By Dr. Harold Borrero
Heart Disease Can Be Reversed
By Dr. Harold Borrero
Heart disease is still the leading cause of death in the United States and can take a number of various forms. The most common type is coronary artery disease, which is identified by the narrowing or blockage of the blood vessels that supply blood to the heart. Although many symptoms vary on the type of heart disease the person has, the warning signs include:
- Discomfort or pain in the chest
- Shortness of breath
- Felling dizzy or lightheaded especially after exercising
It is commonly believed by many that heart attacks are commonly caused by plaque buildup in any of the 4 major arteries leading to the heart. These plaques were thought to be composed of cholesterol that built up in the arterial lumen (inside of the vessel), which eventually cuts off blood supply to a certain area of the heart, resulting in oxygen deficiency in that area, causing first pain (angina), then progressing to ischemia (heart attack).
So what is the sequence of events that leads to a heart attack? First there is a decrease in the healing activity of the parasympathetic nervous system which in many cases the pathology for heart attack will not progress unless this condition is met. Then what happens is an increase in the sympathetic nervous system activity, usually caused by a physical or emotional stressor.
This explains why those individual who had a heart attack often feel very tired prior to their event. This also explains why a diet liberal in fat and low in sugar is crucial for heart health.
So let’s say that you experienced some chest pain and fatigue and you made an appointment to see your doctor and they schedule a stress test and lab work. The lab work comes back with low HDL and moderate increase in LDL, sugar levels were normal as well as your CBC (complete blood count). The stress test comes back positive for possible heart disease or possible blockage. Your doctor then suggest to you that you need an angioplasty procedure to look and see if you may have a blockage and possibly put a stent in your artery.
Wait a minute! This is an invasive surgery procedure which comes with its fair share of risks such as blood clots which can lead to a heart attack, bleeding and kidney damage from the dye used during the procedure.
Why do we want to put ourselves through this procedure, maybe to obtain relief from the pain (angina) we had during the stress test? Is there an alternative to angioplasty? Can we reverse this blockage or heart disease as it is known? The answer is YES!!
Many studies which have been published have shown that a combination of lifestyle changes and diet can certainly help in reducing and reversing heart disease. Especially if you have stable Heart Disease, lifestyle changes should be your goal to treatment.
The primary reason I studied Naturopathy, was to learn how I could teach others to improve their quality of life with lifestyles changes, diet and nutrition. I had some prior health issues and after studying naturopathy I applied these same principals in my life and I have personally seen the effects of which I have implemented which has led me to a path of good health.
So what do we need to do?
- You should be looking to consume foods which are unprocessed and organic.
- Eat more raw vegetables and fruits daily
- Avoid all sodas, fast foods and foods which contain high fructose corn syrup, bleached flour, hydrogenated oils and white breads, pork, bacon, hotdogs and red meat.
- Increase your intake of fiber. Studies have shown that people who added more fiber to their diet had a lower risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes.
- Comprehensive exercise such as walking, biking, swimming, jogging, playing tennis or basketball and even golfing.
- Reduce the stress in your life. You cannot be healthy if you allow yourself to be stressed since your emotional state plays a major role in every physical disease. Listen to quiet relaxing music. When I feel a little stress, I will listen to classical music especially the piano or violin sonata which is very relaxing. I also like to listen to Salsa music as well since it tends to perk me up. Go for walks; go to church, sometimes getting outside and talking with people helps to reduce stress. Do something that is fun, watch a funny movie. Laughter has been shown to reduce stress and increase endorphins to fight free radicals which cause disease.
- Avoid listening to depressing news on TV.
- Don’t just sit and watch TV all day! Get busy and do things, be active!
- Avoid alcohol and smoking.
Now I want to suggest some supplements which can also be very helpful. Before you begin using any supplement, you should consider doing a detoxification cleansing of your digestive system to assist with elimination.
Here are some supplements which can help in combating heart disease and provide some antioxidant protection.
- Hawthorn Berry
- Cholesterol Maintenance
- Cinnamon Bark, Turmeric, Garlic
- Coenzyme Q10
- Krill Oil
- Daily Fiber (Noni, Chia seeds, Oat Bran, Artichoke, Flaxseed, Papaya)
Foods which you should include in your diet:
- Vegetables (raw)
- Brown or Red rice
- Whole wheat and grains
- Whole Oats
- Organic Chicken
- Organic Eggs
- Green Tea
And drink lots of water all day long.
Caution!! If you are currently under medical care and taking medications, consult with your physician before taking any supplements.
Now is a time in which you can take control of your health and have hope for a long and healthy life. You have to ability to reverse Heart Disease if you make lifestyle changes and improve your nutritional intake. Yes you can reverse Heart Disease! May God Bless you and God Bless America!