Atherosclerosis, Heart Disease and dementia

March 25, 2022
Hosted by Susan Downs, MD

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Atherosclerosis is best known for causing myocardial infarction, but it is also the main cause of dementia. The common diseases of aging like hypertension, and diabetes are connected to atherosclerosis. I will explain what causes these diseases. The hope is that by understanding the diseases, people will be more motivated to improve their diet and lifestyle. These diseases are poorly understood by most physicians, because the medical school textbooks are out of date. It is important to have a good theory of disease, because this guides prevention. When a person understands the actual causes of atherosclerosis and dementia. they are empowered to prevent these diseases. Everyone has heard of the connection between atherosclerosis and cholesterol, but atherosclerosis actually begins as a blood clot. Everyone has heard of the connection between beta amyloid protein, and Alzheimer's disease, but the vascular theories are more helpful. The general concepts of disease causation also explain how atherosclerosis is connected to vision loss, hearing loss, back pain, arthritis, and cancer. These issues will be discussed.

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Susan Downs, MD

Susan Downs, MD

Dr. Susan is boarded in Integrative Medicine and in Psychiatry, is a certified IFM practitioner and certified in the American Academy of Antiaging Medicine. She works at the University of California, San Francisco and is on the Psychiatry Consultant Registry (UK). She has Masters Degrees in engineering from MIT and Stanford and a Masters in Public Health from Loma Linda Medical Center.

Based between San Francisco and Bloomsbury (London), she is the president of the cutting edge, Silicon Valley Health Institute (SVHI), has worked in ten countries and studied many healing modalities. Previously, she worked for the NHS in the UK, was an assistant professor at INSEAD (European School for Business Administration), and was a foreign service officer managing alternative energy projects in Asia. She is also a film-maker with two multi award winning films on health. Her interests include medicine, economics, spirituality and making the world a better place.

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