholesterol. Asians have the highest rates of smoking. Hispanics, in this study, are the least physically active. None of this is set in stone, but the statistics are eye-opening. Having this information allows you to make smarter choices and extend your life. It’s in your hands.

Heart disease is the #1 killer in the US. And, it is 90% preventable. I have lowered my cholesterol from 268 to 147, I eat heart healthy, I exercise 4 times a week, I have my weight under control, and I don’t smoke. I have learned more about heart health and I make sure my family eats food that support their heart health, too. We’re all planning on living into our hundreds.

What about you? Can you Go Red and make changes in your choices that support heart health and a long life? It’s easy once you set your mind to it.

Get more information at: www.HeartEasy.com

– Kac Young , a former television director and producer, has earned a Ph.D. in Natural Health and is a Doctor of both Clinical Hypnotherapy and Naturopathy. She is the author 10 books. Heart Easy is a system of nutritionally sound, delicious meals that promote heart health, long life and taste great. Traditional recipes are turned into heart healthy meals that anyone can make. The health results are outstanding.

While earning her Ph.D. in Natural Health and a Doctorate in Naturopathy, she completed 36 courses in nutrition from Baylor University.

She also earned a doctorate in Clinical Hypnotherapy. Her practice includes, weight control, smoking cessation, behavior modification, stress reduction, past-life regression, meditation training and phobia management. Her books include: “Heart Easy, The Food Lover’s Guide to Heart Healthy Eating,” “Discover Your Spiritual Genius,” “Feng Shui the Easy Way,” “Dancing with the Moon,” “21 Days to the Love of Your Life,” “Gold Mind,” “Cheese Dome Power,” The Path to Fabulous,” “The Quick Guide to Bach Flower Remedies” and “Supreme Healing.”

Top 10 Myths About Cardio Disease

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healthyheartFrom Your Health Journal…..Our friends at the American Heart Association came out with their Top 10 Myths About Cardio Disease. It is posted all over the internet today, but I wanted to include some of it here in case you did not see it yet. Very sound advice and information for all of us. The article teaches us you are never too young to have heart disease, there are no warning signs to heart disease, you don’t need to have chest pains to have a heart attack, diabetes does effect your heart, and even though heart disease runs in your family you can prevent it to some extent. Although people with a family history of heart disease are at higher risk, you can take steps to dramatically reduce your risk. Create an action plan to keep your heart healthy by tackling these to-dos: get active; control cholesterol; eat better; manage blood pressure; maintain a healthy weight; control blood sugar; and stop smoking.? Please read this carefully as it is an important message to understand.”

From the article…..

How much do you really know about your heart’s health? It’s easy to be fooled by misconceptions. After all, heart disease only happens to your elderly neighbor or to your fried food-loving uncle, right? Or do you know the real truth – that heart disease can affect people of any age, even those who eat right?

Relying on false assumptions can be dangerous to your heart. Cardiovascular disease kills more Americans each year than any other disease. But you can boost your heart smarts by separating fact from fiction. Let’s set the record straight on some common myths.

1. “I’m too young to worry about heart disease.”

How you live now affects your risk for cardiovascular diseases later in life. As early as childhood and adolescence, plaque can start accumulating in the arteries and later lead to clogged arteries. One in three Americans has cardiovascular disease, but not all of them are senior citizens. Even young and middle-aged people can develop heart problems – especially now that obesity, type 2 diabetes and other risk factors are becoming more common at a younger age.

2. “I’d know if I had high blood pressure because there would be warning signs.”

High blood pressure is called the “silent killer” because you don’t usually know you have it. You may never experience symptoms, so don’t wait for your body to alert you that there’s a problem. The way to know if you have high blood pressure is to check your numbers with a simple blood pressure test. Early treatment of high blood pressure is critical because, if left untreated, it can cause heart attack, stroke, kidney damage and other serious health problems. Learn how high blood pressure is diagnosed.?

3. “I’ll know when I’m having a heart attack because I’ll have chest pain.”

Not necessarily. Although it’s common to have chest pain or discomfort, a heart attack may cause subtle symptoms. These include shortness of breath, nausea, feeling lightheaded, and pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the jaw, neck or back. Even if you’re not sure it’s a heart attack, call 9-1-1 immediately. Learn you risk of heart attack today!?

4. “Diabetes won’t threaten my heart as long as I take my medication.”

Treating diabetes can help reduce your risk for or delay the development of cardiovascular diseases. But even when blood sugar levels are under control, you’re still at increased risk for heart disease and stroke. That’s because the risk factors that contribute to diabetes onset also make you more likely to develop cardiovascular disease. These overlapping risk factors include high blood pressure, overweight and obesity, physical inactivity and smoking.?

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