- 1 Section A
- 2 An abundance of CVD signs and symptoms
- 3 Clinical Clues
- 4 Diagonal Earlobe Creases
- 5 Shortness Of Breath
- 6 Heart Palpitations
- 7 Angina (Chest Pain)
- 8 Erectile Dysfunction
- 9 Male Pattern Baldness
- 10 Grey and White Hair
- 11 Excessive Sweating
- 12 Tingling, Numbness, Dizziness, Confusion, Headaches for Brain-related CVD and Strokes
- 13 Excrutiating Headache, Loss of Balance, Neck pain & Stiffness, Double vision, Loss of Perception, Speech problems
- 14 Aortic Stenosis Symptoms
- 15 Silent Heart Attack Symptomatology
- 16 Broken Heart Syndrome
- 17 Sudden Death Syndrome among children, adolescents, young adults and Athletes
- 18 Chronobiology & Symptomatology
- 19 Section B
- 20 Pathophysiology
- 21 Section C
- 22 Holistic Tips
- 23 The HM Intitute’s Holistic Approach to Controlling & Reversing CVD (Cardio-Vascular Diseases, which includes Brain Health)
- 24 Emergency First Aid & Acute Care
- 25 Quality Human Nutrition, Small amounts of Quality Wine and lots of Vibrant Water
- 26 A Few Other Reasons why Animal foods tend to be Deleterious to One’s Health
- 27 Mediterranean Strategies to Improve Animal Assimilation & Minimize its deleterious metabolites (side or toxic effects)
- 28 Managing Chronic Stress
- 29 Restorative Sleep, the Preparing of Smooth Mondays and Therapeutic Siestas
- 30 Exercise and deep breathing
- 31 Correct Posture and minimizing Sitting
- 32 Grounding/Earthing
- 33 Heliotherapy (Sun-bathing)
- 34 Aromatherapy
- 35 Detox, Fever and Mindful Thermal Therapy
- 36 Supplementation & Superfoods
- 37 Intimacy, social support, purposeful life, ecological & lush Niche.
- 38 Discussion
- 39 Conclusion
- 40 Exhibit A
- 41 Grading DELC
- 42 Reference and Precision Notes
Cardiovascular diseases (CVD) are both the first cause of premature death and the easiest condition to reverse holistically. In this blog-article, i will first examine different detection signs and symptoms that can indicate both the imminence and the gestation of a cardiovascular event like a heart attack, an aneurysm or a stroke (Section A). Thereafter, I’ll explain a few cardiovascular mechanisms that damage blood vessels. (Section B). Thanks to this information, all supported by strong Science, diligent readers will be able to practice informed self-care with a few of the holistic & happiness medicine tips I recommend. (Section C)
An abundance of CVD signs and symptoms
In today’s MAD Society (mad = modern american diet), rampant with inflammatory animal endotoxins and processed toxicity, the vast majority of Americans will get hit with high blood pressure and roughed up arteries, the consequence of which will bring forth atherosclerosis, carotid artery disease, coronary artery disease, strokes, thrombi, peripheral artery disease and, among many other cardiovasular illnesses, early death. (1)
The vast majority of these diseases (like over 95 percent) are due less to old age or genetics than to Lifestyle, environmental factors and iatrogenic causes. As a consequence, these abnormal conditions can be safely and efficiently controlled and reversed with Holistic Cardiology.
To avoid being part of this above-mentioned deadly list and the government’s unhappy statistics, we should be better informed and aware of CVD symptoms, most of which that reflect vascular endothelial degradation. This way, we can prevent aggravation and reverse these conditions holistically, without expensive surgery nor prescription medicine.
Although all heart diseased patients require an individualized treatment plan, most heart problems share similar warning signs, some of which are listed below. If any of these signs persist, it’s important to see a competent health-care practitioner so that a correct diagnosis and treatment plan can be put in place. Sometimes, there are asymptomatic cardiac patients who may have a heart condition, but without knowing it. If the health recipient is not living holistically, yearly check ups are recommended. The best Life long insurance is happiness and holistic lifestyle.
There are many signs of cardiovascular diseases, most of which revolve around damaged endothelial tissue (i.e. inner lining of cells) and oxygen delivery dysfunctions. The list below is far from being exhaustive. I begin with a relatively new detection clinical sign that anyone can spot, a diagonal crease on one’s ear lobe.
Diagonal Earlobe Creases
A newly discovered sign of blocked arteries and CVD are diagonal creases on the bottom of the earlobe. Called the ELC (ear lobe crease), this deep wrinkle, either unilaterally or bilaterally, extends approximately 45° backwards from the tragus to the auricle In this perspective, experts from China in 2016 confirmed that the presence of these diagonal earlobe creases was significantly correlated to an increase risk of coronary artery disease. (Source)
Furthermore, they found patients with diagonal earlobe creases (called DELCs) on both sides had significantly higher prevalence of coronary artery stenosis than those who had only one crease or no crease. (See Exhibits below)
The diagonal earlobe crease (DELC) is the fold or crease in the skin of the earlobe. It is also known as Frank’s sign. The angled crease runs obliquely from one’s ear canal to the earlobe’s lower edge is a clinical sign in the majority of those observed patients who were suffering from coronary artery blocages while those who did not have coronary diseases tended to not have these digital creases.
This study was published in the well known BMJ. It followed more than 500 adult patients who have had a coronary angiography scan for suspected artery disease. Thus, the strength of this study is that it used coronary angiography and a standard evaluation sheet for the diagnosis of CHD and DELC, respectively. Moreover, the study explored the differentiation of unilateral versus bilateral DELC for the diagnosis of CHD.
Meanwhile, notwithstanding this study’s limitations (2), its strong statistical correlation and the ease with which health care practitioners and patients can inspect earlobes, this clinical sign should be part of the diagnostic work-up and all the more so that there have been other studies that have corroborated the ELC’s pathogenesis. (3)
“The present study suggested that bilateral DELCs are both a simple and a feasible method of identifying CHD” (Source)
Shortness Of Breath
Shortness of breath (sob) or dyspnea can be a clinical sign for multiple diseases and condition, (4) including when the cardiovascular system is not flourishing. In light of the cardiac system, this condition reflects serious artery plaque build-up, meaning the heart can’t provide enough oxygen to the body’s tissues, hence the extreme fatigue and shortness of breath. Without oxygenated air that can fully irrigate the body’s circulatory system and its trillions cells via the heart’s pumping mechanism, death can be imminent.
When the heart beats quickly, the observer notes feelings of heart racing, skipping beats or thumping. While some of these symptoms can be experienced during exercise or from inflammatory diets and strong caffeine or nicotine, in many cases, these palpitations can be a sign of clogged arteries. When there are other concomitant signs like fainting, dizziness, chest pain, blurred vision, nausea, sweating, grip weakness etc, heart palpitations can indicate the imminence of a heart attack. (5)
Angina (Chest Pain)
One of the first signs coronary heart disease is angina, or chest pain. This condition is caused by a decreased blood flow to the heart. It is one of the possible symptoms of clogged arteries caused by plaque buildup. This kind of chest pain causes a feeling of heaviness, pressure, and tightness behind one’s breastbone. Emotional or physical stress can trigger this condition and it often has a tendency to become worse when doing physical activity, but tends to disappears with rest. (6) When the heart muscle does not get enough blood, the heart can’t function correctly because it is deprived or oxygen and electrolyts. Angina is the most common symptom of coronary artery disease.
Given today’s toxic food and stressed lifestyle, libido dysfunction is the most popular male sexual condition affecting over 30 million males in the US and hundreds of millions in the world. The main culprit is bad blood flow resulting from clogged arteries in the pelvis. When the circulatory blood system is hinder with stenosis, high pressure and atherosclerosis of arteries, the body’s intelligence first targets the penis, followed by the heart and then brain. (7).
Differently from women, men have this built-in warning system for coronary heart disease. Thus, when achieving an erection is difficult or impossible, it’s time to take some magnesium and omega 3 and rush to the clinic for some coronary heart exams.
Male Pattern Baldness
Baldness at the head of males can also show clogged arteries. Apart from loss of hair, it can indicate that one’s legs are also in a condition of hair loss. Multiple studies have highlighted the relationship between CHD (coronary heart disease) and baldness, particularly among males with high cholesterol levels or hypertension. Severe vertex balding is usually related to an increased chance of having CHD. (8)
Grey and White Hair
One of the latest new CVD detectable signs that anyone can evaluate was presented at the EuroPrevent 2017 conference of the European Society of Cardiology a few months ago, suggesting that the amount of gray hair in adult men is correlated with an increased risk of heart disease. (Source)
This new detection sign was determined to be a risk factor for heart disease and atherosclerosis. (9) There is even a common biological pathway that is shared by both the graying of the hair process and atherosclerosis. (Source) Including but not limited to oxidative stress.(Source). (10)
When there is an excessive amount of sweat, particularly at night and despite sitting in a cool room, this sign could be another possible symptoms of clogged arteries.
When sweating occurs more than usual without doing exercise, this is a strong indicator that the heart is working harder to move blood via clogged arteries. (11) In addition to hot sweats, CVD can also produce cold sweats.
A stroke is a form of cardiovascular disease (CVD) that occurs in the brain. There are two types of stroke: ischemic (or embolic) and hemorrhagic. With ischemic strokes, there is a disruption in blood flow to the brain tissue by cholesterol plaque, clot or arrhythmia resulting in tissue damage and death. With a hemorrhagic stroke, a blood vessel in the brain starts bleeding, decreasing blood flow to the part of the brain it supplies, as well as causing accumulation of blood.
As for transient ischemic attacks (TIA), these “mini-strokes” produce the neurological symptoms of a stroke which resolves within 24 hours and are a risk factor for future strokes. Transient ischemic attacks result from a sudden, temporary lack of blood flow to one’s brain. This can cause symptoms similar to a stroke, such as weakness, difficulty speaking, tingling, difficulty to raise one’s arm and numbness. The main difference between a TIA and a stroke is that the symptoms of a TIA occur quickly and can last for a short amount of time, from a few minutes to a few hours. Either it leads to a full blown stroke, or resolves within 24 hours.
Unlike a stroke, a TIA doesn’t kill brain cells or cause permanent disability. However, a TIA is often a sign that a stroke may happen in the near future. In fact, 40 percent of people who have TIA will get a stroke. This is why it’s important to be aware of the symptoms of a TIA and to take steps to reduce the risk and reverse the degenerative process asap.
The common signs of a TIA include the following: sudden increase in blood pressure, muscle weakness, temporary numbness in an arm or leg, dizziness, sudden fatigue, unconsciousness confusion, temporary memory loss, body tingling, personality change, difficulty speaking, garbled speech, poor balance and changes in vision.
Excrutiating Headache, Loss of Balance, Neck pain & Stiffness, Double vision, Loss of Perception, Speech problems
There are different cardiovascular disorders that are characterized by these above mentioned symptoms, one of the more important ones being aneurysms. Some form of aneurysm exists in 6 to 9 percent of most populations, (Source).
An aneurysm is a localized, blood-filled balloon-like bulge in the wall of a blood vessel. Aneurysms can occur in any blood vessel, with particularly lethal examples including aneurysms of the Circle of Willis in the brain, aortic aneurysms affecting the thoracic aorta, and abdominal aortic aneurysms. Aneurysms can arise in the heart itself following a heart attack, including both ventricular and atrial septal aneurysms.
As an aneurysm increases in size, the risk of rupture increases. (Source) Aneurysms are a result of a weakened blood vessel wall, and can be a result of bad lifestyle, hereditary condition or an acquired disease. Some of the risk factors for a brain aneurysm are: smoking, high blood pressure, hardening of the arteries, heavy alcohol or drug abuse, head injury and lower estrogen after menopause, family history of brain aneurysm, polycystic kidney disease, among others. Aneurysms can also be a nidus (nest) for clot formation (thrombosis) and embolization. Common sites of aneurysms are the anterior cerebral and internal carotid arteries.
Symptoms will differ by the site of the aneurysm. Most people don’t even know what an aneurysm is, let alone its symptomatology. The most dangerous one is the brain aneurysm. This type affects more women than men. For cerebral aneurysm in gestation, the following symptomatology has been established:
For an aneurysm in gestation: Bad headaches (behind the eyes), stiffness in the neck, sensitivity to light, shpart pain behind or above the eyes, blurred or double vision, drooping eyelid, seizures, loss of perception, loss of balance, speech problems.
For a ruptured aneurysm, (subarachnoid hemorrhage), the symptoms are extreme severe headaches, what is called “worst headache of your life” (WHOL), loss of vision, neck pain and/or stiffness, pain above and/or behind the eyes, seizures, loss of consciousness, numbness or tingling in the face, extreme tiredness, nausea and vomiting, confusion or changed mental state and perceived gun shot noise or a loud boom or bolt of lightening (corresponding to the actual rupture) that can lead to life-threatening complications of hypovolemic shock (loss of blood) and death. Most american fail to identity warning signs for brain aneurysm, yet ruptures occur every 18 minutes (Source)
As for abdominal aneurysms, these are usually asymptomatic, but rarely can cause lower back pain or lower limb ischemia. Renal (kidney) aneurysm can be characterized by Flank pain and tenderness Hypertension Haematuria and Signs of hypovolemic shock.
Aortic Stenosis Symptoms
In aortic stenosis, the aortic heart valve does not let enough blood flow out of your heart to the aorta, the main artery that carries blood to the body. This deprives the body of needed oxygen. In adults, aortic stenosis occurs when calcium builds up and the valve opening gets narrower. As the disease worsens, one starts to feel tired more quickly after activity. Once the valve becomes very narrow, chest pain or dizziness are common. Over time, one feels tired more easily, short of breath, or weak or faint, symptoms that affect quality of life. The conventional treatment for severe aortic stenosis is surgery to replace the valve. But this can lead to irregular heartbeats. This disease is also reversible holistically. Symptoms are most likely to start after exercise or exertion. Watch for: Shortness of breath: Chest pain: Palpitations (feeling like heart skips a beat, beats too fast or flutters), Dizziness and Fainting.
Silent Heart Attack Symptomatology
Silent heart attachs signs include, but are not limited to mild chest pain, nausea, vomiting, unexplained fatigue, heartburn, shortness of breath, or discomfort in the neck or jaw. A silent heart attack may feel a lot like a bout of a stomach bug or the flu or indigestion. Most people will not see their cardiologist thinking these signs are reflective of the flu or indigestion.
Even if there is no myocardial infarction (the official name for a heart disease), not following up with a health-care profession is a mistake because many of these silent heart attacks scarr the heart tissues and these scarrs later lead to serious heart dieases. Scarring can seriously mess with the electrical current in the heart heart, causing abnormal heart rhythms, or arrhythmia. When that happens, the heart may beat too quickly, leaving it unable to pump blood efficiently. This can lead to sudden cardiac arrest, inter alia.
Broken Heart Syndrome
“Broken heart syndrome,” which has gained mainstream recognition as an acute medical condition, is perhaps the most compelling evidence that emotional stress can impact our physical health and set in motion heart disease risk factors. Also known as stress-induced cardiomyopathy, broken heart syndrome is a temporary heart condition where the heart muscle in the left ventricle enlarges and compromises the heart’s ability to pump life-sustaining blood through the body.
This cardiac disorder usually occurs after the sudden loss of a loved one, as well as after other situations of intense emotional stress, like being held up at gunpoint. The sudden release of stress hormones in response to severe emotional stress literally stuns the heart, and can cause symptoms like chest pain, shortness of breath and even heart failure.
Broken heart syndrome differs from a classic heart attack in that it is a profound, acute physical reaction and can occur in people without symptoms of heart disease. The symptoms are treatable, and the condition is reversible.
Sudden Death Syndrome among children, adolescents, young adults and Athletes
Likewise with athelets. In addition to ECG screening, placing automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in venues where the sports with the highest risks of sudden cardiac death occur is usually recommended.
Chronobiology & Symptomatology
The Monday & Morning Blues
According to Research, an “outpouring” of stress hormones, such as cortisol and adrenaline bursts into the bloodstream in working people much more on Mondays than any other day.
“Potentially lethal arrhythmias are not random events but occur in a daily pattern suggesting a relationship to the beginning and end of the work week”. (Source)
One of the relevant findings in this study is that its participants showed a prominent peak in arrhythmias on Mondays (21 percent of episodes) even if they were no longer working. That was followed by a mid-week decline in arrhythmias and a second peak on Fridays. Saturdays and Sundays saw a 50 percent lower arrhythmia rate than did Mondays. Hence, the relevance of the perception of stress. In effect, the subconscious tends to remember and anticipate stressful events. So, even though the participants in the study were not working, the fact that their bodies anticipated going to work on Monday triggered the identical biochemical stress hormones, increasing the heart attack risk factors that led to potentially lethal ventricular arrhythmias.
Just like cardiovascular events are more likely to occur on stress days like Monday, they are also more likely in between the hours of 5 a.m. and 10 a.m. than at any other time of day. A study reported in the journal Heart also showed that people who have a heart attack between 6 a.m. and 12 p.m. have 20 percent more damage to their heart tissue than those who have heart attacks at other times of the day.
The study of circadian cycles in the body is called chronobiology. When i studied Chinese Medicine, this subject was an important part of the three years training. In effect, the flow of time impacts not only human behavior, but also human diseases
Most of the physiologic activities in the body are not constant throughout the day, but show variations. Some functions are more active in the first hours of the day while for others, the activity is more pronounced in late hours. This diurnal variation of activities is called “circadian cycle” or “circadian rhythm”. “Circadian” literally means “around the day”. Circadian rhythms cause changes in our physiological, mental and behavioral patterns that follow a 24 hour cycle.
Almost all functions follow this rhythmicity. Our sleep-wake cycle, the thermoregulation, or regulating the body temperature, secretion of many hormones and body immunity all show circadian rhythm. Hematocrit, red blood cell and hemoglobin show significant change with time of day. Total cholesterol, HDL-cholesterol, beta-lipoprotein, triglyceride and blood glucose also reveal alterations with time of day. Parasympathetic system is more active in the night while sympathetic activity is usually more noticeable in the day. Cortisol level is highest in the morning and lowest in the evening. The same pattern also exists for melatonin, the pineal gland hormone. There is also a diurnal change in blood fluidity. Our lung functions are different in day and night. Growth hormone release also shows daily change. There is almost no physiologic activity that is spared by Nature’s rhythmicity.
Like the physiologic activities which change during a day, disease symptoms may also show the same diurnal variation. Fevers are usually worst in the evening. Allergic rhinitis with symptoms of sneezing, runny nose, and stuffy nose are typically worse in the early waking hours than later during the day. Asthma, in most patients, is aggravated in the few hours prior to awakening than during the day
Angina pectoris, with chest pain and electrocardiographic (ECG, EKG) abnormalities are most common during the first 4 to 6 hours after awakening. Heart attacks are seen commonly in the early waking hours. Strokes most commonly occur in the early waking hours. The highest blood pressure readings typically occur from late morning to middle afternoon; lowest occur during early sleep. Symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis are most intense upon awakening. Osteoarthritis: Symptoms of osteoarthritis worsen in the afternoon and evening. Etcetera. (Source)
In heart diseases (an umbrella concept that includes dozens of heart conditions), there are many underlying causes and mechanisms of action. (See the Institute’s ebook on holistic cardiology). Atherosclerosis and the generation of reactive oxygen species through oxidative stress are two of those major mechanisms that lead to CVD. With atherosclerosis, there is arterial plaque formation. Made up of deposits of cholesterol, macrophages, calcium and, among other substances, bacteria (often coming from bad oral hygiene) and endotoxins, the plaque is a living process whose agents build up in the arteries.
Once the arteries get narrower and narrower, high blood pressure ensues. Eventually, the process called atherosclerosis leads to the partial or total blockage of the blood flow and-or platelet aggregation, clotting and thrombus. When a piece of blood clot (called embolus) breaks free from the thrombus site and circulates in the bloodstream (ie the vascular system), it can get lodged in an artery or vein. An embolus is a dangerous and potentially fatal complication of thrombosis, especially if the embolus reaches the heart, lungs, or brain.
To be more precise in terms of the direct biological mechanism of action regarding a myocardial infarction (heart attack), consider the following sequence of events: First, the coronary arteries’ smooth interior surface is damaged. High blood pressure, abnormal cholesterol levels, cigarette smoking, and diabetes are the most common reasons that degrade the endothelial tissues. Then oxidized LDL (the “bad” cholesterol) lipoproteins starts to build up in the coronary artery’s wall. The body sends a “clean-up crew” of white blood cells and other cells to the toxic site. But unless holistic cardiology is applied, the plaque keeps building up, until there’s a heart attack. For those who survive this deadly symptom, many get bypass surgery and stents. But these are quick fixes that don’t last.
Another possible causative mechanism stems from infections. For example, a person that has a mycotic aneurysm usally has a bacterial infection in the wall of an artery. The most common locations include arteries in the abdomen, thigh, neck, and arm. President Charles de Gaulle had one of these in the neck, from which he died. “Le Grand Naufrage”, he called this process. A mycotic aneurysm can result in sepsis, or life-threatening bleeding if the aneurysm ruptures. (Source) Related to this type of aneurysm is the third stage of syphilis one symptom of which is the surfacing of an aneurysm, usually of the aorta. This is due to loss of the vasa vasorum in the tunica adventitia. (Source)
A minority of aneurysms are caused by other factors, for example, copper deficiency has been linked to a decreased activity of the lysyl oxidase enzyme and elastin, which is a key component in vessel walls. As a result, the vessel wall thins and aneurysm can surged, in particular an aortic aneurysm (Source) , like the one Eisntein died from. The deficiency of nitric oxide and many other elements are also relevant. See the Institute’s Holistic Cardiology book for the details.
To briefly conclude this section, it’s important to understand that inflammation, atherosclerosis and the generation of reactive oxygen species all feed the central cardiovascular challenge, which is definied as oxidative stress.
“Oxidative stress associated with atherosclerosis and endothelium-dependent vascular inflammation plays a major role in the development of CVD.” (Source)
And the good news is that with holistic and happiness medicine, we can both control and reverse inflammatory and oxidative stress processes holistically, without the use of prescription drugs nor surgery, both of which are more palliative and iatrogenic than curative.
In Conventional cardiology, heart diseases like aorta stenosis, coronary blockage, congestive heart failure, heart valve dysfunction, inter alia, all require different treatment, but the beauty and the simplicity of Holistic Cardiology is based on a common approach for all chronic diseases including heart diseases. Specific fine tuning though remains a disease by disease and case by case necessity, in light of both the patient’s uniqueness and his or her condition.
The HM Intitute’s Holistic Approach to Controlling & Reversing CVD (Cardio-Vascular Diseases, which includes Brain Health)
Emergency First Aid & Acute Care
Action Plan during the imminence of a heart attack and-or with high risks Patients
Signs and symptoms of a heart attack are different for women and men. While men tend to have classic, clear-cut symptoms such as chest discomfort and arm or jaw pain, women’s symptoms can be less intense. The signs and symptoms mentioned above should be considered as well as unusual fatigue, cold sweats, nausea and especially discomfort centered high in the chest. (Source)
In general, unless medically necessary, it is better to avoid mixing alcohol with aspirin. Aspirin, as with all non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID) drugs is known to increase the risk of gastrointestinal bleeding. The occurrence of gastrointestinal complications is more common when alcohol is combined with aspirin. So patients who have risk factors, such as frequent episodes of heartburn, gastritis, ulcers, a history of gastrointestinal bleeding, liver dysfunction should avoid the consumption of alcohol together with aspirin. However, when there is an emergency like the imminence of a heart attack, moderate red wine (one to two glasses) with aspirin can be acceptable, especially if the aspirin is chewed and the patient has no precedents or risks for gastrointestinal bleeding. (Source) This type of bleeding comes more from asperin than wine. Hence, the Institute’s preference for vaso-dilating anti platelet aggregation wine therapy.
Action Plan During a Heart Attack
2. Step Two: for heart attacks, an aspirin to chew on. Chewing the aspirin (not swallowing it) helps to get it into the bloodstream faster. The aspirin should be genuine aspirin, not ibuprofen, acetaminophen, or another pain reliever. That’s because aspirin is an effective blood thinner. Keeping an aspirin on-hand, whether in the purse or wallet can be useful. Other natural blood thinners are as follows: Fish oil (2–3 grams daily). Garlic (1–2 grams daily in capsule form). Nattokinase (100 mg daily). Vitamin E as mixed tocopherols (200–300 IU daily). Bromelain, an enzyme derived from pineapple (600 mg daily). Ginko Biloba and of course, red wine in moderation. .
Once in the hospital, an experienced cardiologist or an emergency room physician will give the heart patient clot-busting drugs. Depending on the circumstances, the drug could be based on nitroglycerin, coumadin, heparin or other. The normal standard of care is coumadin. Coumadin helps to thin the blood and prevent blood clots which can cause heart attacks and strokes. This is especially relevant for patients who suffer from mechanical heart valves, an embolic stroke, have atrial fibrillation (AF) or had an extensive heart attack. If the heart patient is experiencing his-her first heart attack and this attack is under control and the patient is holistically prepared, an aggressive coumadin or heparin regime could be replaced with a more holistic protocol as what i have mentioned above.
Preventive CVD Action Plan in General
Even without significant symptoms, it’s a good idea to see a competent health-care professional for an annual physical. That’s because an unrecognized heart attack isn’t the only thing that can scar the heart. Things like chronic high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, and smoking can also damage the heart. In fact, 70% of people with unrecognized heart disease who died of sudden cardiac death actually showed prior scarring on their hearts.
Early Detection and Tests
That’s why early detection of heart disease is important. A CT calcium score or CT angiogram test can detect plaque buildup at an early stage. For silent heart attacks and similar problems: If symptoms persist longer than 20 minutes or seem to worsen with activity, one should phone his-her health-care professional and shedule key tests. Since excessive blood sugar damages the endothelial lining of blood vessels, it’s important to have stabilized blood sugar levels, thanks to diet, exercise and restorative sleep.
Top. Resveratrol, anthocyanin, procyanidins, polyphenols and pynogenaol rich red wine: Whether to believe that wine represents the Blood of Christ as the Bible claims or constitutes one of the most effective cardiovascular protectors is a question charged with emotion precisely because most people don’t understand that quality and small doses are key. Overindulgence has contrary effects. But holistic drinking has been shown to be clinically superior to abstinence, in terms of cardiovascular health and longevity. (See below for the evidence)
Quality Human Nutrition, Small amounts of Quality Wine and lots of Vibrant Water
One of the best strategies to avoid any and all cardiovascular diseases is based on a healthy diet with wine, exercises, deep sleep and, inter alia, chronic stress management. In this realm, a heart-healthy diet should be mostly plant based like a Mediterranean diet or entirely plant based.
Small to Moderate amounts of Quality Wine
One of the key elements of the holistically based improved anti-inflammatory anti-oxidant-rich Mediterranean diet is good quality (and-or organic) red wine in small amounts, if only because it helps to digest animal foods, zaps animal bacterial metabolites and, among other benefits, wine raises the good cholesterol called HDL, gastric juices, is an aromatase and platelet aggregation inhibitor. The prestigious medical Journal “Nature” corroborates:
“From the literature collection, it has been identified that moderate consumption of red wine helps in preventing CVD through several mechanisms, including increasing the high-density lipoprotein cholesterol plasma levels, decreasing platelet aggregation, by antioxidant effects, and by restoration of endothelial function.” (Source)
For cardiovascular health, wine is safer and more effective than aspirin, it can thus help to reduce the risks related to atherosclorotic rupture and clotting. For those who may not be able to fully metabolize wine, one or two tablespoons can suffice. Quality matters more than quantity.
“… wine phenolics in particular, could have a more significant inhibitory effect on platelet aggregation and could explain, in part, the hypothesis that red wine is more protective against atherosclerosis and coronary heart disease”. (Source)
Another blessing that comes with small amounts of quality red wine is it’s anticoagulant properties, thanks to which dangerous blood clotting is decreased. By making the platelets in the blood less prone to stick together and by reducing the levels of fibrin protein that binds them together, wine helps to resolve serious cardiovascular dysfunctions. (Source).
For cardiovascular disorders, the Institute’s conclusion is that wine is a much safer modality than what is used by conventional and integrative medicine for blood “thinning”, coumadin, or warfarin or even heparin, if only because coumadin treatment excludes so many antioxidant polyphenol rich superfoods. Though there can be exceptions in emergency care, one of the best ways to avoid an urgent ambulance trip to the emergency room is by regularly and moderately having small amounts of quality red wine, in particular with one’s lunch meal. And all the more so that wine will also help with many other metabolic and digestive processes including lipid hemeostasis.
Indeed, many studies have shown that moderate wine drinking can improve the balance of low-density lipoprotein (LDL or “bad” cholesterol) to high-density lipoprotein (HDL “good” cholesterol), thank to which cardiovascular events can be mitigated. (Source)
Just one glass of red wine with a meal has been found to increase the size of LDL particles, to decrease oxidized LDL and to strengthen the good recycling cholesterol called HDL. Source A and Source B All of these effects are salutary and promote lipid homeostasis.
Confirming these findings, in the November 2000 Journal of Nutrition and Biochemistry, Italian researchers from the National Institute for Food and Nutrition Research reported that the wine’s phenols limited the oxidation of LDLs, making them less capable of damaging the linings of arteries and, therefore, less able to set the stage for cardiovascular disease, like heart disease and stroke. A British Medical Journal confirmed these findings and entitled the study: “Red wine prevents the postprandial increase in plasma cholesterol oxidation products: a pilot study”. One of the mechanisms appears to be based on the control of postprandial hyperlipaemia, a well-defined risk factor for atherosclerosis, by reducing the absorption of lipid oxidized species from the meal (Source)
Furthermore, red wine polyphenols and other antioxidative compounds decrease oxidative stress and the inflammatory atherosclerotic lesions.
Red wine contains antioxidative components like resveratrol, proanthocyanidine, quercetin, etc. and these active components exert protective functions like free radical scavenging effects, decreasing the oxidative stress and reducing the inflammatory atherosclerotic lesion in both animals and humans, which is evident in this review” (Source)
However, not all wines are created equal. Viticulture should use organic if not bio-dynamic agricultural standards. And the vinification process should maximize the wine’s virtues, in particular these above-mentioned polyphenols.
“Here we identify procyanidins as the principal vasoactive polyphenols in red wine and show that they are present at higher concentrations in wines from areas of southwestern France and Sardinia, where traditional production methods ensure that these compounds are efficiently extracted during vinification. These regions also happen to be associated with increased longevity in the population”. (Source)
Wine has a long history of being paired with food and can help reduce calorie intake by suppressing appetite. In effect, while wine can stimulate the appetite and gastric juices, wine can also help to slow the stomach’s emptying time, thanks to which the amount of food consumed during the meal is lessened.
“Alcohol can stimulate the appetite so it is better to drink it with food. When alcohol is mixed with food, it can slow the stomach’s emptying time and potentially decrease the amount of food consumed at the meal,” (Dr. Agatston, cardiologist) (Source)
Moreover, it was found that one the wine’s compounds, resveratrol, stimulated glucose uptake into human fat cells, modulated adipokines and blocked molecules from converting into fat. Thus, it can be reasonably concluded that wine helps to better treat obesity and metabolic dysfunctions that come with animal eating, processed foods and stress (See below and see the Institute’s “Wine as Medicine” book).
Wine is therefore one of the reasons people like the French (who have moderate amounts of wine with meals) tend to be thin and without the cardiovascular diseases level of countries like the United States or England. But for this biological happening to work, the alcohol should be wine and the wine should be of high quality and downed in moderation and during meals, especially at lunch, as it takes a few hours for the liver to fully metabolize wine.
Some observers claim that the health benefits comes more from grapes than from wine. The evidence shows that when the polyphenols in grape juice are macerated (fermented), as occurs during vinification of red wine, the polyphenol content of red wines will be on average 10 times as high as that of white wines (11 b) and also much higher than that of grape juice (11 c).
We can thus conclude like the WHO expert below that saying no to moderate healthy wine drinking is a serious risk factor for cardiovascular diseases and insofar as atheromatous plaque build-up is concerned. The epidemiological evidence fully supports this piece of allegation.
“The weight of the evidence shows moderate drinking is better than abstaining and heavy drinking is worse than abstaining — however the moderate amounts can be higher than the guidelines say,” (Dr Poikolainen, World Health Organization Expert) (Source)
Water, the best drink by default
While wine is CVD medicine, the principle drink throughout the day should be good quality spring water with lots of quality organic fruits. In effect, the best structured, vibrant and hydrating water is the water in fruits. Not juices, but whole fruits that have lots of fiber. Fruit juices have no fiber and hence, tend to spike insulin and destabilize blood sugar.
When drinking pure spring water, it’s advisable to avoid BPA plastic containers and to add a pinch of healthy salt (French celtic or Himalayan) for added electrolyts thanks to which the heart can function better, especially after a sauna or in hot weather when there is lots of sweating. Without good quality water, humans tend to be dehydrated and dehydration is a known CVD risk. A recent study showed that even mild dehydration in young healthy men is equivalent to a cigarette in terms of vascular damage. (Source)
Wholesome, Fresh, Fibrous, Colorful, Nutrient-dense anti-inflammatory Food
In the Institute’s Holistic Rejuvenation Retreat Center, a fair amount of key essential fatty acid rich foods are included with lots of insoluble and soluble fiber rich quality carbs, a moderate amount of protein, based on dark greens, key super-foods, herbs, fermented cultured foods, fruits, in particular (berries, citrus fruits, grapes and pomegranates), herbs, roots (tumeric, ginger, onions, garlic, Jerusalem artichokes, sweet potatoes etc), teas, mushrooms, spices (e.g., oregano, basil, thyme, pepper, cayenne and rosemary), resistant starches for those workshopees who have dysbiosis (i.e., flawed intestinal flora and bad breath) and other elements that are reviewed in the Institute’s clinical nutrition workshops and prepared at the Pyrenean rejuvenation retreats. For grains, the best two are rice and buckwheat. Provided they do not contain arsenic as does most of American rice, including organic. Gluten rich grains tends to be inflammatory, gut-invasive and rich in anti-nutrients like lectins, so these should be avoided. At best, if eaten, they should be soaked and sprouted first and the ancestral varieties like kamut or spelt should be used. Wild rice is a seed and remains an excellent source of dense-nutrients.
Before and-or during a corrective nutritional program, detoxification, water fasting and supplementation may be indicated. (See the Institute’s clinical nutrition program).
There is no “one diet fits all”, hence the Institute’s two broad options, vegan and mediterranean. Furthermore, there are variations within these two diets depending on each individual’s tastes, allergies, gut sensitivities, genome and diseases. Nonetheless, to be healthy, humans have to eat according to their genetic design, to deviate and eat like a tiger, a wolf or a cow would be asking for trouble. To be healthy, it is also wise to eat ancestral fiber-rich foods, foods that have been around for millions of years. This way, human immune systems will not trigger an immune and inflammatory response. Genetically engineered, pesticided and processed foods have not been blessed by Evolution’s natural selection process and tend to be toxic to the intestinal flora and the liver.
Cholesterol & Heart Diseases: The Grand Debate in a Nutshell
Health Science Researchers have established that around 90% of risks for having a first heart attack can be attributed to nine modifiable risk factors: smoking, too much bad cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes, abdominal obesity, stress, a lack of daily fruit and vegetable consumption, as well as a lack of daily exercise. (Source) To which the Happiness Medicine Institute adds three more: absence of quality wine (small amounts, but regular flow to keep the endothelial lining of vessels in peak shape, inter alia), insufficienty of sexual gymnastics (a holistic technique that does wonders for the secretion of rejuvenation hormones, inter alia) and lack of daily meditation and-or prayer.
But Dr. William Clifford Roberts, Executive Director of the Baylor Heart and Vascular Institute and long-time Editor-in-Chief of the American Journal of Cardiology has determined that atherosclerosis, the driver to heart attacks, are primarily caused by cholesterol. The other risks factors being contributory.
Put in perspective, this means that without excessive cholesterol, we could be stressed, overweight, smoking diabetic, inactive etc, there would be no arteriosclerosis, let alone heart attacks for the simple reason that the body would not have enough cholesterol to infiltrate into vessel walls to clog up arteries. Our liver makes all the cholesterol we need. But when animal cholesterol is added, lipid homeostasis is torpedoed.
Although there can be genetic, homocystein-based, chronic distress and other causes of cardiovaxcular disorders, my review of the scientific litterature shows that at least 50 percent of all cardiovascular diseases is especially promoted just by dietary cholesterol and its oxidized LDL alone.
In the United States, the so-called “normal” LDL cholesterol level, 130 ml per dl, is way too high. According to the best available Science i have been able to find, the optimal cholesterol level, the optimal “bad cholesterol” LDL level, is 50 to 70. (Source)
Accumulating data from multiple lines of evidence consistently demonstrate that this above mentioned range is where a physiologically normal LDL level should be. That appears to be the threshold above which atherosclerosis and heart attacks develop.That’s what we start out with at birth, that’s what our fellow primates have, as well as those who enjoy super healthy longevity.
Thus, the necessary conclusion from the Nutrition Science viewpoint is that most animal foods, in particular meats, eggs and dairy, are highly inflammatory and cardio-vascular clogging. Futhermore, when animal foods are mixed with vegetable refined oils, trans-fats in association with loads of sugar and refined devitalized salt, all common to processed foods and the “SAD” (standard American Diet), the evidence shows that this type of diet creates cellular havoc that leads to multiple degenerative diseases and premature aging. (See Holistic Cardiology ebook).
This above-mentioned claim is especially true when animals are fed omega 6 rich grains and injected with hormones and antibiotics. When this happens, their flesh becomes extremely inflammatory and toxic, all of which increases prostaglandin E2 and inflammatory mediators that cause massive amounts of free radicals and tissue damage, including within the endothelial lining of vessels. (Source).
In this context, there are ten aggravating factors that we should be aware of with regard to dietary (animal) cholesterol. These mechanisms show that humans are not carnivores, let alone “eggivore”. When they eat like a carnivore, they are setting themselves up for multiple diseases.
1). Saturated fats lead to heart attacks and vascular events: Saturated fats are a group of fatty acids found primarily in animal products. These lipids are well established in the literature as promoting cardiovascular disease (CVD). (32) While 5 to 6 percent of saturated fat is normally found in vegan diets, this type of saturated fat is vegan and combined to many other phyto-nutrients and fibers that are healty for the cardiovascular system, while animal trans-fat and saturated fats tend to be unhealthy, and all the more so that meat bacteria’s endoxins use the meats saturated fat to infiltrate human tissues.
2). Animal Dietary cholesterol promotes CVD. In this realm, only animals have cholesterol, this molecule comes from the liver, plants have sterols, called phytosterols. As for human bodies, these produce enough cholesterol for adequate functioning. Although some mild evidence suggests that dietary cholesterol may only be a minor player in elevated serum cholesterol levels, high intakes of animal saturated fats are unquestionably linked to increased low-density lipoprotein oxidation, that which promotes CVD. (33)
3). Animals’ Insulin-like growth factor-1 spurs inflammation and cancer: Insulin-like growth factor-1 is a hormone naturally found in animals, including humans. This hormone promotes growth. When insulin-like growth factor-1 is consumed, not only is the added exogenous dose itself taken in, but because the amino acid profile typical of animal protein stimulates the body’s production of insulin-like growth factor-1, more is generated endogenously. The end results of this is that humans experience more inflammation and cancer. (34).
4), Not only do meats spike cholesterol, but they also promote cardiovascular diseases. excessive blood sugar and insulin resistance. One of the mechanisms that promotes these pathologies is the endotoxin inflammatory pathway. The rise of inflammation starts within just a few hours of meat ingestion. This means that meats, all meats, beef, chicken, pork are activating the immune system, the inflammatory response of which is the first phase. Because it takes many hours to reach the large intestine where our microbiota is, one can deduce that it is the meat itself which is inflammatory and not the interaction between meat and human gut’s microbiome. (Source)
“The ingestion of fatty meals is associated with a transient, low-grade systemic inflammatory response in human subjects, involving the activation of circulating monocytes and the secretion of pro-inflammatory cytokines”. (Source)
High bacterial load before cooking, such as a hamburger has over one hundred million bacteria per quarter pounder. The bacteria can be dead; the bacteria can be cooked; but their endotoxins are still there. You can boil meat for two hours straight; dip it in an acid bath (like our stomach); and expose it to digestive enzymes. But bacterial endotoxins were found to survive both cooking and our bodies’ best attempts at acid and enzyme digestion. That’s where the animal fat comes in, since endotoxins have a strong affinity for the saturated fat transport system through the gut wall and into the bloodstream. So, animal fat plays a role in boosting metabolic endotoxin absorption.
5). Heme iron, that which favors multiple chronic diseases: Although heme iron, found in animal products, is absorbed at a higher rate than plant-based nonheme iron, (35) research suggests that accumulated iron is pro-oxidative (36) and may increase colorectal cancer risk (37)and promote atherosclerosis (38) and reduced insulin sensitivity. (39)
6). Carnitine and CVD: Carnitine, found primarily in meat, may be converted in the body by certain species of the gut bacteria to produce trimethylamine N-oxide (TMAO). High levels of trimethylamine n-oxide are associated with inflammation, atherosclerosis, heart attack, stroke, and death. (40)
7). N-Glycolylneuraminic acid (Neu5Gc) and degenerative diseases: This compound is found in meat and promotes chronic inflammation. (41) In this perspective, the data shows that this acid infiltrates animal foods and triggers immunogenic Neu5Gc to the endothelium, giving anti-Neu5Gc antibody and complement-dependent activation, thus contributing to human vascular pathologies. In the case of atherosclerosis, Neu5Gc is present both in endothelium overlying plaques and in subendothelial regions, providing multiple pathways for accelerating inflammation in this disease. (Source)
8). Choline promotes heart diseases and cancer: Similar to carnitine, choline also feeds certain macrobiome bacteria that metabolize this molecule into TMAO (42). Meats and Eggs are especially high in choline, and high choline intake has been linked to cardiovascular disease, (and even more so with diabetics) (43). And to make matters worse, high levels of choline promotes different cancers, in particular prostate cancer, and colon cancer. (44)
9). Antibiotics wrecks havoc on both animals and humans: The vast majority (70% to 80%) of antibiotics used in the US are given to healthy livestock animals to avoid infections inherent in the types of environments in which they are kept. (45) This is, therefore, the number one contributor to the increasingly virulent antibiotic-resistant infections of the type that sickened 2 million and killed 23,000 Americans in 2013. (46). Furthermore, antibiotics produce havoc in the micro biome, where billions of friendly bacteria are massacred to death, one consequence of which is intestinal permeability (leaky gut syndrome).
10). Chemical contaminants formed from high temperature cooking of cooked animal products: When flesh is cooked, compounds called polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (47) heterocyclic amines (48) and advanced glycation end products (49) are formed. These compounds are carcinogenic, pro-inflammatory, prooxidative, and contributive to chronic disease and accelerated aging.
On the other hand, when animals are fed the way they have been designed to (i.e., essentially grass fed) without cortisol producing captivity and its concomitant antibiotic and hormone assaults, the health damage is lessened. However, there are still deleterious effects in eating meat, even organic lamb, chicken or eggs, if only because humans have not been designed to eat animal food. See below for Mediterranean mitigating strategies.
At best, small wild fish within a Mediterranean diet context can be acceptable as a transition diet and-or for certain people who have plant-based allergies and certain digestive conditions. Since recent Research has shown that eggs’s choline feeds both cancer and part of the microbiome’s plaque producing bacteria, the Institute can’t be favorable to eating eggs or any other mammilian foetus. Just over half an egg a day may increase heart disease risk between 6% and 40%, and the risk of diabetes 29%. (Source)
When designed holistically and correctly, a plant based diet is clinically safer and more nutritious. (50) But when certain patients assert that they can’t be happy without some animal foods eating and-or when there is a food sensitive or allergy issue, then the Institute recommends a both an elimination diet as well as a transition improved Mediterranean diet. (51)
A Few Other Reasons why Animal foods tend to be Deleterious to One’s Health
In addition to animal cholesterol, animal saturated fats, endotoxins, hormones, antibiotics and, inter alia, MTOA (from carnitine and choline), there is also the issue of parasites and cancer like leukemia in animal foods. Yes, lots of leukemia in American cows. Let’s just take lamb chops, eaten and promoted by many misguided “health gurus” like Dr Mercola, Dr Hymans and other medical doctors whose purported nutritional schpeel is suppose to be evidence-based. The prevalence of the parasite Toxoplasma in lamb is high. Around 1 in 6 of U.S. lambs are actively infected. This means that about 10% of Americans are currently infected with this brain parasite. (Source)
Now if the parasite was just behaving within the skull, that may be ok. But the research has shown a direct causal connection between these Toxoplasma brain parasites and schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and Parkinson’s. Furthermore, when the immune system gets deficient, these parasites can also infect human eyeballs. (Source). As for Alzheimer’s disease, if the borella bacteria from Lyme disease can promote Alzheimers, what about lamb brain parasites ? I’ll research this topic in the mental disorder study the Institute is preparing.
I’ve invoked some of these deleterious effects coming from the digestion of our animal cousins (most are mammals like humans with a common ancestor) because the subject of this report is cardiovascular and brain health, both of which are weakened with additional complications and diseases when animal foods are consumed.
As the evidence shows, we are not designed to eat our sentient beings. A dog can eat a ton of meat and all of that extra cholesterol will just go down as poop. Likewise with a fox, the fox can sneak in a chicken coop and make himself a huge omelette and all of that choline will not produce arterial clogging. For humans, animal choline, animal cholesterol and animal saturated fats damage the endothelial structure of the vasculature, that which leads to plaque formation and atherosclerosis. Difficult to explain this to most people who are emotionally and physically addicted to these foods.
Mediterranean Strategies to Improve Animal Assimilation & Minimize its deleterious metabolites (side or toxic effects)
Pending the adoption of an improved Mediterranean Vegan Diet, which does contain small amounts of fermented raw grapes in the form of wine, a health-conscious person, with or without a cardiovascular condition, can still reach peak performance with an improved mostly plant-based Mediterranean diet. In this case, there are many different culinary strategies that can be put in place to mitigate the deleterious effects of animal foods. The Institute’s Holistic Cardiology book goes into the relevant details, a few elements of which are developed below.
First off, as we saw the wine section, one of the best solutions to mitigate animal fats and proteins is moderate quality wine with meal, especially at lunch time. Not only does this millennia beverage promote lipid homeostasis, but it also helps to get rid of animal endotoxins and bacteria, favors blood sugar, is an aromatase inhibitor, promotes the secretion of gastric juices and helps to satiate hunger.
The next best solution is to willingly reduce animal saturated fat intake by minimizing red meat, pork, chicken and cheese, as these products have the most saturated fats and also promote triglycerides.
And when animal flesh is ingested, it is best that those animals are grass fed all the way, what is called “grass finished”. Many of the big farms that claim that their dairy mammals are organic and grass fed will give these animals a boost of grains during the last two months in order to make them fatter, and hence more expensive. Also, when animal flesh is ingested, it is best to add probiotic rich culture foods like lactose-rich bacteria kimchi (from Nappa cabbage) or sawerkraut (from normal green cabbage). This will help to mitigate the TMAO gut baterica’s plaque build-up activity.
Sauteeing (frying) meat should also be avoided as the cooked meat carcinogens (coming from the combustion) different types of cancers including of the breast and prostate. The mechanism through which the consumption of well-done meat may increase prostate cancer risk is via the release of mutagenic compounds during cooking. The heterocyclic amines and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons are chemicals formed when the muscles of mammals, fish, or birds are cooked by high-temperature methods, such as pan-frying or barbecuing. (Source). Fried porc and fish appear to be the worse cancer-wise. All of these cooked meat carcinogens have been associated with increased risk of kidney cancer, colon cancer, lung cancer, and pancreatic cancer.
In chicken, research has recently confirmed that even low temperature cooking is nefarious. Just baking at about 350 for 15 minutes leads to significant production of heterocyclic amines, including PHiP. (Source) Chicken also tends to be loaded with arsenic, another cancer causing substance. A while back, there was a study that linked chicken eating with pancreatic cancer (See blog article on pancreatic cancer). Chicken without skin had higher mutagen levels than with skin, which may act as an insulating layer for the meat. More than 24 different types of cooked meat food mutagens have been identified. (Source)
Now, medium rare is less mutagenic than well done, which may be why women in the Iowa Women’s Health Study who consumed meat very well done appeared to have nearly five times higher risk for breast cancer than that of women who consumed meat rare or medium done.
“Consumption of well-done meats and, thus, exposures to heterocyclic amines (or other compounds) formed during high-temperature cooking may play an important role in the risk of breast cancer”. (Source)
Whatever the case, for those who eat meat, the cooking temperature should never go above 212 degrees Fahrenheit, this way, the damage is mitigated, there will be less DNA-damaging substances flowing through the bloodstream, the bladder and coming in contact with the colon, where so many cancers surface, contrarily to plant based eaters. Raw meat is also possible, but then there are the E. coli and brain parasites. Eating boiled meat (boiled in water, not broiled) is probably the safest, unless the cow has “mad cow brain” disease, in which case the carnivore human will not live long and healthy. Again, I’ve invoked cancer issues with meat, because conventional cancer treatments tend to seriously damage the cardiovascular and brain systems.
Top: In France, Cheese is of the A-2 beta-casein type and is prefered raw and organic, from grass fed animals, especially mountain sheep and goats, which have a healthier casein protein and lipid profile than most cows. As an accompaniment, wine and when available, organic fresh grapes are also served. This custom helps to mitigate the deletrious effects of cheese.
As for cheese, when it is eaten, it should be raw, organic and from smaller animals like goat, sheep or donkey and accompanied with moderate amounts of wine and even a few organically grown grapes for an added fresh polyphenol boost, thanks to which its lipids will be better processed.
One of the reasons why it is preferable to ingest the dairy of smaller animals is because their beta-casein proteins are of the Type A-2. In France, just about all of the dairy there is from A-2 mammals, including donkey. Donkey milk is often used to replace mother’s milk when mother’s milk can not be found because it has been found to be the closent to human mothers milk, even closer than goat milk. Both human and donkey milk are rich in A-2 beta-casein, which is much healthier than the A-1 beta-casein that exist in American dairy (Source)
On the other hand, except for a few exceptions like organic Gernesey cow milk that are prevalent in France, most of the other cows milks should not be fit for human consumption. These cows have a type of casein (milk protein) called A 1 casein. This type of protein comes from mutated mammals and tend to be deleterious to human health. (Ibid).
In addition to A-2 beta casein, the milk should be organic, raw and from animals that are cared for, including their male offsprings. In conventional farms as well as in most organic farms, the baby male cow, unable to produce milk and dairy profits, is butchered and should as “veal”. This practice greatly upsets Mother Cow, who then produces more cortisal and stress hormones that seep into the milk.
Cows being herbivores should also not eat grains, including in the “finish” (see below). It is much easier to feed grains to cows than to goats and sheep, as these smaller mammals are sickened by grains. When animals eat grains, they have lots of arachedonic acid (omega 6 lipids). These promote inflammatory respones. With this type of molecule, the immune system feels it is under attack. For the cheese fermentation process, microbial enzymes appear to be better than rennet calf enzymes. And soft cheese like roquefort and chèvre brie tend to have more health and gut benefiting enzymes and even vitamin K2 than hard cheese, which also has lots of mold.
Another more holistic solution when eating animal foods would be to have lots of organic good quality chocolate. Science has shown that the polyphenolic substances derived from cocoa powder contributes to a reduction in LDL cholesterol, as well as an elevation in the good HDL cholesterol. Chocolate, like wine, can also help to suppress the really bad cholesterol which is the oxidized LDL. (Source)
Berries also help to mitigate the oxidative damage from animal foods, therefore, if a patient has some Mediterrenean sardines, it would be important to accompany these with high polyflavanoid berries, like raspberries and-or wine. (Source) At the Institute’s Holistic rejuvenation retreat center, we exceptionally offer Mediterranean sardines with an organic raw berries torte whose crust is composed of dehydrated presoaked flax, sunflower and pumpkin seeds. (For the images, see the top menu and click “clinical nutrition workshop”).
Another Mediterranean strategy for those who can’t wean from dairy products or meats is to have high-fat whole plant foods in accompaniment. In particular, both nuts and avocados, as these foods can lower the bad cholesterol. Thus, if grass fed lamb is the meat of the day, it would make culiinary sense to prepare this with some form of avocado sauce, or with avocado slices thereon. The evidence does show significant drops in cholesterol and triglycerides when meat was accompanied with avocado. Indeed, avocados are rich in monounsaturated fatty acids (oleic acid) and antioxidants (carotenoids, tocopherols, polyphenols). These nutrients can mitigate some of meat’s deleterious effects. Furthermore, meats forms lipid peroxides during cooking, the effect of which is quite toxic. After ingestion, the stomach functions as a bioreactor generating additional lipid peroxides and this process can be inhibited when an antioxidant-rich avocado is ingested together with the meat
“..Hass avocado modulates postprandial vascular reactivity and postprandial inflammatory responses to a hamburger meal in healthy volunteers….Avocado was ingested with the burger compared to burger alone despite the added fat and calories from the avocado. These observations are suggestive of beneficial anti-inflammatory and vascular health effects of ingesting added Hass avocado with a hamburger patty”. (Source)
Other holistic techniques: Instead of using cream and milk for Mediterranean sauces, it would be preferable to use home-made almond milk. Almonds lower glycemic and cardiovascular trouble by providing antioxidants, fiber, magnesium and vitamin E.
“Almonds decrease postprandial glycemia, insulinemia, and oxidative damage in healthy individuals” (Source).
Likewise with walnuts, these have an excellent mitigating effect on blood lipids. This is one reason why we add walnuts to the Institute’s vegan chocolate mousses that are daily served at the Holistic Rejuvenation Retreat Center in the Pyrénées.
“Consumption of nuts has been associated with a decreased risk of cardiovascular disease events and death. Walnuts in particular have a unique profile: they are rich in polyunsaturated fatty acids, which may improve blood lipids and other cardiovascular disease risk factors….Overall, high-walnut-enriched diets significantly decreased total and LDL cholesterol for the duration of the short-term trials”. (Source)
Furthermore, with increased heavy metal toxicity of fish, these animal foods, when ingested, need to be accompanied with a chelation-friendly superfoods, like cilantro, chlorella and other substances. Seafood enthusiasts can check out the websites “seafood watch” and “safe catch” for fish’s toxic and mercury load. Onions also help to tame the bad bacteria while fermented foods will help to balance the intestinal flora, especially in those guts that have bacterial species whose job is to convert animal flesh into toxic substances.
Top: Holistic heart-healthy Chocolate Mousse. All raw, organic, plant based and heart health. No sugar, no flour, no animal foods, no endotoxins, no molds, no antinutrients like lectins. The eggs are replace with avocados and walnuts, the milk with some young fresh coconut and presoaked almonds, the sugar with dates, the flour with almonds and brazil nuts (for the selenium), the cooked chocolate with raw cacao nibs and organic cacao butter, rich in many healthy fats, including vegan saturated fats. But because these are plant sterols and fats that are holistically integrated with other molecules and lots of fiber, they are synergistically activated thanks to which they are correctly digested and metabolized.
Be that as it may, the general holistic principle is to choose one’s food holistically, in terms of freshness, purity, wholesomeness, ancestry and in light of one’s biological needs. At the French Holistic Rejuvenation Retreat Cener and in some of the Institute’s workshops, we teach all of the details of how one can determine the best diet for one’s health challenges and genomic specificities.
In general, the rule of thumb should be five-fold: First, the less processed the better. The more ancestral, the less inflammatory. Third, the fewer calories, the healthier. Four, the more sprouted and raw, the more digestible. And five: the more fibrous and nutrient dense the food, the stronger will be our homeostasis mechanisms. Even smoothie blending is nutritionally superior to juicing, albeit some juicing can be used therapeutically, depending on the circumstances and the patient’s condition and uniqueness.
Managing Chronic Stress
In addition to pervasive CVD artherogenic foods, there is another pervasive Heart and health killer that is called “chronic stress”. Among other effects, this condition destroys general homeostasis, in particular, it precipitates an imbalance between the parasympathetic and sympathetic sections of the central nervous system. When chronic stress hits, an emotional sensor activates one’s sympathetic “flight, fight, freeze” response. When the parasympathetic nervous system does not compensate, this will result in the release of adrenalin, a hormone that breaks down the myocardial cells. Concomitantly, there is also a release of white blood cells that continue to wreck cellular havoc. (Source)
“Chronic stress impacts the immune system by increasing white blood cell counts and worsening inflammation in atherosclerotic plaque in arteries” (Source)
We’ve know about the chronic stress’ cardiovascular damage for decades. In 1992, a peer reviewed meta-analysis examined the scientific litterature and assessed that up to 40 percent of atherosclerotic patients were damaged because of chronic stress and its perception.
“In this article, we review the evidence that repeated episodes of acute psychological stress, or chronic psychologic stress, may induce a chronic inflammatory process culminating in atherosclerosis. These inflammatory events, caused by stress, may account for the approximately 40% of atherosclerotic patients with no other known risk factors. Stress, by activating the sympathetic nervous system, the hypothalamic-pituitary axis, and the renin-angiotensin system, causes the release of various stress hormones such as catecholamines, corticosteroids, glucagon, growth hormone, and renin, and elevated levels of homocysteine, which induce a heightened state of cardiovascular activity, injured endothelium, and induction of adhesion molecules on endothelial cells to which recruited inflammatory cells adhere and translocate to the arterial wall. An acute phase response (APR), similar to that associated with inflammation, is also engendered, which is characterized by macrophage activation, the production of cytokines, other inflammatory mediators, acute phase proteins (APPs), and mast cell activation, all of which promote the inflammatory process. Stress also induces an atherosclerotic lipid profile with oxidation of lipids and, if chronic, a hypercoagulable state that may result in arterial thromboses”. (Source)
In Happiness medicine, we have dozens of holistic techniques that addresses stress, from meditation, so aromatherapy, acupuncture, prayer, visualization, sophrology, breathing, brain exercises, yoga, tai chi, Chi Gong, Walking, Star gazing and more.
Restorative Sleep, the Preparing of Smooth Mondays and Therapeutic Siestas
Heart health is not possible without quality sleep, if only because the sleeping process is the time when the body enhances its detoxification process as well as its self repair mechanisms. Sleeping a high quality 8-9 hours each night is key to healing and improving blood flow. Going to bed earlier in the evening puts the body in line with the Earth’s circadian rythyms. Research has determined that a chronic lack of sleep imblances the sympathetic versus parasympathetic branch of the autonomic nervous system. This imbalance is a big risk factor for many diseases, including a heart attack. See the Institute’s sleep recommendations.
Given the prelevance of cardiovascular events on Mondays and during the morning, for risk patients, it may be indicated to slowly and gently get up in the morning (i.e. with a music alarm for example), drinking a glass of lemon water on getting up, and gently activating the body with deep breathing, stretches and going outside to get grounded and vitalized with the Sun. For risk patients, notwithstanding testosterone’s morning peaks, strenuous excercises including sexual gymnastics in the morning should be kept for later, either during the afternoon or evening.
On Sundays, a relaxing evening followed by deep sleep is recommended. Seeing horror movies in the evening and rushing to work the following early morning are cardiovascular-risks, as are highly charged and stressful work meetings and heavy Monday morning exercises. It’s also recommended to to avoid over-scheduling on Mondays.
In countries like France, many workers and employees (including bank employees) have Mondays off and long siesta-based lunches, which impacts cardiovascular health significantly (See ebook on Holistic Cardiology for the hard evidence).
Exercise and deep breathing
It is essential that while you are loading up on healthy foods, you are also spending at least 2.5 hours per week doing exercises. I recommend doing high intensity interval exercise, as it offers many benefits not only for your heart but also for your general health and overall wellness. But be sure that you rest after each session to achieve best results.
Improving your posture, seeing a high quality chiropractor and optimizing your breathing patterns is highly recommended. Follow these tips here to improve your breathing patterns
Correct Posture and minimizing Sitting
One of the most important bodily structures is the pelvis. This key muscular-skeleton component has been designed to last for an entire human life-span, around 120 years old. Yet, more and more people acquire degenerative joint diseases and arthritis, including among young adults. In addition to toxicity and diet, bad posture and long hours of sitting are causative. It’s been shown that sitting too much not only distorts the spine, but increases risk of lung cancer, and type 2 diabetes. To maintain an active lifestyle with a healthy heart, walking, exercises and stretching, yoga etc are necessary.
Walking bare foot transfers free electrons, which are potent antioxidants, from the earth to your body. Grounding also reduces inflammation throughout your body, as it thins your blood and fills you with negatively charged ions. Grounding also improves and balances the autonomic nervous system. Plus, grounding improves heart rate variability and regulates the stress hormone cortisol. With the continuing influx of wireless technology, this is going to become increasingly important in the coming decade. Indeed, in our society we are surrounded by toxic electromagnetic frequency’s (EMF’s). By going outside daily and walking barefoot on grass, dirt or sand, we absorb the Earth’s natural frequencies from the ground that balance our electrical and circadian rhythms in a much more holistic and natural way.
Vitamin D is essential for heart health and the best source to get it is the Sun. It’s been shown that a deficiency of this vitamin increases one’s risk for a heart attack by 50 percent. In order to get its health benefits, one needs to maintain a level of 40 ng/ml or 5,000-6,000 IUs per day. Some foods and vitamin D3 supplements are ok if there is not enough Sun..
Given that our smell sensors can help to activate the limbic area of the brain as well as the HPA axis regarding the stress-détente mechanism, strong and pleasant flower aromas is all the more an advantage that Heart Diseases almost always have a stress component. Since we are all biochemical and genetically different, each solution differs. In our workshop on French aromatherapy, we perform organoleptic evaluations, find which essential oils are best for whom and in terms of what health condition. Because many essential oils impact the hormonal system as well as cross the blood brain barrier, organic wild crafted essential oils are recommended. We teach both the principles and the practice of holistic aromatherapy.
Detox, Fever and Mindful Thermal Therapy
In holistic medicine, there are many detox modalities, some of which are detailed in the Institute’s Detox workshop. In this realm, we must distinguish two general categories of detoxification. Metabolic detox and exogeneous detox. Metabolic detoxification is the natural process by which the body’s intelligence removes wastes and toxins. The major five emunctary organs that contribute in this physiological necessity are the liver, kidneys, lungs, intestines and skin. One of the most important detox pathway is the glutathione based intra-cellular one where the cleaning is done from the inside of the cell. The other type of detox is one of the specialities of holistic and naturopathic medicine, a speciality which is almost completely ignored or refuted by allopathic medicine, whose experts do not believe that the human body needs occasional detox-based cleansing. In Europe in general and France in particular, we use heat medicine a lot, in combination with water fasting (called hydric fasting), juicing, chelation, (including of lead, which is one of the big contributors of heart diseases) and much more. These holistic detox techniques help to rejuvenate the body-mind-spirit human entity, from cancer, auto-immune diseases, neuro-degenerative illnesses like Alzheimers and Parkinson Diseases to cardiovascular challenges.
In this perspective, for most illnesses and conditions, including for heart patients, the Institute’s retreat center focuses on sauna therapy, one modality of which is the japanese “Woan” technique. In Japan, sauna therapy is called waon, from the Japanese words wa for soothing and on for warmth. Heart patients sit in an infrared sauna set at 60° C (140° F) for 15 minutes, followed by resting outside the sauna for 30 minutes, wrapped in towels.
What happens to a heart patients who enjoys this soothing warmth therapy? One benefit that has been measured in research studies is healthier arteries. Waon therapy has been shown to improve the function of endothelial cells that line every artery in the body resulting in better health and functionality. (Source)
In a provocative study of 129 patients with bad heart problems, patients treated with waon therapy at least two times a week were compared to similar patients who did not get the therapy. Over five years of follow-up, the rates of re-hospitalization and death were half in the waon treated patients compared to the others. In still another study, waon sauna therapy improved exercise capacity, quality of life, and mental capacity in patients with advanced heart failure. (Source)
Supplementation & Superfoods
Although supplementation is not needed when a healthy holistic lifestyle has been fully engaged, in most cases, there is a transition period during which some supplements may be beneficial for heart health.
First off, there is the natural tranquilizer Magnesium, so much needed for heart health. Vitamins B and C are also indispensable. Vitamin C for endothelial and collagen production and Vitamin B helps to relax blood vessel walls. In combination with magnesium supplements, one should eat magnesium rich foods like dark green leafy veggies, raw cacao, garlic and pumpkin seeds and almonds. Taking mag-rich Epsom salt baths is also beneficial. .
Omega 3 fatty acids and in particular the long chain variety EPA and DHA are critical for stabilizing blood sugar, lowering triglycerides and improving lipoprotein characteristics. For vegans, we have sources like purslane, spirulina and flax, and for Mediterranean diet advocates, we have wild-caught fish, but the small ones that do not accumulate as much mercury and other toxic wastes as the big fish, in particular small salmon, herring, anchovies, mackerels and sardines. Sardines are also rich in Co-Q-10, this is an essential bioenergy carrier molecule for the heart and mitochondria. (13) In a transition phase, the Co-Q-10 supplement can be combined to foods rich in this molecule.
Clinical doses of CoQ10 and N-acetyl cysteine with Lipoic acid have also been frequently recommendated. However, contrarily to most functional and integrative physicians and health practitionser.
For hearts that are in need for some strengthening, there are three additional supplements which are relevant. Hawthorne Berry, (quite effective for Congestive Heart Failure), Levodopa (L-dopa) and B-6. In stubborn cases of congestive heart failure, Levodopa (L-dopa) can be useful provided it is combined with Vit B 6.
Like Dobutamine, (14) Levodopa is converted to dopamine in the body and can have similar beneficial effects on the weakened heart, but it should be taken orally with Vitamin B-6. This vitamin promotes the conversion of L-dopa to dopamine. (15)
Thanks to some of these supplements, patients can experience an increase in heart muscle strength, improving the effectiveness of their heart’s pumping action, general wellbeing, stamina and even libido, reversing erectile dysfunction, a condition that is prevalent among heart diseased people.
Furthermore, studies have determined that pomegranate juice helps to unclog arteries by reducing artery thickness. L-Arginine is a supplement that helps increase blood vessel nitric oxide to repair arterial inner lining damage. Jamaica tea (hu-my-ku) has been shown to reduce blood pressure as does garlic. As for high cholesterol, niacin and red yeast rice are popular in the alternative medicine world, both of which have strong science behind them.
Supplements for improved survival after Heart Attack
Omega-3s: Research shows that omega-3 benefits can truly be lifesaving. The landmark GISSI trial in Italy showed a 45 percent reduction in death from subsequent heart attacks for patients who took 1 gram of natural omega-3 supplements daily following an initial heart attack. A study done recently showed that heart attack patients who were given 4 grams of omega-3 supplements were 39 percent less likely to have deterioration of heart function than patients who did not. For patients who’ve had a heart attack, 2-4 grams of a natural omega-3 supplement daily is usually recommended by integrative cardiology experts.
Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10): Studies show that when CoQ10 is administered within the first day or two following a heart attack, survival rates increase by a remarkable 10 percent. In a controlled study of heart attack treatment with CoQ10, the supplement not only reduced arrhythmia and angina, it also demonstrated an astonishing ability to reduce subsequent heart attacks and sudden death.Taking 100-200 mg of CoQ10 per day after a heart attack can help.
L-carnitine: As with CoQ10, if L-carnitine is administered within the first day or two after a heart attack, survival is extended and the area of tissue damage is significantly reduced. 1-2 grams in divided doses (such as 500 mg three times a day) is usually recommended.
Magnesium: There is a great deal of evidence that magnesium, when administered according to specific protocols in appropriate dosages, can reduce mortality in patients who have suffered a heart attack. In one study, when magnesium was added to the diets of heart attack patients, their survival improved by more than 800 percent. Magnesium calms the heart, reduces arrhythmia and spasm of blood vessels, and lowers blood pressure. 200–400 mg of magnesium daily.
D-ribose: There’s a profound depression of the energy compound ATP during a heart attack when the heart is deprived of oxygen. The heart loses up to half of its ATP production ability. Although the heart eventually recovers, D-ribose can dramatically reduce the amount of time it takes to restore the heart’s ATP production and to normalize cardiac function. 10–15 grams in divided doses two to three times daily. (For the references, see ebook on holistic cardiology)
To maintain a healthy heart to our designed human life-span of around 120 years old (See Longevity workshops), there are other conditions that favor this happening, from relationship intimacy, family and-or tribal solidarity, social group support and living a meaningful life of integrity, purpose and passion in an ecological sustainable and pristine geographical area that appeals to both the eyes, the soul and the Spirit.
A while ago, the editor-in-chief of the American Journal of Cardiology admitted that animal carnivores don’t build plaque when they eat the way they were designed to eat. No matter how much fat and cholesterol carnivores eat, they do not develop atherosclerosis. We can feed a dog 300 eggs worth of cholesterol and ten sticks of butter, yet, they just wag their tail for more, without showing any signs of heart disease. That’s because they were designed to eat animal foods, their bodies evolved from wolves, who are used to eating and getting rid of excess cholesterol via a short digestive tubing system. In humans, our digestive tracts are much longer, hence, when humans eat cholesterol rich animal foods, their arteries, like those of other primates, get clogged up, notwithstanding Evolution. (53)
On the other hand, when carnivores and omnivores like dogs and cats do eat processed foods, refined carbs and high fructose corn syrup, they also get the same diseases humans get. By eating and living holistically and in the way we were designed, we can therefore not only prevent most heart diseases, but also treat and reverse them. (54)
Today more than yesterday, we benefit from hard evidence that comes from our own gut. Multiple studies have shown that what we eat determines which species of bacteria thrive in our digestive tract. Healthful, fiber-rich foods feed healthy gut bacteria, whereas high red meat and egg intake may promote unhealthy gut bacteria. The gut microbiome (a community of intestinal bacteria) interacts with the cells of the intestinal wall to exert profound effects on our health. Beneficial microbes produce vitamins, protect us against disease-causing microbes, promote healthy immune function, facilitate energy extraction from food, and break down fiber and resistant starch into beneficial short chain fatty acids, which protect us against colon cancer, leaky gut, digestive disease and autoimmunity.
Today, heart diseases are still the first cause of premature death, in particular, coronary artery disease (CAD) (55). It is estimated that by 2030, 40.5% of the US population will have some form of cardiovascular disease (CVD) and the real indirect medical cost relevant to CVD is expected to increase by 61% (ibid)
During the last decades of the 20th century, new diagnostic and therapeutic techniques were developed, including but not limited to electrocardiography, echocardiography; thrombolytic therapy; cardiac catheterization, coronary angiography; open-heart surgery; automatic implantable cardiac defibrillators, coronary angioplasty and the like. But none of these techniques get to the root of the problem.
Preventing heart disease with a Holistic Lifestyle is the priority. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, said the spiritual father of the American Nation, Ben Franklin. However, when pro-active vigilance fails and there are signs of CVD issues, including diagonal earlobe crease (s), a medical check-up is recommended. In this perspective, an EKG and a coronary calcium CT imaging with blood work is indicated. A CT calcium score or CT angiogram test can detect plaque buildup at an early stage. Some of the newest tests include the PLAC test for stroke risk, and electron-beam computed tomography (EBCT) and computed tomography (CT) for assessing arterial health. If affordable, genomic testing may also be useful. (56)
But the most important approach to end the cardiovasuclar epidemic should be based less on drugs and high-tech equipment than educational “health vacations” where the health recipient can learn how to change lifestyle in a way that can be both memorble and fun. Indeed, by improving one’s diet, exercising, managing stress via meditation, prayer and deep breathing, and by putting in practice some of the recommendations i’ve outlined, the healing process starts to kick in, after which, in the vast majority of cases, all of the cardiovascular indicators improve.
Arteries have the ability to transfer oxygenated blood from the heart into various organs and tissues of the body. Having healthy smooth endothelial-lined inner arterial walls is essential if one wants to be healthy and live in good shape, with vitality and passion, well beyond 120 years, a human design that both the Bible and hard Science assert to be true. (See Optimal Longevity website)
But one of the keys is to take care of one’s blood quality. When well oxygenated anti-oxidant and nutrient rich blood efficiently removes wastes and irrigates all tissues, wellbeing and Joie de Vivre are able to be fully expressed.
Christian Joubert (HMI’s director)
As we teach in our holistic cardiology workshop,
The participants’ DELC status was classified as bilateral DELC (right). DELC, diagonal earlobe crease
The participants’ DELC status was classified as bilateral DELC (left). DELC, diagonal earlobe crease
The participants’ DELC status was classified as without DELC.
A grading system has been developed for DELC that indicates the severity of current cardiovascular risk: Unilateral incomplete – least severe: Unilateral complete – moderate: Bilateral complete – most severe. Like a canary in a coal mine, if a permanent crease in someone’s ear is visible, it may be a good idea to get a full CVD work-up.