ARTERIOSCLEROSIS AND ATHEROSCLEROSIS
By Dr. Lawrence Wilson
© August 2016, L.D. Wilson Consultants, Inc.
All information in this article is solely the opinion of the author and is for educational purposes only. It is not for the diagnosis, treatment, prescription or cure of any disease or health condition.
Definitions: Arteriosclerosis is a multi-step process that is the leading cause of death in the Western nations of the world at this time.
Atherosclerosis is the buildup of fatty plaques or layers of fat inside the arteries. This is often a later stage of arterial disease.
The sequence of events. Here is the sequence of events that causes artery disease:
1. The arteries become weak and inflamed due to nutritional imbalances in the body.
2. The weakness causes the body to coat the weakened artery on the inside with calcium plaques to prevent it from rupturing. Rupturing an artery is a health disaster than usually causes death. Anything is better than a ruptured artery!
3. The calcium plaques, however, have at least two very bad effects. First, the plaques reduce the inside diameter of the artery. Secondly, they harden the artery. Arteries are supposed to be soft and flexible.
4. The smaller diameter of the artery causes reduced blood flow through the artery.
The hardening of the artery causes high blood pressure because the artery cannot expand and contract each time the heart beats. Also, when there is not enough blood flow, the body tries to pump more blood through the artery by raising the pressure of the blood.
5. Reduced blood flow and high blood pressure cause:
1. Impaired circulation and cold extremities.
2. Strokes and heart attacks because pieces of plaque from clogged arteries break off and float around the body.
3. Death. A weakened artery, especially if the blood pressure is high, can break open and the bleeding is often fatal.
I. CAUSES FOR ARTERIOSCLEROSIS AND ATHEROSCLEROSIS
The medical profession blames smoking, diabetes, high cholesterol, high triglycerides, or other diseases for the problems of arteriosclerosis. However, they ignore the deeper causes, which are listed below:
Four big changes in the Western diet (listed below) have contributed a lot to the recent rise of diseases of modern civilization, such as diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, tooth decay & cancer.
N-P-K chemical fertilizers. The first change was the adoption of superphosphate fertilizers in the early 20th century. Plants grow big and fast with N-P-K chemicals (Nitrogen-Phosphorus-Potassium) but the plants contain many fewer essential minerals when fertilized this way.
Specifically, we no longer get enough magnesium, iodine, good quality potassium, zinc, manganese and other vital minerals from our diet. For more on this important subject, read Superphosphates on this site.
Chlorinated drinking water. In the 60s, a US Army combat surgeon, Dr Joseph M. Price, observed the heavy arterial plaques when operating on young and otherwise healthy wounded soldiers. He somehow figured that the army issue chlorine tablets were involved and after leaving the army studied the effects of chlorine on chickens. He published his findings in 1969 in the book
"Coronaries Cholesterol Chlorine", which resulted in today's poultry industry not feeding chickens with chlorinated water. However, we still chlorinate the drinking water and the findings on chlorine have been largely ignored.
Modern hybridized wheat. Wheat has become a very irritating and inflammatory food item. A good book about the subject is by William Davis, MD, a preventive cardiologist. He wrote Wheat Belly: Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight.
There is also a talk by Dr. Davis on this subject on Youtube at:
There is also a blog about this subject called Wheat's Cardiotoxicity: As Serious As A Heart Attack. It is available at:
Consuming vegetable oils. The conventional wisdom about cholesterol is completely backwards. People have been taught that the polyunsaturated vegetable oils (i.e. liquid at room
temperature) are better than eating saturated fat. This is not true.
The reason is they are high in omega-6 fatty acids, which cause inflammation.
They include oils from corn, soy, canola, safflower, sunflower, peanut and perhaps others. A little of these is okay, and some are found in blue corn chips, which I highly recommend.
Omega-3 needed. However, one must take a supplement of the omega-3 fatty acids with them, or eat 3-4 cans of sardines weekly to obtain the omega-3 fatty acids needed to balance the omega-6 fatty acids found in all vegetable oils.
The fat in butter, olive oil, sardines, and that from grass fed animals is among the best. People on a higher cholesterol/higher saturated fat diet have less heart disease !!
"Numerous populations consuming high amounts of saturated fat have been observed to enjoy extremely low rates of heart disease. These populations have been consistently ignored by promoters of the anti-fat/cholesterol theory."
2. TOXIC METALS
This is a very important cause of cardiovascular disease. For example, cadmium can replace zinc in the arteries. When this occurs, the arteries become more rigid, brittle and inflamed. Copper toxicity and toxicity with other toxic metals also affects the arteries.
Here is a quick story. An engineer friend of mine ran a factory that made surgical gloves. He explained that if he wanted the gloves to be more flexible, he added more zinc to the rubber used to make the gloves. If he wanted the gloves to be more rigid, he added more cadmium to the rubber used to make the gloves.
I replied – that is exactly what occurs in the arteries of our bodies, as well!
3. OTHER NUTRIENT DEFICIENCIES
Many nutrients are needed for the arteries and veins. Refined food diets and junk food diets are deficient in dozens of them. This contributes to inflammation and weakness of the arteries.
4. STRESS FROM ANY CAUSE
Stress depletes zinc and other nutrients, and increases the body’s need for nutrients.
II. NUTRITIONAL BALANCING CAN REVERSE ARTERIAL DISEASE
A complete nutritional balancing program, when properly designed and followed, can and will reverse arteriosclerosis (calcium plaques in the arteries) and atherosclerosis (fat deposits in the arteries). This occurs because the program improves the integrity of the arteries and the body no longer needs to coat them to protect them from rupturing.
Correction can take a few months to a few years, depending upon how longstanding and how severe the problem is. However, with patience and persistence, the arteries can be rejuvenated.
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