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-
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-
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-
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.
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-
In a 2-
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-
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-
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-
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.
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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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