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What Causes Heart Disease?

What causes heart disease?

Will drinking full fat milk or eating butter kill you faster?

NO, NO and NO! (Providing they are from healthy grass fed animals (omega 6 v Omega 3 ratios…).

Will increasing your dietary cholesterol (eggs yolks) increase your blood cholesterol? No, according to conventional nutrition and research conducted by Dawber and colleagues.

Will increasing your saturated fat consumption increase total blood cholesterol?  Yes, the largest effect found from a low fat diet to a high saturated fat diet increased total cholesterol by 11.5%.  Does that mean that eating a high saturated fat diet of butter will kill you faster?  No, No and NO!

We now know that there are classes of cholesterol and in fact some cholesterol is beneficial, basically LDL cholesterol can be deemed as ‘bad cholesterol,’ while HDL is deemed as ‘good cholesterol’ (although they can actually be broken down further into good and bad lipoproteins – but we’ll keep it simple…it is a blog after all!).

A very simple way of looking at the difference between LDL and HDL cholesterol is that HDL takes the unused LDL back to the liver and stops excess from sticking to the sides…leading to atherosclerosis.

So, although eating butter might raise your total cholesterol by up to 11.5% some studies have actually found that it raises your HDL cholesterol, which is your good cholesterol, which basically means it helps protect you from thickened/hardened arteries!


As with anything, there is a parabola of optimal levels within the human body.  When it comes to cholesterol, where too little or too much cholesterol can induce a pathological response finding the right level is complex.  It is well known that certain elevated cholesterol levels (LDL) pose an increased risk for developing atherosclerotic coronary artery disease, however, low cholesterol can also be just as harmful, something that many people are not aware of, we’ll talk about that later…


 What causes heart disease?   Is it cholesterol?

Well cholesterol simply responds to heal any damage that has been done to the endothelial cells, so it does not ’cause’ heart disease but rather responds to any damage, is a sympton of inflammation and damage and certainly does contribute to the blocking of arteries… However it DOES NOT cause heart disease, it is just involved in the process of healing.

What does Cholesterol do?

  • Cholesterol provides the structure for cellular membranes, where it helps regulate membrane fluidity and intracellular communication,
  • Provides structure for the myelin sheaths in the nervous system, which helps regulate nerve transmission
  • Provides the raw materials for steroid hormones where it provides a backbone for adrenal hormones and sex hormones.
  • Provides structure to our brain through synapse formation, thereby improving memory and intelligence

Given this list of essential functions it is not difficult to see why low cholesterol can be as dangerous as high cholesterol levels.  Decreased levels of cholesterol may lead to nervous system dysfunction and poor hormonal synthesis, as well as increased levels of stress to the cardiovascular system. The immune system which relies heavily on cellular communication and recognition may be at great risk too.


What are the effects of low cholesterol levels?

Currently the medical model recommends total cholesterol under 4 mmol/l, I feel this is far too low.  Numerous studies have shown the negative effects of such low cholesterol.

My 609 Masters text book ‘Nutrition in Health and Disease’ states…in a review of a large number of trials, yielding 68,406 deaths.  It was found that men whose blood cholesterol were under 4.14 mmol/l exhibited 20% more deaths from cancer, 35% more deaths from injury, 40% more non cancer deaths and 50% more deaths from the digestive system disease.  So, low cholesterol actually increased your risk of dying from non-cardiovascular disease by 145%!


What are healthy cholesterol levels?

I don’t follow the pharmaceutical companies recommendations for cholesterol instead I prefer the nutritional model of cholesterol.  Therefore, I follow one of the top Nutritionists in the world, MD and molecular biologist Dr. Catherine Shanahan’s cholesterol recommendations.  Here they are:

HDL cholesterol should be above 1.15 mmol/l in men and above 1.28 nmol in women
Triglycerides should be less than 1.71 mmol/l for both
As for LDL cholesterol, as long as the ratio of HDL to LDL is under 3 it is not of concern, for example if you have 1.5 mmol/l of HDL a LDL level of up to 4.5 is acceptable.

Whenever, you start looking at anything in the body in isolation we begin to lose the context in which the importance lay.  This is why I recommend muscle mass and energy levels being the key to being healthy, rather than just cholesterol. Dr Rakowski from the Canadian Institute of Longevity found that Muscle Mass was the number one indicator of health.  (HDL came in at number 7 and LDL didn’t even make the top ten!)  Check out my other blog article on how to measure muscle mass…

To learn more about nutrition and heart health I recommend reading ‘Put Your Heart in Your Mouth” By Dr. Natasha Campbell McBride – click here to view.


What causes heart disease?  It’s not all about cholesterol…

Cholesterol is just a risk factor for cardiovascular disease.  It’s really not about if you have high cholesterol, but more of whether the cholesterol is ‘sticking to the sides’ so to speak (some people with primary liver cirrhosis have cholesterol levels as high as 30, yet have no increased risk of heart attack)…the number one thing that makes cholesterol stick to the sides is inflammation.  In my opinion, there are many other more important measurements of cardiovascular risk, like a C- reactive Protein Test (high sensitive) that actually measures the amount of inflammation in your vascular system (arteries).  So what’s causing inflammation?   And essentially causes heart disease?  Well, that’s another blog right there…but here are some of the main factors:

  • High blood sugar levels
  • Oxidisation of LDL cholesterol
  • High homocysteine levels
  • Imbalance between omega 6 and omega 3’s
  • Free radical damage of the endothelial cells
  • Chronic inflammation within the body from food intolerances
  • Stress hormones
  • Bacteria and viruses
  • Specific nutrient deficiencies


Therefore, reducing inflammation is the key to reducing the risk of atherosclerosis.  Everything on my Life Changing Online Programme is designed to improve the above parameters and reduce inflammation.  Now go and enjoy some raw whole fat milk!!


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Why I created BePure ONE!

I created the BePure ONE based on demand from past participants of my nutritional programme who wanted to be able to take one supplement which contained; macro minerals, trace minerals, extra minerals that were deficient in New Zealand Soils, high levels of fat soluble vitamins, high levels of B vitamins, antioxidants and superfoods.

I based BePure ONE on the number one rated U.S supplement and then tweaked and added to formulation to satisfy my own research on what is missing/lacking and deficient in New Zealand’s diet and soils.

I  contracted Douglas Laboratories (ISO tested and qualified) the most qualified and respected supplement manufacturer in the world to manufacture BePure ONE.  I could have used poor quality ingredients like many cheaper supplements use… but what’s the point if they don’t work?  BePure ONE represents incredible value when you compare the ingredients in each capsule, the quality of the ingredients, and the number of capsules you get.

I truly believe that many of today’s modern diseases are driven by mineral, vitamin and antioxidant deficiencies.  Scientist and two time nobel Prize winner Linus Pauling stated ‘You can trace every disease to a mineral deficiency.” That was quite some statement to be made 40 years ago…now we know it be exactly true!!

Consider these statistics:

–        44% of New Zealander’s die of Heart Disease including stroke (Heart Foundation) – An increased risk of dying from Heart Disease is associated with a deficiency in B vitamins and Choline.  BePure ONE has these B vitamins and Choline.

–        29% of New Zealander’s die of cancer. Breast and Prostate cancers being the number one newly registered cancer for women and men respectively (NZ Health Information Service) .  Nutritional factors such as selenium, vitamin E, lycopene and other antioxidants have been shown to reduce cancer.  BePure ONE provides broad-spectrum antioxidants to help protect against cancer.

–        1.125 Million Prescriptions were written for antidepressants in New Zealand in 2006 -2007.  You cannot make serotonin (feel good hormone) without folic acid, B6 Vitamin C and Zinc.  To make hormones the adrenal cascade requires vitamin C, E, B3, B5, B6, magnesium, calcium, zinc, manganese, selenium, molybdenum, chromium, copper and iodine.  BePure ONE provides these nutrients to support healthy hormone function.

–        Osteoporosis effects more than 50% of women and nearly a third of men over 60 in New Zealand.  Boron an ultra trace mineral has been shown to improve bone mineral density.  BePure ONE provides boron and other vitamins essential to healthy bones.

–        Chronic Fatigue’s a modern disease that’s becoming increasingly common.  The liver and Mitochondria, the keys to your energy, require B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B9, B12, vitamins A, E and D plus many minerals including magnesium.  BePure ONE supplies all of these nutrients to maximise energy production.

I believe that one of the main reasons for these diseases and other degenerative disorders like eye degeneration is a lack of nutrition.  I believe you cannot get everything you need from your diet and everyone should be taking extra nutrition in the form of supplementation.

No ones’ nutrition is 100% perfect, not even mine! If you do nothing else to improve your health except take BePure ONE then I believe over time it will significantly improve your health and reduce your chances of illness and disease.

The BePure ONE Multivitamin is great value at a price of $88 on the autoship option (usually $105 one off price) for which you get an amazing 240 capsules that will last you 2 months, that’s only $1.46 a day for better health (how much do you spend on coffee?). Call 0800 873 787 to order or click here to purchase online.


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Growing vege’s with 3- 5 times the nutrition…

Just had a great farm visit from Phyllis Tichinin.  Phyllis is the National education manager and soil consultant for the biological farming outfit, Abron.


New Zealand is poised at the fore front of the agricultural world embracing biological farming, a holistic system of food production with the primary aim to produce as nutrient dense food as possible for human consumption.

The reason New Zealand is in this position….

Phyllis –  With unwavering determination, Phyllis was responsible for the top soil agronomists and holistic thinkers to come to New Zealand to educate our already, on to it farmers, about mineral density, living soil systems and the resulting improvement in animal and human health.  And her years of hard work are now paying off.   Phyllis has been a personal friend for many years, hence I’ve been on the enjoying the ride during that time.


Phyllis performing some ‘field’ soil tests.


Since we’ve been using Abrons products and following Phyllis’s advice the nutrient density of our produce has increased dramatically – it’s not unusual for our tomatoes to have 3- 4 times the nutrients than the tomatoes found in the supermarket.  Yesterday, our lettuces tested over 4 times more nutritious than a lettuce found in the supermarket!  And you know what?  You can taste the difference!

How have we been able to do this?  Well that’s probably a book, but for a number of years we have been re-mineralising the soil using Abron Hi-Nutrition Soil Conditioner.  This unique fertiliser supplies the mineral and biological building blocks for thriving beneficial soil microbes.  The key to healthy plants, nutrient dense foods and healthy humans.  When we started using the Hi-Nutrition Soil Conditioner – it did not have a name and was not available to the public.  It has only recently become available to the public primarily through the BePure store, because Phyllis and I believed it should be available to every family.


The Vegetable Garden is Lynda’s domain (my incredible wife).  Pictured with Isabella – who loves to roam the vege’ garden eating flowers and other ‘goodies.’





We have Or (yes, that’s his name), our BePure Farm manager, to thank for his applying of the Hi-nutrition Soil Conditioner among folier feeding and biodynamic applications.  Or is like part of the scenery around here, the terraces and him meld into one like he’s always meant to have been tending them.


Or and my second daughter Macy in the kitchen at the Farm.





Another contributing factor to the improvement in our soil condition and plant performance this year was the fact we triple dug our whole vegetable garden last winter.  We dug the soil to a depth of nearly a metre, this enables the roots to easier access to minerals and water deeper in the soil.  The results have been outstanding, as witnessed by the penetrometer testing yesterday.


This year the penetrometer easily entered the soil to a depth of 500mm with very little resistance.  A great sign for uncompacted soil and plant root access.




We know that the quicker you can get the food out of the ground, or off the tree, and into your body, the more nutrition it will have.  So, even if you don’t remineralise your soil, you should be thinking about a vegetable garden for both your own health and your family’s.  Here’s an examples of a broccoli we harvested earlier in the year…it was huge!!


If you live in New Zealand and want the ultimate organic/nutrient dense gardening book than look no further than the Koanga Garden Guide (available from BePure). We still use this guide weekly to see what, where and how we should be planting.  This book would be a must have survival guide if the wheels were to fall off the modern world!

Happy gardening

Much love



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Meeting people where they’re at…


I met with Dr. Richard Moat (the psychology guru) a few weeks ago and he was talking about one of the most important aspects of helping people change their habits is ‘meeting them where they’re at’.  Meaning you’ve got to present information that they can relate to and actually implement.

These days this often becomes problematic for me regarding nutrition, I eat predominately Organic food straight from our farm – I honestly cannot remember the last time I went to a supermarket – let alone a fast food outlet… yet when I was asked to comment on the new Double Down from KFC, I’d thought I’d check into it…well, it turned out,  the grilled version of the burger, if you were to add the garden salad or side of coleslaw and drink water, looked pretty dam good (for fast food), of course.  I thought the low glyceimic index lended itself perfectly to the fast food going diabetic…and I said so!


I can’t say it looks very appetising though…



On Saturday the Hawkes Bay today picked up on the story and an article pursued… I’ve been ferociously attacked since… now don’t get me wrong, I expected my nutritional recommendations to be attacked, but not me personally!  Not only in the article, but by some that know me and my intentions (1 million people healthy) well!  You can read the article at the end of this blog….but first let me show you my letter to the editor…

Dear Anton,

As the health coach who was “derided” in your article “Diabetic derides advice on burgers” (28th May), I wanted to clarify a few points that appear to have been missed in your article.

Firstly, I’ll address the question of whether I am a qualified nutritionist and whether that gives me the right to commentate on such subjects.  I am a Level 3 Certified Nutrition and Lifestyle Coach from the CHEK Institute in California, one of the world’s leading academic institutions for fitness and health care professionals. My training and practice revolves around the complex relationship between food and nutrition, and the human body.

Over the course of six years, over 4,000 New Zealanders have been through my nutritional programme with an estimated combined weight loss of well over 25,000kg.   But more importantly, a pilot study of the eating principles I recommend, featured on “60 Minutes”, demonstrated that the changes I made to the diet of the participants had a direct link to a reduction in HbA1c scores – a measure of damage to heomoglobin from high blood sugar levels, used to assess diabetes. Applied over time, this eating advice can potentially enable diabetics to control their disease through diet alone, without the need for drugs.

Diabetics can take their pin prick blood sugar monitors and start testing their blood glucose levels after everything they eat and drink.  Timings initially, of one hour after food, two and three hours will give a very quick indication of their blood glucose response levels from the food they have eaten.  They will quickly find that protein, fat and complex carbohydrates yield the most stable results.  Exactly as found in the grilled double down and salad!

I question whether  both Mr Smith and Ms Perols realised they were commenting on the grilled version of the KFC Double Down burger.  The grilled version that I recommended has fewer calories, comparable fat (25g to 21.9g)  and nearly double the protein value of a Chicken and Bacon 6-inch sub from Subway or an average Kebab and fares significantly better than a McDonald’s Quarter Pounder or Big Mac.

I’ll add to this that the predominant fat found in chicken is the highly beneficial mono-unsaturated fat.  A grilled burger of chicken, with no bun, will therefore predominantly contain a high degree of this “good” fat.   Many nutritional studies have shown that replacing carbohydrates with monounsaturated fat results in significant positive outcomes for diabetics

Your article quoted me as saying “if a diabetic wanted a fast-food option…” People seem to have missed the IF part in there. And as was pointed out to your reporter, who failed to mention this, I’m not advocating that a diabetic has ‘carte blanche’ to eat these burgers for breakfast, lunch and dinner. My point was that if they have a need to find a fast food option, they should choose this one.

In health and happiness

Ben Warren


Click here to read the article in the Hawkes Bay Today