by Dr. Lawrence Wilson

© February 2021, LD Wilson Consultants, Inc.


All information in this article is for educational purposes only.  It is not for the diagnosis, treatment, prescription or cure of any disease or health condition.






The Heart Needs A Lot Of Blood

Symptoms Of A Heart Attack

Double Medical Failure

Personal Experience



Slow Oxidizer – or Thrombotic

Fast Oxidizer – or The Vicious Cycle



Copper and Zinc

Calcium and Magnesium


Oxide Compounds Of Minerals

Other Nutrients



The Development Program

Medical Prevention





Hair Mineral Test Indicators For A Potential Heart Attack

Other Articles About Cardiovascular Health Conditions







A heart attack is an interruption of the blood supply to the heart.  It is also called a myocardial event or myocardial infarction. Another word for it is a coronary event.

Heart attacks and strokes are the leading cause of death for adults in most nations.  However, current medical and even natural methods of prevention are poor, in our view.  As a result, each year thousands of people die needlessly!  Tissue mineral testing and The Development Program offer answers.




The heart requires a lot of blood because the heart is a special muscle that operates all of the time, 24 hours per day.  It is the only such muscle.  All other muscles work at times, and then rest at times.  Only the heart works all of the time, resting only in between beats. 

If the heartÕs blood supply is interrupted for even a few seconds, the heart muscle, which needs a lot of blood, starts to die.  If the blood supply stops for more than a minute or two, irreversible damage tends to occur to the heart muscle.  If the blood supply stops, even partially, for more than about 10 minutes, usually the heart is damaged beyond repair. 




            This depends a lot on the severity of the heart attack.  If mild, there may be no symptoms at all, or just a little pain or fatigue.

If the heart attack is more severe, usually but not always there will be more symptoms.  They may include sharp pain in the chest area, that may radiate to the left arm and down the arm, as well.  At times, however, there is little pain or it radiates elsewhere.

Usually, one will feel weak, sweaty, nauseous and may collapse from impaired blood flow to the brain and other areas of the body.  Sometimes one will feel a crushing pressure in the chest, as if someone is sitting on your chest or has a heavy weight on the chest.

            The rhythm of the heart may be affected, as can blood pressure and pulse rate.  Women tend to have fewer symptoms than men.




The medical approach to cardiovascular health is lacking in at least two areas:

1. Doctors do not inform patients of the intimate connection between specific nutrients and cardiovascular health.  We discuss this topic in more depth in the Nutrition Section below.

2. Doctors of all kinds routinely miss the warning signs of the most fatal kind of heart attacks.  This causes thousands of preventable deaths each year in men and women of all ages.  Here are some examples:




In my 20s, I worked for a wonderful social worker.  One day he mentioned that he was having heart palpitations.  He consulted at least two doctors about it.  Not long afterwards, he had a fatal heart attack.  He was about 48 years old.  I only heard about his death a few months later from a friend, but it was a terrible shock and great loss that affected many people.

At age 33, I lived in an apartment complex.  A neighbor, age 28, came over one day and told me he was having some fluttering and heart palpitations.  I suggested a development program, but he did not follow through.  A few weeks later I came home one day and he had died in his apartment of a heart attack.

When I was about 40, I knew a gentle Indian man, about age 52, who had a lovely family.  He was a natural healer.  He had no heart symptoms that I knew of.  However, he an upsetting experience one day, had a heart attack and died.

The husbands of two friends died quickly of heart attacks with no warning or symptoms at all.  Both were men about 55 years old.

Two excellent doctors who researched natural cancer therapies, Nicholas Gonzalez, MD and Harold Manner, Phd, died suddenly of heart attacks, a great loss.

Another neighbor of mine, age 65, was in good health, according to his doctor.  His arteries were not clogged and his blood pressure was normal.

My neighbor had no cardiovascular symptoms at all.  However, one day he suffered a heart attack that nearly killed him.  A possible trigger was that he had recently put new carpeting in his home.  It was somewhat toxic and this could have aggravated other biochemical imbalances in his body.  The role of triggers for fatal heart attacks is explained below.

My neighbor was taken to the hospital, where doctors checked him.  His arteries were clean, his blood pressure was normal and his blood tests were normal.  So they sent him home two days after his first heart attack.  The next day he suffered another heart attack that killed him.

One wonders how the doctors could mistreat such a serious health condition?

Among the several thousand who follow a development program, the only heart attack ever reported was someone who had a previous heart attack and had a stint that clogged up, and it was mild.


Why were these all men?  Because the type of heart attack they had has to do with a copper deficiency.  Women tend to have higher copper levels than men, and this may protect them somewhat from this type of heart attack.





In fact, there are two types of heart attacks. 




This is the type with which doctors are familiar.  They occur when a small piece of arterial plaque breaks free from an artery and moves to the heart area.

There it lodges and blocks a coronary artery, which are the arteries that supply blood to the heart muscle.  The area served by this artery is then deprived of blood, and therefore of oxygen and nutrients, and the muscle dies, or is damaged to some degree.

Slow oxidation.  Our research indicates that this type of heart attack usually occurs in slow oxidizers.  This is a metabolic type, a concept not used in mainstream or natural health care but one we find is very important.  For details, read Metabolic Typing.

These individuals tend to develop clogged arteries with a buildup of calcium, toxic metals or fatty plaques in the arteries.  They also tend to have more sluggish circulation, which can also lead to plaque buildup.

            Hair tissue mineral analyses on these individuals usually reveal high tissue levels of calcium and magnesium, and lower levels of sodium and potassium.  Blood tests will not reveal this.

Toxic metals.  The tissue levels of toxic metals such as cadmium are always excessive.  However, this may or may not be revealed on early tests because the toxic metals are hidden deep within body tissues, including the artery walls.

The individuals also do not have enough adaptive energy to remove the toxic metals.  Only later, when the adaptive energy level increases due to a development program, the metals are often revealed on repeat hair mineral tests.  The test measures minerals that are being eliminated from the body through the skin and hair. For more details, read Slow Oxidation.

            These heart attacks are often non-fatal because only one coronary artery is involved.  Even if a portion of the heart muscle dies, the rest of the heart muscle can often sustain life.

If one survives the heart attack, and if one rests, eats properly and takes the correct nutritional supplements, the body grows new blood vessels to restore blood circulation to the heart.  On a development program, one may even clear and rebuild the clogged artery.  For details about this program, read Introduction To The Development Program.

In this manner, after this type of heart attack one can live for years, especially if one cares for the body correctly.

We donÕt endorse or recommend the standard medical treatment for this type of heart attack - bypass surgery.  This topic is discussed later in this article.  A development program will usually clear the arteries by reversing the process that caused the clogging and inflammation of the arteries in the first place – nutritional deficiencies and toxic metal poisoning.  No drugs or surgery are usually required.




This type of heart attack is not well understood by medical personnel, but it accounts for most of the deaths! 

Detectable and preventable.  In fact, this type of heart attack can be predicted and prevented using hair tissue mineral analysis.  However, this inexpensive screening test is rarely, if ever done in doctorÕs offices and clinics.  Once detected, the mineral imbalance that causes these heart attacks can be corrected with the development program, preventing these fatal heart attacks.

The sequence of events.  The arteries have muscles in their walls.  In this type of heart attack, the arterial muscles contract or spasm to such a degree that they can stop the flow of blood to the heart.

The heart attack is actually a vicious cycle that occurs within seconds.  The shock of a coronary artery spasm causes an alarm reaction in the body.  This further stresses the body, causing even more spasms of the coronary arteries until all the coronary arteries constrict.  If the vicious cycle is not broken, death usually results.

This type of heart attack is often fatal because it affects most or all of the coronary arteries at the same time.  Thus there is less chance for the heart to continue receiving enough oxygen and nourishment to continue beating and more heart tissue dies.

            Underlying body chemistry.  According to mineral testing research, this situation occurs mainly in people with a particular biochemical imbalance in their bodies called a fast oxidation rate.

In these individuals, the hair tissue levels of calcium and magnesium tend to be quite low, usually less than 30 mg% or 300 ppm of calcium and usually less than 3 mg% or 30 ppm of magnesium.  The hair sodium and potassium levels are often quite elevated due to stress.  For more details, read Fast Oxidation.

There are other underlying mineral imbalances that are also very important. They are discussed in the section on hair analysis below.

Other risk factors.  Emotions such as anger, resentment and other strong feelings may play a role in the causation of this type of heart attack.  Age is a risk factor because older people are usually more fragile and more malnourished.  Exposure to toxins of any kind is another risk factor, as occurred in the case history at the beginning of this article.

Triggers.  This type of heart attack can occur at any time, not just during exercise.  There may be a trigger that upsets the nervous system and further depletes calcium and magnesium, worsening the biochemical imbalance of fast oxidation.  This could be exercise, but it could be some other stressor, such as a dietary indiscretion or even just fatigue.  It could even occur due to getting angry or upset with a friend or a situation.




Some people have both clogged arteries and a fast oxidation rate with a low sodium/potassium ratio.  They are at even greater risk of a fatal heart attack.




ZINC AND COPPER.  Both of these minerals are required for connective tissue health.  The arteries and veins and connective tissue.  Everyone today is low in zinc because the soil is deficient in zinc.  For this reason, our food is all low in zinc.  All babies are born low in zinc because of zinc deficiency in the mothers.  For details, read Zinc.

Copper imbalance is also very common due to adrenal gland weakness and other factors.  Low copper is associated with athersclerosis.  Elevated copper destroys vitamin C, which is required for connective tissue health.  For details, read Copper Toxicity Syndrome.


CALCIUM AND MAGNESIUM.  These two minerals are extremely important for the heart rhythm, and for maintaining the oxidation rate.  Low calcium and magnesium are almost universal today due to food refining, pasteurization of milk, and low levels of these minerals in the soils of the earth.  For details, read Calcium and Magnesium.


CADMIUM.  Cadmium replaces zinc in the arteries and causes hardening and inflammation of the arteries.  For this reason, it is highly associated with heart attacks and other cardiovascular conditions such as high blood pressure and strokes.

Cadmium toxicity is extremely widespread in the population.  Habits such as smoking cigarettes and the use of marijuana make this problem much worse.  This is why smoking is associated with more heart attacks.  Cadmium is found in cigarette papers and in tobacco and marijuana.  For details, read Cadmium.




            Oxides of certain minerals build up in the body and cause intense irritation of the tissues.  For example, the connection between iron toxicity and heart disease is well known.  For details, read The Amigos – Iron, Manganese and Aluminum.  Also read Iron Toxicity and Hemochromatosis.




            The heart and the arteries also requires other minerals such as selenium and chromium.  They also require many vitamins such as vitamins A, B, C, D, E and others.  The first medical failure regarding cardiovascular health is not informing people about the close connection between nutrition and cardiovascular health.






Prevention involves following the development diet and taking about eight targeted nutritional supplements.  It also requires a healthful lifestyle with plenty of rest and sleep, and only gentle exercise.  We also recommend several healing and detoxification procedures to remove toxic metals and improve overall health.

Hair mineral testing.  We use repeat hair mineral testing to detect and correct a number of mineral imbalances associated with the risk of heart attacks.  These are discussed at the end of this article under Other Topics.  We find we cannot use blood, urine or other testing methods to find these indicators.

Other principles.  The development program uses a number of other principles that few other programs use together.  They include avoiding all toxic substances and procedures, focusing on detoxification, moving energy in a downward direction, lots of rest and gentle exercise only, and restoring minerals to the body through the diet, kelp supplements, sea salt, beef bone broth, and a little carrot juice.  For more details, read Introduction To The Development Program.

The cleanup period.  We know that most people have some clogging of the arteries, even at those 30 years old.  During World War II, almost 80 years ago, this was found in 20-year-old American soldiers.  We also know that everyone has some toxic metals poisoning that can contribute to high blood pressure and other cardiovascular problems.

The first several years of a development program we call cleanup.  At this time, the body goes through a healing and detoxification process that clears some of the tendency for heart attacks discussed above. 




This is mainly the use of scans to check for clogging of the arteries and checking blood pressure, other signs of impaired circulation, serum markers for inflammation such as C-reactive protein, and correction of risk factors such as smoking and lack of exercise.

These measures are all good, but they are not enough to detect the biochemical imbalances associated with fast oxidizer heart attacks.  Also, if doctors find clogged arteries, which are common, they often want to rush the person into bypass surgery.  In our view, this surgery is terrible and not needed.  It is discussed below.




The development program.  This is a very precise program that goes far beyond simply good nutrition and supplementation.  It will clean out clogged arteries, lower blood pressure by reducing kidney toxicity and increasing the flexibility of arteries, and it can often rebuild the heart muscle to some degree.  Using this method, many people can live a normal life after a heart attack.

Chelation therapy.  We do not use or ever recommend chelating drugs, which we find unnecessary and dangerous.  For details, read Chelation.

Medical treatment - bypass surgery.  Those who have had a heart attack are often pressured into having emergency surgery to replace clogged pieces of their coronary arteries with plastic tubes or veins that the doctor obtains from other parts of the body.

This surgery is very dangerous, very costly, and statistics indicate it does not extend life.  It has many other side effects, such as brain fog from the toxic effects of the anesthetics and other drugs used during and after the long surgery. One cannot have long surgery without becoming filled with toxic anesthesia drugs.  The brain is not the same afterwards.

Usually, no other options are offered to the patient, and the patient is told he or she must have the surgery immediately.

Drugs.  Heart patients are often put on several drugs for the rest of their lives that add toxicity to the body and do nothing to rebuild and restore health.

Cardiac rehabilitation.  Physical therapy is helpful for some people after a heart attack.






An imbalanced oxidation rate.  An imbalanced oxidation rate, either fast or slow, is a risk factor for heart attacks.  Screening for clogged arteries can be helpful except if they are found, we donÕt recommend surgery, but rather a healing and devlopment program to reverse the clogging, also called arteriosclerosis or atherosclerosis.


Low sodium/potassium ratio.  This mineral ratio in the hair, not the blood, plays a vital role in heart attacks.  It indicates the electrical balance of the cells.

If it is low – less than 2.5 – this increases the risk of a heart attack.  The lower it is, the greater the risk.  For more details, read The Hair Sodium/Potassium Ratio.


The step up pattern.  An even stronger indicator for a heart attack or stroke is if all the following are present:


- The oxidation rate is fast

- The sodium/potassium ratio is less than 2.5

- The calcium/magnesium ratio is less than 5.

- The mineral levels have a special look on a calibrated chart.  They look like steps moving upward to the right.

This combination is called the step up pattern or stepping out of life in advanced acupuncture.  It is an important indicator for a future heart attack or other health catastrophe such as a stroke.

Finding this indicator alone would save many lives.




The following are less reliable indicators:


1. High level of cadmium, in particular, especially with a low zinc level.  This is associated with arteriosclerosis, in many cases.


2. A calcium shell.  This is associated with calcification of the soft tissues, which may include the arteries, particularly if a person is older than 50.


3. Inflammation patterns.  Inflammation can affect the arteries and lead to plaque formation and arteriosclerosis or atherosclerosis.

  These include an elevated sodium/potassium ratio, a four highs pattern, or a double high ratio pattern.




This website contains several other articles about cardiovascular health conditions.  For details, click here.



Home | Hair Analysis | Saunas | Books | Articles | Detox Protocols

Courses | About Dr. Wilson | The Free Basic Program