Do you know the first sign of heart disease?
By Dr. Donna Barsky, PharmD
Most cardiologists say heart disease cannot be reversed, but some heart issues are driven by years of alcoholism. It’s well documented that alcoholism causes a type of malnutrition that affects the heart.
Physicians have attributed cardiovascular disease to smoking, eating habits, weight problems, high-cholesterol, high blood pressure, and bad genetics. Even now, scientists are discovering that free radicals, Omega-6 fatty acids, high homocysteine levels, circulating immune complexes in the blood, and overall systemic inflammation play fundamental roles in the onset of heart disease.
Dean Ornish, MD, describes patients waiting to undergo a heart transplant––those with the worst possible damage––who enrolled in his program while on the transplant list. Some of them improved so much they no longer needed a transplant. “Our studies show that with significant lifestyle changes, blood flow to the heart and its ability to pump normally improves in less than a month, and the frequency of chest pains fell by 90% in that time,” Ornish says. “Within a year on our program, even severely blocked arteries in the heart became less blocked, and there was even more reversal after five years. Just making moderate changes in your diet may be enough to prevent heart disease, but it won’t be enough to reverse it,” Ornish says.
Diet may be the biggest thing you’d change to try to reverse heart disease, walking at least half an hour a day, or for an hour three times a week. Yoga, meditation, and stress reduction are also part of his program. Naturally, reversing heart disease and alternative medicine can help heal even the worst health conditions, once you get to the root of the problem in the first place.
For detoxification using the nutritionals listed below, start by doubling the maintenance dosage, then tripling it if needed, and even quadrupling it, until you notice benefits, or as recommended by your health professional. You’ll want to run a detox program for a minimum of 30 days and up to 12 to 24 months––depending on the state of your health and how much damage you are trying to repair.
Secrets of the Heart. Learn to take the mystery out of a doctor’s diagnosis so you know what your doctor is analyzing when looking at your heart. Arm yourself with some basic diagnostic knowledge so you’re not at the mercy of the medical mystique with the results of your next physical.
The Anatomy of the Heart. Once we understand the underlying basis of medical treatments used to correct heart disease, we can make informed decisions as to which of those alternative health treatments and medications make sense for your heart disease symptoms and what alternatives might work to improve your cardiovascular health.
Heart Problems and Alternative Health Solutions. Although many problems with the heart may seem to be biomechanical in nature and beyond the purview of nutrition and supplements, that’s not necessarily true. Some natural health remedies you will learn about concerning heart disease are how:
- Magnesium supplementation (glycinate form) can change the shape and condition of heart valves––500mg at night.
- B vitamins can help rebuild the heart, especially ones that include B6, B12, and methylfolate. Use twice daily.
- CoQ10 can reenergize every single cell in the heart and can literally remold the size and shape of the heart after the onset of congestive heart failure. Use 100mg twice daily or 200mg daily in the morning. For congestive heart failure, start with 180mg daily and increase to 360mg over three weeks. Significant relief from symptoms may take a few weeks to months.
- Proper dental care can reduce the incidence of periodontal disease, which reduces the chances of an acute coronary event.
- L-carnitine, an amino acid, may increase energy available to the heart muscle cells of congestive heart failure patients by supporting free fatty acid metabolism. Aim for 500mg twice daily.
- L-arginine is another amino acid that improves blood flow to the heart by stimulating endothelial cell releasing factor, thereby inhibiting a chain of complex reactions that might otherwise cause plaque to form in the arteries and stifle blood flow to the heart. Use 2 to 4 grams before bedtime.
- Biotin is a vitamin used for preventing and treating biotin deficiency associated with pregnancy, long-term tube feeding, malnutrition, and rapid weight loss. It is also used orally for hair loss, brittle nails, skin rash in infants, diabetes, and mild depression. How does it work? Biotin is an important component of enzymes in the body that break down certain substances like fats, carbohydrates, and others. Take 3 mg daily (3000mcg).
- Probiotics twice daily will help rebuild the immune system.
- The use of omega-3 fatty acids can help in reversing heart damage caused by non-esterified fatty acids (NEFAs). Use 1200mg twice daily. Proteolytic enzymes can provide nutritional support for your body as it works to clean out the coronary arteries and repair damage to epicardial tissue surrounding the heart in different activity units for each type of enzyme. For the above formula, that would be: Protease enzymes––300,000 HUT (hemoglobin Units, tyrosine basis). Vascular Problems: Clogged arteries, high blood pressure, and deep vein thrombosis (DVT).
Get a deeper understanding about your body’s systems so that you can communicate with your doctor and actively participate in your treatment.
The Functions of Blood and How It Maintains Health. The cardiovascular system has only one purpose, to move blood through the body. That makes blood pretty important. Learn the role of blood, from transporting nutrients to removing waste, and how a proper heart healthy diet and hydration can assist your blood in protecting your overall health.
What Blood Is Made of and How that Affects Your Health. It’s important to examine the composition of blood and how that determines its functionality. When your doctor tests your blood, he or she is primarily looking at components like hematocrit, albumin, platelet, and white cell counts. Knowing what your levels mean will empower you to be an active participate in any treatment and give you access to a world of alternatives your doctor is unlikely to inform you about.
“What is the first sign of heart disease?” The answer is, “sudden death!” The reason I wrote this article is because my late nephew discovered he had heart disease from years of drinking without the benefit of proper nutrition. My note to him when I sent this information 18 months ago
If you decide to take on this mission, you can repair your heart. You have had so many years of drinking that your body is completely depleted of all nutrition. Therefore, there is no way your body can function for any length of time without you being serious about living past 40 years old.
Typically, if you give up now, you will succumb to constant alcohol and, hence, heart disease. But you do have a choice! Not anyone can make this choice, only you! To live or die is your decision! We are only here to help. Please, choose to live! Stop drinking yourself into an early grave and take this information to heart because we love you, but are powerless to help unless you help yourself.
Love, Donna, Mike and the kids.
He didn’t take me seriously and we lost him 10 days before his 37th birthday in September 2017.
If you want to improve your heart and live a fruitful and healthy life, follow the Ornish diet and the previous information. Allow us to help you find the pathway to the rest of your life. We are only here to help.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Texas Star Pharmacy at 3033 W. Parker Road #100, Plano, TX 75023. 972-519-8475. www.texasstarpharmacy.com.