Cardiovascular Disease – A Look On How Alternative Medicine Can Help
Bryan T McConnell, ND, DO
Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the number one cause of death today, and it can largely be prevented with lifestyle and alternative medicine therapies you may not know about.
Every eight minutes someone has a heart attack in the U.S., affecting both sexes and present in all racial and ethnic groups, claiming the lives of over 960,000 Americans every year. The belief that it is 100% genetic is simply false. Genetics are like the loaded gun; environment/lifestyle pulls the trigger. One can go our entire lives with a loaded gun without ever pulling the trigger. This is how important lifestyle is – diet and exercise.
Cardiovascular disease rises with increasing obesity and lack of physical exercise, exacerbated by diets rich in trans-fatty acids, excessive red meat and other meats high in saturated fat (chicken, shrimp). Diabetes mellitus, the “adult-onset type,” by and large preventable, is a great risk for heart disease, with a risk equal to that of having a prior heart attack.
Other risk factors for heart disease include low testosterone, body burden of heavy metals such as lead, mercury, cadmium, and even iron. Mainstream medicine intervenes with angioplasty (balloon dilatation of coronaries), placement of stents, and CABG (open heart coronary artery bypass where entire sections of coronaries are bypassed with veins, usually harvested from the lower legs). How much better is it to prevent the buildup of dangerous plaque within not only the coronaries but carotids, femoral arteries, and blood vessels feeding our organs.
In addition to a mostly vegan dietary regimen and 30-60 minutes of cardiovascular exercise most days, EFAs (Essential Fatty Acids) and heavy metal reduction are recommended. EDTA is FDA approved for chelating lead, aluminum and cadmium. EDTA (ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid) is an amino acid that bind to heavy metals to form a chelate, which is then carried out of the body via the urine. When in the bloodstream, EDTA binds to calcium as well, part of the atherosclerotic (plaque) burden, and removes this deleterious calcium from the plaque. EDTA also functions as a powerful free radical quencher, helping protect cellular membranes, DNA, enzyme systems, and lipoproteins from the destructive effects of heavy metals, as well as helping to resuscitate cellular mitochondria, the “power plants” of every cell in the body. Dr McConnell offers Heavy Metal Challenge testing, with a 4 hour urine collection following an intravenous administration of EDTA. A sample of this is sent to Doctor’s Data where the heavy metals are quantified by mass spectrometry testing.
Dr Bryan McConnell, ND, DO and his wife Teresa own and operate the Nature Cure Clinic at 3280 S Camino Del Sol, Ste 124, in Green Valley, AZ. They offer complimentary testing for cardiovascular disease with an FDA approved device, the RM3A and Max Pulse. The initial screening is non-invasive (uses a finger phlethysmography device to measure the arterial pulses of the fingers and toes) and takes 3 minutes to perform