AND THE NEED FOR MINERALS
The Root of All Disease Chapter 5
A study shows that over the next five years, appropriate use of select dietary supplements would improve the health of key populations in the United States and save the nation more than $24 billion in healthcare costs. The study commissioned by the Dietary Supplement Education Alliance (DSEA) updated research conducted by the Lewin Group in 2004 and 2005 that included a systematic literature review of the most rigorous scientific research available. Heart Disease is one of the alarming proportions in the nation, and much of the healthcare savings could fall in this category.
Disease of the heart is caused by several abnormal conditions affecting the heart and the blood vessels in the heart. Coronary artery disease is the most common type and is the leading cause of heart attacks. When you have CAD, as they call it, your arteries become hard and narrow. As a result, blood has a hard time getting to the heart, so the heart does not get all the blood it needs. This can lead to ANGINA, the chest pain or discomfort that occurs when the heart fails to get enough blood. The American Heart Association has identified several risk factors. Some can be modified, treated, or controlled, and others cannot.
The more risk factors you have, the greater your chance of developing coronary heart disease. Also, the greater the level of each risk factor, the greater the risk! For example, a person with a total cholesterol of 300 mg/dL has a greater risk than someone with a total cholesterol of 245 mg/dL, even though everyone with a total cholesterol greater than 240 is considered high risk. Some conditions and lifestyle factors can put people at a higher risk for developing heart disease.
Naturally, age can create a higher risk. More than 83% of people who die from coronary heart disease are 65 or older. Men have a greater risk than women, and they have attacks at a younger age than women. Heredity has a lot to do with it. Children of parents with heart disease are more likely to develop it themselves. African Americans usually have more severe high blood pressure than Caucasians and a higher risk of heart disease. Heart disease risk is also higher among Mexican Americans, native Americans, native Hawaiians, and some Asian Americans. This is partly due to higher rates of obesity and diabetes.
High cholesterol is almost always associated with obesity. However, many average-weight people and even so very lean people have high cholesterol. Cholesterol is a fatty, waxy substance produced by the liver or consumed in certain foods. The body requires it, and the liver makes enough for the body’s needs. When there is too much cholesterol in the body, because of diet and the rate at which the cholesterol is processed, it is deposited in the arteries, including those of the heart. This can lead to the narrowing of the arteries, heart disease, and other complications. There are two types of cholesterol; one is called “good,” and the other is “bad.” A higher level of high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL) is considered “good” and helps protect against heart disease. Higher levels of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) are considered “bad” and can lead to heart disease.
In addition to nutrition and consuming more minerals, major risk factors of heart disease can be modified or controlled by changing your lifestyle. If you smoke, quit smoking immediately. Smokers’ risk of developing coronary heart disease is 2 to 4 times that of non-smokers. Cigarette smoking is a powerful independent risk factor for sudden cardiac death in patients with coronary heart disease. Those carrying too much weight are vulnerable! People who have excess body fat, especially if a lot of it is at the waist, are more likely to develop heart disease and stroke even if they have no other risk factors. Excess weight increases the heart’s work. It also raises blood pressure and blood cholesterol and triglycerides levels.
Triglycerides are what are known as fat. They transport the fat in the blood from one place to another. They also are the storage form for fat. Triglycerides are derived primarily from the fats you eat or that which was made by your body from excess calories. A high triglyceride level often accompanies high total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol levels and a low HDL level. Excess weight lowers HDL (“good”) cholesterol levels. It can also make diabetes more likely to develop. High blood pressure increases the heart’s workload, causing the heart to thicken and become stiffer. It also increases the risk of stroke, heart attack, kidney failure, and congestive heart failure. When high blood pressure exists along with obesity, smoking, high blood cholesterol levels, or diabetes, the risk of heart attack or stroke increases dramatically.
Other factors contributing to heart disease are excessive alcohol and lack of physical activity. Drinking too much alcohol can raise blood pressure, cause heart failure and lead to stroke. It can contribute to high triglycerides, cancer, and other diseases and produce irregular heartbeats. In addition, too much alcohol contributes to obesity, alcoholism, suicide, and accidents. It is hard to believe, but the risk of heart disease is much lower in people who drink moderate amounts of alcohol or, let’s say, one drink per day. One drink is defined as 1 ½ ounces for women and 3 ounces for men. It is not recommended that non-drinkers start using alcohol or that drinkers increase the amount they drink.
Physical activity is necessary. An inactive lifestyle is a risk factor for coronary heart disease. Regular, moderate –to-vigorous physical activity helps strengthen the heart muscles while helping to prevent heart and blood vessel disease. The more robust the activity, within reason, of course, the greater the benefits. Stress may also be a contributing factor. For example, people under tremendous stress may begin to overeat, drink alcohol, smoke, or do wild things. Stress or hypertension can trigger DEPRESSION. Studies suggest Saint John’s wort and omega-3 fatty acids may help, particularly for the milder forms of depression.
As mentioned previously, I have been monitoring and studying thousands of people who have used plant-derived minerals for twenty-five years. Hundreds upon hundreds have reported unbelievable changes after using the minerals for AT LEAST 6 months. Based on these reports, I am convinced heart disease directly results from a mineral deficiency!
Did you know more people in the United States die each year from heart disease than the U.S. has lost in all of its wars combined since the Declaration of Independence was signed? That is staggering.
Heart surgery industry
The heart surgery industry in America is booming because the lack of nutrition causes burrs or corrugation, so to speak, inside the arteries. Does it also cause burrs or corrugation inside the veins? I’m told that cholesterol (fat) adheres to the walls of arteries. So why is it that the same cholesterol that flows through arteries and supposedly sticks to the walls of arteries also flows through veins and never sticks to their walls? Several Medical Doctors could not answer my question. We have the heart and cardiovascular statistics in America from 1995, and I’m sure, twelve years later, they are even more staggering now.
According to the statistics of the American Heart Association, in 1995, 1,460,000 angiograms (the diagnostic procedure that starts the ball rolling) were performed at an average cost of $10,880 per procedure. This resulted in 573,000 bypass surgeries at $44,820 per surgery and 419,000 angioplasties (the balloon procedure for opening up arteries) at $20,370 each. The total bill for these procedures was over $50 billion that year. Now, if you have trouble grasping the magnitude of $50 billion a year, try $137 million per day or $5,700,000 per hour, or $95,000 every minute. This is a staggering figure, and I’m told these costs have more than doubled since 1995.
According to Julian Whitaker, a medical doctor, other than their costs, the only thing known about these procedures is that they do kill people. Roughly one in 25 patients having bypass, and about one in 65 patients undergoing angioplasty die from the procedure.