HEART, VASCULAR, CHOLESTEROL, HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE AND DIABETES—WHAT THEY HAVE IN COMMON

Posted on Mar 8, 2010 in Uncategorized

HEART, VASCULAR, CHOLESTEROL, HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE AND DIABETES—WHAT THEY HAVE IN COMMON 
Terry Chappell, MD 
Celebration of Health Association 
Bluffton, Ohio 
419-358-4627 
www.healthcelebration.com 
 
  The first considerations are diet, exercise and stress control to prevent or treat the various diseases of circulation. Blood pressure is very important, even more so from recent studies. Cholesterol and other lipids are a factor, but only one of many. Half of those who die of heart atttacks have normal cholesterols. If your HDL (the good cholesterol) is low, you really need to exercise. For primary prevention you have to treat 100 people with high cholesterol with a statin drug to prevent one heart atttack. Statins do help some to prevent heart attacks and strokes, but usually red yeast does as well. Either way, it is very important that you take some CoEnzyme Q10, because you lose it when you take these substances and you need it for a healthy heart. 
  Non-insulin dependent diabetes is largely preventable or at least controllable with diet. For most patients, I suggest a restricted carbohydrate diet. Dieticians have been shown to be wrong in the past. Studies show that the a low carbohydrate diet works better than an exchange diet to control diabetes. A raw food diet is difficult, but the results might even be better. There are some excellent herbal and nutrient preparations that can help with BP, lipids, and blood sugar control but nothing that will take the place of diet, exercise and stress control. 
  In my experience, three of the most important factors in preventing circulation problems and heart attacks are preventing abnormal clotting without increasing the risk of hemorrhage, reducing inflammation and removing toxic metals, especially lead and mercury. Intravenous EDTA chelation therapy does all three, I think better and safer than any other treatment program. If clotting is a risk, we often add nattokinase and fish oils. Plavix carries too big a risk of brain hemorrhage for routine use. For inflammation, statin drugs are more dangerous. There is no conclusive evidence that they work any better than fish oils, EDTA, and perhaps some proteolytic enzymes. Nothing is as broad as EDTA for removing toxic metals. The American Heart Association journal has repeatedly demonstrated that even small amounts of lead dramatically increase the risk for heart disease, stroke, cancer, and Alzheimer’s disease. And yet the authors declined to recommend any treatment for it. We treat it early and vigorously because we feel elevated lead is a big factor that deserves attention.