Saturday, May 23, 2009

Cold Water Causes Heart Attacks - Bullshit Alert!

I have a dear friend who forwards me numerous emails, most of them are entertaining, many of them are intended to inspirational, but sometimes they are out and out bullshit as is the email below.

Here is the gist of the "article" below: Cold water causes the oil in your system to coagulate and as happens in domestic sinks, plug up cardiac plumbing, resulting in a heart attack.

Jesus Christ on a stick, who makes up this stuff? I have a theory that a lot of this stuff is generated by intelligent, stoned under-achievers who, while contemplating their choice of munchie snack food, consider that the oil in said comestible may have some hazardous effect on their physiology. Or the stoner in question may be evaluating the effects of leaving dishwater in the sink over night (or for a week) and notice the ledge of congealed oil.

Whatever the cause, this is pure and utter trash. First off. Most dietary oils are not solid at body temperature. Second, water will not remain cold in the body for long because the interior of the body is considerably warmer than the accepted standard body temperature of 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit.

Putatively, any oils in the stomach, where
only water and alcohol are absorbed, by the way, may be chilled to a solid state, but I doubt that they would remail solid by the time they dumped into the small intestine after twenty minutes in an environment that is at least 99 degrees Fahrenheit.

Considering that most dietary oils are liquid at body temperature, I would consider this a small problem... unless you're eating saturated fats derived from animals, and well in that case warm water won't do the trick either.

Fats that have been deposited in the muscles of animals slaughtered for human consumption are
NOT SOLUBLE EVEN IN WARM WATER! These are staturated fats they remain solid even at body temperature.

Considering that cold water doesn't remain cold for long in the body, one could assume that hot water doesn't stay hot for long either. However, it wouldn't matter how much hot tea or water or coffee or whatever you ate after a meal of meats filled with saturated fats, they're still going to be solid in the stomach until they are broken down by the small intestine into molecules that can be absorbed through the intestinal lining. Then if you don't exercise or limit your calorie intake substantially, those saturated fats will get redeposited into your body.

Besides these physiological facts, there is also the case for evolutionary adaptation. Let us consider that man or man-like creatures have used fire for 1.5 million years, but the development of pottery, which would be necessary for man to be able to drink hot beverages after a meal is approximately 30,000 years old. On an evolutionary scale, thirty-thousand years is but a speck. So I doubt that humans have developed a physiology that relies on the consumption of warm water. On the contrary, I would guess that cold beverages would be the norm.

Here is what I would advise:

1. Reduce the amount of saturated fats in your diet (which usually means less red meat).
2. Exercise more.
3. Drink warm or cold beverages.

Attacks And Drinking Warm Water
This is a very good article. Not only about warm water after your meal, but about Heart Attacks.
The Chinese and Japanese drink hot tea with their meals, not cold water, maybe it is time we adopt their drinking habit.
For those who like to drink cold water, this article is applicable to you. It's nice to have a cup of cold drink after a meal. However, the cold water will solidify the oily stuff that you have just consumed. It will slow down the digestion. Once this 'sludge' reacts with the acid, it will break down and be absorbed by the intestine faster than the solid food. It will line the intestine. Very soon, this will turn into fats and lead to cancer. It is best to drink hot soup or warm water after a meal.
Common Symptoms Of Heart Attack
A serious note about heart attacks - You should know that not every heart attack symptom is going to be the left arm hurting.. Be aware of intense painin the jawline. You may never have the first chest pain during the course of a heart attack .
Nausea and intense sweating are also common symptoms. 60% of people who have a heart attack while they are asleep do not wake up. Pain in the jaw can wake you from a sound sleep. Let's be careful and be aware. The more we know, the better chance we can survive.
A cardiologist says if everyone who reads this message sends it to 10 people, you can be sure that we'll save at least one life. Be a true friend and send this article to all your friends you care about.

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