Heart Disease: America's No. 1 Killer; Surgery for the Treatment of Heart Disease is Coming to an End

Heart Disease: America's No. 1 Killer; Surgery for the Treatment of Heart Disease is Coming to an End!

Recognizing the role of inflammation in arteriosclerosis represents a far bigger paradigm shift than Helicobacter Pylori was for ulcers. You cannot see the vulnerable plaque that leads to the death of 85% of heart attack and stroke patients on arteriograms, so the time has come to treat the bloodstream and stop attacking the blood vessel! The American College of Cardiology, The American College of Physicians and The American Heart Association's new guidelines (Circulation 5-1-99) for chronic chest pain are desperately attempting to maintain status quo, entirely ignoring the now proven involvement of inflammation in heart attacks and strokes. They not only ignored the New England Journal of Medicine review article (volume 340, 1999), on Inflammation and Arteriosclerosis, but they also ignored the just released American Heart Association's own monograph series edited by their president, Valentin Fuster, MD, PhD, cardiologist at Mount Sinai in New York City. Anyone reading this 429 page book, The Vulnerable Atherosclerotic Plaque will readily conclude that meaningful prevention of heart attacks and strokes requires medical control of the inflammation and infection aspects now being entirely ignored in the rush to operate on the patient! Medical control of these newly recognized risk factors will, without question, do far more than any surgical procedure to prevent heart attacks and strokes.

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Why is Vulnerable Plaque So Significant?

The science behind these new parameters is an astonishing breakthrough: vulnerable plaque. Research indicates that this unstable plaque can not be identified on an arteriogram. Therefore, what the doctor does not see is the very thing that leads to the blood clot that leads to the heart attack or stroke. It is now well documented that all obstructing plaque that can be seen, can be reversed with diet, exercise, and meditation programs such as Dr. Ornish has developed. Now we learn that these visible lesions that have caused doctors to recommend so many needless bypass and other invasive surgical procedures for heart disease are not the ones that are involved in 85% of all heart attacks! That explains why we have not found a really significant reduction in heart attacks or deaths in surgically operated patients. It is clear that we have been operating needlessly on the wrong plaque.

We Need to Treat the Blood, Not Cut Out the Artery

More importantly, the new understanding about the role of infection and inflammation in cases of sudden death from heart attacks suggests that all current surgically-based approaches to heart disease are as misguided as removing your lung if you have pneumonia! We need to focus on the blood and not the blood vessel.

Most doctors are not yet aware of some of the important developments that have surfaced so rapidly in the past several years. These include efforts to see the dangerous vulnerable plaque noninvasively with a high speed MRI and other diagnostic techniques that are now being developed. These instruments are not yet found in local hospitals, but may help to end the current excessive reliance on surgical treatment of vascular disease in the future. Although the popular high speed CAT scan provides useful information regarding the calcium content of the artery, it is not capable of measuring the really dangerous vulnerable plaque. Therefore, let these tests motivate patients to address their risk factors, such as antibodies to oxidized cholesterol, C-reactive protein levels etc, so that they medically treat the problem -- regularly, ideally for the rest of their life. A bad score on this test should motivate people to carefully follow this advice and follow up later with a retest.

Heart Disease Appears to be Closely Linked to Inflammation.

The inflammation/infection aspect of heart disease has gained added validation by 1) The recognition of a new measurement of Interleukin-1, an inflammatory marker published in Circulation, Vol. 5-99, 1999, and 2) In a review article published in NEJM (New England Journal of Medicine), Vol. 340, 1999. Further validation was added by the recent report published in JAMA showing that up to 55% of heart attacks appear to be prevented by treatment with proper antibiotics. In addition, evidence published in Science, February 1999, implicates an infectious bacteria known as chlamydia, while CMV and Herpes (common retroviruses) have also been shown to be closely connected with heart attacks. Chlamydia is a disease to which up to 95% of us are exposed during our lives and once it enters our body, it finds some devitalized tissue (plaque) and never leaves!

It's Extremely Difficult to Stop InflAmmation with a Knife!

The experts studying vulnerable plaque agree that there's an inflammatory component to this extremely dangerous plaque, which confirms that surgery is not the correct approach to control it. The vulnerable plaque appears to be as much as 4-5øC hotter, thus explaining the success seen with oxidant therapies such as Ozone, UVB, or H202 IV, and/or antibiotics in treating angina. While these new parameters are more important by far than current outdated risk factor information, we still have to improve our diet and lifestyle, exercise, and maintain a healthy immune system by taking long-term oral chelating and other detoxifying supplements, as well as safe anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, anti-thrombotic, lipid-lowering, natural supplement therapies.

A Safe Anti-Inflammatory & Comprehensive Cardiovascular Supplement

At this time, I am happy to report that those of my patients taking the comprehensive 9 pill packets of Beyond Chelation combined with 3 to 5 Wobenzym N twice daily are conveniently addressing all of the newly recognized molecular mechanisms of heart disease -- from controlling homocysteine and elevated cholesterol or triglycerides, to lowering C-reactive protein, which is clearly becoming one of the most significant tests in cardiology.

Aspirin is OK in an Emergency, but We Need Safe, Long Term Help

We have heard that taking an aspirin while having a heart attack can increase survival. This may be true, but it should be a temporary emergency measure only. We know from statistics, however, that the great majority of us must take some long-term anti-clotting protection against the massive blood clots that we now believe are involved in lethal heart attacks. In fact, researchers are finding that long term use of anti-inflammatory drugs are a major factor in helping to prevent not just Alzheimer's disease, but heart attacks and strokes as well! The problem is that although there are now proven benefits from taking a daily dose of aspirin and/or other NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs), we pay dearly for these benefits with over 16,000 deaths and over 125,000 hospitalizations annually, generally related to internal bleeding (although liver and kidney damage are also a far too common side effect.)

We also can offer our patients a major new nutritionally-based therapy that acts like an oral vaccination, Transfer Factor. This exciting therapy helps us deal with the infection aspect of vascular disease by helping to control serious chronic viral and other infections now being implicated in heart attack and stroke. Transfer Factor may improve resistance to Herpes, CMV, Chlamydia, and Helicobacter (olden coming from chronic dental problems). Until such time as science identifies the proper vaccination or anti-infective therapies to cure these infections, it seems advisable for all of us to try a Transfer Factor type of product and also regularly consume a safe affordable antiinflammatory like Wobenzym, which is well documented to have no side effects yet has many far reaching benefits -- benefits such as: 1) Effectively treating most forms of arthritis better than standard medicines today, 2) Helping to control cancer and increasing the life span of all cancer patients a minimum of 30%, 3) Offering protection against infections and injuries, and 4) Fortifying our immune systems every day of our lives. Germany developed Wobenzym: all-natural combination Enzyme-Bioflavonoid product. (The rutin component appears to be an ideal Iron Chelator!) With it, we get all the benefits of anti-inflammatory medication without the high incidence of gastrointestinal bleeding associated with the use of aspirin and the many other documented side effects known to develop after the long-term use of NSAIDs and other standard anti-inflammatory medications.

Over 100 Million People Have Used Wobenzym in a 30 Year Period

Manufactured by the Mucos Company in Germany since the 1960's, Wobenzym is now widely available in the United States at a time when there is a greater need than ever before to include it in our nutritional defense program. Unlike most enzymes on the market, this enzyme is specially designed so that it is not used to digest food but is used internally, inside the bloodstream, beneficially affecting many of the factors that are now known to lead to the development of serious diseases. These factors range from: 1) lowering Circulating Immune Complexes (These have been shown to shorten our lifespan.); 2) lowering the elevated levels of fibrinogen that tend to make our blood thicker as we get older to; 3) treating Herpes and other viral and bacterial infections -- either alone or as part of a total anti-infection program, including Transfer Factor related nutrients and/or antibiotics. (Note: Wobenzym alone has been shown more effective in treating Herpes than the standard anti-viral drugs now available, and, when combined with the Transfer Factor related products, it is even more effective); 4) lowering elevated C-Reactive proteins to the lowest 50 percentile or the lower portion of the so-called normal range. (Note: The normal range at the current time is too wide. For optimum health, we should place our optimal values at levels far lower than they are at present.) The C-reactive Protein Test identifies how active the inflammatory process is when the test is taken.

New Tests Have Been Proven Necessary for Accurate Treatment of Individual Heart Problems

There is a plethora of scientific information regarding the many new tests that are finally beginning to be accepted as significant in determining and controlling all of the newer recognized cardiovascular risk factors. If your doctor could keep up with current published literature, some of the tests he would prescribe for you would not be just cholesterol, even with its subsets of HDL, LDL, but the newer Lpa and the latest oxidized cholesterol antibody test. Furthermore, adhesion molecules such as VCAM and ICAM that measure how sticky things are can now be measured at the molecular level. These are vascular and intercellular adhesion molecules that have been implicated in the impaired circulation of the tiny vessels (capillaries) that eventually lead to heart attacks, strokes and loss of vision with such common conditions as macular degeneration and glaucoma.

The physician should also test platelet aggregation, fibrinogen, lipid peroxides, and other markers of free radical damage. Furthermore, s/he can monitor the level of activity (antibodies) to the various infectious agents now implicated in arteriosclerosis, such as chlamydia, CMV (Cytomegalovirus), Herpes, etc. Since virtually all of us test positive for these infectious agents, I routinely now recommend the use of immune-enhancing nutrients including Transfer Factor related compounds, Aloe Vera, Beta Glucan, etc. However, I also refer some seriously ill and/or immune-compromised patients for oxidative therapies such as IV Hydrogen Peroxide (H2O2) and/or the use of antibiotics.

Platelet aggregation tests show how sticky platelets become when challenged. Note: This leads to the bloodclots that we now recognize as the immediate cause of death in many heart attacks and strokes. Homocysteine (Note: This test may not be accurate if done using a serum separator tube. It also is more sensitive if a load such as 1.5 gm of methionine is taken orally 4 hours before in order to help identify the approximately 30% of us who are found to have this dangerous and (now) common, but still generally unrecognized problem.

Serum ferritin levels are done because many of us have dangerously elevated levels of iron because so many of us have mistakenly been taking vitamin and mineral supplements containing iron. Having elevated iron levels is as dangerous as having elevated lead. This iron overload is contributing to our already heavy metal poisoned bodies.

Fasting insulin levels, triglycerides/HDL ratio, Redox, pH, Resistance, APO E-2, 3, or 4, blood type testing, food allergy tests, these and many other tests are all useful in helping optimize our lifestyle and dietary program. Fatty acid analysis (on red blood cell membranes) and amino acid testing on urine or blood are all part of the extremely useful battery of tests that assists the properly trained health professional to individualize the optimal nutritional and life extension support programs for patients.

Generally, the more of these tests that we do, the more things you will find are sub-optimal. Fortunately, most of the abnormalities that we uncover can be greatly helped with the cardiovascular nutritional support products BC (Beyond Chelation), Wobenzym, and nutritionally based immune-enhancing supplements. Note: Many of these tests are available through specially licensed laboratories in the United States such as Immunosciences, Beverly Hills California, 800-950-4686; Great Smokies Diagnostic Lab, Asheville, North Carolina, 800-522-4762; Antibody Assay Laboratories, Santa Aha, California, 800522-2611; and Doctors Data, West Chicago, Illinois, 800-323-2784.

If These Tests are Difficult to Obtain You can Still Address Your Risk Factors with a Nutritionally Based Product

Most of these tests are now recognized as important in maintaining optimal health. I find these tests allow me to individualize and monitor the success of nutritional and lifestyle support programs that my patients choose to follow. We cannot expect overnight to have all of these tests widely available or get physicians up to speed on the proper interpretation of these tests, nor can we expect all of the insurance companies to suddenly agree to pay for all of these tests. They will probably pretend they're more of a longevity/anti-aging program rather than the standard practice of disease detection which our health insurance industry has chosen to focus upon. Since there will be many obstacles to making these tests widely available for everyone, I have chosen to focus on developing a cost-effective, convenient, affordable, clinically tested broad-spectrum nutritionally-based approach that addresses all of these newer risk factors

This program deals with the nutritional and metabolic aspects of vascular disease and aging itself. The program also deals with Homocysteine, which is a readily, nutritionally-responsive, widespread, newly recognized metabolic problem. We find that over 30% of people correctly and appropriately tested by a laboratory specializing in this test, will be above ideal values of 7 or below. Current research clearly shows that Homocysteine is such an important yet generally overlooked risk factor for many health problems, including Alzheimer's disease and Cancer, that it makes taking potentially dangerous drugs to control the levels of cholesterol appear to be an exercise in futility.

Living on Devitalized Food from Mineral Deficient Soils We Need Supplements More Than Ever Before

Homocysteinuria used to be a rare inborn metabolic error, but it has recently become a virtual epidemic. I believe this may be explained by a combination of factors, including dietary deficiencies of many essential nutrients, as well as an excessively high protein intake, with a body-burden of 1000 times more lead than was present before the industrial age, while getting less and less of the essential minerals such as zinc in our refined and processed foods.

No one but the American Heart Association doubts the advisability of taking anti-oxidants such as vitamin E & C in doses far beyond what the average diet provides us. Homocysteine has become such a common problem in our society today that it clearly would appear prudent to also protect ourselves by taking additional levels of folic acid, B6, B12, and even betaine hydrochloride. It has become clear to me that maintaining optimal health requires that we also routinely take chelating and detoxifying agents such as garlic and EDTA that will continuously help pull the toxins like lead, mercury, and pesticides, etc., out of the body. This way, we are not putting the essential nutrients like vitamin E, etc., into a polluted cesspool and expecting to get the full benefits of these miraculous nutrients.

Our Systems Must Now Deal with Lead & Heavy Metal Intruders

We know that on average, studies have shown that we have at least 1,000 times more lead in our brains, with even higher levels in our pituitary gland (that makes our vital human growth hormone) than we had before the industrial age and that other toxic heavy metals are being found in equally elevated levels in critical tissues and organs throughout our body, such as our kidneys, liver, and brain. Note: Congestive heart failure patients have recently been reported to have 22,000 times more mercury and 14,000 times more antimony in their hearts. We all get too much mercury, both from silver amalgam fillings and even from the fish we eat. I do not wait to start intravenous chelation for treating this massive epidemic of heavy metal toxicity from which we all suffer. Instead I routinely recommend taking oral chelation, daily. I designed Garlic Plus (as found in BC) to be such a formula. It is the chelation portion of the new all-purpose multiple nutrient support product (BC) and it provides incredible detoxification. The formula includes EDTA, which was approved by the FDA years ago for the treatment of asymptomatic levels of lead. Thus it improves IQ levels, immune system, energy, etc. I find this to be a very useful adjunct in detoxification, if not an essential therapy for all of us in our polluted world. (I also use ProAlgen.)

Excessive Levels of Lead in the Brain Lowers IQ

I recommend taking BC (containing 9 pills in convenient plastic packs) be taken at least once or preferably twice daily for everyone at least by age 9 in place of any standard multiple vitamin formula. This formula includes the essential fatty acids, GLA and EPA, which are well-documented nutrients for optimal longevity and daily functioning. With our need to maintain optimal brain function, we include Ginkgo and phosphatidylserine, the two most proven supplements for neurological protection (memory, vision, etc.) is also in BC. Taking other oral chelators such as alginates that have been specially processed for efficient heavy metal removal (ProAlgen) can further augment the benefits of detoxification. For extra anti-aging benefits, I still recommend IV chelation as described in the book I co-authored with Dr. Walker, but always with the oral chelating formula in BC, as well as the anti-inflammatory, anti-thrombotic Wobenzym, and the immune enhancer TF.

With 50% of our Population (over the age of 40) Dying Prematurely from Heart Disease, It's Time for a New Multi-Vitamin: A Cardio-Support Multi-Vitamin

Considering the need to protect our immune system, the need for essential nutrients, the need to detoxify our bloodstream and protect our cardiovascular systems, the well-documented need for a long term safe, anti-inflammatory, and the need to reduce heavy metals from our tissues and organs, the time has arrived for us to broaden our approach to optimal health with more comprehensive nutritionally balanced supplements. These supplements must not only remove excessive levels of metallic and other toxins, but simultaneously increase the levels of the nutrients that we now provably need if we are to win the fight against the multiple metabolic/environmental/infectious contributory causes of degenerative diseases, dementia, heart attacks, strokes and aging. The time is ripe to introduce my special Beyond Chelation formula to the American people.

Old Inadequate Theories Must Give Way to New Discoveries

We know that by following the old completely inadequate recommendations made by the American Heart Association and other health authorities, that we have only made a small dent in the number of deaths from stroke and heart attack. Their recommendations have led to entirely unhealthy dietary practices, along with the use of extremely ill advised cholesterol lowering drugs so commonly prescribed today. Cholesterol, unless it is oxidized, is a valuable nutrient which your body has to manufacture every day in order to help build the membranes of the new cells that we form continually to replace the dead and dying cells in our body. We find elevated antibodies to many forms of chronic infection in virtually everyone today. This strongly suggests that our immune systems are seriously weakened, partially as a result of the heavy metals and other toxins we ingest from our polluted environments, as well as our stressful and nutritionally deficient lifestyles.

I Haven't Had to Send One Patient to a Heart Surgeon for the Past 10 Years

Obviously, even if you fully optimize all these factors, no one can guarantee each individual will achieve complete success in restoring or maintaining good health. Nevertheless, based on my 40 years of clinical experience during the last 10 years of which I did not have to send a single patient for bypass or angioplasty surgery no matter how advanced their blockages were, I now believe that most degenerative and cardiovascular diseases can be improved and often nearly totally reversed with the special supplements described here, combined with the dietary and lifestyle recommendations that I have prescribed for my patients.

Dr. Dean Ornish has proven that those who are able to follow his more stringent approach of exercise, meditation, and dietary change have continued to improve over the years. He has shown that all arteriosclerosis is absolutely reversible. Why take the chance of dying or sustaining serious injury, pain, or brain damage associated with most vascular surgical procedures today, particularly when more and more experts are saying that surgery is not dealing with the cause of heart attacks or strokes. We must focus on the bloodstream and not the blood vessel. Current official guidelines have not substantially prevented cardiovascular related deaths from stroke and heart attacks.

Dr. Valentin Fuster, President of the American Heart Association, is on the Trail of Vulnerable Plaque

Dr. Valentin Fuster, a cardiologist, MD, PhD, at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York and President of the American Heart Association, has stated that arteries containing (vulnerable) plaque can now be identified by a high technology, super-fast, entirely painless, safe imaging MRI scanner. When this fragile clot ruptures, it leads to the formation of massive blood clots that suddenly cut off the supply of oxygenrich blood to the heart and/or brain, resulting in heart attack or stroke, respectively. Only by our new knowledge regarding vulnerable plaque can we now comprehend why some people with little or no apparent blockage can have a heart attack while others with almost completely blocked arteries may live for decades, often without any of the symptoms of cardiovascular disease.

When arteries close down slowly, the body compensates, often by producing new collateral circulation to go around the blocked area. The person may not even know that a significant artery in their body gradually closed off, because it was safely and reliably replaced by tiny new blood vessels, blood vessels that are not visible on the usual arteriogram studies in hospitals. These entirely inadequate and grossly misleading X-rays have led to many needless bypass and angioplasty procedures. It is, of course, important to stabilize the fragile vulnerable plaque lesions and experts are hoping that lipid-lowering approaches will show some benefits here, so I have included the powerful proven lipid-lowering and detoxifying power of red yeast and beta-sitosterol in the Beyond Chelation Formula.

The Roots of the Beyond Chelation Formula Reach Back 15 Years

In 1982, I began using the mucopolysaccaride heart attack prevention formula introduced to me by Dr. Lester Morrison, director of the Institute for Arteriosclerosis Research. Supported by this formula and a well-documented nutritional program, I saw better than a 90% reduction in heart attacks with my patients -- no matter how advanced their condition had become. This formula and the nutritional support program evolved through the years to become the basis of the Beyond Chelation formula: a full, comprehensive, cardio-vascular support multi-vitamin supplement suitable for the entire family.

Most informed health professionals now recognize the obvious limitations of vascular surgery and are much more open to learning about chelation, IV hydrogen peroxide and these new, synergistically developed cardiovascular support programs such as BC. They are beginning to understand the benefits as well as the limitations of all approaches for the prevention and treatment of heart attacks and strokes.

Arteriosclerosis is Not New, but the Treatment of It Can Be

Serious calcific arteriosclerotic changes in humans are not new. Careful studies showed the iceman, whose body was assessed at 5,000+ years old, was loaded with calcific arteriosclerosis. We find the same condition in Egyptian mummies, and onward to the present time. What is exciting in recent times, is that we finally have the means to analyze the components in the bloodstream and improve risk factors identified therein. Thus we can focus upon the unhealthy components of our bloodstream that cause irreparable damage and, rather than cutting out the areas in which they became lodged, we can provide the blood itself with the nutrients and other factors that will restore us to health. In our totally safe and effective program, this is exactly what the combination of oral substances, Wobenzym, Beyond Chelation, and the Immune enhancing nutrients, when used together, work to achieve. (Note: We always also recommend taking Co-Enzyme Q -- daily 60-120 mg.)

I believe that everyone needs blood thinning, anti-clotting, anti-platelet benefits from substances like vitamin E, garlic, Ginkgo biloba, Salmon oil (EPA), red algae, and the mucopolysaccarrides (special sugars or glyconutrients that help maintain the integrity of our body). Thus, we do not have to wait for new blood thinning drugs like the new super-aspirins with their still-to-be-discovered dangerous and possibly fatal side-effects, coming from the pharmaceutical industries. They know that aspirin, coumadin, and heparin are all affecting far too little of the bleeding and clotting cascade, often making it so imbalanced that serious damage occurs to patients taking them, while not significantly preventing fatal clots.

It is the synergistic action of natural nutrients that have well documented anti-platelet, blood thinning activities that has allowed the introduction of Beyond Chelation's affordable, unique clinically tested formula, initiated by years of research by Dr. Lester Morrison and Dr. Garry F. Gordon. (Note: See Dr. Lester Morrison's Heart Saver Program, St. Martin's Press. Dr. Lester Morrison published in 1941 in JAMA, the first article linking cholesterol to the heart disease problem, but please notice he didn't stop there. He went on to the far more important research with natural substances for altering blood viscosity and thus lowering the tendency of all of us to form a fatal blood clot too readily as is fully described in his excellent books and scientific articles).

This Website is Worth Reading!

In the website news release by Newsweek.com covering the work of Valentin Fuster (February, 1999) "The Role of Inflammation" is the title of a paragraph which states "evidence accumulated over the past year suggests that inflammation in the circulating blood may play an important role in triggering heart attacks by activating blood clotting mechanisms...which can stop blood flow (leading to death). During the inflammatory process, a substance, C-reactive protein, is produced in the blood. By measuring the blood levels of C-reactive protein, your doctor can now help predict the risk of heart attack." (Note: Inflammation makes clot dissolving, blood thinning drugs less effective, and so far inflammation has always been found in the vulnerable plaque that seems to be involved with heart attacks and strokes.)

The final paragraph in this portion of Dr. Fuster's report states that this study suggests that "anti-inflammatory drugs may improve the effectiveness of anti-clotting treatment in patients....All patients who smoke have elevated C-reactive protein."

There are many other new developments in this report including Gene Therapy, which clearly has great promise in the future but will undoubtedly be rather expensive and not widely available. Ail of the news in this report should make it very clear that no single approach, from IV chelation to bypass surgery, is anywhere near as comprehensive as it must be if we're going to deal with this truly complex disease that now has several additional, newly recognized but treatable contributing causes.

Read between the lines. Although the head of the American Heart Association (AHA) obviously cannot tell you that any given bypass surgery is unnecessary, he clearly has reported that most surgeons are not operating on the right plaque! Furthermore, the "right" plaque involves an inflammatory process and therefore requires medical and/or preferably nutritional therapies and not surgery.

Will You be One of the Courageous New Millennium Patients Who, In Saving Yourself, Will Help Educate Your Doctor?

There are many centers now becoming involved in looking for the important vulnerable plaque; therefore, soon patients will be enabled and empowered sufficiently to explain to their cardiologist that they would prefer a non-conventional and non-toxic approach to solving their cardiovascular problems, thus saving the cardiologist's surgical skills for patients seriously incapacitated and/or those who are unlikely to significantly alter their lifestyle.

Please note that my patients have not used the surgical approach, no matter how advanced the blockages were, because they became aware that all blockages have been shown to be reversible. (See D. Ornish, JAMA, approximately January 1999, recent report.)

As we stated earlier in this article, discoveries in alternative medicine and heart disease are surfacing at a very rapid rate. Thus, it would be well for you to continue to search the Internet and the news media regularly, especially because many of these discoveries are overnight making old theories appear entirely inadequate. As a case in point, the article referred to earlier by Dr. Fuster brings attention to the fact that for many people, dietary fat restriction has little or no benefit. This statement applies mainly to those of us who have a healthier gene (known as APO E3).

For those health practitioners who would like to review the February Newsweek article, they can visit www.gordonresearch.com and link with it. Those with sufficient time to get an in-depth insight into vulnerable plaque and the rapid changes in the field of cardiology should read the book Vulnerable Plaque by Valentin Fuster. (Available for $115 from the American Heart Association or www.Amazon.com.)

What we have to recognize is that science marches on and has shown us all that no one has a broad enough understanding of heart disease. Now, as we enter the 21st century, we can begin to come together, and all of us benefit from these important and exciting developments. Hopefully, this knowledge will make it clear to everyone involved in trying to treat and prevent heart disease, from the jogger, meditator, nutritionist, and chelation doctor to the cardiologist and heart surgeon, that all of what we have been doing is not enough, and there is room here to help all patients, with these breakthroughs, to live a longer and healthier life, using wherever possible, the most natural approaches where we obviously find the least potential for harm. If we base our natural supplement recommendations on these important new developments, I am convinced from my own experience that we can, using properly formulated, and targeted nutritional supplements, make death from heart attacks and strokes virtually a thing of the past.

Bypass surgery is finally on its way out. After all, it never substantially reduced the later development of heart attacks and/or strokes and it either killed or seriously injured many patients and it has wasted billions of our health care dollars treating the wrong problem.

Since I believe that following the recommendations above will lead to a far longer life span for your patients, and, as the founder of The International Academy of Advanced Longevity Medicine (InCALM), I invite you to look into our organization, open to all health professionals interested in anti-aging training and certification.

Correspondence:

Garry F. Gordon, MD, President

Gordon Research Institute

P.O. Box 2609

Payson, Arizona 85547 USA

Email: drgary@netzone.com or docgfg@aol.com

Townsend Letter for Doctors & Patients.

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By Garry F. Gordon

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