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Family member had a heart attack, what advice to give

Commented on December 18, 2013
Created December 17, 2013 at 7:12 PM

My father in law recently had a heart attack. We were told his "arteries were clogged with plaque" and it was immediately blamed on his fat intake. He is now on a "no fat/low fat" diet and the family is scared to death to give him anything with saturated fat. however, from my observation, he consumed very little saturated fat and ate a very heavy carbohydrate and grain based diet with plenty of trans fats and vegetable oils.

My question is, when he doctor is telling him to avoid fat at all costs? What am I to do? Tell him your doctor is wrong? I eat all the bacon, eggs, and steak I want around them and my blood pressure is very healthy (systolic reading is usually 96-117). But their response is "its because you're young". lol

anyone else have experience with a situation like this?

thanks!

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on December 18, 2013
at 04:20 AM

Yeah... pretty hard to have much influence from that distance & with so little contact. :( Peter Attia of this personal blog http://eatingacademy.com/start-here also presented a TED talk. If your dad is more of a technical guy, a reader & a life long learner the blog might have more influence. If he's less technical the TED might be a better way to reach him and be any entree to blog. If you can afford it... maybe you could have wild salmon, sardines & grass fed liver sent to him occasionally.

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on December 18, 2013
at 01:59 AM

Thanks. Yeah he actually likes sardines. He loves liver and organ meat. And he would eat beef for every meal if he thought he could. It's just the convincing. Other problem is I live 3000 miles away and see him in person for maybe 7 days a year total these days. I feel like I would have a better chance influencing him if I was there as an example instead of sending him links and hoping he reads them. I even sent him a copy of Robb Wolf's book but I doubt he has even opened it

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Bummer....:( Franken-food is not going to help him. Try to nudge him towards wild salmon & greens. Does he like sardines? Baby steps....Perhaps you could try the argument that you're WAY more motivated than his doctor? There are parts of paleo that align with the CW.

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on December 17, 2013
at 09:37 PM

I am in a similar boat. My father had a stent put in last year because of a clogged artery. He's now on a low fat/high grain diet. Everything is boneless skinless chicken, fat free cheese, egg beaters, whole grain breads etc. I cringe when he talks to me about it but I feel like I have to bite my tongue. I try to tell him eating wild salmon and grass fed beef is good for him but he's certain he can't eat any red meat now. I try to tell him to take fish/krill oil but my advice is outweighed by his doctor's.

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on December 18, 2013
at 12:57 AM

Bummer....:( Franken-food is not going to help him. Try to nudge him towards wild salmon & greens. Does he like sardines? Baby steps....Perhaps you could try the argument that you're WAY more motivated than his doctor? There are parts of paleo that align with the CW.

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on December 17, 2013
at 09:19 PM

Yes... I have experienced a situation very similar to this ~35 years ago.

FIL... a heavy smoker & drinker but not hugely overweight I think it was the smoking & the drinking more than his diet... first heart attack at ~45, quad bypass 3 years later despite super lowfat (Pritkin?).

I saw my MIL torture him with all manner of lowfat, no cholesterol, polyunsat margarines & fake foods... fast forward ~15 years. Angioplasty & more surgery in 1980's, only to suffer death due to pancreatic cancer after suffering YEARS of nutritional torture. I was unaware of Paleo back then but I was never a fan of "fake food".

I'm 'only' an engineer but I can read research papers and evaluate data, others' and the results of my n=1 experiments.

Are he & his family 'life long learners"? Independent thinkers? or do they defer to 'authority'?

Unfortunately... his doctor has been wrong for a while. :(

If they're open minded, perhaps this MD's personal nutrition blog might convince them. Your FIL can do a "baby steps transition" to paleo

http://eatingacademy.com/start-here

http://eatingacademy.com/dr-peter-attia

Also....don't call it Paleo... that conjures up all sorts of images of platefuls of meat. Think of it as whole real foods without sugars or processed / packaged foods.

If your in-laws think lowfat "Snack-Well" treats are part of healthy eating, you've got a long road ahead. :(

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on December 17, 2013
at 08:23 PM

Pick out one of the Cholesterol myth books and give it to the family. Beyond that I'd steer clear of preaching because they are going to believe a medical doctor over you. Been there and done that with other medical issues with friends and they don't want to hear it. They walk around with 50 extra pounds and wonder why they need back surgery when all they have to do is lose weight and exercise.

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