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The Ultimate Solutions to Heart Disease, Stroke & Alzheimers, part 7- MicroLactin, Apha-lipolic Acid and Acetyl-L-Carnitine, Phosphatidylserine, Ginko Biloba, Arthritis

10th April 2007 by Arrow Durfee Posted in Uncategorized

What is MicroLactin™
January 2005

MicroLactin™ is a revolutionary new dietary supplement clinically proven to promote healthy joint function. This unique product has been shown in published clinical trials to significantly decrease temporary joint pain and stiffness and significantly improve mobility and range of motion.

The active ingredients in MicroLactin are concentrated milk proteins. These proteins are found naturally in cows milk (but in concentrations that are much too low to be practical) and are comprised of unique antibodies and other bioactive micronutrients. Using a patented process developed by Stolle Milk Biologics Inc (SMBI) that isolates and concentrates these natural proteins in sufficient quantities, MicroLactin can then be encapsulated.

Through more than 30 years of research and development, SMBI has verified the safety and efficacy of these novel micronutrients. During this time, 16 clinical trials have been conducted involving more than 700 subjects. Additionally, the company conducted an extensive survey of consumers using its products and documented over 8,000 case histories.

These studies have demonstrated the significant health benefits of SMBI’s milk micronutrients which has resulted in over 200 worldwide patents which endorse the effectiveness, reliability and quality of the product MicroLactin is derived from milk that is obtained from specially treated and cared for cows in New Zealand. MicroLactin™ is 90% lactose free and to ensure strict adherence to world-class dairy management standards, SMBI manufactures its milk micronutrients in NewZealand under the auspices of the New Zealand Dairy Board which strictly prohibits the use of Bovine Growth Hormone (BGH).Milk is a complex substance consisting of fat (cream), casein (protein from which cheese is made), whey proteins (which include IgG antibodies), milk sugars, vitamins, and minerals.

Milk has traditionally been viewed only from a nutritional standpoint. We all know that the macronutrients in milk (calcium, vitamins, proteins, etc.) can benefit our health.

However, Stolle Milk Biologics Inc (SMBI’s) research has identified that milk also contains micronutrients that have unique and useful biological activity. However, this activity occurs at a very low level in normally processed milk.

Over the past 30 years SMBI researchers have discovered that stimulation of a cow’s immune system can enhance the expression of the many biologically useful micronutrients that naturally occur in milk.

This work is built upon the theories and work of Dr. William Petersen, Professor of Dairy Science at the University of Minnesota. It was Dr. Petersen who pioneered the concept of “immune milk” in the 1950′s. Petersen confirmed the health benefits of milk from cows treated with special immune stimulants. Petersen demonstrated that the cow’s natural process of creating antibodies to the antigens present in the immune stimulant was passed to the milk and could benefit anyone who consumed the milk.

SMBI’s research has led to the development of a potent fraction of milk called MicroLactin™.

One source is Swanson Vitamins 1-800-437-4148 Item # SWU219 240 caps 500mg $14.24

My Notes: My wife and I have tried Microlactin now for 3 weeks and she no longer suffers from finger joint pain and I can now turn my head in both directions and look over my shoulders without any discomfort. I can also sleep on my right side again without bursitis pain. So Microlactin works for both of us and that’s wonderful!

The New Pill That Can End Aging

Cover headline on feature article of Reader’s Digest November 2003. It tell of the research done on apha-lipolic acid and acetyl-l-carnitine and confirmed by scientists at MIT. We age not because our cells die but because they stop dividing. It can be frustrating sometimes, to say the least, to know the potential of nutritional therapies to help heal people and maintain optimal health — and to see them be so woefully under-utilized in this culture.

So I admit to feeling a little like a neglected puppy sometimes – you throw me a bone and I’m disproportionately grateful for the favor. That’s exactly how I felt when I read about the $5.8 million the National Institute of Aging and some other sponsors are contributing to some important nutritional research coming out of University of Oregon.

And, even better, the University of Oregon researchers are actually studying regular, everyday supplements that are currently available on the shelves of your local health food store. Specifically, they’re testing whether or not a combination of acetyl-l-carnitine (ALC) and alpha-lipoic acid (ALA) can improve memory, energy, and overall health during the aging process.

So far, this combination has done wonders for a couple of rats who reportedly have been acting half their age since the supplements were added to their diets. Of course, people aren’t rats, so we can’t just assume we’ll get the same results. But the University of Oregon researchers are optimistic enough to launch a human trial to find out.

To get a jump start on understanding what this combination could do for you, let’s take a moment to review the two supplements involved in the study and how they might be a powerful antidote to some of the challenges of aging.

Acetyl-L-carnitine is a molecule that occurs naturally in the brain, and our levels of it appear to decrease as we age. Replacing what you lose through supplementing might go a long way in heading mental decline off at the pass — before it can progress into more serious conditions. Double- blind clinical trials have already shown that acetyl-L- carnitine can delay the onset of Alzheimer’s, and also to enhance overall performance of individuals who have Alzheimer’s.

Alpha-lipoic acid is a powerful anti-oxidant that can fight all sorts of free radical damage in the body. It’s also a key component used for energy production: The body needs alpha-lipoic acid to produce energy. But there’s very little of it present naturally in your body, so supplementing with it may increase energy levels significantly.

Researchers claim that the combination of these two substances has made an incredible difference in the rats. They were far more energetic, they learned new tasks more easily, and their short-term memory drastically improved.
The research team is cautiously optimistic that they can deliver proof that this same combination will work the same wonders for humans as well. But they’ve emphasized that they are not promising, nor looking for, the fountain of youth. What they are looking for is a way to better enjoy the wisdom and freedom that can come with age for those healthy enough to enjoy it. Sounds like a winning combination to me.

NOTE: Alpha Lipoic Acid Has been shown in numerous studies to help nerves regenerate.

THE ULTIMATE SMART PILL

Now you can restore your memory, sharpness, wit, and wisdom!
Despite the power of modern medicine, there’s still nothing that conventional doctors have to offer that can turn you into an “instant Einstein”…

But here’s the good news: There are some natural substances you can safely use to prevent – and even reverse – age- related memory failure, mental dullness, and lapses in alertness. You can try Ginko Biloba which has had a great deal of success in double blind studies over the years. Just be sure to ask your doctor before starting on it because it may not be compatible if you are on blood thinners.
The ginkgo is the oldest living tree species, geological records indicate this plant has been growing on earth for 150 – 200 million years. Chinese monks are credited with keeping the tree in existence, as a sacred herb. It was first brought to Europe in the 1700′s and it is now a commonly prescribed drug in France and Germany. It is one of the most well-researched herbs in the world. In the last 30 years, more that 300 studies have given clinical evidence that ginkgo prevents and benefits many problems throughout the entire body. Ginkgo is gaining recognition as a brain tonic that enhances memory because of its positive effects on the vascular system, especially in the cerebellum. It is also used as a treatment for vertigo, tinnitus (ringing in the ears) and a variety of neurological disorders and circulation problems. Ginkgo may help to counteract the effects of aging, including mental fatigue and lack of energy. Ginkgo works by increasing blood flow to the brain and throughout the body’s network of blood vessels that supply blood and oxygen to the organ systems. It increases metabolism efficiency, regulates neurotransmitters, and boosts oxygen levels in the brain which uses 20% of the body’s oxygen.

And now from German research, it has been found in double blind studies that Phosphatidylserine is beneficial in the treatment of Alzhimers and well as boosting mental focus and age related memory decline. Country Life sells a complex version of it called Neuro-Ps. On February 24, 2003, the FDA allowed two health claims for PS: the first allowed claim is that PS may reduce the risk of cognitive dysfunction in the elderly, and the second is that PS may reduce the risk of dementia in the elderly. It is important to note that it is an achievement in itself for the FDA to recognize a supplement’s health claims. Proposed products must meet the FDA’s requirements that they are safe and lawful at the levels needed to justify a health claim, and to even qualify for submission, PS was subjected to the FDA’s rigorous reviewing and submission policies, as well as stringent testing. The FDA’s recognition of PS is amazing news, and it may provide hope for millions of people and their families.

Benefits of enhanced circulation in the brain include improved short and long term memory, increased reaction time and improved mental clarity. Ginkgo is often used to treat elderly persons with Alzheimer’s and other symptoms of cerebral insufficiency. Cerebral insufficiency is a general term for a collection of symptoms that include difficulties of concentration and memory, absentmindedness, confusion, lack of energy, depressive mood, anxiety, dizziness, tinnitus, and headache.

Ginkgo constituents are beneficial for a variety of imbalances and deterioration in the brain and body. Standardized ginkgo extract inhibits platelet activity factor (PAF), which is a common allergen in the body. Physical stress, and poor quality food can over stimulate PAF production; in other words, blood clotting. Excessive PAF can help cause cardiovascular disease, brain damage, hearing disorders and other immune and inflammatory diseases.

Ginkgo has been used to relieve tension and anxiety and improve mental alertness, elevate mood and restore energy.

Ginkgo has two groups of active substances, flavonoids and terpene lactones, including ginkgolides A, B, and C, bilobalide, quercetin, and kaempferol. The ginkgolides have been shown to control allergic inflammation, anaphylactic shock and asthma.
Ginkgo also acts as a powerful antioxidant and contributes to the oxidation of free radicals which are believed to contribute to premature aging and dementia. Antioxidants also protect the eyes, cardiovascular system and central nervous system.

Ginkgo may also help control the transformation of cholesterol to plaque associated with the hardening of arteries, and can relax constricted blood vessels.

The herb has been used in treatment of other circulation-related disorders such as diabetic peripheral vascular disease, Raynaud’s syndrome, hemorrhoids and varicose veins. It can also aid in the treatment of insufficient circulation and complications from stroke and skull injuries. Ginkgo’s beneficial effects on the circulatory system also can be of benefit in the treatment of eye and ear disorders.
Studies have confirmed that ginkgo increases blood flow to the retina, and can slow retinal deterioration resulting in an increase of visual acuity. In clinical tests ginkgo has improved hearing loss in the elderly. It also improves circulation in the extremities relieving cold hands and feet, swelling in the limbs and chronic arterial blockage. Among other things, ginkgo is being investigated as a potential treatment to prevent the rejection of transplanted organs, as a treatment for asthma and for toxic shock syndrome.

Parts Used: Dried leaf.

Common Use: Ginkgo has been shown to be nutritional support for mental alertness, enhanced vitality level, circulatory health and blood vessel health. Its high antioxidant activity is valuable for fighting age related conditions. All over the world, people have claimed Ginkgo to be beneficial in the fight against the gradual erosion of energy associated with aging.

Care: The ginkgo tree thrives in full sun and average soil. It is very resistant to infection and pollution and can grow up to 120 feet. The small yellow fruit that falls from the female tree has a strong rancid odor.

Heart disease harbinger

Q: I am 64, and aside from a struggle with high cholesterol and high blood pressure, which I thought I was winning, I’ve been in pretty good health. But recently, whenever I try to take a walk — even for just a short distance — I get terrible pain in my legs. My doctor tells me I have something called intermittent claudication. But he says he is more concerned about my heart than my legs now that I have this condition. Why?

Dr. J.V Wright: Chances are, your doctor is more concerned about your heart because intermittent claudication is actually a warning sign of heart disease. This condition occurs when the arteries in the legs become clogged and don’t allow enough blood to flow to the leg muscles. The lack of blood flow to the area is what causes the pain.

But there are steps you can take to alleviate your pain and, hopefully, to ward off further problems. Recent studies have shown that L-Carnitine is highly beneficial to both intermittent claudication and cardiovascular disease. You might want to try supplementing with it. Make an appointment with a doctor skilled in natural medicine to determine what dosage is best for you. The American College for Advancement in Medicine (949-583-7666; www.acam.org) can help you find such a physician in your area.

It can take some time to see results — sometimes as much as four weeks — but over time, you should notice that you are able to walk for greater and greater distances without pain. L-carnitine may also have a favorable effect on your cholesterol. Studies have shown that it can reduce LDL (“bad”) cholesterol by as much as 21 percent, and increase HDL (“good”) cholesterol up to 15 percent.

What is… Riboflavin (B2)?
Like alpha-lipoic acid (which we discussed above), riboflavin, or vitamin B2, also plays a critical role in energy production, by converting carbohydrates into energy. It also helps process amino acids and fats and activate vitamin B6 and folic acid. Like all the B-vitamins, riboflavin is water-soluble and must be replaced daily.

Foods rich in riboflavin include: Lean meats, eggs, legumes, nuts, and green leafy vegetables. Because riboflavin is destroyed by exposure to light, foods with riboflavin should not be stored in glass containers.

A NATURAL BLOOD PRESSURE-LOWERING PROGRAM

Maintain a healthy weight.
Get some moderate exercise at least 30 minutes every day or 45 minutes three to four times a week.
Eat a low-fat, low-sodium, low-sugar diet emphasizing whole, fresh foods, especially vegetables,
grains, and plenty of fiber.
Avoid refined, packaged, and processed foods.
Limit alcohol consumption to two drinks per day or less.
Avoid coffee.
Stop smoking.
Avoid drugs that raise blood pressure.
Drink plenty of water.
DAILY VITAMINS
Vitamin C, 1 ,000 to 2,000 mg
Vitamin E, 400 IU daily (800 IU total)
Magnesium, 500 to 800 mg
Calcium, up to 500 mg
Zinc, 10 mg daily
L-Carnitine, up to 500 mg, three to four times daily between meals
Coenzyme QlO, 30 to 90 mg 3 times daily
Selenium 200mcg 3 times a day with water and food
HERBS
You can take these herbs alone or in a formula that combines them. They come as tablets or capsules
or in a liquid tincture. Check with your pharmacist about any herb-drug interactions that might be
a concern if you’re taking one or more prescription or nonprescription medications.
Cayenne
Dandelion (acts as a diuretic)
Dong Quai
Garlic (eat fresh or take the odorless pills three times a day) Gingko biloba (improves blood flow to the extremities)
Ginseng
Hawthorn (strengthens the heart)

FOODS
No-sodium V8 juice (8 to 16 oz a day)
Fresh fruits and vegetables
Fresh celery (four stalks a day has been known to significantly reduce blood pressure-try drinking
carrot/celery juice mix daily)
Cold-water, deep-sea fish (cod, mackerel, sardines, salmon, herring)
Olive oil (instead of vegetable oils or butter)
Onions

The Best Cure-All
One of the best ways to reduce blood pressure, which you may find had to believe, is to drink plenty of clean water. Depending on your body size, you should drink six to eight glasses of water per day .

Unplugged
by Carole Jackson, Editor
Reprinted from Bottom Line’s Daily Health News
First Printed: December 18, 2003
“Constipation is disaster.” This is what a user said in a commercial for Dulcolax laxatives that ran several years ago. How right she was. It is the cause of some 2.5 million visits to the doctor and nearly 100,000 hospitalizations a year in this country alone. More important, according to Robert Rountree, MD, family practitioner, assistant clinical professor of family medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and the author of several books on integrative medicine, chronic constipation can have long-term health consequences including autoimmune disorders, such as rheumatoid arthritis, and even colon cancer.
Constipation occurs when food is not fully digested and ends up staying in the gut longer than it is supposed to. Ideally, food should stay in the gut just long enough for the intestines to extract its nutrients and then get out, he says. If it lingers, as it does with chronic constipation, it can be truly disabling.

Dr. Rountree defines constipation as not having at least one bowel movement each day, and he considers it chronic if the situation continues for several weeks. While some people consider it normal to have only one or two bowel movements a week, Dr. Rountree notes that though there may not be any symptoms associated with this situation, it can still predispose a person to chronic toxicity and systemic disease.

TAKING ACTION

For Dr. Rountree’s patients, the first step in treatment of constipation includes a physical examination and a particularly sophisticated stool analysis called a “comprehensive digestive stool analysis.” A thorough analysis is important because it reveals what he calls the “internal milieu.” According to Dr. Rountree, we all have about three pounds of bacteria in the gut that process food, extract nutrients, keep the gut clean and help us fight infections. A good stool analysis shows the levels of both the good and the bad bacteria and how they balance each other. It also determines whether there are indicators of such serious problems as inflammatory bowel disease, allergies or cancer. For most people, though, constipation results from a gut that has simply become sluggish and unhealthy from poor exercise and dietary habits.

REPAIR STRATEGY

To turn an unhealthy gut around, Dr. Rountree practices what is called the Four R Program, which was developed by the Institute of Functional Medicine in Gig Harbor, Washington, under the direction of Jeff Bland, PhD. This testing process takes a number of months and should always be guided by a trained physician. IFM seminars provide the best guidelines for physicians.

The Four Rs are part of an integrated strategy for recreating health in the digestive tract. For clarity, they are presented here in a stepwise fashion, but in actual practice they can be addressed simultaneously or as individual components…
Remove: The first step is to remove the bad bugs, which may include bacteria, yeasts and parasites. To do this, Dr. Rountree uses natural antibiotics, including such things as oregano, garlic and olive-leaf extracts or berberine, an extract found in goldenseal and other medicinal plants. Choice of antibiotics depends upon the results of the stool test. This phase usually lasts somewhere between two weeks and one month, but may sometimes require extended treatment. In severe cases, prescription antibiotics or antifungal agents may be necessary.

Repair: The repair phase is necessary because in an unhealthy gut, the mucosal lining can erode. When this happens, microscopic bits of food can leak into your bloodstream, which might lead to autoimmune diseases. Some of the best nutrients for repairing the lining of the gut include L-glutamine, a type of amino acid found in cabbage juice, aloe vera gel, deglycyrrhizinated licorice root extract and arabinogalactan, a starchy substance derived from the inner bark of Western larch trees. The repair phase typically takes one to two months.
Replace: The replace phase involves restoring what is often undersupplied or missing in the gut — hydrochloric acid and digestive enzymes. Dr. Rountree often prescribes betaine HCL with pepsin with or without an herbal bitter called gentian root. In addition, digestive enzymes — either pancreatic enzymes (from animals) or plant- or fungus-based enzymes — may be prescribed. Both of these help your stomach more effectively digest the food in it and thereby improve the remainder of the digestive process. This phase of treatment should last at least one month… however, some individuals may need to continue replacing enzymes and/or HCL indefinitely. According to Dr. Rountree, for people who need them, there are no harmful consequences of using these supplements long term.

Reinoculate: This phase involves restoring the impaired or destroyed healthy bacteria that has been “run out of town” by the bad bacteria — in much the same way that weeds take over your lawn. A combination supplement often containing medically potent strains of Lactobacillus acidophilus and Bifidobacteria may be prescribed. Note: Many commercially available strains of these “probiotics” are too weak to be of value. A good quality product should guarantee that it provides between five billion and 15 billion live organisms in a daily dose. To achieve the best results, one can start with 15 billion Lactobacillus plus 15 billion Bifidobacteria per day for the first three months, then decrease the dose to five billion to 10 billion of each bacteria per day for another six months.

MAINTENANCE

Once a healthy balance is achieved, you’ll want to keep it that way. Dr. Rountree points out that most people do not eat enough fiber — most require a minimum of 15 grams (g) a day, although some chronically constipated people may need as much as 60 g. It is very important to drink an adequate amount of water for the fiber to be effective. Usually, six full glasses of water a day for the typical adult will prevent the fiber from caking and keep your system flushed out. Dr. Rountree explains that having to urinate frequently is often a healthy sign associated with this therapy. A diet rich in fruits and vegetables only provides a minimal amount of fiber, so it is usually necessary to add additional sources, such as flax meal, unsweetened psyllium seed husks or wheat bran. High-fiber foods, such as figs and prunes, should also be included on a regular basis. In addition, a nutritional supplement containing 2 g to 10 g of Vitamin C and 300 to 800 mg of magnesium can help keep bowel movements regular.

My Note: For fast relief from hemorrhoids and gain regularity, use the Chinese method that I use. Get a bottle of Wheat Grass tablets and take 4 to 6 a day. This really works! Or you could grow your own with a kit from the internet at www.wheatgrass.com. This is a little known remedy that’s safe, effective and nonaddictive. The early growth of the wheat plant that sprouts up shortly after planting is best. Wheat grass is not only an effective laxative, it’s also a good source of beta-carotene, vitamin C, calcium, iron, potassium, and several B vitamins. What’s more, it increases the level of beneficial bacteria in your intestines. After about a week, your hemorrhoids should be gone, then take 2 a day for regularity.

BEFORE I FORGET- Try the Chinese herb Yin Chio ot the first sign of a cold. The Chinese have used it effectively for years, and who knows, it may work for Americans! Check it out in Google for more info.

My Note: I wanted to pass this along for those of you who have heard of water’s benefits for our health. Be sure to use bottled water made by reverse osmosis, such as Sam’s brand from Wal-Mart at about 1 cent per once.

WATER THERAPY FROM INDIA

How does pure water act?
Consuming ordinary drinking water by the right method purifies human body. It renders the colon more effective by forming new fresh blood, known in medical terms as Haematopaises. That the mucousal folds of the colon and intestines are activated by this method, is an undisputed fact, just as the theory that new fresh blood is produced by the mucousal fold.
If the colon is cleaned then the nutrients of the food taken several times a day will be absorbed and by the action of the mucousal folds they are turned into fresh blood. The blood is all important in curing ailments and restoring health, and for this water should be consumed in a regular pattern

How to do this water therapy?
1) Early morning after you get up from bed (without even brushing your teeth) drink 1.50 litres of water i.e., 5 to 6 glasses.

Better to premeasure 1.50 litres of water. Our ancestors termed this therapy as “Usha Paana Chikitsa”. You may wash your face thereafter.

2) Here it is very essential to note that nothing else – neither drinks nor solid food of any sort – should be taken within 1 hour before and after drinking this 1.50 liters of water.

3) It is also to be strictly observed that no Alcoholic drinks should be taken the previous night.

4) If required, boiled and filtered water may be used for this purpose. Is it possible to drink 1.50 litres of water at one time?

1) To begin with, one may find it difficult to drink 1.50 liters of water at one time, but one will get used to it gradually.

Initially, while practicing you may drink four glasses first and the balance two glasses after a gap of two minutes.

Initially you may find the necessity to urinate 2 to 3 times within an hour, but it will become normal after sometime.

By research and experience, the following diseases are observed to be cured with this therapy within the indicated days as below

Constipation: 1 day
Acidity: 2 days
Diabetes: 7 days
BP & Hypertension: 4 weeks
Cancer: 4 weeks
Pulmonary TB: 3 months

Note:
It is advised that persons suffering from Arthritis or Rheumatism should practice this therapy thrice a day, i.e., morning, midday and night, 1 hours before meals – for one week; and twice a day subsequently till the disease is cured.

We make an earnest request that the above method should be read and practiced carefully. Please spread this message to your friends, relatives and neighbors – it is a great service to the humanity. By God’s grace all should lead healthy life.

The Digestion-Cholesterol Connection
The two top-selling drugs in 2003 were atorvastatin (Lipitor) and simvastatin (Zocor), statins that lower cholesterol. In spite of their dangerous side effects, most mainstream doctors continue to emphasize the benefits of lowering cholesterol. However, cholesterol serves an important purpose in the human body, and too little can be a dangerous thing. Given recent findings that inflammation may play a far more critical role in heart disease than cholesterol levels, there are those who believe that our focus has been in the wrong place… and that the key to healthy arteries has much more to do with diet and an efficient digestive system than with how much or little cholesterol is in our blood.
Cholesterol is Your Friend
One of the big believers in this philosophy is Eric Yarnell, ND RH (AHG), president of the Botanical Medicine Academy and author of numerous books including Clinical Botanical Medicine (Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.) and Naturopathic Gastroenterology (Healing Mountain). Part of the confusion around cholesterol, says Dr. Yarnell, is that people often look at it as the disease. Not true, he points out. The disease is atherosclerosis (the build up of plaque in the arteries) and the goal should be to do whatever is necessary to prevent that and promote arterial health.
Cholesterol, while much maligned, is a critical component in the body, serving a number of purposes…

• It protects cell membranes (walls), repairing them if necessary to maintain their ability to allow chemicals and proteins to move in and out of cells.
• It is a major building block for the synthesis of stress and sex hormones.
• It is used by the liver to make bile acids necessary for the digestive process.
Although some of the cholesterol in the body comes from dietary sources, the vast majority is produced within the body by the liver. After creating cholesterol, the liver sends out two main types — LDL (low-density lipids) to perform the functions described above and HDL (high-density lipids) to gather up the leftover LDL and cart it back to the liver. Problems develop when LDL (often called the “bad” one) begins to build up on artery walls, causing plaque and the resultant atherosclerosis. In time, chunks of plaque can break off, disrupting blood flow with sometimes catastrophic results, such as stroke or heart attack.
Healthy Cholesterol Management
Dr. Yarnell explains that there are three problems in the American diet that relate directly to problems with cholesterol…
• Culprit #1: Lack of fiber. Americans are notoriously lacking in fiber, eating just 10 grams a day on average when they should get at least 25 g or 30 g. Fiber not only promotes healthy flora in the gut that aids digestion, Dr. Yarnell says, it also helps cholesterol control because of how the liver functions. Reason: An important part of cholesterol management is the simultaneous creation and breakdown of cholesterol performed by the liver. The liver both creates and breaks down cholesterol, removing it from circulation by turning it into bile acids and salts that actually assist digestion. Fiber binds and transports excess bile acids out of the system so it doesn’t get reabsorbed by the liver.
• Culprit #2: Too few omega-3 and too many omega-6 essential fatty acids (EFAs). Scientists now believe that blood vessel damage — the problem that LDL comes in to repair but where it can eventually start to build up, creating plaque — is a result of inflammation. However, the LDL also can pile up and eventually cause atherosclerosis, says Dr. Yarnell. Omega-3s (found in nuts, especially walnuts… flax seed… and deep-water fish) are anti-inflammatory. However, their sister EFAs, omega-6s (found in most vegetable oils), are pro-inflammatory. Unfortunately, the American diet is loaded with omega-6s and has few of the inflammation-fighting omega-3s. Making the problem even worse is the presence of trans fatty acids, a constant in the American diet. In order to use EFAs, your body must first metabolize them, which it does with enzymes. But when trans fats are present, the enzymes spend their time trying to break down those, an impossible task because trans fats are artificially created. The enzymes don’t know that, though, and they keep working at the task, ignoring what they were meant to do — metabolize other fatty acids, including any omega-3s that might be present.
• Culprit #3: Lack of antioxidants. The only bad LDL is oxidized LDL, and it takes exposure to free radicals for that to happen. Oxidized LDL is toxic, which triggers large molecules called macrophages to destroy and remove it. Unfortunately, the LDL-filled macrophages become part of the plaque jeopardizing the blood vessels. Antioxidants, as the name says, are what prevent free radicals from oxidizing LDL.
Cleaning the Digestive Engine
Given these inner workings of “the cholesterol machine,” Dr. Yarnell explains that having an efficient, effective digestive system helps your body properly produce and use cholesterol, thus improving the real issue — artery health.
How do you improve digestion?
1. First and foremost, says Dr. Yarnell, eliminate processed foods from your diet. With virtually none of the beneficial attributes of fiber and antioxidants, some processed foods are made even worse by the trans fatty acids present in them.
2. Limit sugar, something you’ll do automatically by not eating processed foods. In addition to its calories, which lead to obesity, sugar seems to elevate cholesterol levels in women.
3. Fill your plate with lots of fruits and vegetables for their fiber, antioxidants and plant sterols. These are cholesterol-like substances in plants, and the beauty of them is that they fool the body into thinking it has more cholesterol than it does. Consequently, the liver reduces the amount it would otherwise make. An artery-enhancing diet also must include sufficient omega-3 EFAs to fight inflammation
4. Garlic supplements also help lower atherosclerosis, says Dr. Yarnell. He recommends taking probiotics, as well — supplements that enhance intestinal flora and improve overall digestive health. Two he recommends in particular are Acidophilus/Bifidobacteria Although there are some people for whom statins are unquestionably beneficial — including those whose genes predispose them to an abnormal liver function regulating cholesterol — it’s likely that many people do not really need to take them. They probably would benefit much more from looking to their kitchen instead of the pharmacy to improve their arterial health.

The New Blood Test for Heart Disease

Richard C. Pasternak, MD, director of preventive car¬diology and cardiac rehabilitation at Massachusetts Gen¬eral Hospital and associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, both in Boston. A spokesper¬son for the American Heart Association, Dr. Pasternak moderated a panel discussion on C-reactive protein at the association’s annual meeting last autumn.

Doctors at Brigham and Women’s Hospi¬tal in Boston made headlines recently with a study showing that an elevated blood level of C-reactive protein (CRP)-a sub¬stance produced by the immune system in response to inflammation-helps predict a per¬son’s risk for heart attack as well as or better than blood levels of LDL (bad) cholesterol.

The study, which followed 28,000 women over eight years, seems to back up the theory that inflammation of coronary artery walls makes arterial plaque more likely to rupture and cause a heart attack. The study also found that a high CRP level predicted an increased likelihood of future coronary events even when LDL cholesterol levels were normal.

Implication: A CRP blood test-which costs $20 to $50-Could help identify the large sub¬group of people who are at high risk for a heart attack despite having a normal choles¬terol level.

To learn more about C-reactive protein, Dr. Richard Pasternak, director of preventive car¬diology at Massachusetts General Hospital answers some questions…

How strong is the evidence that high CRP levels are a risk factor for heart attack?
The evidence is compelling that a high-sensitiv¬ity CRP test is a good predictor of coronary events. The critical question is, to what degree is CRP an independent risk factor?

The belief that CRP is more important than cholesterol is probably overstated. CRP may turn out to be a better predictor of risk than LDL cholesterol, but we still don’t know how useful CRP will be as a screening test.

So–I don’t need to rush out and get my CRP level tested?
People who are at low risk for a heart attack need not have this test. I’m talking about people whose family histories are free of heart attacks and who are relatively young, don’t smoke, aren’t overweight and exercise regularly. For this group, the risk of getting a “false positive” (falsely indicating increased risk) is much higher than the chances of getting a true positive.

People at high risk for a heart attack-those who have already had a coronary event, or have diabetes, or have undergone angioplasty or bypass surgery-also don’t need a CRP test.

People in this group should already be doing everything possible to lower their risk-quitting smoking (if they smoke), taking medication to tower their cholesterol and blood pressure, modifying their diet and exercising regularly.

Who should be getting their CRP level checked?

The people who stand to benefit most from CRP testing are the “in between” group-people whose estimated 10-year risk of having a heart attack or dying of heart dis¬ease is between 6% and 20%. Fifty million Americans fall into this category.

With this group, it’s sometimes hard to know how aggressive to be in terms of prescribing a cholesterol-lowering statin, particularly if their LDL cholesterol levels appear normal.

If someone in this gray area gets a CRP test and the results come back high, it’s another sig¬nal that he/she should take serious measures to lower his heart attack risk.

How do I go about getting my CRP level tested?
Your doctor simply requests it as part of your laboratory blood workup. It’s important to use the new high-sensitivity CRP test-which most labs now offer. A CRP level of less than 1 mg/liter is con¬sidered low. A reading between 1 mg and 3 mg/liter indicates intermediate or average risk. More than 3 mg/liter indicates high risk.

Curiously, heart disease has never been linked to a CRP count of more than 5 mg/liter. So a very high level-12, for example-actu¬ally may be good news. It means the CRP response has been caused not by inflamed arterial walls, but by a recently sprained ankle, the flu, an allergy, etc.

What should I do if my CRP level is high? As I said earlier, a high CRP level is just one more sign that you need to develop a seri¬ous strategy to lower your heart attack risk. There are many factors that we know will reduce this risk-including lowering your blood pressure, quitting smoking, lowering your LDL cholesterol level, exercising every day and reducing your consumption of dietary fat.

One of the big questions, as I mentioned, is whether doctors should prescribe a statin to someone who has a normal LDL cholesterol level, but whose CRP level is elevated. To answer this question, Dr. Paul Ridker, who led the Brigham study, is slated to begin a five-year study of 10,000 people at low risk for heart dis¬ease, but who have a high CRP. Some of this group will receive statins, and others won’t.

Besides working to reduce my heart attack risk, should I also be trying to lower my CRP level?

I don’t think people should try specifically to lower their CRP level, because we just don’t know what that will accomplish. On the other hand, anything that effectively lowers the risk of heart disease seems to lower CRP levels as well. This includes losing weight -in particular, abdominal obesity seems tightly linked to CRP levels.
All cholesterol-lowering drugs, including statins and high-dose niacin, also lower CRP. Going from a high-fat diet to a low-fat diet ¬even without lowering your weight-lowers CRP as well, though it’s not clear why. So does taking a daily baby aspirin-though again, the real reason to consider aspirin therapy is that it’s been shown to save lives.. .not because it will lower your CRP level.
In other words, the best way to lower your CRP level is to stick with the things proven to lower risk of heart disease, rather than taking unproven anti-inflammatory substances. If your CRP level is high, instead of saying yes to Co¬enzyme Q-10, start saying no to McDonald’s and Haagen Dazs!

From Dr. William Campbell Douglass’s news letter January 19, 2004

They Say Only If You Run…Jump…Swim…Bike…Eat Less Fat…and Lower Your Cholesterol Right Now Can You Avoid Heart Disease! Hogwash!

Dear Friend, The truth is, cholesterol is only one of the potential causes of heart disease – and even that’s a stretch if you ask me. So, you can run six miles a day, eat oat-bran for breakfast, lunch and dinner and suck down your statins if you want to…but isn’t that what everyone else is already doing? Then why are roughly 50% of all Americans still struggling with heart disease?

I’m not much of a ‘statistics guy,’ but it’s true: every other person you know is likely to die of heart disease. However, my friend, you don’t have worry about being a statistic – because, I have a plan. But in order to defeat your enemy, first you must know your enemy…

Mysterious Cause of Heart Disease Discovered

Have you heard the latest news reports identifying a mysterious cause of heart disease? Well, if you’ve been reading my newsletter, then you know heart disease has been linked to bacterial infections! No, this isn’t just my personal opinion. Even the more prominent mainstream doctors are now pointing to infections like Chlamydia pneumoniae (C. pneumoniae) as a factor in heart disease.

Yes, it is now widely recognized that infections, like C. pneumoniae, can trigger the formation of vulnerable plaque, causing heart disease. In fact, for men with the highest risk factors, heart attacks can be prevented by antibiotics in up to 55% of cases! Does this mean you should start popping Penicillin? Absolutely not!

How about a $50,000 bypass surgery?
Sure, your doctor would love to sell you one of those. But at $50,000 a pop, chances are your doctor isn’t going to risk losing the ‘sale’ by telling you that there isn’t a single study on the books to prove that bypass surgery works any better than other medical therapies. In fact, a 1984 study showed that after 11 years there was no difference between bypass and non-bypass patients.

Well, how about a little ‘roto-rootering’ angioplasty then? It’s slightly less invasive…maybe a little less expensive…and it’s certainly safer, right? Wrong. There’s a very real danger of the affected artery rupturing during the course of the procedure – in which case, you’re in for emergency bypass surgery anyhow!

As usual, the ‘experts’ are great at identifying the problem. Now, if only they could discover a simple, safe, affordable solution. Well, here’s a brainstorm…if we know that bacterial infections can trigger plaque formation and ultimately lead to heart disease, then why not simply eliminate those bacteria? More on that in a minute…but first I want to tell you about…

Heart Disease Cause #2: Free-Radical Damage

The ‘experts’ want you to believe that cholesterol is your archenemy. Apparently, they were asleep during Biology 101 when the professor explained that your body – more specifically, your liver – actually produces cholesterol naturally to convert into hormones. Although, the cholesterol hypothesis is handy for one thing: Selling over-priced statin drugs. The real truth lies deeper than that shallow money-making myth. You see, the plaque in your arteries isn’t made up of naturally occurring cholesterol. It’s made up of a special kind of cholesterol: Damaged, oxidized cholesterol! Free radicals steal electrons from your cholesterol. Let’s see, if oxidized cholesterol is a cause of heart disease, then the solution must be statins, right? Wrong! The way to keep free radicals from damaging your cholesterol is to zap them with antioxidants! And, I’ve identified….

Crippling Side Effects of Popular Heart Prescription Drugs
You’ll be glad to know there are no side effects in the amounts of arjuna. But, just try dumping synthetic chemical prescription drugs into your all-natural body. And, what happens? Like oil and water, they don’t mix:

Aspirin and NSAIDs: Internal bleeding, kidney damage, liver damage, death

Cholesterol drugs: Lowers levels of the heart antioxidant Co-Q10

Statins: Vision impairment, cancer, muscle wasting, stomach cramps, fatigue, liver damage and death.

The All-Natural Answer to the Real Heart Dangers

There’s a new heart care revolution gaining momentum, and you’re one of the first people this amazing 300-year-old remedy is being revealed to – long before the herd finally ‘discovers’ it when it appears on the cover of Newsweek decades from now. Medical science has (re)discovered a remarkable nutrient your heart tissues are craving called, Terminalia arjuna. Just this one heart-healing nutrient alone has been proven to:
Kill bacteria
Reduce plaque buildup
Lower blood pressure
Fight angina pain attacks
Reduce ‘bad’ cholesterol
Chances are you haven’t heard of arjuna yet. But I can assure you it won’t be too long before some news rag stakes their claim for discovering the ‘newest break-through in heart health history.’ When in actuality, arjuna is an Indian medicinal herb proven by over
300 years of use in supporting strong heart function. In fact, arjuna may be the world’s most comprehensive heart superfood:
Anti-bacterial:
“…Terminalia arjuna…showed significant anti-bacterial activity against the tested bacteria.”
Plaque buildup inhibited:
“T. arjuna was found to be the most potent hypo-lipidemic (low fat) agent and induced partial inhibition of rabbit atheroma (plaque deposits.) The results indicate T. arjuna may play an anti-atherogenic (anti-plaque) role.”
Systolic blood pressure lowered significantly:
“The drug lowered systolic blood pressure and body mass index to a significant level…”
Angina frequency decreased significantly:
‘Terminalia arjuna therapy was associated with significant decrease in the frequency of angina…”
Cholesterol lowered significantly:

“Conclusions:…arjuna tree bark powder has significant anti-oxidant action that is comparable to vitamin E…it has a significant hypo-cholesterolemic (cholesterol lowering) effect.” And, that’s just a sample of the many studies showing the incredible heart-nourishing power of arjuna.

The One ‘Mother Antioxidant’ that Empowers all the Others

By now you probably know all about how free radicals damage arteries and cause aging by stealing electrons. And, you know that the best way to protect against free radical damage is by supplying your body with antioxidants. But, did you know that there’s one antioxidant that doctors are claiming can dramatically improve the action of other antioxidants, such as Vitamin C and E, coenzyme Q10 and glutathione?

Alpha-lipoic acid (ALA) is the ‘the mother antioxidant.’ Unlike vitamins C and E – which only work in water and fat respectively – ALA overpowers free radicals in both fat and water. Plus, as C and E subdue free radicals, they lose electrons. But ALA actually helps restore those lost electrons so C and E can go on fighting! ALA is produced naturally by your body but, as you age, your body produces less and less ALA – so, supplementing is necessary. Plus, in addition to being a powerful antioxidant, ALA may help stimulate insulin response, regulate blood glucose levels, and repair liver cells. Also Homocysteine is slashed by up to 49.7%!

OK, now that you’ve got the bacteria and free radicals licked, what about Homocysteine? Homocysteine has been identified as one of the biggest precursors to heart-disease. Among other things, it leads to artery cell damage, blood hyper-clotting, and LDL (‘bad’ cholesterol) oxidation.
That’s why with vitamins B-6, B-12, and folic acid used in studies, this stress- busting ‘trio of Bs’, has been proven to synergistically inhibit arterial plaque deposits, and actually reduce Homocysteine levels by as much as 49.7%!
But that’s not all…each of these members of the ‘B family’ have their own claims to fame as well…

Stroke Risk Cut 20%!
In studies, folic acid alone cut Homocysteine by 19.6% and overall stroke risk by 20%!

The Popular B-12
As is the case with many nutrients, B-12 can come in a number of different forms – some more readily absorbed by the body than others. That’s why I perfer methylcobalamin (MCB), instead of the more popular cyanocobalamin. Not only does your body absorb MCB 300% better than cyanocobalamin, but MCB is also proven to help regenerate brain nerves and aid sleep…and I don’t know about you, but I’ll take all the brain power and sleep I can get!

Rounding out the ‘B trio’ is vitamin B-6 which not only inhibits hyper-clotting of the blood, but may also help relieve allergies, arthritis, depression, fatigue, headaches, and boost memory.

Two More Powerhouses for Ultimate Effect

In both human and animal studies, L-arginine has been shown to improve overall heart health, including angina, blood pressure, inflammation (swelling), plaque formation, and blood vessel dilation. L-arginine may also help to lower body fat, increase muscle mass, regulate insulin, support liver function, stimulate the thymus and boost overall immunity. And, if you’re really sharp, you probably remember reading that arginine is also a precursor to nitric oxide which can help dilate blood vessels and – in turn – enhance sexual function!

And finally, magnesium citrate
Magnesium may help relax blood vessels aiding in lower blood pressure, and a normalized heartbeat. Plus, it’s essential for energy production and the activity of over 300 enzymes!

Increase Your Exercise Capacity by 20%

In a study of heart patients given a treatment of antioxidants, B-vitamins, folic acid, L-arginine, and minerals – treadmill exercise capacity jumped 20%.

Don’t get me wrong…I’m not one to get on the treadmill (and I certainly wouldn’t ask you to either) but I could think of a few things I would do with 20% more energy.

Don’t Wait Until it’s Too Late…the Key to Life-Long Heart Health is Prevention

If I can step up on my soap box for just another minute to remind you: 1 out of every 2 Americans will die of heart-disease of one form or another. Don’t let yourself – or anyone close to you – be one of them. I’ve given you a formula for success; now it’s up to you to use it. If you want to run marathons, live off sprouts, and waste money on prescription drugs, that’s up to you. But if you really want to protect your heart and your health safely, effectively and affordably, add just these to your daily regimen.

Sincerely,
William Campbell Douglass II, MD

P.S. Start planning ahead now to keep your heart beat ticking loud and strong for years to come. After all, why worry about being the next 1 out of 2 when you could be indulging in burgers (hold the bun) and playing golf again!

Here is a review of the items above
Amount Per Daily Serving % Daily Value
Vitamin B-6 (as Pyridoxine HCl) 25 mg 1,250%
Folic Acid 400 mcg 100%
Vitamin B-12 (as methylcobalamin)500 mcg 8,333%
Magnesium (as Magnesium Citrate) 50 mg 13%
Terminalia arjuna extract 500 mg *
(bark, standardized to 0.5% arjunolic acid)
Lipoic Acid 100 mg *
L-Arginine 100 mg *
*Daily Value not established.

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2 Responses to “The Ultimate Solutions to Heart Disease, Stroke & Alzheimers, part 7- MicroLactin, Apha-lipolic Acid and Acetyl-L-Carnitine, Phosphatidylserine, Ginko Biloba, Arthritis”

  1. Detox Says:

    Why is there a low rate of rheumatoid arthritis amongst schizophrenics?

  2. David Wilton Says:

    I was a subscriber to Dr. Douglas’ II, MD newsletter where he claimed oxygenated water was a hoax. I have kept myself off and oxygen tank for 4 years using oxygenated water.