A man is as old as his arteries (Dr. Thomas Sydenham, 1680)
Atherosclerosis: Standard Medical Treatments (An Overview)
Over 500,000 heart disease patients undergo coronary artery bypass surgery every year in the United States. Treatment for blocked heart arteries is the number two reason for U.S. hospital admissions.
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.
During the surgery as many as four major blocked coronary arteries can be bypassed. The surgeon, however, only repairs about two inches of the diseased blood vessels. The follow-up visits usually mean recommending prescription drugs to lower cholesterol and, eventually, sending a patient to a dietician, who is equally clueless, as far as lifestyle changes are concerned.
As a result of coronary artery bypass graft operation, 85 percent of patients experience:
a significant reduction of symptoms,
less risk for future heart attacks, and
a decreased chance of dying within 10 years following the surgery.
Recovery after the surgery takes 6 to 12 weeks, or more. However, most people can get back to their normal activities in about 6 weeks.
Unfortunately, bypass surgery does not alter the natural history of atherosclerosis which, in many instances, is progressive.
Atherosclerosis (ath"er-o-skleh-RO'sis) usually shows NO SYMPTOMS and may not be diagnosed - until serious complications occur; and bypass surgery is NOT a cure.
If a vein bypass has remained open in its first 4-12 months, it will likely remain open for the next 5-7 years. After that, this vein bypass may start to deteriorate.
A decade later, as many as 50-60 percent of vein bypasses will have closed, while half the vein grafts will evidence severe atherosclerotic narrowing.
For this reason, doctors tend to treat bypass patients with higher doses of cholesterol-lowering drugs, such as lovastatin and cholestyramine, in order to slower the progression of atherosclerosis in their bypass grafts. They advise these patients to lower their LDL-cholesterol levels to... 100mg/dL or even below!(The New England Journal of Medicine, January 16, 1997).
Unfortunately, the view that 'the lower the cholesterol, the better' is not always true! At level under 150, you can be at a risk of... too low cholesterol. This condition may cause suboptimal function of such steroid hormones as pregnenolone, DHEA,testosterone, progesterone and estrogen - and result in ... depression and other health problems.
Although complications are rare, the risks of coronary artery bypass grafting include:
infection at the incision site,
reactions to the anesthesia,
fever and pain,
heart attack, or even
As the fatality rate is 4 percent, for every 500,000 patients who undergo bypass surgery every year in the United States, an estimated 20,000 will die.
Bypass surgery may also cause both a temporary and a long-term decline in mental function. Five years after surgery, over 40 percent of bypass patients experience reduced intellectual abilities (The New England Journal of Medicine 2001; 344).
Signs of this decline include:
trouble with following directions,
short tempers, etc.
According to scientific evidence, bypass surgery - the "partial fix" and the "deadly sin" of conventional medicine - needs to be revised. Too many people die or end up in a nursing home due to complications from this procedure. In fact, far fewer people benefit from it than originally thought.
Although it is quite an amazing piece of surgery, in the vast majority of cases, bypass is a classic example of traditional medicine being:
too late and
not treating the cause of the problem.
Far less invasive than bypass surgery, angioplasty is performed on over 2 million people worldwide every year. Over one million in the United States alone.
Angioplasty often is the first choice of treatment for people with clogged arteries of the heart or legs, because it is relatively less invasive.
Angioplasty, a procedure where doctors thread a needle through the blood vessels and implant a tiny flexible mesh tube to prop open narrowed or clogged arteries, is performed on about 2 million people worldwide every year (over one million in the United States alone).
In standard angioplasty, the physician makes a quarter-inch incision in the groin artery and advances a tiny tube, or catheter, through the artery to the site of the blockage, whether in the heart or legs.
A small balloon at the end of the catheter is then filled with saline, and, as the balloon expands, the walls of the clogged artery are compressed, opening up the vessel for better blood flow. Increasingly, tiny metal mesh cylinders called stents are placed in the blood vessels to keep them propped open.
Typically, the patient undergoes conscious sedation before the procedure.
Restenosis: The Achilles’ Heel
Angioplasty is far less invasive than bypass surgery in treating clogged arteries - but half of the time, the blood vessels... reclog. Reclogging, or reblockage, is the Achilles’ heel of the standard therapies to open up blocked heart and leg arteries.
In effect, standard angioplasty traumatizes the vessel wall; in response, the damaged cells try to heal and regenerate, forming scar tissue that reclogs the artery, a process known as restenosis (re"sten-O'sis), or re-narrowing.
Six (6) to nine (9) months after treatment, restenosis rates approach
50 to 60 percent in the leg arteries and
20 to 30 percent in the heart arteries.
When that happens, angioplasty is often repeated or bypass surgery is performed. Restenosis rates have been reduced somewhat by the use of stents. Other possible solutions to restenosis include drug-coated stents or radiation (intravascular brachytherapy). However, there are potential risks associated with radiation treatment. Also repeat procedures typically carry a higher risk of complications.
Therefore, a new form of angioplasty, called cryoplasty, has been investigated. It freezes the insides of blocked heart and leg arteries using nitrous oxide, known as "laughing gas."
Cryoplasty seems to be much gentler on the arteries and does not appear to cause the scarring and reclogging (restenosis) that standard angioplasty can. In some patients treated with cryoplasty, there was no evidence of reblockage after six to nine (6-9) months.
However, both angioplasty and cryoplasty do nothing to stop the progression of arterial disease, so in time, new fatty narrowings or blockages occur in the arteries!
Without doubt, balloon angioplasty does not alter the natural history of atherosclerosis which, in many instances, is progressive.
Standard medical methods of treating atherosclerosis attempt to remove plaque from plugged arteries. None of them, however, treat the cause of the problem. They 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.
Carotid endarterectomy - a fairly common medical treatment, often overused with overstated benefits - may itself cause a stroke at the time of operation.
Endarterectomy involves removing the innermost layers of a narrowed artery. It is often applied to the carotid artery of the neck.
Although it is supposed to prevent strokes, some studies have found that this procedure actually causes more strokes or heart attacks that it... prevents.
"(...) my husband had a second carotid artery surgery. The first, done [over 1.5 years ago] after a mild stroke, was a success. Five days after the second surgery, he had a massive stroke and hasn't worked since. I was told that there was a five per cent chance of stroke during surgery. Five days after the socond surgery, he had a massive stroke and hasn't worked since. I was told that there was a five per cent cance od storke during surgery. Naturally the life of our family changed in an instant." (Nutirion News, Sept/87)
This fairly common medical treatment, often overused with overstated benefits, has also other shortcomings:
it can be performed only on relatively large blood vessels entering the brain, heart, kidneys, and legs, but cannot remove deposits in small vessels of these structures; and
it is not appropriate for patients with asymptomatic carotid-artery stenosis (narrowing) for they are at an increased risk of stroke.
IV chelation therapy is an alternative yet medical procedure which can remove arterial plaque effectively and safely - without the risks of surgery. However, it is not a preventive technique.
The American Federation of State Medical Boards still considers the intravenous (IV) chelation therapy one of deadly sins of "unscientific medicine." This regulating body, using an outdated source of expertise, continues the inquisition of its members who have learned this treatment.
However, there are no comprehensive research studies to document whether or not this therapy is effective. The research has not been done.
Why not? Because the patients have discovered that the IV chelation therapy does work!
IV chelation therapy - an alternative yet medical procedure involves injecting a synthetic amino acid (E.D.T.A.) slowly into the bloodstream, over a number of hours and - weeks. It is rather expensive procedure, too, and not widely available.
An Emergency Measure
As an emergency measure, the IV chelation therapy can be a lifesaver at removing arterial obstructions. However, it is not a preventive technique, since it - like bypass surgery - does nothing for the cause of the problem. It does not stop the plaque from building up again.
Those who have had the intravenous E.D.T.A. treatments, often return within a few years to have them repeated. Further, the E.D.T.A. therapy drastically reduces the mineral content of the blood.
"Oral Chelation Therapy"
On the other hand, the so called oral E.D.T.A. therapy - according to some experts - is... fraudulent. This synthetic amino acid cannot be absorbed through the intestinal tract. Apparently, the only way that E.D.T.A. can have any effect on the arteries is by injecting it directly into the bloodstream.
Arterial Cleansing: Take Your Health Into Your Own Hands
Around the year 1680, doctor Thomas Sydenham, known as 'the English Hippocrates,’ made the statement: "A man is as old as his arteries." So by taking good care of your arteries, you can easily add ten or more functional years to your life.
More and more people, some doctors included, admit that there are successful methods to halt the progression of atherosclerosis and reduce the buildup of atheromatous plaques other than temporary medical and surgical interventions.
If cardiovascular health is important to you, arterial cleansing can be of great benefit to you. As it demonstrates multiple cardiovascular health benefits, with its help you can:
control chest pain (angina),
avoid the risks of endarterectomy,
bypass the bypass surgery,
complement the IV chelation therapy.
By providing optimum conditions for the proper functioning of the body's own intrinsic ability to heal itself, arterial cleansing helps the body:
create small blood vessels (collaterals) that detour blood around any blockages due to buildup of plaque,
improve fibrinolysis - the body's processes of dissolving old blood clots, and
"scrub" - safely and gradually - arterial plaque away with a detergent-like action, so that the arteries do not plug up elsewhere.
As soon as more oxygen-rich blood starts to reach the heart muscle through the coronary arteries, chest pain goes away!
Arterial cleansing helps to remove atherosclerotic obstructions both in large and small blood vessels - by improving and/or restoring the blood flow in the entire circulatory system - without the risks of endarterectomy.
Arterial cleansing can also complement or - in some cases - even replace the invtravenous (IV) chelation, as it:
chelates heavy metals, while removing arterial plaque from the arteries,
supplies the body with all necessary nutrients, and
prevents possible vitamin-mineral imbalances.
As described by one of our clients: "I received 30 intravenous chelation treatments and then I commenced Arterial Cleansing Formula. Since then I have noticed a remarkable improvement in my circulation and well-being." (J.C.S.F., Sidney, BC, Canada)
As we are not advocating bypass surgery! If, however, you have had a successful bypass, then arterial cleansing, accompanied by regular screens for homocysteine and ferritin (iron storage), could be the finest route to prevent the risks of another "revascularization" procedure, that is to avoid going back into the hospital and coming out only partially fixed again...
In our clinical experience, in those who have undergone the balloon angioplasty treatment, arterial cleansing accompanied by necessary dietary and lifestyle changes can significantly help you prevent, reduce and/or delay restenosis - reclogging of the arteries way beyond nine (9) months, and, therefore, by-pass the need for another angioplasty.
You have nothing to lose - and everything to gain.