Nutritional support can coincide with traditional methods. The important thing is to protect the life of the client. Nutritional and other natural therapies take time to work and are best for chronic problems. Traditional medical practitioners best treat acute medical emergencies.
Everyone is concerned with cholesterol and the amounts of fat clients eat. This is a one dimensional idea and the dietary issues here are much more complex than simply avoiding fat. The issue may not be the amount of fat or oil, but the quality of the fats eaten; Omega 3 essential fatty acids may actually be cardioprotective. Consuming hydrogenated oil is dangerous to the heart (among other things). Avoid margarine. Many people consume margarine, thinking that it is good for the heart. The truth is that margarine is full of hydrogenated oil, and is worse for your heart than butter is.
Not many people pay attention to sugar and refined foods. Refined sugar and flour may play an important role in increasing cholesterol. Anticholesterol medications work by suppressing a liver enzyme, HMG CoA reductase. Increasing insulin increases the activity of this enzyme, so eating sugar can have an unfavorable effect on cholesterol. Sugar and refined grains also increase the growth of yeast and other dysbiotic organisms in the gut. Bile salts can be deconjugated by these organisms and turned into bile acids; this may trigger production of cholesterol by the liver. Epidemiologic studies show that native populations have increased heart disease when exposed to the Western diet, but their fat consumption doesn’t actually go up; their consumption of refined carbohydrates does.
A refined, vitamin deficient diet does not provide enough vitamin B6, B12 or folic acid. These nutrients are necessary to keep homocysteine levels low. High homocysteine levels increase cardiac risk.