Is Your Lower Back Clogged?! Back Pain Decoded

Posted on June 7, 2017 By

It’s Mike here and a lot of people are suffering from lower back pain right now. You might be and I guarantee you have some uncle somewhere whose back is currently hurting. That is because lower back pain affects up to 84% of people at some point in their lives and one quarter of the population suffers from chronic lower back pain. Most shockingly, it is the second leading cause of disability, disabling over one-tenth of the population. But we are almost entirely wrong about the root cause of this epidemic. It is commonly believed that it is caused by lifting, carrying or sitting. Those are certainly triggers, but scientists are finding that these “mechanical factors” probably don’t even have a major disease-causing role at all. The real cause is mind-boggling. That from an increasingly young age our spinal arteries are clogging and slowly starving the discs in our lower back. In fact, one study that used advanced imaging found that eighty percent of people with chronic lower back pain have clogged spinal arteries.

I repeat, eighty percent of people with chronic lower back pain have clogged arteries. On the left, healthy lower back arteries with healthy blood flow. On the right, the arteries of somebody with chronic lower back pain. But how does this actually happen? With our current dietary habits in the United States, from a very young age our aorta, the largest artery in our body, begins clogging with fatty streaks of cholesterol. Over time these buildup and by the age of 20, 1 in 10 people have advanced spinal artery blockages. Your spinal discs are surrounded by arteries, but since they are largely avascular or do not received blood flow directly, they rely largely on nutrients to simply diffuse into them. So when our spinal arteries become clogged, our discs slowly starve and degenerate and that has got hurt! And the result of this is one in five people in their teens now show signs of lower spinal disc degeneration and a study using autopsies determined that by age 49, 97% of lower discs now show grade 2 degradation or worse.

In addition to a lot of pain this can lead to hernias in which your disc actually bulges or slides out of place. With our current dietary habits all of this artery-clogging, disc degeneration, and lower back pain get worse with age together. But it doesn’t have to be that way. There is hope and it lies in diet. There is one diet in particular: a cholesterol free, whole food, vegan diet which has been scientifically proven to prevent clogging your arteries, unclog arteries and reverse heart disease. One study took nearly 200 people with advanced cardiovascular disease and put them on this diet. Of those that stuck with it, less than one 1% had adverse events which include a heart attack or stroke. Well those who went off the wagon, 62% had such adverse events. This is largely due to the measurable unclogging of arteries that resulted from the cholesterol free, whole foods diet. And separately, doctor Ornish’s plant- based diet and exercise program was shown to measurably unclog arteries in 80% of patients over just one year. By contrast, a low carb diet was shown to increase artery-clogging by 40-50%. Finally, population studies show that vegans have not just normal, but ideal levels of LDL or bad cholesterol on average.

Alright, that’s it for today. Share this video with people you know that have back pain to help them out and links are in the description, like and subscribe and thank you for watching!!.

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