A man is as old as his arteries (Dr. Thomas Sydenham, 1680)
Atherosclerosis: Progressive Buildup of Arterial Plaques
OUR MISSION: To present to all who want the knowledge a natural, safe and dependable alternative through which individuals afflicted by atherosclerosis may reduce the need for surgery or widely prescribed medications that only relieve the symptoms and often prompt multiple side effects.
Atherosclerosis - a life-threatening disease that leads to a heart attack or stroke has become a worldwide and difficult-to-control medical problem.
Because standard medicine does not know the exact reasons for the development of this terrible disease, it was officially pronounced "incurable." Yes, you heard right.
Of course, it can be treated, but a cure has not been found (yet). And, as it is not proven that atherosclerosis might regress, from medical standpoint we can only slow down its progression with prescription drugs and some lifestyle changes in order to maintain the quality of patient's life.
Obviously, there are many different, often conflicting, medical theories of atherosclerosis formation, but NONE of them provides a way to successfully avoid or cure arteriosclerotic vascular disease (ASVD), except for surgery and/or widely prescribed medications that can just relieve the symptoms and prompt multiple side effects.
Pharmaceutical drugs, such as anticoagulants with known adverse effects, do NOT remove (dissolve) atherosclerotic blockages from the cardiovascular system. Working as blood-thinners, often required to be taken for life, they only diminish blood clotting (coagulation of blood) to reduce the risk or prevent a heart attack or stroke from happening...
And the same applies to other drugs: anti-cholesterol (some medicines target HDL, most conventional drug treatments reduce levels of LDL cholesterol), aspirin, diuretics, nitroglycerin, beta blockers, etc. used by hundreds of millions of men and women around the world to stimulate endothelial function and increase blood flow.
For years, heart specialists have cleared clogged arteries more or less the way plumbers fix clogged pipes: by replacing them with bypass surgery or snaking them out with balloon angioplasty.
Bypass graft surgery, for instance, although quite an amazing piece of surgical revascularization, in the vast majority of cases is a classic example of conventional medicine being too much, too late and not treating the cause of the problem.
Why is that?
By attempting to remove plaque from plugged arteries, standard medical methods focus only on reducing the effects of the plaque AFTER it has built up -- not on eliminating the factors which created the buildup in the first place (the cause).
Therefore, all medical approaches carry with them the same main shortcoming: removing obstructions from the diseased vessel walls and "restoring" impaired circulation does NOTHING to stop the underlying disease and its progression. As a result of this invasive partial fix, in time, new fatty narrowings or blockages occur in the arteries. A perfect example of vicious circle!
Not to mention the possible risks, the side effects and after effects, and the serious costs (in effort, time and money) the conventional treatments carry with them.
Obviously, standard medicine does "something" that most doctors know perfectly well is of limited help; but it is still being done maybe out of a sense of professional duty or out of desperate measures? Or maybe due to its (standard medicine) powerlessness over this terrible disease that kills, in the U.S. alone, 800,000 Americans each year?
Atherosclerosis is also presented by conventional medicine as one of the inevitable symptoms of… aging. In other words, we are doomed to this dreadful disease as very little, if any, can be done about it.
Are we really so helpless when it comes to atherosclerosis?!
Scarce but existing nutritional and medical evidence strongly indicates - not absolutely but with a very high order of probability - that the nutritional measures CAN halt and reverse the atherosclerotic processes in the body. So, as atherosclerotic plaque IS controllable, the only questionable are the strategies used to achieve that.
Because all known and available strategies have their drawbacks, each of them should be treated equally. But the natural measures, as drug- and risk-free, should be given priority - instead of being ridiculed, rejected or even attacked by medical establishment.
Orthodox medicine completely ignores the fact that "a [medical] cure cannot be made by drugs, because a drug adds nothing to nutrition," as Dr. J. H. Tilden, M.D. put it.
Up to date, there have not been the outcome studies to document that arterial cleansing does not work. And, what is more important, there has not been a single reported fatality due to arterial cleansing itself.
These two statements alone make arterial cleansing worth a closer look.
Progression of Atherosclerosis: Endothelial Dysfunction
atherosclerosis (ath"er-o-skleh-RO'sis) shows NO SYMPTOMS and may not be diagnosed serious - until the life-threatening complications occur. (There are 60,000 miles - over 96,000 km - of arteries within the body and they are not just rigid tubes).
The status of our cardiovascular health is regulated by endothelium covering the innermost lining (monolayer) of the entire vascular system. The endothelial cells control the elasticity - relaxation and tightening - of blood vessels (the more elastic the arteries, the better).
Endothelium has been postulated as the most important and biggest gland of the body. Its total weight is more than a liver and its mass equals to several hearts. If extended, it covers a various tennis courts surface area.
Although atherosclerosis can be triggered by many factors, they all relate to an injury to the arterial endothelium and/or underlying smooth-muscle cells and, therefore, to an inflammatory process initiated by this injury.
Unfortunately, this damage cannot be detected with commonly used tests. But impaired endothelium is a "canary in the coal mine," signaling atherosclerosis is likely to develop.
Abnormal Platelet Accumulation
When injured, endothelial cells trigger the blood platelet accumulation function at the site of injury in effort to protect and, eventually, heal (plug) the damaged areas.
If free radical damage to the endothelial cells continues, the "normal" blood platelet accumulation function becomes, at some point, abnormal and out of control - so to speak.
The sticking together platelets begin to secrete a growth factor that stimulates the outgrowth of underlaying endothelial cells which start to protrude into the arterial walls.
Through specific receptors, the outgrown endothelial cells ingest lipoprotein particles and accumulate cholesterol, triglycerides (triacylglycerols), macrophages and fatty streaks, transforming themselves into plaques - fat-engorged foam cells that represent "true" atherosclerosis
Fatty plaques, called atheromas keep on enlarging and tend to cover mainly the aorta and the coronary arteries serving the heart. Far worse, plaques can become unstable or vulnerable, triggering a sudden blood clot in the artery.
Finally, connective tissue penetrates the plaques which in advanced situations can become calcified and, consequently, add rigidity leading to the arterial blockage (occlusion).
A disturbance of endothelial function and subsequent dysfunction of the endothelium, resulting in loss or reduction of its capacity of defense against proatherogenic factors plays central role in the formation of atherosclerotic plaque; therefore, it is considered as a key event in the development of atherosclerosis (Toborek M, Kaiser S.(1999) Endothelial cell functions. Relationship to atherogenesis. Basic Res Cardiol 94:295–314).
Progressive Homeostatic Process
Atherosclerotic plaque formation then is an overly progressive homeostatic process in effort to correct and balance the condition triggered by the injury of the arterial endothelium leading to its subsequent dysfunction.
As this process occurs as long as there is a presence of platelet accumulation function, the main goal of all treatments of atherosclerosis should be to:
protect the arterial walls (endothelial cells) against free-radical attack; therefore,
prevent the endothelial injury leading to an abnormal blood platelet accumulation leading to formation of plaques.
And this is the total opposite to standard medical methods of treating atherosclerosis that focus:
on reducing the effects of the plaque after it has built up --
not on eliminating the factors which created the buildup in the the first place.
Endothelial Function Assessment
As a disturbance of endothelial function is considered as a key event in the development of atherosclerosis, reliable assessments of endothelial function appear highly desirable. One of the non-invasive techniques used to evaluate the vasomotor response to physical and/or pharmacological stimuli of the endothelium is flow-mediated vasodilation (FMD) - when blood flow increases through a vessel, the vessel dilates.
Although not perfect, this technique is often used as a surrogate of endothelial health. It helps to detect changes in superficial arteries (e.g. brachial, radial or femoral), allowing the measurement of vascular diameter changes, blood flow and blood flow velocity. (The terms "velocity" and "flow" can sometimes be confused and thought of as being interchangeable, but they are not.)
It is being done by stopping blood flow, for example, to the lower arm with a blood pressure cuff, releasing it, and measuring the blood vessel diameter of an artery with high resolution ultrasonography.
Our cardiovascular system is highly susceptible to so-called free radical damage caused by free radicals - harmful, oxidative agents that initiate the endothelial dysfunction leading to endothelial injury and, subsequently, to arterial plaque formation.
Free (unbound) radicals, also called reactive oxygen species (ROS), are highly chemically reactive towards other substances, or even towards themselves. An over-abundance of these highly unstable molecular fragments - both of internal and external origin is
known to cause oxidative stress and cell damage, and
implicated in the progression of many degenerative diseases, one of them being atherosclerosis.
Free radicals, however, do play an important role in a number of biological processes and many of them are necessary for life, such as the intracellular killing of bacteria by phagocytic cells (granulocytes and macrophages).
The two most important oxygen-centered free radicals are superoxide and hydroxyl radical. They derive from molecular oxygen under reducing conditions. However, because of their reactivity, these same free radicals can participate in unwanted side reactions resulting in cell damage. Excessive amounts of these free radicals can lead to cell injury and death, which may contribute to many diseases such as stroke and myocardial infarction (heart attack).
Free radicals are being constantly released in the body, whenever we are exposed to harmful, both dietary and environmental factors, such as
excessive, prolonged daily stress (emotional and physical),
air pollution (including indoor and urban air pollution),
polyunsaturated oils (mainly vegetable oils) and rancid oils,
food additives and preservatives,
artificial food colourings,
drugs of all kinds (recreational and prescription).
For example, air pollution's health risks due to vehicle exhaust, smoke, and industrial emissions in the air are still underestimated. It has been documented that ambient air pollution exposure, particularly in the countries where pollutant levels are highest, is a risk factor correlating with increased incidence total mortality from cardiovascular events, such as coronary stroke and ischemic stroke.
The more free radicals are created in the body, the more damage is done on the cellular level - to the bodily cells due to a multitude spark-like reactions. Viscious free hydroxyl radicals, for example, are a severe threat to our system as they heighten the inflammatory processes in the cells by attacking:
cellular membranes and tissues in the body,
our genetic material (mainly DNA),
proteins and enzymes, and
polyunsaturated fatty acids.
To make things worse, an extensive free radical damage generates other, even more destructive free radicals, creating a classical vicious cycle. Free radical-induced changes lead to mutations or even breakages, or injuries on the cellular level - such as endothelial injury - which, if not repaired, result in a variety of serious degenerative diseases, including atherosclerosis of arterial vessels.
Unfortunately, over the years, our exposure to free radicals in the everyday life has been steadily increasing. Their production has become excessive and uncontrolled, resulting in the reduced ability of our immune system to protect us from their damage.
In other words, most of the time, our natural ability of keeping them under control has been impaired - insuffcient or even absent.
However, in order to prevent further damage (and sustaine life), that cascade of unwanted, free radical-induced changes needs to be controlled and, eventually, halted. For this reason, the body has a number of mechanisms, such as the enzymes superoxide dismutase, catalase, glutathione peroxidase and glutathione reductase used to
minimize free-radical-induced damage and
repair damage that occurs.
In addition, antioxidants play a key role in these defense mechanisms, especially vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E and polyphenol antioxidants (POH) found in virtually all plants. Antioxidants are known for their ability to scavenge (deactivate) free radicals and up-regulate certain metal chelation reactions in order to maintain healthy metabolic function.
Further, there is good evidence bilirubin and uric acid can act as antioxidants to help neutralize certain free radicals. Bilirubin comes from the breakdown of red blood cells' contents, while uric acid is a breakdown product of purines. Too much bilirubin though can lead to jaundice, which can damage the central nervous system, while too much uric acid will cause gout.
In other words, some free radicals generated must be neutralized and/or removed from the body. By and large, it can be done in two ways through:
reducing our exposure to them (externally), and
optimizing the activity of specific enzymes (superoxide dismutase, catalase, glutathione peroxidase, and glutathione reductase), and by providing antioxidants and/or increasing their activity in the body (internally).
Atherosclerosis can be successfully controlled and reversed only by getting to the root of the problem. By just pulling a dandelion out by its leaves, so to speak, we are not going to get very far.
Many studies have provided sufficient evidence documenting the essential role of antioxidants in the fundamental functions of the body, such as:
maintenance of health, and
Antioxidants are essential for life as our protectors against free radical damage. Because of a close relation between free radical activity and protective function of antioxidants, it is said that atherosclerosis can be:
caused by the absence or deficiency of antioxidants in the body,
prevented by their regular presence in sufficient amounts, and
reversed by their optimal or optimized supply through specific dieatary supplementation.
Existing research indicates, for example, that if enough antioxidant protection is available, the oxidation of cholesterol from free radicals can be prevented. In other words, an oxidized cholesterol won't become a risk factor contributing to the atheromatous plaque formation (Mol Cell Biochem 1992 111;41-7).
The later findings though - a meta-analysis of the antioxidant vitamins use for the prevention of cardiovascular disease - still strengthen the standard mandatory contention that diet supplements are no substitute for good eating habits, exercise, weight loss and smoking cessation as a means of minimizing the risk of heart disease (The Lancet, Vol. 361, 14 June 2003). Kudos to the cardiovascular treatment guidelines influenced by drug companies!
The body has a built-in, internal free-radical scavenging system, consisting of such powerful antioxidants as:
bilirubin and uric acid (in aqueous solutions),
an enzyme SOD (superoxide dismutase), activated by zinc, copper and manganese;
catalase, an enzyme frequently used by cells to rapidly catalyze the decomposition of hydrogen peroxide - a harmful metabolic byproduct;
glutathione peroxidase, an enzyme activated by selenium. (In addition to selenium, glutathione peroxidase requires the presence of other nutrients, such as L-glycine, L-cysteine, lipoic acid, methionine, and glutamic acid; deficiencies of these nutrients can reduce the activity of glutathione peroxidase); and
glutathione reductase, an enzyme activated by riboflavin (vitamin B2) or thyroxin (T4), also an indicator for oxidative stress.
The increased risk of free radical-induced endothelial (arterial) injury can be strongly correlated with low overall nutritional status of the body, especially with insignificant amounts of antioxidant nutrients.
Vitamin C, for example, is an antioxidant of incredible importance here, especially beacuse of its fundamental role in protecting the body against vicious free hydroxy radicals. It can also react effectively, in aqueous solutions such as blood, with free radical oxidants prior to their initiation of oxidative damage to lipids, especially to those within lipoproteins or cell membranes. Vitamin C simply provides a means to carry the antioxidized free radicals out of the body.
Vitamin E helps to remove lipid free radicals in order to prevent the alterations in membrane integrity, its potential and fluidity leading to possible membrane rupture and cell death.
Niacin interacts with other nutrients in order to regenerate their antioxidant properties.
Carotenoids (Beta-carotene, Lycopene, etc.) have the ability to react with and inactivate free-radical reactions, either in solution or in membrane systems.
Another, and the only approved by medical establishment way of supplementing the body with antioxidants is eating a diet rich in antioxidant-containing foods, such as dark orange, red and dark green vegetables, nuts, seeds, and whole grains.
By improving the nutritional status then, it is possible to control abnormal platelet accumulation, hence, atherosclerosis, that is
prevent and reduce the incidence of endothelial injury,
in case of injury, improve its recovery (by minimizing tissue damage and restoring its function),
heal the endothelium and/or the underlying smooth-muscle cells, and
stop the inflammatory process leading to atheromatous plaque formation.
Prevention and reduction of endothelial cell injury, or improvement of endothelial function appear to be most important in the process of controlling atherosclerosis.
In other words, by neutralizing and "mopping up" free radicals in the body, antioxidants play the key, crucial protective role in slowing down and - over a period of time - reversing the process of atheromatous plaque formation. As they are specifically interrelated, they must be constantly present in the body in significant amounts. This is especially important for those who have a family history of diabetes, heart disease and/or stroke.
Therefore, in light of existing studies, many official "standards" still need to be re-evaluated such as:
Recommended Dietary Allowances (RDA) and Daily Value (DV) of nutrients,
the concept of prevention of diseases induced by vitamin and mineral deficiencies, and
the view of optimal levels of nutrients and their role in controlling degenerative diseases, such as atherosclerosis.
Fortunately, far less scepticism exists today in medical circles than several years ago when nutritional supplementation had been bluntly ridiculed by medical establishment.
Actually, back in 1998 an editorial in the New England Journal of Medicine encouraged - for the first time! - the use of nutritional supplements to reduce the risks of cardiovascular disease.
Continuing research has proven the nutritional approach right; however, medical establishments still regard it as "controversial." That is another way of saying "not completely verified."
Atherosclerosis: Standard Medical Treatments (An Overview)
Standard cardiovascluar medicine has an answer at hand, usually, surgical procedures, to remove quickly obstructions - buildup of atherosclerotic plaque - from the diseased vessel walls and "restore" impaired circulation.
It takes a great leap of faith to let a surgeon crack open your chest, cutting through the breastbone, and put you on a heart-lung machine while attempting to correct blockages in coronary arteries which limit the flow of blood to the heart muscle.
The coronary artery bypass graft operation, also known as "bypass surgery" or surgical revascularization, involves taking healthy veins, and sometimes arteries, from other parts of the body (from the leg, chest or wrist) and grafting them from the aorta to the coronary artery to "bypass" or detour (go around) the blocked vessel and route oxygen-rich blood to the heart muscle.
Although bypass surgery is being done on a scheduled basis, it may be performed in an emergency.
According to orthomolecular nutrition, suboptimal levels of certain nutrients and substances can cause health issues beyond simple deficiency, so balancing them is an integral part of the maintenance of our health.
Orthomolecular nutrition is a complementary and alternative approach to maintaining health through optimal or optimized nutritional supplementation, as opposed to strictly dietary nutrition which is, generally, inadequate in maintaining the body's homeostasis (internal equilibrium).
The term ("orthomolecular") was coined by Linus Pauling to mean "the right molecules in the right amounts" (ortho is for "right" in Greek).
Often referred to as megavitamin therapy, the orthomolecular practice uses doses of vitamins and minerals many times higher than the standard recommended Dietary Reference Intake (DRI) - a system of nutrition recommendations from the American Institute of Medicine largely based - according to some experts - upon the very lowest rank in the quality of evidence pyramid.
However, orthomolecular practitioners may use a variety of other treatment modalities, including dietary restriction and/or mega-doses of non-vitamin nutrients.
Orthomolecular nutrition focuses on using the right nutritional molecules in the right amounts for the individual or for his/her particular health condition often related and/or caused by nutritional imbalances or deficiencies.
It should be noted that vitamins and nutrients are also used in mainstream medicine, for example, to treat dyslipidemia - an elevation of lipids in the blood (e.g. cholesterol and/or triglycerides).
The scientific and medical consensus, however, is that the broad claims of efficacy by advocates of orthomolecular nutrition are "not adequately tested as drug therapies."
On the other hand, medical research and studies - sometimes conflicting and leaving consumers confused - about the therapeutic use of nutrients have been published in mainstream sources; and vitamins and other nutrients are being used in conventional medicine as treatments for some diseases.
We have done our best to avoid most of the medical and non-medical mumbo jumbo that typically makes the explanation of alternative therapies confusing to most people; however, some special and technical terms here and there were unavoidable.
Arterial cleansing is aimed at reducing fatty plaques (atheromas) in the cardiovascular system, especially in the arteries nutritionally. In accordance with orthomolecular nutrition, it involves taking large amounts of synergistic nutrients accompanied by necessary dietary and lifestyle changes.
When this specific mega-combination comes into contact with the bloodstream, it reaches the inflamed arteries which have been injured by oxidative free radicals. (These free radicals are present in excessive amounts in the body, mainly due to past or present dietary and lifestyle indiscretions.)
The primary purpose of this method is to initiate self-healing processes in the innermost part of arterial lining (endothelium). In this way, over a period of time the accumulated buildup of fatty plaques in damaged arteries begins gradually to cease.
Does It Work?!
People, who think that micronutrients, vitamins and anti-oxidants are not necessary and that optimum nutrition is not important, state that arterial cleansing does not work. They just don't want to learn!
What about the results - not only heard about, but also seen and experienced by people who have underdone the arterial cleansing?
The idea of arterial cleansing originated in the late 1970s in the United States. An American doctor, a chiropractor by training, came up with a concept of "oral chelation" and started using his own nutritional formula. Thanks to that formulation, a number of people with cardiovascular problems began experiencing an improvement in symptoms.
Since then, arterial cleansing has a history of success in addressing cardiovascular health problems, reversing the catastrophic effects of atherosclerosis in the heart, the lower extremities, and even in the brain. Its subsequent use by hundreds of thousands of people verifies the efficacy of this therapy. What is more important, there has not been a single reported fatality due to arterial cleansing itself.
Users of arterial cleansing have seen many conditions related to atherosclerosis improve. At present, excellent results have been reported with:
coronary heart disease,
angina pectoris (chest pain),
high blood pressure,
intermittent claudication (leg pains due to impaired circulation),
penile arterial dysfunction (ED), even
migraine and other vascular headaches.
As poor circulation due to atherosclerosis is involved in these conditions, arterial cleansing has consistently demonstrated a significant improvement of:
systemic circulation as evidenced by positive changes in skin color and arterial pulsation/temperature in the feet,
blood lipid levels, such as triglycerides, LDL cholesterol, lipoprotein (a) or Lp(a) for short
Most of people on arterial cleansing also report increased energy and improved tactile sense (sense of touch).
Therefore, those who state that arterial cleansing does not work should answer the following question: "How can you explain the results seen in multitudes of people over the years?"
Arterial cleansing should be considered when there are signs of a decreased blood supply and/or a presence of arterial plaque. However, the efficacy of this method varies from person to person and, generally, is based upon three factors:
the process of a particular condition,
the degree of severity of that condition in the individual, and
the participant's cooperation in completing the arterial cleansing.
The last factor - the cooperation of the participant - should not be taken lightly. An intensive therapeutic diet and nutritional schedule also need to be implemented, as well as a definite exercise program. A complete change in the lifestyle habits of the participant is expected as it makes the arterial cleansing program - the subsequent improvement in arterial circulation, complete.
What Is the Success Rate?
It is difficult to accurately predict the extent of this method's success in any specific case. Its efficacy depends on many factors, including an overall health status of a participant, existing and/or pre-existing medical condition/s, the main organs' function, such as of the liver, kidneys, lungs, ect.
very good to excellent results occur in about 80 percent of participants,
satisfactory to good improvement shows an additional 15 percent of participants,
little or no evidence of improvement shows 5 percent of the cases.
As this is a self-help program, a participant's evaluation prior to the arterial cleansing is not always needed. However, most of those who decide to give this approach a serious try have had some kind of evaluation done by their physicians, i.e. cholesterol and triglyceride levels, plethysmography, Doppler ultrasound, EKG, cardiac output evaluation, etc.
The golden age bracket for arterial cleansing begins in the late thirties and extends into the eighties and nineties. Even the oldest participants - over ninety - can obtain good results.
However, arterial cleansing is most effective as a preventive measure. It should be realized that in a large percentage of cases - approximately 50 percent - the first symptom of cardiovascular disease is a fatal heart attack. But this need not be, because atherosclerosis is both preventable and, in most cases, reversible.
As the old saying goes, an ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure. This is absolutely true in case of all degenerative diseases, including atherosclerosis.
Is It Safe?
The answer is an unequivocal "Yes!" And please note that all medical therapies always include some degree of risk. Just the opposite is true with nutritional supplements. They are safe and, generally, produce no so-called side effects. However, if the initial intake of the Arterial Cleansing Formula is too high, it can cause in some participants certain discomfort, usually infrequent and transient, often due to a suboptimal liver and/or kidney function. This is minimal and hardly worth considering when compared to the catastrophic and death-dealing effects of doing nothing, and the consequent severe heart attacks or strokes which inevitably follow.
The Self-Healing Process
In the body, the self-healing process is a vital and constantly occurring function which plays a major role in the control of our everyday bodily functions, including the cardiovascular system. However, we must constantly fuel our body right, properly and effectively for it cannot run on empty for too long...
The cornerstone of arterial cleansing - the nutritional approach to atherosclerosis is Arterial Cleansing Formula. It is a time-tested, orthomolecular formulation of selected nutrients that are
natural and essential to the body,
brought together in special balanced ratios and significant amounts,
helping the body maximize their utilization and, therefore,
correcting longer standing deficiencies and imbalances that are known to contribute to buildup of arterial plaque.
According orthomolecular nutrition, if the right building blocks (nutrients) are present in the body in the right amounts and at the right time the body will:
protect the arteries against free radical damage (antioxidant properties),
reduce the blood platelet aggregation (by increasing prostacyclin production),
keep the blood slippery (but not thinner!) enough to have it flowing more freely and being less likely to clump up and form blood clots, causing a heart attack or stroke.
By supporting all the important links in the nutritional chain and supplying the body with ample amounts of free radical scavenging nutrients, Arterial Cleansing Formula demonstrates the ability to:
prevent and reduce the arterial endothelial cell injury and
improve the endothelial function.
Thanks to its high concentration of selected nutrients, Arterial Cleansing Formula attempts to remove plaque from plugged arteries and, therefore, reduce the effects of the plaque buildup by addressing the cause of the problem, that is by eliminating the factors which created the buildup in the first place.
Such a comprehensive, targeted nutrient-dense supplementation creates a detergent-like action in the circulatory system - enabling the body to wash the atherosclerotic artery-clogging deposits away. One of its mechanisms of action is to improve fibrinolysis - the body's processes of breaking down (dissolving) blood clots, thus preventing them from growing and becoming problematic.
In other words, the arterial cleansing process does not pull away "chunks of plaque" that could plug up the arteries further downstream! Thanks to the emulsifiers present in Arterial Cleansing Formula, such as choline and methionine, the plaques are kept in solution and then scrubbed away safely and gradually.
That is what sets the arterial cleansing apart from conventional, standard medical methods of treating atherosclerosis.
The progress made through arterial cleansing can be measured in many ways. The most common way is to record initial signs of improvement, such as:
reduction in angina attacks, and
warmer hands and/or feet.
The changes following arterial cleansing can also be recorded by more objective tests - safe, non-invasive techniques used to measure circulatory flow in the body such as:
Thermography: a photographic technique that measures and records infrared heat patterns. It can be used to detect areas of poor circulation in the body.
Plethysmography: a technique used to measure blood flow volume in the body. In atherosclerotic disease, the vigour of the blood flow may be seriously decreased.
The following picture shows a high-tech digital infrared thermal imaging of a carotid artery of a man "before" and "after" arterial cleansing.
You can see an estimated 50 percent reduction of life-threatening arterial plaque buildup in the carotid artery as a result of a six-month trial of arterial cleansing. What an amazing visual proof! Indeed, a picture is worth a thousand words...
Who says then that arterial cleansing does not work?
Those, who think that micronutrients, vitamins and anti-oxidants are not necessary for our health and that optimum nutrition is not important. Why do they think and act that way?
Because they don't want to learn and just keep ignoring the impressive results - not only heard about, but also seen and experienced by people who have undergone the arterial cleansing.
Almost every month we hear new stories from relatives, husbands, wives, daughters or sons of those who have benefited from arterial cleansing which goes far beyond the standard "cut or medicate" treatments. Also healthcare professionals share their experiences with us.
All these people admit that there is a successful method to halt the progression of atherosclerosis and reduce or even remove the buildup of atheromatous plaque or thrombus inside arteries, other than temporary medical or surgical interventions.
A change in diet and, eventually, in lifestyle is not an easy task, especially for those who have little time for meals. That's why we all seem to wait for the Holy Grail of diet and lifestyle to be found.
For most people reducing the risks of cardiovascular disease is as simple as cutting back on sweets and getting off the couch. Excessive sugar intake is no longer about expanding waistlines and tooth decay only. It is a common way to boost blood fat levels leading to a heart attack or stroke.
So it comes back to that old litany - a healthful lifestyle consisting of a good balance of:
dietary low-sugar intake,
exercise to maintain an optimal body weight,
no smoking, and
moderation of alcohol intake.
It is the same standard treatment recommended at doctor's office for individuals with high cholesterol, high blood pressure and other health concerns.
However, the majority of people still remain confused about the most effective way to protect their cardiovascular health. As a matter of fact, we all can't seem to adapt ourselves to all those "dietary and lifestyle plans" for the long haul.
We all seem to wait for the Holy Grail of diet and lifestyle to be found.
Definitely, when it comes to atherosclerosis, foods have a direct impact on the quality of our blood vessels. We all know perfectly well that what we eat does affect the blood lipids, and that do not need new cholesterol-lowering drugs to keep the cardiovascular system healthy.
Withour any doubt, for the majority of people, the first line of any - medical or alternative - treatment should be a change in diet and, eventually, in lifestyle.
But deciding which "diet" to choose is not an easy task, especially for those who have little time for meals.
Arterial Cleansing: Nutrition Vs. Medical Establishments
Standard medicine needs to place the patient foremost and to understand that doing "no harm" should be the only treatment.
Unfortunately, there are no established medical research processes or procedures to evaluate "non-drug" remedies, and for a reason. There is still little medical evidence that vital substances (nutrients) required for life in small amounts can have great healing effects in larger amounts.
Simply put, the medical scientific establishment doesn't know how to evaluate a drug-free approach to health problems.
It stands to reason that any safe approach to a life-threatening disease, such as atherosclerosis, no matter how low the probable success rate, should be vigorously investigated. Hundreds of thousands of people worldwide would benefit from it. For example, if only a few surgical operations are avoided, the savings is a thousands of dollars. And the loss of life is incalculable.
Anecdotal and empirical experience regarding the nutritional approach to atherosclerosis has existed for over 30 years. While reasonable people do not expect 100 percent success for any therapy, thousands of them can say that they have experienced a remarkable improvement with this approach.
Isn't that why we have science, to investigate methods such as nutritional arterial cleansing? It is beyond comprehension that scientific medical studies neither refute nor support the nutritional approach.
To understand why the arterial cleansing method has not been investigated, you need to realize that there is no special interest or economic incentive to provide proof, only a large counter-incentive not to do so by those with the means to run such a study.
In other words, the only incentive is a general, rather than a special interest. So, if governments won't conduct a study on behalf of their people to verify inexpensive methods already available, who will, especially if it would cost a company millions? And why bother?
Should arterial cleansing not work, it has been shown to be harmless. Furthermore, a large study is not going to do the average person much good.
Unfortunately, no effort what-so-ever has been made by the medical scientific establishment to investigate, much less verify, this approach.
Therefore, up to date, there have not been the outcome studies to document that arterial cleansing does not work. They do not exist because the regulators and others are opposed to doing the research - because so many people have discovered that arterial cleansing does work!
It is time then for true studies to be done on outcomes of the patient. The medical gold standard of research - the double blind, placebo controlled, crossover study - was great -- but only for infectious diseases. As it is impossible to hold all variables the same, this standard has become outmoded for today's outcome studies; it should go the way of the monetary gold standard.
It is also time for medical establishments to place the patient foremost and to understand that doing "no harm" should be the only treatment.
Arterial Cleansing Evidence: Observational Vs. Formal
The key question for much good nutritional advice is not whether proof is at hand, but what is the order of probability that the advice is correct.
We recommend the nutritional measures aimed at controlling and reversing atherosclerosis. And we do so on the basis of evidence gained from observations in thousands of its users.
But not everybody, including medical establishments, agrees that the evidence is enough to act upon. Until formal proof is established, this matter remains a legitimate question of judgment, which varies from one person, or institution, to another.
However, the only way to obtain scientifically acceptable proof of the association between the nutritional means, such as targeted nutritional supplementation, and atherosclerosis would be to
take a large number of persons from the same population,
put half of them on a artery cleansing program, and
see if that half develops less atherosclerosis than the rest.
Such critical test should be performed in a three-to-five-year, $75-million study conducted, for example, by the American Heart Association. The conclusive evidence would be published as a formal proof of the role played by nutrition in the process of controlling atherosclerosis.
Unfortunately, such a multi-million study has not been run yet.
Should we wait then for "conclusive" evidence, which may be years away and too late for some of us? Can we accept probable evidence?
We need to realize that not taking a stand, insisting on waiting until all the evidence is in, is itself - a position and a recommendation! Not taking a stand is not really the neutral position it is made out to be.
On the other hand, physicians like to pretend, and many have kidded themselves into believing, that whatever they espouse has been "scientifically proved." Far from true!
A great deal of what established medicine recommends today with good conscience is not formally "proved"! In other words, in medicine it is not uncommon to recommend measures for which only substantial evidence exists.
Example No. 1: Many doctors have for years been recommending the lowering of blood cholesterol because this would probably help prevent coronary heart disease, but this was not "proved" until 1984, and then for only a selected category of patient.
And only in early 1985 did a panel of 13 experts convened as part of a National Institutes of Health "consensus conference" conclude "beyond a reasonable doubt" that lowering elevated blood cholesterol levels would reduce the risk of heart attacks.
"Beyond a reasonable doubt" in fact means "with a high order of probability." Surely this is not formal proof. It's a consensus decision.
Example No. 2: The health benefits of exercise: the formal proof on that is not yet in, yet practically all physicians recommend it. And they are right to do so, because the probable evidence is excellent.
Existing evidence indicates - not absolutely but with a very high order of probability - that arterial cleansing can halt and reverse the atherosclerotic processes in the body.
As atherosclerotic plaque is controllable, the only questionable are the strategies used to achieve that.
As all known and available strategies have their drawbacks, each of them should be treated equally. However, the natural measures, as drug- and risk-free, should be given priority.
Arterial Cleansing: Overcoming Psychosclerosis
The major obstacle to any change is the "hardening or narrowing of the attitude," or - in other words - psychosclerosis. It is usually rooted in our fear of change.
As for arterial cleansing, you may use all your intelligence to find fault with this concept which is very different from the typical medical treatment and, therefore, easy to refuse.
If you really want to change then, you will need more flexibility in considering the "non-standard options." It may enble you to see more of what is possible for you - and to become less rigid in your ideas about:
Instead of dwelling on all the reasons why arterial cleansing would NOT work for you, you will concentrate on why it would.
It all starts with changing our thinking from "whether" to "how." If you begin to focus on "how" you are going to protect and improve your arterial health, you will stop considering whether it is possible or not. In this way, your entire attitude toward your old, more comfortable dietary and lifestyle habits will begin to change for the better.
Remember, most of the time we get what we think about. So if you continually think in terms of the natural means, you are much more likely to succeed in achieving your goal which is to:
stop the progression of atherosclerosis naturally - as well as
cut your dependence on medications and surgery.
In other words, by overcoming psychosclerosis you will be able to overcome atherosclerosis with arterial cleansing - supported by dietary and lifestyle changes - leading the way.
Artery Cleanse: Take Your Arterial Health Into Your Own Hands
By taking good care of your arteries, you can easily add ten or more functional years to your life.
As the nutritional measures can halt and reverse the atherosclerotic processes in the body, arterial cleansing can be of great benefit to you. With its help - believe it or not! - you can improve your functional age (not the same as chronological age!) by adding more active years to your life.
As soon as you begin doing it, you will start experiencing, almost immediately, such positive changes as:
Arterial cleansing can complement or - in some cases - even replace the invtravenous (IV) chelation therapy. It may also help cut your dependence on medications such as anti-cholesterol drugs, aspirin, blood thinners, diuretics, nitroglycerin, etc.
Arterial cleansing can also help rejuvenate arteries and prevent their premature aging. As the joy of life depends on a sound cardiovascular system, with Arterial Cleansing Formula and its long list of health benefits you have nothing to lose - and your arterial health to gain.
Who says then that arterial cleansing does not work?
Those, who think that micronutrients, vitamins and anti-oxidants are not necessary for our health and that optimum nutrition is not important. Why do they think and act that way?
Because they don't want to learn and just keep ignoring the impressive results - not only heard about, but also seen and experienced by people who have undergone the arterial cleansing.
While discussing "arterial cleansing," it's impossible not to mention David Rowland. Thanks to him, thousands of Canadians alone are familiar with this concept originated in the late 1970s by an American chiropractic doctor, Kurt Donsbach.
Over the years, as a brilliant entrepreneur and a tireless educator, David Rowland, independently and almost single-handedly, has built quite a vast army of so-called certified nutritional consultants. As a result of the collective effort, at some point, his FLW became a buzzword among Canadian health aficionados.
Unfortunately, in the advent of the Internet era, David Rowland - in my opinion, underestimating its potential - did not turn it into his advantage early enough. So, when, years later, Canadian federal legislation officially favoured the pharmaceutical industry, by 2013 - after nearly 30 years of hard work - David Rowland, finally, decided to dissolve his army of nutritional consultants.
Although I have listened to Mr. Rowland on many occasions, I have never had a chance to talk to him in person. But I still think of him as one of my gurus who introduced me to the fascinating world of nutrition, as well as encouraged to take an active interest in the field of nutritional supplements.
I'm Andrew Mierzejewski. And I would like to take this opportunity to give a hearty "thank you" to David Rowland.