HEART, VASCULAR, CHOLESTEROL, HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE AND DIABETES CLINIC
Terry Chappell, MD
Celebration of Health Association
The first considerations are diet, exercise and stress control to prevent or treat the various diseases of circulation. Blood pressure is very important, even more so from recent studies. Cholesterol and other lipids are a factor, but only one of many. Half of those who die of heart attacks have normal cholesterols. If your HDL (the good cholesterol) is low, you really need to exercise. For primary prevention you have to treat 100 people with high cholesterol with a statin drug to prevent one heart attack. Statins do help some to prevent heart attacks and strokes, but usually red yeast does as well. Either way, it is very important that you take some CoEnzyme Q10, because you lose it when you take these substances and you need it for a healthy heart.
Non-insulin dependent diabetes is largely preventable or at least controllable with diet. For most patients, I suggest a restricted carbohydrate diet. The dieticians were wrong. Studies show that the RCD works better than the exchange diet. A raw food diet is difficult, but the results might even be better. There are some excellent herbal and nutrient preparations that can help with BP, lipids, and blood sugar control but nothing that will take the
place of diet, exercise and stress control.
In my experience, three of the most important factors in preventing circulation problems and heart attacks are preventing abnormal clotting without increasing the risk of hemorrhage, reducing inflammation and removing toxic metals, especially lead and mercury. Intravenous EDTA chelation therapy does all three, I think better and safer than any other treatment program. If clotting is a risk, we often add nattokinase and fish oils. Plavix carries too big a risk of brain hemorrhage for routine use. For inflammation, statin drugs are more dangerous and there is no conclusive evidence that they work any better than fish oils, EDTA, and perhaps some proteolytic enzymes. Nothing is as broad as EDTA for removing toxic metals. The American Heart Association journal demonstrated that even small amounts of lead dramatically increase the risk for heart disease, stroke, cancer, and Alzheimer’s disease. And yet the authors
declined to recommend any treatment for it. We treat it early and vigorously because we feel elevated lead is a big factor that deserves attention.
If you have had a heart attack and are at least 50 y.o., you might qualify for the NIH-funded study at our office called TACT. It is free and might provide you with great benefit. Please call if you have any interest in this important study.