Excerpt from The Swiss Secret to Optimal Health, pages 70-71
Dr. Thomas Rau and Susan Wyler
“Given that heart disease is the leading cause of death in America, it is particularly interesting to understand the relationship between blood acidity and heart disease. A disturbance of the body’s healthy alkaline balance affects the arteries in several ways. First of all, when blood becomes acidic, the electrical charge on the outside of the red blood cells actually alters, causing them to stick together like magnets… When the blood cells stick together like this, they have a much higher chance of forming clots, which can lead to strokes.
Hyperacidity also contributes to atherosclerosis, or hardening of the arteries. Contrary to popular belief, cholesterol is not the primary problem with plaque in the arteries; it’s the hyperacidity and mineral shifts in the tissues. When the body starts to become acidic, calcium and other minerals are drawn out of the bones and the magnesium from the cartilage into the connective tissues and interstitial spaces and even arteries in an effort to buffer, or neutralize, the acid. When these minerals that are drawn out react with cholesterol that is naturally in the blood, calcified deposits form, which is how atherosclerosis develops. If you follow my nutritional plan over the long term, cholesterol levels of most people will normalize themselves without any need for drugs.
So we see that it is not cholesterol, but too much dietary protein that leads to a host of chronic degenerative, inflammatory, and autoimmune diseases: cancer, atherosclerosis, arterial sclerosis, heart disease, stroke, arthritis, type 2 diabetes, and mainly osteoporosis. They all arise from different pathways, but one main factor contributes to each: too much protein in the diet.”
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