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Causes & How to Cure Heart Disease

“The whole cholesterol thing has bilked tens of billions [now hundreds of billions] from Americans. The sad thing is that medicine is slowly bankrupting America by duping our people into ridiculous and dangerous medical procedures that are nothing more than money-making scams.”
Health Alert, Vol. 10, No. 7
The greatest breakthrough in the world of cardiology ever is happening right now! A new breed of cardiologists and Health Alert leads it. And it is based on the now proven fact that cholesterol does not cause heart disease! This new breed of doctors, many of whom have performed thousands of open-heart surgeries, has now set out to right the wrong. For many decades the so-called “smartest-of-the-smart” physicians—those labeled “opinion makers”—have bombarded the scientific literature, brainwashed physicians, and, with the backing of the pharmaceutical industry, bamboozled the American public into believing their insistent lie that cholesterol is the cause of heart disease.

Despite its miserable failure, these opinion makers have been so successful in promoting this scam that the only accepted medical treatment (the gold standard) is the prescription of cholesterol-lowering drugs and a severe, low-fat diet. Insisting that this treatment will lower cholesterol and, in turn, lower heart disease rates, they have managed to persuade everyone that any deviation from this therapy by physicians is a form of heresy. And indeed, in some cases, any deviation could be considered grounds for malpractice!

But in 2012, bold and courageous physicians and medical leaders are coming out of hiding to tell you that they have been wrong about the medical low-fat and cholesterol-lowering theory of heart disease. These are people, including cardiologists and heart surgeons, who have actually looked inside tens of thousands of coronary arteries. They know the truth—the gold standard medical protocol is a scam. They now say that low-fat diets and lowering cholesterol have been the medical Holy Grail for many decades, despite the fact that they do not work, and are no longer scientifically or morally defensible. Of course, many of us have known this for a long, long time. Close to 30 years ago, I wrote in Health Alert, “Paranoia about cholesterol is widespread…yet cholesterol is an important tissue substance and it is not to be universally avoided.” (Health Alert, Vol. 1, No. 8, 1984!)

Even worse than the useless, forced, gold standard low-fat and cholesterol-lowering protocol itself, is the fact that these recommendations have created additional untold suffering. You see, the medically recommended diet that is low in saturated fat and high in polyunsaturated fats and carbohydrates creates constant repeated injury and inflammation to the linings of blood vessels, leading to heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and obesity. The damage caused by decades of the cholesterol scam is now glaringly apparent.

At the same time that low-fat and cholesterol-lowering protocols really got going, coronary artery disease, heart disease, obesity, and diabetes rates skyrocketed to epidemic levels. The consequences of diseases caused by years of the medical low- fat diet and cholesterol scam—in terms of human suffering, economic consequences, and deaths—dwarf any plague in history! Despite the medical mantra to lower fat and cholesterol at all costs (close to one-third of all Americans take a cholesterol-lowering statin drug and/or eat a low-fat diet), more Americans than ever are suffering and dying. Close to 75 million Americans suffer from heart disease, and almost 100 million suffer from diabetes or pre-diabetes. Despite the fact that we have reduced the fat in our diets and reduced our cholesterol with drugs, more Americans will die this year of heart disease than ever before! Isn’t that proof enough that the medical gold standard is a bust? Not for organized medicine and the pharmaceutical industries.

If Cholesterol Doesn’t Cause Heart Disease, What Does?

Dr. Bruce West of Health Alert said, “There is no relationship between your cholesterol level and the amount of plaque in your arteries.” (Health Alert, Vol. 3, No. 1, 1986.) And 23 years ago he said, “We have proclaimed for over 5 years that cholesterol is not the culprit in heart or blood vessel disease.” (Health Alert, Vol. 6, No. 11, 1989.) And 10 years ago he said, “Cholesterol drug therapy produces instant gratification for doctor and patient by lowering cholesterol numbers. These drugs are indeed the cure for the condition of cholesterol phobia (the unwarranted fear of cholesterol).” (Health Alert, Vol. 19, No. 10, 2002.)

Most recently he summed it all up by saying, “Just why does the manipulation of cholesterol levels fail to reduce the risk of heart attacks or strokes? It is the same reason why half of all heart attacks occur in people with normal to low cholesterol. And why half of all people with high cholesterol do not have heart attacks. It is because cholesterol has little or nothing to do with heart disease!” (Health Alert, Vol. 29, No. 3, 2012.) So if it’s not cholesterol, what is it? Well, the bold physicians who are blowing the lid off the cholesterol scam have their own idea about the cause of heart disease. And they are 100% correct about this one cause. About 10 years ago Dr. West wrote, “There is no doubt that infection and inflammation in the inner layer of blood vessels cause disruption of blood flow, potential clots, and resultant stroke and heart attacks.” (Health Alert, Vol. 20, No. 8.) And that is exactly what the “smartest of the smart” in cardiology are proclaiming as the cause of heart disease—inflammation of the inner layer of the arteries, particularly the coronary arteries.

Too much sugar from too many carbohydrates, the high levels of insulin cause inflammation that they cause, polyunsaturated fats, and processed vegetable oils—the staples of the low-fat diet and the very protocol prescribed for decades by mainstream medicine. That’s correct—the decades-long medical protocol for heart disease has been the main cause of the chronic, daily, repeated insult to and inflammation of our coronary arteries. Because of this, medical therapy has been and is the main cause of the epidemic number of people suffering and dying from coronary artery disease (CAD), heart disease, diabetes, heart attacks, strokes, and obesity.

Heart surgeons who have peered inside coronary arteries will tell you that the inside of an inflamed coronary artery looks like it has been sandpapered! They liken inflammation of coronary arteries to rubbing a stiff brush over soft skin until it bleeds. When you keep this up, several times daily (after each meal), every day, for years, then each day the injuries are compounded and worsened as your body desperately tries to patch things up with plaque, etc. Excess carbohydrates and sugar, the excess insulin they cause, too much of store-bought oils (like soybean), processed foods, fast foods, and cholesterol-free foods are the sandpaper. And without sufficient omega-3 fats in your diet, store-bought oils actually produce powerful, inflammatory chemicals called cytokines. The more you eat the low-fat fair, the more cytokines your body produces, and the worse the inflammation of your coronary arteries become!

What to Do

To stop this insult to your arteries, your heart, and all of your body, you simply must say no to your physician’s recommendation for a low-fat diet. Forget the “science” drummed into your head for decades about this type of eating. Forget avoiding saturated fat such as meat, fish, eggs, poultry, and more. The “science” that these foods cause heart disease is nonexistent. Do not substitute fat-free, cholesterol-free, low fat, or “heart healthy” foods.

Instead, eat a whole-foods diet. This is the diet that finally transformed Bill Clinton after he quit the recommended low-fat diet/heart drugs protocol he languished on for years. Remember that the cholesterol theory led to the no-fat and low-fat recommendations that spurred the processed foods industry and caused an epidemic of inflammation. Medicine has made a terrible mistake, and it is time to right a wrong. Your diet should be whole foods like your grandmother used to eat—fresh, unprocessed, and in their natural state.

Choose complex carbohydrates like vegetables. Eat fruits and vegetables that are colorful. Eat healthy oils such as cod liver, flax, and olive oils. Eat more protein in the form of lean meat, fish, poultry, whey, and eggs to build muscle and stay strong. Use butter instead of margarine. Drink pure water. Simply put, eat the way I have preached for 35 years—a Mediterranean diet. And if you already have artery inflammation, you will need the proper supplements for 6–18 months to help heal your circulatory system. This protocol is discussed at the end of this article.

Heart Disease Without Inflamed Arteries—Beriberi of the Heart

The new breed of cardiologists should be lauded for admitting that they and everyone in the money-driven world of medicine have been wrong. And they are right on about inflammation in the walls of arteries causing heart disease, coronary artery disease, heart attacks, strokes, and quite frankly, pain throughout the body. But they are only half right. There are millions of people languishing with heart failure, cardiomyopathy, and other forms of heart disease who do not have inflammation in their coronary arteries. You may be one of these folks. So what is the real cause of your heart disease?

If this is your situation, you are weak, on heart drugs, depressed, and have an enlarged, palpitating, swollen, leaking, failing heart—with blood pressure problems, breathing problems, and all the classic signs of heart disease. But did you know that these are also the classic signs of beriberi of the heart? Ironically, the same medically prescribed low-fat diet that can contribute to inflammation in your arteries can also predispose you to beriberi of the heart. The reason is simple. The main cause of artery inflammation is a deficiency of the whole vitamin C complex and real bioflavonoids. Beriberi is caused by a deficiency of B vitamins. And the foods in the medical low- fat diet, as well as the typical American diet, are nearly devoid of both.

In this case, however, just switching to a Mediterranean diet will not resolve your heart disease. Beriberi of the heart is much more serious, and to reverse it you will need to take the correct supplements. About 25 years ago Dr. West began stating that most of today’s heart failure was a form of beriberi of the heart. And almost 10 years ago he wrote, “Today in America there are hundreds of thousands (perhaps millions) of people suffering from beriberi.” (Health Alert, Vol. 22, No. 5.) And if you thought he was ridiculed about preaching that diet causes inflammation in the arteries, and the fact that cholesterol does not cause heart disease, that was nothing. His proclamation about beriberi as the cause of heart disease and most heart failure really made organized medicine crazy.

You see, over the past 30 years, Dr. West has been able to use very specific nutrition to help tens of thousands of folks like you reverse their crippling and medically incurable heart disease. Despite the “opinion makers” and “experts” in medicine, He has been able to accomplish this because he addresses the underlying cause of their heart disease— beriberi of the heart. And there can be no mistake because when treated with my heart protocol (and nothing else) almost all these folks got better—often quickly. They were able to shrink their swollen and water-logged hearts, stop their heart valves from leaking, restore strong cardiac output and ejection fraction, normalize blood pressure, enjoy breathing that once again becomes easy, increase their energy, and finally restore the balance and function of their hearts. At Applied Health and nutrition, I’ve adopted and supported these very same principles Dr. West and today’s cardiologists that are trying to right the wrong doctors.

These remarkable phenomena were simply ignored or considered irrelevant and “anecdotal” to medical “experts”—meaning that it is interesting but nothing more. But common sense dictates that when these phenomena are observed tens of thousands of times over a period of more than 30 years, it is no longer anecdotal. It is simply a fact, or what we like to call evidence-based medicine.

As a very wise physician once said, “If I throw an apple out a window and it goes up instead of down, I don’t need a double-blind study to tell me that something is going on.” I have the best tools in the world for helping people with heart failure, a weak heart, cardiomyopathy, and any other heart disease syndrome that may have been given any number of medical names. I simply treat my patients for beriberi of the heart, and they get well— This is true, evidence-based medicine in the classic sense. Just give the heart real whole food nutrition.

Beriberi No Longer Exists—It Can’t Cause Heart Disease

And here is where organized medicine, and even some of the new breed of cardiologists, are missing the boat. Most medical people believe that beriberi was a muscle-paralyzing and nerve-damaging disease that was wiped out long ago. And even if it did exist today, a little thiamine would cure it. But that is actually not the case because this form of beriberi is subclinical (not a full blown case), and it affects the heart muscle in particular. And it will not respond to thiamine or any other isolated or synthetic B vitamin, no matter how super potent the dose. With this type of heart disease, you can only cure it with the full range of B complex vitamins in their natural form. It is a little like synthetic ascorbic acid (vitamin C)—no matter how super potent the dose, it cannot cure scurvy. But lime juice, with the full, natural form of vitamin C, can

With this type of debilitating heart disease, vitamin B4 is most critical. And this nutritional substance cannot be synthesized. You can only get it from foods or supplements made from concentrated foods. I was unable to help those suffering from heart disease until I stumbled on supplements made from concentrated forms of heart tissue, adrenal tissue, liver, nutritional yeast, carrots, wheat germ, beets, rice bran, lecithin, and much more. Let’s face it, these are not exactly the foods you want to consume by the buckets daily to get well. But they are the main source of vitamin B4, which is needed to overcome beriberi—making them rocket fuel for your heart. So we do the next best thing. We use concentrated sources of these foods in the form of supplements produced properly— without heat or chemicals. Very precise, patented, and painstaking supplement making procedures—in use for over 50 years—ensure that you get the full life force of the nutrients.

The Truth About Heart Disease

The truth is finally getting out that cholesterol does not cause heart disease. And thanks to a new breed of cardiologists, the truth is finally getting out that inflammation— from the wrong, medically-prescribed diet and drugs—is the main cause of heart disease. This information sounds exactly like Health Alert almost 30 years ago. And the truth is finally getting out that beriberi of the heart is a major cause of heart disease.

Because of these truths, statin drugs will fail. Stents and bypasses will fail in the long term. And the myriad of prescription drugs to force the heart to beat stronger, faster, slower, and/or weaker will, at best, fail to do much more than keeping patients alive in a debilitated state. At worst, they will turn millions of people into cardiac invalids, while killing unknown numbers. Remarkably, treating the underlying cause of heart disease allows patients to truly get well and actually cure their heart disease—what a concept! And the right protocol usually includes nutrients like the bioflavonoid complex found in Cyruta® Plus (from Standard Process) that helps heal artery inflammation. It also includes the whole vitamins A, D, F, and K complexes found in High Vitamin™ Butter Oil and Blue Ice™ Fermented Cod Liver Oil (from Green Pastures). These are the most antiplaque nutrients known. And the right protocol contains the whole vitamin B (including B4), C, and E complexes found in Cardio-Plus®, Cataplexy® B, and Cataplexy® F (from Standard Process). It also contains the minerals, trace minerals, and all the other ancillary nutritional factors found in these products as well as in Min-Tran® and Organically Bound Minerals (from Standard Process). By using the correct supplements, which are never a part of any conventional medical treatment, you will be able to address both underlying causes of your heart disease. This is important because most (but not all) people suffer from both problems—inflammation in the linings of the arteries and beriberi of the heart. This type of protocol is true, pragmatic medicine at its best. And as always, if you are too confused about how to proceed, drop me a note and tell me about your heart problems. I will see that you get the information you need.

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