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Home > Newsletters > March 2009 > The Challenge of a Healthy Heart

The Challenge of a Healthy Heart

Healthy HeartBy Edsel Tan, L.Ac.

The heart is the monarch of all organs. It pumps blood every moment of our lives, nourishing our living tissues with nutrients and oxygen. Pumping is caused by a flow of electricity through the heart that cyclically repeats itself. Nurturing the heart nurtures the body as a whole. This is a challenge in today's society as heart disease is one of the leading causes of illness.

A healthy heart is determined by both uncontrollable and controllable factors. Uncontrollable factors are hereditary. Controllable factors include diet, exercise, and other lifestyle choices. The two factors are interrelated, since modifying controllable factors can help maintain uncontrollable factors, such as a genetic predisposition to heart disease.

The heart is the primary organ of our cardiovascular system which includes a vast network of arteries and veins that work together delivering oxygen-rich blood to the body and oxygen-poor blood to the lungs. In order to keep the heart healthy, we need to keep this vast network of arteries and veins healthy.

The food we consume determines how our genes are expressed. Eating healthy foods sets the causes and conditions for our genes to express themselves through an optimum physiology.

Living according to our most fundamental nature is the foundation of radiant health. The following is recommended:

AVOID - high fat, high cholesterol foods, caffeine, tobacco, alcohol, chocolate, sugar, butter, red meat, fried foods, soft drinks, spicy foods, white flour.

EAT - fiber, brown rice, pearl barley, vegetables, fish, turkey, chicken, garlic, onions, sea cucumber, lotus root, seaweed, shiitake mushrooms, black fungus, Chinese black dates, hawthorn berries, cassia seeds, chrysanthemum, vinegar, water chestnuts, mung beans, lecithin, raw nuts, olive oil.

A consistent program of 45-60 minutes of moderate exercise on most days of the week strengthens the heart by lowering blood pressure, reducing body fat, lowering the risk of diabetes, and reducing the risk of heart attack and stroke. People who are sedentary in their daily lives are more likely to have heart disease compared with people who are active. Obesity is a major factor in heart disease.

Finally, a healthy mindset that is not attached to stressful, anxious, negative, angry or hostile thought patterns reduces the causes and conditions for dis-ease. Let's stay positive, be true to ourselves, and take good care of our hearts.


Edsel Tan holds a Masterís degree in Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine from Yo San University as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree from University of California, Santa Barbara. His interest in pain medicine and physical rehabilitation led him to pursue advanced training in various bodywork modalities and to complete a special internship in Integrative Pain Management at the Venice Family Clinic. He has also learned about integrating healing modalities through his work with clinicians of multiple disciplines such as biomedicine, chiropractic, and physical therapy. At Tao of Wellness, Edsel Tan works closely with Drs. Dao and Mao as well as with other associates to continue developing an integrative healthcare model for womenís health, pain management and other health conditions.

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