"The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, in diet and in the cause and prevention of disease."
- Thomas Edison
Heart disease is no longer only
for older people. Young people are increasingly likely to get heart
disease due to poor diet (not enough vegetables), obesity, lack of
exercise (too much sitting), stress, diabetes, smoking, drinking,
cocaine usage, poor maternal health, low birth weight, and other
factors. Doctors are starting to put children on cholesterol medication.
For Health endorses the "nutritarian"
diet advocated by Dr. Joel Fuhrman
Drinking chlorinated water causes atherosclerosis.
Dr. Joseph M. Price
sugar creates bad cholesterol in your blood.
Oxidized cholesterol doesn't melt until 149º C. This
means that a hunk of waxy plaque in your artery isn't going to be
removed unless it can be liquefied first. This is exactly what the
nutrient lecithin does. It dissolves these fatty globs in your arteries
the way dishwasher detergent breaks up grease. It dissolves fat and
washes it out of your arteries so it can't harm you. Just one tablespoon
daily (with food or in a drink) usually does the trick. You can find it
in any health food store." - Dr. David Williams
Cholesterol becomes soluble in the bloodstream
when enough lecithin is present.
- J American Oil Chemists Society 63;40: 464
- Science 74;155:222.
Iodine and iodide make fats, oils and waxes more
soluble in water. Consuming a little iodide and niacin daily can help
clean cholesterol from the arteries. Read more
article by Jonathan V. Wright, M.D.
Lugol's solution is a mix of iodine and
potassium iodide. The body needs both.
"DMG (Dimethylglycine) is a lipotropic agent (fat
emulsifier) that lowers blood pressure, cholesterol and triglyceride
- Dr. Roger Kendall
DMSO can dissolve blood clots.
"Northerners have higher rates of heart
disease than southerners because they don't experience the same levels
of sunlight." - Dr. David Williams (Sunlight on the skin produces
Vitamin C supplementation of 1 1/2 - 3 grams daily reverses
atherosclerotic lesions in animals and humans.
- Canadian Med Assn J 54;71: 562
- Canadian Med Assn J 57;77: 106
Bioflavonoids complement and increase the
effectiveness of vitamin C.
found in the pulp of grapefruit, reverses atherosclerosis in both the
aorta and small coronary arteries that supply the heart.
- Circulation 94;89: 1247-1253
- Clin Cardiol 88;11: 589-591
- J Franklin Institute 94;[331A]: 199-202
Pectin is the fiber that provides the framework for
fruits like grapefruit and oranges. Normally indigestible, bacterial
enzymes in a healthy colon can break it down.
The "modified citrus pectin" used to prevent cancer
metastases is pre-digested.
Pomegranate juice is found to help clean arteries,
prevent cancer and diabetes, and prevent the spread of AIDS. 10
published studies are discussed by Dr. David Williams in his
Alternatives newsletter May 2005.
According to Dr. Andrew Sereda, the primary risk
factors for heart disease are:
2. Mechanical stress on the arteries due to the pumping of the
heart and turbulence where the arteries branch
3. Excess iron
Iron is necessary for the growth of bacteria, and
inflammation of the arteries caused by bacteria may be one of the
underlying causes of cardiovascular disease. Iodine helps kill the
bacteria and dissolve plaque while normalizing thyroid function.
filings in breakfast cereal.
Pre-menopausal, pregnant and lactating women are frequently iron deficient. Iron overload is more likely to occur in men.
This may be one reason why women live on average 5 years longer than men.
Your doctor can do a serum ferritin test to determine if you have too much or too little iron.
Ferritin level should be between 20 and 80
ng/ml, 40 to 60 is best.
"If your blood is normal, give a donation to the Red Cross of one pint twice a year. This will rid your body of any excess iron it may have." - Dr. William Campbell Douglass
"Magnesium and calcium work together to control
muscle action though calcium becomes increasingly toxic in the face of
any kind of magnesium deficiency. Calcium tightens the muscles;
magnesium relaxes the muscles. With insufficient magnesium the muscles
stay tense and through the years may cause a cramp in the muscle. This
could happen when you have too much calcium or too little magnesium. Too
much calcium causes the heart to go into a spasm and this can cause a
heart attack." - Mark Sircus Ac., OMD
"A more appropriate ratio of calcium to magnesium is 1:1." -
"When balancing calcium and magnesium also keep in mind that these must
be balanced with vitamins K2 and D. These four nutrients perform an
intricate dance together, with one supporting the other. Lack of balance
between these nutrients is why calcium supplements have become
associated with increased risk of heart attacks and stroke, and why some
vitamin D toxicity." -
Magnesium Deficiency in the Pathogenesis of Disease -
Dr. Mildred S. Seelig
Cancer and heart disease are the "terrible
two" and they are frequently found together. Maintaining a healthy heart and circulatory system is essential for
cancer treatment and prevention.
- Unobstructed arteries help ensure that adequate
oxygen reaches all the tissues and that tissues are cleansed of
waste. Cancer starts in toxic areas
- Healthy arteries free of blood clots prevent
cancer metastases, because cancer cells floating in the bloodstream
come to rest in a
blood clot before forming a new tumor.
In 1966, Nobel prize winner
Dr. Otto Warburg wrote,
"To prevent cancer it is therefore proposed first to keep the speed of the blood stream so high that the venous blood still contains sufficient oxygen; second, to keep high the concentration of hemoglobin in the blood; third, to add always to the food, even of healthy people, the active groups of the respiratory enzymes; and to increase the doses of these groups, if a precancerous state has already developed. If at the same time exogenous carcinogens are excluded rigorously, then much of the endogenous cancer may be prevented today."
This page offering 12 approaches
to a healthy heart and circulatory system addresses Dr. Warburg's first
concern which is, "To prevent cancer it is therefore
proposed first to keep the speed of the blood stream so high that the
venous blood still contains sufficient oxygen." The other
concerns are addressed on our
Source of the above chart. At this time, about
598,000 Americans die of heart disease each year. It is the #1 cause
of death. However, with a bit of cooperation by the general population,
heart disease could quickly disappear. What do people need to do? It is
interesting that heart disease began to decline at about the time Dr.
Linus Pauling began to popularize vitamin C as a cure for the common
cold. The role of vitamin C in heart health is
discussed in point #3 below.
On this page we are gathering all the different
approaches to a healthy heart and circulatory system that we come
across. The health maintenance program that results should be very
helpful to prevent both cardio-vascular disease and cancer.
1. Dr. Dean Ornish - 4 Step Program to Prevent and
Reverse Heart Disease
- The 4 step program by Dr. Dean Ornish has been
shown in clinical practice to reverse even serious heart disease
- The 4 step program includes 1. non-smoking, 2.
low-fat vegetarian diet, 3. exercise, and 4. meditation.
- Smoking fills the lungs with toxic chemicals
which form free radicals when they enter the bloodstream. The lungs
are full of tiny blood vessels which are designed to allow close
interaction between the air we breathe and the bloodstream. As a
result the toxic chemicals in cigarette smoke have ready access to
the blood. Free radical damage to the arterial walls is thought to
be one of the causes of atherosclerosis.
- The diet is high in fruits, vegetables, grains,
beans, and other complex carbohydrates. This is essentially the same
diet that Alkalize For Health recommends for cancer patients. This
diet is rich in anti-oxidants and other nutrients. The Ornish diet to
prevent heart disease allows more fats than the diet
to reverse heart disease.
- Dr. Ornish recommends regular exercise such as
walking 30 minutes daily or 60 minutes every other day. Exercise
promotes the flow of lymph, and this flow of
lymph has been
demonstrated to prevent and remove atherosclerosis.
- Dr. Ornish does not endorse any particular kind
of meditation. However, here at Alkalize For Health we are very
impressed with the
research on Transcendental Meditation showing an 87% reduction in
hospitalization for heart disease in those who practice this
technique. Add to this a 55% reduction in
hospitalizations for cancer in TM meditators. As a result, we
- Dr. Ornish describes his program in detail in his
Dr. Dean Ornish's Program For Reversing Heart Disease.
Here is a short video of Dr. Dean Ornish speaking on
The Healthy Heart
Much of medicine is based on the study of
illness. However, in the quest for health does it not make good
sense to also study health? Then the goal becomes more
understandable. The goal is not just an absence of illness, it is
the presence of health.
Since 1993 a growing body of
research makes it clear that a steady heartbeat is a sign of
illness, with the heart isolated from the many other rhythms in the
body. The healthy heart "is not a solo player in the quantum jazz of
life [3, 4]. Instead, it is in symphony with all other players,
intermeshing and syncopating with their varied rhythms, reflecting
the correlations and couplings in a system that is quantum coherent
in the ideal. It is the rhythm of the organism dancing life into
being, in which every single player is freely improvising and yet
keeping in tune and in step with the whole...The coupling between
heart and other rhythms is quite precise, extending to phase
correlations among all the body rhythms..." -
Here we may have a window into
the effectiveness of Transcendental Meditation (TM) to increase heart
health and overall physiological health, because
increased coherence in brain
activity (and by extension increased coherence throughout
the physiology) is the defining characteristic of this meditation
According to the
National Institutes of Health (NIH),
modifiable risk factors for coronary heart
disease include high blood cholesterol, high blood pressure,
diabetes and prediabetes, overweight and obesity, smoking, lack of
physical activity, unhealthy diet, and stress. Non-modifiable risk
factors include age, gender, and family history.
our experience, as the brain begins to function better as a result
of regular meditation, naturally the choices made in life become
better, plus the body functions better. These better choices and
improved physiological functioning impact most, perhaps all, of the
modifiable risk factors for heart disease. The
hundreds of scientific studies on Transcendental Meditation
reflect this tendency for wide ranging
improvements resulting from practice of the technique. We have a
whole page on meditation here.
A 20-year cost comparison found the Transcendental
Meditation technique more cost-effective than five standard
- American Journal of Managed Care 1996, 2:
For more information, here is a
of some of the research on Transcendental Meditation. Two minute
video on this
"The writing group conferred to TM
a Class IIB, Level of Evidence B recommendation in regard to
BP-lowering efficacy. TM may be considered in clinical practice to lower BP.
Because of many negative studies or mixed results and a paucity of available
trials, all other meditation techniques (including MBSR) received a
Class III, no benefit, Level of Evidence C recommendation. Thus, other
meditation techniques are not recommended in clinical practice to lower BP
at this time."
- Brook RD et al., Beyond Medications and Diet:
Alternative Approaches to Lowering Blood Pressure:
Statement from the American Heart Association. Hypertension, 61:
1360-1383, April 2013.
2. Dr. Johanna Budwig -
Healthy Fats vs. Unhealthy Fats
- "These naturally occurring
saturated fats cannot be turned into energy by the body without the
presence of essential fatty acids..." (Budwig
- "When living tissue rejects
some fats, the body isolates them - and this is the crux - and
deposits them in places where fats are not normally found." (Budwig
- "A surprisingly high number
of correlations between fatal diseases and metabolism of fats have
been discovered." (Budwig
- "The fatty acids become water
soluble through this association with protein." (Budwig
- "The solid fats which are not
water soluble and cannot associate with protein are no longer
capable of circulating through the fine capillary networks. The
blood thickens and circulation problems arise." (Budwig
page 9) FDA moves to
ban trans fats from food.
- "Medical treatment prescribes
the eating of less amounts of fat because it has been observed that
the patient cannot digest it. However, if he is given beneficial
fats within the definitions I've just summarized, that is, highly
unsaturated fats, then he has no digestive trouble at all. It is
best to use threefold unsaturated fats prepared from flax seed oil,
together with the substance which easily dissolves them, and that is
cottage cheese." (Budwig
pages 10-11) By "threefold unsaturated fats" Dr. Budwig is referring
to what is now known as omega-3 fatty acids, such as are found in flax
- "The majority of
preservatives can be labelled as respiratory poisons in that their
effect is to block the combustion of fat - its continued interaction
with oxygen. When, in such a situation as described, we supply
respiratory activating fats and prevent the ingestion of
preservatives, which are respiratory poisons, then great numbers of
patients who have been given up as hopeless cases by many clinics,
will recover their health." (Budwig
- One teaspoon of flax oil daily resulted in a 70% reduction in deaths from heart disease. -
Circulation, Feb. 16, 1999.
Year Vegan Dies of Heart Attack. Why?
- People who eat butter have half the risk of heart disease compared to
those who eat margarine. - Nut Week 91;21(12):2-3
- Saturated fat does not cause
Trans fat is the culprit. Dr. Fred Kummerow first published this
fact in 1957. Dr. Kummerow, who is nearly 100 years old, has spent 80
years studying lipids, and recently published a book
Cholesterol is Not the Culprit: A Guide to Preventing Heart Disease,
summarizing his life's work.
When sunlight on the skin converts cholesterol
into vitamin D, the amount of cholesterol in the blood goes
- Pacific islanders and other populations that consume
an abundance of coconut oil are amazingly free from degenerative
diseases so common in the west including heart disease, high blood pressure, atherosclerosis,
Dr. Bruce Fife pages 37 - 58.
Low Fat and Low Saturated Fat Diet Bad for Health
Origins of the fat controversy
Flax Oil and Cottage Cheese
"The Budwig formula is so simple and easy to
make it seems ridiculous. You simply combine two-thirds of a cup of
cottage cheese (ideally low-fat, organic) with one-third of a cup of
fresh, refrigerated flax oil and mix it in a blender. Or you can mix
it with a hand-blender (also called an "immersion blender").
Stirring isn't good enough. To mix it properly, you have to blend
Once you've mixed it, you can add - if
you wish - whatever kind of fruit you want: strawberries,
blueberries, or whatever is your favorite. You can also add
something like almonds or walnuts." -
Henderson, page 24. Here are some helpful videos
Dr. Johanna Budwig spent a lifetime
researching the healing properties of flax oil. Her restoration diet
consists of oil, protein, fruit and vegetables.
The Oil Protein Diet Cookbook provides over 500 delicious
recipes utilizing the healing power of flax oil.
Vitamin E is the main fat soluble
antioxidant in the body. Cholesterol is a fat, and vitamin E
prevents the oxidation of cholesterol and other unsaturated fats.
Vitamin E helps prevent free radical damage throughout the
In 1939, Drs. Evan and Wilfrid Shute began
decades of work with vitamin E in the treatment of heart and
circulatory problems in 30,000 patients. First they used vitamin E
to relieve angina symptoms, then atherosclerosis, thrombosis,
phlebitis, claudication, coronary and peripheral vascular disease.
Today, high doses of vitamin E are used to treat many conditions.
There are eight forms of natural vitamin E -
4 tocopherols and 4 tocotrienols. The main tocopherol is called
d-alpha-tocopherol. Synthetic vitamin E is dl-alpha tocopherol
acetate. The Schute brothers used only the complete natural form of
vitamin E in therapeutic doses of 800 to 1,600 International Units
(IU) per day, though they would go as high as 8,000 IU daily if
As a daily supplement, for a healthy person
200-400 IU per day is adequate. For a person with health problems,
800 IU daily is recommended, starting with a small dose and working
up. It takes a long time to saturate the tissues with vitamin E.
Scientific research that attempts to
discredit vitamin E generally uses the artificial form of vitamin E
in too small doses and for too short a time.
For more information see
Orthomolecular Medicine for Everyone, pages 107-120. Also
by Abram Hoffer, MD, PhD,
The Vitamin E Story, and
Vitamin E: A Cure in Search of Recognition.
"The failure of the medical establishment
during the last forty years to recognize the value of vitamin E in
controlling heart disease is responsible for a tremendous amount of
unnecessary suffering and for many early deaths. The interesting
story of the efforts to suppress the Shute discoveries about vitamin
E illustrates the shocking bias of organized medicine against
nutritional measures for achieving improved health." - Dr. Linus
3. Dr. Linus Pauling and Dr. Matthias Rath - The
Unified Theory of Human Cardiovascular Disease
- Plaque is found on arterial walls, not in veins.
What is the difference between arteries and veins that might account
for this? The arteries must expand to accommodate the rush of blood
each time the heart beats, and contract between beats. This constant
flexing is unique to arteries.
- The constant flexing of the arterial walls
requires flexibility. If the walls become stiff they will begin to
crack. The body heals the cracks by filling them with plaque. This
is the origin of atherosclerosis. Drs. Brown and Goldstein were
awarded the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 1985 for the discovery that
atherosclerotic plaques are deposited in response to injury of the
blood vessel wall.
- Removing the plaque without restoring flexibility
to the arterial walls is just a short term solution. If the walls
continue to crack, the plaque will return.
- Restoring flexibility to arterial walls can
be achieved by providing the necessary nutrients in the diet. The
required nutrients are vitamin C, and the amino acids lysine and proline.
- Vitamin C, lysine and proline heal and
maintain the cartilage in arterial walls near the heart where it is
subject to mechanical stress. Plus, they remove arterial
plaque. All three nutrients are essential. Nearly every person has
some degree of scurvy.
"Heart disease" is a misnomer...the correct
terminology for this disease process is chronic scurvy. -
- Collagen (connective
tissue) is largely made of two amino acids
called hydroxylysine and hydroxyproline. Vitamin C is needed by the body
to change lysine into hydroxylysine and proline into hydroxyproline.
- For more information see these
"I recommend that every person who is at risk of heart disease should
take 5 or 6 g of vitamin C and at least 2 g of lysine, although larger
amounts may be necessary." -
(Most people have enough proline. The body makes proline from other
amino acids, plus proline comes from diet. Lysine is an essential amino
acid (the body cannot make it), plus the body cannot make vitamin C.
Both lysine and vitamin C are easily damaged by the heat of cooking. People who eat mostly cooked food will
likely be deficient in lysine and vitamin C.)
Our Health Co-op
sells an economical nutritional supplement called Heart Plus that
contains vitamin C, lysine and proline.
Cold processed whey protein
is a good source of lysine and proline.
- Read the books
Practicing Medicine Without A License? The Story of the Linus Pauling
Therapy for Heart Disease by Owen Fonorow, and
Stop America's #1 Killer by Thomas E. Levy.
Do-it-yourself Vitamin C Urine Test
4. Dr. Michael Holick - Vitamin
D and Heart Disease
- Blood pressure tends to be
higher in the winter than in the summer. This is because sunshine in
summer produces vitamin D. Blood vessels have vitamin D receptors
and the effect of vitamin D is to cause the blood vessels to relax
and become more flexible.
- When vitamin D levels are low,
calcium can accumulate on artery walls and promotes formation of
fatty plaques. The breakup of these plaques leads to occlusions and
clots that are the direct cause of heart attacks, heart failure, and
- Women with osteoporosis tend
to have more calcium in their artery walls (atherosclerosis). The
problem is not calcium, but lack of vitamin D which governs how the
body absorbs and utilizes calcium.
- Vitamin D levels can be kept
high even in winter through the use of supplements and exposing the
- "If you take people with
hypertension and put them in a tanning bed for brief periods that
simulates sunlight three times a week for three months, you can
increase their blood level of 25-vitamin D by as much as 180 percent
and lower their blood pressure to normal levels - no drugs
Dr. Michael Holick, page 92.
Based on the body's indicated
daily vitamin D usage, the Vitamin D Council recommends the
following amounts of supplemental vitamin D3 per day in
the absence of proper sun exposure.
- Healthy infants - 1,000
- Healthy children - 1,000 IU/day per every 25
lbs. of body
- Healthy adults - 5,000 IU/day
Additionally, children and adults
with chronic health conditions
may need as much as
double these amounts.
UVA and Nitric
While UVB light from the sun
creates vitamin D in the skin, it turns out that UVA
light from the sun is also important for heart health (1,
3). Dermatologist Richard Weller explains the
skin contains large quantities of nitric oxide
release nitric oxide into the blood when the skin is exposed to UVA.
The nitric oxide relaxes blood vessels and normalizes
blood pressure. A UVB sunlamp also emits significant UVA
The health benefit derived from
nitric oxide suggests that it is not enough to just eat
a lot of vitamin D. For superior health it is helpful to
expose the skin to ultraviolet light in all seasons.
5. Dr. T.C. McDaniel - Maintaining a High Zeta
Potential in the Circulatory System
- Zeta potential is the negative electrical charge
on cells and particles in the blood that keeps them all separate.
Loss of this electrical charge causes coagulation of the blood and
precipitation of the nutrients and other substances in the blood.
The coagulated blood is difficult for the heart to pump. The
precipitated material forms plaques and deposits throughout the
- Increasing the zeta potential is necessary to
remove intravascular coagulation from the blood and to dissolve the deposits
- Increasing zeta potential involves consuming
appropriate electrolytes. This generally means more potassium and
less sodium (salt). Also required is consumption of more fluids,
which increases the effectiveness of the
kidneys to remove wastes
such as excess salt.
- Deposits of minerals on the arterial walls can be
removed by increasing the zeta potential of the blood. Deposits of fibrin on the arterial walls can be
removed by enzyme supplementation such as bromelain (found in
pineapples), papain (found in papayas) and pancreatic enzymes.
- Increased zeta potential in the blood prevents
intravascular coagulation. This in turn lowers blood pressure and
allows the heart to pump more efficiently, preventing damage to the
- Blood that is not coagulated is better able to
carry oxygen to the tissues, thereby helping to prevent cancer.
- Increased zeta potential in the blood
simultaneously increases the zeta potential in the lymph, which
allows the lymph to dissolve accumulations of waste material
throughout the body. This also helps prevent cancer.
- Dr. McDaniel has used zeta potential in clinical
practice on over 10,000 patients with good results.
- For more information see our page on
The eye offers a location
where blood vessels can be seen directly. The
that concerns Dr. McDaniel can readily be seen in the capillaries of
the sclera, conjunctiva and retina of the human eye. Sclera is the
white of the eye, conjunctiva lines the inside of the eyelid, and
retina is the light-sensitive lining of the inner surface of the
However, in addition to
seeing coagulation of the blood, the eye offers an opportunity to view the
condition of the blood vessels themselves. Circulatory problems are
not restricted to the larger arteries, and difficulties can arise in
smaller and smaller arteries right down to the arterioles and the
capillary system. Arterioles are the smallest of the arteries,
immediately prior to the capillary bed. Arterioles have smooth
muscle walls. Capillary walls are only one cell thick.
If you have any clogging of the arteries to the
heart, then it is a sure bet that you also have problems at the
microcirculatory level. In fact, it is estimated that more than 80%
of the population over age 40 has moderate to extreme problems at
the microvascular level.
Every one of the 50 trillion cells in your body
has a capillary nearby. To make this possible, there are more than
60,000 miles of capillaries in your body. Capillaries are the level
of the cardiovascular system where the real work takes place -
gases, nutrients and waste materials are exchanged. Problems at the microvascular level can affect all your cells, tissues and organs as
well as the circulatory system itself. Now you know why people
can have heart problems even when their arteries appear to be clear.
Their difficulties are at the microvascular level and in the blood (sludged blood).
Blockages, leaks and breaks
in the microvasculature increase the overall resistance to blood flow
resulting in higher blood pressure. This creates in a negative
feedback loop as higher blood pressure can in
turn cause further damage.
Arterioles need to be
flexible. When the body is under stress, blood pressure will
increase. At the same time, arterioles will dilate to increase
blood flow to the muscles, skin and other areas. This in turn
moderates the increase in blood pressure and prevents rupturing of
blood vessels. Refer to the work of Dr. Pauling and Dr. Rath in
section 2 above regarding nutritional supplementation to restore and
maintain the flexibility of the arteries and arterioles.
Kidneys help control blood pressure by
regulating sodium and potassium. However, high blood pressure can
damage microcirculation in the kidney which in turn reduces the
kidney's ability to regulate sodium and potassium, resulting in even
higher blood pressure. Here we see another negative feedback loop
that can be helped by all the measures to reduce blood pressure
discussed on this page, plus ways to aid the kidneys such as
drinking lots of liquid and
eating healthy fats.
Dr. Sydney Bush, an optometrist in the United
Kingdom, prescribes vitamin C and lysine for arterial cholesterol.
He takes a photograph of the retinal blood vessels at the start and
again after one year. He has thousands of photos documenting the
progress of his patients. Dr.
Bush says that 90% of his patients improve on 3,000 mg of vitamin C
daily plus lysine, while the remaining 10% need more vitamin C (up
to 10 grams daily in divided doses).
Bush, Professor Sydney J.,
700 Vitamin C Secrets, Lulu, 2009.
Erickson, Dr. Dorie and Prof Sydney J Bush,
Live Longer! See Better! For You and Your Optometrist, New
Generation Publishing, 2013.
Dr. Bush's websites
Blockage of the peripheral
arteries is called "peripheral vascular disease".
had never before seen anyone like Auguste D., and he
gained the family's permission to perform an
autopsy. In Auguste's brain, he saw dramatic
shrinkage, especially of the cortex, the outer layer
involved in memory, thinking, judgment and speech.
Under the microscope, he also saw
fatty deposits in small blood vessels, dead
and dying brain cells, and abnormal deposits in and
around cells." -
Neuropathy is damage to nerves.
Alzheimer's disease has been described as a kind of
"diabetes of the brain" or "Type 3
Diabetic neuropathy is caused by high blood
sugar and may also be an indirect result of damage to blood vessels caused by high blood sugar
and/or lack of vitamin C.
The damaged blood vessels get patched up with plaque
which then reduces blood circulation. This starves
the tissues of oxygen and nutrients which damages
the nerves and prevents wounds from healing. Blood
vessels rely on healthy nerves, and nerves rely on
healthy blood vessels, so damage to either nerves or
blood vessels begins a vicious cycle of mutual
destruction. Diabetic neuropathies often result in
limb amputation. Diabetics are more likely to have a
heart attack or stroke. As many as four out of five
diabetics will die of heart disease and many of the
remainder will die of cancer. To avoid
problems with diabetes it is helpful to eat healthy
fats and avoid sugar and other foods high on the glycemic index. See our
Many small strokes at the
microvascular level can cause a form of dementia
called "vascular dementia".
is the name popularly given to electrically grounding the human body
to the earth. Modern people are electrically insulated from the earth
most of the time due to rubber sole shoes, rubber tire vehicles,
vinyl and carpet floors, wood structures, and so on. However, the
human race evolved in direct electrical contact with the earth while
walking barefoot, sleeping on the ground, etc. It turns out that
insulating ourselves from the earth has health consequences, and
that many health benefits are to be gained by reconnecting to the
In our modern world, this electrical reconnection
to the earth is being created by means of conductive bed sheets and
floor mats that plug into the grounding hole in electrical outlets.
Conductive footwear is also being developed.
When the human body is
electrically grounded to the earth, random static charges and
foreign electromagnetic fields immediately bleed off into the earth.
Plus, the earth's surface has a negative electrical charge which becomes a
constant source of free electrons for our body. These free electrons
neutralize the positively charged free radicals that are largely responsible
for the present epidemic of inflammation and inflammatory diseases.
Also, the negative electrical charge that the
body attains when electrically grounded to the earth is exactly what
is needed to raise zeta potential to its optimal level. In a study
by cardiologist Dr. Stephen Sinatra and electrophysiologist Dr. Gaetan Chevalier, 40 minutes of Earthing raised zeta potential of
the blood by 270%, restoring the zeta potential to its natural
Earthing pages 176-177).
For more information you can read various studies
and discussion papers
6. Dr. Hans Nieper - Use
Enzymes to Clean Clots and Fibrin from the Circulatory System
The Curious Man: The Life and Works of Dr. Hans Nieper, pages
Prevention of arteriosclerosis plays a
significant role in increasing life expectancy. For this purpose,
alternative orthomolecular therapy promotes the enzyme bromelain
(natural to pineapples and other fruits and vegetables), which is
absorbed into the bloodstream and can be used without limitation.
This approach is as effective after eight year's use as it is on the
first day. Bromelain cleans blood vessel walls and cells, and
dissolves already-existing clots. So it has an excellent cleaning
effect on arterial deposits. (Its actions are comparable to the
long-term use of magnesium orotate, discussed in Chapter 5.)
Bromelain is taken in pill form. The most effective bromelain
preparations are those that include a number of additional food
enzymes, among which are amylase, chymotrypsin, lipase, pancreatin,
papain, protease, rutin, and trypsin. I have gained much of my
information on bromelain from the work of Dr. Steven Taussig of
Honolulu, Hawaii, who is responsible for a very large amount of
research on this substance.
Interestingly, in performing extensive cancer therapy, I have found
that bromelain unmasks the surface antigens of malignant cells, thus
allowing them to be recognized by the body's lymphocytes and
macrophages (important components of the natural immune defense
system). And among the many cancer patients whom I have treated,
there have been a number with angina pectoris. Almost from the very
start of the bromelain cancer therapy, the angina pectoris largely
regressed in these patients.
The Terrible Two: Cancer and Circulation
"Research in the area of enzyme therapy and circulatory disorders has revealed some interesting findings. About 100 years ago, the French doctor Trousseau drew attention to the tendency of cancer patients to suffer thromboses and of thrombotic patients to suffer from cancer. Using studies (including dissection statistics from the Hamburg and Munich Pathological Institutes), cancer researchers have confirmed Dr. Trousseau's findings.
The common factor is clear. The cancer cells can multiply undisturbed and form a tumor, by hiding in and under undissolved fibrin." - Enzymes & Enzyme Therapy, Anthony J. Chichoke, D.C., Keats Publishing, Inc., New Canaan, Connecticut, 1994, page 214.
"Bromelain works much the same way as these new "miracle" clot-busting drugs, by stimulating the conversion of plasminogen to plasmin, which in turn helps break down the fibrin clot." - Dr. David Williams
"Pancreatic enzymes and vegetable enzymes are part of the supportive theory. You have the papaya melons as the source of the enzyme Papain and pineapple as a source of the enzyme Bromelain. The demasking effect of these enzymes against the pericellular layer of the malignant cell is something very concrete in the immunology of cancer. Now I prefer, rather than advising the use of bromelain or papaya tablets that the individual seeking these enzymes get them directly from the fresh ripe pineapple and papaya fruit. As much as half a pineapple a day should be ingested...You have nothing to lose by eating fresh pineapple and papaya melons." -
Dr. Krebs, Jr.
The Japanese fermented food "natto"
(a type of miso) is a rich source of the enzyme nattokinase that dissolves clots and fibrin deposits in various parts of the body. This makes natto a useful treatment for many problems associated with fibrin and impaired circulation (hyper-coagulation of the blood, circulatory problems, angina, heart attacks, strokes, senility, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, multiple sclerosis,...) The Japanese people eat an average of 4.5 pounds (2.2 kg) of natto annually. - Dr. David Williams Alternatives newsletter November 2002.
Sprouts and all raw foods are good sources of enzymes. Soak your nuts, seeds, grains and
beans overnight to make them more digestible.
Leading European oncologist discuses
systemic oral enzyme
Glycation End Products (AGEs)
Within the body, an advanced glycation end product is the result of
an unhealthy chemical reaction between sugar and protein or lipids
in the absense of enzymes. AGEs can affect nearly
every type of molecule and cell in the body. AGEs cause
"cross-linking", which is a scientific way of saying that they gum
things up. AGEs are proinflammatory and associated with various
inflammatory diseases. AGEs cause the production of free radicals,
which in turn create more damage. High blood glucose promotes the
formation of AGEs. Fructose in the blood produces
ten times more AGEs compared to glucose.
formation and accumulation of AGEs
contribute to the creation of plaques in the body. AGEs are
associated with Alzheimer's Disease, arthritis, asthma,
atherosclerosis, cardiovascular disease, cataracts in the eyes,
diabetes, kidney damage, myocardial infarction, nephropathy,
neuropathy, periodontitis, reduced muscle function, retinopathy, and
stroke. The cross-links created by AGEs cause problems in both
microcirculation and macrocirculation. AGEs inhibit the ability of
nitric oxide to relax blood vessels. Cross-linking reduces
flexibility and increases stiffness throughout the body. The AGEs
and free radicals contribute to the general decline in health
associated with "aging".
AGEs are also absorbed into the body from food and cause AGE-related
tissue injury. When food is exposed to
heat during cooking, it is the formation of AGEs that cause
the cooked food to turn brown. The browning is associated with
denaturation and cross-linking of proteins, particularly lysine and
arginine. Higher cooking temperatures and longer cooking times cause
increased formation of AGEs. Dietary AGE restriction reduces serum
Healthy kidneys will excrete AGEs in the urine. However, when
kidneys become damaged by AGEs then the kidneys become less able to
excrete AGEs and a vicious circle ensues, with more AGEs in the
blood causing increasing damage to the kidneys.
Nutrients that may
help prevent damage caused by AGEs include enzymes, vitamin C,
benfotiamine, alpha-lipoic acid, carnosine, and resveratrol. Raw
foods offer enzymes, plus they do not contain the AGEs created
by cooking. We suggest that at least
half of what you eat should
be raw. Plus, stop eating sugar.
7. Kilmer McCully, MD and Homocysteine
- Homocysteine is a naturally occurring metabolite of the amino
acid L-methionine used by the body for many functions
- High levels of homocysteine can damage the
arteries, and this damage leads to plaque formation and heart
disease. Homocysteine also may damage the matrix on which calcium is
deposited to make bone. The result is osteoporosis.
- Homocysteine levels can be controlled by adequate
intake of B vitamins, particularly folic acid, vitamin B6, and
- Read more about
Dr. Broda Barnes demonstrated that treating an underactive
thyroid can normalize homocysteine levels. Thyroid hormones also
improve circulation by causing the capillaries to dilate. The thyroid needs
Homocysteine is a Precursor
Glutathione is one of the most
powerful anti-oxidants in the body. With the help of folic acid,
vitamin B6, and vitamin B12 the body can recycle homocysteine or
convert it into
Source of picture
See the diagram of
(slide #20) involving methionine, homocysteine and glutathione.
8. Dr. Goldhammer and Sodium Salt
- Consumption of too much salt has become a
problem. Canned and packaged foods are generally less tasty than
fresh foods. As a result, food processors add salt to enhance the
flavor. The FDA places no limit on the amount of salt that may be
added to foods. The widespread consumption of packaged foods has
resulted in the consumption of too much salt by most of the
- Kidneys have the job of removing excess
electrolytes such as salt from the bloodstream. However, even the
kidneys have their limits, and when more salt is consumed than the
kidneys can remove, then salt backs up into the system. High salt
levels in the blood spread by osmosis into the arterial walls, lymph
and other tissues. Excessive salt in the arterial walls causes the
vascular lining to swell. This in turn reduces the amount of room
within the arteries for the blood, resulting in hypertension.
Anti-hypertension drugs do not address this problem.
- Dr. Goldhammer solves the problem by placing his
patients on a water-only fast. At the end of the fast, 100% of his
patients are able to stop taking anti-hypertension drugs. During the
fast, Dr. Goldhammer carefully monitors the blood electrolytes of
- You can read more about this
9. Dr. Atkins and Potassium Salt
- "The problem for those with high blood pressure isn't sodium, it's a lack of balance between sodium and potassium levels. More than 25 separate studies show how increasing potassium intake (without decreasing the sodium) is an effective way to lower blood pressure. One of those studies demonstrated that with just one daily serving of a potassium-rich food the risk of death by stroke may be cut by as much as half." - Robert C. Atkins, M.D., author of Dr. Atkins' Diet Revolution.
- The famous cancer physician Dr. Max Gerson found that
cancer patients have too much sodium relative to potassium. His
cancer patients were put on a temporary salt free diet and received supplementary
Gerson chapter 22.
You can read more about potassium and cancer
Dr. Demetrio Sodi Pallarés
2 found that
cardiac disease is caused by loss of potassium from the body and
penetration of sodium into the cells. (This is the same situation that Dr. Gerson
found in cancer patients.) To treat heart attacks and
circulatory problems, Dr. Pallarés together with Dr. Henri Laborit of France
developed an intravenous glucose-potassium-insulin (GKI) drip. The
glucose and insulin provide the energy needed to transport potassium
into the cells. Dr. Pallarés published over a dozen books and hundreds of
scientific papers describing this successful method of treatment.
10. Dr. Wright and Potassium Iodide (SSKI)
- "When I was a pre-med student at
Harvard University, the famous chemistry professor Louis Feiser made a
point of demonstrating to all the pre-medical students that iodine and
iodide would make oils, fats, and waxes (cholesterol is actually a wax)
more soluble in water. He urged us to remember this in our medical
practices, as he was sure it wouldn't be taught in medical school (he
was right!). This known action of iodide likely explains why SSKI can be
useful in the next two applications.
Over 30 years ago, two ophthalmologists observed that a combination
tablet called "Iodo-niacin" (iodide 120 milligrams, niacin 15
milligrams) taken for several months could actually reverse
atherosclerotic clogging of arteries. They proved this effect by taking
pictures of clogged arteries in the backs of the eyes ("retinal
photomicrographs") before and after treatment. The published photographs
showed a significant lessening of the cholesterol-laden artery clogging
in the "after" pictures.
Amazingly enough, no follow-up study has ever been published (probably
because niacin and iodide aren't patentable). Despite this, the
published pictures speak clearly for themselves. I recommend 4 to 6
drops of SSKI and niacin-containing B-complex daily (along with many
other things) for anyone with significant cholesterol-related
atherosclerotic clogging. Thyroid function must be monitored!"
- SSKI means "Saturated Solution Potassium Iodide".
- Read the entire article
- The famous cancer physician
Dr. Max Gerson advocated potassium and iodine, together with a
healthy liver, as necessary for cancer prevention. See
Gerson page 62.
Radiation and Heart Disease?
"My recent study (Radiation from Medical Procedures, 699 pages) provides the first powerful evidence that the U.S. population's accumulated exposure to medical x-rays is a necessary co-actor in causing over half the deaths from cancer, and over half the deaths also from ischemic (coronary) heart disease. Since the study's publication in November 1999, no one has shown that it overestimates the impact of x-rays in causing cancer and coronary heart disease. Some people say "it must be an overestimate," but they have never shown how. Some of the critics have never even looked at the study."
- John W. Gofman, M.D., Ph.D.
"The X-rays and Health Project. An educational project of the Committee for Nuclear Responsibility. www.x-raysandhealth.org"
If radiation can cause heart disease, then we must also consider
other sources of radiation such as depleted uranium (DU). According to US
Leuren Moret, "DU weaponry largely meets the definition of a
weapon of mass destruction (WMD)." In a newspaper article in 2005,
she wrote: "Since 1991, the US has released the radioactive
atomicity (through DU weapons) equivalent of at least 400,000
Nagasaki bombs into the global atmosphere. That is 10 times the
amount released during atmospheric testing which was the equivalent
of 40,000 Hiroshima bombs. The US has permanently contaminated the
global atmosphere with radioactive pollution having a half-life of
2.5 billion years."
Anti-oxidants help neutralize the free radicals
caused by ionizing radiation. The best anti-oxidant may be
vitamin D and
pectin for radioprotection.
filtration systems can remove fallout contamination from drinking water.
Potassium iodide protects the thyroid gland from
For more information see
International Coalition to Ban Uranium Weapons.
11. Dr. Joseph M. Price and
Chlorinated Drinking Water
- Heart disease is virtually
unknown in areas of the world without chlorinated drinking water,
and was unknown in the west prior to the introduction of chlorinated
drinking water in 1904. The first clinical description of coronary
thrombosis (heart attack) was made in 1912. The number of deaths by
heart attack was not significant enough to be included in national
statistics until 1930.
- The water you drink and bathe in probably has chlorine added to it.
Chlorine combines with organic material in the water to form carcinogenic
chemicals called trihalomethanes. When chlorinated water comes into
contact with your digestive system, skin or lungs you can expect the
chlorine to react with your body tissues. Olympic athletes refuse to swim in
- Dr. Joseph M. Price reports
animal studies clearly demonstrate that drinking chlorinated water can cause heart disease.
In fact, Dr. Joseph M. Price writes on page 57 of his book
Coronaries Cholesterol Chlorine that "atherosclerosis cannot occur to a
clinically significant degree in the absence of chlorine regardless of diet
and other contributing factors."
- Safer alternatives to create clean drinking water would be ultraviolet light and
iodine, ozone or hydrogen peroxide (ozone becomes hydrogen peroxide when it is dissolved in water). In
your home, you might consider a reverse osmosis filter for drinking
water and a KDF filter in your shower. We add 2 drops of Lugol's
solution to each quart or liter of drinking water. Lugol's solution is a
mixture of iodine and iodide. The body needs both forms.
If you supplement your diet with iodine/iodide, be sure to also
supplement with selenium (200 micrograms daily), as selenium and iodine
- Chlorine is a halogen. Other halogens are fluorine,
bromine and iodine. The smaller the atomic
weight, the more reactive is the element. Here are the atomic weights of
the four halogens:
In the body, iodine is
displaced by fluorine, chlorine and bromine. Iodine is necessary for
proper thyroid function. "Arteriosclerosis
accompanies hypothyroidism and if thyroid function is
normal arteriosclerosis does not appear." - Dr. Broda
Barnes, MD, PhD who wrote the book
Hypothyroidism, the Unsuspected Illness.
Arteriosclerosis was not a common problem until after
the beginning of water chlorination in 1904. Chlorine
displaces iodine in the body.
Listen to this
lecture by Dr. Brownstein.
12. Dr. Bruce Fife and
Dental Infections (Fife
pages 42 - 48)
- People with dental infection
tend to have a higher rate of heart disease and stroke.
The more gum disease you have, the more arterial plaque you are likely
- Bacteria, viruses, fungi
and protozoa commonly found in the mouth can enter the bloodstream where
they irritate the artery walls and cause chronic low-grade infections
which are then covered over by plaque. Bacteria or remnants of bacteria
are found in 80% of plaque samples from elderly people.
- Oral bacteria and viruses
implicated in heart disease include Helicobacter pylori,
Chlamydia pneumoniae, and herpes viruses (cytomegalovirus and
Herpes Simplex Virus 1).
The same bacteria (Streptococcus sanguis) that form dental
plaque also form arterial plaque.
dental infections and to maintain a healthy mouth Dr. Fife recommends
daily "oil pulling" with
coconut oil. (People with cancer might consider using flax oil.)
Root canals and heart
"Root canals cause more heart disease and more cancer
than any other single factor." -
Dr. Thomas Levy, page 65.
"Oil pulling" helps
clean the mouth and gumline. "Oil pulling" means
swishing oil in the mouth for 20 minutes. Why oil?
Everyone knows that oil and water do not mix. Every
micro-organism in the mouth is lipid coated. "Lipid"
means oil. Rinsing the mouth with water does not wash
out the micro-organisms. However, daily rinsing the
mouth with oil washes them away. Billions of them. Which
oil is best? Coconut oil is digested by
the saliva enzyme lingual lipase into free medium
chain fatty acids that have anti-bacterial, anti-viral,
anti-fungal and anti-protozoal properties.
Video. Read more
about the benefits of oil pulling with coconut oil
3. Cancer patients should not swallow the oil. The
only oil cancer patients should eat is
Page Summary and Conclusion:
Here at Alkalize For Health we do not recommend water
fasting except under the direct supervision of a physician. However, we
note that it is a simple matter to reduce your salt consumption and
increase your liquid intake, both of which should reduce the amount of
salt in your body. Doubling your
consumption of liquids is very helpful to the kidneys, as explained
here. We note that freshly
made fruit and vegetable juices contain an abundance of electrolytes and
a liquid diet of these juices for a brief time on your own should be
safe. Freshly made vegetable juices contain potassium, the
advantages of which are discussed
here. Increasing your zeta
potential will also help cleanse the tissues of excess salt.
on arteries as the result of damage to the arteries. Arteries can be
damaged by physical stress due to the pumping of the heart, and also by
toxic substances in the blood such as homocysteine, free radicals
(from smoking, rancid fat, radiation, excess sugar, etc.), and
infections. Oxidized (rancid)
vegetable oils (corn oil, soy oil, etc.) look and taste the same as non-oxidized
vegetable oils, but the oxidized oils produce masses of free radicals in
your body. Rather than eating a low fat diet, we recommend eating
healthy fats as part of a balanced
nutrient-dense diet, and avoiding unhealthy fats.
The effectiveness of most of the above approaches to
heart disease has been demonstrated in clinical trials. So why not use
them all together to create a supremely effective program to prevent and
remove heart disease?
Recommended dietary improvements include:
vitamins, particularly folic acid, B6 and B12
- The best B12 supplement is sublingual methylcobalamin. All vegetarians
and senior citizens
should supplement their diet with vitamin B12
- One tablespoon daily of lecithin
- Healthy fats - flax oil, olive oil, coconut oil, butter
- Blended flax oil and cottage cheese daily
- Potassium iodide, elemental iodine, Lugol's solution
- Vitamin C (minimum 1 gram per 50 pounds body weight per day)
- Vitamins D and K
- Amino acids lysine and proline (good sources include cold processed
organic whey powder and raw foods such as
- Anti-oxidants including selenium, co-enzyme Q10 (ubiquinol), and natural source vitamin E (with mixed tocopherols
- Pomegranate juice
- Eat more potassium (found in fruits and vegetables as well as supplemental
potassium such as potassium chloride, potassium bicarbonate, potassium citrate
and potassium iodide)
- Eat more magnesium (found in green leafy vegetables as well as
supplemental magnesium chloride and magnesium citrate)
- Eat less salt (avoid canned food and other pre-packaged foods)
- Eat less sugar, and look for foods lower on the glycemic index. Avoid
high fructose corn syrup
- Eat more raw foods for the enzymes they
contain, particularly papaya and pineapple
- Consume more reverse-osmosis filtered water, juices, herbal teas, soups and moist foods such as fresh fruit and vegetables
- Lacto-vegetarian diet
Lifestyle improvements include:
- Regular exercise
- Sunlight/UVB light
- Oil pulling
- Transcendental Meditation
This simple program should help
ensure both cardiovascular health and cancer prevention. The following table
relates the 8 step cancer program to our comprehensive healthy heart program.
||8 Step Cancer Program |
Healthy Heart Program
oxygen results from a healthy heart and circulatory system.|
body fluids have a higher zeta potential due to the negative
charge of the OH- ions (Dr. McDaniel). The alkaline mineral
potassium lowers blood pressure (Dr. Atkins). The alkaline
mineral magnesium relaxes the muscles (Dr. Sircus, Dr. Mercola,
Less free radicals is achieved by purifying what
comes into the body (e.g.. non-smoking, eating healthy fats,
drinking reverse osmosis filtered water) and by consuming
anti-oxidant foods (Dr. Ornish, Dr. Price). Earthing (Dr.
Sinatra, Dr. Chevalier)|
Exercise moves the lymph, and improves the health of the heart
and circulatory system. Dr. Ornish recommends regular exercise such as
walking 30 minutes daily or 60 minutes every other day.|
Hyperthermia||Helps to remove
free radicals (heavy metals and toxic chemicals) from the body and improves circulation. |
complement the effect of higher zeta potential by dissolving
fibrin from the artery walls (Dr. Nieper, Dr. Chichoke, Dr.
Williams, Dr. Krebs).|
Nutrient-dense diet, B17, F, C,
D, selenium & iodine||
Nutrient dense diet provides nutrients
needed: vitamin C, lysine, proline (Drs. Pauling & Rath),
potassium (Drs. Atkins & McDaniel), potassium iodide (Drs.
Wright and Sereda), folic acid, vitamins B6 &
B12 (Dr. McCully), lecithin (Dr. Williams), coconut oil (Dr.
Fife), flax oil (Charlotte Gerson, Dr. Budwig), more water and liquids (Drs. Goldhammer &
McDaniel) , fruits, vegetables, grains, beans (Dr. Ornish).
Sunlight & vitamin D (Drs. Holick & Williams). Vitamin E
(Drs. Shute & Shute).|
Deep rest and release of stress resulting in
lower blood pressure and thinner artery walls (reduced
atherosclerosis). Significant increase in blood flow to the brain.|