Reverse Heart Disease with Natural Medicine - Dr. Cage, ND Naturopathic Doctor

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\f0\fs24 \cf0 Heart disease is a collection of gradually increasing symptoms that affect
the heart\'d5s ability to pump blood through the body. Perhaps one of the first symptoms
that can show up is high cholesterol. Usually the next thing to show up is high blood pressure.
This can then lead to a condition known as atherosclerosis, which is basically referred
to in lay terms as \'d2blocked arteries.\'d3 The next step for most people is sometimes
angina, or pain in the chest, and if left untreated, that can lead to thickening of
the heart walls that we refer to as \'d2congestive heart failure,\'d3 and eventually it can lead
to heart attack and even death.\ \
The conventional medical approach to managing heart disease is to attempt to control each
individual symptom with a different medication. So they\'d5ll try to control the high cholesterol
with a cholesterol-lowering drug; they\'d5ll try to control the blood pressure with one
or more blood pressure-controlling drugs, and so on. In those cases, they can be valuable
tools for the short term. But long-term, for case management, they produce side effects
and they don\'d5t address the root causes of the condition.\
\ When patients come to see me, I always start
with a thorough history that looks at their diet and lifestyle factors: heart disease
is one hundred percent related to diet and lifestyle and so if they have this, I need
to know what factors are going on in each patient\'d5s history so I can help teach them
how to reverse those. Next, I\'d5m going to order basic blood work where I need to look
at things like lipid panel, but also some things that are often missed, like homocysteine
levels and C-reactive protein levels, because those factors are actually some of the things
that actually cause vascular inflammation. I\'d5ll then also order electrocardiograms
to look at the electrical conductivity of the heart, usually a Doppler echocardiogram
to look at the cardiac output, is it pumping blood efficiently?, and sometimes a CT scan
to see if they have calcium deposits in the coronary arteries.\
\ I\'d5ll always base my treatments on test
results. For example, if someone has high levels of homocysteine, which is a normal
metabolic waste product and can actually damage the blood vessel linings, the treatment involves
high levels of vitamins B6, B12, folic acid, and an amino acid called glycine. If the patient
is consuming a lot of dairy products such as milk or cheese, and those products happen
to be pasteurized, one of the risk factors is an enzyme in cow\'d5s milk, known as xanthine
oxidase, will be broken up into fragments which the body absorbs into the bloodstream,
and those xanthine oxidase fragments actually cause inflammation and damage to the lining
of the blood vessels. That, in turn, causes the elevated cholesterol and the other symptoms
we see in heart disease. So it would be very important for those patients to give up their
dairy products completely.\ \
If a patient is presenting with angina, or chest pain, one of the problems is either
a blockage or a constriction of the blood vessels supplying the heart with blood, which
are called the coronary arteries. The main form of treatment I use is the amino acid
arginine, which stimulates the body to produce its own natural nitric oxide, which can help
dilate the blood vessels and stimulate the healing of the blood vessels. In every case
of patients with heart disease, I always prescribe a nutritional plan consisting of organic,
whole foods and no processed foods. I will supplement essential vitamins and minerals.
In every case, I\'d5m always prescribing some form of appropriate exercise program and stress-reduction
plan. And I always am using the herbs hawthorn berry and gingko biloba\'d1the hawthorn will
help nourish the heart, and the gingko biloba increases the fine circulation in the body.\
\ Patients who follow my treatment protocol
have had great success. Their high blood pressure is lower, their high cholesterol is lower,
their angina goes away, their atherosclerosis is reversed, and within a year, most of them
are off all prescription medications. If someone would like to prevent or reverse heart disease,
I recommend they adopt a natural living lifestyle that includes whole foods, no processed foods,
essential nutrient supplementation, and exercise. I would also recommend they seek out a qualified
naturopathic doctor who can help them manage the more serious aspects of this condition.
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