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The electrical conduction system of the heart is dependent upon the availability of the proper level of vitamins and minerals in the body. Unfortunately, our foods are often deficient in minerals because of poor soil resulting from farming methods geared toward mass production. A plant will only take from the soil what the soil has to give. Large farms only replenish the soil with the few chemicals needed to grow large beautiful crops that will draw big prices. The vitamin/mineral content is not an issue. In fact, you may have to eat 6 bushels of tomatoes today to get the same nutrition your grandmother might have gotten from one tomato when she was a child.

The vitamins and minerals that do exist in our foods are often poorly absorbed by us because of, among other things, the consumption of carbonated beverages with our meals which block the absorption of nutrients. It has long been known that drinking a coke after ingesting lead works very well to almost completely block the absorption of lead into the bloodstream thus preventing lead poisoning.

Other contributing factors are microwave cooking, pre-cooked foods, pasteurization, and purification methods that kill beneficial bacteria and destroy the enzymes that we need for proper digestion. Heat destroys enzymes and time destroys the potency of vitamins. Without the enzymes, we can't absorb the nutrients. In addition, medicated livestock, petrochemicals, and preserved foods compound the problem by blocking our ability to produce our own enzymes thus contributing to a weakened immune system.

What happens to a person with heart disease?

As the heart weakens, blood flow and oxygen levels progressively diminish. The immune system responds by directing the heart to keep blood flowing, especially to vital internal organs. If you are diagnosed with heart disease, conventional medical therapy will be directed at managing the symptoms.

 

Some of the common symptoms associated with heart attack are:  chest pain or discomfort, shortness of breath, palpitations or heart throbbing, dizziness or lightheadedness, sweating, nausea or vomiting, weakness or fatigue, jaw or neck pain, and upper back pain.  It is important to note that some people experience no chest pain at all.

Once the diagnosis is clear, the first step is to use prescription medication to regulate the heartbeat and suppress the hormones that affect blood pressure. If the internal nervous system is highly activated, beta blocking medications are used to minimize this nervous stimulation of the heart. While these medications are directed at the symptoms, they are really addressing the clinical signs that are secondary to the immune system's efforts to save itself.

These medications, while often lifesaving initially, block the body's natural response to long-term healing. Holistically, the next step is to shift our attention to the immune system and its overreaction to the problem. Once your condition is stabilized and your doctor is satisfied with the clinical response, it is time to address the body's nutritional needs.

What can you do to help yourself if you have heart disease?

There is no better place to start than with diet and the ingestion of adequate amounts of heart healthy nutrients. A well-balanced diet containing plenty of fiber is extremely important. Eat plenty of raw foods, fish, turkey, chicken and nuts (no peanuts) especially almonds. Avoid caffeine, alcohol, homogenized milk, sugar and licorice. Replace table salt with Celtic sea salt and make sure your drinking water is pure--no chlorine, etc. The main goal is to first, get the proper nutrients to the heart, then help the heart utilize them...something much easier said than done.

There are various ways to accomplish this. On the following pages, I have summarized some of them in a format you can share with your doctor. Not all of the items mentioned will be right for you but some will be. If your doctor seems unknowledgable or uninterested, I would consider finding a conventional doctor who is also in-the-know about alternative medicine.

Facts You Should Know

Although bypass surgery is a $27 billion business, an article published in the New England Journal of Medicine has exposed the truth.  A study of 1000 patients across the country has shown that people who refused invasive procedures such as angiography, balloon angioplasty, and bypass operations had a far better survival rate.  The article revealed that death from heart attack was 214% higher for the patients who opted for surgery.  So bypass surgery effectively triples the death rate.

In 1977, Dr. Eugene Bramwald, M.D., chief of cardiology at Harvard University, warned of this problem.  He also expressed his concern that the bypass surgery industry was so firmly entrenched, it would be hard to stop them.  Today over 600,000 people agree to bypass surgery every year.

Is there an effective alternative to bypass surgery and angioplasty?  Yes.  It's called Enhanced External Counter- Pulsation (EECP).  The process involves wearing a body stocking that massages your legs, which in turn exercises your arteries.  It's extremely relaxing and it increases collateral circulation (the growth of small blood vessels) around the blocked arteries to bypass the blockage.

Doctors at the University of Newcastle, Australia, found that nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) use could be the cause of almost 20% of first hospital admissions for (CHF) congestive heart failure. (Arch Intern Med 00;160(6):777-784)  The reason is simple.  NSAIDs decrease the ability of the kidneys to excrete excess salt and water.  This begins the process of fluid retention.  As fluids accumulate, the pressure on the heart continues to climb until finally the heart fails.  The researchers for this study found that the use of NSAIDs in the week prior to admission, doubled patients' risk of CHF.  In those with a history of cardiovascular disease, the risk was more than 10 times greater.

NSAIDs may also interfere with diuretics or other medications given to help normalize a heart problem.  NSAIDs are found in dozens of over-the-counter painkillers, cold and flu medications and other "harmless" drugs that people take every day.  And, as a side note, it's been known for years that NSAIDs interfere with the attachment of a fertilized egg to the uterus in animal studies. (BMJ 03;327(7411):368 -- 01;322(7281):266-70) (Sci News 03;164:115)

Odds & Ends

Potassium and Salt

According to Dr. Robert C. Atkins, M.D. the founder of the Atkins Center for Complimentary Medicine, a mountain of evidence shows that high cholesterol is only one risk factor in heart disease..."and a minor one at that." The latest scientific studies point to four factors: 1) high triglycerides; 2) high levels of homocysteine; 3) low levels of HDL; and 4) high levels of a fat called lipoprotein(a). Apparently it is fairly easy to keep these four in check.

High blood pressure patients are usually told to lower their salt intake. But according to Dr. Atkins, it's not the sodium intake per se that's the problem, "it's an excess of sodium in relation to potassium." Research shows that cutting back sodium only reduces blood pressure by an average of 3 points. In contrast, increasing potassium is very effective according to 30 separate studies.

One study found that a daily serving of potassium-rich food can "decrease the risk of death from a stroke nearly in half." Some potassium rich foods are avocados, cantaloupe, bananas, pumpkin seeds, and winter squash.

Allergy  accupuncture  (Did you mean acupuncture?)

According to Dr. Devi S. Nambudripad D.C., L.Ac., R.N., Ph.D., many think of allergy as only a runny nose, sneezing, hives, asthma or hay fever. Doctors and researchers are now finding that allergic factors may be involved in most illnesses and medical disorders. Statistics show that at least 50% of the population suffers from some type of allergy. Scratch tests and blood tests often do not detect them.

An allergy can be caused by literally anything under the sun, including sunshine. Many allergies are hereditary and may not exhibit symptoms until a later date. It has been proven that, the stronger the genetic factor, the earlier the probable onset. It is now possible to cure allergies, thus eliminating the resulting medical disorder. Dr. Nambudripad does this on a daily basis. One of her case histories follows.

A 56 year old female suffered from cardiac asthma for 7 years. Whenever she went to bed, she woke up with an asthma attack every few hours. It was discovered she bought a water bed 7 years ago. Muscle testing showed she was allergic to water. After being treated for water with NAET, her cardiac asthma left. Details on how this acupuncture treatment works can be found in the book Say Goodbye to Illness.

How might this relate to a heart problem? If you are allergic to one or more of the nutrients essential for proper heart function, your heart will never be nourished. Allergies also weaken the immune system. A weak immune system has difficulty repairing itself. The weakest organ will be the first to go.

If you find your heart problems always happen at a particular time of year, perhaps there is an environmental cause. Or perhaps you are handling or eating something different than you usually do. Many heart attacks happen around the holidays. Besides being a stressful time, many different foods are eaten, packages are handled, envelopes are licked, and we experience various odors in malls and stores. Any one of these could cause a hidden allergic reaction which manifests itself as heart palpitations, etc.

The next time you experience a heart problem, think back over the past week to determine if you did something differently. If it turns out to be an allergy, consider having it eliminated with NAET.

 

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