an article by Dr. a. chaplan...

The following article by Dr A. Chaplan is reprinted from The Journal of Preventative and Alternative Medicine,

Cardiovascular disease is completely a modern day phenomenon. At the beginning of the 20th century, heart disease occurred so infrequently that it was barely a recognised condition. Today, thanks to all the adverse effects accompanying modern society (pollution, chemicals, processed foods, stress, etc), and despite advanced medical technology you have more than a 50% chance of dying from cardiovascular disease.

Most people don’t start worrying about developing heart disease until they pass the 40 mark. In the past few years, however, reports started surfacing about signs of cardiovascular disease showing up as early as the teenage years.

Researchers at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation have recently found one in six teenagers who died in accidents and whose hearts were used for transplants, had the early signs of clogging of their arteries. Doctors performing autopsies on young people having died of non-disease-related causes frequently notice fatty streaks in the arteries of the children. The current situation is already a nightmare and what will happen to the next generation if this trend continues?

Slow Road to the Grave
All this clearly shows that heart disease is a progressive condition and takes many years to develop. The most common and also the most insidious form of heart disease is arteriosclerosis – the hardening of the arteries. Arteriosclerosis is caused by a multiple of complex factors with homocysteine being the biggest culprit. The end result is a plaque formation which accumulates on the inside of the arterial walls and blocks blood flow. The plaque (atheroma) is mostly composed of heavy metals, fibrous tissue, cholesterol and calcium. 

As this plaque build-up becomes progressively thicker, the diameter inside the arteries becomes narrower, thereby decreasing the blood circulation through the whole body, including to the heart and brain. According to the previously mentioned Cleveland heart transplant study, the researchers also evaluated 41-50 year old donors, and 26 of the 36 had blockages in their arteries. That is more than 70%! Can you imagine what the percentage must be like for people in their 50s, 60s or older?

Severe build-up will ultimately lead to heart attacks, stroke, senility, and possible amputation of extremities. Heart attacks are caused by blood clots in the coronary arteries, while strokes are brought on by a blockage or rupture of a blood vessel in the brain.

Plaque blockages in the blood vessels reduce the flow of blood, starving the vital organs of oxygen and other nutrients. Cell walls become leaky, allowing excess calcium, sodium, and other elements to enter. When calcium accumulates to a critical point it forms a concrete-like deposit. These calcifications can often be seen on an X-ray. Improper calcium metabolism can also cause coronaries and other arteries to go into spasm, further reducing blood to vital organs.

The list of problems caused by artery disease is truly staggering and not the least bit surprising since a fresh supply of oxygenated blood is absolutely necessary for the proper functioning of every organ. Even diseases caused by factors other than decreased blood flow are made worse by arteriosclerosis. A prime example is Alzheimer’s disease.

Alzheimer’s disease is mimicked by simple arteriosclerosis of the arteries and arterioles supplying the brain. Diabetes often deteriorates when blood flow to the pancreas is insufficient. A poor blood supply can also be responsible for a decreased production of digestive enzymes from the exocrine part of the pancreas, causing incomplete digestion. Lack of adequate blood flow to the stomach, and small intestines, results in poor digestion. It causes slowing of the colon which results in colon disease.

Which 50% Will You Fall into?
Decreased blood supply to the kidneys results in the inappropriate release of angiotensin by the kidneys, inducing hypertension throughout the vascular system. The joints, particularly the ones found in the lower back, become inflamed and painful when there is a reduction in blood flow to the area. Arteriosclerosis also plays a big part in the development of arthritis in various parts of the body.

The effect on the extremities can be as minor as cold hands and feet, or as severe as gangrene in advanced cases. Impotence can also be caused by decreased blood flow to the penis due to clogged arteries. Cancerous tumours are known to accelerate when blood flow is not voluminous enough to the affected tissue. When circulation is insufficient to the immune-competent cells in the bone marrow and spleen, the immune system is drastically weakened. The list of aches, pains, discomforts and diseases caused, or aggravated by arteriosclerosis is endless. Still, this condition has the most detrimental effect on the heart, causing angina pectoris (chest pain originating in the heart), and eventually infarction and death.

For arteries to remain healthy requires constant attention, from adolescence onward. Certain vitamins and minerals found in foods and supplements have the ability to provide protection to the 40,000 miles of arterial blood vessels. EDTA can also provide protection against the damaging effect of heavy metals, so prevalent in our air, food, water, and occupational contacts. 

These protective substances are called ‘chelators’ and ‘antioxidants’, because they are able to bond with the undesirable free radicals that are generated in our bodies, neutralise them and help the body dispose of them harmlessly.

You must do everything in your power to avoid getting to such a serious and often deadly state.  Interestingly enough with a healthy diet, the right vitamins, supplements and exercise, most cases of heart disease can actually be prevented. The only catch is that you have to start paying attention to these things at a very young age.

What can you do if you didn’t start eating right and exercising from childhood, but still want to avoid the sad statistics of every second dying from heart disease? Here are a few suggestions you can start working on immediately.

Exercise
It is never too late to start exercising. There is a decrease in the heart rates of previously sedentary people after just 18 weeks on a walking programme. Exercise assists in weight loss, strengthening the heart muscle, improving blood flow, reducing high blood pressure and raising HDL cholesterol levels while lowering LDL levels. 

During sustained and vigorous muscle contraction the body also produces a metabolic by- product called lactic acid – an excellent chelating agent. In order to produce this chelating agent you must exercise regularly (3-5 times a week).

The British Heart Foundation reports that people who do not exercise are twice as likely to develop coronary heart disease as those who exercise on a regular basis. If people who exercise suffer a heart attack, their risk of dying from it is half that of those who do not exercise.

Heart-Smart Diet
Dietary changes can be very beneficial in reversing and preventing heart and artery disease. Studies have shown, for example, that total fat intake is not the main culprit in coronary heart disease. However, the type of fat you consume is a significant factor. Trans-fatty acids, like margarine, raise LDL cholesterol and reduce HDL cholesterol. (High cholesterol may not cause heart disease but can be a contributing factor).

Here are some healthy dietary guidelines to follow:
- The main part of your diet should consist of fresh fruits, vegetables, soy, and whole grains.

- You should stay away from fast or processed foods in every form. Food additives, Preservatives and colourings are detrimental to your health.

- Buy organic foods (free of pesticides, herbicides, steroids, and antibiotics) whenever possible.

- Reduce fat intake, specifically those from animal fat, fried foods, and partially hydrogenated oils. Margarine is especially harmful. 

- Increase complex carbohydrates such as beans, seeds, potatoes, and whole grains.

- Increase fibre intake from sources like fresh fruit, green leafy vegetables, whole grains and pre-packaged high-quality fibre blends (the best choices combine soluble and insoluble fibre).

- Use monounsaturated oils (like extra virgin olive oil), omega-3 oils (from fish) and omega-6 oils (from evening primrose). Oils must be fresh and cold pressed. Rancid oils can be deadly.

- Reduce the consumption of meat, tobacco, alcohol and sugar – they all contribute to free radical damage. For example, sugar can damage the gall-bladder and interfere with proper bowel function. This can lead to a reduced absorption of fat-soluble antioxidant nutrients like vitamin E and the increased absorption of free radicals. In the 1940s and 1950s researchers Yudkin and Lopez actually discovered a link between consumption of refined sugar and heart disease. They found that sugar consumption lowers the body’s resistance to bacteria, viruses, and yeast, which may cause inflammation in both the heart and arteries. Excess sugar leads to deficiencies in the entire B-vitamin complex needed for healthy arteries.

Chelation Therapy - Chelation is for you if you suffer from any of these:
- Arteriosclerosis                      
- Angina
- Poor circulation                      
- Stroke 
- Chest pain/tightness               
- Diabetes         
- Alzheimer’s Disease
- Loss of memory
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
- Impotence
- Immune Disorders
- Lack of alertness
- Pain or tingling in legs or arms
- Lead Poisoning
- Nutritional deficiencies
- Shortness of breath                                        

For some time now there has been a very simple and natural way of cleansing your arteries of deadly plaque build-up. This method is called “chelation therapy”. The word “chelation” comes from the Greek meaning “crab”. The components of chelation therapy help “grab onto” (bond) and eliminate harmful substances from the circulatory system. Chelation therapy is available in two very beneficial forms: intravenous and oral. Intravenous chelation has been used with great success for many decades. 

The only drawbacks are that you have to find a qualified physician to administer it, you need numerous treatments (anywhere from 20-50, lasting 3-4 hours each) and it costs between $2000 and $4000. (Which is nothing compared to the price tag for the average bypass or angioplasty surgery. Not to mention the fact that both of these procedures unclog only a few inches of the arteries while chelation cleanses the entire system).

Chelation therapy was first introduced in the U.S. in 1948 as a medical treatment for industrial workers who suffered from lead poisoning. Shortly thereafter the U.S. Navy prescribed chelation therapy for sailors who had absorbed lead while painting government ships and dock facilities. In the years since chelation therapy has remained the undisputed treatment of choice for lead poisoning, even in children with toxic accumulation of lead in their bodies as a result of eating leaded paint.

During the 1980s a more accessible form of chelation therapy was developed, one that could be taken orally. This new discovery made chelation as simple as taking a vitamin and also brought the price down to about one tenth of the intravenous treatment.

In the early 1950s it was speculated that EDTA chelation therapy might help the accumulations of calcium deposits associated with hardening of the arteries. Experiments were performed and victims of arteriosclerosis experienced various health improvements following chelation – diminished angina, better memory, improved vision and hearing, and increased energy. A number of physicians then began routinely treating individuals who suffered from cardiovascular conditions with chelation therapy. Consistent improvements were reported for most patients.

According to a recent Danish study:
- Of 470 cardiovascular patients treated with EDTA chelation therapy, 85% improved.
- Of 72 patients on a waiting list for coronary bypass surgery, 65 did not require the operation following chelation.

EDTA, a main component in chelation works by bonding to plaque, metals, and debris in the circulatory system and removing them through the body’s elimination system. Some metals such as lead, mercury, and cadmium are poisons. Lead and cadmium levels correlate with high blood pressure. All metals, even essential nutritional elements, are toxic in excess or when abnormally situated. EDTA normalizes the distribution of most metallic elements in the body. EDTA improves calcium and cholesterol metabolism by eliminating metallic catalysts which cause damage to cell membranes by producing “oxygen free radicals”. 

Free radical pathology is now believed by many scientists to be an important contributing cause of heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and other diseases of ageing. EDTA helps prevent the production of harmful free radicals. A big advantage of EDTA is that it does not cause any adverse reactions. It bypasses the digestive system entirely and, owing to its small molecular size, enters the bloodstream further down the digestive tract.

The Politics of Heart Disease
Every single study published on the use of chelation therapy for arteriosclerosis has described an improvement in blood flow and symptoms. Adverse editorial comments to the contrary lack evidence and stem primarily from physicians with a vested interest in catheterisation and surgery. Chelation therapy promotes health by correcting the major underlying cause of arterial blockage. Damaging free radicals are increased by the presence of metallic elements and act as a chronic irritant to blood vessel walls and cell membranes. Chelation therapy removes those metallic irritants, allowing leaky and damaged cell walls to heal. The plaque is dislodged, permitting more blood to pass through. Arterial walls become softer and more pliable, ensuring easier expansion. Scientific studies have shown that blood flow and circulation greatly increases after chelation therapy.
One must wonder if such an effective, natural, and economical treatment exists for heart disease, why doesn’t the whole world know about it?  Why is there no mention of it on TV, nothing written in newspapers, or better yet, why don’t our doctors inform us about it? To find the answer to these questions we must look at the politics behind heart disease. Circulatory disease has become a multi-billion-pound a year industry.  Hospitals, drug companies, surgeons, physicians, assistants and countless others make very hefty profits from our diminishing health. If everyone knew about and used chelation therapy, there would be very little need for expensive bypass and angioplasty surgeries and costly hospital stays and medications.

It is also interesting to note that the patent on EDTA ran out in 1948, following which any company could produce it. This brought the price down very considerably. No matter how effective a substance is, when the patent expires it will probably not be heavily promoted again. Drug companies have no financial motivation to advertise EDTA to doctors. This type of advertising, believe it or not, is the most important factor in determining which drugs many doctors prescribe. Doctors actually receive the bulk of their continuing education through such advertising. So, chances are most doctors are not even aware of chelation therapy. Therefore, even doctors who might otherwise recommend natural treatments are often not properly informed. And those who have the most to gain from our present system will make sure that things stay that way!

This is why we must take charge of our health and take matters into our own hands. Prevention is always the best medicine, but it is never too late to make lifestyle changes. Exercise, a healthy diet and the right supplements can all ensure that we don’t fall victim to today’s number one killer – heart disease. Hopefully, by showing a positive example to our children and grandchildren, the next generations will only read about cardiovascular disease in history books.

A Note of Caution - Chelation & Heavy Metals
As you will have read earlier, as well as removing hamrful plaque deposits, EDTA will remove heavy metals. Some metals are essential however and some doctors express concern that too many may be removed whilst patients are undergoing chelation therapy. The simplest way to negate this fear, and something I recommend to be taken daily anyhow, is to take a trace mineral and element supplement. The best I have found is Concentrace, an ionic formulation - simply use 20-30 drops mixed with water or juice daily. It contains over 70 essential trace metals and minerals and is proven to be the best absorbed trace mineral formulation available. See To Order Page for how to obtain Concentrace.

The Arterial Stiffness Test Reducing Bad Cholesterol Levels and Free Radical Damage
As you have read, the two main causes of plaque build up are Free Radical Damage and Bad Cholesterol. Whilst Chelogarde can remove the resultant plaque, there are powerful products available which significantly reduce the levels of the two main protagonists.

Reducing Arterial Clogging
Homocysteine – a type of protein produced by the body - is what starts the whole process of aterial clogging. Ideally it should be present in the blood only in small quantities. However if you are not optimally nourished, homocysteine can and does accumulate, increasing your risk of over 50 diseases including heart disease, stroke, certain cancers, pregnancy problems, diabetes, depression and Alzheimer’s disease. Homocysteine also contributes directly to the formation of blood clots by interfering with the body’s natural defences against blood clot formation. Homocysteine blocks the activation of anti-clotting enzymes, and many clots are not dissolved before they form large blockages leading to potential strokes or coronary thrombosis. To repair damage and overcome inflammation the body sends down platelets which cover over the damage, but the platelets are sticky which attracts cholesterol, calcium (the bad kind) etc, and starts the plaque build up process. People suffering high Homocysteine levels are 5 times more likely to have a heart attack than those with normal levels. Whilst 25% of people with high cholesterol will have a heart attack 50% with high Homocysteine levels will have a heart attack. Forget your cholesterol level, the one indicator that can determine better than any other whether you will live a long and healthy life is homocysteine! Homocysteine is measured in mmo/l – lets call it a ‘unit’. Levels above dramatically increases your risk of a heart attack and doubles your Alzheimers risk. The average level in UK is 10.5 but a safe level is 6 or below. If you have any of the factors below we strongly recommend you get tested.

Reducing Homocysteine levels requires ‘methylating factors’ such as folic acid, vitamins B6 and B12 and trimethylglycine (TMG) Methylation factors function to convert homocysteine back to non-toxic amino acids - methionine and cysteine which are both powerful free-radical destroyers. The product Artery Plus contains these essential vitamins and TMG at the optimum ratios for controlling the amount of Homocysteine in the blood. See To Order Page for how to obtain Artery Plus.

Reducing the Bad Cholesterol
There are a group of compounds from plants called phytosterols (that help plants grow) which give massive reductions in harmful Cholesterol levels. Beta Sitosterol is one of these phytosterols. Scientific trials reported in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 1989, show that all subjects who took Beta-Sitosterol for 90 days before their meals experienced a dramatic reduction in (bad) cholesterol absorption. On average, they experienced a 42% reduction in the amount of cholesterol they absorbed from a meal, whilst some of the participants had an incredible 64% decrease. Beta-Sitosterol also has many protective benefits for various cancer concerns (and other health problems) but that is another report! Beta-Lite contains a blend of Phytosterols of which Beta-Sitosterol is the greatest percentage and is available from Sapco Inc. See To Order Page for how to obtain Beta-Lite.

One other product warrants a mention that not only reduces bad cholesterol levels, but also strengthens the heart muscles - Tocotrienols with CoQ10. Tocotrienols are found in Vitamin E, but this product has a special form from Palm Oil, over 400 times more effective that the best quality Vitamin E. In one double blind study, serum concentrations of total cholesterol & thromboxane (a potent inducer of platelet aggregation & vasoconstriction) decreased significantly only in those subjects given this tocotrienol mix. Astonishingly, some participants lowered their cholesterol by 31% in only 4 weeks. This powerful product with CoQ10 dramatically reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease  and has many other protective health benefits including against breast cancer. See To Order Page for how to obtain Tocotrienols.