Challenging Traditional Cardiovascular Risk Assessment

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Here is our poster presentation from The Ancestral Health Symposium 2016. To summarize:

This presentation discusses atherosclerosis as a metabolic disease, the primary drivers of heart disease and why traditional cardiovascular risk assessment, based on Framingham methodology is inadequate. Framingham methodology is distracting to most healthcare professionals as it does not address the true root causes of heart disease including metabolic disease and hormonal dysregulation. Proper tools that more accurately predict risk including the Dr. Joseph R. Kraft five hour insulin assay and the heart calcium scan (CT-scan of the heart) are discussed. Importantly, we also discuss how to take proper action to reduce ones’ risk. The ‘Muddy Waters of Framingham’  are murky and this presentations serves to provide clarity.

A special thanks to Dr. Amy Savagian, MD and chemical engineer Ivor Cummins, BE(Chem) CEng MIEI for their assistance with this project.

Please share far and wide!

Download the poster in high resolution .pdf format here

Supported by www.IHDA.ie

Gerber Poster AHS16

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  • greg higgs

    Oh many thanks for your input Dr Gerber . . . I will have a ponder on my options . . . and will keep in touch
    Regards
    Greg Higgs

  • greg higgs

    Hi there again Dr Gerber . . . just to let you know my son was the bearded cameraman at Brisbane LCDU . . . . which explains my blog below . . . he suggested to contact you . . .
    Regards
    Greg Higgs

    • Hi Greg. Yes, your son was recording our interview with Christine Cronau. Now I know who you are. It’s really hard to comment without knowing all the details, but I was discussing with your son collateral circulation as a protective mechanism. Plaque can be stabilized but reversing plaque is not a practical goal.

      Based on the literature, stents or bypass only provide benefit in the setting of an acute event such as a heart attack. Your son said that you never had a heart attack and you don’t have symptoms so it sounds like the procedure would be elective.

      I’m just providing general advice here and also just a reminder that this is a public thread so your sharing this with everyone. I would be happy to discuss further in private. We do skype consults. Just contact our office: http://denversdietdoctor.com/contact-us/

  • greg higgs

    I am interested in acquiring some knowledge on reversing
    hardening/blockage of heart arteries . . . I have just had an
    angiogram and was told that stents may not work and I may be looking
    at open heart surgery . . . obviously, I am trying to avoid this . . .
    never any chest pains, altho I did get short of breath and a bit faint
    after cutting down some trees on my property . . . I am a fit,
    normal weight male . . altho I have just turned 69, I exercise
    regularly, do not eat much meat, and dont drink thru the week and eat
    lots of fresh vegetables and health foods . . .. no medications. . . .
    of course, I realise that previous lifestyle in younger years (smoker)
    contrubuted to this problem, I am trying to avoid surgery . . . I have started a meditteranean diet . . . am interested in the calcium heart scan . . . is this a viable option?? Hope you can help.
    Regards
    Greg Higgs (Australia)

  • greg higgs

    Hi there Dr Gerber

    I am interested in acquiring some knowledge on reversing
    hardening/blockage of heart arteries . . . I have just had an
    angiogram and was told that stents may not work and I may be looking
    at open heart surgery . . . obviously, I am trying to avoid this . . .
    never any chest pains, altho I did get short of breath and a bit faint
    after cutting down some trees on my property . . . I am a fit,
    normal weight male . . altho I have just turned 69, I exercise
    regularly, do not eat much meat, and dont drink thru the week and eat
    lots of fresh vegetables and health foods . . .. no medications. . . .
    of course, I realise that previous lifestyle in younger years (smoker)
    contrubuted to this problem, I am trying to avoid surgery . . . do
    you have any diet suggestions?? *(PS Is the calcium heart scan a viable suggestion for me?)

  • joyforjoplin

    Dr. Gerber, I’ve read Joseph Kraft, M.D.’s book and I’ve been learning about the calcium heart scan. I get it. I’d like to share this information with members of our local diabetes education, support, and walking group. If this information is made available in a handout format, with your permission, I’d very much like to begin sharing it with our members – (based on previous experiences, some would have difficulty reading the online PDF and give up trying; I want them all to be able to read it!). I can be reached at DiabetesT2Rewound@gmail.com. I greatly appreciate the excellent work you, Dr. Savagian, and Ivor Cummins have done here. Thank you! – Lisa

    • Lisa, let’s make a tri-fold brochure out of this information! I’m happy to assist.

      • joyforjoplin

        Oh yay! I’m not a graphic designer but I’d hazard a guess that the information won’t translate well to a brochure because of the highly detailed graphics – (that content needs to be readable too!). My suggestion would be to copy and paste the content into an 8 1/2″ x 11″ page document with the non graphic content formatted into two columns for readability. If I can copy and paste all the content from the PDF, I could give it a go then send the file to you for review.

        • Oh, but I thought your were ! 🙁

          • joyforjoplin

            I give it my best try, this weekend if I can. 🙂

  • William Blanchet

    Jeffry, Keep delivering this message! It may some day be heard by the “thought leaders” who seem to be happy with our currently failing paradigms for diagnosis and treatment of this otherwise very preventable disease.

    • Hi Dr. Bill. I thought to invite you to the AHS16 conference as we were in Boulder. I even referred a couple of locals to you for heart scans. You’re one of the few with wisdom.

  • jamiehayes

    Can you define “Large Waist”? Is there a waist/height ratio that is a good guide, independent of sex and BMI.

    • Hi Jamie. Waist/height of >0.5 both sexes or waist circumference of ≥40″ men and ≥35″ women are all defined as abnormal. Waist circumference is not belt size and measurement is roughly at the belly button. Just guidelines and it’s important to consider the big picture.