Here first we consider the structural causes of heart disease: the hardening of the arteries and accumulation of plaque. Then we discuss the deeper causes and the remedial measures
Hardening of the arteries or Arteriosclerosis is a degenerative change in the arterial walls, affecting first the middle and later the inner layers of the blood vessel, resulting in loss of elasticity and possible calcification.
Atherosclerosis is a degenerative change in the arterial walls that principally affects the larger arteries such as the aorta, coronary, and cerebral (brain) vessels. Systemic changes also occur in other arteries. The basic culprit here is ‘plaque’ formation on the inner walls of the vessels. It causes the narrowing of the arteries and the clogging that can arise when the plaque breaks loose and goes into the blood circulation. The plaque is made of fatty substances; cholesterol; waste products from the cells; calcium; and fibrin (a stringy material that helps clot blood). The plaque formation process itself stimulates the cells of the artery wall to produce substances that accumulate in the inner layer.
The common SYMPTOMS are: Cold extremities, lethargy, dizziness, senility, thinking difficulty, high blood pressure, pain in legs on exertion, angina (stab in the heart), blurred vision, breathing difficulty, palpitations, heart attacks, and clogging inside a blood vessel.
- Emotional (lack of a sense of being loved, of belonging, of being wanted or appreciated)
- Using rancid oils and margarine in the diet
- Using (particularly reusing) unsaturated vegetable oils in cooking
- Using homogenized dairy products
- Excess saturated fats (those commonly found in animal products, but not in Ghee)
- Deficiency of fat emulsifiers
- Excess refined salt
- Excess sugar (sugar increases triglycerides, platelet adhesiveness, uric acid levels, and blood pressure)
- Excess of vitamin D
- Regular use of coffee, tea, alcohol and tobacco
- Lack of exercise and obesity
- Elevated triglyceride and uric acid levels
- Persistent high blood pressure
Heart disease is the number one killer in developed nations today. However, it is more the result of a faulty lifestyle; due to psychosomatic causes; and not so much the result of a dietary excess or deficiency. However, the modern people do not want to acknowledge such causes. Instead, an enormous emphasis is given to avoiding the ‘fast food’ eating habit; to a diet high in polyunsaturated vegetable oils; to the consumption of rancid oils, refined carbohydrates, modern day dairy products and meats.
The tendency of researchers has been to try, whenever possible, to find a single, simple “something” and label it as the disease factor and an enormous industry is built around it. First, it was ‘cholesterol’. Then they find that the Cholesterol factor is not the devil, and it is more beneficial than harmful. So they jump to something else and say that the rancid (stale) oil products are the primary factor, not simply cholesterol. But the cholesterol scare was, and in India it still is big business for the doctors, the laboratories, and the drug companies. So they don’t change the prescription. The new generation of cholesterol-lowering drugs like simvastatin and pravastatin are very expensive, but offer a risk reduction of heart attack of only 2 percent (if at all).
The next they take on the ‘modern day dairy products’. These products have changed considerably over the past hundred years. For example, the fat molecules in milk are broken up into easily absorbed particles through the process of homogenization. This may give the milk a longer shelf-life, but it has also resulted in cases of atherosclerosis at an early age of five! The milk is pasteurized at high temperatures, which creates trans-fatty acids (form the cis-form), which have the capacity to damage the arterial walls and initiate the process of sclerosis. Thus, it increases the risks of a stroke or heart attack. It is no wonder that heart disease, which was once the disease of old age, is now commonly being found in persons in their late twenties!
Homogenization of milk is particularly harmful since it allows a substance called xanthine oxidase to enter the bloodstream. This substance gets into arterial walls and destroys plasmalogen, which makes up about a third of the arterial cell membrane. That leads to integrating cholesterol into the cells, which in turn creates more rigidity and other pathologic changes in the arterial tissue.
However, let us not get lost in searching for secondary factors. The primary factor in heart disease is psychosomatic. People who have not taken things (troubles) to the heart, who feel enthusiastic about living, who feel secure within themselves, and who do not feel rejected (by family, friends, or God), are certainly not the potential candidates for cardiovascular diseases!
Coronary bypass operations have become commonplace and are regarded as the “cure” for coronary atherosclerosis and angina. A segment of vein from the leg is grafted to bypass the narrowed artery segments in one or all three of the coronary arteries. Yes, this treatment does dramatically relieve the immediate threat of imminent death due to heart failure, but it neglects the fact that the disease is basically ‘systemic’ – that is, it affects the entire circulatory system and not just the heart! Further, this grafting does nothing to prevent further degeneration of even the newly transplanted arteries! Hence, at best it can only be an emergency measure.
This kind of consideration and treatment would be quite acceptable if the causes of this condition were not known and cure or healing was impossible. However, both of them are not true. Even the most advanced cases, short of a terminally fatal heart attack or severe infarcts have been successfully treated by doctors like Dean Ornish.
Further, the once there is a heart disease Aspirin is used to ‘thin the blood’ to maintain a smooth flow and avoid plaque formation. However, the regular use of Aspirin has many negative side effects like nausea and vomiting; gastric ulcers; liver damage; gastrointestinal bleeding; allergic reactions; and deficiency of iron, minerals and vitamins. The net result is to further weaken the already weak patient. It is interesting to note that Magnesium can do this job better than Aspirin. It reduces abnormal platelet adhesiveness; it is a potent vascodilator and anticoagulant; it is a natural calcium-channel-blocker; and it has no side effects! High magnesium foods include dark leafy greens, nuts, beans, whole grains, almonds, black beans, bananas, and many dry fruits like figs. It can also be taken as a supplement as Magnesium Chelate or Citrate (in 300 mg to 2 g doses per day). The biochemic tissue salt ‘Calceria Fluoride’ is certainly helpful in managing Arteriosclerosis. To know more, click here: https://darshanacentre.wordpress.com/2016/02/20/using-biochemic-remedies/
Again the best treatment is to be given kind attention and to feel loved. However, that medicine is the hardest to procure in modern times. The people just don’t know how to get it.
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