Very recently, something happened in the medical world. You may not have heard about it yet, but it still has heads spinning. And you can bet that this is just the beginning.
In fact, it could change the way that we treat and view the most lethal disease in the country.
Not only that, it could also change the way that medical devices and procedures are approved… and it might even change how the medical establishment views what is the ‘standard of care’ of treating almost any disease.
No, it wasn’t the discovery of a new cure. Not exactly, anyway.
It was a study published in the Lancet, one of the most important and influential medical journals out of Europe, and it looked at one of the most commonly performed procedures for coronary artery disease.
And you know what the study found? That it doesn’t work.
At least, that it doesn’t work any better than the fake version of the same procedure.
And up until this study was published, it was conventional wisdom that it was a waste of time and money to do anything other than unclogging the arteries.
Now, it appears that if you have a blocked artery, the last thing you need is a stent implant.
So, if you’ve been diagnosed with this potentially killer disease… and your doctor is urging you to get a stent procedure… you need to know what your other options are.
And if your doctor is up to date on the latest when it comes to stents, you’ll want to arm yourself with all the information you need to keep him from piling multiple drugs on you as an ‘alternative’.
Half the time, stents are a SHAM
We hear about new studies all the time… and I love sharing the latest research with you.
But sometimes, the latest scientific findings may not seem like such a ‘big deal’ – at least not on their own.
I’m here to tell you, however, that this one is a very, very big deal.
In the new study, which was funded by Europe’s National Institute for Health Research, a total of 230 patients with chest pain and severe coronary artery blockage were given one of two procedures.
They either had a stent (a metal tube) inserted into the blocked artery to open it, or they had a ‘sham’ medical procedure, during which nothing was done other than place some other kind of wire in their body.1
Upon their follow-ups, there were no differences in exercise capacity and chest pain between the two groups.
That is to say, there was no difference in outcomes – whether they had the stent procedure or not!
Even though stent placement is the ‘standard of care’ for the treatment of chest pain (angina) in a heart patient who’s considered ‘stable’ (not actively having a heart attack), the authors say that “there is no evidence from blinded, placebo controlled randomised trial to show its efficacy.”
Now, if you’re having an active heart attack, a stent can save your life. I’m not against a stent in that scenario.
But this study looked at non-emergency situations, in which the patients had chest pain and a severe blockage… but no active heart attack.
Everything they thought they knew got turned on its head
As you can imagine, this study has sent reverberations throughout the conventional medical world and mainstream media.
In fact, when the story broke, the New York Times released a breathless headline that read: “‘Unbelievable’: Heart Stents Fail to Ease Chest Pain.”2
This was such a big breakthrough that, as some media outlets reported, heart doctors were cancelling their patients’ stent procedures in the wake of it!3
That might seem a bit rash, but considering the fact that heart disease is one of the top killers in the world – and unclogging clogged arteries with stents is the most common means that conventional doctors have to ‘fix’ this issue – anything that questions the efficacy or validity of that procedure deserves some pretty serious attention.
Journalists may call this news ‘shocking’ and ‘unbelievable’, but integrative medical doctors like me have been ‘preaching’ for a long time that heart disease is not really about unclogging arteries.
It’s not as simple as a plumber unclogging a clogged pipe!
Yet every conventional doctor has been so focused on ‘flushing’ all the cholesterol they can out of your arteries.
This study has already started and will hopefully continue opening everyone’s eyes – both on the conventional and unconventional sides – to the fact that treating heart disease, chest pain, atherosclerosis, and cardiac-related death is not as simple as taking a blocked artery and then unblocking it!
But, as I said, the integrative medical world has known that for a long time.
You’ve got to start at the beginning
Sad to say, this latest research is probably not going to put all of us in a better place – at least, not right away.
Sure, it pokes a hole in the use of stents… and it casts a shadow of doubt upon other expensive and dangerous medical procedures. But where will doctors shift their attention as a result?
Based on all the media coverage since the study was released, it looks like doctors are ready to turn to their prescription pads.
Because one way of interpreting this study is by concluding that if you don’t use stents for a blockage, then you have to use at least three strong prescription medications to equal what stents supposedly accomplish!
One to aggressively lower their blood pressure and thin their blood… another to lower their cholesterol (a statin)… and a third to treat angina (nitroglycerin pills).
But if blockage of the major arteries is not the easy answer… then what’s at the root of one of the most common causes of death in the world?
I’m a firm believer that cardiac disease, heart attacks, and blockages can come from a complex process of inflammation and oxidation that occurs in the bloodstream and the arterial walls.
Look at it this way: An inflammatory process (like a fire) can damage your arteries, and then your body uses cholesterol in an oxidative process (like rust or rusting) to heal the wound. The inflammation can also cause your blood to become sticky and hot, like lava.
This lava-like, ‘hot’, sticky blood is much more apt to form a clot that causes a ‘coronary thrombosis’.
Take away the inflammation… and you’ll reduce the amount of oxidised cholesterol in your arteries… and keep your blood thin.
And that, in turn, will stop this entire chain reaction before it starts.
Beat back inflammation, as easy as 1-2-3
If you’ve been reading my Nutrition & Healing newsletter and daily Health eTips for a while now, you know that inflammation is at the source of many different diseases.
And coronary artery disease is no exception.
But no matter what the ailment, inflammation typically comes from one of three major sources (or some combination thereof):
- The foods we eat.
- Hidden infections in the body, and
- Toxins (such as lead, cadmium, mercury, and aluminium).
It stands to reason, then, that the key to preventing heart attacks and further arterial clogging is not a statin or any other drug.
- Reduce inflammatory foods (by switching to the Paleo Diet) and take anti-inflammatory supplements (like curcumin)
- Kill hidden infections in the body (with supplements and foods such as garlic and oil of oregano), and
- Remove heavy metals from your body (with natural detoxifiers like curcumin, coriander, or chlorella – or a more aggressive treatment like chelation therapy).
Of course, it’s possible that you still may have some oxidation in your arteries… and your blood may still be too thick… but that doesn’t give cause to taking any of those drugs that conventional doctors will want you to take in place of getting a stent implant.
Instead, taking antioxidants (such as vitamin C, E, and/or glutathione) can do a world of good in beating back oxidation.
And, as I shared with you in the November 2017 issue of Nutrition & Healing, natural blood thinners include fish oil and nattokinase (as well as drinking plenty of water and even donating blood).
Flush out the toxins, not the blockage
We integrative doctors have always treated blocked arteries with a multitude of lifestyle changes and nutraceuticals.
And while all of the natural therapies I’ve just shared with you can be incredibly effective on their own or in combination with each other, there’s an even more aggressive treatment that can not only clear out the toxins and therefore reduce inflammation… but it can also improve your circulation.
I’m talking about chelation therapy.
As I’ve shared with you in the past, chelation involves injecting an agent that can bind to metals and other toxins in your body and sweep them out. Thus, it moves one of the root causes of coronary artery disease away from your body.
Chelation therapy can have a multitude of effects on the blood vessels of your entire body, but the biggest one is this: It can transform your hardened, ‘lead pipe’ arteries into flexible garden hoses.
As I shared with you in the February 2016 issue of Nutrition & Healing, a double-blind, placebo-controlled study published in 2012 called TACT (The Trial to Assess Chelation Therapy) showed a statistically significant difference in patients receiving chelation versus placebo over the course of four years (a respectable period of time).
In the government-backed study, chelation reduced the amount of heart attacks, stroke, stents, hospitalisation for chest pain (angina), and death – and patients with diabetes and who’d had a heart attack before (anterior MI) benefitted the most.4
Yet this intravenous therapy is far from being the ‘standard of care’ for heart disease!
In fact, at the time, that study received a ton of flak from members of the conventional medical world, who critiqued it up and down and found every way they could to discredit it.
Those naysayers should be ashamed of themselves!
Because now, millions of people have had stents performed…
and billions of pounds have been spent on this potentially unnecessary procedure.
But it’s not just about wasted money – because it also pulls the wool away from our eyes to show us the wasted opportunities to treat folks with coronary artery disease with therapies that DO work, like those I’ve shared with you here.Wishing you the best of health,
Dr. Glenn S. Rothfeld
Nutrition & Healing
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