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Is surgery for the treatment of Heart Disease coming to an end?  Are we ready for a New Approach?

Relying on extremely simplistic risk factors to handle cardiovascular problems which lead to heart attacks (America's number one killer) is long overdue for a kinder, safer, non-invasive approach. Cholesterol lowering (the key risk factor for those not having time to research) is finally being replaced by far more meaningful parameters. These new parameters should empower more and more patients to give up many of the dangerous, expensive cholesterol lowering drugs on which they've been sold and encourage them to question their excessive reliance on surgical intervention for the treatment of heart disease.

Why is Vulnerable Plaque so significant?

The science behind these new parameters is an astonishing breakthrough, which can be summed up in two words: vulnerable plaque. Research has now shown that this unstable plaque is not seen on the arteriogram! Therefore, what the doctor can NOT see is the dangerous plaque that leads to the massive blood clot that kills almost 50% of Americans today. We have long known that all obstructing plaque that can be seen. can be reversed with diet, exercise, meditation programs such as Dr Ornish has developed. Now we learn that these VISIBLE lesions that have caused doctors to recommend so many needless bypass and other invasive surgical procedures for heart disease are not the ones that are involved in 85% of all heart attacks! That explains why we have not found a really significant reduction in heart attacks or deaths in surgically operated patients. It appears that we have been operating needlessly on the wrong plaque!

We need to Treat the Blood, not cut out the Artery!

More importantly the new understanding about the role of infection and inflammation in SUDDEN DEATH from heart attacks suggests that all current surgically based approaches to heart disease are as misguided as removing your lung if you have pneumonia! WE need to focus on the blood and NOT the blood vessel!

Even your doctor may not be informed regarding some of the recent important developments that have surfaced so rapidly in the past several months. These provide the ability to see the dangerous VULNERABLE plaque NONINVASIVELY with a high speed MRI and other special devices that are now being developed. These are state of the art, highly specialized instruments which are not yet found in local hospitals, but which will be invaluable in cardiovascular clinics in the future. Although the popular high speed CAT scan provides useful information regarding the calcium content, this is not measuring the really dangerous vulnerable plaque; therefore, I recommend that you use a bad score on this test to motivate you to carefully follow the advice and recommendations contained in this article, and then do a retest in a future time because it is important to make that calcium content lower, but it does not identify the vulnerable plaque.

Heart Disease appears to be closely linked to inflammation.

The inflammation/infection aspect of heart disease was given added validation by: 1.) the recognition of a new measurement of Interlucan 1, an inflammatory marker published in Circulation, Vol. 5-99, 1999, and 2.) in a review article published in NEJM (New England Journal of Medicine), Vol. 3-40, 1999. Further validation was added by the recent report published in JAMA showing that up to 55% of heart attacks appear to be prevented by treatment with proper antibiotics. In addition, evidence published in Science, February 1999, implicates an infectious bacteria known as chlamydia, while CMV and Herpes (common retroviruses) have also been shown to be closely connected with heart attacks. Chlamydia is a disease to which up to 95% of us is exposed during our lives.

It's extremely difficult to stop Inflammation with a knife!

Then, too, the experts studying vulnerable plaque agree that there's an inflammatory component to this extremely dangerous vulnerable plaque, which confirms that surgery would not be the correct approach. This means that both patients and doctors alike should look past the quick surgical remedies toward new discoveries. And while these new parameters become more refined and irrefutable, we must improve our diet and life style, exercise, and maintain a healthy immune system by taking long term oral Chelating and other detoxifying supplements, and SAFE anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, antithrombotic, lipid-lowering, natural supplement therapies.

A Safe Anti-Inflammatory & Comprehensive Cardio-Vascular Supplement exists.

At this time, I am happy to report that those of my patients taking the comprehensive 9 pill packets of Beyond Chelation combined with 3 to 5 Wobenzym N twice daily are conveniently addressing all of the newly recognized molecular mechanisms of heart disease -- from controlling Homocysteine, and elevated cholesterol or triglycerides, to lowering C-reactive protein, which is rapidly becoming the MOST important test in cardiology!

Aspirin is OK in an Emergency, but we need Safe, Long Term Help.

Again, it is time to stop focusing on the artery wall and the visible plaque seen on angiograms and time to look at the far more important inflammatory and clotting components in the bloodstream. We have heard that taking an aspirin when one is having a heart attack can increase survival, which should be a temporary emergency measure only. But we know from statistics that the great majority of us seem to need some longterm anti-clotting protection against the massive blood clots that we now believe are involved in lethal heart attacks. Researchers are finding that long term use of anti-inflammatory drugs are a MAJOR factor in helping to prevent not just Alzheimer's disease, but heart attacks and strokes as well! The problem is that although there are now proven benefits from taking a daily dose of aspirin and/or other NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs), we pay dearly for these benefits with over 20 thousand deaths annually, and over 125 thousand hospitalizations, generally related to internal bleeding although liver and kidney damage are also far too common.

Today we can offer our patients a major new nutritionally-based therapy that acts like an oral vaccination, Transfer Factor. This exciting development assists us in dealing with the infection aspect of vascular disease and will help control serious chronic viral and other infections now being implicated in heart attack and stroke. The viruses treated by Transfer Factor includes Herpes, CMV, Chlamydia, and Heliobacter (often coming from chronic dental problems). Until such time as science identifies the proper vaccination or possibly anti-infective therapies that will cure these infections, none the less, it still would be advisable for all of us to take a daily, safe affordable anti-inflammatory treatment that has been documented to have no side effects and which has been shown to offer us many far reaching benefits that we all need as we age. These include effectively treating most forms of arthritis better than standard medicine today, increasing the life span of all cancer patients a minimum of 30% and thus helping to control this disease, protecting against injuries, fortifying our immune systems every day of our lives. Fortunately, Germany has developed an all-natural combination Enzyme-Bioflavonoid product that is widely available in most countries and known as Wobenzym-N. With this product, we get all the benefits of anti-inflammatory medication without the high incidence of gastrointestinal bleeding associated with the use of aspirin and the many other documented side effects known to develop after the long-term use of NSAIDS and other standard anti-inflammatory medications.

Over 100 Million People have used Wobenzym in a 30-year period.  During that time, No Detrimental Side Effects have been reported from its use.

Manufactured by the Mucos Company in Germany since the 1960's, Wobenzym is now widely available in the United States at a time when there is a greater need than ever before to include it in our nutritional defense program. Unlike most enzymes on the market, this enzyme is specially designed so that it is not used to digest food but is used internally, inside the bloodstream, beneficially affecting many of the factors that are now know to lead to the development of serious diseases. These factors range from: 1.) circulating immune complexes to (These have been shown to shorten our lifespan.); 2.) lowering the elevated levels of fibrinogen that tend to make our blood thicker as we get older to; 3.) treating Herpes and other viral and bacterial infections -- either alone or as part of a total antiinfection program, including Transfer Factor and/or other antibiotics. (Note: Wobenzym alone has been shown more effective in treating Herpes than the standard anti-viral drugs now available, and, when combined with the Immune Inducer Transfer Factor, it is even far more effective!); 4.) lowering elevated C-Reactive proteins to the lowest 50 percentile or the lower portion of the so-called normal range. (Note: The range at the current time is too wide. For optimum health, we should place our limit on figures set far lower than they are at present.)

The C-Reactive Protein Test identifies how active the inflammatory process is when the test is taken.

New Tests have been proven necessary for Accurate treatment of individual heart problems.

There are many other aspects to this revolution in heart disease. As we mentioned earlier, the literature being published is escalating; so too is the information regarding these tests that are now recognized as significant in determining risk factors. IF your doctor could keep up with current published literature, some of the tests he would prescribe for you would not be just cholesterol even with its subsets of HDL, LDL, but the newer Lpa and the latest oxidized cholesterol antibody test. Furthermore, adhesion molecules such as VCAM and ICAM that measure how sticky things are, can now be measured at the molecular level. These are vascular and intercellular adhesion molecules that have been implicated in the impaired circulation of the tiny vessels (capillaries) that eventually lead to loss of vision with such common conditions as macular degeneration and glaucoma.

The physician should also test platelet aggregation, fibrinogen, lipid peroxide, and other markers of free radical damage. Furthermore, he can monitor the level of activity (antibodies) to the various infectious agents now implicated in arteriosclerosis, such as chlamydia, CMV (Cytomegalovirus), Herpes, etc. Since virtually all of us test positive for these infectious agents, I routinely now recommend the use of Polyvalent Immune Inducer Transfer Factor, but note, some seriously immune compromised patients will still benefit from IV Hydrogen Peroxide (H2O2) and/or the use of antibiotics.

Platelet aggregation tests show how sticky platelets become when challenged. Note: This leads to the bloodclots that we now recognize as the immediate cause of death in MANY heart attacks and strokes! Homocysteine (Note: This test can not be accurately done in a serum separator tube. It needs 1.5 gm of methionine taken orally 4 hours before in order to help identify approximately the 30% of us who are found to have this DANGEROUS and (now) COMMON but generally unrecognized problem.

Serum ferritin levels are done because most of us have dangerously elevated levels of iron because so many of us have mistakenly been taking vitamin and mineral supplements containing IRON. Having elevated iron levels is as dangerous as having elevated lead. This iron overload is contributing to our already heavy metal poisoned bodies.

Fasting insulin levels, triglycerides/HDL ratio, Redox, pH, Resistance, APO E-2, 3, 4 blood type testing, food allergy tests, are all useful in helping optimize our lifestyle and dietary program. Fatty acid analysis (on red blood cell membranes) and amino acid testing on urine or blood are all part of the extremely useful tests which allow me to individualize the optimal nutritional support program for my patients.

Generally the more of these tests that we do, the more things you will find out of ideal levels. Fortunately, most of these abnormalities that we uncover can be GREATLY helped with the cardiovascular nutritional support products BC (Beyond Chelation) Wobenzym, and Polyvalent Immune Inducer (TF) – particularly when taken ALONG with appropriate diet and life style changes! NOTE: These tests are available through specially licensed laboratories in the United States such as Immunosciences, Beverly Hills CA 800-9504686, Great Smokies Diagnostic Lab Asheville NC. 800 522 4762, and Antibody Assay Laboratories of Los Angeles, CA.

If these tests are difficult to obtain cost-wise and within a reasonable time, you can still address your risk factors with a Nutritionally Based Product.

Most of these tests are now recognized as important in maintaining optimal health. I find these tests allow me to individualize and monitor the success of nutritional and life style support programs that my patients choose to follow. We cannot expect overnight to have these tests widely available or get physicians up to speed on the proper interpretation of these tests, nor can we expect all of the insurance companies to suddenly agree to pay for all of these tests that they may fell are more of a longevity/anti-aging program rather than the standard practice of disease detection which our health insurance has chosen to focus upon. Since there will be problems getting these tests widely available for everyone, I have chosen to focus on developing a cost effective, convenient, affordable, clinically tested broad-spectrum NUTRITIONALLY based approach that addresses all of these risk factors

This program deals with the nutritional and metabolic aspects of vascular disease and aging itself. This program deals with homocysteine, which is a readily, nutritionally responsive, widespread, newly recognized metabolic problem. We find that over 30% of people correctly and appropriately tested by a laboratory specializing in this test will be positive if the patient receives an oral challenge with perhaps 1500 mg of methionine approximately four hours before the test is drawn.. Current research clearly shows that Homocysteine is such an important risk factor for many outcomes including Alzheimer’s disease and Cancer, that controlling the levels of cholesterol that we have wasted so much time and money on virtually pales in significance when compared to the danger of Homocysteine elevations. NOTE: It appears that ideal homocystiene levels should be at 7 or below.

While Living on Devitalized Food from Mineral Deficient Soils, Packaged in Boxes, Picked Green, and Stored in Refrigerated Compartments, We Need Supplements more than ever before.

Homocysteine used to be a rare in-born metabolic error, but it has recently become a virtual epidemic, and those of us who are looking for some rational explanation are focusing on a combination of contributing causes. For the most part, these causes could be characterized as dietary deficiencies of many essential nutrients, as well as an excessively high protein intake, in a body that averages today 1000 times more lead than was present before the industrial age, while getting less and less of the essential minerals including Zinc in our excessively refined foods.

No one today doubts the advisability of taking anti-oxidants such as Vitamin E & C in doses far beyond what the average diet provides us. Homocysteine has become such a common problem in our society today that it clearly would appear prudent to protect ourselves by taking additional levels of B6, B12, and even Betaine Hydrochloride. It has become clear to me that maintaining optimal health requires that we also take chelating and detoxifying agents such as garlic and EDTA that will continuously help pull out the toxins like lead, mercury, and pesticides, etc., out of the body. This way, we are not putting the expensive essential nutrients like vitamin E, etc., into a polluted cesspool and expecting to get the full benefits of these miraculous nutrients.

Our Systems must NOW deal with Lead & Heavy Metal Intruders!

We know that on AVERAGE, studies have shown that we have at least 1,000 times more lead in our brains, with even higher levels in our pituitary gland (that makes our vital HUMAN GROWTH HORMONE) than we had before the industrial age AND that other toxic heavy metals are being found in equally elevated levels in critical tissues and organs throughout our body, such as our kidneys, liver, and brain. Note: Congestive failure heart patients have recently been reported to have 22,000 times more mercury and 14,000 times more antimony in their hearts. We all get too much mercury, both from our silver amalgam fillings and even from the fish we eat. I do not wait to start intervenous chelation for treating this massive epidemic of heavy metal toxicity from which we all suffer. Instead I recommend taking ORAL chelation daily forever as soon as you can begin to swallow a well formulated product. I designed Garlic plus (as found in BC) to be such a formula. It is the chelation portion of the new all-purpose multiple nutrient support product (BC) and it provides incredible detoxification. The formula includes EDTA which was approved by the FDA years ago for the treatment of asymptomatic levels of lead. Thus it improves IQ levels, immune system, energy, etc. I find this to be a very useful adjunct in detoxification, if not an essential therapy for all of us to take daily in our polluted world.

Excessive Levels of Lead in the Brain Lowers IQ.

I recommend taking BC (containing 9 pills in convenient plastic packs) be taken at least once or preferably twice daily for everyone at least by age 9 in place of any standard multiple vitamin formula. This formula includes the Essential Fatty acids, GLA and EPA which are well documented nutrients for optimal longevity and daily functioning. Then with the need to maintain optimal brain function, Ginkgo and Phosphatidylserine, the two most proven supplements for neurological protection (memory, vision, etc.) are included in BC. The benefits of detoxification can be further augmented by taking other oral chelators such as alginates that have been specially processed for efficient heavy metal removal (ProAlgen). I still always recommend IV chelation as described in the book I co-authored with Dr Walker, but always with the oral chelating formula in BC, as well as the anti-inflammatory, anti-thrombotic Wobenzym, and the immune enhancer TF.

With 50% of our Population (over the age of 40) DYING PREMATURELY from Heart Disease, it's time for a New Multi-Vitamin: a Cardio-Support Multi-Vitamin.

Considering the need to protect our autoimmune system, the need for essential nutrients, the need to detoxify our bloodstream and protect our cardiovascular systems, as well as the well documented need for a long term use of a safe anti-inflammatory, and the need to reduce heavy metals from our tissues and organs, the time has arrived for us to broaden our approach to optimal health with more comprehensive nutritionally balanced supplements. These supplements must not only essentially remove excessive levels of metallic toxins, but simultaneously increase the levels of the nutrients that we now provably need if we are to win the fight against the multiple metabolic/environmental/infectious contributory causes of degenerative diseases, dementia, heart attacks, and strokes. The time is ripe to introduce my special Beyond Chelation formula to the American people.

Old, Inadequate Theories must give way to New Discoveries.

We know that by following the old completely inadequate recommendations made by the American Heart Association and other health authorities that we have only made a small dent in the number of deaths from stroke and heart attack.. Their recommendations have lead to entirely unhealthy dietary practices, along with using the extremely ill-advised cholesterol lowering drugs so commonly prescribed today. Cholesterol, unless it is oxidized, is a valuable nutrient which your body has to manufacture every day in order to help build the membranes of the new cells that we must form continually to replace the dead and dying cells in our body. We find elevated antibodies to so many forms of infection in most of us today. This strongly suggests that our immune systems are sadly weakened, partially as a result of the heavy metals we ingest from our polluted environments as well as our stressful and nutritionally deficient lifestyles.

Backed by Scientifically Formulated Nutritional Supplements, I haven't had to send one patient to a heart surgeon for the past 10 years.

Obviously, even if you fully optimize all these factors, no one can guarantee each individual will achieve complete success in restoring or maintaining good health. Nevertheless, based on my 40 years of clinical experience during the last 10 years of which I did not have to send a single patient to for bypass or balloon surgery no matter how advanced their blockages were, I now believe that most degenerative and cardiovascular diseases can be improved and often nearly totally reversed with the dietary and lifestyle recommendations that I have prescribed for my patients.

Dr. Dean Ornish has proven that those who are able to follow his extremely rigid approach of exercise, meditation, and dietary change have continued to improve over the years. He has show that all arteriosclerosis is absolutely reversible. Why take a chance take the chance of dying or sustaining serious injury, pain, or brain damage associated with most vascular surgical procedures today, particularly when more and more experts are saying that surgery is not dealing with the right disease. We must focus on the bloodstream and not the blood vessel. Current practices have not substantially prevented cardiovascular related deaths from stroke and heart attacks.

Dr. Valentin Fuster, President of the American Heart Association, is on the Trail of Vulnerable Plaque.

Dr. Valentin Fuster, a cardiologist, M.D., Ph.D., at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York and President of the American Heart Association, has stated on November 8th, 1999, that arteries containing (vulnerable) plaque can now be seen by a high technology, super-fast, entirely painless, safe imaging MRI scanner. When this fragile clot ruptures, it leads to the formation of massive blood clots that suddenly cut off the supply of oxygen rich blood to the heart and/or brain, resulting in heart attack or stroke respectively. Only by our new knowledge regarding vulnerable plaque can we now comprehend why some people with little or no apparent blockage can have a heart attack while others with almost completely blocked arteries may live for decades often without any of the symptoms of cardiovascular disease.

When arteries close down slowly, the body compensates, often by producing brand new collateral circulation to go around the blocked area. The person may not ever even know that a significant artery in their body gradually closed off, because it was safely and reliably replaced by tiny new blood vessels, blood vessels that are not visible on the usual arteriogram studies in hospitals. These entirely inadequate and grossly misleading x-rays have led to so many needless bypass and angioplasty procedures. It is, of course, important to stabilize the fragile VULNERABLE plaque lesions and experts are hoping that their lipid lowering approaches will show some benefits here, so I have included the powerful PROVEN lipid lowering and detoxifying power or Red Yeast and Beta-Sitosterol in the Beyond Chelation Formula

The Roots of the Beyond Chelation Formula reach back 15 years.

In 1982, I began using the mucopolysaccharide heart attack prevention formula introduced to me by Dr. Lester Morrison, director of the Institute for Arteriosclerosis Research. Supported by this formula and a well-documented nutritional program, I saw better than a 90% reduction in heart attacks with my patients no matter how advanced their condition had become. This formula and the nutritional support program evolved through the years to become the basis of the Beyond Chelation formula: a full, comprehensive, cardio-vascular support multi-vitamin supplement.

Most informed health professionals now recognize the obvious limitations of vascular surgery and are much more open in learning about chelation, IV hydrogen peroxide and these new, synergistically developed cardio-vascular report programs such as BC. are beginning to understand the benefits as well as the limitations of all approaches for the prevention and treatment of heart attacks and strokes

Which is Healthier: Building SomeThing up, or Cutting SomeThing out?

And now, with the breakthroughs on vulnerable plaque, all health professionals have to reposition their approach to the prevention of heart attacks by reevaluating their current treatment programs. I believe that standard as well as alternative practitioners will have new information that will encourage them to look into a broader approach to the prevention of heart attacks and strokes such as we are describing in this article. We get younger with every IV chelation treatment we take, because we remove the pathologic calcium. Nevertheless, we can skill have a fatal heart attack unless we are willing to support intermittent IV chelation treatments with a comprehensive daily support program such as I’m trying to outline for you in this article.

Arteriosclerosis Is Not New, but the Treatment of it can be.

Serious calcific arteriosclerotic changes in humans are not new. Careful studies showed the iceman, whose body was assessed at 5,000+ years old, was loaded with calcific arteriosclerosis. We find the same condition in Egyptian mummies, and onward to the present time. What is exciting in recent time, is that we finally have the means to analyze the components in the bloodstream and improve risk factors identified therein. Thus we can focus upon the sick or unhealthy components of our bloodstream that used to cause irreparable damage and, rather than cutting out the areas in which they became lodged, we can provide the blood itself with the nutrients and other factors that will restore it to health. In a simplistic manner, this is exactly what the safe oral substances, Wobenzym, Beyond Chelation, and the Immune Inducer TF, when used together, work to achieve.

I recommend documented blood thinning, anti clotting, anti-platelet activities from substances like Vitamin E, garlic, gingko biloba, salmon oil (EPA), red algae, and the mucopolysaccarrides (special sugars or glyconutrients that help maintain the integrity of our body). Thus, we do not have to wait for the new blood thinning drugs like the new super-aspirins with their still-to-be-discovered dangerous and possibly fatal side effects coming from the pharmaceutical industries. They know that aspirin, coumadin, and heparin are all affecting far too little of the bleeding and clotting cascade, often making it so imbalanced that serious damage occurs to patients taking them.

It is the synergistic action of natural nutrients that have well documented anti-platelet, blood thinning activities that has allowed the introduction of Beyond Chelation's affordable unique clinically tested formula initiated by years of research by Dr. Lester Morrison and Dr. Garry F. Gordon. *(Note: See Dr. Lester Morrison's Heart Saver Program. St Martin's Press. Dr. Lester Morrison published in 1941 in JAMA the first article linking cholesterol to the heart disease problem, but notice, he didn't stop there. He went on into the important research about altering blood viscosity and lowering the tendency of all of us to form a clot too readily with natural substances that are well covered in his life's work in his excellent books for the scientific world and for the public.)

In the website news release by Newsweek  "Heartbeat" covering the work of Valentin Fuster (February, 1999) "The Role of Inflammation" is the title of a paragraph which states "evidence accumulated over the past year suggests that inflammation in the circulating blood may play an important role in triggering heart attacks by activating blood clotting mechanisms ... which can stop blood flow (leading to death).""During the inflammatory process, a substance, C-reactive protein, is produced in the blood. By measuring the blood levels of C-reactive protein, your doctor can now help predict the risk of heart attack. (Note: Inflammation makes clot dissolving, blood thinning drugs less effective, and so far inflammation has always been found in the vulnerable plaque that seems to be involved with heart attacks and strokes.)

The final paragraph in this portion of Dr. Fuster's report states that this study suggests that anti-inflammatory drugs may improve the effectiveness of anti-clotting treatment in patients . . . All patients who smoke have elevated of C-reactive protein."

There are many other new developments in this report including Gene Therapy, which clearly has great promise in the future but will undoubtedly be rather expensive and not widely available for some time. All of the news in this report should make it very clear that no single approach, from IV Chelation to Bypass Surgery, is anywhere near as comprehensive as it must be if we're going to deal with this truly complex disease that now has several additional newly recognized but treatable contributing causes.

Read between the lines. Although the head of the American Heart Association obviously cannot tell you that any given bypass surgery is unnecessary, he clearly has reported that most surgeons are not operating on the right plaque! Furthermore, the right plaque involves an inflammatory process and therefore requires medical and/or preferably nutritional therapies and not surgery.

Will you be one of the Courageous New Millennium Patients who, in Saving Yourself, will help Educate Your Doctor?

There are many centers now becoming involved in looking for the important vulnerable plaque; therefore, soon patients will be enabled and empowered sufficiently to explain to their cardiologist that they would prefer a non-traditional and non-toxic approach to solving their cardiovascular problems, thus saving the cardiologist's surgical skills for patients seriously incapacitated and who is unlikely to significantly alter their chosen lifestyle.

Please note my patients have not used the surgical approach no matter how advanced the blockages were because they became aware that all blockages have been shown to be reversible. (See, D. Ornish, JAMA, approximately January 1999, recent report.)

As we stated earlier in this article, discoveries in alternative medicine and heart disease are surfacing at a very rapid rate. Thus, it would be well for you to continue to search the Internet and the news media regularly, especially because many of these discoveries are making old theories appear entirely inadequate. As a case in point, the article referred to earlier by Dr. Fuster brings attention to the fact that for many people dietary fat restriction has little or no benefit. This statement applies mainly to those of us who have a more healthy gene (known as APO E3). So now, in a world becoming more unified in our perspective of health, we are beginning to recognized that we are a truly different!

For those health practitioners who would like to review the February Newsweek article, they are welcome to visit and link with it. Those with sufficient time to get an in depth insight into vulnerable plaque and the rapid changes in the field of cardiology must obtain and read the book entitled Vulnerable Plaque by Valentin Fuster. (Available for $115 from the American Heart Association or

What we have to recognize is that Science marches on and has shown us all that no one has a broad enough understanding of heart disease to really stop the heart attacks that were virtually unknown at the beginning of the 20th century. Now, as we enter the 21st century, hopefully we can begin to come together, and all of us benefit from these important and exciting developments.

Hopefully this knowledge will make it clear to everyone involved in trying to treat and prevent heart disease, from the jogger, meditator, nutritionist, and chelation doctor to the cardiologist and heart surgeon, that all of what we have been doing is NOT enough, and there is room here to help ALL patients with these breakthroughs to live a longer and healthier life, using wherever possible the most natural approaches where we obviously find the least potential for HARM. If we base our natural supplement recommendations on these important new developments, I am convinced from my own experience that we can really use properly formulated, and targeted nutritional supplements to make death from heart attacks and strokes virtually a thing of the past.

Bypass surgery is finally on its way out. After all, it never substantially reduced the later development of heart attacks and/or strokes and it either killed or seriously injured many patients.

It is my greatest wish that as such knowledge unfolds in the United States that we can still the knife in the helpful surgeon’s hand and bring forth kinder, gentler, safer, non-invasive approaches for at least those of us willing to take personal responsibility for our lives.