Thursday, February 19, 2009

Heart Disease and Stroke...

.. can strike suddenly, without warning.

Sudden cardiac death strikes several hundred thousand previously healthy or seems fit people each year around the world. Typically, this happens to middle-age men/women in the prime of life who had previously undiagnosed and unsuspected coronary artery disease.

It becomes imperative to figure out causes and preventive measures. An ounce of prevention is worth more than pounds of medication, and water-cure protocol is one you can easily use for anyone regardless of age, race, and body weight.

The water-cure protocol is a scientific method to ensure the human body is constantly re hydrate : every 90 minute, drink 10% of your own daily water quota. The water quota is 31.42(ml) multiply by your own body weight(in kilogram). And use 1/4 teaspoon of sea salt in your daily diet for every 1250 ml of water intake. Never injure or add insult to your body by using coffee, tea, colas, beer, sodas, canned drinks to replace the plain water.

People were more likely to develop heart:
1. if they had high levels of cholesterol in their blood,
2. if they had high blood pressure. Point 1. and 2. are inter-related.
3.if they smoked cigarettes or were exposed to secondhand cigarette smoke,
4. in addition, being a 'couch potato' (what we scientists call a sedentary lifestyle, especially computer users) increases the risk,
5. age also found to be an important risk factor. As people get older, they neglect their water intake, their risk or artery disease increases.

What this and other studies showed was that there was no single change from the year 1900 to the year 2000 that caused the emergence of heart disease and stroke as major killers. rather, it was all the innovations of the 20th Century that caused a change in public lifestyle.
1.Riding in automobiles reduce and replaced walking.
2.Half the adult population became addicted to cigarette smoking by 1950, at a younger age.
3.Fast foods preparation with high fat content replaced fruits and vegetables in the public diet.

1.Why does being a 'couch potato' cause heart disease?
2.Why do fats in the diet make us human more likely to have hardening of the arteries?

Although it was discovered that high cholesterol greatly increase the risk of developing heart problems, many people with heart problems never had high cholesterol. So although high cholesterol is related (all things are interrelated anyway) to heart disease, it cannot be the sole cause.

When we scientists delved deeper to discover what happened in the human body to cause atherosclerosis, we were pretty surprised to discover that inflammation topped the list of possible culprits.

Research Discovery: Atherosclerosis starts when a type of white blood cell called a monocyte sticks to the artery walls and then migrates into the interior of the walls. At present it is yet to finding out exactly why this process starts, but it is thought that some sort of inflammation-promoting insult to the human body, some damage to the blood vessels, jump-starts the disease.

Once monocytes enter the wall, the smooth muscle cells release inflammatory chemicals called cytokines that cause monocytes to change into a different type of cell call ed macrophages. The macrophages devour fat ( including cholesterol) and become foamy in appearance, leading to the name foam cells.

These fat-filled foam is the result of the body natural defense mechanism to protect the whole body during cellular dehydration. These foam cells cluster together and cause fatty streaks in the arteries, the first sign of disease. Why arteries? Due the the higher pressure when compared with veins, and the constant rubbing of concentrated blood flow along arteries (due to dehydration) will 'wear off' the wall , and hence cholesterol were deployed to cover the injured cells for healing. Not understanding this natural mechanism, many cases of cellular dehydration caused diseases had been misdiagnosed and matter made worse when drugs were prescribed to the patients, instead of re hydrating the cells. We had mistaken this phenomena and called these foam cells with protective cholesterol as "bad cholesterol" ,because we were not taught in medical schools about this discovery.

These foam cells also secrete additional chemicals that continue the inflammation process. Over time, a hard substance known as fibrous plaque is created from foam cells, muscle cells, connective tissue, collagen, and other inflammation-related cells.

Interestingly, the human body doesn't see plaque as the bad guy it is. As far as the body is concerned, it is simply trying to heal that initial damage done to the blood vessel walls. But the healing process goes out of control, and instead of patching over the damage and then quitting, bigger and bigger deposits of plaque are laid down, spreading outward along the vessels walls. Closer investigation on the patients lifestyle and soon we discovered many patients were dehydrating at cellular level, unaware.

Comparing this simple formula, 31.42 ml multiply by one's present body weight (in kg)one can easily find out whether one's body is rehydrated correctly on daily basis : if you are not drinking the minimum daily quota as calculated then your body is dehydrating and over time dehydration-dis-ease will manifest and lead to established diseases. For every cup/glass of coffee/tea intake, twice the cup/glass of water is needed to be added into the daily water quota. For every can of coke (330ml) intake, another 32 cans of the same size of water is needed to re balance the after effect of waste chemicals produced in the body. Hence, the adding of insult to the injury of the dehydrating body through beverages drinking in one's lifestyle over the years.

If enough plaque accumulates in one place, it creates a firm barrier that can impede blood flow and cause a heart attack or stroke (also known as brain attack).
More often, however, clots form when plaque deposits rupture or burst. Like a reservoir dam in the river, the clot can block the flow of blood and cause a heart attack or stroke.
We see, then, that dehydration leading to inflammation packs a double punch because it first initiates the process of plaque development and then make plaque fragile and more likely to burst and form clots.

This is why so many heart attacks strike suddenly, unexpectedly, and with no warning. But then again, there were many signs of body dehydration which manifested and wrongly treated with drugs, hence heart attack or stroke was a kind of build-up by our health-care ignorance in reality. If only all of us were told the real underlying cause of inflammation. Read this doctor's experience with rescue a potential stroke victim( ).
The artery don't have to be totally clogged with plaque - all you need in one fragile plaque that burst at the wrong time.

Once doctors and scientists recognized that dehydration leading to inflammation was such a major player in artery disease, they could start looking for markers of inflammation, a chemical indicator that signals the presence of inflammation.

Currently, the most powerful marker is C-reactive protein (CRP). Blood tests show high levels of CRP whenever there is inflammation in the body, no matter the location or cause.

Studies have shown that people with unstable angina, the kind most likely to lead to a heart attack, have very high levels of CRP.

Among healthy people, never judge one's health by the fitness level for they are not the same thing, high blood levels of CRP mean an increased risk of future heart attack, stroke , and death. Even mildly elevated CRP levels have been shown to double the risk of future cardiovascular event, such as heart attack. A host of other inflammation markers, including interleukin-6, tumor necrosis factor-alpha, and adhesion molecules, have all been shown to predict future coronary events and stroke. use water-cure protocol as prevention is always safe and better than medications trying to cure a dehydrated derivative disease.

Study after study has shown that atherosclerosis, regardless of which part of the human body it is in, is related to inflammation. And inflammation anywhere in the human body is related to atherosclerosis in different parts of the body. There is not a single inflamed spot on the artery corresponding to the location of a plaque. When there is disease, there is widespread inflammation. Drink water correctly daily.

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