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The Douglass Report February 2013

February 2013 PDF

Diabetic? Don’t Panic!
The ‘bad’ habit that can protect your arteries
?and save your life at the same time

I can’t think of anyone lied to more than diabetics——and if you’ve got the disease yourself, you already know exactly what I’m talking about. Doctors and drug companies alike feed you such a line that it’s a wonder you don’t gain even more weight just listening to them.

Well, I’m sick of it. I’m sure you’re sick of it, too——and if they won’t level with you, I will.

Your doctor will make sympathetic noises and tell you that you can “live with” or “manage” diabetes with the help of an endless supply of drugs. Listen to him, and next thing you know, you’ve got so many pill bottles and needles that you need an extra room in your home just for your meds.

But, unfortunately, your overworked doc has likely taken the path of least resistance and has slipped into relying on the advice of dollar-happy drug reps rather than common sense to treat his patients. And of course, when it comes to pharmaceutical companies we all know that the intention here isn’t to save your life or even improve the time you do have left. It’s to profit off your disease before you die——to squeeze every last cent out of you the way you squeeze out blood for a glucose test.

And these drugs aren’t just ineffective. Most of them are dangerous——and some are flat-out deadly.

Avandia, anyone?

So it’s time to stop swallowing whatever line——and whatever meds——your doctor tries to give you and rethink your approach to beating this disease. And you can start with one of the most critical parts of your body of all: your arteries.

You’ve heard the story——you’ve heard the lies——so often by now you’ve probably got it memorized: Cholesterol supposedly builds up in your arteries, gumming them up and ultimately causing a heart attack or stroke.

Since cholesterol is right there at the scene, it gets blamed for the crime, and that’s true for diabetics and non-diabetics alike.

Well, I’m here to tell you that the cholesterol is an innocent bystander in all this. Sure, it might be what’s gumming up the joint, but all it wants to do is pass through.

The reason it can’t isn’t because you have too much of it. It’s not because you have the “wrong type” of cholesterol, either. It’s not even the cholesterol at all…

It’s inflammation

Inflammation is what causes cholesterol to stick to your artery walls. It doesn’t matter what your cholesterol levels are——if your inflammation levels are high, even low levels of cholesterol will stick and form buildups and blockages.

Of course, your doctor will blame the cholesterol anyway. He’ll use it as an excuse to put you on cholesterol meds or maybe even try to sign you up for a procedure such as angioplasty.

That’s not just a lie——that’s an EXPENSIVE lie, a multibillion-dollar industry built on lies. The procedure itself can actually kill you faster than any blockage ever will——and in half of all cases, those blockages return so fast you can’t help but wonder if you ever had angioplasty at all.

But it’s not that the treatment failed——it’s that it was never designed to work in the first place. Angioplasty might briefly remove the blockage, but it won’t do anything for the inflammation that caused it to form.

And as long as that inflammation is still there, a new blockage will form——you can take that to the bank.

So drugs and surgery don’t work…but that doesn’t mean you have to sit and wait for a heart attack or stroke. You can take action now to clear your arteries and slash your risk, and the only thing you need to buy is a beach blanket.

You read that right…a beach blanket!

A little time out under the sun doesn’t just feel great (although that’s certainly part of it). The vitamin D your body makes from sun exposure is?scientifically proven to lower inflammation and protect the arteries, especially in diabetics.

Sounds simple, I know. It IS simple, not to mention free. But it works. Just look at the new study of 43 diabetics and 25 non-diabetics, which finds that patients with the highest D levels are the least likely to have cholesterol glued to their artery walls.

Ready for the most important part? This is true REGARLDESS OF ACTUAL?CHOLESTEROL LEVELS.

Doesn’t matter if your cholesterol levels are high, low, or in between——the only level that really matters here is your D level. When D is high, inflammation is low.

And when inflammation is low, your arteries flow.

Of course, I’ve been saying this for decades now, so if you’ve been listening to me all along you’re already light years ahead of everyone else.

And if you haven’t, all I can say is better late than never——so get that beach blanket, get a quality D3 supplement, and get to work raising those D levels and lowering your inflammation, whether you’re a diabetic or not.

But start with D——don’t end there. If you really want to keep your circulation moving like it’s in the HOV lane, try my…

TOP FOUR ARTERY INFLAMMATION FIGHTERS

?Omega-3 Fatty Acids: Fish oil is a great way to fight inflammation anywhere——but it’s especially good for inflammation in your arteries and overall circulatory health. The omega-3 fatty acids in fish oil have proven time and again to keep arteries clear and improve the flow of blood to both the heart and brain.

?Curcumin: Love curry? Then you’re already a step ahead on this one. Curcumin, a key compound found in the curry spice turmeric, can slash levels of inflammation in the arteries, prevent buildups, and even stop platelets from clumping. You’d have to eat curry by the bucket instead of the bowl to get what you need, so try a supplement for this one. It’s available on its own, but you’ll also find it listed as an ingredient in some antioxidant complexes.

?Go Low-Carb: Carbohydrates, especially refined carbs such as sugar and?flour, cause blood sugar levels to spike. And when those levels spike, your body produces cytokines, which in turn cause inflammation——especially in the arteries. Slash the carbs, slash the inflammation. For proof, look no further than a 2009 study that found a low-carb diet reduces both inflammation and the accumulation of oxidized LDL cholesterol in the arteries. (And for the record, overall LDL levels were actually higher in the low-fat diet group?in this study than in the fat-eating low-carb eaters.)

?Booze: Isn’t it funny how often a stiff drink is the answer to life’s ills? It’s true in a very literal sense here, because a moderate alcohol habit can slash levels of the C-reactive protein that marks inflammation. Just keep it under control. No one likes an obnoxious lush, and——more importantly——too much booze can actually boost inflammation.

There’s one more thing you can do right now to slash your inflammation levels——one more thing that’s completely free: Get more sleep. People who sleep less than six hours a night have higher levels of C-reactive protein.

But treat sleep like booze and don’t go overboard——because nine or more hours a night can actually increase inflammation.

Sometimes, you really can get too much of a good thing.

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