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Irregular Heartbeat (arrhythmia)

It is estimated that worldwide, more than 100 million people suffer from irregular heartbeat and it is caused by a instabilities in the creation or conduction of the electrical impulses responsible for a regular heartbeat. At times these instabilities are caused by a damaged area of the heart muscle after a heart attack, however, in  most  cases the causes of irregular heartbeat remain unknown. As always with allopathic treatments (conventional medicine) the treatments are confined to treating the symptoms.  Beta-blockers, calcium antagonists and other anti-arrhythmic drugs are given to patients in the  hope that  they  will  decrease the incidence of irregular heartbeat, however, the most frequent known side effect of these drugs is an increased risk for new arrhythmias.

Slow forms of arrhythmias with long pauses between heartbeats are dealt with by implanting a pacemaker. In other cases the heart muscle tissue that produces the uncoordinated electrical impulses is cauterised (burned) and eliminated as a focus of the electrical disturbance. Without an understanding of the primary cause of irregular heartbeat, the therapeutic approaches by conventional medicine are not specific and often fail.

Modern Cellular Medicine now provides the breakthrough in our understanding of the causes and prevention of irregular heartbeat. The most frequent cause is a chronic deficiency of  vitamins  and  other essential nutrients throughout the millions of heart muscle cells.  Long-term  deficiencies of essential nutrients in these cells cause disturbances in the creation  and conduction of the electrical impulses and trigger arrhythmias. The treatment is, therefore, a course of vitamins and nutrients to eliminate the deficiency.

Atherosclerosis (arteriosclerosis)

Atherosclerosis is a potentially serious condition where arteries become clogged with fatty substances called plaques, or atheroma. These plaques cause the arteries to harden and narrow, restricting the blood flow and oxygen supply to vital organs, and increasing the risk of blood clots that could potentially block the flow of blood to the heart or brain. Atherosclerosis doesn't tend to have any symptoms at first, and many people may be unaware they have it, but it can eventually cause life-threatening problems such as heart attacks and strokes if it gets worse.

An early symptom is known as angina and can manifest itself as periods of tight, dull or heavy chest pain caused by the coronary heart disease and this will usually precede a heart attack. The pain doesn’t always centre around the chest and can occur in the left arm, neck, jaw and back. These usually occur when the heart is forced to work harder even if it is only walking. In some cases, the pain is similar to indigestion or acid reflux and sometimes people can experience unusual breathlessness without chest pain. Long term deficiencies of essential nutrients is again the most common case and the treatment is, therefore, a course of vitamins and nutrients to eliminate the deficiency along with a varied diet and healthy lifestyle. Without going into the full mechanism of why arteriosclerosis occurs, giving the patient statins to reduce the build up in the arteries causes more problems than it cures.   

Cholesterol

Contrary to general advice from the medical profession, a high level of cholesterol does not cause atherosclerosis. Cholesterol is manufactured in the liver and high levels of cholesterol can be the result of a hereditary condition or an indicator of damage that the body needs to repair. It is important here to differentiate between cholesterol and lipoproteins. The chemical formula for cholesterol is C27H46O and there is no good or bad cholesterol. If you had no cholesterol in your body you would be dead. No cells, no bone structure, no muscles, no hormones, no sex, no reproductive system, no digestion, no brain function, no memory, no nerve endings, no movement, no human life – nothing without cholesterol. It is utterly vital and we die instantly without it. Fat and cholesterol are not water soluble so they need to be carried around the body in something to do their vital work. The carriers of such substances are called lipoproteins. We can think of lipoproteins as tiny ‘taxi cabs’ travelling round the blood stream acting as transporters. So, lipoproteins are carriers of cholesterol as well as triglycerides and phospholipids and protein. All lipoproteins carry all of these substances just in different proportions. LDL would more accurately be called the carrier of fresh cholesterol and HDL would more accurately be called the carrier of used LDL for recycling.  When a doctor tells you that you have high cholesterol levels he is actually telling you that you have high lipoprotein levels and even this is a guess as not all lipoproteins can be measured.  

Hundreds of millions of people have elevated blood levels of cholesterol, triglycerides, LDL (low density lipoproteins), lipoprotein(a) and other lipoproteins. According to Cellular Health™, these are actually secondary risk factors for cardiovascular disease and the consequence of ongoing vascular disease, with the primary cause being instability of blood vessel walls. Conventional medicine considers genetic and dietary risks to be the main causes of elevated cholesterol blood levels. If a change of diet doesn’t help, the medical community commonly reaches for harmful cholesterol-lowering drugs and other medicines to suppress the symptoms.

In a 2-year double-blind trial in patients with coronary heart disease (CHD) it was found that daily fish-oil supplementation increased the incidence of atherosclerotic regression, and decreased the loss in minimal luminal diameter, as assessed by quantitative coronary angiography.  Fish-oil recipients also experienced fewer cardiovascular events. LDL cholesterol levels tended to be greater in the fish-oil group.  The lack of  importance of total LDL levels was further underscored by two recent trials that examined the impact of LDL-lowering therapy on calcified coronary plaque progression.  In the first of these studies, patients given aggressive LDL cholesterol-lowering treatment (statins plus niaicin) were compared with those receiving less aggressive treatment (statins alone). Despite greater LDL reductions in the former group, there were no differences in calcified plaque progression as detected by electron beam tomography.  The authors concluded:  “ with respect to LDL cholesterol lowering, ‘lower is better’ is not supported by changes in calcified plaque progression.”

In the Scottish Aortic Stenosis and Lipid Lowering Trial, patients with calcific aortic stenosis were randomly assigned to receive either 80 mg of atorvastatin daily or placebo.  After 25 months, serum LDL concentrations remained at an average 130 mg/dL (3.36 mmol/l) in the placebo group but fell significantly to 63 mg mg/dL in the atorvastatin group. Despite the fact that LDL levels were reduced by more than half in the atorvastatin subjects, there was no difference in aortic-jet velocity or progression in aortic-valve calcification between the treatment or placebo groups. Here, it has to be said, the base line LDL levels were quite low to start with and that the total cholesterol was probably no more than 4,3 mmol/l to start with.

It must be said, however, that studies carried out with patients with hyperlipoproteinemia ( excessively high cholesterol levels) show a small reduction in atherosclerotic progression (where the inside of an artery narrows due to the build up of plaque).  In these instances the lowering of cholesterol levels by the use of statins can be of some benefit to the patient.

Common Reported Side Effects of Statins and Cholesterol-Lowering Medications

1.   Chronic aches and pains (especially in muscles and joints).

2.   Impaired (slowed) wound healing.

3.   Progressive cognition and memory problems, confusion, mood problems, depression and dementia.

4.   Numbness, tingling, swelling and weakness.

5.   Impaired immune function.

6.   Increasing fatigue, decreased stress-handling ability and impotence.

7.   De-myelination disorders such as ALS and MS.

8.   Liver damage.

9.   Shortness of breath.

10. Increased incidence of heart failure and increased susceptibility to degenerative processes.


Causes of Atherosclerosis (arteriosclerosis)

Modern life is a problem for our health as pollution, fast food, alcohol, stress and drugs all contribute to the slow deterioration of our general health. Getting our bodies back into balance is not the sort of journey that most people are willing to take preferring to rely on the medical profession who promise a quick fix for little effort. For those who are willing to make lifestyle changes, the benefits are immense.

Alcohol - cleansing the body of alcohol uses up precious stores of Vitamin C leaving the body short for essential maintenance and repair. Even small quantities of alcohol can leave us Vitamin C deficient.

Fast foods - are often low in the essential vitamins and minerals that we need to maintain and repair the body. Food needs to be varied and colourful and not just a source of energy.

Pollution - is another source of toxin causing chemical damage to the body that has to be flushed out of the system . This further depletes the essential vitamins and minerals that would otherwise be used to keep the body in good order.

Drugs - the repair of damage to the cells caused by drugs, whether from tobacco or synthetic medicines, adds to the burden on the body’s natural repair mechanism.  Some drugs block the uptake or utilisation of essential nutrients needed for natural chemical functions.

Stress - releases chemicals into our systems which use up resources as our bodies try to normalise themselves.  

Treatments

Restoring this balance is different in most every case, however, reducing the stress on the body by changing your lifestyle is a great way to start. Unfortunately even a healthy diet does not supply enough vitamins and minerals to maintain good health in modern day life so the addition of supplements is required. Vitamin C is a regulator of cholesterol metabolism and a stabiliser of the walls of the arteries and, therefore, essential to the diet. Unfortunately, it is rare for anyone to absorb enough vitamin C through their normal diet to cope with modern living.

Most research seems to point towards Cholesterol lowering drugs having only a minor effect on the buildup of plaque inside the artery walls and is certainly not shown to reduce this buildup in anyway.  The dissolving of plaque can be achieved with the supplementation of  Lysine and Proline whilst using vitamin C to stabilise the artery walls. For further information see our Diet and Health page.

If it were as simple as just taking more vitamin C then I for one would be very happy but, when was life ever that simple. There is the effects of Lysine and Proline and vitamin D along with phytobiologicals such as EGCG (green tea extract), Curcumin, Resveratrol, Quercetin and many others. When we say that you need a varied and colourful diet it is so that the body gets as many nutrients as possible. There are certain supplements that are designed to give as wide a range of nutrients as possible to cover any shortfall.

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