|The origin of the Croats|
Like the creation of the Croatian state, the origin of the Croatian people is today understood by the masses in a rather epic way, in the manner of the “Lord of the Rings”. Various right-wing portals also contribute to this, which elaborates the so-called “Iranian theory” about the origin of Croats. Today there are a lot of works, as a rule by various amateurs of dubious qualifications, about today’s Croats as direct descendants of ancient Asian civilizations, some Sarasvati / Harahvata / and I don’t know what kind of non-avatar. Every possible similarity of names, words, anything that could get Croats out of the group of hated Slavic peoples is sought. Regardless of the fact that his language is almost identical to Serbian, regardless of the fact that it is Slavic, regardless of the fact that according to some statistics, 60 percent of Croatian and the largest Slavic, Russian language match, the Croat would rather be of Iranian, Hittite, if necessary Indian origin, only not to be a Slav. We had a similar situation during Pavelić’s NDH, when the so-called “Gothic theory”, in other words, that the Croats were Slavicized Germans, all for the purpose of licking Hitler and securing a place in his “New Order”.
However, what is the real ethnic origin of today’s inhabitants of the Republic of Croatia, who declare themselves to be Croats? To answer this question, we must be aware that the genetics of today’s Croats were crucially influenced by two historical factors or events: the first was the great migration of peoples, and the second was the war with the Turks in the late Middle Ages and early modern times.
The great migration of peoples
The great migration of peoples was a centuries-long process of migration of tribes and peoples from Asia and the interior of Europe, to the south and west. Historical sources for this period mainly place the arrival of Croats in the 7th century. However, in connection with this immigration, it should be noted, and the previous post will help us, that the people under the Croatian name inhabited a much smaller territory than today. The whole of Croatia north of the Kupa and Petrova Gora (Gvozd), was inhabited by various Old Slavic tribes, the ancestors of today’s Kajkavians, and Slovenes. These Kajkavian Slavs, who came under the rule of the Croatian king in the 10th century, were given the Croatian national name only in the migrations caused by the Turkish wars. Not only were the original Croats-Čakavians, in the area of Dalmatia, Lika, etc., a Slavic people, but a huge non-Croatian ethnic corps of Kajkavians was incorporated into today’s Croats. Even in the south, in original Croatia south of the Kupa, not to mention the former Byzantine Dalmatia, the Croats found the remains of the natives, and previously settled peoples (Avars, various Slavic and Germanic tribes…), who assimilated into their national corps. Not only did the Croatian state begin its historical course as a confederation of three states, but the Croats themselves, as a people, expanded by centuries of expansion into non-Croatian, Slavic, and non-Slavic national elements.
However, for today’s ethnic origin of the Croats, the Turkish wars are perhaps even more important, in the period from the 15th to the 18th century. This matter is generally little known today, and it is very important because the raids of the Turks over these centuries have caused such migrations and changes in the composition of the population, which can hardly be compared with anything before or after. Changes in the population of today’s Croatia in the Turkish wars can be divided into the following groups: changes caused by direct Turkish attacks and occupation, those caused by the withdrawal of the Turks, and finally those caused by the Austrian colonization of areas liberated from the Turks.
1.) The Turkish occupation of the territory of today’s Croatia, ie the then Kingdom of Croatia, Slavonia, and Dalmatia, was long, painful, and bloody. With many losses, countless battles, breaking through from fort to fort, from town to town, the Turks managed for decades to occupy the area to the borderline that ran from the Drava River between Virovitica and Koprivnica, through the Bjelovar area, Moslavina, then south of Sisak and Karlovac, then at the crossroads of Lika and Gorski Kotar, to break out into the sea along the Velebit mountain somewhere south of Karlobag. The population of most of Croatia and Slavonia was massacred, taken into slavery, and deported to Turkey. Historical annals record thousands and tens of thousands of prisoners being systematically taken away. The famines and contagions that accompany each, and especially these long and bloody wars, have done their part. People began to flee en masse to the unoccupied part of Upper Slavonia, as well as to European countries. In many cases, the nobility alone, seeing that they could not resist the Turks, knew how to literally raise thousands of submissive peasant-serfs, and take them with them to the west, leaving behind virtually empty areas. The chronicles record that in this way today’s Moslavina and western Slavonia were emptied of their pre-Turkish population. The remaining Croatian-Slavonian population converted to Islam en masse; the bishops of Zagreb fear for the thousands of abandoned peasants who have accepted the new government “falling away from the saving faith of Christ in the Mohammedan sect.” From the east, a new population is emerging, of the Shtokavian language and of the Orthodox faith – the Serbs, which the Turkish authorities are colonizing practically on a desolate land. When the opportunity arises, Serbs will flee en masse to the free side, so that a network of Serbian Orthodox settlements will be created all the way to the slopes of Medvednica and Kalnik. The Orthodox population will make up the majority in many areas.
2.) The retreat of the Turks and the liberation of the Croatian-Slavonian regions created today’s Bosnian-Croatian border, but also brought new mass migrations; Thousands of Islamized Croats and Slavonians, after several generations probably completely loyal to the new religion and state, and fearing violence from their Christian compatriots, left their lands en masse, and withdrew after the Turkish army to Bosnian territory, on the other hand, new thousands of Catholics and Orthodox, fleeing Turkish revenge, they leave their territory, and cross into Croatia, Slavonia and Dalmatia (the latter being ruled by Venice).
3.) At the beginning of the 18th century, the Austrian authorities found themselves in front of massively abandoned and uncultivated territories, which were inhabited by refugees and the Serb border population and the remains of the natives. Then they embarked on mass colonization of abandoned land. Everything from southern Lika to Srijem, the country is flooded with thousands of colonists: Czechs, Slovaks, Poles, Hungarians, Germans, even Italians (some villages around Pakrac).
For the area of today’s Croatia in the 18th century, we can ask ourselves, who is more of a native here. Croatia and Slavonia resemble a mosaic of remnants of Chakavian Croats and Kajkavian Slavonians, Germans, Czechs, Orthodox, and Catholic Serbs, Catholics from Bosnia of unclear “shock” and “Bunjevac” identity… The whole of today’s central Croatia, from Prigorje to western Slavonia was in fact ” small Czech Republic ”, in some places even today up to fifty percent of the Croatian population is actually of Czech origin. Today’s Czech community around Daruvar is actually the “remnants of the remnants” of the former population. In the villages of northwestern Croatia today, every third family bears a foreign surname, or can state their German, Czech, Polish, Hungarian or Slovenian origin; the hinterland of Bjelovar is soaked with Hungarians, and the city itself was initially inhabited en masse even by Ruthenians. A huge percentage of Croats, even Kajkavians, is of Serbian origin; Serbian fugitives from the Turkish side were called “refugees” and “lecturers”; The surnames “Prebeg” and “Predavec” are common among Croats in this area, and there are several Croatian settlements that are so-called. Until the 19th century, many hamlets and hamlets bore the adjective or nickname “Vlachs” or “Vlachs”, which speaks of their Serbian origin. Croats themselves would be amazed at how many of their surnames are actually Serbian. carried the adjective or nickname “Vlachs” or “Vlachs”, which speaks of their Serbian origin.
All these Catholic inhabitants, natives or immigrants to the Kingdom of Croatia, en masse accepted the Croatian nationality and national name throughout the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries. How could this happen? First, we must understand that at that time, religion played a much larger role in society than it does today. Western and Central Europe are Catholic, and the Catholic Church is ruled by a universalism, a legal and organizational unity, governed from Rome and under Latin. In such a situation, religion could not be a factor in the preservation of national consciousness among Catholic peoples, but the framework in which nations were created was a state unit. Thus, the Catholic inhabitants simply, by inertia, in the universal Catholic world, accepted the identity of the state in which they found themselves, as their national. Here is an example: the original Croats, fleeing from the Turks, in the tens of thousands, go to Germany, Austria, Italy, the Czech Republic, and there they assimilate en masse into the native peoples. Even today, the surname “Horvat” (= Croat) is a mass surname in Central European countries. On the other hand, all these Catholics, both Serbs and “Shocks”, Czechs and Hungarians, Germans and Slovaks, are taking over the Croatian name en masse, the name of the country in which they found themselves. It was simply a spontaneous process conditioned by the perceptions of the time. Thus, the basic matrix of the creation of the Croatian nation as belonging to the Croatian state. It is similar to the American model, where immigrants of different ethnic groups, accepting loyalty to the US, English language and American style, life, become-Americans are all equal and the dominant nation does not exist. Even today, when you talk to the average Croatian citizen, as a rule, you will find the identification of nationality and citizenship – if you live in Croatia, you are simply a Croat. If in Serbia, you are a Serb.In such an environment, in which the population of different origins, of the Catholic faith, merged into the Croatian people, the only “black sheep” remained Orthodox Serbs, due to a different national model that ruled them. Serbs, therefore, belong to Orthodoxy. There is not so much pronounced universalism in Orthodoxy, but the Church in a certain nation completely belongs to that nation, and that is why it becomes a builder and guardian of identity. The Serbian state could have collapsed, and it failed, but the Serb continued to hear in his Church about the Serbian name, St. Sava, holy Serbian rulers, etc. That is how a much stronger national system was created, whose main engine was the Serbian Church. So the historical root of the national conflict between Croats and Serbs can be seen as a conflict between two models of creating a modern nation. Because, from the Croatian perspective, the Serbian “to remain a Serb” within the borders of the Croatian state remains foreign, incomprehensible, and sabotaging. And when it is noticed that the “culprit” is the Serbian Church, the whole edge turns against it – it is no coincidence that throughout history there have been so many attempts to unite and convert Serbs to Catholicism, as well as attempts to create the “Croatian Orthodox Church”. From the Serbian point of view, the Croatian model seems insane – to give up its origin and nation, and replace it all with the name and national identity of a historical and legal creation of the Croatian kingdom? That is why a Serb could remain a Serb even without his state, but on the condition that he preserved his faith. By falling away from the Serbian Church into Catholicism or Islam, he remained without a national sign and easily fitted into other nations.
When all this is added and subtracted, Croats are a mixture of everything and everything, united by the Catholic faith and the name of the Croatian state. Not only were the original Croats a mixture, basically Slavic, but most of today’s Croats have no blood ties with them, nor can they trace their ancestors in today’s area beyond the 15th century. Therefore, every Croatian right-winger, who today flaunts Iran and Croatian ethnic unity, continuity, superiority, and uniqueness, should first study the genealogy and history of the inhabitants of their region. Maybe he manages to understand some things and starts building his Croatian patriotism on some healthier foundations
Balkan Feta-Cream Cheese Pie (Burek sa Sirom)
Written by Barbara Rolek
- Total:60 mins
- Prep:30 mins
- Cook:30 mins
- Yield:6 servings
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Burek sa sirom is a Balkan savory pie made with flaky filo (also spelled “phyllo”) dough and, in this case, a combination of feta and cream cheeses.
It is popular among Bulgarians, Bosnians, Serbians, Croats, Turks and, of course, there are the famous triangle-shaped Greek spanakopitas.
There are myriad versions of burek some with cheese filling and some with meat filling. They can be round (as this one is) or coiled into horseshoe shapes or cigar shapes as well as those baked in a 13×9-inch pan.
A slice of burek goes great with a glass of cold kefir especially, some say, if you have a hangover.
- 1 pound feta cheese (crumbled)
- 8 ounces cream cheese (softened)
- 2 large eggs (at room temperature, beaten)
- 4 tablespoons fresh parsley (chopped)
- 2 tablespoons fresh dill (chopped)
- 1 (1-pound) package filo dough (thawed)
- 1/2 cup/1 stick butter (melted)
- 1/2 cup olive oil (good quality)
Steps to Make It
- Gather the ingredients.
- In a large bowl, mix together feta cheese and cream cheese until light and fluffy. Add eggs, parsley, and dill, mixing well. Set aside.
- Separate filo dough into two piles of 24 sheets. Cut filo dough sheets in half. You should have two piles of 48 leaves. Cover with parchment paper followed by a damp towel or plastic wrap so they don’t dry out.
- Heat oven to 375 F. In a small bowl, mix together melted butter and olive oil. Using a pastry brush, butter 6 (8-inch) round shallow pans.
- Lay down 2 sheets of filo dough and brush with butter-oil mixture. Repeat with 2 more sheets of filo dough and butter-oil mixture. Spread 1/6 of the cheese mixture evenly on top and to the edges.
- Lay down 2 sheets of filo dough on top of the cheese mixture and brush with butter-oil mixture. Repeat with 2 more sheets. Tuck edges of filo down sides of pan to create a rounded edge. Brush generously with butter-oil mixture.
- Repeat for 5 remaining pies. Each pie will use 4 sheets on the bottom and 4 sheets on the top for a total of 8 sheets each.
- Bake 20 to 30 minutes or until golden brown.
- Serve warm or at room temperature.
Note: Bureks can be assembled and frozen unbaked. When ready to serve, bake directly from the freezer, increasing baking time by at least 15 minutes.
The Seven Cardinal Rules of Life
Published by Stephen Covey
Spread positivity on:
1. Make Peace with Your Past so it does not spoil your present. Your past does not define your future – your actions and beliefs do. 2. What others think of you is none of your business. It is how much you value yourself and how important you think you are.
3. Time heals almost everything give time, time. The pain will be less hurting. Scars make us who we are, they explain our life and who we are, they challenge us and force us to be strong. 4. No one is the reason for your own happiness, except you yourself. Waste no time and effort searching for peace and contentment and joy in the world outside. 5. Don’t compare your life with others’ you have no idea what their journey is about. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else’s, we would grab ours back as fast as we could.
6. Stop thinking too much it’s all right not to know all the answers. Sometimes there is no answer, not going to be an answer, never has been an answer. That’s the answer! Just accept it, move on. Next! ——————————————————————————————————- 7. Smile you don’t own all the problems in the world. A smile can brighten the darkest day and make life more beautiful. It is a potential curve to turn a life around and set everything straight.
The first thing that one notices when listening to a typical Kajkavian speech is that it sounds different. Kajkavian is spoken in the north of Croatia, around Zagreb and in a broad diamond-shaped area between borders with Slovenia and Hungary.
Kajkavian is its various forms (there are no sharp borders when going from Kajkavian stops to Slovene or Čakavian) is spoken by some 800000 persons, or even 1.2 million — there are no precise counts — but the number is similar or greater to the whole population of Dalmatia! However, if you turn on any Croatian radio station, it’s very unlikely that you will hear anything Kajkavian. It’s even not easy to find songs on YouTube™.
However, there are some great songs, and Suza za zagorske brege is one of greatest Croatian songs, and some verses in it are without a doubt the saddest.
|V jutro dišeče gda bregi su spali|
A mesec još zajti ni štel
Potiho sem otprl rasklimanu lesu
I pinklec na pleča sem del
Stara je mati išla za menom
Nemo vu zemlu gledeč
Ni mogla znati kaj zbirem vu duši
I zakaj od včera nis rekel ni reč
Preveč smo toga povedat si šteli
A se smo pozabili več
Gda smo vre prešli kraj najzadnje hiže
Vu suzah najemput sem bil
Kaj ne bi to vidla stara mi mati
Z rukami lice sem skril
Sud oko mene su disale rože
I bil je rascveteni maj
A ja nis ni jemput pogledal za sobom
Od tuge nis mogel pozdraviti kraj
Samo sem bregima dragim obečal
Da vrnul se bum nazaj
|“On a scented morning, while the hills were sleeping|
and the Moon was reluctant to set
I silently opened the rickety gate
and put a small load on my back
My old mother followed me
silently looking down
She couldn’t know what I was pondering in my soul
And why I didn’t utter a word since yesterday
There was too much to say to each other,
And we have forgotten it all.
When we passed the last house
I was suddenly in tears
So that my old mother couldn’t see it
I hid my face with hands
All around me, the scent of roses
And the May was blossoming
And I didn’t once look behind me
Too sorrowful to say goodbye to my homeland
I only promised to the dear hills,
That I will come back”
(based on the translation by Mojast, YouTube)
Stvarnost ili slucajnost?
1. Japanci jedu jako malo masnoće i imaju manje srčanih udara od Amerikanaca i Engleza.
2. Meksikanci jedu puno masnoće i imaju manje srčanih udara od Amerikanaca i Engleza.
3. Kinezi piju vrlo malo crnog vina i imaju manje srčanih udara od Amerikanaca i Engleza.
4. Francuzi i Talijani piju puno crnog vina i imaju manje srčanih udara od Amerikanaca i Engleza.
5. Nijemci piju puno piva i jedu puno masnih kobasica i imaju manje srčanih udara od Amerikanaca i Engleza.
Jedite i pijte što vam drago, samo nemojte govoriti engleski – izgleda da to ubija ! ! !
Izrazi koje nije lose znati
Iceland Declares All Religions Are Mental Disorders
BY ANDREW HALL
Iceland is in hot water for declaring Christianity, Judaism, Islam, and other faiths to be psychological disorders.
Iceland officially states religious faith is delusional and harmful.
*Reykyavik, Iceland – This small island country in the North Atlantic is home to many controversies. The country’s parliament voted in 2017 to place mental health warnings on all Bibles. In that same year, the nation took another secular step forward by banning American televangelists. Iceland is now declaring all religions to be psychological disorders.The Alþingi (the nation’s parliament) voted overwhelmingly in favor of the statute 60-3. The three politicians who voted against the decree reportedly believed the measure didn’t go far enough. “We don’t want to end up like the United States or Saudi Arabia, do we?” one anonymous representative mused.
What Is A Psychological Disorder?
Mental illness and psychological disorders are different terms that oftentimes are explaining the same malady. Mental health professionals sometimes can’t agree on the best way to describe what they are. Some believe mental illness doesn’t exist at all. For example, the psychoanalyst Thomas Szasz believed society uses psychiatry and psychology as a way to control the population. However, large academic institutions basically agree on an operational definition of what mental illness/psychological disorders are.The American Psychiatric Association defines mental illness as:Mental illnesses are health conditions involving changes in emotion, thinking or behavior (or a combination of these). Mental illnesses are associated with distress and/or problems functioning in social, work or family activities.The American Psychological Association (APA) Dictionary of Psychologydefines a mental disorder as:any condition characterized by cognitive and emotional disturbances, abnormal behaviors, impaired functioning, or any combination of these. Such disorders cannot be accounted for solely by environmental circumstances and may involve physiological, genetic, chemical, social, and other factors.The Mayo Clinic states what mental illness is in a similar way:Mental illness, also called mental health disorders, refers to a wide range of mental health conditions — disorders that affect your mood, thinking and behavior. Examples of mental illness include depression, anxiety disorders, schizophrenia, eating disorders and addictive behaviors. Many people have mental health concerns from time to time. But a mental health concern becomes a mental illness when ongoing signs and symptoms cause frequent stress and affect your ability to function.
Iceland Says, “D’uh.”
Iceland’s Prime Minister Andrew Kanard not only immediately signed the decree but is giving a full-throated defense of why religion is a psychological disorder:A cursory look at any of the common definitions of mental illness reveals that religion is, in fact, the most common malady of them all. Look at any recent convert. It’s plain to friends and family the poor soul in question is suffering from emotional disturbances and impaired functioning.Have you been to the Creation Museum in the United States? If that place isn’t a hot bed for disordered thinking common to those inflicted with schitzophrenia, I don’t know what is.President Trump has yet to comment on this newest assault on American values.
We have only one life
Imagine your girl sleeping in your car, after a vacation; a party – an event of sort. You look over and she’s sleeping, hair curled in her face, she’s got a pretty little smile on her face. She looks happy, peaceful, and adorable. And you’re driving back in the middle of the woods, or on the highway. Almost home! You’re bored as it’s nighttime and you’ve got a few miles left. You get a notification on your phone. Maybe it’s a text from your mom, your sister, your girl’s mom to make sure y’all are almost home safe. Maybe I’m texting you.
You look down at your phone and read the notification. It’s not even a long text. You barely have time to register the BURRHH-BURRRHHHH! before your car turns into a 2 ton atmospheric hydraulic impactor. Crunching bone, glass, fire and shrapnel. Right before you lose consciousness, you see your lady’s face nearly completely ripped off, eyes hanging out her socket, and her skin’s on fire. The entire car starts to burn and you can smell your flesh start to sear. When you wake up, you’re the only survivor.
Sounds brutal right? You probably hate me right now.
Can you live with yourself knowing you caused innocent lives? Your girlfriend?
If not? Don’t text and drive. See how easy that scenario is to avoid? Stay alert, keep your eyes on the road. Not worth it, your reflexes are only fast enough if you’re able to see it coming way head of time – once it’s impending, it’s too late. You, me, him, her… WE ARE NOT FAST ENOUGH. A car careening towards you at 70 mph is always going to win the race between man’s reflexes and machine’s speed. Always. Everytime. You’re not fast enough. Don’t text and drive. It’s not worth it.
World renowned heart surgeon Dr. Dwight Lundell speaks out on what really causes heart disease
Dr. Dwight Lundell: We physicians with all our training, knowledge and authority often acquire a rather large ego that tends to make it difficult to admit we are wrong. So, here it is. I freely admit to being wrong. As a heart surgeon with 25 years experience, having performed over 5,000 open-heart surgeries, today is my day to right the wrong with medical and scientific fact.
I trained for many years with other prominent physicians labelled “opinion makers.” Bombarded with scientific literature, continually attending education seminars, we opinion makers insisted heart disease resulted from the simple fact of elevated blood cholesterol.
The only accepted therapy was prescribing medications to lower cholesterol and a diet that severely restricted fat intake. The latter of course we insisted would lower cholesterol and heart disease. Deviations from these recommendations were considered heresy and could quite possibly result in malpractice.
It Is Not Working!
These recommendations are no longer scientifically or morally defensible. The discovery a few years ago that inflammation in the artery wall is the real cause of heart disease is slowly leading to a paradigm shift in how heart disease and other chronic ailments will be treated.
The long-established dietary recommendations have created epidemics of obesity and diabetes, the consequences of which dwarf any historical plague in terms of mortality, human suffering and dire economic consequences.
Despite the fact that 25% of the population takes expensive statin medications and despite the fact we have reduced the fat content of our diets, more Americans will die this year of heart disease than ever before.
Statistics from the American Heart Association show that 75 million Americans currently suffer from heart disease, 20 million have diabetes and 57 million have pre-diabetes. These disorders are affecting younger and younger people in greater numbers every year.
Simply stated, without inflammation being present in the body, there is no way that cholesterol would accumulate in the wall of the blood vessel and cause heart disease and strokes. Without inflammation, cholesterol would move freely throughout the body as nature intended. It is inflammation that causes cholesterol to become trapped.
Inflammation is not complicated — it is quite simply your body’s natural defence to a foreign invader such as a bacteria, toxin or virus. The cycle of inflammation is perfect in how it protects your body from these bacterial and viral invaders. However, if we chronically expose the body to injury by toxins or foods the human body was never designed to process,a condition occurs called chronic inflammation. Chronic inflammation is just as harmful as acute inflammation is beneficial.
What thoughtful person would willfully expose himself repeatedly to foods or other substances that are known to cause injury to the body? Well,smokers perhaps, but at least they made that choice willfully.
The rest of us have simply followed the recommended mainstream diet that is low in fat and high in polyunsaturated fats and carbohydrates, not knowing we were causing repeated injury to our blood vessels. This repeated injury creates chronic inflammation leading to heart disease, stroke, diabetes and obesity.
Let me repeat that: The injury and inflammation in our blood vessels is caused by the low fat diet recommended for years by mainstream medicine.
What are the biggest culprits of chronic inflammation? Quite simply, they are the overload of simple, highly processed carbohydrates (sugar, flour and all the products made from them) and the excess consumption of omega-6 vegetable oils like soybean, corn and sunflower that are found in many processed foods.
Take a moment to visualize rubbing a stiff brush repeatedly over soft skin until it becomes quite red and nearly bleeding. you kept this up several times a day, every day for five years. If you could tolerate this painful brushing, you would have a bleeding, swollen infected area that became worse with each repeated injury. This is a good way to visualize the inflammatory process that could be going on in your body right now.
Regardless of where the inflammatory process occurs, externally or internally, it is the same. I have peered inside thousands upon thousands of arteries. A diseased artery looks as if someone took a brush and scrubbed repeatedly against its wall. Several times a day, every day, the foods we eat create small injuries compounding into more injuries, causing the body to respond continuously and appropriately with inflammation.
While we savor the tantalizing taste of a sweet roll, our bodies respond alarmingly as if a foreign invader arrived declaring war. Foods loaded with sugars and simple carbohydrates, or processed with omega-6 oils for long shelf life have been the mainstay of the American diet for six decades. These foods have been slowly poisoning everyone.
How does eating a simple sweet roll create a cascade of inflammation to make you sick?
Imagine spilling syrup on your keyboard and you have a visual of what occurs inside the cell. When we consume simple carbohydrates such as sugar, blood sugar rises rapidly. In response, your pancreas secretes insulin whose primary purpose is to drive sugar into each cell where it is stored for energy. If the cell is full and does not need glucose, it is rejected to avoid extra sugar gumming up the works.
When your full cells reject the extra glucose, blood sugar rises producing more insulin and the glucose converts to stored fat.
What does all this have to do with inflammation? Blood sugar is controlled in a very narrow range. Extra sugar molecules attach to a variety of proteins that in turn injure the blood vessel wall. This repeated injury to the blood vessel wall sets off inflammation. When you spike your blood sugar level several times a day, every day, it is exactly like taking sandpaper to the inside of your delicate blood vessels.
While you may not be able to see it, rest assured it is there. I saw it in over 5,000 surgical patients spanning 25 years who all shared one common denominator — inflammation in their arteries.
Let’s get back to the sweet roll. That innocent looking goody not only contains sugars, it is baked in one of many omega-6 oils such as soybean. Chips and fries are soaked in soybean oil; processed foods are manufactured with omega-6 oils for longer shelf life. While omega-6’s are essential -they are part of every cell membrane controlling what goes in and out of the cell — they must be in the correct balance with omega-3’s.
If the balance shifts by consuming excessive omega-6, the cell membrane produces chemicals called cytokines that directly cause inflammation.
Today’s mainstream American diet has produced an extreme imbalance of these two fats. The ratio of imbalance ranges from 15:1 to as high as 30:1 in favor of omega-6. That’s a tremendous amount of cytokines causing inflammation. In today’s food environment, a 3:1 ratio would be optimal and healthy.
To make matters worse, the excess weight you are carrying from eating these foods creates overloaded fat cells that pour out large quantities of pro-inflammatory chemicals that add to the injury caused by having high blood sugar. The process that began with a sweet roll turns into a vicious cycle over time that creates heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and finally, Alzheimer’s disease, as the inflammatory process continues unabated.
There is no escaping the fact that the more we consume prepared and processed foods, the more we trip the inflammation switch little by little each day. The human body cannot process, nor was it designed to consume, foods packed with sugars and soaked in omega-6 oils.
There is but one answer to quieting inflammation, and that is returning to foods closer to their natural state. To build muscle, eat more protein. Choose carbohydrates that are very complex such as colorful fruits and vegetables. Cut down on or eliminate inflammation- causing omega-6 fats like corn and soybean oil and the processed foods that are made from them.
One tablespoon of corn oil contains 7,280 mg of omega-6; soybean contains 6,940 mg. Instead, use olive oil or butter from grass-fed beef.
Animal fats contain less than 20% omega-6 and are much less likely to cause inflammation than the supposedly healthy oils labelled polyunsaturated. Forget the “science” that has been drummed into your head for decades. The science that saturated fat alone causes heart disease is non-existent. The science that saturated fat raises blood cholesterol is also very weak. Since we now know that cholesterol is not the cause of heart disease, the concern about saturated fat is even more absurd today.
The cholesterol theory led to the no-fat, low-fat recommendations that in turn created the very foods now causing an epidemic of inflammation. Mainstream medicine made a terrible mistake when it advised people to avoid saturated fat in favor of foods high in omega-6 fats. We now have an epidemic of arterial inflammation leading to heart disease and other silent killers.
What you can do is choose whole foods your grandmother served and not those your mom turned to as grocery store aisles filled with manufactured foods. By eliminating inflammatory foods and adding essential nutrients from fresh unprocessed food, you will reverse years of damage in your arteries and throughout your body from consuming the typical American diet.
Dr. Dwight Lundell is the past Chief of Staff and Chief of Surgery at Banner Heart Hospital , Mesa , AZ. His private practice, Cardiac Care Center was in Mesa, AZ. Recently Dr. Lundell left surgery to focus on the nutritional treatment of heart disease. He is the founder of Healthy Humans Foundation that promotes human health with a focus on helping large corporations promote wellness. He is also the author of The Cure for Heart Disease and The Great Cholesterol Lie.
Moje ime je Miro. Stari purger od glave do pete.Dobro dosli na moj blog “Ponos ili sramota” Zasto to ime? Pa volio bih pisati o Hrvatskoj. Mozda i o Americi. U Hrvatskoj sam rodjen.Zivim u Americi. Ovo je samo pokusaj i pocetak pisanja.Tako, kad pronadjete nekakvu gresku nemojte biti previse strogi u ocijenjivanju.