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Issue 30 - July 1999

Bypassing Heart Surgery

Natural Remedies

It seems as if a substance cannot be patented, even a 91% decrease in death rates from heart attacks, compared to anticipated norms, gets no attention.

We do not have to wait for new blood-thinning drugs from the pharmaceutical companies. There are documented blood-thinning, anti-clotting, anti-platelet activities from substances like Vitamin E, garlic, gingko bilboa, salmon oil (EPA) and red algae.

In 1982, I began incorporating into my medical practice the heart attack prevention formula introduced to me by Dr. Lester Morrison, Director of the Institute for Arteriosclerosis Research. Mucopolysaccarrides are a class of chemical compounds essential for health, and include such substances as the well-recognized blood thinner heparin. Supported by this formula and a well-documented nutritional program, I saw better than a 90% reduction in heart attacks with my patients. This formula and the nutritional support program evolved through the years to become the basis of the Beyond Chelation formula: a full, comprehensive, cardiovascular support multi-vitamin supplement. In Germany, the Mucos company has developed an all-natural combination Enzyme-Bioflavonoid product called Wobenzym-N that is widely available in most countries. Unlike most enzymes on the market, this enzyme is specially designed so that it is not used to digest food, but is used inside the bloodstream to deal with many factors that are now known to lead to the development of serious diseases. These factors include mitigating elevated levels of fibrinogen, which tends to thicken blood, to lowering C-reactive protein, an indicator of the presence of inflammation. This product provides all the benefits of anti-inflammatory medication without the high incidence of gastrointestinal bleeding and other side effects associated with the long-term use of aspirin and NSAIDS.

Virtually unpatentable natural, nutritional cardiovascular support formulas, such as the one Dr. Lester Morrison’s Institute spent over $10,000,000 developing, are given little attention in the highly competitive world of pharmacology today. It seems as if the substance cannot be patented, even a 91% decrease in death rates from heart attacks compared to anticipated norms gets no attention (this study is documented in Dr. Morrison’s book Arteriosclerosis: Prevention, Treatment and Regression—see sources below). This formula works, but it works slowly. It does not override our natural healing process, but supports it. It works best with people who are willing to take some responsibility for their own progress and cure. These are people who choose to follow nutritional advice, rather than wait for a new drug formula to offer them an overnight cure without any dietary or lifestyle changes on their part.

Hopefully this knowledge will make it clear to everyone involved in trying to treat and prevent heart disease that all of what we have been doing is not enough. Dr. Dean Ornish, of the University of California at San Francisco School of Medicine, expanding on the work of Dr. Nathan Pritikin, has proven that those who are able to follow his rigid approach of exercise, meditation, and dietary change have continued to improve over the years. He has shown that all arteriosclerosis is absolutely reversible. With such knowledge, why would anyone take the chance of dying on the table or incurring severe brain damage induced by an operative procedure which more and more experts are admitting often does not deal with the right disease?

These breakthroughs in the area of vulnerable plaque should allow us to help all patients live a longer and healthier life, using the most natural approaches with 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 actually make death from heart attacks and strokes virtually a thing of the past.

New Diagnostic Protocols

There are many aspects to this revolution in heart disease. Even your doctor may not be informed regarding some of the recent important developments that have surfaced so rapidly. The literature being published is escalating; so too is the information regarding those tests that are now recognized as significant in determining risk factors.

If your doctor keeps up with current published literature, the tests he would prescribe for you would not just include cholesterol and its subtests of Lpa and oxidized cholesterol. It is important to look at vascular and intercellular adhesion molecules (VCAMs and ICAMs). These make the blood too sticky, and have been implicated in the impaired circulation capillaries, which can eventually lead to loss of vision from such common conditions as macular degeneration and glaucoma.

The physician should also be doing platelet aggregation testing, fibrinogen testing, and also looking for markers of free radical damage, such as lipid peroxides. He or she should be monitoring you for the level of activity of various infectious agents such as chlamydia and CMV now associated with the vascular disease.

And last, but certainly not least, homocysteine levels should be carefully measured.

All these tests are available through licensed specialty laboratories in the United States. Two such are Immunosciences in Beverly Hills, California (800-950-4686) and Great Smokies Diagnostic Lab in Asheville, North Carolina (800-522-4762).