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    February 2020 | NY Capital District |

    H E A L T H Y L I V I N G H E A L T H Y P L A N E T

    Plastics Push-BackThe Drive to Banish Single-Use Plastics

    VascularVitalityThe Lifeblood of Heart Health

    Moving From Fear

    to LoveHow to Cope With

    Anxious Times

    Healing Joints From WithinThe Promise of Regenerative Medicine

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    letter from publisher

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    Love is in the air this month, and here at Natural Awak-enings it’s only natural that we’re focused on matters of the heart—after all, it is what keeps us alive and living and loving well! I hope this letter finds you reveling in many daily experi-ences that fill your emotional heart center with joy, and that you’ll enjoy this month’s nod to

    heart health and healing as we enjoy 2020 to the fullest together. In our feature story, “Sacred Vessels: The Lifeblood of Heart

    Health,” Julie Peterson examines the crucial role of the vascular sys-tem and how simple, natural lifestyle choices can prevent or remedi-ate damage that may result in a heart attack, stroke, vision loss and cognitive decline. It’s easy to take our hearts for granted on a physical level sometimes. Considering the amazing and unconscious actions that are going on from moment to moment does give us pause to honor this sacred process and become conscious of actionable steps through physical movement and healthier food choices to foster improvement system-wide. Are you feeling inspired to make some adjustments?

    While lifestyle changes have the power to restore our heart, the field of regenerative medicine is making great strides in rejuvenating joints, ligaments, tendons and tissues by stimulating the body’s natural healing process via a patient’s own blood platelets, growth factors, fat, stem cells and other factors. In our Healing Ways department, we learn there is hope for healing joints from within, As medicine and an understanding of the human body’s overall healing ability continues to evolve, it will be amaz-ing to see future advances in this area too.

    In case you’re wondering, regenerative therapy isn’t just for hu-mans, as Peterson explains in “Pain Relief for Pets: Prolotherapy Gives Joints New Life.” Veterinarians are treating cats, dogs and even horses with this non-surgical form of self-healing.

    We top it all off with a large dose of love featuring Scarlett Lewis’s inspiring essay, “Choosing Love: How to Cope With Fearful Times,” her insights after the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy claimed the life of her son, Jesse. In 2014 I, was fortunate to see Lewis speak in person as a guest of Dr. Wayne Dyer during his NYC visit, and I was incredibly moved by the message that love can be found in even the most difficult experiences. Dyer’s T-shirt that day read simply read the word “Love” (with the period meaning that all we need is love, period). This is surely something to ponder and strive for.

    To Living and Loving Well,

    Carolyn Coogan, Publisher

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    16 HEALING JOINTS FROM WITHIN The Promise of Regenerative Medicine

    18 DISRUPTING DISPOSABLES The Drive to Banish Single-Use Plastics

    20 SACRED VESSELS The Lifeblood of Heart Health

    24 VITAL STEPS The Path to Vascular Fitness

    27 PAIN RELIEF FOR PETS Prolotherapy Gives Joints New Life

    29 CHOOSING LOVE How to Cope With Fearful Times

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    news briefs

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    Age-Defying Habits Plus: Healthy Immune System

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    Stress Management Plus: Joint Health

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    Looking Within for Self-Healing

    Registered nurse Elizabeth Peters is a Level 2 practitioner of Quantum Healing Hypnosis Technique (QHHT), a unique method founded by regression hypnotherapy author and educa-tor Dolores Cannon. It emphasizes healing in the body and is grounded in the understanding that answers to all questions can be found within. Sessions are held in a farmhouse with a neat, chemical-free, smoke-free environment.

    Peters says, “We are capable of so much more than many of us realize in our conscious, surface minds. Accessing the higher consciousness through hypnosis is a safe and effective way to improve physical, emotional, mental and behavioral well-being. In a QHHT session, you are verbally guided to a deep level of relaxation where we converse with the very expansive aspect of you to receive guidance and solutions you are seeking. Oftentimes, once the message has been received by the person, the issue or problem can be resolved.”

    Reasons for choosing to have a QHHT session may include health, anxiety, depression, relationship issues, curiosity, grief, unwanted habits, life decisions, PTSD, curiosity and life purpose. QHHT sessions are said to help people strengthen the alignment with their higher selves

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    A Deeper Sense of Peace in a Fast-Paced World

    The eight-week Saratoga Stress Reduction Program spring session, taught by Selma Nemer, Ph.D., and Pierre Zimmerman, MS, will begin March 7 for Tuesday evening classes from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

    This class in mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) and stress management teaches multiple forms of mindfulness meditation from credentialed instructors with decades of experience. Students learn the latest neuroscience findings about the impact of mindfulness on the brain and our ability to heal. While the program is very personal and therapeutic, it is also solidly practical and offers concrete approaches to dealing with physical and emotional distress. Students discover they can experience a deeper sense of peace in the midst of a fast-paced, demanding and stressful life.

    Graduates say the program has helped them improve sleep, breathe more easily, reduce anxiety (and for some, eliminate the need for medication), better manage physical pain, increase physical flexibility, change negative thought patterns, bring greater awareness to their eating habits, feel more connected to their bodies, improve immune system health, discover a sense of inner calm even during stressful situations and be in the present moment with greater ease.

    Location: Bloom Fitness Studio, 153 Regent St., Saratoga Springs. To register, call 518-581-3180, ext. 307 or visit

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    The best thing to hold onto in life is each other. ~Audrey Hepburn

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    Dance the Weekend Away in Saratoga

    The 33rd annual Flurry Festival, held from February 14 through 16, is a celebration of music and dance from America and around the world, with dances such as Contra, Swing, Square, Waltz, Latin, African, European, Israeli, Celtic, Scandinavian and more. Highlights include dances, workshops, singing, concerts, jamming, performances, family events, storytelling and vendors.

    The Flurry is not about competitive ballroom-type dancing, nor is it formal; it’s about having fun with plenty of opportunities to learn new dances and meet new people. Dress is casual and comfortable. Soft-soled, clean shoes not worn outdoors are required on all dance floors. As a community dance event, people often switch partners after each dance. They don’t need to bring a partner.

    Admission from $3 to $115. Festival headquarters will be at the Saratoga Springs City Center and the Saratoga Hilton (534 Broadway). For more information, visit See ad, page 13.

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    Discover the Benefits of Essentrics

    Gail Tassarotti is a Level 4 Essentrics instructor who offers both private and group classes. She has personally ben-efited from these workouts and wants to guide clients in the relief of chronic pain, increased strength, flexibility, posture and improved overall health. This full-body workout was developed by Miranda Esmonde-White, PBS TV personality and author of the New York Times bestseller, Aging Backwards.

    Perfect for both men and women of all ages and fitness levels, Essentrics includes both dynamic and fluid move-ments that gently strengthen and stretch the body. When consistently practiced, these techniques promote strong, lean and flexible muscles.

    Location: Albany Dance & Fitness, 1197 Central Ave., Albany. For more information, call 518-573-3631 or visit

    Make 2020 the Year of Purpose

    Louise Finlayson Ph.D., a clinical psychologist and transformational coach, inspiring conscious living for more than 25 years, is offering a special program, Discovering Your Unique Path to Purpose in 2020, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., February 23. Lunch is included.

    She says, “Come home to your true self ! This all-day workshop will help you to discover key in-sights about your life purpose, and help you embark on your unique life path. Participants will discover a simple, straightforward path to self-acceptance, ways to free themselves from their harsh inner critic and the gift of embracing all aspects of themselves.

    Location:1525 Western Ave., Albany. For pricing and registration (inquire about early bird savings before Feb. 21), call 518-218-0707 or visit See ad, page 9.

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    Show the Body Some Love for Valentine’s Day

    Kathleen Vroman, LMT, owner/prac-titioner at Community Massage, is celebrating Valentine’s Day during the month of February by offering nurturing treatments that enhance

    health and well-being; the perfect gift for oneself and/or loved ones. A 90-minute massage costs $100 ($10 off). Also add an essential oil (Detox or Chill Pill) at no charge and hot stones ($15) to the session for additional therapeutic benefits.

    Online and in-store gift certificates, multi-pack dis-counts, herbal hot/cold pack gift sets (includes neck wrap, body pack, eye pillow and spray) and CBD topical pain reliev-ers are available.

    Vroman says, “Comforting and relaxing therapeutic treatments are a healthy alternative to traditional chocolates. Support New Year's resolutions for positive changes in self-care with a variety of bodywork options.”

    Location: within Elevate Albany Wellness, 407 Albany Shaker Rd., 2nd fl., Loudonville. For appointments and more informa-tion, call 518-272-1400, or visit See ad, page 19.

    CranioSacral Therapy for Post-Concussion Syndrome

    Elena Ajdelsztajn a certified Craniosacral Therapist and owner of Welcome Home Inte-grative Bodywork, in Albany, is offering $15 off the first session during the month of February. Craniosacral Therapy

    (CST) can offer support for those suffering from post-concus-sion syndrome, now experiencing persistent symptoms such as headaches or dizziness.

    CST is a gentle and natural way to release compression between skull bones and tightness in the surrounding soft tis-sues after trauma to the head, helping restore its natural move-ments and fluid flow while relieving pressure and pain. With gentle palpation, practitioners can find the affected areas and using light-touch techniques, work to soften and decompress these tight tissues over a number of sessions.

    Location: 409 New Karner Rd., Ste. 101, Albany. For appointments call 518-783-6091 or visit See ad, page 5.

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    Discover Spiritual Wellness

    Sarah F. Vulgamore, MA, MS, NCC, founder of Well for the Soul and Creative Spiritual Practices, in Troy, says, “Well for the Soul and Creative Spiritual Practices is a celebration of healing and transformation. It is a deep belief in pursuing life choices by integrating a thorough sense of self with profound creative practice.”

    Formerly the Director of Spiritual Wellness at the world-renowned Canyon Ranch health resort, in Lenox, Massachu-

    setts, Vulgamore offers creative spiritual practices such as immer-sive sound therapy, art-making as meditation and holistic wellness counseling. She helps people develop personal rituals and routines for their spiritual health to live a meaningful life, create an intimate relationship with something greater than their own life and experi-ence a pervasive sense of connectedness throughout their life.

    Techniques include harmonics, rhythms and vibrations to help clients expand their self-awareness and to promote self-heal-ing using Himalayan singing bowls, buffalo frame drums, koshi chimes, rattles, tuning forks, and stringed monochord.

    Vulgamore adds, "The Well is a warm and organic meeting spot, surrounded by the beautiful falls of the Poestenkill Gorge. The powerful energy of the landscape distinctly supports inner intentions for self-discovery, healing and transformation."

    For more information, call 518-874-4345 or visit See ad, page 14.

    New Healthy Marketplace in Ballston Spa

    The Holistic Health Mar-ketplace has opened as a one-stop store for all things natural at 402 Rowland Street, in Ballston Spa, with a Febru-ary special of 15 percent off all heart-related products. The marketplace is housed within the same building as AAC Family Wellness Center, Dr. Michael Quartararo’s practice (he also owns the marketplace).

    Customers will find a full line of doctor-approved, high-quality, vitamins and supplements, including organic cannabidiol (CBD) products. Local fare such as tea, handmade lotion and soap is also available. Free consultations from a doctor on staff make this a unique wellness store like no other.

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    Lower Stress for Less this Month

    Barbara Stevens, a certified stress management consultant and hypnotist at Stress

    Techniques, has received certification from PESI in sleep management, and is offering a stress/sleep evaluation for $45 (a $75 value) during the month of February on Tuesdays and Wednesdays by appointment. This one-hour session will evaluate a client’s stress level and provide specific ways to remedy sleep disturbances.

    She says, “Stress can adversely affect sleep quality and duration, while insufficient sleep can increase stress levels. Both can lead to lasting physical and mental health problems. Sleep disorders have shown to cause memory issues; moodiness; weakened immune systems and increased risk of disease; weight gain; slower healing of illnesses, including anxiety and depression; impaired judgment; and relationship issues.

    Stevens is certified by the International Association of Counselors and Therapist in hypnosis and stress management. She has worked in the field of stress management for more than 25 years, offering private and corporate sessions.

    Stress Techniques is located within The Chakra Garden, 409 New Karner Rd., Colonie. For appointments, call 518-755-5053 or visit

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    Use Probiotics to Reduce Bone Loss and Newborn InfectionsBone loss leading to increased fracture risk occurs in half of postmenopausal women, but new research from Sweden offers a deterrent: a combination of three Lactobacillus probiotic strains. A total of 249 healthy, early postmenopausal women over the age of 50 that took the probiotics for a year suffered no significant bone loss in the lumbar spine compared to a placebo group, report researchers at Gothenburg University. They had slight reductions in bone loss at the neck and no changes at the hip or upper femur. In a British Medical Journal-published study on probiotics that spanned 10 years and involved nearly 1,000 at-risk babies, researchers from the UK’s Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital found that newborns with gut infections were twice as likely to recover when given probiotics as part of their treatment in intensive care units, with sepsis rates reduced from 22.6 percent to 11.5 percent. The strains used were L. acidophilus, Bifidobacterium bifidum and B. longum subspecies infan-

    tis. The babies were suffering from necrotizing enterocolitis, a rare infection and inflamma-

    tion of the intestines which can affect low-birthweight babies.

    Practice Qigong Massage to Improve Autism Symptoms in ChildrenQigong, a traditional Chi-nese massage technique and movement practice, may offer hope for the one in 68 American chil-dren suffering from au-tism spectrum disorder. Researchers at Portugal’s Oporto University reviewed 10 high-quality studies, all of which involved mas-sage for children as young as 2, including two which also employed slow qigong movements and breathwork for older children. Previ-ous studies have found that the qigong type of gentle massage practiced for 15 minutes daily by parents on autistic children helps the children tolerate touch, feel reassured by it and bond more deeply with parents that also feel less stress. The meta-study affirmed, “Qigong seems to be able to decrease severity of individual sensory, behavioral and language compo-nents of autism, and improve self-control, sociability, sensory and cognitive awareness, as well as healthy physical behavior.”

    Use Pumpkin Seed Oil to Dodge HypertensionPostmenopausal women are more likely to de-velop hypertension than men their age, but taking pumpkin seed oil daily may head off that condition, report researchers from Marymount University, in Arlington, Virginia. In a blind study of 23 partici-pants, women taking three grams of pumpkin seed oil for six weeks had significantly reduced systolic blood pressure, as well as better blood flow in their arteries. The oil “might be effective in the prevention and treatment of hyperten-sion in this population,” write the authors.










    Get Nutritional and Antifungal Benefits

    from CeleryResearchers from Cameroon’s

    University of Buea studied the properties of nine local vegetables and found that celery, Apium graveolens, had some of the highest levels of antifungal properties, as well as high levels

    of nutritional lipids, protein, vita-min C, copper, zinc and phospho-

    rous. Also scoring high in nutritional and antifungal value were the seeds

    of Irvingia gabonensis, African or bush mango, sometimes used in the U.S. in weight-loss products.

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    For those that suffer from chronic pain, have circulation problems or wounds that do not heal, sound waves therapy might be the answer. We hear sound because it travels through the medium of air. Sound pressure waves can cause the body to increase circulation and penetrate areas where blood flow and nerve transmission has been reduced due to inflammation or arthritis.

    When we feel the vibration of loud music, that is the pressure of the sound waves hitting the body. Sound travels like ripples the water throughout the body. While different frequencies of sound can be very beneficial and help the body heal itself naturally, others can be harmful. High-frequency sound waves can create intense heat that can burn, and high-pitched sounds can cause hearing damage. Low-frequency sound waves have been proven to have no harmful side effects, while helping relieve symptoms of sciatica, migraines and several other painful symptoms.

    Wave Therapy, LLC, in Las Vegas, has developed a low-frequency sound stimulation (LFSS) device that provides whole body health. This U.S. Food and Drug Administration Class 1 medical device has no known medical side effects. Medsonix completed several clinical trial studies on LFSS in 2002 at the University of Nevada that has resulted in the awarding of three U.S. patents for circulatory disorder, inflammatory musculoskeletal tissue disorder and blood disorders. Wave Therapy is a safe, non-invasive and drug-free alternative to full-body health.

    Sound wave therapy involves the use of omnidirectional, low-requency sound waves which are transmitted throughout the whole body to reduce inflammation and increase cell phase angle while improving overall cell health. The Wave Therapy Machine provides immediate and quantifiable improvements in inflammation, circulations, nervous system functions, overall cellular health and reduction of pain.

    Wave Therapy sessions may reduce symptoms of diabetes, fibromyalgia, Lupus, Lyme disease, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s, scleroderma and other diseases. Benefits include reduced pain and increased circulation in clients with arthritis, bursitis, carpal tunnel, chronic fatigue, drop foot, edema, headaches, inflammation, neuropathy, numbness, migraines, PTSD, sport injuries, tendonitis, wound healing and many more.

    Robert Duff is the owner of Therapeutic Wave Center, located at 1692 Central Ave., in Albany. For appointments, call 518-313-7070 or visit for more information. See ad, page 19.

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    Consider Vitamins to Reduce Eczema SeverityEczema, or atopic dermatitis, affects one in five people over the course of a lifetime, causing itchy, red, swollen and cracked skin, especially on the arms, hands and feet. Genetics, immune system dysfunction and environmen-tal exposure, including to chemicals, are some causes, and treatment usually involves moisturizers and cortico-steroid creams. Research from China’s Chongqing Medical University reviewed clinical research on treating eczema with vita-mins and found 10 studies totaling 456 patients. Their study concluded that supplementing with vitamin D3 signifi-cantly reduced symptoms for patients with moderate to severe eczema, and that a vitamin B12 cream was also ef-fective in soothing symptoms, as was vitamin E supplementation. A com-bination of 600 IU of vitamin E and 1,600 IU of D3 scored high-est in a study included by the researchers, lowering symptoms overall by 64 percent in 60 days.

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    Seal DealFishermen Protect Endangered Sea Mammals

    In 1969, there were only 100 South American fur seals and sea lions along the coastline of Lima, the capitol of Peru, but that has increased to more than 8,000 today, thanks to local fishermen that have realized over the intervening years that a

    balanced ecosystem benefits all. Once hunted almost to the point of no return for their pelts and because they ate so many fish, the sea mammals have slowly rebounded since Peru established its first marine protection area there in 1979, the Paracas Marine Reserve. Today, the Fishermen’s Union has defined these areas, in which each local fishing collective is dependent economically, and has assigned responsibility to that group for protecting those marine re-sources. Impetus for species protection is also being driven by the rise of tourism and artisanal fisheries. The International Union for the Conservation of Nature, which maintains a “Red List” database of spe-cies and the degree to which they are threatened with extinction, has also been involved. It also compiles a

    “Green List” to recognize global best practices for area-based con-

    servation, a program working with marine reserves along the Pacific coast.

    global briefs







    Clear ThinkingUNESCO Adopts Resolution on Earth Charter

    The 40th General Conference of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and

    Cultural Organization (UNESCO), held last November, adopted a

    resolution that reaffirms the importance of the Earth Charter ( as an ethi-cal framework for sustainable development. The Charter’s four pillars—respect and care for the com-munity of life; ecology integri-ty; social and economic justice;

    and democracy, non-violence and peace—have guided and

    underpinned UNESCO’s sustain-able development work. Taking into

    account the current world situation and environmental crises, delegates felt

    it was time to act and that the Earth Charter provides the needed principles and values. Although it has no binding force, like previous UNESCO resolutions, its ethical foundation may surface in future battles in international courts.

    Thump ThumpTrees Exhibit ‘Heartbeat’Scientists have discovered that some trees raise and lower their branches several times in the course of the night, indicating a cycle of water and sugar transporta-tion, but they didn’t know why. Plants need water to photo-synthesize glucose, the basic building block from which their more complex molecules are formed. For trees, this entails drawing water from the roots to the leaves. Dr. András Zlin-szky, at Aarhus University, Denmark, used a laser scanning technique to measure the exact location of branches and leaves of 22 tree and shrub species, and published his observations of substantial unexpected movement cycles. He says, “We detected a previously unknown periodic movement of up to 0.4 inches in cycles of two to six hours. The movement has to be connected to varia-tions in water pressure within the plants, and this effectively means that the tree is pumping. Wa-ter transport is not just a steady-state flow, as we previously assumed.” Some might call that pumping action a heartbeat.

    Soot CitiesAlaska Battles

    Air PollutionAlaska, which has some of the

    most pristine environments in the U.S., also has some of the worst air

    quality in its cities. According to the American Lung Association 2019 State of

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    On campus, Penn State provides bags of different colors for tailgaters with instructions for fans to separate recyclables in one bag and everything else in the other. That program was exported to Pocono. Michael is also working with PepsiCo, which owns Frito-Lay, to develop alterna-tive packaging. The University of Florida’s efforts began in 2012, when the campus freed itself from plastic bags, getting buy-in from Chick-Fil-A, Subway and other eateries that agreed to switch to alternatives. “We’ve been Styrofoam-free since 2012, as well,” says Allison Vitt, outreach and communications coordinator for the UF Office of Sustainability. “At the end of 2018, we officially switched over all to compostable straws.” They feel like plastic, but are certified compostable, she says. UF has engaged with Cupanion, a company that developed an app that has a “fill it forward” program, distributing money to clean-water charities worldwide. “Since 2016, we’ve been working with them to reduce single-use plastic, rewarding people for reus-ing their bottles,” says Vitt. Interested students, staff and faculty are given a barcode sticker to scan on their phone each time a bottle is refilled at a campus retailer or water fountain. The app provides points that can be redeemed for monthly prizes. “It also shows you your

    personal footprint—your cumulative impact, like how many single-use bottles you have avoided,” she says. On a smaller scale, Dana Honn and his wife Christina went completely plastic-free upon opening Café Carmo, in New Or-leans. “We only had about a dozen seats, but determined to have as little waste as possible. Every year, we were able to build upon it,” he says. “A lot of local folks have really changed their perspective. We see a lot more custom-ers coming in and saying they appreciate that

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    according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). By 2035, nearly half the population—45 percent—is predicted to have some form of the disease. “A hundred years ago, we were farm-ing the back 40 with a team of horses, eating what we grew. Kids don’t get out and ride bikes; they’re playing video games and eating crap. There’s very little doubt how we got to this problem,” says John Osborne, M.D., director of cardiology at State of the Heart Cardiology, near Dallas. Yet, the nation’s number one killer, which can fester for decades without symp-toms, is largely preventable and reversible. Only 15 percent of CVD is related to genet-ics; the rest is attributed to lifestyle, and the right choices can make all the difference. The key is to adopt heart-healthy habits before the body delivers a potentially fatal warning. “The initial presentation of heart disease can be an acute catastrophic event that results in death in half the men and two-thirds of the women. That’s not treat-able,” warns Osborne.

    Know the Risk FactorsThe first step toward cardiovascular health is awareness. Important indicators of CVD risk include:4 High blood pressure (over 140/90)4 High cholesterol (over 240 mg/dL)4 High triglycerides (over 200 mg/dL)4 High blood glucose (over 140 mg/dL) 4 Obesity (BMI over 30)4 Inflammation (hsCRP test above 2 ml/dL)4 Physical inactivity (less than 30 minutes a day)4 Smoking or vaping (any at all)4 Chronic stress4 Loneliness


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    Any of these factors can increase the risk of CVD, but possessing a cluster of the first five comprises a condition called metabolic syndrome, which significantly increases the potential for heart disease and Type 2 diabetes—itself a significant risk factor that can damage blood vessels, as well as the organs they support. “While diabetes is the seventh-lead-ing cause of death in the United States, this figure belies the fact that most people with diabetes die of heart disease, kidney failure and other complications,” says Brenda Davis, RD, of Alberta, Canada, author of Kick Diabetes Essentials: The Diet and Lifestyle Guide. Metabolic syndrome, like CVD, has few obvious symptoms and is on the rise: Nearly one-third of adults in the U.S. have it, according to the CDC. The one distinct marker for the condition is an accumula-tion of fat around the waistline, character-ized by a measurement of over 35 inches for women and 40 for men.

    Take Action to Cut Risks“When a disease is lifestyle-induced, the only thing that can reverse it is a dramatic change in diet and lifestyle,” says Davis. “We’ve seen over and over again that it works.”

    n Know the Numbers CVD flies under the radar even though it’s increasingly common at younger ages. The Journal of the American Medical Association

    released a study in December 2019 stating that about one in four young adults in the U.S. have pre-diabetes, putting them at increased risk for Type 2 diabetes and CVD. Lisa McDowell, director of clinical nutrition and wellness at St. Joseph’s Mercy Health System, in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and team dietitian for the Detroit Red Wings, works with elite athletes of all ages and notes that they more likely know their favorite player’s jersey number than their own health numbers. “Learn what your blood pressure is, know your body mass index, get your cholesterol levels and triglycerides and your [hemoglobin] A1C.

    Know these numbers early on and, if there’s a problem, fix it,” she advises. While simple blood tests help monitor indicators for CVD, more sophisticated tests can be even more revealing. In 2018, the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association (AHA) jointly issued new guidelines for patients over age 50 to get a computerized tomogra-phy (CT) scan to determine their calcium score. The procedure checks for hardening of the arteries and predicts the risk of a 10-year future cardiovascular event. “This identifies people who have pre-clinical atherosclerosis, regardless of risk factors,” says Osborne. “It also helps people modify behaviors, because they are faced with a diagnosis.” Yale R. Smith, a Melbourne, Florida, M.D., who specializes in metabolic and functional medicine, utilizes the U.S. Food & Drug Administration-approved protein unstable lesion signature (PULS) blood test. Recommended for patients in their 40s, it measures inflammatory biomarkers for the body’s immune system response to arterial injury and provides a chronological heart age and risk of a CVD event. “If you can show someone the future, it’s a wake-up call to make lifestyle changes to increase longevity,” Smith says.

    n Eat for Heart HealthPerhaps the single most important change that people can make is diet. “But a lot of people don’t want lifestyle medicine—they’d rather take a statin with their Big Mac,” says McDowell. Preventing or reversing CVD requires diligence, but it’s largely about eating real, whole food—and mostly plants.

    This means avoiding processed foods and consuming less salt, trans fats, saturated fat and cholesterol; and more fruits, vegeta-bles, whole grains, nuts and seeds. “There’s not an excess of blueberries in the American diet; there’s an excess of relatively inexpensive, highly processed junk foods in large containers,” says McDowell. Overcoming the urge to grab fast and easy foods requires education. “Everyone needs to learn how to read a food label and avoid foods linked to vas-cular disease,” she adds. Vegans have healthier cholesterol lev-els in their blood compared to vegetarians, which in turn have better levels than meat-eaters. Study-verified diets that lower CVD indicators also include the Mediterranean diet, as well as two developed by the Na-tional Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) diet and the Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes (TLC) diet, which also addresses exercise and weight control. “I don’t believe that one diet fits ev-erybody, but there’s a preponderance of evi-dence that the more plant compounds you get, the better off you are,” says McDowell.

    Some cardiovascular boosters: Leafy greens flush out excess sodium and magnesium, and reduce inflammation.  Berries improve circulation by boosting nitric oxide, which expands blood vessels. Pomegranate juice lowers blood pressure and reduces plaque formation. Walnuts, peanuts and almonds lower LDL, the “bad cholesterol”. Oily fish, chia and flax seeds with omega-3 fatty acids lower triglycerides. Soy with anti-inflammatory isofla-vones helps dilate blood vessels. “We could eat tofu, tempeh, miso, edamame, soy beans or even organic soy ‘veggie meats’ in place of red meat,” says Davis. Yogurt, kefir and other fermented probiotic dairy products help improve glycemic control, blood lipids, cholesterol and blood pressure. Supplements can be very helpful:Red yeast rice extract, much like a statin, significantly lowers total cholesterol and LDL.





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    Coenzyme Q10, a powerful antioxi-dant, lowers blood pressure and combats the side effects of statins. Omega-3s in fish oil supplements reduce heart risk in healthy people and those already diagnosed with CVD risk. Nicotinamide riboside improves blood pressure and arterial health in those with mild hypertension. Garlic, fresh or in capsules, can lower cholesterol and blood pressure.

    n Move ItSitting all day and then briefly exercis-ing doesn’t provide the same benefit as moving periodically throughout the day. Take more frequent breaks from sitting,

    get up to move around for a couple of min-utes every 30 minutes. Exercise strengthens the endothelium, the innermost of an artery’s three layers, and produces nitric oxide, which helps

    keep arteries open and healthy. Getting the blood moving lowers cholesterol and blood pressure, and increases oxygen and nutrients to the body. Exercising outdoors provides addi-tional benefits. Research from the Barce-lona Institute for Global Health found that exposure to green spaces helped prevent metabolic syndrome.

    n Stress Less, Socialize MoreSpending even 20 minutes outdoors in nature can do won-ders for high blood pressure and cortisol levels, studies show. Walking or talking with a friend deepens social en-gagement, a key factor in lowering CVD risk: “Having the right tribe is crucial,” says McDowell. “If you’re with people who support you and make you laugh, you feel less stress.” Walking a dog outdoors gets three cardiovascular pluses—exercise, nature and

    sociability, as dogs tend to be tail-wagging ice-breakers. Further, merely stroking a pet lowers blood pressure. Apps like Headspace and Insight Timer make it easy to do meditation, which studies suggest may reduce overall CVD risk.

    n Don’t SmokeNot starting to smoke or vape at all is ideal for car-diovascular health, but quitting allows the body to begin to heal, reducing the risk of coronary heart disease after one year by 50 percent, reports the AHA; 14 years later, the risk is the same as a non-smoker’s. “It’s not intuitively easy to make healthy decisions,” says McDowell. “We have to learn how to make good choices.”

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