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A stroke can be one of the most life-changing traumas you’ll experience — if you survive it. Many don’t, as it’s the 5th leading cause of death in the U.S.
Of those that do survive, most are often left with some degree of paralysis or disability. Anytime areas of the brain are deprived of blood flow, they begin to die, and memory or muscle control is lost. This makes stroke the leading cause of adult disability.
But do you know the really disturbing thing about stroke? Up to 80 percent  can be prevented — but few people will get that chance unless conventional medicine changes their ways.
The current medical system in the U.S. has perpetuated an environment that makes it more beneficial for doctors and hospitals to treat symptoms instead of illness. That’s because they need patients to keep coming back month after month, hospital stay after hospital stay, to keep them in business.
So the idea of prevention — taking steps to avoid an illness or health disaster in the first place — has been largely ignored by these guys.
However, UCI neurologist Dr. Mark Fisher has shed light on the current stroke paradox that makes it harder to ignore…
A new look at stroke treatment
According to Fisher, “The recent breakthroughs in acute stroke therapy have led to massive efforts to streamline the evaluation of acute stroke patients and institute therapy as fast as feasible. These efforts will lead to more effective mitigation of brain injury consequent to acute ischemic stroke.”
That’s great that they have come up with more effective ways to try to help you when the ambulance delivers you to the ER after your stroke. But wouldn’t it be better if that was a trip you never had to make?
Of course it would. And that’s what Dr. Fisher has shown…
Their study, according to Dr. Fisher, suggests that “… the difficulties faced by acute stroke patients extend far beyond the rather narrow period of emergency stroke treatment. If one takes what could be characterized as a more holistic approach to the problem of stroke, there’s a vast expansion of the window of intervention to include the very stroke prevention efforts that appear to be lacking in so many hyper-acute stroke patients.”
You think? Thank goodness, someone in their ranks is waking up about stroke prevention.
Using a prevention scale developed for this study, Dr. Fisher and his colleagues discovered that 76 percent of acute stroke patients exhibited some degree of stroke preventability, while 26 percent exhibited high preventability. And it’s been published in JAMA Neurology for all to see.
“Stroke preventability and stroke treatability are closely associated,” he said. “This emphasizes the enduring importance of stroke prevention in an era of increasingly effective stroke treatment. These findings raise the question of whether resources for acute stroke treatment are being directed toward those patients whose strokes are, in fact, the most preventable.”
I think it’s safe to say the answer to the question is no, as far as what a conventional doctor may offer.
But alternative and integrative doctors have known for years that the best approach to stroke is through holistic preventive means. And the sooner you can reduce your stroke risk factors, the better your chances of avoiding this all-too-common event that is likely to kill you or leave you disable.
The holistic way to approach stroke integrative doctors already know
The first important step is to identify factors that increase your risk. Pre-existing medical conditions that put you at higher risk include elevated blood cholesterol, high blood pressure, heart disease, diseased arteries, obesity and diabetes.
But, by far, the wrong lifestyle habits are the biggest contributor to your risk of stroke. Smoking and overconsumption of salt, sugar, fat, simple carbohydrates and alcohol make you more liable to experience a stroke.
I know… lifestyle changes are not always easy to make, especially when you have to go out of your way to avoid the food dangers pushed on us in the standard American diet. It’s almost impossible to get away from them.
But if you can begin to move towards a low-sodium, anti-inflammatory diet emphasizing vegetables, healthy fats and high-quality protein such as sprouted legumes, seeds and grains as well as free-range meats and eggs, you’ll experience significant protection against strokes and cardiovascular disease.
Other things you can change to prevent stroke include:
- Feeling depressed — it increases your stroke risk by 86 percent.
- Being continually stressed out — it makes your stroke risk climb by 59 percent.
- Experiencing prolonged hostility doubles your chance of stroke … a 100 percent increase.
But there is also help in the form of supplements and herbs. For more on these and other tips to reduce stroke risk, click here for Dr. Eliaz’s recommendations. And don’t forget vitamins—especially vitamin C.
Despite Dr. Fisher’s findings, it will probably be a very long time before, if at all, that you see any focus on stroke prevention within conventional medicine practices. Keeping you well won’t bring in the big paychecks they’re accustomed to. You’ve got to look out for you.