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Are there ways that we can make decisions with the food we put on our tables that could actually help us stay healthier? Are there certain foods that would be detrimental to our health?

In this episode of HealthMade Radio hosted by Dr. Michael Karlfeldt, find out which foods can maximize your defense in regards to this or any virus. 

Dr. Li, vascular biologist and author of New York Times bestseller Eat to Beat Disease, describes his curiosity about this respiratory disease (caused by the common cold virus) that connects the lungs to the blood vessels. As scientists have come to know this disease better, they have honed in on the vascular system (the body’s network of arteries, veins, and capillaries, stretching more than 60,000 miles) to understand this wide-ranging disease and to find treatments that can stymie its most pernicious effects.

Some of the earliest insights into how COVID-19 can act as a vascular disease came from studying the aftermath of the most serious of infections. Those reveal that the virus warps a critical piece of our vascular infrastructure: the single layer of cells lining the inside of every blood vessel, known as the endothelial cells or simply the endothelium.

Dr. William Li, a vascular biologist, compares this lining to a freshly resurfaced ice skating rink before a hockey game on which the players and pucks glide smoothly along.

“When the virus damages the inside of the blood vessel and shreds the lining, that’s like the ice after a hockey game,” says Li, a researcher and founder of the Angiogenesis Foundation, “you wind up with a situation that is really untenable for blood flow.”

Never heard about nutrition from your doctor?

Dr. Li explains, “Only one in five medical schools has a requirement for nutrition for their medical students. On average medical schools have less than 19 hours of curriculum over the course of 4 years.” The doctors aren’t getting training in nutrition. They are left on their own to figure it out. 

“We need to realize that food is an important tool in the toolbox.” Dr. Li concludes, “And it’s a kind of health care that you can do outside the doctor’s office. It helps keep us out of the hospital. We all have to eat three times a day…food as medicine makes a lot of sense.”

More Resources on the cardiovascular impact of COVID 19 https://www.wjsu.org/post/clots-strokes-and-rashes-covid-19-disease-blood-vessels#stream/0

William W. Li, MD, is a world-renowned physician, scientist, speaker, and author of EAT TO BEAT DISEASE – The New Science of How Your Body Can Heal Itself. He is best known for leading the Angiogenesis Foundation. His groundbreaking work has impacted more than 70 diseases including cancer, diabetes, blindness, heart disease, and obesity.

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