Hardening of the Arteries
What and Why?
Your heart is a very remarkable organ. It beats 100,000 times daily throughout your life, expanding and contracting through a considerable range of size with each beat. This is punishing enough for the muscle of your heart, but consider the amazing resilience of the thin glistening skin which lines the chambers of your heart and the walls of all your arteries in one seamless streamlined sheet. This too is being stretched and crumpled 100,000 times every day — treatment no plastic or leather would stand up to for seven days, never mind seventy years!
Your heart lining has the advantage of being alive and able to sustain itself. Its blood supply is exceptionally rich, coming not only from the small blood vessels that feed the wall of the artery but from the blood flowing past it as well. Provided this contains what the skin cells require they can maintain a perfectly smooth elastic surface of supple cells firmly cemented together at their edges, new cells forming to replace each exhausted veteran as it harmlessly disintegrates.
Any imperfections in this supply system quickly make the skin cells and their cement more fragile so that they tear more often. This mostly happens near your heart where the stresses with each heart-beat are much greater. The same imperfections make healing prolonged and difficult, during which time the tiny open wound is readily soiled with any surpluses your blood is burdened with. Many of these dissolve back into your blood when it is cleaner, but this continual silting process distorts the blueprint the skin is trying to resume, leaving a grotesquely deformed and thickened scar in place of the inconspicuous seam your nature intended. Worst of all, the turbulent blood flow around these scars makes fresh tears more likely, which add to the deformity and narrow the calibre of the artery.
This is the nature of arteriosclerosis, which is developed countries affects almost every child from birth and then gradually accumulates throughout life. It affects the tiny arteries in the muscle of your blood vessels too, so that they degenerate into rigid pipes that can no longer elastically absorb the energy of your pulse-beat; high blood pressure may show this, or unfolding of the crook of your aorta (visible on your chest X-ray). The coldness of thyroid insufficiency greatly accelerates it. Smoking magnifies its effects. It is the basic weakness in angina, coronaries, strokes and many other circulation problems.
Arteriosclerosis is not inevitable, being virtually absent in less developed peoples who have held to their traditional ways. Even in quite advanced cases it can be stopped and perhaps reversed. Doctors are more inclined to favour surgical treatment of its effects, which leaves it up to you to help yourself prevent or reverse these and make surgery unnecessary.
What can I do?
Advice to maintain and maximise your health naturally
1. Diet: Stick to the diet for health, which cannot unleash huge surges of sugar or fat into your bloodstream to stress the nourishment of the skin surrounding it, or interfere with any wounds in its surface.
2. Supplementation: Supplement with:
- Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid 1000mg 3 times daily,
- Vitamins B5 (Pantothenic Acid 50mg daily)
- B6 (Pyridoxine 50mg twice daily
- Zinc (15mg daily, and Dolomite (500mg three times daily, if you know you have heart disease or aortic unfolding already.
- Balance your total Vitamin B intake with 3-6 additional tablets of Brewer’s Yeast daily.
- Vitamin E (200-400IU twice daily, and Selenium (200microgm twice daily, are more expensive, but well worthwhile if you wish to stem the tide of further degeneration.
- If the level of fats in your blood is too high Lecithin (1000mg 3 times daily, can reduce this, and may be capable of emulsifying fatty deposits for proper disposal.
3. Give up smoking, or at least cut it down drastically.
4. Exercise regularly for at least ten minutes each day, energetically enough to make you mildly breathless throughout that period. Extend this to thirty minutes at least three times weekly if you are also overweight.
5. Breathe deeply with your diaphragm five to ten times, at least once or twice daily. This massages your heart and great blood vessels, keeping them supple and giving your nutritional measures more of a chance to work.
6. If you are colder than you feel you should be see Always cold: this is especially important for younger people.
7. If you get angina, try the additional measures discussed in Angina.
8. Speak to your doctor: Whether or not these steps are supervised by your doctor, seek his guidance and blessing and keep him informed of your progress. Some of the tests he can make may show impressive changes and he may start offering the programme to others. He is often now able to recognise people whose risk for heart disease is high, but cannot offer them much positive help. Your willingness to take the initiative makes it much easier for him to explore the possibilities. That is how progress is made.