A clip from The China Study, by T.Colin Campbell
‘…Put your hand on your chest and feel your heart beat. Now put your hand where you can feel your pulse. Your heart, creating that pulse’ is working for you every minute of the day, every day of the year, and every year of your entire life. If you live an average lifetime, your heart will beat about 3 billion times.
Now take a moment to realize that during the time it took you to read the above paragraph an artery in the heart of roughly one American clogged up, cut off blood flow and started a rapid process of tissue and cell death. This process is better known, of course, as a heart attack. By the time you finish reading this page, four Americans will have fallen prey to stroke or heart failure. Over the next 24 hours, 3000 Americans will have attacks, roughly the same number of people who perished 9/11, 2001.
The heart is the centerpiece of life and, more often than not in America, it is the centerpiece of death. Malfunction of the heart and/or circulation system will kill 40% of Americans, more than those killed by any other ailment, including cancer. This disease does not recognize gender or race boundaries; all are affected. If you were to ask most women what disease poses the greatest risk to them, heart disease or breast cancer, many women would undoubtedly say breast cancer. They would be wrong. Women’s death rate from heart disease is eight times higher than their death rate from breast cancer.
If there is an “American” game, it is baseball; an “American” dessert, apple pie. If there is an “American” disease, it is heart disease…’
To Be Continued..