A clip from The China Study, bu T.Colin Campbell
‘…Remember which plaque buildups cause heart attacks? The deadly buildups are the smaller, less stable plaques that tend to rupture. The bypass operation, however, is targeted to the largest, most visible plaques, which may be responsible for chest pain, but not for heart attacks.
Angioplasty is a similar story. It pushes the plaque back against the vessel, thereby allowing more blood to flow. Roughly 1 out of 16 patients will experience an “abrupt vessel closure” during the procedure, which can lead to death, heart attack or an emergency bypass operation. Assuming that doesn’t happen, there is still a good chance that the procedure will fail. Within 4 months after the procedure, 40% of the arteries that were “squished” open will close up again, effectively nullifying the procedure. Angioplasty does little to treat the small blockages that are most likely to lead to heart attacks.
So upon closer examination, our seemingly beneficent mechanical advances in the field of heart disease are severely disappointing. Bypass surgery and angioplasty do not address the cause of heart disease, prevent heart attacks or extend the lives of any but the sickest heart disease patients.
What’s going on here? Maybe we should ask ourselves what we might do differently. For example, whatever happened to the dietary lessons learned 50 years ago? Those discoveries largely faded away. According to the US Department of Agriculture, we consume significantly more meat and added fat than we did 30 years ago. A few rare doctors are proving that there is a better way to defeat heart disease. They are demonstrating revolutionary success, using the most simple of all treatments: food.’