The prospect that heart disease can be reversed or
cured is unthinkable among cardiologists--heart disease is simply managed. Yet
every single day, year after year, the unthinkable happens. People with heart
disease are cured, the disease is fully reversed because correct therapeutic
measures were employed to address the cause of the disease.
Unless the cause is identified, most heart disease
is managed with treatments that cause other diseases, until the patient finally
succumbs. Providing adequate data from which a protocol can be developed is a
critical part of the treatment. Keep these data questions in mind the next time
you consult, or accept treatment from, any practitioner-- especially a holistic
Average blood pressure:
If you are on blood pressure drugs, which ones are you using? How long have
you been on them? What does your blood pressure do without drugs?
Blood fat levels:
These include cholesterol, HDL, LDL, and triglycerides. Always note that a blood
test for these fats must be taken after at least 12 hours of fasting.
Lab test results:
Lab tests are important. If possible, your homocysteine level should be tested.
Diabetes: Are you
diabetic? Do you take insulin or oral drugs for diabetes? If so, for how long?
Exercise: Do you
exercise? Does exercising cause chest pain?
Liver or kidney disease:
Do you or have you had liver or kidney disease? What type?
Blood type: What is
your blood type (A, B, AB, or 0)?
Previous medical treatment:
What medical treatments have you had or are you taking now? For how long?
Have they helped?
treatment: What holistic therapies or supplements are you taking? How
long? Have they helped?
History: How long
have you had your present heart problems? Have you had a full medical diagnosis?
Prognosis? Include these.
Stress test: If you
have had a treadmill stress test, how quickly (how many beats in
the first minute) did your heart rate drop after peak exercise was stopped.
For most people the collection of
this data is not an easy task. Some doctors simply don't ask
the right questions. Blood type, for instance, is extremely
important but often ignored. Blood type has
an influence on our entire system at the cellular level. According to Dr. Peter
J. D'Adamo, author of Live Right 4 Your Type, "There is an active
interplay among various genes, especially those in close proximity to each
One example of this interaction is the
relationship the blood type gene has with genes that control our stress
responses. According to Dr. D'Adamo, "When we examine the body of research
on stress and blood type, we can see a clear difference in the ways that humans
respond to stress. Blood type plays a significant role in how much stress
we carry around inside all the time, the way we respond to stress, and how
quickly we recover from it."
Type A's usually over-respond to even minor
stress. This can be measured by increases in cortisol. Type O's on
the other hand, produce the least amounts of cortisol and adrenaline in response
to stress. Blood group A and AB are prone to high cholesterol while Type
Os and Bs are more susceptible to carbohydrate intolerance resulting in high
triglycerides and insulin resistance. [Blood Type
Encyclopedia: 2002; pp 216-222]
In other words, for Os and Bs, it's not
necessarily the fat in the food as it is the fat on the person. When group
O and B adopt low-fat, high carbohydrate diets, they gain weight. This
particular kind of weight gain (the "apple-shaped figure") is a major risk
factor for heart disease because the release of fat from the abdomen into the
blood stream is much faster than for other fat cells -- such as hips and thighs
in the "pear-shaped" figure.
As a matter of fact, Os and Bs actually need
the right kind of fat to stay thin. Without protein in their diets, they
do not gain the benefits of the specialized fat-busting enzymes in their
intestines. This explains why they can lower their cholesterol by adopting
high-protein diets. Conversely, Type As and ABs have lower levels of this
enzyme (intestinal alkaline phosphatase) which is why they are not as able to
break down fat which predisposes them to high cholesterol and heart attack.
Each of these pathways leads to a very different life-style plan
and diet to stay heart healthy.
Of course this simplistic description doesn't
even begin to tell the entire story. For more information on the
connection between blood type, diet, and disease, go to the
Library section of this web
site for the book reviews on Eat Right 4 Your Type and the Blood Type
The High Blood
As of July 1, 2011,
normal blood pressure is assumed to be 120/80 mmHg. However, in the past
the systolic number was believed to be 100 + your age. In the 1970s,
before drug intervention, normal was considered 165/95. Until 2003, 140/90
was considered normal. The point being is, the numbers appear to be a
moving target in the downward direction and every time they move the "normal"
range south, it means billions of dollars for the pharmaceutical industry as
more and more people qualify to be placed on medication.
I told my doctor
(June 2011) that I bought a blood pressure cuff and asked when I should worry.
He said 140/90. So apparently he is going by the 2003 numbers as many
doctors still do. But some doctors prescribe blood thinners for people who
they consider to be in the "pre-hypertension" range of 130-139
My mother, age 86, was one of these people.
She lived in Florida
next door to my sister at the time and I am in Pennsylvania. She didn't
tell anyone about the medication until the side-effects kicked in six months
later. She didn't want to make her doctor mad by complaining about the side
effects, which she didn't even recognize as side-effects even after reading
them. By the time she was taken off the medication, it was too late.
She had already broken her hip and that started a downward spiral that continues
to this day. She is now 98. I wish I could tell you that this is not
typical but sadly it's the norm in the USA. With the increasing consortium
between government and big pharma, it's buyer beware when shopping for a
Later this year
(2011) the Joint National Committee on Prevention, Detection, Evaluation and
Treatment of High Blood Pressure will meet for the first time since they set the
current guidelines in 2003. The latest JAMA study suggest that
cardiovascular risks show up when blood pressure reaches 115/75. Is this a
set-up? Will they lower the "normal" guidelines again?
I don't know but what
I do know is that in 1997, when the definition of diabetes was changed from a
fasting blood sugar level of 140 ml p/deciliter to 126 ml, 1.6 million people
instantly became diabetics in the US alone... all with the stroke of a pen.
Something else I know is that research data can clearly show that any blood
pressure at all increases the risk of cardiovascular disease. Only when
the heart stops beating does your risk drop to zero.
When Taking Your Blood Pressure
Refrain from tobacco and caffeine for at least 30
should not be crossed for at least 5 minutes before taking a
doctors know that the diaphragm side (not the bell side) of the
stethoscope should be used. Placing too much pressure on
the bell can occlude the artery and result in higher readings.
arm must be supported and relaxed with the cuff at the level of
your heart. Higher placement = Lower reading. Lower
placement = Higher reading.
forget about white coat syndrome and life stressors you may be
experiencing which may contribute to your reading.