Nearly 1 out of 4 deaths in the US today can be attributed to heart disease, it’s the number 1 cause of death. And our conventional way to treat heart disease is to prescribe statin medications, to tell people to move more, to eat less fat., to eat a healthy diet including heart healthy whole grains. My guest today is a cardiologist who just doesn’t agree with this conventional protocol. Dr. William Davis practices cardiology in Milwaukee and he’s also the author of the book Wheat Belly – Total Health I recently reached out to Dr. Davis to talk to him more about his own ex as a card and what he has seen as the most influential lifestyle interventions to reverse and halt the progression of heart disease. This is part 1 of a 2 part interview where I find out how this cardiologist turned out to be a nutritionist of sorts.
We chat about how his practice changed over the years, how his own dietary interventions failed him, how his mom passed away of heart disease, his shift toward prevention rather than invasive intervention, the Milwaukee Heart Scan initiative and what he gleaned from the data that he collected from thousands patients, the lifestyle interventions that made the biggest difference with respect to heart health, and the curious side effects of those interventions. We talk about how grains (and primarily refined grains) dominate the diet today, and why, we chat about small dense LDL particles (See: Cholesterol Clarity with Jimmy Moore), we talk about calcium scans as a proxy for atherosclerosis, we talk about grain and sugar elimination, and the importance of vitamin D and iodine sufficiency in heart health.
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