Heart Dis-Ease: angina (heart attacks); blood clots; palpitations; hypertension (high blood pressure)…
The amount of mis-information about your heart is astounding. Cholesterol is just one of those.
In fact, most non-congenital heart problems are treatable with just the proper nutrients.
The foods we currently eat (even if you eat healthy) are vitamin-deficient.
Ancient humans ate a variety of animals, with the organ meats being the most revered. Heart, brain, liver, and other organs have certain trace minerals and B-vitamins that are hard to find in such a high quantity in other foods. You can read more about protomorphogens here.
Also, our soil is not only contaminated with pollutants, but most traditional farms have soil depleted of nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, and other nutrients due to current farming practices. Crops are not rotated according to nature’s laws. For example, if you plant potatoes in the same field more than 2 years in a row, they can be damaged by fungus.
The Chinese knew these laws several thousand years ago. The animals of the Chinese zodiac were actually made up to teach the (mostly uneducated) farmers about astrological patterns. Chinese astrology uses 10 “stems” and 12 “branches” combined with the 5 elements to trace patterns that can affect things like the weather, politics, and crop outcomes. It was originally taught only to scholars because of its complexity, but to help the farmers grow better crops, a simplified version – with animals instead of the traditional characters – was created.
So, modern food has almost no regard to the laws of nature and therefore our health suffers. All the more reason to buy organic! Even better, shop at your local farmer’s market.
Angina is basically a muscle cramp in your heart.
Cholesterol lowering medications do very little to prevent angina.
Statin drugs actually block the production of CoQ10 in your liver.
CoQ10 is a nutrient that helps protect your muscles, including your heart! So instead of helping your heart, the statin drugs actually stop a natural process in your body that your heart needs to be healthy. Wha….?
Muscle cramps are for the most part a sign of either a deficient nutrient or an mal-absorbed nutrient. Calcium deficiency or mal-absorption is the first one I would consider. Most calcium supplements are actually calcium carbonate, which is kind of like sheet rock. You could imagine how hard it is for your body to properly use something like sheet rock as a nutrient.
A low-fat diet, once all the health rage, is now scientifically known to be poor nutritional advice. A deficiency of essential fatty acids – like the ones found in fish, nuts, olive and coconut oils, and eggs – will not allow for the absorption of calcium and other trace elements.
Smoking has been shown in studies to hinder the absorption of several vitamins such as vitamin D, calcium, vitamin C and A, and iron. Smokers also use about 30% more vitamin C and A than the average person which further makes them vulnerable to deficiency.
The truth behind blood stagnation is not rooted in your HDL/LDL ratio, but in circulation of oxygen.
All the “western medical” resources like webmd; heart.org; the Mayo Clinic; medicine.net; American Heart Association; etc. note the following as heart dis-ease risk factors:
obesity, lack of exercise, hypertension, elevated cholesterol, and smoking.
What I failed to find anywhere was information – actual statistics – relating just cholesterol levels with heart dis-ease. In other words, if someone who is a healthy weight, a non-smoker and active, but just had elevated cholesterol…is their risk of heart dis-ease higher than someone who does not have elevated cholesterol?
Is cholesterol alone a risk factor???
If we take cholesterol out of the picture, let’s look at just obesity. In a study done by the Mayo Clinic, it was found that for every 10 pounds a person is overweight, the capacity for blood flow in the body’s vessels is reduced by 50%.
Let’s repeat this: for every 10 pounds overweight you are, your blood flow is reduced by 50%!!! The blood vessels are literally squished.
Imagine how restricted the blood flow is for someone who is 100 pounds overweight. This is why overweight persons have fatigue and are at risk of heart problems: lack of oxygen flow to the heart! Ain’t no amount of pills or surgeries can fix that.
Beriberi of the heart is still a real dis-ease.
Beriberi is a dis-ease most of us, including doctors, think of as kind of “old-timey.” But people still get it! They just are usually misdiagnosed. Not too many doctors, unfortunately, look for vitamin deficiencies as potential causes of health problems.
Beriberi is a B1 (thiamine) deficiency originally discovered in populations eating mainly white (processed) rice. It’s also commonly found in alcoholics. Symptoms include muscular weakness, heart palpitations, swelling of the lower body, and cardiac failure.
A diet lacking in wholesome B-complex vitamins will lead to muscular weakness. And remember, your heart is a muscle. The best sources of B-complex are organic, free-range, antibiotic and hormone-free animal products such as grass-fed beef, natural chicken and eggs, ocean (not farmed) salmon, beans, and leafy green vegetables such as kale and broccoli.
In 1968, a Boston pathologist investigated the deaths of two children from massive strokes. Both had inherited conditions that caused them to have extremely high levels of a protein breakdown product in their blood, and both had arteries as clogged with cholesterol as those of a 65-year-old fast-food addict. He found that elevated levels of an amino acid called homocysteine would contribute to the artery-clogging process of atherosclerosis.
How do B vitamins fit into the homocysteine picture? Folate, vitamin B6, and vitamin B12 play key roles in converting homocysteine into methionine, one of the 20 or so building blocks from which the body builds new proteins. Without enough folate, vitamin B6, and vitamin B12, this conversion process becomes inefficient and homocysteine levels increase. And, increasing intake of these vitamins (even in pill form) decreases homocysteine levels.
Again: the arterial congestion was from homocysteine, NOT from cholesterol.
Since these early observations about homocysteine, most but not all studies have linked high levels of homocysteine with a modest increase in risk of heart disease and stroke. And some but not all observational studies, including the Nurses’ Health Study, show lower risks of cardiovascular disease, stroke, and hypertension among people with higher intakes of folate, those who use multivitamin supplements, or those with higher levels of serum folate (the form of folate found in the body).
Being overweight also impacts how vitamin B12 is absorbed in your body (NCBI study 2013). It’s hard to say if the deficiency is due to a dietary imbalance or if the body mass increase somehow affects absorption.
Thoughts? Have you or a loved one been on the Western medical spiral of heart medications, surgeries, and endless doctor visits without real, permanent, answers? Let me know in the comments below: