Nutrition and Exercise Vs. Drugs and Surgery
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Heart disease, the leading cause of death in the United States, takes the lives of about 2,500 Americans each day. This killer disease is so prevalent that it’s responsible for 40 percent of all U.S. deaths, killing more people than all forms of cancer combined, according to the Mayo Clinic.
It can take on many forms ranging from coronary artery disease, the most common type, which involves a hardening of the arteries that provide oxygen and nutrients to your heart, to heart failure, heart muscle disease, heart valve failure and abnormal heart rhythms or arrythmias.
While heart disease is often serious, the good news is that you may have more control over your heart disease risk than not. In fact, while a family history or advancing age are known risk factors that you can’t control, there are multiple heart disease risk factors that are completely within your power to influence. These include:
Keeping your cholesterol levels in a healthy range
Managing high blood pressure
Maintaining a healthy body weight
Controlling diabetes, if you have it
Lowering C-reactive protein levels
Controlling stress and anger
Unfortunately, the go-to treatments for heart disease may not always include a revamping of lifestyle habits that may have contributed to the disease in the first place. Instead, they center on drugs and surgeries, which do nothing to treat the underlying disease.
How to Avoid Drugs and Surgery for Heart Disease
Physicians often provide drugs for heart disease patients, which may include one or more of the following:
Blood pressure lowering drugs (diuretics, etc.)
Angiotensin-converting enzymes (ACE) inhibitors or beta blockers
Blood-thinning medications, such as daily aspirin therapy
Cholesterol-lowering medications, such as statin drugs
If the medications don’t work, you may also be advised to get a medical procedure such as coronary angioplasty (in which a balloon is inserted into an artery to help reopen it) or coronary artery bypass surgery (which involves removing a portion of a blocked artery and replacing it with a vein from another part of your body).
These procedures may work in the short-term, but along with carrying risks of side effects they do nothing to treat the reason why heart disease developed in the first place. Often, if you want to avoid the need for drugs and surgery to treat heart disease … and if you want to avoid developing heart disease altogether … you can do so by making a commitment to a healthy lifestyle.
Your Heart is What You Eat
You’ve heard the phrase, “you are what you eat”? Well, your heart is very much tied to your diet, along with the rest of your body.
By now most of you probably know that a diet rich in fruits and vegetables and low in unhealthy fats, like trans fats, will help protect your heart. But what you may not know is just how damaging seemingly innocuous foods like white bread, rice, pizza and other processed foods can be.
In reality, women who eat more carbohydrate-rich food like white bread and rice are more than twice as likely to develop heart disease than women who eat less of these items, according to Italian researchers.
These high-glycemic index carbs turn quickly into sugar in your body, which leads to unhealthy spikes in blood sugar. This is the same mechanism that, in time, can also lead to the development of type 2 diabetes, which a new study also found can double your risk of developing blood vessel diseases or suffering from a heart attack or stroke.
Take, for example, a handful of whole grains and a handful of white flour. Let it sift through your fingers and what do you notice? The whole grains go through slowly, while the white flour runs through like water.
This is similar to what happens inside of your body. While whole foods, such as an orange, contain fiber, nutrients and other beneficial compounds that take your body some time to digest, refined foods, such as orange juice, contain only simple carbs that get metabolized very quickly.
Under normal circumstances, every time you eat your blood glucose (sugar) levels will rise slightly. This signals your pancreas to release insulin, which makes sure your blood sugar levels do not get too high.
However, if your blood glucose levels remain elevated for too long, such as can happen if you eat a steady diet of refined foods, it can lead to obesity, diabetes and damage to your kidneys, eyes, nerves and blood vessels.
In this way, eating refined foods are very much like trying to keep a bonfire going with toilet paper. Your body (the bonfire) consumes the refined foods (the toilet paper) extremely quickly, yet does not get enough sustenance to keep fueled for long. After a brief boost, you will need to eat more and more refined foods just to keep going (but eventually even an unlimited amount of refined foods will not be enough to fuel your body).
This may also explain why a 2004 study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that people who ate the most white bread and other refined foods gained the most belly fat, a dangerous type of fat that can infiltrate your liver and other organs, streak through your muscles and even strangle your heart.
So if you want to keep your heart healthy, one of the best choices you can make is to replace processed foods in your diet with fresh, whole foods, and ideally raw foods.
Nutritional “Therapy” for a Healthier Heart?
Along with a diet that focuses on fresh, raw foods, you’ll also want to be sure you’re consuming plenty of omega-3 fats. The omega-3s found in fish and fish oils cut the risk of blood clots and thus lessen the chance of a heart attack. The American Heart Association recommends that you eat two servings or more of fish a week, but because fish may be contaminated with heavy metals, you may want to opt to take a purified fish oil supplement instead.
Ask at your next appointment ask about other supplements that may help to support heart health, which are available only through qualified health care practitioners:
"I.V. Chelation" also know as "Vitamin Infusion Detox
According to an article published at Ohio State University "heavy metals and other toxins have been linked to many human diseases, but determining exactly how they damage the body remains a mystery in many cases. New research focusing on a relatively obscure, misunderstood protein suggests mercury's link to heart disease can be traced to activation of this enzyme, which triggers a process leading to plaque buildup in blood vessel walls."
The study also suggests that chelation therapy, a process that removes metals from the body, and antioxidants both show signs of suppressing this activity and might be key to reducing the damage caused by mercury, and possibly other heavy metals.
"Chelators overall did a better job than antioxidants at protecting against mercury activation of the enzyme." according to Thomas Hagele, first author of the study.
Life Saving Findings of National U.S. Heavy Metal Detox T.A.C.T. Study
("I.V. Chelation" also known as "Vitamin Infusion Detox")
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According to award-winning, Board Certified Cardiologist and Internist, as well as the co-creator of the world famous "South Beach Diet," Dr. Roy Heilbron, "90% of everyone will die of Heart Disease or Cancer, but most people no longer need to die from either."
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Chelation Therapy T.A.C.T. Study Findings Showed an Amazing:
18% IMPROVEMENT FOR HEART DISEASE
26% IMPROVEMENT FOR HEART DISEASE IF TAKEN WITH VITAMINS
39% IMPROVEMENT FOR DIABETIC HEART DISEASE
23% IMPROVEMENT FOR HEART ATTACKS AND STROKES
Dr. Roy Heilbron's T.A.C.T. Study Results Summation:
Chelation Therapy and Vitamins: 26% Improved
Overall improvement in heart health: 18%
Death reduced: 7%
Heart Attacks reduced: 23%
Hospitalizations reduced: 28%
Diabetic heart complications reduced: 39%
Heart Surgeries reduced: 19%
Strokes reduced: 23%
Over 1,700 patients participated in the 10 year study. Each patient must have had one or more prior heart attacks at least two years or more years prior to participating in the study. Most, if not all, of the patients were anticipated statistically to have another incidence (incidence being another heart attack or to die from a heart attack.)
What might this mean for a patient who has already had a heart attack or a stroke? Imagine the possibility of continuing to live without any major or minor heart surgery or the possibility of removing the cause of heart attacks, strokes, or even cancer, without highly invasive surgery that can cause injuries or even death.
When NIH’s Dr. Gervasio Lamas’ ground-breaking presentation of the T.A.C.T. Study results were given at the 2012 American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions in Los Angeles, approximately 10,000 cardiologists attending fell suddenly totally silent as they were clearly stunned and unpleasantly surprised! All but a few of the cardiologists present had ever done Chelation Therapy or knew anything about it, and these T.A.C.T. Study results threatened the future need for their heart surgeries, the placement of stents, and other expensive conventional treatments. These "conventional treatments" are what hospitals and doctors currently depend upon to sustain the current standards of their professional services and livelihoods.
Dr. Heilbron shares that, based on his experience, if these results were for an expensive drug with major pharmaceutical funding and profits at stake, the cardiologists would have given thunderous applause and long standing ovations for Dr. Lamas’ T.A.C.T. Study speech and slideshow. Then the astounding news would have been followed by immediate and massive press exposure from the medical communities, directed at the public for a high demand of these pharmaceuticals.
Instead, the reaction was a deafening silence in the auditorium of over 10,000 cardiologists, sitting in shock, concerned about the future of their practices wondering whether to change their points of view on Chelation Therapy, or to somehow quash these findings from ever becoming known publicly, let alone integrated into conventional medicine.
"Quashed Public Awareness of the Meaningful Results that Could Save Lives"
The T.A.C.T. study results were clearly so shocking to the medical community at large that the actual statistical results were suppressed from being published for almost 5 months (instead of the usual same or next day publication.)
Following the AHA Scientific Sessions, Dr. Heilbron stated that he observed all of the mainstream media's articles in journals and publications either blatantly written leaving out the statistical TACT Study results, or the results stated in abstract scientific terms. Most, if not all, of the doctors and their patients would never comprehend the finding's actual amazingly high percentage improvements overall and for each endpoint.
"What happened to the "Hippocratic Oath" we all took?" asked Dr. Heilbron.
"How could this happen in America? What happened to freedom of speech? What happened to the communities of dedicated patient-centric doctors and medical services? It makes no sense... except on a purely business basis -- at the expense of patients’ and loss of their quality of life, plus needless agony, possible deepening of debt, and suffering for so many unnecessarily."
It seems the results at the 2012 AHA (American Heart Association) may have been too good. The findings have been suppressed from every perspective according to Dr. Heilbron, who stated what he witnessed during the conference and thereafter, the publication of the results being skewed to not even be comprehended by most cardiologists or doctors, much less their patients.
The actual T.A.C.T. Study findings were "beyond the norms of most drug studies which are often raced to market, even when they have low single digit results!"
The T.A.C.T. Study improvements – lack of heart related incidents (lack of reoccurring heart attack or death) was an incredible:
18% to over 37% lack of reoccurring incident of heart attack or death, depending on whether or not it's taken with vitamins!
"These results are HUGE! Especially if you are a patient who already had a heart attack fearing the next one is only a matter of time!" stated Dr. Heilbron.
Dr. Heilbron while working with the Mayo Clinic was instrumentally involved with structuring the fundamental facts for the South Beach Diet, and in working with Mt. Sinai Medical Center was instrumental in assuring the protocol for the T.A.C.T. Study was followed by all participating T.A.C.T. doctors.
There were 134 clinics involved in the study including Harvard, Mayo Clinic, Duke University, University of Miami, Mount Sinai Medical Center, and many more.
The T.A.C.T. Study consisted of many of the most prestigious clinics in the U.S. with over 300 participating doctors treating over 1,700 heart attack patients over a ten year period and $31 million in taxpayer's money. You and your families, along with over 300 million people in the U.S. have the right to be made highly aware of these findings and how they might save your life or the life of a loved one.
We encourage you to pass this article along to anyone with heart concerns or concerns about cancer.
Dr. Heilbron went on to state that if any patient or their doctor is interested in learning more about chelation they should go the ACAM website and to the website of Garry F. Gordon MD,DO,MD(H), President of Gordon Research Institute who per Dr. Heilbron is one of the leading world researcher on EDTA Chelation Therapy with over 7,000 articles. There you’ll find whatever specific information on Chelation related to heart attacks and cancer you need.
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What You Need to Know about Nutrition for Healthy Heart Support
Three foundational nutrients known for supporting a healthy heart include CoQ10, Magnesium and Taurine which are easily absorbed and highly effective for supporting several aspects of heart health and blood pressure.
For more targeted nutritional support, the combination of well-known nutrients carnitine and ribose are impactful too for enhancing heart health.
In addition to a lifestyle that discourages unhealthy habits like smoking and excessive alcohol, promotes healthy physical activity, smart weight management and emphasizes diets that keep blood sugar levels healthy, smart nutritional supplementation can make a big difference in how long you maintain a healthy heart.
Exercising Your Way to a Healthy Heart
You’re probably well aware that a lack of regular exercise is not good for your heart … but did you know that simply sitting too much can be harmful to your heart, too?
American adults spend an average of more than eight hours each day in front of screens, including televisions, computer monitors, cell phones and others, according to a Video Consumer Mapping study.
During this time, most Americans are also likely to be sitting, but that’s not all. Americans also sit at their desks and in their cars, which could easily push the average number of hours spent sitting even higher.
What’s the problem with sitting?
Your body was not meant to sit in one position for long periods of time. When this occurs, not only are your muscles not engaged, but the circulation of lipase, an enzyme that absorbs fat, is stopped. So instead of being absorbed by your muscles, when you’re sitting fat recirculates in your bloodstream where it may end up stored as body fat, clogging arteries or contributing to disease.
Sitting has also been found to actually stimulate disease-promoting processes, i.e. “Sittosis,” and may double or even triple your risk of diabetes, obesity, heart disease and premature death.
So it’s important to not only sit less, but also to challenge your body with regular exercise. Exercise helps to control many risk factors for heart disease, including:
High blood pressure
Managing Your Stress = A Healthier Heart
Out of control stress levels can contribute to heart attacks and strokes.
You can reduce your stress levels by practicing relaxation techniques such as listening to calming music or trying Tai Chi or yoga.
If you’re finding it hard to de-stress because of too many “to-do’s” in your daily life, time management experts recommend taking care of as much of the small stuff as possible right away. For instance, stop on any quick errands you can on your way to work, then write back any quick e-mails, make any quick phone calls and get any other fast tasks out of the way immediately.
That way, you can completely forget about these things, rather than holding them somewhere in the back of your mind to accumulate and do later. The end result? You feel less cluttered, less overwhelmed and less stressed.
When you add it all up, by taking these three action steps to heart:
… you can effectively eliminate the causes of heart disease so there’s no need for a “cure” in the form of drugs and surgery down the road.
An ounce of prevention truly is worth a pound of cure!
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Health and Air Quality
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The Trial to Assess Chelation Therapy (TACT) - Medicine & Diseases - LONGECITY
The ACC (American College of Cardiology) CardioSource - ACC and the AHA (American Heart Association) do not yet recommend chelation therapy as a treatment for Heart Disease, despite the TACT Study findings presentation at their 2012 conference. Some cardiologists shared comments.
JAMA Network | JAMA | Effect of Disodium EDTA Chelation Regimen on Cardiovascular Events in Patients With Previous Myocardial Infarction: The TACT Randomized Trial
Controversial NIH Chelation Trial Published In JAMA - Forbes
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