“It is with sincere regret that we have learned that our high school classmate, - -, passed away at 3:15 A.M. this morning, May 5, 2004. He had a massive heart attack last night, called 911 himself and was taken to the hospital but did not recover. He celebrated his 70th birthday with his family on April 24th.”
  Sudden Cardiac Arrest is the most common cause of death in the United States. Therefore, this entire issue is devoted to cardiovascular illness– diseases of the heart and blood vessels. Some of these diseases, and whether they are of sudden or gradual onset of symptoms, are:
coronary artery disease,(gradual),a narrowing of the coronary arteries which results in insufficient blood circulating around the heart tissue to satisfy cardiac muscle needs, and damage, called myocardial ischemia, occurs.
stroke, (sudden), an interruption of the blood supply to any part of the brain.  The symptoms of stroke depend on what part of the brain is damaged. Physicians say that if a stroke can be recognized, diagnosed and getting the patient medically cared for within 3 hours, the effects may be reversed. If persons suspected of having a stroke cannot SMILE, TALK A SIMPLE SENTENCE, RAISE BOTH ARMS, HAVE A FACIAL DROOP OR LIMP SUDDENLY, FOR NO REASON OR WITHOUT PAIN, OR HAVE OTHER UNEXPLAINED SYMPTOMS, they should be medically evaluated as soon as possible.       
angina pectoris, (gradual), chest pain usually begun by exercise or emotional excitement and relieved by giving drugs which dilate the blood vessels, along with rest.
myocardial infarction, (sudden), also called coronary thrombosis and coronary occlusion, is severe damage caused to the heart muscle from the total closing up of the coronary artery or arteries, and sudden death often occurs.
congestive heart failure, (gradual), a heart which is failing, with resultant swelling of the pulmonary (lung) or systemic circulation (around the rest of the body) because the heart is unable to pump the blood sufficiently.
aneurysm, (gradual), an enlargement of a blood vessel wall in a particular local area, usually in the aorta or the brain.
venous thrombosis, (sudden), presence of a blood clot in a vein. Phlebitis is an example of a clot in a leg vein.
varicose veins, (gradual), enlarged superficial veins found in the legs or around the anal opening.
edema, (gradual), an accumulation of fluid in various parts of the chest area or the extremities. Some examples are ascites, hydrothorax and hydropericardium. It is usually caused by lack of fluid exchange between blood plasma and tissue fluids, although there are other causes.
shock, (sudden), caused by failure of the peripheral blood vessels to pump sufficient amounts of blood back to the heart. It may be caused by severe trauma, major surgery, massive bleeding, dehydration, drug poisoning and severe infections.
fainting, (sudden), loss of consciousness because of lack of oxygen in the brain.
arrhythmia, (gradual), irregular heart beating due to changes in the normal electrical rhythm. Some of the more common arrhythmia are paroxysmal tachycardia and auricular or ventricular fibrillation.
arteriosclerosis, (gradual), thickening and loss of elasticity of blood vessel walls, also called hardening of the arteries. It is often due to an accumulation of plaque or cholesterol in the lumen of the walls.
atherosclerosis, (gradual), same thickening and loss of elasticity but caused by accumulation of fats.
hypertension, (high blood pressure) (gradual), abnormally high resistance to the flow of blood through the vessels. It is measured by use of a sphygmomanometer, a machine which measures the systolic and diastolic (at work and at rest) resistances to determine if an abnormality is present. 
high cholesterol and high triglycerides levels are two indicators that show the blood vessels are becoming clogged with plaque and cholesterol, which could lead to a heart attack.  
 Now that we know the names of some of the things that can go wrong in the cardiovascular system, the next question is why do they occur?  The answer is that most of us eat and drink improperly, resulting in clogged blood vessels.  Medicine attempts to correct these various conditions once they exist, by the use of surgery, devices or drugs, but it refuses to recognize what causes them– poor diet.
Two types of drugs are used today in treating high cholesterol, believed to be the cause of many “heart conditions,” and high blood pressure, levels of which must be reduced by prescribing drugs to “improve the patient’s condition.”  Unfortunately, high cholesterol and triglycerides are not the cause of heart disease– it is a symptom of heart disease, so giving the patient medicine for elevated cholesterol only makes the patient and the physician feel more confident that the condition is being treated. The same goes for blood pressure reducing drugs.  As soon as the drugs are stopped, the pressure goes up as high, or even higher, than it was before the medication was begun.
   Only a radical change in diet and lifestyle will cure these diseases–     A-E.
   Two methods, or devices, of correcting coronary artery disease and angina pectoris have been used over the span of about thirty years– bypass, the surgical replacement of leg veins for clogged coronary arteries, and the use of arterial stents, or tubing, which is designed to physically keep the arteries open. Both are invasive procedures subject to greatly increased risk of injury and death. With bypass surgery, within 5 or more years, they often fail to keep circulation going, by becoming blocked again. This failure also occurs, with the use of stents, in up to 40% of the time, due to their causing buildup of scar tissue in the blood vessel wall.    
   Another reason why these two treatments are less than desirable is that, while they may help to increase the circulation in the specific blood vessel they have replaced or dilated, how about all the rest of the blood vessels which have become clogged at the same rate as the one which has been treated or replaced?
   Can strokes be prevented?  Yes, but quite a large percentage of patients don’t want to change their lifestyle to do so.  Doctors are often afraid that a patient will change physicians if they would suggest a lifestyle change that would necessitate removing  items on the “A” list, junk food, and following the rest of A-E program. They don’t usually bring it up to the patient until the stroke has occurred. How sad. (I hope that there will be clearer understanding between physicians and patients in the future so that doctors will not have this fear.)
   Also, at the same time that leg veins are used to replace the clogged cardiac blood vessel, other blood vessels have become clogged at the same rate as the one which has been treated or replaced.
   The other vessels can be severely damaged as a result of the increased blood flow within the improved blood vessel, resulting in severe kidney damage, or rupture of one of the arteries in the brain, called “stroke.” These do indeed occur frequently, following bypass surgery and stent placement. 
   Clearly, then, a more desirable way of improving circulation and the strength of the heart tissue must be found. The answer is Nutrition, and it should be used to help to prevent these diseases as well as to reverse them.
   The simplest way to prevent most cardiovascular problems is to begin following A-E and doing sufficient daily exercise for ten years, or more, before symptoms begin.   However, that answer doesn’t help people who already have one or more of these diseases. We, therefore, must continue to supply the answers for them as well.
   Since bad nutrition is the chief cause of all these diseases, we must improve the nutrition by strictly following A-E, making sure we take, besides the basic high potency multiple vitamin and mineral preparation, extra vitamin C, lecithin capsules and drink grain beverages, such as Kaffree Roma™, Pero™, or the various no-caffeine herbal teas. These serve to unclog the partially, or completely blocked, arteries, veins and capillaries by removing the plaque and cholesterol from the blood vessel walls and excreting them from the body. Coffee, tea, soft drinks, chocolate and tobacco contribute significantly to the blockage of the blood vessels because they are vasoconstrictors (they shrink the walls of the blood vessels), and therefore must be stopped, in order for the combination of A-E to show positive, body-healing effects. 
   Question: What is a “high potency” preparation, and wouldn’t a “one-a-day type” regular strength vitamin and mineral, like Centrum™, Centrum Silver™ or their generic equivalents, be sufficient for everybody’s age level? How do I know that a one-size-fits-all formula is not the way to go for small children, teenagers, adults and senior citizens? Why do people with cardiovascular diseases need “the basic high potency multiple vitamin and mineral preparation?” The answer to these three questions: As people get older, their nutritional needs dramatically increase. Absorption from the small intestine, in a 60-year old, is at least 20% less than that of a 20-year old. Also, as drugs are prescribed for people, the need for nutritional therapy increases.  
   One to five year-olds need, on the average, a low potency formula containing about 1 mg. each of Vitamins B1, B2 and B6, some of all the other B Vitamins, plus Vitamins A, C (buffered with Rose Hips to prevent intestinal irritation),  D and E, calcium, magnesium, iron and zinc.
   Six to twelve year-olds need a “regular” formula containing 2 to 5 mg. each of Vitamins B1, B2 and B6 plus the others just mentioned.
   Teenagers tend to eat more junk food (coffee, tea, soft drinks, chocolate, fatty meats, fried chips), requiring larger amounts of vitamins and minerals to help metabolize, or break down, the food into micro-particle size that the body cells can use. Participation in sports and other strenuous activities also calls for higher strength formulation for greater strength and energy. Teenagers need a moderate formula containing 10 to 15 mg. each of Vitamins B1, B2 and B6 plus those already mentioned.  When autopsies were performed on young American soldiers killed in the Korean War, beginnings of arteriosclerosis and atherosclerosis were already evident due to poor diet.      
   Adults, depending upon the age, require even greater amounts of all these vitamins and minerals. A twenty to forty year-old, leading a mostly sedentary lifestyle, but with none of the negative items of the ABC Diet, would need at least the same strength as teenagers. The same age group, with eating or drinking many negative items and/or leading a vigorous lifestyle, with lots of exercise, would need a high potency formula, with 25 mg. each of Vitamins B1, B2 and B6, plus all those listed above. In addition, they would need 200 mcg. of chromium, 2 mg. of copper and 15 to 25 mg. of zinc to prevent diabetes and cardiovascular problems. 
   Senior citizens, often including those above 40, but definitely those over 50, usually need this high potency formula. An example of a high potency formulation sold in health food stores is Twinlabs, Inc.’s Daily One Capsules with (or without) Iron. There are others.
   One should bear in mind that vitamins and minerals are of little value to health improvement unless the negative items, Group “A,” have been removed from the lifestyle.
   In the sole case of cancer, the dosage of the multivitamin and mineral formula would have to be drastically reduced because the cancer patient’s enzyme system has been sharply compromised. Until his enzyme system has been slowly restored, higher potency preparations would only serve to increase liver and pancreas toxicity. As the patient begins to improve, the formula strength can be increased.   


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Discussion From an Independent Viewpoint

All opinions expressed in this Newsletter are mine alone, based on over thirty years' experience in the Nutrition field.   Those who would like to follow what is recommended here, do so at their own risk, and keep in touch with your doctor.


Shorthand: “A-E” stands for the ABC DIET + Exercise;


“DOC” stands for Daily One Capsule by Twinlabs, Inc.,




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