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Dr. Dean Ornish, I have a few suggestions to make to your Reversing Heart Disease Program. Also if you consider my comments to be worthwhile I would appreciate a monetary wage for this information. I have a B.S. in Nutrition and a Masters of Education in Occupation. I took care of my mother who had heart disease which developed into Congestive Heart Failure. My mother had a good life and beat all the statistics for a woman with her level of heart disease. I believe her first by-pass was in her mid 50′s and she died at 82. My mother worked as a realtor until she was about 77 years old. She was very independent and went to all her doctor appointments by herself until about the age of 77. I think her independence greatly improved her health. The suggestions I am going to quickly make to your program is to include more nuts in your patients diets. I have eaten a lot of almonds over the past 6 months. Almonds have many minerals, one mineral almonds are high is magnesium. I have heard that many studies have shown that magnesium is beneficial to heart function. Not only is magnesium beneficial to heart function it is necessary to a well functioning heart. I have also heard that there are many studies that show that the American people are low in magnesium. Could this be a problem with the high rate of heart disease in this country. Anyway, a few years ago I was eating a large amount of almonds and I had my cholesterol tested, my cholesterol level was about 170 with no medication. My doctor has prescribed zocor for me. Zocor is the only cholesterol medication I have ever been prescribed. My cholesterol level does get higher when I do not eat almonds. So my recommendation for you today is to have your patients eat more nuts, especially almonds. Another suggestion I would like to make is recently I did not have much sugar in my diet. I am not a diabetic and I have never been one. The reason I did not have much sugar in my diet was because I am on food stamps and did not have the money at the end of the month, so my diet depended on what people would give me. I felt awful on this extremely low sugar diet especially since I was walking 2-5 -4 miles a day. I am not sure what you recommend for carbohydrate-sugar intake but there is an amount that is necessary. Glucose helps the brain function at it’s optimal level. I have to sign off now. I will get back in touch with you. Karen
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