Arteriosclerosis (Hardening of the
From our book
Bypassing Bypass, published in 2002
Editors note: we (like many
others) have used the terms atherosclerosis and arteriosclerosis
interchangeably however, arteriosclerosis is the actual
hardening of the arteries by calcium deposits, and
atherosclerosis is the collection of lp(a) and cholesterol that
occurs to repair lesions in the artery walls (though this can
lead to arteriosclerosis). Point being, one leads to the other
and no one term covers this process.
While visiting a friend at the hospital, I was told
to have a seat in the waiting room while they finished examining
him. I picked up a pamphlet (there were all sorts of them on stands,
all created by the Patient Information Library®) called
Understanding Carotid Artery Problems. Here is what I read:
“Atherosclerosis, commonly called hardening of the arteries, is the
gradual narrowing of arteries throughout the body. It is caused by
accumulation of fat and other material along the arterial walls and
is a natural part of the aging process.”
fell over dead: “… a natural part of the aging process?”
the big lie. Because nutritional therapies can prevent
atherosclerosis, stop it, and even help to reverse it (depending on
how far it’s gone and for how long it’s gone on), the people who
depend on you getting sick (and needing their surgeries, studies,
tests, and drugs) are going to continue promoting this lie while
claiming either ignorance when it comes to nutrition, or simply tell
you that nutritional therapies do not work. When the economic
survival of an individual or organization depends on your getting
sick, don’t look to them for honest answers to your health
atherosclerosis is as old as human kind. Since when has human kind
ever eaten properly? Dr Garry Gordon writes: “Careful studies have
shown that the arteries in ice-age man were loaded with obstructing
cholesterol plaque. We find the same condition in Egyptian mummies,
and onward to the present time.” [“Bypassing Heart Surgery–Blood vs.
following discussion is summarized from the Townsend Letter for
Doctors, February/March, 1993. Keep in mind that the costs of
conventional therapies have skyrocketed since this was originally
Conventional therapy, at a greater than $50 billion dollar annual
cost, can offer you: medication, coronary artery bypass, balloon
angioplasty, carotid artery bypass, femoral artery bypass, and
Alternative therapies, estimated at a conservative savings of 30% or
roughly $15 billion dollars offers: dietary modification and
nutritional therapies (including vitamin C vitamin E, vitamin B6,
magnesium, chromium, carnitine; nutrients which are often of value
in the treatment of angina and congestive heart failure); chelation
therapy, an alternative to bypass surgery and angioplasty, which
involves intravenous EDTA, a drug that improves arterial blood flow;
oral chelation therapy, which, in theory, does the same thing as
EDTA chelation therapy, but since no one gets rich over this, there
is only anecdotal evidence (like thousands of lives that have been
saved) and no clinical studies. (Note: The ACAM [American College
for the Advancement of Medicine] protocol for EDTA chelation therapy
provides for a series of 20 to 40 infusions [depending on how sick
one is] of 3-4 hours. The infusions contain 3 grams of EDTA, 10
grams of vitamin C, around 200 mg of B vitamins, B-12, 1000mg of
Magnesium, Sodium Bicarbonate, 5000 units [1cc] of heparin, and 6
cc’s of procaine.)
observations and medical journal reports indicate that the need for
surgery is eliminated more than half of the time, and the number of
prescription medications can frequently be reduced with chelation
therapy, vitamin and supplements, systemic enzymes, and lifestyle
changes. However, again, even the American College for the
Advancement of Medicine, a very liberal wing of the established
physicians, states that there are no benefits to oral chelation.
That is their position and they’re sticking to it. However, one of
the founding fathers of ACAM, Dr Garry Gordon, believes otherwise,
as you can see throughout this work.
Intravenous chelation therapy averages around $3,000 compared to
more than $30,000 for coronary artery bypass. [Townsend Letter for
Doctors, February-March, 1993] Today it is more like $5,000 compared
What Is Atherosclerosis?
Atherosclerosis, leading to hardening of the arteries, is the heart
of heart disease, according to conventional thought. If you have a
heart attack, 15 - 20% of the time it is because your arteries are
blocked. A clot can form and close off the artery completely,
starving the heart of blood and oxygen. The heart muscle begins to
die at this point and just quits. This is why most (greater than
60%) first heart attacks end in death: the heart dies and its owner
cannot be resuscitated.
keep in mind that, in a laboratory, you can take a single heart
cell, and it will live indefinitely as long as it is fed a
continuous stream of rich, oxygenated blood. Indefinitely.
to conventional wisdom, from your Encyclopaedia Britannica to
your copy of Encarta to the literature strewn around your
physician’s office, atherosclerosis is caused by excess cholesterol
being deposited on your arteries; and this is natural and cannot be
stopped because it happens to everyone.
Rath asks, then why don’t animals get it?
animal, besides humans, does get it. The guinea pig gets heart
disease. We have one thing in common with the guinea pig: our bodies
do not manufacture vitamin C. All other animals manufacture vitamin
C. Vitamin C stimulates the production of collagen and protects the
arteries from damage. Additionally, animals can get atherosclerosis
if they are stressed enough and fed diets high in trans-fats.
and his assistant Dr Aleksandra Niedzwiecki have spent years
investigating the actual cause of atherosclerosis and are now
further ahead than anyone in modern medicine in describing the
mechanism of hardening of the arteries. As mentioned above, in our
research we found a paper by Linus Pauling and Matthias Rath that
described the process by which arteries become clogged. The paper is
called: “A Unified Theory of Human Cardiovascular Disease Leading
the Way to the Abolition of This Disease as a Cause for Human
Mortality” and was first published in the Journal of
Orthomolecular Medicine in 1995 (though Pauling had passed away
us to explain, in as simple terms as necessary without
oversimplification, how human arteries clog and build deposits.
might have read about the sailors of old who contracted a disease
called scurvy. You will probably recall that sucking on limes cured
them (hence the moniker Limey for British sailors).
The main ingredient in the limes that fought scurvy was given a name
meaning anti-scurvy or ascorbate. We know it today as
ascorbic acid or vitamin C. A little note here: ascorbic acid will
not cure scurvy alone. You’ll need some bioflavonoids too, which are
found in the same fruits (usually in the skins) that contain vitamin
C. The white skin beneath the outer skin of an orange, lemon, lime,
or grapefruit is rich in bioflavonoids.
and Rath discovered that atherosclerosis is related to scurvy in
that both are caused by ascorbate deficiency. If you look on your
bottle of multivitamins you will see the RDA (Required Daily
Allowance) as prescribed by our government officials. This amount is
just enough to keep you from getting scurvy, but not enough to
protect you from heart disease. In other words, the RDA for vitamin
C is just enough to ensure that every single human being will get
sick and prove all those encyclopedias to be right, that
atherosclerosis is a natural part of aging.
bodies, no longer able to make vitamin C (it is theorized that early
humans could do this), must get outside sources of vitamin C from
the food we eat. Vitamin C is an antioxidant. It protects our bodies
from the damage of free radicals. Free radicals come from our body
as toxins: from cooked food, from processed foods, from the
environment, and then there are the free radicals we make (much like
waste) from many of our basic metabolic functions. Our food, water,
and air, our entire environment to be sure, is much more toxic than
the environment of our ancestors 100 years ago. The more toxic our
environment, the more our need for vitamin C (as well as other
bodies need vitamin C, our arteries begin to suffer. They pit. Dr
Rath, in his book, Why Animals Don’t Get Heart Attacks…But People
The main cause
of cardiovascular disease is the instability and dysfunction of
the blood vessel wall caused by chronic vitamin deficiency. This
leads to millions of small lesions and cracks in the artery
wall, particularly in the coronary arteries. The coronary
arteries are mechanically the most stressed arteries because
they are squeezed flat from the pumping action of the heart more
than 100,000 times per day, similar to a garden hose which is
didn’t teach us this in our high school biology classes, that the
arteries, too, pump the blood. I’d always wondered what a “pulse”
was doing in my wrist. I thought the nurse was feeling the heart
beat there, when in actuality our arteries pump the blood along in
its journey thus causing the pulse to be where it is.
“chronic vitamin deficiency” is just like scurvy, except in scurvy
the pitting got so deep and harsh that those sailors bled to death.
Scurvy causes you to “bleed out” or, as your doctor will describe
it, you bleed to death internally. Because we are most likely
getting a little vitamin C, our arteries are not pitted clear
through, just damaged enough along the arterial wall to begin the
process of fat/plaque accumulation.
read this, keep in mind that, as you learned earlier, infections in
the blood are also causing pitting in our arteries, and the process
of repair described here goes for that pitting too.
body has a way of repairing this damage, but it’s not cholesterol
yet that comes to the rescue. Pauling and Rath discovered that a
lipoprotein called lp(a) is the actual first cause of
atherosclerosis. It is a very sticky fat that, along with an
adhesive protein called apo(a), sticks to the damaged area and
begins the repair. The entire process begins when the liver starts
producing these “repair factors” at an increased rate (thus the rise
in cholesterol). After the lp(a) and apo(a) have done their jobs,
along comes your “bad” cholesterol (again, it’s not bad; it’s just
misunderstood) which bonds with the adhesive lipoprotein and
adhesive protein. Further damage is produced also due to a lack of
vitamin C when these lipids (fats; cholesterol being a main one)
begin to oxidize, and wham, you have the beginning of the actual
“hardening” of the arteries. Plaque deposits are actually the
calcification of the individual cells weakened by free radicals
(that run freely due to lack of antioxidants). Oxidization leads to
where the triglyceride factor comes into play. Triglycerides can
lead to clotting, and like cholesterol, they are susceptible to
oxidation. There are many possible factors in the oxidization of
cholesterol and triglycerides, which Rath and Pauling point out,
beyond a deficit of vitamin C, such as diabetes and homocystinuria.
Homocystinuria, according to my online dictionary, is: “a metabolic
disorder…caused by deficiency of an enzyme important in the
metabolism of homocysteine with resulting accumulation of
homocysteine in the body and its excretion in the urine….”
finish our discussion on atherosclerosis, there is one more thing
that occurs to complicate measures, and this is the atherosclerotic
tumor. Dr Niedzwiecki has investigated this factor in detail, and it
seems that the tumors develop due to dysfunctional collagen
molecules. She has also discovered that an increase in vitamin C
will inhibit the growth of these tumors. Another study shows that
vitamin E will inhibit them also. How this tumor is related to
vulnerable plaque, we are unsure of at this time. They might just be
one in the same.
is how atherosclerosis begins and it can only get worse without
proper nutrition. The coronary arteries, because they work the
hardest, get the most damage, and hence, the most repair. Plaque
builds up as the arteries rust (oxidation is rust) and this is where
“infarction” begins. Infarction is a ten-dollar word for dead
tissue. The clogged arteries do not allow a proper flow of blood. A
piece of plaque falls off, or a blood clot forms (or a combination
of both) and given an artery that is 95% clogged already, when this
gunk arrives here, blood is cut off to the heart. The heart dies,
slowly, and doctors call this an infarction, or Myocardial (muscular
wall of the heart) Infarction. We call it a heart attack.
one thing that is hardly ever discussed by your cardiologist is
“collateralization.” The problem with our science is that no matter
how expensive our machinery to peer into the body, we still do not
see a three dimensional object. Arteries that are clogged will start
collateralizing or “grow new arteries” to take their place. This is
one little bit of medicine we just learned from Dr Garry Gordon as
we were going to print, and even though your cardiologist knows
about this, odds are he’ll never tell you of its possibility.
past 10 years or so, there has been a lot of hubbub surrounding
homocysteine levels and their relationship to heart disease.
Alternative newsletters and articles in magazines decry their danger
and multitudes of vitamin companies are set to profit from this new
boogeyman called homocysteine. Rath and Pauling too found high
homocysteine levels in heart attack patients in their research.
recent study by scientists at the University of Minnesota suggests
that homocysteine levels rise immediately following a heart attack
and that the problem of high homocysteine levels or homocystinuria
is much smaller than previously thought.
the American Heart Association Journal Report:
“I believe that
homocysteine isn’t as important as some previous research
suggests and that more studies are needed to clarify how
homocysteine, B vitamins and heart disease are linked,” says
Aaron Folsom, M.D., of the University of Minnesota and lead
author of the study. Folsom and his colleagues report that
homocysteine is elevated after a heart attack or cardiac arrest,
rather than before it.
Homocystinuria, by the way, is a major cause of mental retardation,
and since most of us aren’t retarded (we would hope), perhaps this
homocysteine problem isn’t as bad as some would have us think.
out the difference between his study and previous research that
links elevated homocysteine with heart disease: Unlike other
investigations, his study was prospective — it took a random
sample of people who had not been diagnosed with heart disease
and followed them over time to determine whether any of them
would develop heart disease. Other studies, that may have
misrepresented the importance of homocysteine, evaluated people
who already had a heart attack or developed atherosclerosis,
Dr Folsom and his group are right, or the others are right,
the absolute good news is this: all the vitamins used to fight high
homocysteine levels are the same vitamins we need for a healthy
heart, the same protocol we’ve been talking about all along. So,
care for your heart and you can ignore the spooky warnings about
homocysteine and heart disease. (Avoiding packaged baked goods is
another way of avoiding high homocysteine levels too. Oxidized fats
raise our homocysteine levels. Well cooked red meats produce more
homocysteines than those cooked rare.) And this is important too:
Homocysteine levels are higher in people who are sad, angry,
bitter, and/or unhappy.
Preventing and Reversing Atherosclerosis
mentioned earlier, dietary changes prescribed by modern medicine to
lower cholesterol levels do very little and lower your cholesterol
level only a few points at the most. If you really want to lower
your cholesterol levels, lower your need for cholesterol by
increasing your vitamin C (niacin too helps as do some herbs we’ll
point out later). And we cannot over-emphasize the need to increase
all your antioxidants, as Dr Niedzwiecki discovered that both
vitamin C and vitamin E helped inhibit the growth of atherosclerotic
tumors. From her research, it can be extrapolated that beta-carotene
and the rest of your antioxidants will also help in this battle.
biologist will tell you that to produce collagen you need vitamin C,
lysine, and proline. L-lysine and L-proline are essential amino
acids you must get from your nutrition.
best vitamin C is esterfied C as it lasts longer in your body,
although Dr Garry Gordon has developed a product called Beyond C
that is beginning to compete with esterfied C.
learned from the scurvy example above, we also need bioflavonoids
(and a bit of copper) to potentiate the vitamin C. Vitamin C is
necessary for rebuilding the collagen your arteries need to remain
supple. The more your genetic disposition to heart disease, the more
your need for vitamin C. Pauling recommends, for those with a
genetic disposition to heart disease, between 10,000 mg/day to
20,000 mg/day depending on your own need (and your bowel tolerance
level). Another factor is your environment. Smokers need more
vitamin C (smokers have more heart disease, duh).
C chewables can cause dental cavities. The Chinese know how healing
saliva is, so if you are using chewable vitamin C, rinse your mouth
well with saliva afterwards, or brush your teeth. Another good form
of vitamin C is one mixed with bioflavonoids, called a Vitamin C
Complex (Acerola Plus® is a personal favorite). Again, bioflavonoids
potentiate the vitamin C in rebuilding the collagen needed to
protect your arteries.
good, hard look at Dr Rath’s Basic Cellular Medicine Program on Page
8 at the beginning of this book. This is the standard for the
prevention of atherosclerosis, if all other factors are equal.
If you have a metabolic disorder (a problem in metabolizing
fats, sugar, homocysteine, etc.), a genetic disposition to heart
disease, or live in a very polluted environment (or, heaven forbid,
you smoke) then you will have to increase certain supplements to
bring your body into balance, or homeostasis, as the scientists like
to call it.
in synergy with vitamin C are two B vitamins, B3 (niacin) and B5 (pantothenate).
Niacin, one of the nutrients that helps to prevent cancer, has an
important role in reducing cholesterol and triglyceride levels.
Working with vitamin C, niacin protects the arteries, thus lowering
the body’s need for cholesterol. We’re going to repeat ourselves: if
you follow the RDA for your nutritional needs, you’ll live on the
edge of disease. Know that there are upper limits to some vitamins,
but don’t trust your government’s lower limits. You can get niacin
from fish, fowl, organ meats, and ready-to-eat cereals, which are
commonly fortified with niacin. In your body, niacin is created from
the amino acid L-tryptophan which you can get in eggs and milk,
though we will not recommend milk here, as you will see later on.
Fish, a good source for niacin, also contain omega-3 EFAs (Essential
Fatty Acids). Many nutritionists recommend eating salmon several
times a week.
supplement with niacin, please note that it can cause a flush the
first few times you use it. Always take it with meals. There are
forms of niacin that are flush free. You can easily take up to 1000
mg daily with no side effects (doses above 1500 mg are not
recommended unless your liver function and enzymes are being
monitored), but above all: avoid time-released niacin.
This stuff should be taken off the market. We’ve heard horror
stories about time-released niacin and your author ended up in a
neurology clinic because of it (forgot to read the label, duh!)
having not only passed out while driving but also having lived
through a week of visual hallucinatory patterns that could drive
Pantothenate, vitamin B5, is a natural energy booster
nearly every athlete knows about, and working with vitamin C it will
help stop the damage to your arteries thus lowering your cholesterol
levels. It is found in nutritional yeast, eggs, peanuts, legumes,
lean meats and wheat germ.
Most of all, you will want to cut out over processed
foods and man made foods. Eliminating white flour and white sugar is
a great place to start, but keep in mind that many foods contain
these things. And though studies suggest that folic acid taken as a
supplement or obtained in fortified foods is better (go figger) than
getting it from the dark green vegetables it is found in, for the
most part, fortified foods are poison. Dr West points to the study
in which starving dogs outlived dogs fed enriched mash. (Health
Alert, December 2000 17:12) Processed foods are for processed
human beings. One rule to remember is the fewer hands to touch your
food, the healthier the food.
have been diagnosed with coronary heart disease, there is good news.
It can be reversed. Depending on how long you’ve had it,
atherosclerosis reversal is inversely proportionate to that period
of time, meaning: the longer you’ve had it the less reversible it
is, but it can be stopped, or at least, slightly reversed even in
the most aggressive cases. The problem with long term hardening
of the arteries is that the cells of the artery walls die and
calcify. These cells cannot be resurrected (though in theory,
chelation therapy might help dissolve them).
If you are
planning on having a bypass, that “rotor rooter” service, or balloon
angioplasty, always keep in the back of your mind that these are
stopgap measures, and they do not reverse your disease. In fact,
they cause further damage to your arteries, and, if you’ve been
paying attention, your cholesterol levels will jump back up to
repair that damage. Taking drugs to lower your cholesterol level
will not stop these fats from repairing the damage done by surgery.
You have a problem caused by nutritional deficiency. Nutritional
therapies are the only ones that will give you a real chance of a
we know that nutritional therapies work? Quite simple. In 1996, Drs
Rath and Niedzwiecke published the findings of their study called
“Nutritional Supplement Program Halts Progression of Early Coronary
Atherosclerosis Documented by Ultrafast Computed Tomography” in the
Journal of Applied Nutrition, 48:3.
They did a
number of very interesting things in this study. For one, they used
a non-invasive scan, the Imatron C-100 Ultrafast CT scanner, to
monitor the extent of calcification in their patients, and they used
the patients as their own controls. According to modern methods of
scientific experiments, a study, to be valid, must have an
experimental group and a control group. In a study on heart disease,
classically, the experimental group would get the therapy while the
control group got nothing or “standard care.” This is totally
unacceptable and unethical because the control group dies. To avoid
using a control group, this particular study used all the patient
information concerning lifestyle, nutrition, and treatment up to the
point of the study to create a “fictional” control group. Previous
studies with this “type” of patient already can tell us their
prognoses and the statistics concerning their chances of survival
over a period of time. According to previous heart studies involving
patients with atherosclerosis, there was never a reversal in their
conditions (without intervention, that is). Thus, using everything
we know about heart disease, this study created a fictional control
group using information obtained from the experimental group; a
control group that would get progressively worse and eventually die
according to the statistics already gathered in past experiments.
This means simply, if the vitamins, minerals and supplements given
the people in this experiment can actually reverse their condition,
then Drs Rath and Niedzwiecke shall have successfully proved their
exactly what they did. The ultrafast CT scan images showed reversal
of calcification. In all cases the calcification process was stopped
completely. In cases of beginning atherosclerosis they were able to
reverse the damage completely. The study can be summed up in one
story; even though we could cite many more studies we’ve found and
clinical data we’ve uncovered that show the same thing, not to
mention thousands and thousands of testimonials over some
“so-called” oral chelation formulas (some are not pulling heavy
metals from our bodies, but are just plain good nutrition that
repairs clogged arteries).
important finding of this study is that coronary artery disease
can be effectively prevented and treated by natural means.
what will protect your arteries from cholesterol/plaque buildup? Dr
Ishwarlal Jialal won the American Heart Association’s 1989 Young
Investigator Award when he compared the effectiveness of vitamin C,
vitamin E, and beta-carotene. The results were this: vitamin E was
found to prevent plaque buildup by 45%, beta-carotene by 90% and
vitamin C by 95%.
If you are
battling coronary heart disease, you will want to use Dr Rath’s
Basic Cellular Medicine Program and add (or increase the amounts of)
start by mentioning that Dr Rath’s own supplements: First there is
VitaCforte—a balanced vitamin C dietary supplement with
bioflavonoids and next there is Arteriforte—a daily dietary
supplement developed to support the strength and flexibility of
blood vessel walls. The following are found in these formulae:
C: find your bowel tolerance level and stick to that. In times
of colds or flu, you can increase your vitamin C even more until you
again reach your bowel tolerance level, and then drop it back after
the bug passes.
Vitamin E: you need antioxidant protection. All of your
antioxidants will help here.
Beta-carotene: protects against plaque build up. In this form,
it is safer than vitamin A, as the liver turns beta-carotene into
vitamin A as needed.
Vitamin D: you’ve got calcification on your arteries, so let’s
add some vitamin D to optimize calcium metabolism and start
reversing the calcium deposits (plaque) on your artery walls.
Vitamins B6, B12, Biotin, and Folic Acid: these protect against
increased homocysteine levels or, as stated before, they are just
darn good for your heart. A healthy heart needs these vitamins,
400mcg of folic acid daily and 100mcg of B12. Please note that
people over the age of 35 can have trouble absorbing vitamin B12 in
their digestive tract. This is because, with middle age, we produce
less stomach acid. If you take antacids, you are probably B12
deficient since stomach acid is required for its absorption. Forty
percent of Americans are B12 deficient. Look for a sublingual form,
though you can get B12 injections from your physician. Dr Garry
Gordon’s Beyond B12 from Longevity Plus contains the best B12 you
can find on the market. You can order it from the website:
by calling 800.580.7587. Additionally, Rath’s Metavicor is a daily
dietary supplement developed to regulate fat metabolism and
Copper: the artery wall needs copper. Without it arteries are
weak and can form aneurysms (weak spots that can balloon and explode
Celtic Sea Salt
has a goodly amount of copper.
Chondroitin sulfate and N-Acetylglycosamine:
these two chemicals are the Cadillac version of the highly touted
osteoarthritis cure, glucosamine and chondroitin. They work together
to form the “cement” in an artery’s connective tissue. MSM,
nutritional sulfur, also provides good connective tissue support.
Our research seems to suggest that these two compounds, glucosamine
and chondroitin are just two sulfates that our bodies need; we need
hundreds of others such as heparan sulfate, demantan sulfate,
hyaluronan, and keratan sulfate, just to mention a few. Before our
meat supply was poisoned by factory farming, we got these compounds
in the food we ate. A good bone calcium can provide these nutrients
as well as glucosamine and chondroitin, but Calcifood Wafers from
Standard Process Labs are probably the best singular supplement we
know of today to supply all the sulfates you need to build good
connective tissue (and cartilage). Rath created ProLysinC and
LysinC-Drink for connective tissue support.
Pycnogenol: a great antioxidant that acts as a catalyst to
potentiate your Vitamin C and stabilize the artery wall. In
Minnesota we’re blessed with a wild form of the Concord grape. The
seeds are soft and can be chewed. Again, let your food be your
and L-Lysine: two amino acids needed for collagen production,
which stabilizes the artery wall and reverses plaque buildup.
Curcuma: a cooking spice (common name: turmeric) that contains a
bioflavonoid called curcumin that has been shown to inhibit platelet
aggregation and even reverse atherosclerotic plaque. (Conquering
Coronary Heart Disease by Ronald G. Waling, NMD Bellevue,
Citrus Pectin: a form of fiber that binds with fats in the blood
stream that has been shown to reduce the risk of atherosclerosis.
Stick around, we have a surprise for you further on.
French Paradox, a term coined by the CBS Television program 60
Minutes, refers to the fact that the French diet is high in
saturated fats yet the French have the lowest incidence of heart
disease of any developed nation. We are told it is because of the
wine they drink. Even at McDonald’s in France you can get a glass of
wine with your meal. Today we know that the reason for their good
heart health is not the wine, but the grape, and more specifically
the grape skin. It is rich in a bioflavonoid proanthocyanin and
another substance called resveratrol. Proanthocyanins are
protective, but resveratrol has been shown to reverse
atherosclerosis deposits. Do you need to drink wine to get these
benefits? Not at all. Researchers at the University of Wisconsin
discovered that when 15 people with coronary artery disease drank
purple grape juice for just two weeks the elasticity of their blood
vessels increased while both platelet aggregation and the rate of
oxidation of their bad cholesterol decreased. (Circulation,
Sep 7, 1998)
West recommends Standard Process Labs, Cataplex G, 3 to 6 (depending
on your condition) capsules with meals. They contain B vitamin
complex, vitamin C, and other factors to assist in the metabolism of
Germany, Dr Johanna Budwig has been reversing atherosclerosis since
the fifties using her recipe of flax oil and cottage cheese (bound
with protein, the oils become water-soluble, hence more
bioavailable). Flax oil supplies essential building blocks for
cellular repair, helps dissolve cholesterol deposits from within the
arteries, and provides electrons for increased energy and cell
Valentine Fuster’s article, “Heartbeat, A Heart Health Update” we
learned of a gene therapy being tested in the US and in Europe where
“researchers surgically inject copies of a special gene into the
patient’s heart muscle at the site of the blocked vessel. The gene
‛instructs’ the heart cells to make a protein called vascular
endothelial growth factor (VEGF). This protein makes new blood
vessels grow to bypass the blockage.” Again, what most people don’t
know is that the body, trying to stay alive, already does this in a
process called collateralization; new vessels grow on their own to
bypass the blockages and ferry fresh blood to the heart. However,
this gene therapy, admittedly, is a giant step forward into less
intrusive mainstream methods of cardiovascular care.
have trouble with homocysteine metabolism or fat metabolism or have
diabetes, then you’re going to need a few extra supplements and Dr
Rath has formulated Metavicor to regulate fat metabolism and
increase your vitamin C and vitamin E—in fact, increase all your
antioxidants. Eating (or juicing) fresh fruits and uncooked
vegetables is a wonderful way to get your antioxidants. Kiwis are
high in vitamins C and A and are the only fruit to contain a
substantial amount of vitamin E. In your spice garden, oregano is
your most powerful antioxidant (though parsley, cilantro, basil, and
thyme are not bad either). The wild form of oregano contains 31
known anti-inflammatories, 28 antioxidants and four known COX-2
will need a good solid B complex: B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, biotin and
folic acid. These vitamins are needed by the heart and are important
for proper metabolism of fats and sugars not to mention metabolic
processes at the cellular level. B vitamins are water-soluble and
leach into cooking water. Like most water-soluble vitamins, excess
intake is excreted and not stored in the body. Avoid synthetic
vitamins. They should be banned.
foods highest in vitamin B6 include brewer’s yeast, carrots,
chicken, eggs, fish, avocados, bananas, brown rice, whole grains,
and, believe it or not, beer. Vitamin B6 helps to maintain healthy
immune system functions and prevents kidney stone formation. B6 is
also effective in the treatment of carpal tunnel syndrome,
premenstrual syndrome, night leg cramps, allergies, asthma and
found in yeast, organ meats, milk, egg yolks, nuts, legumes (dried
beans), and whole grains.
B2 (riboflavin) is found in milk, yogurt, cheese, organ meats, meat,
poultry, dark green leafy vegetables, whole grain and enriched
breads and cereals.
(niacin) is found in meat, poultry, fish, organ meats, milk, eggs,
whole grain and enriched breads and cereals. Niacin can be made in
the body from the amino acid tryptophan.
B1 (thiamine) is found in pork, legumes (dried beans), peanuts,
sunflower seeds, whole grains and enriched breads and cereals.
Thiamine is sensitive to heat and is destroyed by too much alcohol
consumption. Alcoholics suffer from thiamine deficiency.
It was at
this point that we once had a section on soy and how it helps to
reverse atherosclerosis and provides needed estrogen (because as
women lose estrogen they begin to develop cardiovascular disease).
There have been some recent findings of concern to us at the
Directory, and we no longer recommend any soy products other than
fermented soy products. These products are safe and effective.
the researchers at Loma Linda University we get the following:
in non-fermented soy products are:
this in mind, we will pass the following on to you, but when we say
soy, we mean fermented soy.
High levels of phytic acid in soy reduce assimilation of
calcium, magnesium, copper, iron and zinc. Phytic acid in soy is
not neutralized by ordinary preparation methods such as soaking,
sprouting and long, slow cooking. High phytate diets have caused
growth problems in children.
Trypsin inhibitors in soy interfere with protein digestion and
may cause pancreatic disorders. In test animals, soy containing
trypsin inhibitors caused stunted growth.
Soy phytoestrogens disrupt endocrine function and have the
potential to cause infertility and to promote breast cancer in
Soy phytoestrogens are potent antithyroid agents that cause
hypothyroidism and may cause thyroid cancer. In infants,
consumption of soy formula has been linked to autoimmune thyroid
Vitamin B12 analogs in soy are not absorbed and actually
increase the body’s requirement for B12.
Soy foods increase the body’s requirement for vitamin D.
Fragile proteins are denatured during the high temperature
processing used to make soy protein isolate and textured
vegetable protein, thus your body gets denatured proteins.
Processing of soy protein results in the formation of toxic
lysinoalanine and highly carcinogenic nitrosamines.
Free glutamic acid or MSG, a potent neurotoxin, is formed during
soy food processing and additional amounts are added to many soy
Soy foods contain high levels of aluminum, which is toxic to the
nervous system and the kidneys.
Preventing and Reversing
We’ve also discovered that Soy
Protein and all the wonderful isoflavones therein will protect you
against cardiovascular disease.
Most of us have heard of the
heart protection that estrogen provides a woman. We know this
because after menopause heart attack rates climb. Fermented soy
contains a phyto-estrogen (plant estrogen) that exhibits the same
amount of protection as its natural analogue, thus affording men
this same protection as well.
Due to skyrocketing heart attack
rates in women after menopause, they are given estrogen replacement
therapy (ERT). (Is menopause a disease that must be treated?) Some
postmenopausal women can get along without added estrogens, using
Dong Quay and other female tonics we have coming from the orient. Dr
Gordon told us that he would rather his female patients try these
first before diving into any sort of ERT. Next it should be noted
that in a study in Canada, at the University of Guelph, fish oils
were used by some while ERT was used by others. It is theorized that
one reason postmenopausal women have such a high rate of heart
attacks is due to their corresponding high triglyceride rates. At
the end of the study, the woman on the fish oils dropped their
triglyceride rates, on the average, 36% compared to the women on ERT,
which was 19%. The women in the study indicated that they would
prefer the fish oil to the hormones. [http://www.cp24.com/newstories/aug0200-healthbriefs.asp]
In the New England Journal of
Medicine (1995, 333:276-82), an article by Anderson JW,
Johnstone BM and Cook-Newell ME called “Meta-Analysis of Effects of
Soy Protein Intake on Serum Lipids in Humans,” we learned that the
isoflavones in soy (along with many other phytochemicals in soy)
prevent and treat atherosclerosis in four ways:
Soy helps to lower serum
cholesterol levels as well as triglyceride levels. However, it
is good to note that soy tends to increase HDL levels that can
protect against stroke.
Soy isoflavones are powerful
antioxidants that protect cholesterol and triglycerides from
Soy isoflavones prevent
platelet aggregation thus cutting the risk of thrombosis (blood
Soy isoflavones promote
healthy blood vessels and protect damaged blood vessels from
abnormal spasm or “clamping down.” This clamping down is a major
cause of heart attack that we shall investigate later.
[James W. Anderson, M.D.,
Health Benefits of Soy Protein, Metabolic Research Group, VA
Medical Center and University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY 40511,
One More Word of Warning
Soy contains a goodly amount of
aluminum. The cooking process that creates tofu makes this aluminum
even more bioavailable. Eating fermented soy will help you to avoid
this, though using natural chelators weekly to pull heavy metals
from your body is also recommended (see the note in the next
Additionally, there is evidence
(Health Alert, May 2000, 17:5) that the phytoestrogen in soy
might interfere with brain function by binding to brain cells and
blocking hormones from their receptors. Four naturopaths and one
nutritionist have all told us that maintaining a diet high in
lecithin, vitamin E, omega-3 oils, and even cayenne pepper would
obviate this problem.
We don’t know all the answers
yet. The soy controversy is just heating up and as we learn more we
will pass it on to you, perhaps in our yearly updates.
In conventional medicine there
are two chelation camps: those who say chelation therapy doesn’t
work and those who say it does. The first camp had two studies to
back up their claims. The second group has nearly 30 to back up
theirs. As we prepare to print, we have just learned of another
study in Europe that demonstrated that chelation therapy had no
effect on patients. The pro-chelation camp decries the results
stating that the experimental group was not large enough to be a
statistically significant sampling.
The first or “con” group, with
only three studies now, is also the group with the most money. They
are the AMA. They have forced the American College for the
Advancement of Medicine into a corner and ACAM, not wanting to go to
court, released a statement that chelation therapy is sub-standard
All the naturopaths and
integrative physicians in the world do not have enough money to
stand up to the AMA, so, we pass this on to you from Dr Garry
Gordon. Dr Gordon is one of the co-founders of ACAM and for many
years he has been establishing the standards for the proper use of
oral and intravenous chelation therapy. Because of the bullying
tactics of the AMA, he’s had to revise his position on chelation
therapy, and he’s graciously allowed us to reprint his position in
the following article.
A note on Chlorella and
Cilantro: Both of these wonderful green foods are natural
chelators in that they pull heavy metals from your body. Chlorella
can be mixed with juice and tossed down in the morning. Chlorella is
also found in some of the mixed superfoods, such as the superfoods
from Dr Schulze (American Botanical
Pharmacy). Cilantro can be
found fresh nearly everywhere today. We want to emphasize: any
superfood is better than any vitamin; Risotriene™, Enerprime™, blue
green algae, spirulina, chlorella, you name it. Let your food be