The strategies of the Undoctored Wild, Naked, Unwashed program—wheat/grain elimination and carb limitation; vitamin D supplementation; iodine and thyroid optimization; magnesium restoration; omega-3 fatty acids; and cultivation of healthy bowel flora—yield dramatic improvements across multiple risk factors for cardiovascular disease, including:
- Reduction/elimination of small LDL particles
- Reduction of triglycerides/VLDL
- Increased HDL, increased HDL particle size
- Reduced postprandial (after-meal) lipoproteins
- Reduced insulin resistance, blood sugar, HbA1c
- Reduced inflammation measured as C-reactive protein, IL-2, TNF-alpha, others
- Reduced blood pressure and improved endothelial response
- Reduced fibrinogen, reduced platelet activation
Just by following the Undoctored program, the program that was originally intended to stop the otherwise relentless 25% per year increase in heart scan scores, you are off to a powerful start in averting or reversing coronary artery disease. But perhaps we can further stack the odds in our favor by boosting oxytocin.
Oxytocin is a hypothalamic hormone that declines as we age and thereby results in progressive loss of muscle, loss of bone density, declining growth hormone levels, declining testosterone levels in males along with testicular atrophy, loss of collagen in the skin with thinning skin and wrinkles, impaired healing and immunity, and declining libido. In other words, progressive loss of oxytocin accounts for many of the phenomena of aging. Could it also be a cardiovascular risk factor? And could restoration of youthful oxytocin not only restore youthful characteristics such as increased muscle, bone density, and libido, but also reduce cardiovascular risk?
The evidence is heading in that direction. In experimental (non-human) models, oxytocin has been shown to have myriad effects potentially beneficial for heart health:
- Reduced heart muscle injury with events such as heart attack
- Reduced abnormal heart rhythms
- Increased parasympathetic tone (“relaxation response”)
- Increased arterial nitric oxide release (arterial relaxation) and reduced blood pressure
- Reduced C-reactive protein and other inflammatory measures
- Reduced visceral fat and fatty liver
We need more evidence in humans though we already know that oxytocin (given intranasally) provokes substantial weight loss and reduces desire for junk foods (“hedonic eating”); blunts rises in blood sugar; accelerates healing; and reduces stress and increases a desire for community, all of which contributes to protection from heart disease.
The effect of oxytocin that we boost with our Lactobacillus reuteri yogurt or now the BioGaia Osfortis product with 10 billion CFUs of the ATCC PTA 6475 strain (just released) is therefore likely to yield even greater protection against heart disease along with all the other fantastic benefits.