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Acute Myocardial Infarction - (Heart Attack)
From our book Bypassing Bypass, published in 2002

In an old Townsend Letter for Doctors, February/March, 1993 they pointed out costs of different therapies:

Conventional Therapy:

Fibrinolytic (“Clot-busting”) drugs such as tissue plasminogen activator (TPA) or streptokinase.

Estimated annual cost of conventional therapy: TPA costs $2,300 per dose, streptokinase $280 per dose. Approximately $500 million to $1 billion spent annually on these drugs.

Alternative therapy:

Intravenous magnesium. Controlled studies show that magnesium reduces the death rate from acute myocardial infarction as much as, or even more than, the fibrinolytic drugs and has fewer side effects. Magnesium costs about $5 per dose.

Estimated annual cost savings with alternative treatment: The cost of magnesium is negligible, so approximately $500 million to $1 billion would be saved annually if doctors used magnesium instead of fibrinolytic drugs.

[Sheckter M, Hod H, Marks N, Behar S, Kaplinsky E, et al, Beneficial effect of magnesium sulfate in acute myocardial infarction. Am J Cardiol 1990;66:271-274]

If you ask your doctor what causes a heart attack (myocardial infarction) he will tell you what he learned in medical school: heart attacks usually occur when a blood clot forms inside a coronary artery at the site of an atherosclerotic plaque. The blood clot cuts off blood flow to part of the heart, starving it of oxygen and the heart muscle begins to die. In a small percentage of cases, blood flow is cut off due to a vasospasm (the muscles in the artery wall contract suddenly) which constricts the artery and flow is reduced depending on how much plaque has been already deposited. Either way, atherosclerosis is the main cause and oxygen deprivation is the final result. Forty percent of all first heart attacks end in death.

Now, ask her/him one more question: Why do some people who suffer heart attacks have little or no clogged arteries?

Again, we must fall back on our hypercoagulabilty state, the infections in our blood, and the fact that our blood is as thick as 10W40 oil.

The heart has many blood vessels, not just the cardiac arteries. The heart muscle is very powerful, and is fueled by these blood vessels, which also act as the route by which toxins and waste products are eliminated from the heart. If the blood is thick, it doesn’t flow through these tiny vessels efficiently and doesn’t efficiently clean up the wastes. The heart becomes acidic and cells begin to die. When enough cells are killed, the heart stops.

Thus, again, we have a nutritional problem. The blood must be thin enough to both feed the heart muscle and to facilitate the exchange of waste products.

Again we recommend the blood thinners we spoke of earlier. We will do a wrap-up of all the supplements good for the heart in an article/chapter dedicated to just that. But, in the mean while:

Everyone should take a course in CPR, but keep in mind that only 28% of heart attack victims are resuscitated using standard CPR. On the web, at the American Heart Association’s web site ( we discovered a method of CPR that increases the chances of resuscitation to 53%. Here is how it goes: instead of chest compressions only, alternate between the abdomen (at the navel). You perform 16 compressions, alternating, 8 to the chest, and 8 to the abdomen, followed by two full breaths. Compressions should be performed at about 80 to 100 per minute. The secret is this: compression on the chest gets the blood flowing out of the heart; compression to the abdomen helps blood return to the heart. They mention in the article that the pressure to the abdomen is 100 ml/Hg. The only way you can tell if you are doing this right is to practice by pressing down on an inflated blood pressure cuff till the mercury reaches 100. It is always best to get proper training in CPR. If they are up to date on this method, they should be able to help you get a feel for it.

Finally, when all else fails, try this trick from the Orient: acupressure. The point is called Shao Ch’ung, or Heart 9. It is located on the little finger, inside corner, base of the fingernail. You can press it and hold it, though it is better to dig your fingernail into it. The basis of this procedure is this: we are energy. Though we might not feel it, or see it, or believe it, we have lines of energy running throughout our bodies; energy lines that can be measured by sensitive electrical devices. When the heart stops, there is a blockage in energy. Not only is there blockage in the electrical impulses from the brain to the heart, but there is a blockage in the heart meridian (that invisible line of energy to your heart). Pressing this point firmly restores energy to the heart, and amazingly enough, this technique has been known to work after CPR has failed.

If you want to carry something in your first aid kit for a heart attack, carry a cayenne tincture. Even a bottle of Tabasco Sauce® might be good enough. Dr Christopher discovered that a cup of cayenne tea, one tsp of cayenne in a cup of hot water, stopped a heart attack in under three minutes. If you feel one coming on, try a few droppers-full of cayenne tincture and if that doesn’t stop it, then nitroglycerine wouldn’t work either.

As Dr Richard Schulze says, “You cannot die of a heart attack if you have a bright red face. It’s just physically impossible.”

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Everyone should learn CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation). Our knowledge about resuscitation techniques is always growing and changing. For example, it has recently been discovered that applying an upward pressure on the stomach area seems to help (this is applied in between the rhythmic pressure to the chest, but we here are not qualified to teach you CPR and you must attend a certified class to get your certification.)

However, we do know something they do not teach you in CPR classes. This information comes from China and Traditional Oriental Medicine. In the Orient, if CPR does not work, there is one acupuncture point that you can work on. It is said that 25 to 35% of unsuccessful resuscitations could be turned around using this simple acupressure technique.

The name of the point is Heart 9, or Shao Ch’ung (meaning Lesser Rushing). It is located along the inside of the little finger (for some reason I was told to use the left hand) next to the fingernail. Traditionally this point is used to revive a person who has suffered a sudden loss of consciousness and to clear the brain. Squeeze hard!

Shao Ch’ung is marked here by the
on the little finger of the left hand.


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