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The Ultimate Solutions to Heart Disease, Stroke and Alzheimers, part 1

26th March 2007 by Arrow Durfee Posted in Uncategorized

Dick Washburn: e-mail: , the author of “The Ultimate Solutions to Heart Disease, Stroke and Alzheimers” has given me permission to post his book on this blog. His greatest wish is that this information be available to the public for their highest good. I have found the information to be accurate and highly imformative and I hope you will return to HealthSalon frequently to read the entire work. As he tells you about his journey back to good health you will come to understand that good health is obtainable for you, too! The Table of Contents will tell you what is coming up over the next couple of weeks. After this first post it will only be posted in the Cardiovascular section so check there……………and stay tuned……..Arrow

Update on Cholesterol and Red Yeast Rice Page 5
CoQ10 and Claudication Page 9
The Cardiovascular Cure Page 10
American Journal of Clinical Nutrition Page 12
Defeat Diabetes Page 14
AMAS: A Blood Test for Detecting Cancer Page 16
Eat This Spice. It Could Save Your Life Page 17
Plaque buster Turmeric Page 18
Policosanol-Raise your HDL Page 19
3 Ways to Prevent Heart Attacks Page 20
New Approach Allows Doctors to See Plaque Page 21
Deep-vein thrombosis (DVT) Page 22
More on L-Arginine Page 24
What is MicroLactin Page 25
The New Pill That Can End Aging Page 26
Constipation is disaster Page 27
Heart disease harbinger Page 29
New Blood Test for Heart Disease Page 33
The Signs of a Stroke Page 37
The Magnesium Cure Restless Legs Page 39
Pass/Fail Health Tests Page 40
Something new to heal a heart Page 43
Palm Skin Test for Cholesterol Page 49
Plant Sterols (eat your fat and flush it out)Page 49
An exotic cancer cure Page 53
Why Flu Epidemics Occur in Winter Page 54
Say bye-bye to bypass surgery Page 57
L-Arginine & pyroglutamate Page 59
Lowering Lp(a) Page 63
Sesame Seed Oil benefits Page 66
Vitamin C and Heart Disease Page 70

Cardiovascular disease is so prevalent in the American population that most people over the age of 40 have many of their arteries at least 1/3rd blocked. This from the American Heart Association.

This book is about how to avoid this disease and enjoy a longer and healthier life. It’s no rocket science, you must change your life style and take control of your health. To do this you need to know what causes cardiovascular disease, what its symptoms are and how to treat it. This book will also include excerpts from other books, research papers, double blind studies, and numerous specialties and health newsletters. But before you change your current methods, be sure to consult your doctor.

You will find in this book, those methods that I found worked for me in overcoming the ravages and dangers of cardiovascular disease that comes with ageing and bad diet. This doesn’t mean that they will work for everybody. All of our bodies are different and respond differently to treatment. Also in this book, I have included other helpful information I have found in my 5+ years of research. Just remember the one most important thing: All health concerns involve the arteries ability to supply blood and oxygen.

I want to start with my personal experience and how this book came about. I am a 78 year old retiree working in engineering most of my life. Working in engineering for many years, I was experienced in investigation and research work. In June 2000, I had a sudden angina attack which had only a mild symptom the previous day, which I ignored. In the emergency room, the doctor said I was having a heart attack and it wasn’t a mild one. Well, clot busters did not work so they took and angiogram. Then I was told that a stint would not work so they said I need a triple by-pass. Knowing what I now know, I could have avoided both procedures. As it later turned out, the emergency room cardiologist who did the catherization, recommended medication and surgery was not necessary! But I was not told about this, I had to find out later by examining the hospital records. I knew there was a history of heart disease in my family, I had lost two brothers and my father to it, plus my sister had several strokes. I was sent home with four medications to take for a lifetime. Oh the side effects! Nine months later, I returned to the hospital with three new blockages. What, after you reach a certain age, all the arteries start to plug up? “No, my doctor said, it’s mostly a question of genetics and life style. These blockages are caused by plaque built up from cholesterol in the arteries. If the liver fails to produce enough of an enzyme to keep the LDL from breaking down into small particles and passing back into the blood stream, you will build up more plaque in your arteries”. (Cholesterol is not the cause of heart disease. It is vital to our cellular health and becomes dangerous only when oxidized. Our body uses it to patch artery wall damage.) He said he wanted to run a Lipoprotein (a) test ( Lp(a) )for particle size. The test came back showing I was at risk for this. I asked him what I could do to counteract this effect. He said I needed to lower my LDL and also my triglycerides (the most dangerous), which were 256. He didn’t want to put me on a statin drug because of possible liver and mussel damage. He wanted to try diet and exercise first. When I got home, I called a friend of mine who is a research chemist at E.I. Lily, the drug company. George, I said, “where did they get the statin drugs from?”. “Old Chinese secret”, he said. “About 8 years ago the Chinese government did an in depth study of thousands of Chinese diets to see why they don’t have the level of cardiovascular disease we have in the West; but If they come over here they catch up with us in 5 or 6 years. Well, they found that their was a substance in red yeast rice (a by-product of making rice wine) that they love, which causes the liver to cut production of cholesterol by about 60mg per day. Merck got a hold of this research and extracted one of the active ingredients and made a chemical copy which they called Mevacor. Five other drug companies jumped on the bandwagon and brought out their brands Lipitor, Baycol, Zocor, etc. The problem with the chemical version is that it can cause liver and mussel damage in some people”. I asked what about using the red yeast rice? He said “no problem with side effects and it only costs about 22 cents a capsule compared to $2 to $3 for the statins”. So I went to the Kroger store and got a bottle. After 30 days I had my cholesterol checked and my triglycerides dropped 54%. My doctor asked what I was doing, and I told him the same thing the Chinese do. He said that after I had be using it for 90 days, come back and he will draw blood and send it off for a special test that he will pay for. I asked what could it tell him. He said “one third of the heart attacks in this country have no symptoms and one third of those never make it to the hospital”. He said “it has been found that inflammation in the arteries is what causes the soft plaque to break off and block the arteries”. “we don’t worry about the 80% and 90% blockages because you would have to ream them out, it’s the 30% to 40% blockages we are concerned about”. This test will tell me if this red yeast rice has the ability to stabilize the plaque by reducing the inflammation. If the reading is below 20, then It will be very beneficial. “You see”, he said, “my wife has high cholesterol and I won’t put her on a statin drug”. Ninety days later I had my blood drawn and sent in. Later that week, the nurse called and said the lab will be a little longer, they have to re-calibrate their equipment, they keep getting a 1! Well that’s what it was, a 1. I and my wife have been using Red Yeast Rice now for over 3 years, I also take 500mg of Slow Release Niacin a day to protect me from my low Lipoprotein(a) which is the most dangerous part for me. It’s very hard to change a lifetime of eating habits and to exercise daily; but the other option is unacceptable. I won’t become a vegetarian but I do tend to watch my fat and processed food intake. To compensate for a higher fat diet, I take extra Red Yeast Rice, Poilcosanol and flax seed plus flax seed oil. If I eat out or have a processed food meal, I take a plant sterol caplet and 2 fiber tablets ½ hour before the meal. This does two things, it slows absorption of sugars and adds to the digestive bulk like oatmeal. Most grains will provide these benefits to the arteries. Be sure to read the section on plant sterols. It allows the cholesterol to pass through without absorption.

Here are my numbers for Cholesterol readings with the following results:
Date Total HDL LDL TRI
3-1-01 160 34 77 256 early readings

Start with Red Yeast Rice on 5-1-01 for 30 days
5-30-01 136 43 71 106 results in 56% drop in TRI

6-05-01 134 37 76 173 One week later without the rice.

12-1-01 140 52 68 100 on it 6 months! Plus Policosanol

5-16-02 130 55 61 70 6 more months

9-26-02 153 46 86 99 off of it for 2 weeks!

10-22-04 152 63 73 82 note the HDL went off the chart of 59

The triglycerides were reduced 56% in 30 days. A better test would have been 3 months before getting another blood test. After I used RYR for 18 months, I went back to have my arteries checked. My doctor and I were pleasantly surprised to find no new blockages and I have grown new collateral arteries across the other 3 blocked arteries. Also the (EF) Ejection Factor which is the percentage of blood pumped, went up to 70% from 45% (75% is max). One graft from the leg vein was collapsed but that happens to all veins used as arteries my doctor said. The purpose it served was to allow collateral arteries to grow. I still have to watch my diet and exercise 3 days (3 total hours) a week and walk some. I have stopped using all 3 lifetime medications! I take one 80mg aspirin daily. My HDL was in the mid 50’s at that time; but I now have raised it above 60!

Months later, I went to the County Clinic to have my Cholesterol tested and was told they would mail me the results. Instead, the nurse called me because they were wondering where I got those “beautiful” numbers. What was I doing or taking? The nurse and nutritionist both are now using RYR. Later, the FDA declared it a drug and the stores had to take it off the shelves. A Utah judge ruled it was a condiment and could not be classified as a drug. The FDA however; got a federal judge to over rule him. So much for who the FDA works for! They are not about to let a 22 cent capsule cut into a $16 billion dollar world wide Statin market! I called my friend back to see if he could get me the name of the factory in China the makes the RYR. He helped set me up with the manufacture in Beijing and I buy it from there for about the cost Kroger was charging even with the shipping. I sell it to my friends, neighbors and business associates and nearly everyone has good results but a few have not; such as my brother. Figure that! I mail it to customers from Michigan to Florida. The Beijing factory has changed the formulation to avoid the FDA’s objection.

I contacted Dr. Zhu who heads up the research and development in Beijing. He said he was aware of the ban and they had just re-formulated the Red Yeast Rice so that I could import it now. So I started to get it from the factory and have my wife and children using it. My wife’s doctor wanted to put her on a statin drug but she went on the Red Rice Yeast and he found she had very good numbers. When I left the hospital, my good cholesterol (HDL) was 38 and my doctor said I must get it up to at least 50. He told me that the only way he knows is by exercise. So I joined a gym and exercised 3 days a week. After a year my HDL was at 43. I knew there must be a better way, so I emailed Dr. Zhu and asked how I could raise my HDL. He told me that Policosanol, which they produce as an extract of rice, will raise my HDL and lower my LDL. I got some locally and tried it; but it didn’t help much. I emailed Dr.Zhu and told him about my poor results, he asked what the Policosanol was made from because they make it from rice which he said was better than that made from sugar cane. So sent me some, and after six months, my HDL went off the chart to 63! My LDL and Triglycerides run in the 70’s and my Total is about 153.


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One Response to “The Ultimate Solutions to Heart Disease, Stroke and Alzheimers, part 1”

  1. Arrow Durfee Says:

    (Hypertension. 1998;31:1240-1247.)
    © 1998 American Heart Association, Inc.
    Scientific Contributions

    Relaxin Activates the L-Arginine–Nitric Oxide Pathway in Vascular Smooth Muscle Cells in Culture

    Daniele Bani; Paola Failli; Maria Grazia Bello; Christoph Thiemermann; Tatiana Bani Sacchi; Mario Bigazzi; ; Emanuela Masini
    From the Departments of Human Anatomy and Histology (D.B., T.B.S.) and of Preclinical and Clinical Pharmacology (P.F., M.G.B., E.M.), University of Florence; the Prosperius Institute (M.B.), Florence, Italy; and the William Harvey Research Institute, London, UK (C.T.).

    Correspondence to Prof Tatiana Bani Sacchi, Dipartimento di Anatomia Umana e Istologia, Sezione di Istologia, Viale G. Pieraccini 6, I-50139 Firenze, Italy. E-mail

    Abstract—The peptide hormone relaxin (RLX) has been shown to elicit a powerful vasodilatory response in several target organs. This response is mediated by the stimulation of intrinsic nitric oxide (NO) generation. The present study was designed to clarify whether RLX directly promotes the relaxation of vascular smooth muscle cells through stimulation of NO generation. Vascular smooth muscle cells from bovine aortas were incubated with RLX at concentrations ranging from 1 nmol/L to 1 µmol/L. The expression and activity of NO synthase, production of NO, and the intracellular levels of cGMP and Ca2+ were determined. The cell morphology and signal transduction mechanisms of these bovine aortic smooth muscle cells in response to RLX were also studied. RLX stimulated the expression of immunoreactive inducible NO synthase and increased significantly and in a concentration-related fashion inducible NO synthase activity, NO generation, and intracellular cGMP levels. Concurrently, RLX significantly decreased cytosolic Ca2+ concentrations and caused changes in cell shape and the actin cytoskeleton that were consistent with cell relaxation. The signal transduction mechanisms leading to the enhanced expression of inducible NO synthase protein and activity caused by RLX involve the activation of tyrosine kinase, phosphatidylcholine–phospholipase C, and the transcription factor nuclear factor-B, similar to bacterial endotoxins and proinflammatory cytokines. This study suggests that RLX is an endogenous agent capable of regulating vascular tone by activation of the L-arginine–NO pathway in vascular smooth muscle cells.

    Key Words: muscle, smooth, vascular • relaxin • nitric oxide