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The Frightening Heart
Category: The Analysis of Disease States: Helping the Body Recover
Source: How And When To Be Your Own Doctor
Heart disease is one of the major causes of death among North
Americans. It evokes images of resuscitation, of desperate races
against time, trying to restart an arrested heart before the brain
dies. It makes people think of horribly expensive surgery, last
wills and testaments, terrible, paralyzing pain. Heart disease is a
great profit center for the medical profession.
Most heart problems are very easy to fix by holistic approaches,
even many hereditary weaknesses and malfunctions can be healed, if
the work is done before too much organic damage occurs. But it
rarely is easy to get the people to take the necessary medicine;
everything in their lives must change--and fast.
First of all, people with heart problems must rapidly reach and
maintain normal weight. This can be done by fasting or by dietary
change, usually by eliminating all fats, sugars and refined
starches. Alcohol and tobacco must instantly and forever become only
past memories. It is almost as essential to eliminate flesh protein
foods and dairy. Should that prove entirely too painful, fish in
small quantities and only one or two times a week is tolerable.
For starters, a long fast, especially one involving lots of bed
rest, is ideal. This gives the heart a chance to heal while the body
weight is adjusted. A period of intense rest even without water
fasting will accomplish almost as much. Even someone with the
potential for heart disease who has not yet had a heart attack would
be well-served to spend a month in bed, losing weight on juice, or
sitting in a rocker on the porch eating only raw foods. After the
weight is down to normal or close to normal and the heart tests
stronger, an exercise program should be started.
Exercise has to become a religion. A daily aerobic program must be
started on a carefully managed gradient, using the pulse rate as an
regulator, at first raising their maximum heart rate to a point just
below 150 percent of its resting pulse and keeping it there for
thirty minutes. One can walk, jog, ride a bicycle or use an exercise
machine. Actually, everyone should do this, even those with no heart
problems. My husband, who hates the boredom of exercise, enjoys a
ski machine in front of the TV while the stock market program is on.
He finds the TV interesting enough that he pays no attention to his
workout. Daily aerobic exercise will strengthen the heart, gradually
slowing the heart's resting pulse rate, indicating that the heart
has become much stronger, pumping more blood with each pulse. As the
resting pulse drops the exercising heartbeat can be increased to
double the resting rate.
Highly aggressive, competitive, stress-oriented people have to give
up being adrenaline junkies and learn to relax and assume a
laid-back approach to living. Or die soon. An adrenaline junkie is
someone that enjoys the feeling they get when operating under
stress. Stress and the adrenaline it releases produce a kind of a
drug-high. Many stressaholics cannot give up their adrenaline
addiction while maintaining their previous employment and
life-style, even though their life is at stake. In this sense they
are like alcoholics, who should not take employment tending bar. To
survive for long these people may have to retire or change
professions. Stockbrokers may have to become Organic farmers;
journalists may have to operate a news stand or bookstore, or work
part-time covering the society page and dog shows. Women frequently
turn their family life into a stress-filled drama too.
With heart problems a life extension megavitamin program is
essential, even for twenty somethings if they have heart disease.
The sixty milligrams of Co-Enzyme Q-10 I recommend for the average
middle aged person will not be enough for heart cases; they should
take at least 120 milligrams daily and consider up to 250 mg. This
much Q-10 greatly boosts the energy output of the heart on a
cellular level. Vitamin E should also be increased, to between 600
and 2,000 iu daily. I also rebuild diseased hearts with
protomorphogens; usually they must stay on protomorphogens for the
rest of their lives. Niacin taken several times a day in doses,
sufficient to dilate the capillaries and cause a skin flush (50 to
200 milligrams), increases the blood flow to nourish the heart. The
amino acid L. Carnitine is also useful by increasing the energy
output of the heart much like Co-Enzyme Q-10.
When I put people on this program, the supplements and other
measures gradually take effect, and over months the patient begins
to feel enormously better. Inevitably they come to dislike the
side-effects of the various medications their medical doctor has put
them on and they begin to wean themselves off of heart-stimulating
poisons like digitalis. Another benefit of my program is that
inevitably, blood pressure also drops to a normal range so if they
have been on blood pressure medication they quit that too. Their
diuretics also become unnecessary. The money they save more than
pays for their supplements and the sense of well-being they feel is
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