Congestive Heart Failure
From our book
Bypassing Bypass, published in 2002
Five years after being diagnosed
with CHF, only 50% of patients are still alive. Medications often
administered for CHF such as diuretics (because the heart, in this
condition, can hold a lot of excess water) can have a debilitating
effect on the heart since they wash away the water-soluble B
vitamins that your weakened heart really needs. Potassium is also
washed away by diuretics and potassium deficiency can lead to sudden
heart failure as seen in cases of anorexia nervosa.
After seven years of research,
we’ve concluded that Dr West’s take on CHF stands head and shoulders
above anything else we’ve uncovered. He is the person who coined the
term “beriberi of the heart” and was quoted wherever we went in our
research. Thus, we present a paper by Dr West in its entirety.
Most people first hear the
terrifying term “congestive heart failure” when they are
hospitalized for heart problems. The term is a misnomer, and it
would be better named “heart muscle weakness” or “beriberi of the
This increasingly common problem
in America is almost always a symptom only. And despite the
pronouncement of congestive heart failure (CHF), your heart is
usually not failing or quitting, and your condition is not terminal
— if you take action to correct it!
Though recently it has been
noted that the death rate from heart disease and cancer in the U.S.
are dropping, the number of cases of congestive heart failure has
doubled during the same time that all other heart disease rates have
Congestive Heart Failure
According to the American Heart
Association, CHF is a condition whereby your heart ‘becomes
weakened’ and can no longer pump out all the blood that flows into
it. CHF is the most common cause of hospitalization for people over
age 65. It will kill more than 50,000 people this year, and it will
cost the health care system more than $50 billion per year.
But just why does the heart
become ‘weakened?’ In most cases, CHF is only a symptom. The cause
of the problem in most cases is what Dr Bruce West calls American
beriberi or beriberi of the heart. Once that is understood,
treatment can be instituted, and a terrifying ‘disease’ can lose its
mystery and can be handled systematically with common sense and
proper nutrition. For these reasons, if you have a heart problem, or
if heart problems run in your family, the following article is the
most important article you will read in any publication this year:
My Healing Heart Secrets
Congestive Heart Failure
by Dr Bruce West
Beriberi of the Heart
Those of you who were born in
the rice belts of America may remember beriberi. It is a disease
caused by a lack of certain B vitamins. It results in nerve
conductivity problems, weakness, and muscle paralysis. And CHF is a
problem of poor nerve conductivity to the heart, an almost
paralyzing weakness of the heart muscle, and the resultant failure
of the heart muscle to be able to pump out blood. Are you getting
Although never recognized by the
FDA, vitamin B4 (in combination with vitamin B1) is one of the main
nutrients needed for proper heart muscle action. This nutrient is
routinely missing from American diets. The so-called fortifying of
foods with synthetic B1 simply does not make up for deficient B4
stores in the average diet. [Editor’s note: Vitamin B4 is the name
given to what was later identified as a mixture of the amino acids
arginine, glycine, and cysteine.]
Vitamin B4 cannot be
synthesized. And even if someday it is manufactured in the lab, the
synthetic version would probably not get the job done when it comes
to CHF. You see, in reality, all the B vitamins — including B4 and
B1 — are linked together by what are known as phytochemicals. This
is another name for plant chemicals. It is these chemicals found in
live plant materials that activate vitamins and minerals.
This is the reason why the most
exciting studies being done today involve plant extracts and
concentrates. This also explains why such great results in cancer
prevention are achieved with foods, yet cannot be duplicated by
isolated nutrients like beta carotene or synthetic vitamin E. These
isolates do not contain the entire plant nutrient complex, including
phytochemicals needed to activate the vitamins and minerals.
The Weakened Heart
The heart is just like other
muscles. When it is weakened, it becomes enlarged, congested,
flaccid, and often prolapsed (dropped from its original position in
the chest). It is not unusual to require a stethoscope placement
three to five inches below the normal area when listening to a
In addition, a weakened heart
simply cannot contract forcibly enough. Imagine if you had a
weakened forearm and hand. Or imagine someone cutting off the nerve
impulses to your fist. Now try to squeeze a tight fist. It becomes
impossible. And in the end, you can only contract your hand weakly.
The same thing happens with the muscle of your heart. Only in this
case, due to a weak contraction, the blood entering the heart cannot
be pumped out completely.
When this occurs, congestion
takes place in the body. Your body is robbed of blood, nutrition,
and oxygen. You become weak, tired, exhausted, and mentally spaced
out. Your heart will often try to compensate by beating faster
(trying to get the blood out with faster but weaker beats). When
this happens, the condition becomes complicated by the tachycardia
Since nutritional deficiencies
causing heart problems are rarely considered in the field of
medicine, you are placed on powerful drugs that attempt to keep your
heart beating and try to keep the congestion from becoming
overwhelming. When your heart starts to race, more drugs are used to
control your heartbeat. Meanwhile, you are getting weaker and weaker
as your heart starves for the correct nutrition.
In fact, what you need to do is
immediately ingest a nutrient-rich food that contains vitamins B4,
B1, and plenty of phytochemicals. Unfortunately, eating a barrel of
organic raw wheat germ is usually not feasible. So, in order to
literally save your life, you’ll need to use a B vitamin complex
supplement made from food and plant source material and processed in
a way that preserves the phytochemicals (“sparks of life”).
Well, if I could have every CHF
sufferer chew up six to nine Cataplex B tablets and 12 to 15 Cardio
Plus tablets daily for 90 days, I could empty lots of cardiac wards,
cut the $50 billion dollar CHF bill by two-thirds, and save untold
numbers of lives and years of suffering. It’s not unusual for a CHF
sufferer in the throes of tachycardia to have the heart calm right
down to normal beats within 15 minutes of chewing up six to nine
Cataplex B tablets. And upon getting plenty of the right nutrients
into the system and to the heart muscle, it is not unusual for
previously bedridden heart patients to simply get up out of bed,
leave the hospital, and get back to life.
Correct Heart Care
If your heart cannot pump blood
out of the ventricles into your circulatory system with adequate
speed or strength, you will be “brain-starved”. What happens when
you lack sufficient circulation and oxygen to your brain? You can go
through years of chronic fatigue, live life “in a fog,” be incapable
of concentrating or thinking properly, and generally live life as if
your head is in a shroud. When vitamin B4 and other nutrients fuel
the heart to beat properly, and circulation is once again strong,
the fog lifts, your energy can return, and your life can once again
Even if you are under the care
of a cardiologist and taking lots of drugs, start the program
anyway. Both you and your doctor will be amazed. Again, the scourge
of congestive heart failure is most often simply an epidemic of
American heart beriberi. Unlike the cases of beriberi in Asia where
there simply wasn’t sufficient food distributed, American beriberi
exists despite too much food.
The reason for this phenomenon
is that most of the food being consumed is processed,
nutritionally-dead food. This sets the stage for dramatic
deficiencies of nutrients like vitamin B4, without which your heart
will fail. And the fact that vitamin B4 acts in concert with vitamin
B1 and other nutrients via phytochemicals explains why synthetic
nutrient fortification of foods will not prevent congestive heart
Get the Job Done
If you suffer from CHF, you need
a clinical dose of the right nutrients now. This may be from six to
12 Cataplex B, 12 to 15 Cardio-Plus, and three to six Organic
Minerals daily. In some cases, you’ll need to chew these supplements
as they are made from food, and your body uses food from the mouth
down. For most people, the very first week of chewing up some of
this nutrition will provide relief. You’ll begin to feel much, much
better. And why not? Your heart is now pumping previously congested
blood out of your heart and through your arteries once again. This
is a major medical miracle!
Two other major contributing
factors involved in beriberi of the heart (congestive heart failure)
are thyroid and adrenal function. Both these glands produce hormones
that have a major affect on your heart. If you suffer from
chronically low thyroid or adrenal failure, you’ll need
protomorphogen support for these glands to maintain proper heart
Only Food-Based Supplements
As I stated earlier, when it
comes to CHF, you cannot expect that synthetic nutrients will get
the job done. To repeat, vitamin B4 has not been synthesized. And B1
(thiamin) cannot do the job alone. In fact, any combination of
synthetic B vitamins without the phytochemicals will simply not
suffice. And I have thousands of heart graphs to prove this. In the
case of CHF, only nutrients that are carefully vacuum-dehydrated
from food will be effective. And to my knowledge, there is no other
truly natural B vitamin complex in the world that matches the
quality of Cataplex B.
So, with a condition as serious
as this, be sure to use only the best. All the products I’ve
discussed in this article are produced by Standard Process Labs.
Once you start strengthening your heart, and after your heart’s
stroke, beat, and strength are normalized, you can reduce your daily
dosage of nutritional supplements.
However, in the beginning,
remember that a solid clinical dose is required, as discussed in
this article. When you compare this therapy with high-tech
cardiology and powerful heart drugs that do nothing to strengthen
your heart, you realize that this nutritional course is nothing
short of a miracle. Go ahead! Amaze yourself and your cardiologist!
End of Article
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Dr Rath’s recommendations begin,
of course, with his basic recommendations we’ve already listed, but
for CHF he goes on to recommend that you also increase the
Vitamin C, which assists the B
vitamins and has been shown in independent studies in Germany to
inhibit CHF [medinews.com staff writers: 14/11/2001;
www.medinews.com]; vitamin E
to protect the cell membranes; a good B vitamin complex (Dr West
recommends Standard Process Labs—one of the best sources, next to
food, that is); carnitine supplies energy to the mitochondria or
“power plants” of the millions of cells in your heart; taurine,
which, like carnitine is lacking in people who suffer heart failure.
Coenzyme Q10 is also recommended
by Rath. Dr West, on the other hand, points to a double blind study
that shows CoQ10 to be worthless in CHF. If you do enough research
you’re bound to find contradictory studies. Since we found two
studies (double blind) with results opposite of Dr West’s, to be
fair to everyone, we’ll just have to go along with Dr Rath on this
one and increase our CoQ10 and supply the heart’s high bio-energy
demands. One study that found significantly low levels of CoQ10 in
patients with CHF is: Folkers K., Vadhanavikit S., Mortensen S.A.
(1985) Biochemical rationale and myocardial tissue data on the
effective therapy of cardiomyopathy with coenzyme Q10. In: Proc.
Natl. Acad. Sci., U.S.A., vol. 82(3), pp 901-904. Another study also
linked the severity of the heart failure to the severity of CoQ10
deficiency [Mortensen S.A., Vadhanavikit S., Folkers K. (1984)
Deficiency of coenzyme Q10 in myocardial failure. In: Drugs Exptl.
Clin. Res. X(7) 497-502.]
Another large clinical study
involving 1715 patients concluded that a short period of treatment
(4 weeks) with 50 mg per day Coenzyme Q10 improves shortness of
breath, palpitations, cyanosis, edema, heart rate and blood pressure
in patients with stabilized heart failure. The study’s author
concluded that a daily dosage of 50-100 mg increases contractile
Patients with heart failure
generally respond to Coenzyme Q10, as their tissues and blood have
deficient levels of Coenzyme Q10 resulting from inadequate cellular
More information on CoQ10 was
found at Medline (online): Several clinical trials have recently
shown that when patients with heart failure are treated with
Coenzyme Q10 for months to years, serious complications such as
pulmonary edema and ventricular arrhythmia are reduced in frequency.
The number of hospitalizations is reduced and survival is increased.
Another supplement we uncovered
(that will help you to avoid or reverse CHF) is the ancient Chinese
Jiaogulan (pronounced JOW-goo-lawn). Researchers found
that, on the average, people who used jiaogulan and died of natural
causes had lived to the ripe old age of 100.
Besides being a very powerful
antioxidant (and by now you should know the role of antioxidants in
prevention/reversal of cardiovascular disease), we learned that
jiaogulan regulates blood pressure. If too high, it lowers it; if
too low, it raises it. It is an herb in the category of adaptogens,
herbs that allow the body to adapt to stressors, whether physical or
mental. Jiaogulan, like supplements that fight arterial damage,
helps to lower the body’s need for cholesterol, and can lower
cholesterol (LDL) levels significantly. (Michael Blumert, Dr Jialiu
Liu, Jiaogulan: China’s “Immortality” Herb, Torchlight
Publishing, Inc, 1999, p. 43)
In the Journal of
Pharmacology (5:321-322, 1990) we discovered that jiaogulan
(the cypenosides seem to be the active compounds) increases the
heart’s efficiency. Jiaogulan increased the heart’s output in 250
people, without raising the heart rate or blood pressure.
Michael Blumert, the author
mentioned above, recommends one pill three times a day for
prevention, and three pills three times a day for treatment of CHF.
Jiaogulan can be purchased from Jiaogulan Herbal Products, Inc., PO
Box 45, Badger, CA 93603, phone 888.456.3686.
My nutritionist explained to me
how calcium (listed in Dr Rath’s basic program) can be useful in
congestive heart failure as it increases the contractility [the
shrinking or tightening] of heart muscle. Calcium salts are used
intravenously to treat heart attacks associated with high magnesium
and potassium levels and low calcium levels.
You can get your amino acids
through the superfoods by calling Dr Schulze at 800.HERB DOC or visiting
www.herbdoc.com. And though
your body manufactures carnitine and CoQ10 when you exercise, you
might need to supplement.
Also, there is a product available from many sources called Coconut
The cactus grandiflorus stem
contains glycosides that resemble digitalis. These glycosides
increase the heart’s pumping power without increasing its oxygen
needs. This is not a cure, but will aid your heart while you are
rebuilding it through proper nutrition.
Always keep in mind that the
cause of CHF is nutritional, though your doctor might tell you that
it is “idiopathic,” meaning he hasn’t a clue. That’s true. Most
physicians have no clue when it comes to nutritional deficiencies,
mainly because nutrition has not been taught in medical school
(though this is changing).
Be wary of any over-the-counter
or prescription drugs that can lead to CHF. Anything that increases
your heartbeat or your blood pressure can be a contributing cause of
CHF. Blood pressure meds also lead to CHF by draining you of your B
The January 2001 edition of the
New England Journal of Medicine came out and admitted that
only nutritional programs can reverse heart disease and reverse
damage done to the heart.
A Hidden Cause of CHF
Iron Overload, a common genetic
disorder affecting 1.5 million Americans is responsible for
thousands of deaths due to Congestive Heart Failure. However, this
disorder goes undiagnosed because patients do not ask to be tested.
It should show up in a simple blood test. The red flag for an iron
storage condition is 150, though some people with this condition
have shot up over 1,500. The main problem with this disorder is,
since the blood cannot hold this much iron, the body begins storing
it in various organs, which results in damage to that organ.
Symptoms of this disorder are
chronic headaches and fatigue. Heart arrhythmia comes next if left
untreated and finally Congestive Heart Failure.
The only way to know is to get
People with this condition must
watch their diets, avoiding red meats as much as possible. Avoid
shellfish as they contain bacteria that are normally harmless to
most people but can be deadly to people with this condition.
Drinking tea with a meal is highly recommended as tea inhibits iron
absorption. Avoid taking vitamin C with meals, as it assists iron in
moving directly to various organs. But be sure to increase your
vitamin C as it bonds with the excess iron.
And finally, the best possible
treatment for this disorder is to become a blood donor. Donating
frequently while having your iron levels monitored is the best cure
to this problem.
Men who donate
blood have a 30% reduced risk of heart disease compared to those
who do not. The difference is attributed to reduced levels of
iron following blood donation. SOURCE: David Meyers, M.D.,
University of Kansas, in the journal Heart Research and
the World Cancer Research Fund.
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