Connect the Dots: Immune System and Nutrition
A patient’s hardening of the arteries and inflammation can become
history. Knowing the underlying, individual causes of someone’s atherosclerosis, can make a big change. We train patients in accordance with their individual needs so that when they return home they will be able to contribute to their healing simply by changing life style and eating habits.
This patient asked me at the conclusion of his treatments, “What can be my personal contribution?” “Well,” I answered, “let’s design your personalized nutrition plan that considers individual deficits and weaknesses, rebalances immune system activity and changes the character of the arteries’ inner layers. Those who choose to change? They improve.”
He reported monthly by email and phone calls that he was feeling healthier. Now his medical records show his health restoration step by step. The monthly reports identify what he ate. His annual checkup verified he corrected mistaken eating patterns. He became an active enthusiast for healing the body with a plant-based diet. W. invited me to tell his history so that you might connect the dots between immune system rebalancing and nutrition.
One of the changes he made is cooking with corn oil, a polyunsaturated fat. Here’s why.
As a consumer you will find, often, oils that are partially hydrogenated, meaning the industry processes the oils they are selling to make them more stable to maintain a longer shelf-life. What the consumer may not realize is that hydrogenated oil contains trans- fatty acids. These acids occur in polyunsaturated oils once they are heated up too highly. The trans- fatty acids enter the bloodstream, contact the lining of the blood vessels (your body contains 62,000 miles of blood vessels, did you know that?) and infiltrate beneath the endothelial layers of cells. The body’s guardian, the immune system reacts. ‘Here is an invasive agent! Send two kinds of white blood cells to counteract! (We have told you their names before.)
T lymphocytes and macrophages, white blood cells, make contact!’
Here is what happens next. The macrophages eagerly try to isolate the trans- fatty acids. Trans- fatty acids are caustic and destroy many of the macrophages. This releases the oxidized caustic trans- fatty acids back into the blood vessel walls and adds other destructive chemicals, causing inflammation. This opens the way to develop plaque with its known consequences.
When the patient first arrived we warned him that he could be headed for trouble: unstable plaque might trigger the blood to coagulate, creating a blockage of blood flow, a possible clot. Hearing he could be a candidate for a heart attack or a stroke, the patient willingly chose a simple nutritional change to cooking with a helpful fat. Olive oil.