Dr. Jorgenson (featured on my upcoming TV show) wrote me this ecstatic email last week:
“We had great news today. We’ve been thinking my husband had the Jorgensen curse. We counted and 23 of my father-in-law’s first cousins have had heart attacks. Both my mother- and father-in-law have high blood pressure and extremely high cholesterol. They are on statins and have been for years. I worry about the side effects they are dealing with. So my husband’s cholesterol was 224 in 2009 and 249 in 2010. Understand, we eat very well [relative to the average American], so we were so discouraged. We thought the drugs were inevitable.
So enter Green Smoothie Girl in February of this year. My husband has finally decided to really jump on board with something and he’s jumped all the way. Green smoothies, sole in the morning, alkaline water, stopped soda, stopped milk, etc. He has lost 15 pounds without stopping eating or exercising more. And today we got his cholesterol test back – it’s down to 186. DOWN 65 POINTS!!! That’s in three months of green smoothies [and other changes]. His triglycerides dropped by 58! He’s a 100% believer.
Note from Robyn: the exact same thing–same numbers, really, happened to my husband when we got married. When we were newlyweds in 1988, we found a garden plot near our apartment and I made a goal to eat everything in it. We ate almost nothing but plant food that first year–sometimes he was frustrated by that, as he’d been raised with meat products at virtually every meal, but his cholesterol dropped from 240 to 185 that first year! Of course, five years later I was eating the Standard American Diet and suffering all the ill effects. I had to study it for myself and make changes–two steps forward, one step back sometimes–to find a place where I finally committed, for life.
I’m so happy for the Jorgensons!
And, last week I was filming at Total Care Dental–I did a little sprouting class for them. And I asked if JULIE’S numbers were down. She’s a cardiac patient who works out and is a healthy weight but has very high cholesterol. Sure enough, just from some simple steps that I teach, her cholesterol has dropped 40 points as well since February!
Very exciting. Dr. Jorgenson and I talked about what an epiphany it’s been for her to study what ALKALINE foods do, to alter the inner terrain. How CHOLESTEROL is a protective substance–it is protecting the arteries from acids! So eating “low fat” isn’t going to help much–low fat milk, low fat cottage cheese, etc….they’re still ACIDIC. So numbers may come down marginally, but heart attack patients following those old, lousy recommendations end up frustrated and taking statin drugs.
Your body begins to let go of cholesterol when we eat ALKALINE foods. Greens are among the very most alkaline foods there are. Sprouts, legumes, vegetables–eat them abundantly and watch your biomarkers get to a good place. Consistently and slowly–sometimes shockingly quickly.
Heart disease is so very unnecessary. As I often say at my classes, it’s the simplest thing to turn around (relative to cancer, which is mercurial; and auto-immune diseases, which are tough and entrenched).
Eat a lot of GREEN, eat a lot of RAW, eat much more ALKALINE. Avoid MEAT / DAIRY / SALT / SUGAR / PROCESSED GARBAGE….and watch your numbers come into balance. (Of course, that awful Coumadin is a problem for many heart patients, since it causes Vitamin K binding so doctors tell those who take it to avoid green food. Can you say “double-edged sword?” This is so sad, since heart patients need green food as much or more than anybody.)
And unfortunately, although heart patients are the easiest to help when they’re willing, they’re also often the most intractable, as many of them got in their predicament by eating lots of cholesterol-inducing foods like pork and beef. A heart patient friend I know went to his doc recently, who said, “Please don’t eat anything with a mother.” And my friend said, “I’d rather die than stop eating beef.”
Congrats to Steve Jorgenson, beating the odds of 23 COUSINS who’ve had heart attacks, and congrats to Julie, making incredible strides and inspiring us all!