By now, there’s a good chance you know someone who’s suffered a stroke. If they were lucky, their stroke was a relatively minor one. But strokes can range in severity… and they can cause serious damage… from long-term disabilities to death.
Having a stroke can make the victim and their loved ones feel utterly helpless. But the latest research shows that the vast majority of strokes can actually be prevented… as long as you know what to do (and not do).
While there are many risk factors we cannot control, like age, gender and family history, there are many things we can change.
A new study published in Lancet Neurology, showed that 90 per cent of strokes worldwide are caused by something that’s under our control.
And that means what you’re doing to and putting into your body… whether it’s smoking cigarettes or drinking sugary fizzy drinks… is both increasing your risk and leading to other medical conditions that increase your risk, like high blood pressure, obesity, and high blood sugar.
And, of course, not eating enough fruits and vegetables and not being active enough just makes having a stroke all the more likely.
Even here in countries, where there are more access to fresh, healthy foods than some of the developing countries around the world, nearly 80 per cent of strokes are considered preventable, according to the National Stroke Association.
Of course, this comes as no surprise to me, as the focus of integrative medicine is in the prevention of disease by addressing its root causes. And I can’t tell you how many health conditions can be prevented or at least lessened, just by losing weight.
I recommend that my patients follow the Paleo diet regardless of whether or not they’re overweight – because this “back-to-basics” approach to eating can get you all the nutrients you need and, when paired with some moderate activity, help keep your weight in check.
If you’re still smoking, I’m sure you’ve been told to quit a million times – and I have to agree. It’s not easy to go “cold turkey,” but you don’t have to do it alone… because a holistic doctor can provide natural habit-kicking support therapies like acupuncture, which I’ve seen work first-hand.
Finally, for some added protection, you could try spirulina. This “pond scum” literally seeks out and zaps stroke-causing cells. Fortunately, you don’t have to skim off the top of your koi pond, because spirulina is available as a supplement.
Wishing you the best of health,
Dr. Glenn S. Rothfeld
Nutrition & Healing
Nearly All Strokes Globally Have Avoidable Element, medpagetoday.com/Cardiology/Strokes/58444?xid=nl_mpt_DHE_2016-06-11&eun=g1024616d0r
Stroke , cdc.gov/stroke/
Stroke facts, stroke.org/understand-stroke/what-stroke/stroke-facts