In 2012, the late prophet Bob Jones prophesied God was going to give us wisdom for our health that would cause us to avoid needing healing because we would understand how to avoid getting sick. I am seeing the fulfillment of that prophecy in my own life as God recently helped me find some vitally important information I needed to overcome my own health problems, which I am sharing in this post.
Thankfully, I have enjoyed great health my entire life, but earlier this year, I started having dull chest pains in the area of my heart. So I was concerned, but even more concerned on March 11 when a friend gave me the following prophetic warning.
“My Son, you have labored long in the field and I am well pleased with your service to Me. The enemy is aware of all you have done and he seeks to destroy you and stop the work. Be careful of your health in 2017, for he has sent attacks against you. Prophesy to the four winds that you will not receive this attack. Cancel it and send it to the Abyss, that it may not prosper against you.”
They had no idea I was having any kind of health problems; they just reported what God gave them, so it got my attention. I started exercising almost everyday and trying to eat better. I also did some research on cardiovascular disease and learned it’s the world’s number one killer with shows no signs of slowing down. In 2013, 17.3 million people were killed by it, including heart attacks, strokes, heart failure, high blood pressure, and diseases of the arteries. (Source: Heart.org)
This killer is worldwide, but the danger varies by country, with the United States worse than some, but better than others. Consider these alarming statistics for the United States:
- More than one out of every three adults (92.1 million) had some type of cardiovascular disease in 2014, accounting for 807,775 deaths. (Source: Heart.org)
- It accounts for one out of every three deaths, more than all forms of cancer and Chronic Lower Respiratory Disease combined. (Source: Heart.org)
- Every 40 seconds, someone in the U.S. dies from cardiovascular disease and someone else has a stroke. (Source: Heart.org)
- Heart failure related deaths have increased every year from 2009 to 2014, which is the latest year data is available. It reached a new high in 2013, then surpassed it with another new high in 2014. (Source: CDC)
Despite spending more than $316 billion per year to fight it, the problem is not going away. It has stubbornly held onto the top ranking as the world’s number one cause of death for nearly one hundred years, since 1921. (Source: Heart.org) There have been short spans when it appeared to be coming under control, but each time it came back stronger. By 2030, the number of casualties are expected to increase 36% to 23.6 million per year. (Source: Newsroom.Heart.org and Heart.org)
Finding the Real Enemy:
After doing a lot of research, I am now convinced the reason why it has remained the number one killer for so long is because of wrong information from the mainstream medical community. For decades, they’ve been claiming the key to a healthy cardiovascular system is reducing what they call bad (LDL) cholesterol. Meanwhile, the real enemy keeps on killing under cover of darkness.
No wonder we’re losing the fight; we don’t even know who the enemy is. My findings have convinced me cholesterol is only a symptom of the real problem, which is inflammation.
Inflammation causes swelling in the lining of our veins and arteries, which reduces the diameter of the vessels, like using skinnier pipes, requiring our heart to work harder to pump the same amount of blood. Without inflammation, cholesterol would not accumulate in the wall of the blood vessel, but would move freely throughout the body as nature intended. It is inflammation that causes cholesterol to become trapped. (Source: DailyOccupation.com)
Yet, authoritative sources, including leading doctors and organizations like the American Heart Association, continue telling us it’s all about cholesterol, which means avoiding saturated fats and trans fats. With that goal in mind, here is their recommended heart-healthy diet:
Reducing these fats means limiting your intake of red meat and dairy products made with whole milk. It also means choosing skim milk, low-fat or fat-free dairy products, limiting fried food, and cooking with healthy oils such as vegetable oil. Other aspects of a healthy diet include emphasizing fruits, vegetables, whole grains, poultry, fish and nuts and limiting sugary foods and beverages. (Heart.org)
Cholesterol-based diet recommendations like this are found all over the Internet, and in medical books and magazines, but they have failed to reduce cardiovascular disease.
Twelve Reasons Why I Don’t Believe It:
Here are twelve reasons why I believe poor little old cholesterol is being wrongly accused of something he didn’t even do.
1 – Bad Results – If cholesterol was the problem and avoiding saturated fats and trans fats was the solution, then why don’t the results support it? Why has cardiovascular disease remained the number one killer for nearly one hundred years? Why is it expected to increase significantly by 2030? The numbers speak for themselves. Something is clearly wrong. We’re being led down a dead-end road, following remedies that aren’t working.
2 – The French Paradox – In France, people eat more saturated fats and trans fats than most other countries, but they have one of the world’s lowest rates of cardiovascular disease. The Spaniards, Finns, Italians, and Portuguese all eat less harmful fat and consume more fruit and vegetables than the French – yet die in greater numbers from heart disease. (Myheartsisters.org and Wikipedia) If cholesterol was really the problem, the French should be the sickest, not the healthiest.
3 – Harvard Study – An eight year study of 49,000 women from age 50 to 79 found no health benefits from a low fat diet. The study was conducted from 1993 to 2001. (Source: Harvard School of Public Health)
4 – International Study – A large International study conducted in 2012 found evidence that cholesterol build-up in the arteries, called plaque, was caused by inflammation. (Source: MedicalNewsToday.com)
5 – Dr. Dwight Lundell’s Findings – After conducting over 5,000 open heart surgeries, world renowned heart surgeon, Dr. Dwight Lundell, discovered every single patient shared the same ailment, inflammation of the arteries. The 100% incidence of inflammation convinced him the real cause is not cholesterol, but inflammation, which causes swelling and deterioration in the walls of the arteries, which causes cholesterol to get trapped and accumulate. He believes without inflammation, cholesterol would sail along through our blood stream just fine, without causing any problems. After working twenty-five years as a heart surgeon, Dr. Lundell recently apologized on behalf of the entire medical community for misleading patients all these years.
I found Dr. Lundell’s findings very convincing because 5,000 out of 5,000 heart disease patients had inflammation in their arteries and because he saw first hand the severe damage it does to the inside lining of arteries. He explained what an inflamed artery looks like, “I have peered inside thousands upon thousands of arteries. A diseased artery looks as if someone took a brush and scrubbed repeatedly against its wall.” (Source: DailyOccupation.com) His findings reveal a cause and effect relationship, which shines the spotlight on the real killer, inflammation.
6 – Excess Alcohol Consumption – There is widespread agreement that excessive alcohol consumption causes high blood pressure, which is interesting because alcohol contains zero cholesterol, including wine, beer, and 100 proof liquor. So, excess alcohol consumption does not increase our cholesterol level, but excessive drinking causes inflammation by increasing the production of pro-inflammatory cytokines, according to University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill researchers (Source: National Institute of Health). It causes changes in our intestinal lining, allowing bacteria to pass through into the bloodstream, triggering inflammation. (Source: US News) So again, the real killer is inflammation, not cholesterol.
7 – One Glass of Red Wine Per Day – There is widespread agreement that drinking one glass of wine per day can help lower our blood pressure (Source: WebMD). That’s interesting because studies show drinking one glass of red wine per day reduces inflammation due to the polyphenols found in red wine, especially resveratrol, which comes from grape skins. The benefits include a reduction in cardiovascular disease by approximately 30% to 50%, lung cancer by 57%, and prostate cancer by 50%, respectively.
So, one glass of red wine per day lowers blood pressure and lowers inflammation. Might there be a connection here? Maybe that’s why the Bible warns us not to drink water exclusively, but drink a little wine for our stomach and our frequent ailments (1 Timothy 5:23).
8 – Smoking – There is widespread agreement that smoking causes increased blood pressure. Studies show one out of every three deaths attributed to cardiovascular disease are directly caused by smoking, according to the 2014 Surgeon General’s Report on smoking and health. (Source: CDC) That’s interesting because cigarette smoke contains zero cholesterol, so no matter how much we smoke, it doesn’t increase our cholesterol level, but it does increase inflammation. Chemicals in cigarette smoke cause the cells lining our blood vessels to become swollen and inflamed, which causes the blood vessels to narrow, which requires our heart to work harder to pump the same amount of blood through narrower vessels. (Source: CDC) As a result, cholesterol that would otherwise flow freely through our circulatory system gets trapped and accumulates. So smoking identifies the real killer is inflammation, not cholesterol.
9 – Excess Weight – There is widespread agreement that excess weight and an extra-large waist size both contribute to heart disease (Source: Harvard School of Public Health), which is interesting because excess weight is proven to cause inflammation (Source: ScienceDaily.com). Once again, we see a cause and effect relationship between inflammation and cardiovascular disease.
10 – Sleep Deprivation – Insufficient sleep has been shown to increase the risk of cardiovascular disease as well as other benefits like alleviating chronic pain, building up our immunity system, improving our brain power, and increasing memory. (Source: WebMD) Losing sleep does not cause more cholesterol to magically appear in our body, but sleep deprivation, even for one night, causes inflammation (Source: ScienceDaily.com).
11 – Lack of Exercise – Lack of exercise has been shown to increase the risk of cardiovascular disease. Aerobic exercise that raises our heart rate has been shown to lower blood pressure levels, which reduces the amount of strain on our heart. (Netdoctor.co.uk) One study found we can reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease by 50% by exercising thirty minutes per day. (CBS News). That’s interesting because studies show regular exercise is anti-inflammatory (Source: National Institutes of Health). Once again, we see a cause and effect relationship.
12 – Fear and Anxiety – The Bible connects fear with heart failure by warning in the last days, men’s hearts will fail them for fear when they see what is coming on the earth and the powers of the heavens being shaken. (Luke 21:26) That’s interesting because fear, stress, and anxiety cause our body to release histamine, which causes increased inflammation. (Source: National Institute of Health and SelfHacked.com) Once again, heart failure is directly connected with increased inflammation while cholesterol is not even part of the equation.
Inflammation Changes Everything:
Again and again we see the same pattern. Wherever the risk of cardiovascular disease increases, increased inflammation is also present. Wherever the risk decreases, decreased inflammation is present. It’s time to stop blaming cholesterol and declare war on the real enemy. It’s time to stop following the diet plan recommended by most of the medical community, including the American Heart Association, because it’s contributing to the problem, as Dr. Lundell explains:
“The rest of us have simply followed the recommended mainstream diet that is low in fat and high in polyunsaturated fats and carbohydrates, not knowing we were causing repeated injury to our blood vessels. This repeated injury creates chronic inflammation leading to heart disease, stroke, diabetes and obesity.
Let me repeat that: The injury and inflammation in our blood vessels is caused by the low fat diet recommended for years by mainstream medicine.” (Source: DailyOccupation.com)
If the real problem is inflammation, then we need to unlearn what we’ve been told for decades and forget the old rules that unsaturated fat is good and saturated fat and trans fat are bad. We need to learn the new rules for fighting inflammation.
Two of the primary foods contributing to inflammation are:
1 – Processed Carbohydrates – We must avoid eating highly processed carbohydrates like sugar, flour, and all the products made with those ingredients. Right off the bat, that eliminates most man-made processed food and redirects us to eating more God-made natural food. According to Dr. Lundell, “Extra sugar molecules attach to a variety of proteins that in turn injure the blood vessel wall. This repeated injury to the blood vessel wall sets off inflammation. When you spike your blood sugar level several times a day, every day, it is exactly like taking sandpaper to the inside of your delicate blood vessels.” (Source: DailyOccupation.com)
2 – Imbalance of Omega 3 and 6 – Avoid foods high in omega 6 fatty acids and eat more food high in omega 3 fatty acids. The goal is to achieve a balance between these two, instead of the common American diet that skews heavily towards omega 6 by as much as 30 to 1 ratio. Dr. Lundell explains, “While omega-6’s are essential -they are part of every cell membrane controlling what goes in and out of the cell — they must be in the correct balance with omega-3’s. If the balance shifts by consuming excessive omega-6, the cell membrane produces chemicals called cytokines that directly cause inflammation.” (Source: DailyOccupation.com)
My Food Journey:
Earlier this year, when I first started having chest pain, I didn’t know anything about inflammation. I simply followed the recommended diets on mainstream medical sites. The following provides some things I have learned recently.
Cooking Oils – Mainstream health organizations like the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute recommend eating food prepared in soybean oil, canola oil, corn oil, olive oil, sesame oil, and sunflower oil. Their rationale is to avoid butter because it’s high in saturated fat. (Source: National Institutes of Health and Mayo Clinic)
After learning inflammation was the real enemy, I investigated further and found all their recommended oils are much higher in fat than butter and all have a much higher concentration of omega 6 than butter, as shown here:
- Soybean Oil – 504 mg of omega 6/gram compared to only 68 mg of omega 3/gram.
- Canola and Corn Oil – 230 mg of omega 6/gram compared to only 58 mg of omega 3/gram.
- Olive Oil – 98 mg of omega 6/gram compared to only 8 mg of omega 3/gram.
- Sesame Oil – 413 mg of omega 6/gram compared to only 68 mg of omega 3/gram.
- Sunflower Oil – 353 mg of omega 6/gram compared to only 68 mg of omega 3/gram.
- Butter – 27 mg of omega 6/gram compared to only 3 mg of omega 3/gram.
I don’t rely on oils as a source for omega 3, so my goal for them is to avoid too much omega 6. So, I now use butter and olive oil for cooking and avoid eating foods prepared in other oils, almost exactly opposite of the mainstream recommended diet.
I found flaxseed oil is loaded with omega 3, but it’s not used for cooking because the heat causes it to break down and lose its’ omega 3 benefits. Flaxseed oil has 533 mg of omega 3/gram compared to only 127 mg of omega 6/gram, so the ratio of omega 3 to 6 is 4.2.
Beef vs Poultry – I used to love to eat beef, but stopped after having chest pains and reading the recommended diet plans. The National Institutes of Health claims we should avoid eating a lot of red meat due to high levels of saturated fats. The American Heart Association includes skinless poultry in their recommended diet, so I started eating lots of chicken, even though it’s not my favorite. After the paradigm shift, I investigated further and was surprised to learn chicken contains a much higher concentration of omega 6 than beef (as measured by mg/g) and has a much higher ratio of omega 6 to omega 3. So, chicken is more inflammatory than beef.
- Chicken legs, meat and skin – 23 mg of omega 6/g and a 13.7 ratio of omega 6 to omega 3
- Chicken breast, meat and skin – 17 mg of omega 6/g and a 14.6 ratio of omega 6 to omega 3
- Beef patties – 0 mg of omega 6/g and a 0.6 ratio of omega 6 to omega 3
- Beef top sirloin, lean and fat – 3 mg of omega 6/g and a 2.0 ratio of omega 6 to omega 3
- Beef tenderloin filet mignon – 3 mg of omega 6/g and a 4.3 ratio of omega 6 to omega 3
- Ground beef, grass-fed – 4 mg of omega 6/g and a 4.9 ratio of omega 6 to omega 3
- Ground beef, 95% fat – 2 mg of omega 6/g and a 7.1 ratio of omega 6 to omega 3
- Ground beef, 70% fat – 6 mg of omega 6/g and a 9.6 ratio of omega 6 to omega 3
Turkey, duck, and goose meat are similar to chicken in terms of omega 6 content. The Mayo Clinic recommends eating eggs as a source of protein, but egg yolks are also high in omega 6 (35 mg/g with a 15.5 ratio of omega 6 to omega 3). The only good news I found in poultry was egg whites without the yolks. They have no omega 3 or omega 6, so they’re neutral, but they’re a good source of protein.
So poultry has taken a back seat to beef in my house, which makes me happy. But for now, I am skipping both to concentrate on another meat source…
Seafood – By far the best choice of meat for fighting inflammation is seafood. It is generally loaded with omega 3, but not all sea creatures were created equal. I made a list of the best of the best based on their concentration of omega 3 and their ratio of omega 3 to omega 6. Both factors are important because some sea creatures are very low in fat, so even though they have a good ratio, we would have to eat a ton of it to get a significant amount of omega 3. My favorites includes squid, fish roe, caviar, striped bass, Atlantic pollock, Walleye pollock, pink salmon (fresh or canned), sea bass, bluefin tuna, snapper, halibut, canned white tuna in water, canned mackerel, Atlantic herring, Atlantic mackerel, Atlantic wild salmon, and canned anchovy in oil.
I quickly learned to avoid some of the most commonly found fish, like catfish, trout, and tilapia, because they have some of the lowest levels of omega 3 compared to other fish. I also avoid farm raised fish as much as possible because regardless of the species, they have far less omega 3 than wild caught. Of course, farm raised are a lot cheaper too.
One fish to avoid is canned white tuna in oil because the oil skews it heavily to omega 6. I also avoid shellfish due to health warnings found both in the Bible and in the world. They tend to carry diseases. A friend of mine almost died from eating shellfish and he was a seafood purchasing director! However, if you’re feeling lucky, you’ll get lots of omega 3 from queen crab, canned blue crab, canned shrimp, scallops, and wild oysters.
Since seafood is expensive, canned white tuna in water is a great low-cost option. However, the challenge becomes how to prepare it. I used to mix it with big gobs of mayonnaise, until I read the label and found the number one ingredient for mayonnaise is soybean oil, almost pure omega 6.
As Dr. Lundell explained, our body needs omega 6 too, but it’s easy to find plenty of omega 6 without even trying, so my goal is to avoid foods with high concentrations so I can maintain a good ratio.
Another low cost way to get omega 3 from seafood is by taking omega 3 fish oil supplements, which are widely available in gel capsules. I found one on Amazon that I like because it contains a higher concentration of omega 3 than the others. I also started taking a krill oil supplement.
Chocolate – The Cleveland Clinic lists dark chocolate as good food for a heart-healthy diet, which was hard for me to believe, but being a chocolate lover, I liked the sound of it, so I jumped all over it. I like dark chocolate even better than milk chocolate. Most nights, I was grabbing a big handful for desert, until I learned about inflammation.
The Cleveland Clinic recommends dark chocolate with at least 70% cocoa. So I investigated and found mine was only 60%, so I found another brand with 90%. That lowered the sugar content from 44% to only 8%, so I started getting happy, but there was another problem. Even at 90% cocoa, it’s still very high in fat and it’s the wrong kind of fat, highly concentrated omega 6. At 70% to 85% cocoa levels (which was the closest info I could find), dark chocolate has 36 times more omega 6 than omega 3. Bummer! I miss my dark chocolates.
Whole Grains – The Mayo Clinic and other mainstream health organizations recommend eating more whole grains, like oatmeal and whole wheat flour, for a heart-healthy diet (Source: MayoClinic.org). Oatmeal has more fiber and less sugar than most other cereals, so that’s a plus. Whole wheat flour is more nutritional and less refined than white flour, so that’s good too. However, both skew heavily toward omega 6. Whole wheat flour has 19 times more omega 6 than omega 3 and oatmeal 11.5 times. (Source: Self.com) My conclusion is not to avoid them, but just go easy on them.
I often eat a bowl of oatmeal with lots of fruit on top. After learning about inflammation, I started mixing flaxseeds in with the oatmeal. Flaxseeds don’t have any flavor, but they’ve been called one of the world’s healthiest foods because they have a high concentration of omega 3 (228 mg/g) and a 4 to 1 ratio of omega 3 to omega 6. They’re tiny seeds, so you hardly even notice eating them.
Nuts – The Mayo Clinic recommends eating nuts because supposedly they have the good kind of fat, unsaturated. So, I came up with my own blend of nuts, a homemade trail mix, and I was eating lots everyday, until I learned about inflammation. Nuts are loaded with fat and it’s the wrong kind of fat, highly concentrated omega 6. All nuts are skewed that way, but walnuts, pecans, pistachio nuts, and almonds are some of the worst offenders.
I have mixed feelings about nuts though. I am inclined to believe any food made by God tends to be good while any food made by man tends to have problems. So there must be something good about nuts. I even found one study showing nuts reduce inflammation (Source: Health.com), but that doesn’t make sense to me since they’re so high in omega 6. They are a great source of protein, so I am still eating them, but trying not to go overboard. I also mixed in some flaxseeds, but that hasn’t worked so great because they’re so small they all fall to the bottom.
I am convinced inflammation causes cardiovascular disease, not cholesterol. So, I have already made a major shift in my diet and lifestyle to do everything I can to defeat it and help others do the same.
God designed our bodies with an amazing ability to heal themselves. Inflammation is part of the healing process, so it’s a good thing as long as it’s kept in balance, which means we must learn how to stop injuring ourselves, inflaming our body, so we can stay healthier and live longer. The benefits of reduced inflammation go far beyond healing our cardiovascular system and include healing many other diseases, such as asthma, chronic peptic ulcers, tuberculosis, rheumatoid arthritis, chronic periodontitis, ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease, chronic sinusitis, and chronic active hepatitis.
By adding new sources of omega 3 to balance our diet, we can also enjoy foods with omega 6. Our body needs both, but in proper balance. For example, I added new sources of omega 3, which allowed me to keep eating nuts, even though they’re high in omega 6.
The theme for 2017 that keeps coming up again and again is a year of shifting. I believe we will look back on it as a significant pivot point in history, starting with the Paris Peace Conference in January when seventy nations made secret plans to divide Jerusalem, which is sure to cause a historic shift. In currency markets, we are seeing the rise of crypto currencies, as the world shifts away from traditional fiat currencies. In financial markets, prophetic warnings have identified the fall of 2017 as the end of a long-term bull market and beginning of a new bear market that will likely take years to reach the bottom. Economist Martin Armstrong sees the real estate market peaking in November 2017 and shifting into a new long term trend, finally reaching bottom in 2032. In God’s kingdom, 2017 marks the year of jubilee, which only comes around once every fifty years and often coincides with major shifts. So what better time to shift our diet and our lifestyle to defeat the real enemy of our health, inflammation?
The first shift must be in our thinking, which is a big step in the right direction, but worthless if we don’t also change our diet. Even then, it’s going to take a lot more to win this fight. Eating right doesn’t help much if we’re sleep deprived, or not getting enough exercise, or burdened with stress, anxiety, and fear. We need a balanced attack on all fronts, a total shift for a total victory.
The prophetic warning I received about my health exposed it as an attack from Satan for the purpose of shutting down Z3 News. I believe that because it’s scriptural, but also because the only other Z3 News administrator, Rob Perrett, has been suffering from an attack on his health since last summer. He is still not back to full health, but God is giving him new insights too.
I was instructed, “Prophesy to the four winds that you will not receive this attack. Cancel it and send it to the Abyss, that it may not prosper against you.”
So this battle requires more than just physical remedies because spiritual attacks require spiritual counter attacks. It requires more than just putting the right things in our mouth, but also speaking the right words out of our mouth, exercising the authority that belongs to everyone who follows the Lord Jesus Christ. We can speak to the four winds, cancelling the attack and sending it to the Abyss. God has given us everything we need to win, so let’s do it!
Behold, I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing will injure you. (Luke 10:19)
You will also decree a thing, and it will be established for you; and light will shine on your ways. (Job 22:28)
22 And Jesus answered saying to them, “Have faith in God.
23 Truly I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says is going to happen, it will be granted him.
24 Therefore I say to you, all things for which you pray and ask, believe that you have received them, and they will be granted you.” (Mark 11:22-24)
Author: James Bailey
James Bailey is a blogger, business owner, husband and father of two grown children. In 1982, he surrendered his life to the Lord Jesus Christ. In 2012, he founded Z3news.com to broadcast the message of salvation by reporting end time news before it happens.
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