A Matter of the Heart
“ The most effective way to gain control of a systemic disease is to confront it simultaneously at everyone of its vulnerable points.”
When we speak of the heart, we are speaking many different languages, from the emotional aspects of the heart to the physical aspects, yet they are all related. A happy heart brings the emotions of joy and pleasure, while a sad heart brings about the emotions of fear and anger. We relate and attribute more things to the heart than any other organ in the body. When we say:
Have a heart- be merciful
Change of heart – changing one’s mind
Broken heart – the loss of love
Heartfelt – deeply felt
Cry your heart out – to grieve
Heavy heart – sadness
We all function on electricity, that’s why it is called the body electric. What makes a heart beat? A normal heart beat is initiated by a small pulse of electric current which starts at the top inside part of the heart, spreads down, and then up again causing the heart to contract and pump blood. In the heart itself, there are pacemaker cells which produce electricity by quickly changing their electrical charge from positive to negative and back. This happens easily in an ion exchange between potassium ions and sodium ions, that’s why they’re called electrolytes. The same principle applies to the brain in the firing of the synapses to carry messages from point A-B.
Here are some facts:
- Heart disease is the 2nd leading cause of death in the U.S.
- A major cause of High Blood Pressure (HBP) is stress so sleep, get some sun and eat chocolate.
- The first warning sign in up to 50% of heart attacks is death. In other words, there is no warning
- About 1 in 4 north Americans live with some type of heart problem such as HBP, shortness of breath, arrhythmia, headaches, tiredness, atherosclerosis (cholesterol and plaque) blood clots and inflammation to arterial walls.
- New research suggests that heart disease is due to infection in the body, especially the teeth.
- Abnormal bile flow increases cholesterol, as little bile is stored in gallbladder and fat isn’t well emulsified.
- Heart arrhythmia means body is missing magnesium and taurine.
HDL vs LDL, or high density lipoprotein (good) vs low density lipoprotein (bad)
HDL – the good – carries cholesterol away from the arteries and to the liver for elimination and keeps cholesterol from building up in the arterial walls. If HDL is less than 40mg/dl there is an increased risk of heart disease (HD) if greater than 60mg/dl it is protective against HD. Statins are not effective in raising HDL levels.
LDL – the bad – It carries the cholesterol and triglycerides from the liver to the peripheral tissues. Here molecule size matters, the bigger molecules can’t adhere to the arterial innerwalls, the small ones do. Too much LDL in combination with calcium, triglycerides and other elements create arterial plaque and hardening of the arteries.
HDL enhancers – niacin, polycosanol(reduces the liver’s cholesterol production, reduces LDL by 26% and increases HDL by 28%), guggul (treats atherosclerosis, reduces LDL by 14-27% + triglycerides by 22-30%), curcumin ( increases HDL by 29%)
LDL reducers – Niacin, tocotrienols, and all antioxidants