The International Pandemic

During the final decade of the 20th Century there was a decline in rates of death from cardiovascular disease. However, despite these recent reductions in overall cardiovascular death rates, the overall incidence of acute myocardial infarction has not declined and has actually increased among women. This disease is the leading cause of death worldwide. The epidemic of obesity and diabetes is only expected to further increase the prevalence of this disease in the 21st Century.

As one famous 12th Century physician put it, "If a person cares for himself the way he cares for his horse there would be no serious illnesses. You do not find anyone who give his horse too much fodder. He measures out only as much as the horse can tolerate. While he himself eats to excess. He makes sure his animal gets proper exercise to keep healthy. When it comes to himself he neglects exercise" Diet and exercise are the only solution to stopping this pandemic.

Terry Pfau DO, HMD

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